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easy DIY Potting Bench using Fence Boards

DIY Potting Bench you can build using fence boards. This easy to build potting bench cost us about $40 in lumber. My sweet DIY potting bench has paid for itself ten times over in the five years since being built.

This DIY potting bench using fence boards is my second favorite build to date. My first is my Garden Cottage Studio.

I have used my potting bench for many things, an outdoor sideboard when entertaining, a photo prop for flowers, hand painted signs, and to pot up plants.

diy potting bench with text overlay, flower patch

This is what it is looking like today in January…DIY Potting Bench in the snow

But here it is after giving it a refresh last summer. Obviously it needs is again. I love the farmhouse cottage vibe with the galvanized buckets, tubs and watering cans. 

Many have asked for plans but that is hard to create when using fence boards, they are not uniform in size so we just took a basic design and built it around the 6 cedar fence boards we bought.


We lined them up and measured across to get the measurements to cut for the framework.

DIY Potting Bench Frames & legs

With 2 x 3’s we built these two frames (you can use 2 x 4’s if you can’t find 2 x 3’s).  Then added the 2 x 4 legs.

We made it a comfortable height for me to work while standing at it.  We glued and screwed everything together.  Nothing fancy.

Potting Bench Back

Once we had the legs attached we stood it up to add the fence boards along the back.  Again using wood glue and screws.

Bracing the potting bench

A cross piece was added to the top frame.  The depth was just a measurement we picked that we liked and was easy for me to reach, you can adjust to your space or desires.


For the shelf, we attached a fence board cut to fit the width of the back of the potting bench to a 2 x 3 then attached the 2 x 3 to the fence board back, we screwed it on from the back.

As you can see we also used wood glue.  I mopped this up right after this photo.

We added some metal shelf brackets I had on hand.  You can use any brackets you like or make your own.

Work surface

The potting bench work surface is just more fence boards cut to fit and we used pine boards for the bottom shelf.  We ran out of fence boards and we had the pine on hand but you can certainly use more cedar fence boards for the bottom as well. 

Paint or Stain on the DIY Potting Bench

My DIY potting bench has been through many makeovers and seasons.  I have painted it several times, if you prefer to keep it natural wood then use a deck oil or stain with oil.

Happy Building!

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Saturday 27th of June 2020

A more detailed list of how many pieces of wood were used would have been helpful, but was able to figure most of it out.

- 6 2x3x8 Idaho timber boards cut into 4’ pieces - 10 wide dog ear pickets for the back board, shelf, and surface - Four rust- proof 2” shelving brackets

Hope this helps someone! This is a cute, simple, and inexpensive plan. Easy to make. Thanks for sharing it!


Sunday 28th of June 2020

Since lumber sizes differ giving a count of how many would be misleading and frustrating. As in your list, we cannot get 10 inch wide dog eared pickets where I live, the widest we have is 8 inch. So the lumber count and the size of the potting bench is different for everyone. I have had many email me photos of the ones the potting benches they built and the sizes are so varied, but they used simple math to figure out what they needed once they knew how wide they wanted to build it. That is why there is no lumber count, but the instructions are so easy that most can use their grade school math to figure it out. Glad you liked it.

Kara Burwell

Sunday 3rd of May 2020

I completed mine and it turned out AMAZING!! I was hoping to upload a picture to show you! If you have some place I can submit it to show you let me know! I will sign up below with my email! Thank you so much for the idea and direction!! ❤️ Kara Burwell

Kathy Petersen

Sunday 26th of April 2020

Do you have an itemized list of materials? If not we can figure it out but it'd be nice to have a list. Thank you very much!


Sunday 26th of April 2020

Because fence boards are not uniform in size it was not possible to give exact measurements or list of materials. We just put 6 fence boards together for the back and measured the width to get the sizes to cut the 2 x 3's for the box frame. We left it open so folks could built to suit. I will have to see if we can work out an approximate list to draw from.

Nicole Cote

Saturday 27th of April 2019

Hello Pamela,

I really like the blue-acqua colour of the potting bench. Maybe you should stay with it unless you love another colour even more.

Pamela Smith

Wednesday 7th of March 2018

Pamela, I adore your potting bench and am having one made just like it! And I also love your choice of blue. Can you share the paint color and brand?

Pamela in Las Vegas


Wednesday 7th of March 2018

Hi Pamela. Yep, I did a post on it when I repainted it. Here it is:

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