How to Build a Raised Bed with Benches

raised bed with benches

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 potting soil, such as Nature’s Care Organic Potting Mix.

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

Details

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

Difficulty: Moderate

Approximate Cost (not including soil or plants): $95 if using treated lumber, $250 if using cedar (based on 2014 prices)

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

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:

Part Quantity Size
Side Slats 8 1½ x 5½ x 45
Bottom Side Slats 4 1½ x 7¼ x 45
Inner Posts 8 1½ x 3½ x 14
Bracket Supports 4 1½ x 5½ x 16
Brackets 8 1½ x 5½ x 15½
Outer Posts 4 1½ x 3½ x 16½
Seat Slats 8 1½ x 5½ x 24
Seat Cleats 4 1½ 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