How to Build a Straw Bale Frame

Straw Bale Frame

Add a touch of elegance to your straw bale garden with a simple, handsome wooden base. We’ve added casters for easy movement, making it perfect for a deck or patio. 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. (You can use either treated lumber or naturally long-lasting cedar.) To assemble our straw bale frame, scroll down for instructions or download the PDF. Then, learn how to condition and plant the bale here.

DETAILS:
Estimated Time: 1-2 hours*
* less if you have wood pre-cut

Difficulty: Easy

Approximate Cost (not including bale or plants): $110 if using cedar, $50 if using treated lumber (based on 2013 prices)

List of materials:

  • 2 – 1 x 4 x 8 boards
  • 3 – 1 x 6 x 8 boards
  • 2 – 2 x 4 x 8 boards
  • 12 – 2½-inch deck screws
  • 40 – 1¼-inch deck screws
  • 16 – 1¼-inch washer-head screws
  • 4 – 2½-inch swivel casters
  • Wood stain (if desired)

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 (see Cutting Diagram below):

Part Quantity Size
Cross Rails 3 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 18
Long Rails 2 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 40
Slats 7 3/4 x 3 1/2 x 18
Side Panels 4 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 40
Short End Panels 2 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 16 1/2
Long End Panels 2 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 19 1/2

Use this slideshow for step-by-step directions

Design by Chris Hill