If you are just laying some sleepers in your garden either as path edging or maybe to make a raised bed or even a retaining wall then you will need to know how to fix sleepers together.
Well worry no longer my DIYing friend, this guide is for you. It will talk you through joining sleepers in and easy to understand way!
How To Fix Sleepers Together
Are you looking to fix sleepers together? Then you’re definitely in the right place, whether your putting them side by side, on top of each other or making a corner I have lots of different fixing ideas for you.
Fixing Sleepers Together Lengthways
So you want to join two sleepers together lengthways, maybe as a path edging, here are a few of the ideas open to you.
This is a nice decorative way of joining two sleepers together. These specialist plates slide over the join, hold the two sleepers together and look good while doing it.
You can find them here.
This is a much cheaper way of fixing two sleepers together but is not as attractive.
Screw this to the backside of the sleepers over the join. It will hold the sleepers securely together.
Piece of Timber
You can achieve the same fixing as the metal bracket above but use a piece of wood to bridge the gap. The wood is then screwed to each end of the sleeper.
As with the metal bracket, you would do this on the inside of the sleeper, so it is not visible.
You can just screw the sleepers together. This won’t be the strongest method and is a bit janky. I would advise you to use one of the other methods above.
You would have to screw in at a steep angle, and there won’t be too much-holding strength.
Fixing Sleepers on Top Of Each Other
Get some big outdoor timber screws and screw down from one sleeper into another. Nice and simple.
A metal rod can be hammered through a drilled hole in your sleepers to hold them together. Y
ou either need to drill each sleeper as you go or have a really long drill bit and a powerful drill on hand to go through them all at once.
There are also dedicated fixings like these below. These join your sleepers together and also stake them into the ground.
Fixing Sleeper Corners Together
So we now know how to join sleepers side by side and one on top of the other, but how do we fix corners?
Just a simple metal right-angled bracket can be used to join your sleeper corners together.
These brackets are easy to fit and provide a lot of strength in the corner. Just fit them on the inside corner for an invisible fixing.
They are also very cheap when compared to decorative brackets.
These brackets can be used to join your sleepers together while also providing a decorative finish to the outside of your sleepers.
Overlap and Rod
You can overlap the corners, as you can see in the below photo. This is easy to achieve by using a simple lap joint.
You take 50% out of each corner to the width of a sleeper. They will then overlap and sit on top of each other.
You can then drill a hole all the way down. If you don’t have a huge drill bit you are better off doing this bit by bit as you lay the sleepers.
Once your hole is drilled, you can hammer a metal rod through the sleepers to hold them together.
Alternatively, you can screw the sleepers together layer by layer as you build it up.
You can easily screw sleeper corners together by coming in from the side, this is a quick and easy way to join sleeper corners but it won’t be as strong as some of the other ideas above.