See 10 potting bench ideas (including repurposed and DIY projects), plus potting table essentials to consider adding to your home.
Over the last few years, I've started to figure out our needs for our sunroom. It's a large space (at 400 square feet) and, although we've done some improvements over the past few years (installing a mini split, painting the brick white and adding decor), it still didn't function as well as we wanted.
It's a room that calls for a lot of plants. I love plants so adding plants to the space wasn't a problem. The problem came when I needed to split the plants or replant them. I just didn't have a place to do that.
Fast forward a bit and I realize that although I don't have a fancy plant station, I do have an old console table that my mom gave me that could work pretty great. So, I turned my sofa console table into a plant organization table and I couldn't be happier.
I want to include my plant table as inspiration in the ten ideas below because I think it's a great example of working with what you have.
10 Potting Bench Ideas To Help Inspire You!
Sofa table to potting bench with storage
Although, there's no built-in storage on this table, I've created some by adding baskets. Baskets help simplify spaces and hide clutter. Who would have though that this sofa table could work so well, right?
Repurposed work table to outdoor potting table
I often see old garage storage items on Facebook Marketplace for a steal so I absolutely love this garden potting bench makeover. Click through to see more but she painted the table, added cute pegs and, all of a sudden, she's got a great backyard patio addition that is functional and beautiful.
DIY soil bin addition in shed
This shed makeover is just amazing. I love all the thought and interest each corner of the space got. It's definitely one to read because not only did they use leftover lumber to create a garden potting bench with a soil bin, they also use narrow wall space to organize planter pots and other seed starting items. I'm honestly so impressed!
Collapsable potting benches attached to shed
The ingenuity of these DIY potting benches is just amazing. If you have a shed or the side of the garage that backed up to a place where you could attach a plant bench, I think this is a great idea. The downside is that you wouldn't be able to leave everything out all the time but just think about the upside... the planting dirt would fall to the grass and you wouldn't have to clean anything up!
DIY potting bench with wheels
I can think of many instances where a garden cart (aka this DIY potting bench) would come in handy. Sometimes, you want to do a project by the garage and other times on the back patio. This garden cart would allow you to wheel everything around to where you wanted to plant.
Potting bench plans
I've seen a lot of potting bench plans but I like this one because of the addition of the trellis back. I think it's a smart addition that could be functional with the addition of pegs or hooks as well as cute!
Potting tool storage
This outdoor potting bench has even more storage opportunities than the others because of how large the back of the plant bench is built up. I can imagine the size of this one being easily customized to your space, too!
Hidden trash in outdoor table
A potting bench with storage and hidden trash? Umm, yes. I've loved seeing ideas for hiding trash cans but this one was new to me and I have to say, it's so smart!
Covered Plant Station
I haven't seen a lot of potting bench ideas that include sun coverage. I think adding a roof or some sort of shade could be a great idea if you are planning to use the potting table quite a bit. There's a step-by-step tutorial for how this one is made but pay attention to the details on size/heaviness. I'd say this is one example where you are building the potting bench to be an addition to your space and you'd need to plan for it to stay in the location that you built it in.
Potting bench with sink
You could pretty much customize any potting bench plans to add a sink. This potting bench with sink gives you the step-by-step tutorial, including the process for adding the sink and how it hooks up to a faucet. This would definitely be more of an outdoor potting bench but if you have a faucet that is nearby to where you'd want to place something like this, I think this is a fabulous idea.
Now, that you have an idea of different options for your potting bench, let's take a look at some plant tools and other essentials that would be good to have on hand.
- Potting soil
- Plant fertilizer
- Bamboo plant stakes
- Planter pots
- Watering pot
- Gardening Sheers
- Start with the basics. Plants need water, sunlight and food. You can use any type of container to carry water to your plants but having a watering can is best. I'd recommend having two sizes of watering cans (one for big plants and one for smaller plants).
- For plant food, it's nice to have a good soil mixture. You can either buy this or make this yourself.
- Accessory storage: You can buy pegs or hang plant tools on the back of a taller potting bench. If you don't have a tall plant bench (like me), you can utilize extra plant pots or baskets to organize and store your supplies.
*Honestly, you don't need to buy alot of products to get your potting table organized and functional. A lot of random decor items that you probably already own can be repurposed as storage items. Think outside the box and have fun experimenting.
As you start using your plant bench to propogate plants, replant and start seedlings, you'll see what you need to make your time spent easier and more efficient.
Happy planting, friends! Plants bring so much joy in our household. They add life to corners of our spaces that feel a bit boring and are just fun to watch as they grow and thrive. Don't let the idea of having the perfect plant station stop you from using plants in your decor. You can make just about anything work, I promise!
ps. If you decide that your potting bench just isn't something you want then you could always use this tutorial it into a DIY Outdoor bar cart!