Waist High Raised Garden Beds

Waist High Raised Garden Beds

As we know, raised bed gardens are slightly higher than open ground gardening and for some people make life a little easier. With the raised bed systems, there is a great sense of comfort or easiness when attending to these gardening planters. We can now go a step further with this method of gardening and its known as waist high raised bed gardening. There are some great companies out there who saw a gap in the market and were fast off the mark in deciding to build and produce these for our gardening purposes.

Our senior gardening folk, who might have issues with bending and stooping while attending to their gardens, can now avail of these, which will make gardening much more enjoyable and less stressful. These elevated garden beds are avilable online, they can be purchased at garden centres or perhaps some hardware stores will have these instock also. If we are somewhat handy with a saw, hammer and nails, we could always build these ourselves, or we could get a tradesperson to do this project for us. To purchase the wood for these would not be overly expensive and I would suggest that $ 50 – 60 would be sufficient for a project like this. The thing about building some waist high planters is, it need not be aesthetically perfect, just something functional that will allow us to plant and grow our vegetables.


Waist high raised beds

What height should waist high raised beds be;


Waist high raised beds serve a multitude of purposes, not only does it allow us to tend to our gardens without bending or stooping, but it would stop our pets and other critters from climbing onto our gardens. The ideal height would be 30″ or upwards, which would enable comfortable maintenance while attending to the gardening tasks. This height is the standard height of most containers and bed framed planters, which are being used for these reasons. It is once again up to our own individual taste, preference and liking as to what height would be suitable for our needs.


What size should waist high raised beds be;


This again is a matter of personal preference, ideally we would like something that would easily accomodate a sizeable range of vegetables or salads. Length wise, I would suggest that at a minimum, it would be four feet in length and up to six feet at a maximum. If we have raised beds that are any longer we may need extra supporting legs, which would obviously increase the cost and make it harder to construct. Width wise, I would not exceed three feet as this would require exerting and stretching, which could result in injury or strain. The other important issue is that we need our beds to be at least 12″ in depth, for adequate growing and planting purposes.


Waist high raised garden beds

Different types of elevated planters;


Naturally there are several different makes, types, sizes and shapes to these waist high planters and again, its a matter of budget and requirement demand as to what is the best to suit our needs. The above elevated planter is pretty much a top of the range in this type of raised bed and price wise that is also reflected in that it retails at approx. $250. This is a top of the range model and we can easily see why. It has a strong sturdy frame, made from cedar wood and stands on six legs, so therefore we are paying for the material and quality workmanship. There are also drainage holes in this model and capacity wise, it would hold about 14 cu. feet of soil. It comes with an inside protective liner, which is easily installed. This model is available online and comes as a flatpack purchase and also has a set of instructions for easy assembly.


waist high raised garden bed



Homemade waist high raised beds;


When we are considering this option, the choice is endless and limitless in that we can make it our own style, size, height and material. The design and capicity is entirely up to our own choice and again, budget will decide what we can and cannot have in terms of having a planter for our vegetable growing purposes. The other great advantage in having this type of a raised bed is that we can locate these to whatever part of the garden we wish and if after the first year we are not happy with it’s location, we can move to another area that is better suited. Another great benefit in having a raised bed planter is that it can be tailored made to suit a particular space or similarily it can be made to fit into our patios or decking area. It can always become part of our house in that it could be attached to an outside wall for convenience purposes and if we are using a tradesperson for the construction and fitting of these, they would advise us on the best size and area for the placement of these. Should we decide to go down that route, don’t forget that we will always need drainage holes in these receptacles at all times.

To summarize;


There is no limit to what we can have in terms of choice, size, shape, height or any other measurment that we may need. That is the beauty of making or having these constructed and assembled to our own dimensions. There are numerous plans, designs and ideas  for these types of planters  all over the internet and are free to download. To be more specific and up to speed there are now specialised gardening apps that we can download to our iphones or ipads, which will help us with design and shape etc etc.  Here’s hoping that this information will be of some assistance to our gardening friends who would be looking for advise or help with these types of raised bed designs and ideas. As always we are very welcoming of any comments or questions to any aspect of gardening that you may be concerned about. Please feel free to contact us through the feedback section down below and we will reply as soon as is humanly possible.

