The DIY gardener's dream product, garden sleepers can be used to build anything from raised beds to garden edging. Unlike second hand railway sleepers, often covered in muck and grime, our sleepers are brand new and one can expect decades of use.
How heavy are sleepers? The weight of the sleeper depends on its age, the wood it’s composed of and whether it’s been treated. The older the tree, the heavier the wood. Hardwood is is denser and hence heavier than softwood. How much do they weigh? Pine sleepers weigh between 50 and 60kg, which is approaching the weight of an adult female. Hardwood sleepers are even heavier. Due to their cumbersome nature, we advise lifting them with another. Key is to bend your knees, ensuring your back is straight. This will prevent injuries and ensure you are using your strongest muscles. Common injuries involve blunt trauma whereby poor coordination leads to crushed fingers and bruised feet. Are the different sizes important? Sleepers with greater heights and widths are heavier and will be suitable for larger projects, although it is your design specifications that are important. For most projects the thinner sleepers will suffice. How much are sleepers? It depends on the quantity you order. Most companies offer sleepers at low prices but with high delivery costs. At Primrose, our sleepers are priced higher, but delivery cost is £4.99 regardless of the quantity you order. This makes us highly competitive for small projects, although the price per sleeper falls significantly with quantity ordered. Our oak sleepers are more expensive than our pine sleepers. This is because as a dense hardwood, oak takes longer to grow and are more costly to transport with greater weight.