When we renovated the garden we used raised beds and the results were fantastic. It took me a couple years to uncover what beds I liked the most which takes me to 2 ft. x 4 ft.
I’m going to show you how to build two frames for under $10.
Tools and Supplies
- Electric Saw – I used a Chop Saw.
- Drill + Bit and Tip
- 3 eight ft. stud 2 x 4’s about 2.50 each = $7.50
- 16 screws 2.5 or 3 inch will work = under $2.00
Price on 2 x 4’s may vary depending on the wood quality and your location. Home Depot offers a variety of board options and make sure they’re straight.
Smaller hardware stores like Ace will sell screws individually without having to purchase the entire box.
Measurements + Cut + Drill
I’m building in our workshop where space is slightly limited for a project this size.
Work on a flat surface prior to measuring and cutting so everything is even and mark the boards with proper measurements prior to cutting. This is really important because you want your boards to lay flat when it comes time to stack.
- Four cuts at 4 ft.
- Four cuts at 2 ft.
Once the wood is cut take the 2 ft. boards and drill two pilot holes at each end. A pilot hole is smaller than the screw and it keeps the wood from splitting. Do not skip this step!
Recycled or New Screws
For this project I’m using recycled deckmate screws from old projects.
New screws for this project should run between 7 and 10 cents each. Deckmate from Home Depot is also a great brand because they’re coated and they don’t rust.
This is a good thing because in 5 or 6 years when it comes time to replace boards those screws will reverse out of the wood with no problem.
Pretty neat, right?
Connecting the Frame
Inserting the screws is a breeze when you have pilot holes, just another added bonus to that tip and remember please don’t skip it because it really does keep the wood from splitting.
- Layout a rectangle with the boards
- Connect the 2 ft. board to the 4 ft. board
- Repeat at each corner until complete
Raised Bed Almost complete
One layer is completed now it’s time to build another frame before this bed is finished. For additional raised beds on the blog just use the search bar or click Projects.
Also keep in mine that you could also change this up a little by connecting the longer 4 ft. boards into the end boards from the. This would give you a little wider bed but you would miss out on a little length.
You’re basically changing it up a little. I’ve done both styles in my garden.
This raised bed style compliments my book Startle Garden which is such a fun read for gardeners who are starting out or seasoned gardeners who are looking to downsize their garden.
I offer many ideas for raised beds and some don’t even involve building. This book is about growing that amazing garden without all the headache because it walks you through the entire process.
$10 Raised Bed Complete
Once both frames are built you can leave them natural, add paint or stain to finish the exterior. Then take them to the garden and simply stack and add soil. Because they’re short you don’t need corner support unless you insist because the dirt will keep them stable.
If you want to go taller like this raised bed then use rebar in the corners to stabilize prior to adding soil. Growing in taller raised beds is a game changer and something else I love.
This raised bed project is for you and so easy to build in less than 30 minutes. It’s the perfect companion to my book, Startle Garden.