How to Lay a Patio: 4 Steps to Get the Perfect Finish

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Learning how to lay a patio means that you can transform that rarely used space outside your back door or at the end of the garden into something much more inviting. Invest in some outdoor furniture at the same time to create the perfect place to relax and enjoy the sun. Introduce a patio heater, patio lights and a pizza oven to enjoy some al fresco dining with friends long into the night.

Whatever you are going to use your new patio for you should think about patio ideas so that you know how many slabs you are going to need. Once you have planned out your patio you can start looking around for the best prices and organising deliveries to hopefully come at the same time.

Here we give a run through of the steps you’ll need to take and the tools you will need to create your new outdoor space. We also answer some of your top questions regarding how to lay a patio.

How To Lay a Patio: The Tools and Materials You'll Need

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.