How to Build Raised Beds Using Pallets

4 Materials
$50
4 Hours
Medium

Hi everyone! Welcome to my garden. I grow vegetables in raised beds since it is more convenient, useful, and attractive. Raised garden beds can be quite expensive, so I want to show you how you can make your own raised garden beds from pallets!

You might have heard that pallet wood isn't safe to use for garden beds where you will be planting vegetables. Here is what you should look for. There should be a stamp on the side of the pallet showing how the wood has been treated. The only one you have to be wary of is MB (which stands for methyl bromide), since the chemical in it can leach in to the food.
how to build raised beds using pallets
1st step is to roll the pallets to where you want them to be in the garden. Watch the video to see my technique for doing this easily.

how to build raised beds using pallets
Here's the stamp on the side of the pallet referenced above.



how to build raised beds using pallets
Now use a jigsaw, circular saw, or handsaw to cut the slats of wood.

how to build raised beds using pallets
We have a bunch of pieces of wood that we want to all make the same size.
how to build raised beds using pallets
These planks are held together on long wooden rails 2 and half by 2 centimeters which allows for enough grip for the nail.
how to build raised beds using pallets
It's time to nail the planks in to the long wood rails. I used 40mm nails

how to build raised beds using pallets
While pallet wood is treated for the weather, I like the look of stained wood, so I went ahead and stained three of the four boards.
how to build raised beds using pallets
Time to put the bed together. After connecting the four sides, I drilled small wood rail along the middle and filled the bed with dirt.
how to build raised beds using pallets
Finally time to put capping along the edges of the top of the pallet garden bed to give it a beautiful finished look. Hope you enjoyed! For more please watch the video and come visit my channel for other exciting videos :)
how to build raised beds using pallets

Suggested materials:

  • Pallet wood  (local DIY store (free))
  • Nails  (local DIY store)
  • Decking stain  (local DIY store)
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  • She29179018
    on Sep 12, 2017

    Wouldn't it last longer if you put the rails on the outside? That way the dirt pushes against the screws instead of popping the boards off. Also, I staple a plastic liner inside of treated wood beds before the rim goes on. Helps keep the chemicals out of the soil.

    • She29179018
      on Sep 21, 2017

      Gravel under the perimeter sounds good too. I just put ground cloth down..

  • Vic25710122
    on Sep 12, 2017

    Great idea but I wonder how long it will take before the boards start deteriorating?

  • Holly
    on Jan 15, 2018

    Could you use this same idea and use the planks as a walkway to the house? They look beautiful stained...that's what I originally thought of when I saw the picture...?

    • Jen Morris
      on Jan 15, 2018

      I guess you could but be sure to make the rails thicker and of a weather proof material (tanalised timber). I made a little walkway through my berry cage and found that the wood sitting on the ground decays faster.

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  • Brunswick22
    on Sep 5, 2018

    I have been nagging my husband about this same idea. It's a little late in the season , but look out in the Spring . Thanks

  • Susan Renaud
    on Oct 2, 2018

    This is an amazing method to use pallets. You took such care in your construction. Kudos. I would love to try your methods, if not the actual raised beds. Thank you.

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