Potter's benches are completely customizable depending on your needs. If you buy one from the store, they average a cost of $100, but if you make one yourself, it could cost you as little as $30.

We made our bench out of unused pieces of our fence, so it was completely upcycled. However, if you decide to make your own, here are some tips to help you through it.

  • Location is Key: Find a comfortable spot in the shade to do your work, so you're not left out sweating in the sun.
  • Make sure you make the table a height that's comfortable for you. You don't want to bend over to do your work, nor do you want to have to reach up. Thirty-six inches is generally a comfortable height, but you can always adjust it accordingly.
  • Hanging tools is essential. If you keep your tools in drawers and it rains outside, then you're stuck with wet tools. However, if you hang your tools up, you let them dry out. Plus, they add to the aesthetics.
  • Pick a material that suits your climate. Many benches are made from cedar or redwood, which can withstand the elements well. Plastic and recycled materials also hold up well in sun, rain, and snow.
  • Potting benches can be outfitted with many kinds of equipment. Some have sinks that can be rigged to outdoor spigots. Others have leaves or shelves that can be folded out to create extra work space. Some come with boxes to store soil or catch it while you work.

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