Elevated off-ground garden beds (with plans)

Elevated Off-Ground Garden Beds
Elevated Off-Ground Garden Beds

YC recently moved into a rental house, and we used the long weekend to build some elevated raised garden beds. These are built a little over a foot off the ground so that they won’t kill the grass – perfect for rental houses and apartments! These are very easy to build – took about 30-45 minutes each.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 30-35 3″ screws
  • 2: 2″ x 10″ x 8′ boards
  • 3: 2″ x 4″ x 8′ boards

Cut list:

  • 2: 2″ x 10″ x 4′ (garden bed sides)
  • 2: 2″ x 10″ x 14.5″ (garden bed sides)
  • 4: 2″ x 4″ x 2′ (elevation posts)
  • 4: 2″ x 4″ x 4′ (bottom slats)


1. Start by attaching the 2″ x 10″ together as shown.

elevated garden 1

2. Attach the bottom slats, leaving (very) small gaps in between them for drainage. Use four screws per board (two per each side).

elevated garden 2

3. Flip it on it’s side, and attach posts to long side. Flip it over and attach posts to the other side.

elevated garden 4

Fill it up with dirt and compost and plants! You’ll need to add some worms and other organisms since you’re creating a somewhat closed system with these.

You can read the update to this garden here.

14 Comments Add yours

  1. Katie says:

    My 80+ yr old grandfather just made something similar, only a bit higher to eliminate stooping. He missed gardening, but couldn’t get up and down. Now he has a VERY raised bed and can enjoy digging his hands in the dirt.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! That is a really good idea to raise them up so that he can continue to garden!

  2. naimavanswol says:

    This is brilliant. And beautiful! I love it.

  3. Reblogged this on Life: A Nelipot Perspective and commented:
    After my car accident my back, knees, and ankles just aren’t what they used to be. This plan will help a lot! Just HAD to reblog…

    1. Tabitha, thank you so much for stopping by. I’m sorry to hear about your accident. Hopefully some elevated garden boxes will allow you to garden.

      1. I surely hope so! Thanks.🙂

  4. Ruth says:

    Love this!!! Just made one and excited to get planting!!! Thinking of making a few more. This will fit my tomato plants!!!

    1. Thanks, Ruth! Good luck with your tomatoes!!

  5. Thank you for sharing this simple and easy plan, just what I was looking for! Thank you again!!!

  6. tmarshmusic says:

    What type of wood did you use?

    1. We used untreated pine for these.

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