Build a Raised Bed

A simple way to build raised bed frames.

By Doug Hall


How to build a raised bed-step 3

Place one of the corner supports in the angle between the boards and attach it to the side board with three screws. Repeat for the remaining three corners.

How to build a raised bed-step 4

Attach the center brace to join the two sides at their midpoints. Use a square to position the brace at a right angle to the sides (5). The brace prevents the sides from bowing outward when the bed is filled with soil.

How to build a raised bed

The finished bed measures 4 feet by 8 feet—a size that makes seed sowing, weeding, and harvesting easy—and raises the planting level by almost a foot. The wood can be stained, if desired. We liked Coach’s raised beds so much, we built 10 of them for the garden. —Doug Hall

Why Garden in Raised Beds?

  • The soil can be liberally supplemented with compost and other organic amendments, creating a rich and porous root zone that nurtures plants.
  • The bed sides act as an edging, helping to keep out weeds and turfgrass.
  • Many gardeners, including those of restricted mobility, find that the slightly higher soil level facilitates maintenance.
  • The elevated soil of raised beds drains quickly and doesn’t become waterlogged, and it warms up earlier in spring. (Although those two characteristics are beneficial in cool, rainy climates, gardeners in hot, dry regions may consider them to be negatives.)