How to build a shed base: A step-by-step guide

Untreated wooden summerhouse on concrete base
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Discovering how to build a shed base will be one of the first things to think about when planning a new shed. A well-built shed base is key to ensuring that your shed is supported properly, helps stop water getting into the timber and prolongs the life of the shed. 

It doesn’t matter whether you have a timber shed, metal shed or one of the best plastic sheds, it will need a base that is secure, flat and in the right location. Here we run you through how to choose the best base for your shed along with a step-by-step guide on how to build it.

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.