10 Raised Garden Bed Ideas Anyone Can Build
Growing your own food, herbs, and flowers is an easy feat with the correct set-up. These raised garden bed ideas will give your at-home grow an instant glow-up.
Cultivating a home garden is one of the most meaningful ways to connect with nature while reducing your environmental footprint. Not only does growing your own cut down on emissions—both those produced by a trip to the grocery store and your food's journey from the farm to you, aka food milage—it also allows you to grow only what you need, reducing your food waste. And one of the easiest means of starting a miniature family of your very own? With one, or several, of these raised garden bed ideas.
Planting and tending to your garden eliminates the large water footprint of traditional agriculture, provides a useful resting place for your kitchen counter compost, and helps to foster an appreciation of nature. The mindfulness that comes with gardening will make you a better environmental steward, raising awareness around daily habits.
Raised garden beds are enclosed garden beds constructed above ground level with ample drainage, making them easy to incorporate into any outdoor space regardless of size and soil viability. Not only are raised beds easier to create and access, the format also limits water waste, provides higher yields, and makes for a great DIY.
From vintage bathtubs to reclaimed bedrock, these ten raised garden bed ideas will have you thinking outside the planter box.
10 DIY Raised Garden Bed Ideas
1. With Bricks
Photo: Alice de Araujo
Rustic and relatively easy to create, bricks are an ideal material for raised garden beds. Stacking bricks allows you to adjust the size and even shape of your beds to suit your needs—plus, as with Alice de Araujo's example, brick beds provide the perfect opportunity for some upcycling.
2. Use a Bedframe
Photo: The Pond Farmhouse
Convert a vintage or tired bedframe into a whimsical raised garden bed. Either use the head and baseboard for decorative purposes or transform an entire metal frame into a planting plot with the help of some plywood and an open mind.
3. Stock Tanks
Photo: Liz Marie
Transforming stock tanks into raised beds is a sleek and aesthetically pleasing means of growing your garden. This DIY is more of a repurpose than a build, but the clean and contemporary look of the end result speaks for itself.
4. Dresser Drawers
Photo: Nikki Lynn Design
Rather than donating that outdated dresser, use the drawers to create a series of tiered garden beds. As an alternative (or addition), lay the de-drawered dresser on its side for the beginnings of a sectioned bed.
5. Used Tires
Photo: Bed Gardening
For an out-of-the-box garden hack, a used tire lends to an easy DIY. The rubber can be painted, decoratively cut, stacked, or left as is to give your flowers and personal crops a little lift.
6. An Upended Bookcase
Photo: Post-Apocalyptic Guide
Similar to a dresser frame laid flat, a bookshelf comes with the segments and structure you need for a series of raised garden beds. Head to your local thrift store—you'll find no shortage of possibilities.
7. Stacked Stones
Photo: Sugar Maple Farmhouse
Love the idea of brick garden beds but prefer a more minimalist color palette? Stack stones instead! Do some research and track down reclaimed stones from local builds for the most eco approach.
8. Fence Pickets
Photo: Rocky Hedge Farm
Wooden raised beds are a classic, and building with wood that would have otherwise gone to waste is always best. Fence posts are crafted to withstand the elements, and untreated cedar provides natural insect repellent.
9. Upcycle a Bathtub
Photo: Garden Betty
More whimsy, please! A vintage clawfoot tub has all of the qualities that you want in a raised bed including height, depth, and drainage.
10. Wooden Pallets
Photo: Pennies into Pearls
Pallets are cheap and easy to find, making this the quintessential wood for an affordable DIY. Simply dismantle the pallets and reassemble them to your raised bed specifications.
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