We all have our favourite database GUIs, some work with PHPMyAdmin others use tools such as MySQL Workbench. I tend to use MySQL Workbench more than any database GUI tool. MySQL Workbench is a cross-platform GPL app that allows you to fully design and document your databases through the app. MySQL Workbench Recently I've discovered this plugin for workbench that allows you to export a table into Laravel Migration classes. MySQL Workbench Export Laravel 5 Migrations Plugin A MySQL Workbench plugin that allows for exporting a model to Laravel 5 migrations that follow PSR-2 coding standards. When exported, each migration is generated and saved in it's own, properly named, migration file.
Now you can copy this migration file into your Laravel project, this allows you to build up your database in MySQL workbench and when you're done export the database into your Laravel migration files.