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How to make a gravel parking area

Updated February 21, 2017

If you need some extra parking space at your home, adding a gravel parking space is a durable and cost-effective way to do it. You don't need any specialised knowledge to build the gravel parking space, just some time and some simple materials. Putting in a gravel parking space is a good weekend project.

Dig out where you want the parking area to be with a shovel, to a depth of 10 cm (4 inches). Place the dirt in a wheelbarrow as you dig it out for easier removal.

Line the bottom of the excavation with landscaping cloth. Cut the cloth to fit with scissors, and overlap separate pieces by several centimetres.

Place 5 by 10 cm (2 by 4 inch) boards at the margins of the excavation, resting on the 5 cm (2 inch) sides. Nail together the boards with 6.5 cm (8d) galvanised nails at the corners and cut pieces to size as necessary.

Place 5 cm (2 inches) of medium grade gravel at the bottom of the excavation, and rake it smooth with a heavy rake. You'll need a quarter of a cubic metre of this gravel for each 0.09 square metres (1 square foot) of parking area. Calculate the square metres of the parking area by multiplying the width and length, measured in metres. For example, if the parking area is 3.6 by 3 m (12 by 10 feet), the square metres of the area is 10.8 square metres (120 square feet). You'll need 0.54 cubic metres (19 cubic feet) of gravel (0.05 times 10.8).

Fill the excavation the rest of the way with fine gravel and rake smooth. Again, you'll need a quarter of a cubic metre of this gravel for each 0.09 square metres (1 square foot) of parking area.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Yardstick
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Landscaping cloth
  • Scissors
  • 5 cm by 10 cm (2 by 4 inch) boards
  • Saw
  • Hammer
  • 6.5 cm (8d) galvanised nails
  • Medium gravel
  • Rake
  • Fine gravel
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Based in Virginia, Nichole Liandi has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her articles have appeared on various print and online publications. Liandi has traveled extensively in Europe and East Asia and incorporates her experiences into her articles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from West Virginia University.