Useful tips

Can you use sleepers as steps?

Can you use sleepers as steps?

Try using sleepers to maximise their width and length as a simple step up or down to grass or build frames to maximise the height, creating deep steps with a gentle slope. To work out the number of steps you’ll need, divide the total height of your incline by the riser height of your sleeper.

What is the best wood for garden sleepers?

Timber that has been treated with preservative is the best choice in most cases – UC3 treated timber is best for use out of the ground, while UC4 treated is best for in-ground. Another type of timber available is green oak, which does not need treating as they are long-lasting naturally.

How do you build a garden step by step?

Step by Step Guide for Garden Steps/Stairs Building

  1. Step 1: How do you want your garden steps to look?
  2. Step 2: Determine the number of steps you require and their dimensions.
  3. Step 3: Excavate the area properly.
  4. Step 4: Start levelling from the bottom.
  5. Step 5: Fix the riser in position.
  6. Step 6: Fill the step.

How do you build railway sleeper stairs?

Lay the concrete underneath the sleeper, position the sleeper in place and add concrete in the space behind it. Use a spirit level to make sure that the sleeper is level and straight. If your steps are deep enough there should be space for you to move on and do the same for the next step up, and so on.

Are sleeper steps slippery?

Tip 2: Attach chicken wire or sprinkle coarse grit over the surface to avoid slipping. It is a good idea to improve the grip of your sleeper steps, as wood can become quite slippery when damp, particularly in shady areas that do not see much sunlight.

Should you sand sleepers?

Sleepers are best constructed on a firm and level surface such as soil, grass, decking or concrete, however, you should still use a spirit level to ensure the surface is as level as possible. Depending on your project, you may wish to use sand, cement or offcuts to level things out.

How do you build garden stairs with sleepers?

How to build outdoor stairs

  1. Excavate ground for sleepers of bottom step with mattock, spade and shovel.
  2. To make frame for step, cut a 1.2m length of sleeper to use as a riser.
  3. Put frame in place.
  4. Continue working up the slope, excavating and building a frame for each step individually.

Can you use railway sleepers for garden steps?

Timber railway sleepers can be used for a wide range of gardening and landscaping applications. It comes as no surprise that garden steps are a popular use for sleepers, as they are easy to install, long-lasting and give an excellent rustic feel to your garden. At Suregreen, we supply a range of sleepers, including:

How big of a sleeper do you need for garden steps?

Lengths go up to 3m. Care should be taken when lifting sleepers, as a 2.6m sleeper, when wet, can weigh up to 10 stone (63.5kg)! Refer to our project on building garden steps for information on how to work out the size and number of steps required. Cut the sleepers to the width you require, either using a chainsaw or by handsaw.

What’s the best way to build sleeper steps?

Building the Sleeper Steps. There are two basic ways to fix your sleepers into place – you can either concrete them in or drive wooden stakes into the ground and fix the sleepers to the stakes. The best way for you depends on the ground you are building on.

What can you do with a garden sleeper?

Wood sleepers are quite solid and are ideal to be placed between the deck surface and the ground as a supporting decking structure thus allowing an air flow beneath the deck and moisture drainage. Garden sleepers can be used in many other projects – a bridge for the garden pond, a garden bench, a privacy wall or as elements in the decoration.