Brick raised beds
Raised beds can be made from either brand new or reclaimed bricks, you will need to include foundations to build on to create a stable structure. To build it you could set yourself a challenge but you will need to ensure that the bricks are laid straight and level and the mortar mix is correct. If you’re not confident in bricklaying it is best to enlist the help of a skilled tradesperson.
- Brick raised bed maintenance- Repointing of mortar joints, plus frost-damaged bricks may need to be replaced as and when
- Materials - Bricks, concrete for the footings, sand, cement and, coping stones
- Costs - Based on L 2.25m x W 1.5m x H 0.45m - approx £500 for materials counter), plus additional for labour costs if you are not building the wall yourself buying directly from a trade
Railway sleeper raised beds
- Based on L 2.25m x W 1.5m x H 0.45m - approx £22 - £28 per sleeper £330 and £100 for screws, brackets, reinforcing bars.
An easy-to-build, waste-free option, no cutting or drilling is required, the pieces are similar to Lego and are built up like brick-work and held together with a series of dowels, these combined with the layers of blocks make a strong structure which will last for 15 years or more. No special skills or tools are needed to build a WoodBlocX raised bed and each kit comes with a set of step by step instructions.
- (All included in your kit) wooden blocks, capping, dowels and wedges, angle plates, step by step instructions
imply cut the boards to size and use 3” 2” timber as stakes and to reinforce the corners and to create a frame to build to. To answer the question; what is the best material for making a raised bed? We'd say that wooden boards or decking boards are a good option for allotments to separate beds.
- Wooden board raised bed maintenance - Replacing rotten and warped boards, every few years, treating or painting
- Lengths of board available in a variety of sizes, 3” 2” timber for securing the boards in place, screws of varying lengths
- Based on L 2.25m x W 1.5m x H 0.45m - approx £110 for boards, £10 3” 2” timber and £10 for the screws
What is the best wood for raised beds?
Research is key when buying a raised bed, you need make sure the material you choose is right for you, whether it is wood, metal or even recycled plastic.
You might want something that is long lasting for your forever home, or low budget to keep your allotment beds in check, an accessible planter that is wheelchair friendly or show stopper investment ready for when you put your house on the market.