Choosing the Right Type & Size of Shed Base

November 9, 2018

Choosing the Right Shed Base

A shed will need a base to stand on because the base will form a barrier between your shed and the wet ground below, while also offering the right level of stability.

A base that is well-made will keep the shed level for many years and so, it is important to ensure that you get the foundations right. If your base is not level, the side panels and roof panels will not line up correctly and that can put the door out of alignment and weaken the structure as a whole.

A Timber Base

A timber base is a great option for those who are looking for a simple yet effective solution. It is also the perfect option for those who do not have the skills or ability to lay patio slabs or a concrete base.

Ideally, it makes sense to purchase a timber base kit as opposed to creating one of your own in order to ensure that everything is fitted correctly. Of course, if you are unable to purchase a kit then you can make your own by laying timber bearers loosely in parallel rows on a bed of gravel. It is important to remember that it will not offer the same stability as a proper frame.

A Concrete Base

It is crucial to remember that a concrete base will become a permanent fixture in your garden but it will offer a strong base that will not require any maintenance. It will stand the test of time but it can be one of the most difficult to lay.

A Paving Slab Base

If laying a concrete base is beyond your DIY skillset, then a paving slab base is a suitable option. This will offer a structure that is semi-permanent as it can be moved should you need it to. Therefore, it is ideal for those who do not want to put something permanent in place in their garden.  It will, however, offer a stable solution that will last.

Decking Block Base

Concrete decking blocks can provide a foundation instantly without the need to dig holes or pour concrete. They are perfect for use on ground that is sloping or uneven and floor support timbers can help to create a platform that is solid and level. 

What about the size of the base?

Ideally, the base should be the size of the floor of the shed but there is no hard or fast rule to this. Some people choose to create a base that is larger than the floor of the shed so they can add paving slabs around the shed, offering improved access around the shed. This can help to keep any weeds or damp soil from around the shed and it also makes it easy to maintain the shed in future years.

When it comes to choosing a shed base, there are a number of options available. There are options to suit a wide range of desires but all ensure that you can enjoy your shed once it is installed.