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Design a Functional Potting Bench

by Priscilla Toomey 11/15/2020


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If you're like most homeowners who enjoy cultivating an attractive yard and garden space and perhaps even providing some tasty treats for the family table, you probably appreciate tools and amenities designed to make your gardening chores easier and more enjoyable. Many home gardeners make do with whatever available surfaces that happen to be on hand when it comes to potting plants, creating hanging baskets or starting seed trays. As you may already know, this is inconvenient, messy and can even be uncomfortable if you're working on surfaces that are too low or too high. 

However, it doesn't have to be that way. With a hammer, some lumber and nails, you can craft a sturdy, functional and attractive potting bench over the course of a weekend. Here's what you need to know:

Decide on the Proper Height

The most important thing about constructing a potting bench is determining the right height. Most people find themselves most comfortable when the work surface is level with the middle of their waist. This way, you won't have to stoop or reach.

Decide on the Right Location

The next step is to decide where you want to locate your potting bench. If you've got a big garden shed, you might want to place it inside. Another option is to have a standalone potting bench outside the shed, but with this alternative, you run the risk of being rained out when doing potting chores. You can circumvent this by placing it along the side of your home exterior under an awning. You can also give yourself the best of both worlds and build your potting shed on wheels so that you can take it in and out of the shed as weather permits.

If you do decide to place your potting shed in a stationary outdoor location, be sure to find a level spot. If possible, install a slab of concrete to place the bench on -- this will make any necessary cleanup go much more quickly.

Decide What Features You Want Your Potting Bench to Have

Basic potting benches generally feature a three-tier structure. The top functions as a work surface while the middle and bottom tiers hold supplies such as potting soil, seed trays and tools. If you want something more elaborate, consider adding a pull-out drawer, a sink and possibly a seed-starting bed with bottom heat. If you go this route, you'll need to place your bench near an electrical outlet. 

After you find the right customizable plan for your potting bench, you should be able to put it together within a day or two. After you get it build, you'll undoubtedly find yourself wondering how you managed without it. 

About the Author
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Priscilla Toomey

Priscilla Toomey, a member of Top 5 in Real Estate, brings to Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty an extensive background in several areas of real estate. For 11 years, she served as General Counsel of one of America’s leading relocation firms, where she advised in excess of 20,000 home sales and purchases yearly.

With over 400 corporate, clients Priscilla was responsible for changes to the tax law which preserved favorable income tax treatment for employees nationwide. She has written 2 books and many articles regarding getting the highest price for your home and making your home sale transition as easy as possible.