Tiered Raised Garden Beds

Tiered Raised Garden Beds

Tiered raised garden beds is a unique way of compensating for lack of space and it’s also a great way of improving the look and aesthetics of our backyards or backgardens. There really are no great advantages to this system of gardening, except that, its somewhat efficient and these can be located close or outside our back doors for easy access and saves us going down through the garden occasionally. They could be located on a patio or decking area, or perhaps on a balcony, if we were living in high rise apartments and as we can see in the images down below, they don’t take up that much space or ground area. There is no blueprint either as to how they should be built, but that said, there are several plans, designs and ideas for different layouts, shapes and sizes of this type of a raised bed garden available on the internet.

In most cases we would not grow our large vegetables in these, such as cabbages, squash, potatoes or tomatoes etc etc. Instead we would grow leafy greens like herbs, salads, onions, spring onions and so on, basically the most used of vegetables without going large scale in these planter containers. The basics are pretty much the same as if we were using standard raised beds, in that the soil content is similar, it needs to be enriched occasionally, we need to observe the moisture levels and adhere to the same maintenance exercises as usual.



What size should tiered raised beds be;


Again there are no limits as to how big or how high our tiered raised gardens beds should be. Its totally up to our budget, imagination and if by chance, we had some household maintenance or carpentry skills, we could always construct these tiered raised beds ourselves. The timber or lumber that we require need not be expensive teak or oak, but ordinary pine or red deal would serve our needs adequately for this purpose. Our lumber or harware stockist would easily be able to accomodate us, as to how much or what lengths we would need for a project of this nature.



Tiered raised garden beds


Are tiered raised beds expensive;


Tiered raised garden beds are not at all expensive, especially when we look at them for the exercise of functionality, rather that as a focal point or part of our outdoor garden decor and so on. In the above image we can see that this design is a very standard basic tiered raised bed and can be put together in a matter of an hour or so. Let’s look at what is involved in this construction and for the bottom tier the dimensions are 4ft x 4ft, the middle tier is 3ft x 3ft and the top tier measures 2ft x 2ft. All in all, we would need 36ft of lumber, cut into the desired dimensions as outlined above.

All the same sides or lengths are nailed or screwed together and then the squared bed frames are placed diagonally on top of each square to give this attractive and appealing finish. The height of the boards can be 6″, 8″ or 10″ and the thickness of these planks would only need to be 1″ minimum, as there is no great weight or pressure on these, when we see how they are constructed and designed as above. Indeed off-cuts or seconds would serve our needs on this occasion and at a minimum, we could construct this raised bed frame for approx $20-30. All we would need is a saw, hammer and nails to complete this DIY project.



Tiered raised bed garden construction


Tiered raised beds as a focal point;


In comparison to the above mentioned exercise, there are all sizes and shapes of tiered raised bed ideas out there and the sky is the limit as to how big, long, high or expensive we would like our tiered bed frames to be. Cost wise, we would be looking at upwards of $500 for a good sized construction, whether it be a factory designed production or perhaps we hired a construction company or carpenter to complete this task. The ideas and designs can be tailored to suit and fit into our backgarden plans and layouts, but we would need this task to be completed on-site. The lumber naturally, would be stained or varnished for protection against the elements , which adds to the price. On a health and safety issue, its always advisable to use the safe wood protection formula, especially on raised beds that we are using for our vegetable and salad purposes. If our tiered raised beds are for flowers and plants, or as garden furniture decor only, then ordinary wood stain would be sufficient.


In conclusion;


As far as pros and cons, there is not a lot to debate on this occasion, save to say, that for some people the tiered raised beds would eliminate having to stoop or bend, during the planting or maintenance associated with these constructions. If built to a good standard of workmanship, these will really stand out and would become a source of interesting conversation with our neighbours, family or friends. The beauty about these assemblies is that when fully planted and the vegetables or salads start to mature, it’s only then that they make a great statement, ( as per above images ). How big or how high we want these is totally up to our own imagination and desire. As we mentioned earlier there are hundreds of plans, designs and shapes which we could work with, but the fact is, we should not be limited to what we see online either.

