Unless your yard and garden is perfectly flat, chances are at one time or another, you’ve thought, “wouldn’t some garden steps be nice there?” Or even more ambitiously, outdoor stairs? Steps and stairs make getting around the yard easier, of course. But they also lead the eye through the garden, and give it structure. You can add DIY garden stairs to your yard with these tutorials and inspirational ideas. Walk around your garden and evaluate… what space could be made better by even just 3-5 garden stairs, and what slope could be transformed into usable garden space? Check out these ideas!
Outdoor Stair Ideas
Our first project is from ‘2 Minute Gardener‘. This tutorial on making landscape timber garden stairs helps guide you through this project. Additionally, be sure to read through the comment section for some more tips. They recommend these type of substantial outdoor stairs for a larger property, or a large slope.
From ‘BHG Australia‘ learn how to build outdoor stairs. This is a similar project to above, but the directions and materials are a little simpler, and probably better for the average size yard. Lots of step by step (no pun intended!) photos!
Learn to build brick and paver garden stairs from ‘DIY Network‘. These outdoor steps are a great way to add some year round hardscaping to your garden. Materials list, step by step, photos…
From ‘Pinterest‘, this homeowner also used brick trim on the edges of these concrete DIY garden steps to add interest… Details count!
Railroad tie steps have long been used by creative gardeners, but have had some controversy as of late. Nico Lock has a maintenance free version of the “ties” that can be used in garden construction of DIY garden steps or outdoor stairs. From ‘Houzz‘ via ‘NicoLock‘.
Recycle old timbers and make something like this hillside sidewalk and outdoor stairs from ‘Ohio Thoughts‘. They decided to pour concrete in each step, but also considered pea gravel. Lots of personal experience and instructions from this site on how to build outdoor garden stairs.
Another example of recycling, using broken concrete to build outdoor stairs, from ‘EnviroMom‘. This isn’t a complete tutorial, but a great idea that DIY’ers could take inspiration from.
Want to use stone slabs? I’ll be honest, I love outdoor stairs from stone. But no lie… you need a professional for this job. And a tractor. :) From ‘Robinson Landscaping‘.
Already have stairs in your garden, but they are just too boring? Take a cue from artist ‘Kim Larson‘, and create mosaic stairs!
Finally, from ‘One Specialty‘, use concrete slabs to create a contemporary look with these floating concrete DIY outdoor stairs.
Image Credits: 2 Minute Gardener, BHG, DIY Network, Pinterest, Nico Lock, Ohio Thoughts, EnviroMom, Kim Larson, One Specialty