Create a secluded house with this mixture raised mattress and privateness fence. Utilizing normal lumber sizes, it’s an easy-to-assemble DIY venture.

You may as well see privateness fence concepts right here with all types of how to make your backyard extra secluded.

Raised garden bed with built-in privacy wall.

DIY Raised Backyard Mattress With Privateness Wall

Raised garden bed with built-in privacy fence.

As you may inform by the identify of the venture, I constructed this to have each a tall, raised backyard mattress and fence so as to add privateness in my again backyard.

The plan is easy: construct a raised mattress with 4×4 posts and make the 2 again posts tall sufficient to assist horizontal fence boards, primarily forming a privateness wall.

After constructing the unique field, I appreciated the privateness side a lot, I added “wings” on both aspect for additional privateness. I staggered their placement to maintain it steady and add curiosity.

I’m an beginner woodworker and sometimes construct issues with out following plans, simply figuring it out as I’m going. However, so lots of you could have written to request particulars since I initially shared this so I’ve drawn up some plans.

Raised bed with built-in privacy wall in garden.

My precise raised mattress has a footprint of 8×4-feet. Lots of you could have requested for six×3 specs so I’ve included materials lists for each sizes.

If you’re new to raised beds, see Free Raised Mattress Constructing Plans for tricks to know earlier than you construct.

1Video Overview

This video exhibits an outline of how I constructed my combo raised backyard mattress and privateness fence:


Lumber Notes

I used pressure-treated wooden that is available in a ‘sienna’ brown colour.

To keep away from losing wooden, I attempt to create my designs working with normal lumber sizes so there are as few waste cuts as potential. For this venture it means making a field to match your fence board lengths.

For instance, my unit is 8-feet extensive so the privateness fence is 8-feet extensive as effectively.

DISCLAIMERI’ve achieved my greatest to offer correct measurements however I can not assure them. Please double examine earlier than shopping for or reducing lumber.

Lumber Sizes

Softwood lumber is offered by “nominal” names which are completely different than the precise measurement of the wooden you buy.

Verify yours to verify the sizes (size, width, and thickness). These are the precise sizes of lumber offered in my area.

2×4 measures 1.5×3.5

4×4 measures 3.25×3.25

1×6 measures 5/8×5.25

2×8 measures 1.5×7.25

This lists nominal and precise softwood lumber sizes.

Possibility 1

6x3x2 raised mattress with 6-foot privateness wall

Details of front of raised bed privacy wall building plan.


1×6 Fence boards

(7) 1x6x72 (privateness wall boards)

(6) 1x6x21.75 (nook covers)

(2) 1x6x18.25 (brief again nook corners)

2×8 Fence boards

(6) 2x8x72 (lengthy field sides)

(6) 2x8x36 (brief field sides)

(2) 2x8x83.5 (lengthy miter tops) – approx.

(2) 2x8x44 (brief miter tops) – approx.


(1) 2x4x72 (again horizontal assist)

(2) 2x4x21.75 (vertical field helps)

(1) 2x4x36.75 (elective vertical again assist for privateness wall)

4×4 posts

(2) 4x4x72 (again nook posts)

(2) 4x4x21.75 (entrance nook posts)The size of those posts ought to equal (3) fence board widths. Our fence boards are 7.25-inches extensive x 3 = 21.75.

Instruments and {Hardware}

#8 Deck screws (numerous lengths)I used roughly (132) 2.5” #8 deck screws and (56) 1.5” #8 deck screws

Miter noticed

Cordless drill and bitsFor #8 screws use 7/64″ bit for pilot holes and a 3/8″ countersink bit to sink the screws.

Lengthy stage or laser stage


Security glasses, gloves, and ear protectors

Panorama material (elective) – to line the field

Staple instrument (elective) – to connect panorama material

Possibility 2

8x4x2 raised mattress with 8-foot privateness wall


1×6 fence boards

(7) 1x6x96 (privateness wall boards)

(6) 1x6x21.75 (field corners)

(2) 1x6x18.25 (again field corners)

2×8 fence boards

(6) 2x8x96 (lengthy field sides)

(6) 2x8x48 (brief field sides)

(2) 2x8x108 (lengthy miter tops) – approx.

(2) 2x8x60 (brief miter tops) – approx.


(1) 2x4x96 (again horizontal assist)

(2) 2x4x21.75 (vertical field helps)

(1) 2x4x47.25 (elective vertical again assist for privateness wall)

4×4 posts

(2) 4x4x96 (again nook posts)

(2) 4x4x21.75 (entrance nook posts)

3Put together Your Location

Earlier than You Construct

Put together the placement the place you’ll be putting the field. You will have a minimum of 6×3-feet or 8×4-feet of stage floor, relying on which measurement field you construct.

Additionally, you will want sufficient soil to fill the field. I had not too long ago constructed a pond and used a number of the soil from the excavation for all however the prime 12-inches which I amended with compost.

You will discover extra budget-friendly fill concepts right here: How To Fill A Tall Raised Mattress & Save On Soil.

This cardboard sheet mulch methodology is sweet for suppressing any grass or weeds within the base space.


As you’re employed, think about the place you’ll connect screws each for optimum maintain and greatest look. For a number of the boards, you may connect the screws from contained in the field to hide them.

The distinction between a great construct and a foul one is how sq. and stage it’s! Verify your work as you go. It would look professionally-built for those who do that.

Assemble the Entrance and Again Sections

The footprint of the raised mattress is 6-feet by 3-feet (for Possibility 1).

