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Shed Base Options – Which Should You Choose?

In last month’s article, How to Prepare for a New Shed, we walked you through the steps to prepare the ground for the arrival of a new shed, working with the assumption that you would be using a concrete base. However, concrete is not the only base material you can use – this article is dedicated to providing you with information on the available shed base options and the pros and cons of each one.


A concrete shed base is highly recommended for larger garden buildings as it provides a firmer structure, but for average sized sheds, the other options listed here are more than adequate.


  • Permanent
  • Stable
  • Very strong


  • Permanent (can be annoying to try and remove the concrete from your garden if you ever decide to move or demolish your shed)
  • Expensive
  • Cracks if not done professionally
  • Can be uneven if not done professionally
  • Requires time to set before you can build on it


Suitable for small to medium sized sheds, gravel is an easy option for a shed base, however, it is best suited to metal, plastic or fabric sheds or used in conjunction with another shed base, such as a wooden frame or concrete, for added support.


  • Quick and easy installation – simply dig a 3 inch deep hole the same size as your shed and pour the gravel into the hole, pressing it down as you go
  • Low cost
  • Can be moved


  • Can begin to shift over time
  • Can allow wetness to seep into a wooden structure

Paving Slab

Also suitable for small to medium sized sheds, these can be laid on bare earth but work better on top of a base of building sand or cement.


  • Quick and easy installation
  • Low maintenance
  • Can be moved relatively easily
  • The shed can be easily secured to them


  • Not suitable for larger structures as heavy weight can cause the slabs to sink
  • There’s no drainage, so can cause problems with water pooling (this can be avoided slightly by having the paving slabs above ground level)

Timber Bearers

You can use timber bearers and a weed control fabric to build a secure base that a wooden shed can be screwed on to. If you are using this base, you need to ensure that the timber has been pressure-treated to withstand damp.


  • Easy to build
  • Strong
  • Durable
  • Reasonably priced
  • Reusable/recyclable
  • Easy to move


  • Can rot
  • Not suitable for large structures
  • Will require regular maintenance

There are good pros and cons of each shed base, so weigh up your options carefully. It is important to have a secure base for your shed in order for it to last, without damage, for many years.


If you’re looking for a high-quality garden shed, look no further than Barnard Fencing. We offer an excellent service of supplying and installing sheds to our customers across Nottingham. We are meticulous in our search for quality materials, so you can be sure that your new shed will last for years to come. For more information on this, or any other of the services we provide, you can get in contact here.


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