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How to Customize a Potting Bench

Renee Valdes
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Difficulty: Beginner
Duration: 2 hours


Potting bench

If building a potting bench from scratch isn’t your thing, we’ve got a few tips for creating a custom look using a store-bought potting station.

Getting set up with your own potting bench is easy, it will take about two hours if painting is involved and can cost less than $100. With the right accessories, you’ll have the perfect place to store your gloves, hand trowels, seeds, peat pots, potting mix and more.

The bench is also a great place to put away lanterns and other decorative outdoor items when not in use.

Basic workbench

To get started, try using a fold-out wood workbench. At 6 feet long, it works well in a shed or garage. To protect it from humidity and other elements, it’s best to paint the potting bench with a coat of outdoor paint with primer, such as Behr’s Japanese Fern exterior paint. 

Steel potting bench withstands elements outside

If all your potting will be done outside, a weatherproof potting bench is best. An excellent option is a steel and composite wood potting bench because it can withstand the elements and wipes clean with soap and water. Another great feature: One of the top pieces is removable with a bin underneath for discarding plant trimmings or holding soil. 

Rustic potting bench

You might also search for a used potting bench at a secondhand store. If you’re lucky, you may land a free rustic-looking one on the side of the road that needs TLC and a new home. Be on the lookout!

Potting bench shelf

Ideas for decking out your potting bench:

  • Create instant shelving. Turn over two containers and put a painted board on top to create a potting shelf. Ours has cast stone decorative urns glued to a painted common board that matches the color of the table. It’s trimmed by 6 inches. You can ask a Home Depot lumber associate to cut your wood for free before you leave the store.  

Shutters make a window like setting for your potting bench

  • Frame your space. Hang shutters to frame your work space. They give the appearance of a window and work well to hang to-do lists, plant tags, garden artwork and more. These shutters were sanded down to look weathered.

Potting bench seed holder

Stash away potting mix and fertilizers under your potting bench

  • Put it in a plastic bin. A plastic bin or crate is a great place to store potting mix or fertilizer because it easily slides underneath the potting bench, is weatherproof, and can be used for a number of other gardening tasks, such as hauling away debris or carrying a bunch of plants to a garden bed.

Hang tools using S hooks

Potting bench metal buckets for storage

  • Repurpose containers. When not in use, pots, planters and metal buckets can serve as places to store extra bulbs, garden ties, floral wire and more. 

Before you know it, you’ll be ready to plan, plant, create, prune and more on your potting bench. Click through our slideshow to get more ideas for your potting bench space.



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