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DIY Single & Double Compost Bin Plans With Adjustable Front Slats



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These are complete plans to build a single or double compost bin (materials not included)

2 Great DIY Compost Bin Plans For One Low Price! Build either a single bin, or the double bin - or both!

Beautiful, Durable, and these step by step plans can have your compost bin project completed in just a few hours.

These bins can be created from ordinary, inexpensive, and easy-to work with 2 x 6 and 2 x 4 lumber. And they look great anywhere!

Having a backyard compost bin is invaluable when it comes to growing healthy vegetables and flowers - and these easy to build, attractive DIY compost bins are perfect for making loads and loads of great compost.

These bins are designed with creating the perfect compost pile in mind.

A compost pile needs to be big enough to generate and hold heat for decomposition. But it also needs to be small enough to be able to easily turn and maintain.

With that in mind, these bins are created using the well-known 3′ x 3′ rule for an optimum compost pile. A compost pile that is at least 3′ wide, high and deep is big enough to create the heat needed. But it is also still easy to flip and maintain.

The second rule of composting is to provide space for good air flow. And with their open slate side and back design, these bins do that as well.

For the front section, we created removable full slats that can be easily slid into place as needed. This way, as the pile grows, you can keep the space needed to turn the pile. And when you need to remove the compost, they simply slide up and out.

The tough 2x construction will hold up for years and years of composting.

Both the single bin and double compost bins are more than strong enough to hold a lid or tarp if desired as well.


The finished Single Bin measures 36" long x 36" wide x 36" deep and is made with just (6) 2 x 6 x 12’s and a single 2 x 4 x 8 board. Can be built in just a few hours with ease and only a saw and a drill driver.

Double Bin System

The finished Double Bin measures 71" long x 36" wide x 36" deep and is made with just (11) 2 x 6 x 12’s and a single 2 x 4 x 12' board. Just like the single bin, it can be built in just a few hours with ease and only a saw and a drill driver.

The double bin system is great for those that make and use a lot of compost. It gives you the ability to have a finished pile, and start an entirely new pile all at the same time.

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The plan was really helpful, and easy to understand. I especially liked having the materials list. I first needed to "translate" the american timber sizes into Australian timber sizes, but it wasn't too hard. My handyman adapted the single bay and double bay compost bin plans to make me a 3 bay compost bin. He made it from cypress pine, and I'm very pleased with the result. Very sturdy and functional.

sjnicholas1 Nov 17, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

I bought the plans and bought all the wood and made my cuts the same day. Fast forward a few weeks later (life gets in the way) and I am finally able to assemble and CAN’T FIND MY PLANS! I sent an email through Etsy, immediately got a reply back from Jim who resent the PDF to my email and I am proud to say two hours later (after having too much fun surrounded by my flock and being easily distracted), my double compost bins are built! Awesome plans, the most thorough and user-friendly instructions…thank you so much!!! My husband is quite happy with his new bins that his wife built with love (thanks to your help!!!)!

Brandi Sep 28, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

Happy to recommend these plans. I've attached a photo of our completed compost bin. The design is reassuringly solid and will last for a long time I'm sure. Instructions were really clear although I managed to go too fast and had to correct my own mistakes on the way. I decided to use an eco-friendly wood stain on them - hence the dark colour. Thanks Jim and Mary :)

Michael King Mar 27, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

So happy with this! The plans were perfect - easy to follow and a lovely, solid finished product... which has now withstood being knocked over by a bear twice! I added a lid of my own design, frame with chicken wire. Planning to build the single bin for a winter bin close to our home. Thanks so much!

marya Jul 6, 2020

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