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Lay a Decorative Brick Seating Area for your Garden

If you don't have a dedicated place to sit in the garden, this DIY decorative brick seating area is affordable and can be completed in a day.




Having a dedicated seating area in the garden lets you enjoy a moment of tranquillity whilst surrounding yourself with the scents and sights of outdoors. If your garden lacks a place to set down a couple of chairs to sit and have a sundowner, this DIY brick circle provides the perfect spot.



Laid out using inexpensive clay bricks, or you can substitute with face bricks, this brick circle will only take you a day to lay and will be ready for use in a day or two for you to set out a couple of chairs and a table and take a seat.









Mutch Verona clay bricks cost R2.99 each at Builders and you can have them delivered to your door.







Clay stock bricks or face bricks, approx. 300

2 of 20kg bags cement

6 of 20kg sand gravel

8 x 20kg bags sand

Wooden stages and string line

White gravel or small pebbles

Quantities based on a 2.7-metre diameter brick circle



Spade and shovel


Steel straightedge or plank

Rubber mallet



Garden hose

Soft sweeping brush

Tape measure and spray marker

Safety gear: gloves, dust mask, safety glasses










Step 1

Select the perfect location for the brick circle, preferably one that will provide some shade during the hottest time of the day. Plant a stake where the approximate centre will be and use a length of string and spray marker (available at Builders) to draw out the circle.



Step 2

With the shape drawn out, use a spade to cut around the edges of the shape and to remove the soil to a 12-centimetre depth. Go over this with a rake to remove any large stones or rocks that will interfere with the laying process. Finish off by going over the top of the soil with a straightedge or plank to create a reasonably flat surface.





Step 3

Spread the gravel over the area using a rake and then compress this with a tamper. Using the shovel, mix 4 parts sand with 1 part cement in a wheelbarrow and spread this over the compacted gravel. You ideally want a base that is at least 2 centimetres in thickness before laying the bricks.



Step 4

You can draw up a basic plan for how you would like to lay the bricks in a design as long as you keep the bricks as closely packed together as possible.





You can vary the materials, design and shape of the brick circle to your own needs.







Step 5

Start laying the bricks from the centre outwards tapping them into the base with a rubber mallet. As you work, you can also use the straightedge to confirm that all the bricks are at the same level. It is easy to make any adjustments at this stage



Step 6

After completing the brick circle, mix 4 parts sand to 1 part cement and sweep this into the gaps between the bricks. It should fill up the gaps to about halfway. Finish off with a layer of white gravel or small pebbles. Sprinkle the area with a light going over with a hosepipe and let it cure for a couple of days before putting the brick circle to use.






Sprinkle the area with a light going over with a hosepipe and let it cure for a couple of days before putting the brick circle to use.








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