Help Me Select Raised Garden Bed - Colorbond Vs Wooden

Hi Ozbargainers,

I am planning to install raised garden beds for my small rectangular backyard. The garden beds will be installed in U shape along the fence. The widest side is 10.5m.

I am confused between selecting Colorbond Garden beds vs Timber/Pine garden beds aesthetically. Ignoring the cost side (for now), what is the people view on Colorbond raised beds? Does it look good on residential gardens?

I did a walkthrough in my suburb but couldn't find anywhere these installed. Hence there is no point of reference compared to timber (which is everywhere).

The reason for considerations of colorbond beds:

  • Comes in many colours to suit surrounds or match home décor
  • Very strong and rust resistant should last for decades
  • Easy and fast to construct the bed - DIY Friendly
  • Many different sizes, heights, and shapes to suit any situation
  • Frames come in one chosen height and don’t need to be built up (unlike sleepers)

Colorbond Beds: Bunnings Colorbond beds
Wooden Beds: Bunnings wooden beds

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    Colorbond Raised Garden Beds
  • 9
    Wooden Raised Garden Beds


  • +2

    Wooden ones just feed the termies and degenerate pretty fast.

  • I've been watching the EpicGardening channel on YouTube and that guy imports the colorbond garden beds to the US from here in Aus so I guess they've gotta be pretty good.

    • Yes. from all the searches, these outlast wood by years. It is more of the confusion on style, as these may look industrial.

      • +1

        Nah I don't think they look too industrial. All the yuppies in my area with their picturesque gardens are running the Colorbond style. If I was purchasing garden beds for myself I would go Colorbond and I am (unfortunately) obsessed with aesthetic.

  • +2

    you'll find there are heaps of people that use colorbond beds.. as most people grow food in them and likely in their back yard.

    unless on you walks you go into the other peoples backyard i think your reference might be a bit skewed.

  • +1

    Use wood and line the inside with concrete underlay imo. Colorbond looks good when new but once it's old and dirty and dented it looks like crap. Timber is very easy to repair and cut to the exact size.

    • Thanks. That's a good point. With kids around, dents are very much possible.

  • could use colourbond and put a wood facade on it

  • Sleeve it with a good layer of plastic and colorbond will not dissapoint.

  • What sort of colorbond? If it's the fencing type then it won't hold the weight of the soil very well. If it's the water tank type then ut won't be cheap.

  • +2

    I did a heap of research on this exact thing about 2 years back and I would recommend that you go with an Aluzinc model, there are different types of steel coatings that are used and this one seems to be the best for durability. One of the other important things to remember is get ones that do NOT have those square joined edges that the color bond slides into, instead they should be the rounded "no join" corners which increases the strength and stability of the unit. There is an Aussie gardener Youtube channel called SelfSufficientMe that uses and raves about Birdie's raised garden beds which use this technology, however there are heaps of different companies that do a similar thing and they last a lifetime, whereas even with lining inside timber raised beds, they degrade and fall apart over time. If you search his channel he shows the inside of one that has been in use for something like 10 years as he was moving it and its barely noticeable that it's been used, comparatively a timber bed that is only 6 or so years old is basically falling apart.

    • Thanks for the pointer and suggestions.