• How to make a bench and planter from old bed frames

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    Ann Elias’s headboard bench

    Ann Elias recently visited an estate sale, one of the favorite pastimes for a Flea Market gardener!  Our secret is  that you get the biggest bargains at estate and yard sales. Yes! Folks just want to liquidate their property as fast as possible and often you find treasures like Ann did this day.

    The head and footboards Ann spied at the sale

    The head and foot boards Ann spied at the sale

    She says, ” Look what I found at the sale today…they were closing for the day…and tomorrow everything will be half price.  I am going to be there again when it opens…the bed frames will only be $10.00…I’d like my brother to make awesome benches from them.

    Later the next day….SCORE!

    Ann's flea market finds ready to be transformed

    Ann’s flea market finds ready to be transformed

    Ann tells us jubilantly, “I got the two headboards and two foot-boards…all for $20.00. Very happy today!


    Ann Elias's planter once her brother was finished!

    Ann Elias’ planter once her brother was finished!

    Ann gave the bed frames to her brother to work on.  He cleverly constructed a planter and a bench for her. Then she took over. Ann says, “My brother finished my planter he made using one of the headboards I got at the estate sale. The wood is wet in the picture…from rain we got last night and this morning. I think I am going to make a fall display in it!” And so she did!

    How to:

    Ann Elias' bed bench and planter

    Ann Elias’ bed bench and planter


    Detail-how to attach it

    Ann says, “I was asked how my brother attached the bed frame to the planter. Here is a pic of it. He notched out the top piece..and then screwed the planter box to the frame.”

    Late this summer she completed her project just in time for Autumn. She says, “I finally planted my headboard planter my brother made me.

    Ann Elias' fabulous Fall display

    Ann Elias’ fabulous Fall display

    “This is on the side of the house where the driveway is. I can’t put it in the front..because that will be Halloween…which I don’t do cute…I do scary!!! BOO!!” Ann says.  Thanks, Ann, for sharing this project with us!

    More about Ann Elias’s garden projects:

    Upcycling old windows and doors to make a garden dream come true

    Ann gets her Lady’s Lounge

    Ann gets her Lady Lounge

    Behind the scenes at Ann’s ‘Garden Walk’

    Behind the scenes at Ann’s ‘Garden Walk’

    Ann’s butterfly garden extraordinaire

    Ann’s butterfly garden extraordinaire   before!





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    Sue Langley, a passionate gardener and photographer lives and gardens with her husband and Corgi, Maggie on 7 acres just south of Yosemite, Zone 7 at 3000 feet. She manages the Flea Market Gardening Facebook page and website.


    1. Oh I am so going to make that next year!!! I have 6 headboards that I collected this year and now I know what I’m going to do with them. We even had the wood collected from dumpster diving while they were building the new houses around us. :-)

      Thanks so much for the wonderful idea!!

    2. Jimmye Porter says:

      Ann, I am in awe of your wonderful bench and planter, equally in awe of the amazing deal you made for the headboards… I have my eye on a very unique one, a very close eye… thank you for sharing your fm creation with all of us. :))

    3. Myra says:

      Very cute. Your brother did a good job, and so did you.

    4. Julie Brown says:

      Inspiring Story. I am on the hunt for a headboard.

    5. Pam P says:

      how do you attach the frames to the wood?

    6. I was also wondering how you attach the frames to the wood?