Five Fabulous Potting Benches

Form and function come together in these essential garden workhorses.

Use a potting bench to pot plants and keep tools

Use a potting bench to pot plants and keep tools

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Want a convenient place to start seeds, pot plants, and keep your gardening tools at arm’s reach? You need a potting bench!

But it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the array of options, materials, sizes and styles out there. We’ve picked out a few of our favorites to help you find the perfect fit for you, no matter your personal sense of style, storage needs, or budget:

Repurposed: If you love taking junk and turning it into something both beautiful and practical, you’ll be inspired by this blogger’s DIY project. An old desk from Goodwill was turned into a gorgeous and original cottage-style potting bench. 

Rustic: If you love an antiqued country look, this distressed-finish potting bench, made from acacia wood with a driftwood finish, won’t disappoint. Featuring a drawer, cupboard, slatted shelves and a removable bin, this solidly built piece gives you plenty of storage options. $499.99

Midcentury Metal: This sturdy but lightweight galvanized metal bench offers enough space for plants and tools, and reminds me a little of a Mad Men-era end table. $149.99

DIY: Handy? Check out these free beginner-friendly plans for a do-it-yourself potting bench that you can construct from cedar or redwood.

Foldable: If you need a versatile piece that can be tucked away into an out-of-the-way corner during the colder months, consider this wooden bench. It folds flat, or you could easily move it into the garage for off-season storage. $125

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