How to Build a Raised Bed with Benches

raised bed with benches

Benches make it easier to plant, weed, and harvest your garden.

This half-day project makes gardening easier and more comfortable. It’s higher than most raised beds, so you don’t have to bend over quite as much, plus it has a bench on each side so you can sit while you plant, weed, and harvest. This is an ideal garden set-up for older gardeners, folks with back or knee problems, or anyone simply looking for an attractive, unique style of raised bed to add to the yard.

Cut the lumber yourself if you have some woodworking experience, or make it easy by having the boards pre-cut at your local home improvement store. Be sure to choose a level piece of ground in a well-drained area that gets at least 6 to 8 hours of sun per day. To help prevent weeds, cover the ground inside the bed with newspaper or landscaping cloth before filling with premium quality soil developed especially for raised beds, such as Miracle-Gro® Raised Bed Soil. Also, be sure to feed your veggies and herbs throughout the season with a plant food like Miracle-Gro® Shake ‘n Feed® Tomato, Fruit & Vegetable Plant Food, which is designed to give your edible plants the nutrients they need to grow strong and deliver a big harvest.

To build our Raised Bed with Benches, watch the video, scroll down for instructions, or download our printable PDF guide.


Estimated Time: 4 hours*
* less if you have wood pre-cut

Difficulty: Moderate

List of Materials:

  • 1 – 2 x 2 x 8 board
  • 3 – 2 x 4 x 8 boards
  • 8 – 2 x 6 x 8 boards
  • 2 – 2 x 8 x 8 boards
  • 3 – 1-lb boxes 2½-inch deck screws
  • 1 – 1-lb box 3-inch deck screws
  • Miracle-Gro® Raised Bed Soil

List of Tools:

  • miter saw or circular saw*
  • drill/driver
  • clamps
  • square
  • measuring tape

* or can have lumber pre-cut at home improvement store per dimensions in Parts List

Parts List:

Side Slats81½ x 5½ x 45
Bottom Side Slats41½ x 7¼ x 45
Inner Posts81½ x 3½ x 14
Bracket Supports41½ x 5½ x 16
Brackets81½ x 5½ x 15½
Outer Posts41½ x 3½ x 18¼
Seat Slats81½ x 5½ x 24
Seat Cleats41½ x 1½ x 20½

Use this slideshow for step-by-step directions

Finished Dimensions:
Height: 18¼ inches
Length (not including benches): 48 inches
Width (not including benches): 48 inches
Length (including benches): 67½ inches
Width (including benches): 67½ inches

Design by Chris Hill