Over the years, I’ve helped develop dozens of gardening innovations here at Gardener’s Supply. Among my favorites is the Raised Bed Corner. It’s a foolproof way to build beautiful raised beds, using standard lumber. Last month, I put this innovation to work in our laundry room.
See, my wife and I wanted to save water and energy in the laundry room, so a fancy, low-water-use, front-loading washer came to live with us. To save our backs during loading and unloading, I built a simple, 12″-high raised bed, using the Raised Bed Corners and standard 2 x 12 lumber. For the top, I used 1″ thick barn boards, leftovers from another project. Another option would be a piece of 3/4″ plywood. Because the platform is meant to support two appliances, I used a 2 x 12 in the middle to keep the 30″ x 60″ platform from sagging. It’s actually stronger than most floors.