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I'm reviewing my little potting bench/table.
It is 92cms high.....just right for a shorty like me. And is 108cms wide and 52cms deep. Not massive by any means,but adequate for my basic limited needs in my small gardens.
*****WHY & HOW I BOUGHT IT*****
I had been after one of these for some time but balked at forking out the £40-£60+ that the small ones I wanted were selling for . So I went in local GUMTREE & looked on there. And there it was.....brand new,still in the box,an "unwanted gift" that someone was asking £20 for. I contacted the seller & offered £15 & he agreed. So I finally got my long desired potting table & I was really pleased with my bargain find.
It had to be assembled, but I delight in anything involving minor DIY ,so it was a dawdle for me & was all set up within 20-25 mins. Not in the least complicated,and you just need to ensure everything is tightly screwed together to get maximum sturdiness & avoid any wobble.
It has a supposed life span of 15 years ,but personally I think that might apply to one stored in a shed or garage , but for left outside all year round, as ours is, then I'd be more than happy to get 5 or 6 years out of it to be honest.
It's softwood, so I knew to give it a few good deep wood treatments(cuprinol or similar does the job) to help protect it & prolong it's lifespan and in truth it seems to have survived the first winter in decent nick simply sat in the sheltered area of our garden under the kitchen window (out of sight) & covered with a small tarpaulin from the Pound store.
When I got it last year I used it when potting up seedlings I'd grown from scratch, and once I'd done all the potting over a period of a few weeks I 'dressed' the bench by putting a variety of potted plants....including pretty trailing plants .... on it and it looked really lovely throughout the summer against the high back garden wall.
It isn't super-duper sturdy & won't take any pushing & shoving about, but is perfectly good for using in situ and, like I said,when dressed with flowers & plants over the summer it can be disguised to look like ornamental shelving rather than a utility work bench.
The top has a raised edge/lip round the two sides & back, which is a real boon, because I was forever knocking pots over on it last year and nothing rolled off or spilled due to the lip. I also added an extra shelf underneath made from some cheap timber from B&Q....cost me about £4 for one length,which they cut to the sizes I needed in-store for free......and I can now store more things under there as well. You can't have enough storage right ? I also added a small bracket at the back for fixing it to the wall to aid stability.
Would I recommend it ? Yes.....for someone with minor requirements regarding a potting bench. But in truth I think it more suited to a garage or potting shed because as already stated,it IS softwood so being kept outdoors means it will deteriorate faster than a hard wood one. You get what you pay for with anything involving wood,and if you want a proper work-horse of a potting bench then you need to fork out in the region of £90+ + +. Personally this suits me for now & I'm thinking of constructing one from hardwood as a project at some stage using this as a template.
I'm deducting two stars ,because while it suits my limited needs I DO realise it is small,not perfect ,and the fact that it is softwood reduces it's life span.
I was lucky picking mine up as a bargain,but the same one is in the Argos catalogue at £35,which is not bad at all if you want cheap & cheerful & can use it under shelter. I saw similar on ebay for around £50,but again, if you have £50 to spend (I most definitely hadn't) then I'd add a few quid to that & go for a hardwood sturdier one if I were you.
Thank you for reading & I hope my review was helpful or gave someone a nice idea for a gift for a light gardener.~~~myloh