Make a DIY potting bench using upcycled pallets! I even reused the nails making this a completely FREE project!
Sometimes I get my mind set on something and I don’t stop until it’s done. Other times, I get an idea and sit on it for months! This project was BOTH. I’ve wanted a potting bench for a while because I hated to get my DIY outdoor farmhouse table dirty every time I wanted to plant some new flowers. I searched online and looked around each time we were shopping and I never found anything I wanted. One Sunday morning, I dropped Eric off at the airport super early and decided not to go back to bed – instead I came up with a plan for a DIY potting bench and built it that day!
I still had a stack of pallets left over from our outdoor couch project and realized I could make a pallet potting bench pretty easily – or so I thought! Have you ever tried to disassemble a pallet?? IT’S A WORK OUT! It also wasn’t as easy as I thought because I didn’t have someone to help. That being said – I built this DIY potting bench in ONE afternoon BY MYSELF! If that doesn’t motivate you, I don’t know what will!
DIY Potting Bench
The number of pallets you need depends on the size and what shape they are in. If you’re able to pull off enough boards to make the work space, you won’t need more than 3 or 4 pallets. I had a hard time pulling the boards off and broke quite a few before I had enough. I also had a LONG pallet I was able to use as the back – I didn’t have to attach two pallets to make it taller.
Step 1: Pull off enough boards to make the “table top” work space. I first tried a crowbar (holy crap that’s hard!) and found the best way is to hammer the boards loose from the back side then pry them off. As long has half the board stays intact you’re good since you’ll cut them down.
Step 2: Pull all the nails out of the boards you removed. I actually used these nails to assemble our DIY potting bench!
Step 3: You’ll also need about 5 2x4s so you’ll need to fully disassemble at least 2 pallets.
Step 4: Figure out how deep you’d like your work space. I made mine about 20 inches deep. Cut the 2 sides at 20 inches then cut another 2 the width of your pallet back.
Step 5: Figure out how tall you’d like your potting bench, and cut two of the 2x4s the height you’d like.
Step 6: Attach one 2×4 to the back at the height you’d like your potting bench.
Step 7: Attach the legs to the 2 smaller side pieces then attach to the back piece:
Step 8: Cut and attach your last 2×4 on the front of the DIY potting bench.
Step 9: Move the piece into place and add the boards to create the workspace. (I did skip the hammer and nails on this step and opted to use my Ryobi Airstike Nailer.)
Step 10: The last step is to lightly sand any areas that need it and add hooks to hang up all your gardening tools!