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Base for a Keter storage cupboard

I’ve had an old shed removed and it was just sitting on a few paving slabs which have become wobbly and uneven over the years.  

I’d like to put down a new ‘hard standing’ for a medium size Keter storage cupboard but don’t know what/how. Can I get away with levelling and firming the soil and covering with shingle (with edging so the shingle doesn’t travel ) ?

I should say, I’m a 65 year old woman, strong and willing but it’s the knowledge I lack !



  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,272
    Bumping up the list in the hope that someone has a Masters in shed bases.
  • BiljeBilje Posts: 740
    I've no personal experience to help you but I am thinking of a storage "cupboard" myself. Friends who have a garden but no plants, it's all shingled over wanted a summer house. What they did was buy some plastic grid squares I reckon about the size of a paving stone. Those they placed on the shingle ensuring t s level with spirit level and filled the gaps/pockets in the grip with more shingle, then laid the next one. It worked! I think the grid thingies can be bought at B and Q. Sorry if this is no help.
  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    Are these the plastic type sheds?
    You don't give the size but i think they come with bases so you only need a level bit at each corner unless the shed is big enough to stand inside.
    You could relay the slabs, either straight onto soil or sand or 5 large dabs of a mortar mix and then tamped down level. Something I have done at your age. 
    I would think the gravel would be fine although a but prone to weeds even with a membrane.
  • WibbleWibble Posts: 89
    I would be inclined to level up the slabs - it’s not going to be a heavy- duty application, so it doesn’t need to be a perfect paving job. 

    What sort of slabs are they - am assuming the heavy grey concrete ones?  You can get an acceptable enough hard standing with those by just levelling the ground with sand (or even smallish gravel) and dropping the slabs onto it as they are so heavy. I did this for a storage area behind my shed - had intended to come back and relay them properly, but to be honest, they haven’t shifted yet, so I’m disinclined to give myself more work! It’s not beautiful, but it’s definitely ‘good enough’.

    A long spirit level is useful, but if you only have a short one, you can tape it to a straight piece of wood- again, ‘good enough’!

    Wow thank you so much, every single comment is really helpful.  I’m now fairly confident that I can tackle this job without having to pay someone to help.   Thanks again.
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