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How To Build A Hinged Hoophouse For A Raised Bed Garden

A hinged hoophouse for a raised garden is a great project for DIY gardeners. As the name implies, it’s basically a greenhouse-type cover—may it be plastic, fabric, or netting—placed over pipe arches that bend around a raised bed in a ‘hoop’ shape. (PS: Adding a hinge facilitate easy access to your plants).

The structure comes in handy when you want to protect your vegetables from external threats such as pest, limit weather damage (especially during cold months), and facilitate a year-long harvest.

In a video on The Gardening Channel With James Prigioni, our host walks us through the process of building a hinged hoophouse – which will hopefully set you up for a bountiful harvest. Here’s a breakdown of the video:

PLEASE NOTE: The style, dimensions, and some materials of your hinged hope house depend on the type of raised garden you have and of course, your budget.


• Greenhouse film – 6 Mil Thickness
• 4 Douglas Fir 2″x4″s
• 1/2 Inch to 3/4 Inch PVC pipe
• Six 1/2-in x PVC Sch 40 Caps
• Furring strips 1 Inch x 2 Inches
• 4 Pressure-Treated 2″x12″ Boards
• Deck Screws – 1 and 1/4 Inch, Plus 3 and 1/2 Inch
• Snap Clamp – 1/2 Inch X 4 Inches Wide
• Two Hinges
• A Stainless Steel Handle


1. Cut the 2×4’s to match the dimensions of the raised bed. This offers a platform for the hinged hoophouse.

2. Screw the caps into the 2×4’s towards the inner corners. These will hold the PVC pipes as you hoop them.

3. Measure the distance between the caps; divide this distance by 2 to get the radius; then multiply by 3.14 for an estimate of the PVC pipes’ length.

4. Install the hoops and support pipes to create a frame.

5. Drape the greenhouse film over the structure and pull it tight over the frame. You can use the Snap clamps to hold the cover in place.

6. Secure the plastic cover by ‘sandwiching’ it between the 2×4 Douglas firs and furring strips.

7. Install hinges and a handle.

Check out the YouTube tutorial for more.

How To Build A HINGED HOOPHOUSE For A Raised Bed Garden
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