I trust that this information is useful, informative and helpful in helping people out there decide what suits their needs. As ever, we are social here at buildingraisedbeds.com. Feel free to contact us at any stage and we would love to be of assistance in any way we possibly can. Or if you would like to contact us personally, please do so via our email link at;


6 thoughts on “Tiered Raised Garden Beds

  1. I love these tiered raised garden beds. Not only are they functional, they can also look very nice! I have a lot of lumber left over from Hurricane Irma. Actually didn’t know what I was going to do with it, but it wasn’t cheap, so I knew I could find a use. Now I have one! I am kind of handy, so just by looking at the picture, I think I can do this. I was actually looking up different types of gardening beds, but this seems perfect! Glad I found this information, thank you!

    1. Hi there Matts Mom.

      Many thanks for stopping by and reading this article on tiered raised garden beds, its warmly welcomed. I am glad that this post was inspirational and motivational for you and that you got some fresh ideas for building some of your raised beds.

      There are no limits as to how big, what size or shape we can build these tiered raised beds, its totally up to our own imagination and desire. The fact that you have lumber and you have some carpentry or maintenance skills makes this project even easier again and the sky is the limit, in as far as how big or small you want to construct these.

      Thanks again for stopping by and happy gardening,

      Cheers Phil Browne.

  2. What a really nice idea as far as gardens go. This is great. I can see so many benefits from a tiered garden, most of them you have already mentioned in this article. Nice and educational site.
    Do you make your own garden beds? I am somewhat of a handyman and this project sounds like it would be a fairly easy job. I do have a question though. Does the highest tier have a floor? Is it filled with dirt? Seems to me that would take a lot of dirt to fill from the ground to the top of the highest tier. Would gravel work better? Perhaps putting in a floor of some kind to save on getting enough dirt to fill in.
    Looks to me like you are limited to your imagination as far as making or planning a layout for one of these beauties.
    Thanks for the great ideas. I will check back for additional ideas soon.

    1. Hi there Bobby,

      Many thanks for stopping by and reading this post, its greatly welcomed.I am glad that you liked what you have read here and approved of how tiered raised garden beds would be a great idea and method of gardening. These tiered raised beds would work well, if we have limited space and these could even be located on a patio or decking and would certainly not look out of place.

      Its so easy to make these frames and place on top of one another as per the images shown on this post. No great skills are required and they can be made to any size dimension or shape that we would like. They can also be asssembled to fit into a particular corner or can be attached to an outside wall or fence.

      As far as the tiers having a floor, this would not work if we were growing some deep-rooted vegetables, as they would be somewhat restricted or confined to the depth of the tier bed frame.

      Thanks again for dropping by, happy gardening.

      Cheers PB

  3. This is a great article. I use raised beds in my back yard, not as fancy as some of the ones you show here, but they are raised beds none the less.

    I like the way you make sure to say that the size, shape and height of the beds is totally a personal choice. That will make many want to do their own thing and go ahead and begin building some beds for themselves.

    I was wondering, if you feel that raised beds lend themselves more to some types of vegetables as opposed to others. I grow tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers mostly and have good luck with all three.

    Your article is informative and educational and I am sure that many will benefit from your posting.

    1. Hi there Frank,

      Many thanks for stopping by and reading this post on tiered raised garden beds, its greatly welcomed. I am glad that you liked what  you read and that the information was useful and helpful.

      You are perfectly right when you state that the dimensions, size, shape and so on are entirely up to people themselves and its their own imagination will determine how big or how small they want their raised beds.

      I would suggest that these tiered raised beds would suit the smaller sized vegetables for sure and they might be more suited to salad veggies or even a herb patch. The larger vegetables may upset the equilibrium or may over power some of the samller vegetables, so it would be advisable to plan and give these tiered beds some thought as to what would work best with these.

      Thanks again for dropping by, happy gardening.

      Cheers PB

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