How To Build An Elevated Raised Garden Bed – DIY Planter Box With Free Plans

How To Build An Elevated Raised Garden Bed – DIY Planter Box With Free Plans

Today I build a very large and sturdy elevated raised garden bed for some of my vegetables. This was a backyard DIY planter box and I include free plans.

Total Dimensions:
Garden Box – 8-ft L x 28 1/2-in W x 32-in H
Garden Box with Railings – 100 1/4-in L x 32 1/2-in W x 33-in H

Total of 13 – 1x6x8 – Cedar Planks
6 – planks used for the length of bed / 3 on each side (cut evenly) slightly under 8 x 5 ½”
2 – planks used for the width of bed / 3 on each side (cut evenly into 30”) about 30 x 5 ½”
5 – planks used for the bottom of the bed / (cut evenly just shy of 30” – about 28 ½ x 5 ½”)

Total of 5 – 1x6x8 – pressure treated planks
2 planks -cut evenly into 6 legs = 32”x 5 ½”)
1 plank – cut evenly into 3 legs = 32” x 4 ½”)
1 plank – cut into 1 leg = 32” x 4 ½” and 2 – 32 ½ x 2 ¼” then 45 degree miter cut on each end (total of 10 legs and 2 short railings if using)
*Extra wood from last plank cut is used for long trim/railing (optional) and for bed brace
1 plank used for the top long trim/railing cut into 2 pieces then add extra scrap wood to create 2 railings. Total length about 100 3/8” x 2 ¼” with 45 degree miter cut on either end. (optional)

1 – 2x4x8 – pressure treated (cut in half length-wise then cut slightly to match length of bed)
Total of 2 pieces that are about 1 ¾” x 1 ½” x 8

Paint – optional
Railings – optional – no railings – remove 1 pressure treated plank from plan
Screws used – 10 1 ½”
Landscape Fabric – https://amzn.to/3aW7yjw

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41 Comments

  1. Jerry O’Dell on June 25, 2021 at 1:43 am

    Very cool project👍 Super cool chopsaw😎

  2. J Armstrong on June 25, 2021 at 1:43 am

    Nice job. As a suggestion for those who do not own a jig for drilling holes. a good carpenters glue like Titebond III and some clamps should provide a sturdy elevated garden box in the tongue and groove parts of the boards. Use galvanized or decking screws. Don’t use steel nails or screws since they rust easily and leave dark marks on the wood as they corrode. Don’t use pressure treated lumber since you don’t know what bad chemical were put into the wood as preservatives and them have them leach into the garden soil.

  3. The Busy Brown Angel on June 25, 2021 at 1:46 am

    Great job! Awesome choice in size! You can get a lot of plants in there. Hopefully you’ll get a nice fall harvest.

  4. Javier Torres on June 25, 2021 at 1:47 am

    Nice 👍🏼

  5. george markunas on June 25, 2021 at 1:48 am

    Hi! Another question… I can’t find 1 1/2" exterior wood screws to save my life. Aren’t you worried about the 1 1/2" screws rusting over time? I’m building this today so I’m going to see what happens with 1 5/8"
    This box and your video about it are the best I’ve found, and I’ve been looking for some time 😉

  6. SASD Craft Kit instructional videos on June 25, 2021 at 1:50 am

    Gr8 video! What pocket hole jig are you using?

  7. Veronica Gillies on June 25, 2021 at 1:51 am

    Thanks!

  8. Shihan Rick Senior on June 25, 2021 at 1:53 am

    this is precisely what I am looking for

  9. teaglet on June 25, 2021 at 1:54 am

    How deep is your box?

  10. Hammered Halo - Lets build it! on June 25, 2021 at 1:55 am

    Nice large flower box👍, very detailed video, thanks so much for sharing. New friends here

  11. Kent Sands on June 25, 2021 at 1:57 am

    Awesome design/approach – I’ve been researching raised bed plans for the past couple of months, and this looks like the one I’m going to go with. 4 of these bad boys (3×6′) coming to my rooftop garden! Will send pics 😬

  12. In my head Under my Bed on June 25, 2021 at 1:58 am

    It’s gorgeous!!!

  13. Tammy Leitte on June 25, 2021 at 1:59 am

    It’s beautiful! I love the contrast of colors!

  14. Su Silva on June 25, 2021 at 2:01 am

    Smart lady, you can’t imagine how much this will mean to you many years down the road. I wish I had started making raised beds while I was still able-bodied.

