Build a Rolling Raised Garden Bed

A raised bed on wheels is a garden on the go. Follow our step-by-step guide to roll into the next gardening season in style.

This raised-bed garden is deep enough for large plants such as tomatoes and ornamental peppers. The higher elevation makes gardening a back-saving stand-up job. To save time, have all the wood cut to length at the lumber yard. We stained our planter two shades of blue. The legs are made of sturdy 4×4 posts; wood stretchers at the base keep the planter from wobbling. Follow our step-by-step guide to roll your way to happy portable garden.

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What You Need

  • (3) 2×6×37-inch cedar boards
  • (2) 1×4×16½-inch cedar boards
  • (6) 1×6×38½-inch cedar boards
  • (6) 1×6×16½-inch cedar boards
  • (4) 2×4×13-inch cedar boards
  • (4) 4×4×21½-inch cedar posts
  • (2) 2×4×28½-inch cedar boards
  • (2) 2×4×9½-inch cedar boards
  • 2-inch exterior screws
  • 3½-inch exterior screws
  • Drill
  • (4) casters (two locking)
  • Wood stain
  • Brush
  • 6 feet weed-blocking bed liner

Step 1: Build the Base

Lay all three of the 2×6 boards side by side; place two of the 1×4 boards vertically on the three boards. Position the 1×4 boards 4 inches from both ends toward the middle of the three-piece board. Fasten the boards together with 2-inch screws using a drill.

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Step 2: Create Rectangular Box

To create a rectangular box section, fasten two 1×6×38½-inch cedar boards to two 1×6×18-inch boards. Use 3½-inch screws to secure the boards together with a drill. Position the longer boards outside the shorter boards when securing together. Make two more boxes to stack on top of each other.

Step 3: Attach Base to Box

After creating the base and the rectangular box, insert piece from Step 1 into one box frame with crossboards on the bottom. Join together the bottom to the rectangular box using a 1½-inch piece of scrap wood for even spacing. Fasten the bottom to box section using 2-inch screws every 6 inches.

Step 4: Attach Base Beams

Add remaining box sections. Put a 13-inch 2×4 in each corner, even with the bottom of the box. The boards will be 2 inches shorter than the top of the box. Fasten the boards to the box with 3½-inch screws.

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Step 5: Fasten Posts to Box

Stand the box on the 4×4 board posts. Align the posts on the inside of the box to attach together. Fasten the posts together with a drill from inside of the box using four 3½-inch screws for each post.

Step 6: Attach Crosspieces to Posts

Put the remaining 2×4 boards between the posts, positioning them ½ inch from the bottom of the posts. Drill through the 2×4s into the posts at an angle. Fasten the crosspieces to the posts using 3½-inch screws.

Step 7: Add Finishing Touches

Fasten the casters to the base of the posts using 2-inch screws. Stain the cart to your desired color (we chose baby blue). Line the cart with weed-blocking bed liner and fill the bed with soil. Then, plant your favorite seasonal vegetables for the freshest, and most accessible, produce to go straight to your table.

Editor's Tip: Attach two locking casters to one short side of the raised bed, and two regular casters to the other side.

1 Comment

  1. very nice idea- but how about a printer-friendly version- maybe 4 pages instead of 14.

    1. I appreciate the information. I am a newbie. are these already cut to size or

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