How to Design Raised Flower Beds


Raised flower beds are the perfect solution for the elderly or those with back problems, as their height requires less bending when tending to your plants. They are also a great choice for rocky or clay-heavy soils, where digging and planting is difficult. With a raised bed, you have much more control over the soil conditions as they are self-contained.

Step 1

Choose the desired location of your raised flower bed. Most flowering plants prefer full sun exposure for at least part of the day, so knowing the light requirements of your plants can help in the decision.

Step 2

Cut the two pieces of 2-by-6-by-8 pieces of lumber in half with the skill saw, creating four 2-by-6-by-4 pieces in total.

Step 3

Arrange the four pieces of lumber together to form the square frame of your raised flower bed. Butt the ends together so they overlap, but sit flush.

Step 4

Mark the spot where you would like to sink the screws at each corner of your flower bed frame. Ideally, there should be at least two screws sunk per corner.

Step 5

Drill pilot holes in each marked position. This makes it easier to sink the screws into the wood.

Step 6

Screw the lumber together. Using your pilot holes as your guide, sink the screws into each corner.

Step 7

Set the flower bed frame into its desired location and mark the outline of the frame with chalk or string.

Step 8

Move the wooden frame to the side and, using a square shovel, dig a 2-inch deep trench. Use the string or chalk outline as your guide for the outer edge of the trench (see Reference 2).

Step 9

Place the flower bed frame into the trench. Hammer the wooden stakes into each inside corner of the frame, as close to the wood as possible (see Reference 2).

Step 10

Lay your landscaping fabric down on the ground, inside the raised bed frame. Trim as needed, so the fabric covers the entire bottom of the bed and ends an inch or two up the sides of the frame.

Step 11

Fill the raised flower bed with topsoil. You may also add any other soil nutrients, if necessary, that your flowers need to thrive.

Step 12

Plant your flowers. Water each plant well after planting.

Tips and Warnings

  • Treated lumber lasts longer than untreated wood, but the chemicals used can leach into the soil and contaminate your plants. Be aware of this, especially if you plan to plant anything edible in your raised flower beds. Before screwing the frame together, ensure you'll be able to reach to the middle of the raised bed. If you can't reach to plant or tend to the flowers in the middle, your raised flower bed is too big and you may want to adjust its dimensions (see Reference 2).

Things You'll Need

  • 2 2-by-6-by-8 lengths of lumber
  • Skill saw
  • Drill
  • Wood screws
  • Square shovel
  • String or chalk
  • 4 wooden stakes
  • Hammer
  • Landscaping fabric
  • Top soil
  • Flowers
  • Water


  • Making Raised Flower Beds
  • Raised Gardens

Who Can Help

  • Raised Flower Bed Designs and Advice
Keywords: raised flower beds, flower bed frame, landscaping fabric

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Sophia Darby is a former professional hairstylist who has spent the last six years writing hair-related articles for both online and print publications. Her work has appeared in Celebrity Hairstyles Magazine, as well as multiple websites.