How to Plant Flowers in an Old House Bed Frame


Your garden is one of the most personal "rooms" you can create. Many garden designers are using antiques and found objects in their gardens. Using flea market and garage sale finds allow them to create a look of their very own. You can make your garden unique by making a garden bed out of an old house bed frame. It also allows you to recycle and reuse an old piece of furniture.

Step 1

Sand and seal the metal bed frame. Paint it with exterior paint or allow it to look old and rustic with a coat of clear polyurethane.

Step 2

Measure the height of the legs. Dig holes deep enough to place the legs in so the side rails are almost touching the ground. Put the legs of the bed in the holes and back-fill. Use your foot to tamp down the soil around the legs.

Step 3

Fill the inside part of the bed, where the mattress would go, with three to five inches of organic matter and till it into the existing soil. If you want to create the look of a mattress, add 12 to 16 inches of topsoil to the area to make a raised bed.

Step 4

Arrange plants in a pattern to resemble a quilt. Allow some flowers to spill over the sides of the "mattress" for a realistic look.

Step 5

Plant vines to wind around the headboard and footboard. Water the newly planted flowers daily for two to three weeks or until they're established.

Tips and Warnings

  • If you're creating a raised bed, don't use soil from the garden without amending it. Garden soil is too heavy and will not drain properly.

Things You'll Need

  • Metal bed frame (without mattress)
  • Shovel
  • Organic matter (compost or manure)
  • Topsoil
  • Plants
  • Vines
  • Water


  • Unusual Objects in the Garden
  • Trash to Treasure
  • Into the Garden With Antiques
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About this Author

Liz Ward is a Visual Communications Designer and writer. Ward's articles are published on and Ward has written for Demand Studios and Text Broker. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Design and a Minor in photography from Purdue University. She is also a master gardener.