How to Level Ground for a Shed

Finding the right shed for your storage needs is the fun part. However, a common question we hear is how do we prepare the ground for a shed installation? No matter how well you build a shed, a poorly prepared ground and foundation will cause yours shed to collapse. Here are the guidelines to follow when preparing the ground for a shed installation.

Tools you will need to Level the Ground for a Shed

  1. 1. Level
  2. 2. Measuring tape
  3. 3. Hammer or rubber mallet
  4. 4. 4-5 Wood stakes
  5. 5. Pea gravel or crushed stone
  6. 6. Masonry blocks 
  7. stakes in the ground
  1. 1. Chose a site that is somewhat level and free of standing water. We do require the construction area to be cleared and prepared to within 6″ of level, that we have at least 3′ of clearance around and above the building site (4 feet if your building is larger than 160 sq. ft.). Four stakes need to be placed in the ground where you want the four corners of your building and a fifth stake where you would like the center of the door opening. We will also need access to electricity within 150 feet of the unit.ft.). Four stakes need to be placed in the ground where you want the four corners of your building and a fifth stake where you would like the center of the door opening. We will also need access to electricity within 150 feet of the unit.


  1. 2. Once you have placed the stakes, you will need masonry blocks and pea gravel / crushed stone for drainage. Remove approximately four inches of grass and dirt. Place pea gravel in the area that you removed dirt and compact with a hand tamper. Add pea gravel until it is nearly flush with the ground. Next, place masonry blocks on top of the pea gravel. Use a level to make sure the blocks are level. Use a hammer or rubber mallet to level the masonry blocks if necessary. Repeat these steps until the ground is level.

How to Prepare the Ground for a Shed Video

If these guidelines are followed correctly, the shed builder will have an easier time installing your shed. Buying a storage shed is a big investment, which is why making sure the foundation is level is so important. Our sheds can last a lifetime if you follow the correct steps!

 

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12 Responses to How to Level Ground for a Shed

    • Mr Storage Shed says:

      Hi George,

      We do not have a 5×9 or 6×9 low profile shed. However, we do have a 8×8 and 10×8 low profile gable shed.

      The prices on these sheds just got reduced. Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with.
      Thanks.

      -Brennan
      Online Customer Service

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  2. Tom says:

    We are planning on buying a new shed in the near future to replace the one we have now. It will be a little bigger, but it sits on a slight hill which makes it hard to move things like the lawnmower in and out. What recommendations do you have to make it easier to put stuff in and out of?

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    • Mr Storage Shed says:

      Good Morning Tom,

      I would look for a shed that has wide double doors at least 64-in. in width. A side entry door would also be a nice feature as it will allow you to get commonly used tools and equipment from your workbench, shelf or loft. This 12×8 shed might be the perfect fit for you. Feel free to give us a call if you have any other questions. Have a great day!

      Sincerely,
      Brennan Deitsch

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    • Mr Storage Shed says:

      Good Afternoon Audra,

      Yes, that should be fine. Just be sure to consider how much weight you plan on putting on the wooden floor. You want to be sure the floor frame can handle considerable weight. Feel free to give us a call if you have any other questions at 855-853-8557. Have a great day!

      Sincerely,

      Brennan Deitsch
      Online Marketing Manager

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  3. Mark says:

    I am having a 10’x8′ ranch shed installed and would like to have the PT runners set on 4x8x16 in. blocks what would the spacing be?

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    • Mr Storage Shed says:

      Good Morning Mark,

      Thank you for visiting our blog. Great question by the way! Installing PT runners on blocks is one of our recommended foundation methods. When doing this you should place blocks no more than 48” apart along the LENGTH of the runner to ensure a solid foundation and no sag of runners. I sent you an email for reference showing the exact floor with treated runners underneath. If more than two runners is used that fine, also.

      I hope that helps! If you have any other questions, feel free to give us a call at 855-853-8557. Have a great day!

      Sincerely,

      Brennan Deitsch
      Online Marketing Manager
      Backyard Products

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  4. Nel Turak says:

    Is it necessary to have a concrete pad underneath the shed? My husband is thinking to have it done. Would that much expence be overkill? Thanks.

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    • Mr Storage Shed says:

      Good Morning Nel,

      Thank you for visiting our blog. It is not a complete necessity, however, concrete will give you the best foundation for your shed. Especially after a long period of time. So, yes, it is worth the extra investment. Having said that, plenty of our customers use a combination of masonry blocks and pea gravel / crushed stone for drainage. Then the shed rests on the masonry blocks. I hope that helps you feel better about your foundation choice. Have a great day!

      Sincerely,

      Brennan Deitsch
      Online Marketing Manager

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  5. Kammi says:

    Trying 2 figure out best way 2 prep for 8×10 shed. Got various suggestions. Yard is currently grassed with concrete curbing and river rock between edging and fence. Told pea gravel a no…too much shifting. Mention of crushed stone underneath. Puzzled of what 2 do.

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