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Get shed ahead: top tips on building the perfect base


 Laying the shed foundations

Laying the foundations for your shed this year needn't be an expensive slog, we've got a smarter solution all boxed up. If you stick with traditional concrete, it'll cost you - money for the product, and extra for a professional to lay it or your own precious time if you go D.I.Y. Once the concrete is down, it's a big hassle if you later decide to relocate your shed. But with our handy shed packs, you'll have everything you need to lay a versatile, affordable base yourself in a jiffy.

The three things you need to do before you build your shed:

#1 - Choose your shed - once you know its size, you can order the right base pack.

#2 - Identify the area where you want the shed to sit.

#3 - Prepare the ground by laying your shed base.

Ground control! Follow these steps to build a brilliant shed base.

Lay the foundations

Don't make the mistake of slapping your shed straight down onto grass or soil, the wood panels will rot and disintegrate. It needs a solid base, and if you use a permeable or semi-permeable option, you'll be able to keep your shed in good nick for longer. Solid bases protect the shed materials and keep the structure in place. You won't have to battle with subsidence or damp once a base is in place. 

Laying the shed foundations

Level up

You've picked your area, now you need to make it level. You don't want a shed positioned like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, it needs to be bolt upright. That means clearing and raking the ground until it's as flat as possible. If you are building a large shed, use a long piece of timber with a spirit level on top to make sure your ground is even. You'll find it much easier to build your shed if you've done this groundwork.

Level the shed foundations

Touch base

Concrete or paving stones used to be the shed base of choice, but thankfully technology has given us smarter options. Our shed base packs offer innovative ground reinforcement systems including Durapath and Geogrid, and you can lay them yourself without professional help. You'll protect your shed and the environment as you won't need to bin them when you want a change. Instead, you can simply take the shed base up and reuse it for your greenhouse or another garden structure. Better yet, you don't have to wait a week for these agile systems to dry out. They are a fuss-free, affordable and flexible. Win, win, win.

Want more help? Follow our step-by-step shed base guide.

Take a look at our range of shed base packs - they are easy to order and will be delivered straight to your door fast.