Create a Gabion Basket

Create a Gabion Basket

Gabion Use

Gabion baskets can be used within your garden to create a unique and tailored look in the form of a gabion wall or seating area. Other common uses for them are gabion planters or plant pots. Due to their versatility, gabion baskets are becoming a popular landscaping feature.

Therefore at Stone Warehouse we supply a range of gabion baskets in different sizes. This ranges from a small 27cm cube which is ideal for smaller spaces to our largest 75cm cube which can be used for seating or creating a gabion retaining wall in larger landscaping projects.

Additionally all our baskets are made of galvanised steel so are extremely hardwearing and rust resistant, making them perfect for any space.

Gabion basket made from steel with layers of cream cobbles and plum slate paddlestones filling it.
Gabion basket filled with Plum Slate and Cotswold Cobbles

So to help our customers create this on-trend landscaping feature we have created a step by step guide.

Step 1: Preparation

Before creating your gabion basket feature, clear a solid, flat and stable surface for the gabion cages to sit on. Additionally if you’re creating a seating area you will need to level the ground.

Step 2: Assemble your gabion basket

As your gabion basket will arrive flat packed you will need to assemble it. Firstly raise the face panel and a side panel so they are in a vertical position next to each other.

Then helical the joints together, ensuring the last turn at either end of the helical is turned through 90 degrees with pliers to lock into position. Finally helical the back and other side panels of the gabion cage together in the same way.

Step 3: Choosing your stone

The type of stone you use is important as you don’t want anything that will fall through the gaps. The best gabion stones are ones that are over 50mm. We recommend using cobbles, paddlestones or boulders, all of which must be over 50mm (5cm) in size.

Step 4: Filling the gabion basket

We find using one colour of stone can work well if building a gabion wall or gabion fence. However layering can help create a highly decorative feature or unique overall pattern. The top picture features our Large Slate Paddlestones and Cotswold Cobbles and the below picture shows a product similar to our Longstone Rockery.

Gabion basket filled with a grey rockery stone to create a wall
Gabion wall

You don’t need to fill all the gaps between the stones, but do fill horizontally and fully to the top to prevent bowing if weight is applied from above.

If you are building a gabion seat or bench, we recommend finishing off with a wooden plank and cushion for that added touch.

Gabion basket filled with stone to create a bench with a wooden top and green cushion.
Gabion bench with cushion

If you want more information on creating a gabion basket, download our handy ‘How To’ guide here or watch our useful ‘How To Create A Gabion Basket’ video here.

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