How To Make A Raised Planter Stand


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This easy and inexpensive raised planter stand is a great solution for a variety of garden issues.

It’s a great option for keeping your garden organized, and if you don’t want to plant directly on the ground so as to keep critters away from your produce. It’s easier on your back when watering or tending your plants. This design also allows you to attach trellising.


Building one won’t break the bank as the stand can be made of repurposed timber from your previous woodworking projects. The planter is made from repurposed drums which are inexpensive and can be found locally.

What would you be planting on your own raised planter stand?

If you have other ideas on how this can be improved, let us know in the comments section.

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(3) 55 gallon juice drum
2×4 pressure treated lumber


  • Hand Saw
  • Measuring Tape
  • Clamps
  • Straight Edge (square)
  • Wood Glue
  • Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Screws
  • Power Drill/Driver


Build The Assemblies

You’ll need four assemblies for three drums. Begin by building the four support assemblies that will connect the 2×4 stringers. For simplicity, make them identical and symmetrical.

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The legs are made from 4×6 pressure treated (PT) lumber, with the height of 26-1/4″. The cross members connecting each leg are made from 2×4 PT and are joined together using dadoes cut.


Cut cross members to 31″ then apply adhesive and attach screws in points connecting the members.


Connect The Assemblies

After building the assemblies we are now to connect them together. Stake one of the four assemblies to the ground to prevent it from moving. Then measure the exact location where the next assembly should be attached. Stake the second assembly in the location determined earlier. You can then lay a 2×4 on top of the legs and fasten them using screw. After that side is done proceed to the other side. Attach a 2×4 on the assemblies’ cross member and screw into place.


Attach Spacers

Using screws attach 2×4’s with the length of 2′ to the inner side of the 2×4’s connecting the legs of assemblies. These will serve as spacers giving the drums a snug fit and preventing them from rolling.


Cut And Install Drums

Carefully draw lines on the drums where the cut will be made. Cut the drum using a circular saw with carbide tipped blade. Once the drums are cut in half, wash them and let dry. Drill holes for drainage. Lastly install the drums and fill with soil. You can use the 2x4s that connects the legs of the assemblies to add a trellis.



Thanks to RushFan for the original idea!



  1. I like the use of barrels. They would be great for growing shallow rooted vegetables and possibly carrots in the centers.
    There is one modification I would make. I would use two 2×4’s or a 4×4 below the drums. By the time you add soil, water and plants I’m wondering if the single 2×4 will carry the weight. We have 26″ deep raised beds so that my wheelchair-bound husband and work the beds. This design would allow him to get closer to the vegetables and enable him to reach all of the bed. Ours are 4’x 8’and there are parts he can’t reach. Thanks for sharing your design.

  2. What a wonderful design. I love to garden but had to give it up due to my illness. This would be great for me less bending and much easier to tend to the garden. Thank You for your design and sharing it with us.

  3. Hi Katherine! There are a few raised garden beds featured here. I hope you find one that lets you get back into the joys of gardening :)

  4. I like the barrel idea but not in plastic they can leach toxins into the soil especially being outside and heated with the sun. I also see them eventually cracking and pieces falling into the soil and eventually just breaking. Perhaps an old wine barrel would be a better suggestion?

  5. How about connecting the barrels with PVC and building a slight incline into it. Combining aquaponics or hydroponics? Might have to “beef up” the supports. Or just water one end and catch at the other, recycling the water and fertilizer.