DIY Potting Bench Plans

For the busy gardener, a potting bench is a must. Having supplies at hand and organised saves considerable time and energy. Standard potting benches are only 30 inches tall, which can make it difficult for people to plant standing up. Pot seedlings and divide plants easily with this 36-inch potting bench design. There is enough space underneath to pull up a stool for a gardener who wishes to sit while she works. The potting table featured herein includes a hole in the top for quick disposal of soil into a container stationed below. Requiring few tools and only rookie carpentry skills, this potting bench plan is a winner for any gardener.

Make two cuts on each of the two-by-fours to create two 36-inch-long pieces and one 24-inch-long piece from each.

Construct the frame for the potting bench on a level surface. Form a rectangle with two 36-inch pieces of pine and two 24-inch pieces of pine. Put the ends of the long pieces flush with the ends of the short pieces and nail together with 3-inch nails. Lay the frame on its side.

Attach four 36-inch pine leg pieces to the inside corners of the frame. Ask an assistant to hold the frame steady. Drill two guide holes through the outside edge of the frame and into each leg. Use wood screws to fasten each leg with the broad side against the frame. The leg should be flush against the top edge of the bench frame. Tighten the screws firmly.

Turn the frame with the top side on the working surface. Drill two more guide holes to attach the other side of the leg. Secure the leg with wood screws. Repeat this process for the other legs. Turn the bench upright.

Measure the distance on the inside of the frame from each of the long frame boards. This measurement should be close to 21 inches. Cut a piece of two-by-four pine to fit. Measure 13 inches from one end and attach the board to the frame, broad side up. Drill two guide holes through the outside of the frame and screw the board securely into place.

Cut the 1-by-8 piece of pine into three pieces: two 36 inches long and one 24 inches long. Lay these pieces across the top of the frame with the short one in the middle. Drill two guide holes in the ends of each of the boards and screw them in place. The middle board is fastened to the centre brace piece. Tighten the screws firmly.

Place a series of cup hooks along one side of the bench for hanging hand tools. Position the plastic bucket under the table below the hole.

Sand any rough edges on the potting bench. Paint or stain the bench with a high-quality outdoor paint or stain.


Position the potting bench in the shade and near a water supply. Hang a small whisk broom from the potting bench to sweep off dirt. Keep the lid on potting soil when it is not in use.


Wear eye protection when working with a saw and a drill. Wear gloves when handling wood.

Things You'll Need

  • Three 8-foot-long pine two-by-fours
  • Gloves
  • Wood saw
  • Hammer
  • 3-inch nails
  • 2 1/2-inch galvanised-wood screws
  • Drill
  • Tape measure
  • One 8-foot-long 1-by-8 piece of pine
  • Cup hooks
  • Plastic bucket with lid
  • Sandpaper
  • High-quality exterior paint or stain
  • Paintbrush
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About the Author

Susan Patterson is a health and gardening advocate. She is a Master Gardener, Certified Metabolic Typing Advisor and a Certified Health Coach with vast experience working with organic gardening and nutrition. Her passions include sustainable living, organic foods and functional fitness. Patterson has been writing and presenting on health and gardening topics for 10 years.