How to lay garden sleepers in five easy DIY steps

Newly laid garden with wooden garden sleepers for edging
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Knowing how to lay garden sleepers will help transform your outdoor space. They are versalite, easy to work with and being made of wood they fit naturally into a garden. Whether you are adding subtle edging to paths, building raised beds or creating steps up to a patio, garden sleepers are a quick and striking solution.  

The beauty of sleepers is their flexibility and any DIYer will be able to incorporate them into their garden design without too much of a struggle. Here we give you the lowdown on how to lay garden sleepers, what types are available, what tools you need and how to keep them looking good and ensure they last longer. 

How to lay garden sleepers: A step-by-step guide  

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.