  15. Joe Diaz on June 25, 2021 at 2:01 am

    Seems like a lot of work just for a flower bed, bet your back is killing you.

  16. My Tube on June 25, 2021 at 2:03 am

    Very clean presentation😃

  17. M ike on June 25, 2021 at 2:03 am

    I just built one using this as a guide, but just pine and exterior paint for the framing, which was cheaper. Still cost me $165 for the wood & screws, and half a day.
    Then i saw ones on google shopping for $109-150 for BIGGER.
    Unless you love carpentry and have time to burn, shop online before doing the DIY.

  18. Gagan Saraswat on June 25, 2021 at 2:06 am

    Hi can we know the name of the garden fabric used inside the bed

  19. KoiRun on June 25, 2021 at 2:09 am

    This is such a great idea. Incredible number of (well deserved) views.

  20. Dee Word on June 25, 2021 at 2:09 am

    I have a question, you say you use cedar planks for anything that is going to come in contact with soil but you are also putting a liner into the bed. If you run the liner all the way up to the top, could you theoretically swap out the cedar for a cheaper piece of wood instead. Cedar has doubled in price down where I am. Also I am on the water to the Bay (saltwater) so I was wondering if I could go pressure treated with all of the wood? Thoughts?

  21. Shenika Cierra on June 25, 2021 at 2:10 am

    This is awesome. I wish I had the skill lol

  22. Larry Stone on June 25, 2021 at 2:11 am

    Good video enjoyed it Be safe God Bless

  23. gary bright on June 25, 2021 at 2:12 am

    Good job 👍 👍

  24. Sharry Hope on June 25, 2021 at 2:14 am

    Do you put cardboard on the landscape fabric before filling with soil?

  25. Greenery Everyday on June 25, 2021 at 2:14 am

    Admiring

  26. MiddleChild X-37B on June 25, 2021 at 2:15 am

    Great 👍🏼 💡 idea thank you!

  27. Break Free Homestead on June 25, 2021 at 2:17 am

    Saw you siting at 999, congrats on 1K 🤙

  28. george markunas on June 25, 2021 at 2:19 am

    What do you think of using 6 inch tongue & groove to replace the cedar boards?
    It’s $7 a board cheaper here.

  29. joseph o'brien on June 25, 2021 at 2:19 am

    Thank you, Dee.

  30. Eldora Willie on June 25, 2021 at 2:21 am

    I love your raised bed garden and I wish I could build one like that my self you are brilliant to build this box yourself CONGRATULATIONS!!🙏🙏

  31. B Garcia on June 25, 2021 at 2:22 am

    Talk to fast, slow down

  32. Phyllis Bruce on June 25, 2021 at 2:26 am

    Just made these boxes! We used two legs on each long side in addition the the corners. They are gorgeous and I can’t wait to get them planted. We also made a bed only six inches deep and will use pond liner and grow bags. Cut legs down 10” for a more proportioned look. Much better for me than getting on the ground. Thanks so much for the plans!

  33. CHRISTOPHER DUNCAN on June 25, 2021 at 2:26 am

    Outstanding with the list of materials used! Well done

  34. 1* Punishers California LE MC Southland on June 25, 2021 at 2:27 am

    Simply awesome! Thank you for the very detailed explanation!

  35. Dipo HTC Desire Eye on June 25, 2021 at 2:27 am

    Like it? … I LOVE it …my wife has been asking for an elevated bed this Spring, will be making this for her and you bet she’ll love me forever 😂👍…thanks for making this video 😊🙏

  36. conspirasarie on June 25, 2021 at 2:29 am

    Looks great! Nice job!! I made a super deep chunky style one similar to this. I made so many mistakes. Keep up the good work:)

  37. Fishing With Vance on June 25, 2021 at 2:35 am

    Nice job. Good luck on Youtube. Enjoyed the video.

  38. Kevin Georgiades on June 25, 2021 at 2:36 am

    Good build and video. I would just suggest that you show off the finished piece more either in the beginning or end.

  39. james kincaid on June 25, 2021 at 2:36 am

    Is there a funcional reason you made this box 28.5" wide. I would prefer a box closed to 48" wide. Any pitfalls?

  40. Lee Reed Embroidery on June 25, 2021 at 2:39 am

    Thank you

  41. Ray Wurtz on June 25, 2021 at 2:41 am

    I like these boxes and will be building some this weekend. I have one suggestion though, use just one screw in the middle of each bottom slat. That will allow the wood to expand and contract which will help prevent it from cracking and splitting.

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