Sleepers

The versatility of garden sleepers is endless; create raised beds, borders, planters, or just add a stylish focal point to any outdoor living space. The durability of natural wood sleepers makes it the perfect alternative to bricks and stone.

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Sleepers

What are Garden Sleepers?

Garden sleepers are a traditional bedding piece that sits flat on top of the earth, grass, pavement etc and supports itself. It is different to a joist which is placed horizontally along its edge and typically supported at both ends.

Although now a popular part of landscaping, they are referred to as “railway sleepers” due to their historic use to support tracks across our railway networks. These days, garden sleepers have generally been replaced by concrete alternatives.

Uses for Timber Sleepers:

There are many common things that sleepers for the garden can be used for including:

  • To define borders and garden edging
  • Create raised bed sleepers and planters
  • Seating
  • As the perimeter for ponds and garden features
  • Play pits and sandpits

Whilst timber sleepers can be used as a shed base or to build steps, they are typically too expensive for either of these and not worth it

At Howarth Timber, we offer a wide range of sleepers for the garden, including:

  • Sawn Green Treated Sleepers
  • New European Oak Sleepers
  • Rustic Redwood Sleepers

Please Note: The sleepers you receive may not be cut perfectly square at the ends, which makes it difficult to guarantee measurements will be as stated. This should be taken into consideration before purchasing.

The timber used is a natural product and may include knots in the grain, which will affect the overall appearance of the sleeper.

If you want to know how to build a raised garden bed with sleepers, we have created a guide for you. Click here to find out more.


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