The 2 tall 4×4 posts go on the again corners and the 2 brief 4×4 posts go on the entrance.

The posts will probably be inset 1.5-inches (the width of a 2×8) to permit room for the fence boards to neatly butt up in opposition to one another.

Details of front section of raised bed.

Work from the underside up by lining up the underside of the primary board with the underside of every submit. Add the remaining two boards.

Keep in mind the place you’ve positioned your screws so that you don’t run into them when attaching the nook covers.

Repeat for again part utilizing the tall 4x4s. 

The back and front field sections even have vertical 2x4s at their center factors to additional assist the horizontal boards.

Mark the center of every unit and fix the 2x4s from the within so the screws aren’t seen on the outer fence boards.

Be part of the Entrance and Again Part By Attaching the Aspect Boards

With the back and front sections assembled, it’s time to assemble the field by attaching the shorter horizontal boards on all sides.

Add the aspect boards, ranging from the underside up, attaching them exactly between the back and front sections. They’ll match properly behind the overhang of the lengthy back and front boards.

Full either side.

Now you could have the essential field.

Connect Again Assist Board (for Mitered Prime)

Details of back of raised bed privacy wall building plan.

Connect a 2×4 throughout prime again of field. The highest fringe of the board ought to line up with the highest fringe of the highest horizontal board. The aim of this board is so as to add additional assist for the mitered prime we’ll add later.

Connect Nook Covers

Connect the entrance nook covers first, putting the entrance boards 5/8 past the perimeters of the entrance part.

Add aspect covers, butting each up behind the entrance cowl overhangs.

For again corners, use the shorter items (18.25-inches) on the again, attaching each proper under the two×4 assist piece with their edges aligned with the corners.

End by including the ultimate two nook items (21.75-inches) at again of sides, extending 5/8-inch past the field to finish flush with the again nook items.

Connect Mitered Tops

Detail of raised garden bed mitered corner top.

Plan your mitered boards in order that they conceal the perimeter of the highest of the field on all sides together with the entrance 2×4 posts.

The measurements I’ve offered are approximate.

In the event you don’t wish to miter them, butted sq. ends are high quality too.


I lined my raised mattress with heavy obligation panorama material as a result of I had some available. It might assist lengthen the lifetime of the field—I hope. If you wish to do that, staple it in place earlier than including the mitered tops.

Connect Privateness Boards

Raised garden bed build with support for back posts.

Use a spare 2x4x6 (or 8) to safe the again posts in place so you may add the privateness boards with out worrying about motion.

Beginning on the prime of the tall posts, connect your fence boards. Line up the highest fringe of the highest board with the highest edges of the posts and make certain they lengthen (overhang) equal distances from the submit edges. Double examine the boards are stage earlier than securing them.

Connect remaining boards, working your method down. Depart a slight hole to permit for board growth from humidity.

Detail of privacy wall attached to raised garden bed.


You may additionally wish to add a 2×4 alongside the center, again of the privateness wall to stop warping.

5Lengthen the Privateness Wall

These subsequent images present the evolution of my privateness wall.

Raised bed with built-in privacy wall in garden.

The “wings” are staggered which supplies higher stability and a much less boxy look.

The wing boards are connected to the again of the primary field posts however in entrance of their very own posts.

I additionally diverse the heights and widths so as to add extra curiosity.

Raised bed with built-in privacy wall extensions.

For a number of the submit helps (subsequent image) I made cylinders of {hardware} material, tied shut with cable ties, and crammed with stones.

Close-up of gabion wall post.

Right here is the ultimate venture:

Raised garden bed with tall privacy wall.

Associated: DIY Tall Raised Mattress For Containers & Bins

6Alternate Design

I can not inform you how enjoyable it’s when somebody emails me to share images of a venture impressed by one thing I’ve proven on this website.

Helen Prier did a ravishing job on her model of those raised beds with privateness partitions. It’s an enormous endeavor, however so worthwhile when you have a yard missing character and privateness.

And it’s a fabulous option to workaround any fence top restrictions just by constructing a little bit greater inside your individual property.

Raised beds with built-in privacy walls.

A couple of particulars to notice:

The boards are cedar and every little thing was stained previous to meeting.

The raised mattress boards are reclaimed cedar which Helen stained black to cover any discolorations.

The primary raised beds are 3 (2×6) boards tall for a top of 24-inches. These bins are completed with stained cedar tops to match the partitions.

The smaller raised beds between them are 2 boards tall.

Listed below are a number of images Helen shared of the constructing course of.

Earlier than

Garden before adding raised beds.
Photograph: Helen Prier

This primary photograph exhibits a typical scenario: a great measurement backyard house however no actual definition to the house.

Throughout Development

Building raised garden beds with privacy wall.
Photograph: Helen Prier

The taller raised beds have been constructed first, full with the tall 4×4 assist posts.

Including Privateness Boards

Building raised garden beds with privacy wall.
Photograph: Helen Prier

Discover how the horizontal privateness boards are positioned? They alternate between the back and front aspect of the 4×4 posts. It’s a great way to interrupt up the impact so it seems to be extra attention-grabbing than a strong wall of wooden the entire method throughout.

Prepared For Planting

You possibly can see it was huge job however wow, it seems to be nice. The alternating wall placements, completely different stain colours, and ranging field sizes actually rework it into one thing particular.

Raised beds with built-in privacy walls.
Photograph: Helen Prier

And what a superb place to get actually artistic with artwork and crops.

Thanks, Helen for sharing your great venture. Effectively achieved!

~Melissa the Empress of Grime ♛

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