8 thoughts on “Waist High Raised Garden Beds

  1. I like these! I have been investigating raise beds, and the waist high ones are even better. I have a questions though, would the wood need to be treated in any way? I am kind of handy and would like to try making one of these myself, but not sure if I should buy pre-treated wood or go with adding a stain on after completion. What do you think?

    1. Hi there matt’s Mom,

      Great to see you stopping by and reading this post on waist high raised beds, I appreciate your interest. I agree with you on the waist high version of raised beds, they would eliminate all the bending, stooping and stretching associated with weeding and attending to our gardening issues.

      As for treating the wood, I would suggest that it’s a matter of personal preference. you could buy the wood pre-treated and that would probably end up being a more expensive option. The other issue with that scenario is, how safe is the pretreated wood when using this material in the growing of our vegetables. ( you would have to enquire at your hardware store about this concern )

      The other option would be to buy un-treated timber and treat this with an ‘Eco-wood treatment stain’, which is now available online. This formula is safe to use when growing veggies and crops. It’s made from root and plant extract and contains no harmful toxins etc. I did a post on this here some time ago and you can read this article here. Here’s trusting that this info. is useful and informative,

      Happy gardening,

      Thanks again for stopping by,

      Cheers       PB.

  2. How fun! I have always wanted the opportunity to be able to grow a garden, but unfortunately always seem to be renting houses instead of owning them. One day I know I will be able to build a garden and will definitely look at these waist high beds for then. Do you have any information on how to keep animals like deer out of the garden as I have heard that as a common complaint.

    1. Hi there Austin,

      Many thanks for stopping by and reading this post. I am sure you will get around to having your own garden in due course and then with the waist high raised beds, that should make gardening more pleasurable and enjoyable.

      I know what you are talking about when wild animals start to invade our gardening patch, its a sore point and can be an ongoing issue, especially if they have tasted some of the vegetables already, they would definitely be back for more.

      I have done a post on deerproofing our garden some time ago and you can read that post here. This structure has raised beds to a degree and you may kill two birds with the one stone here.

      Thanks again for dropping by and happy gardening,

      Cheers       PB

  3. After reading your other article on building raised beds I just had to check out this article on waist high raised garden beds. I love your picks from Amazon but unfortunately they do not ship to where I live. Lucky for me though my husband is a retired cabinet builder so I just may have to bring him out of retirement. I am glad you mentioned the dimension since I wouldn’t have thought that making it too big would be a problem. It does make sense though that you would want to be able to reach the whole planter without having to stretch too much.
    As were heading into fall right now this seems like a good winter project.

    1. Hi there Maureen,

      Many thanks for dropping by and reading this post, its greatly appreciated. Absolutely waist high raised beds are a great idea and will definitely reduce the task of having to stoop or bend. It will make attending to our gardening duties more enjoyable and more fun.

      As you say, building a raised bed that will be good project for your husband to get involved with over the winter and the beauty about doing this yourselves, you can decide what dimensions you want, how tall or how long, this bed frame needs to be, etc etc.

      Best wishes to you and happy gardening,

      Cheers    PB

  4. A raised bed, I only want to do it once. I don’t want the bottom to rot out. What about lining it, sides and bottom with corrugated sheet metal like used on roofs and pole buildings. You would neet to make a way for excess water to get out. I am a retired tool and diemaker, and am handy with building things. The only problem is we have deer in Indiana. Electric fence worked in my garden. I sure it would work for a raised bed.

    1. Hi there Dave,
      Many thanks for stopping by and visiting our website. It’s greatly appreciated. You are spot-on with your initial calculation and assessment. Yes, you can absolutely make a raised bed to any specifications, style or dimensions that you desire. Its a great idea to make the raised bed from corrugated material, that would ensure that the raised bed would last for years. If, on the other hand you made the bed frame from wood or lumber, you could always line the inside of the frame with a plastic membrane that would protect the wood from dampness and prevent rotting or decay down the road.

      Hope this helps,
      Best wishes with your gardening adventures,
      Phil Browne

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