Repeating & Random Paving Patterns

Repeating and random paving patterns are hugely popular for anyone who’s looking to add an extra level of interest to their garden.


The laying patterns below are a great guide for our mixed-size Patio Kits and can be adjusted to suit each project. You can also find the correct guide for each product directly on the product page.

Tips For Success

As the size and shape of everyone’s space will always vary, you will need to make some adaptions to your specific area and may need to cut slabs to fit your space. Adapting the design as you go is a crucial part of the process which will always get you the best results. This is also important when using more than one crate to avoid leaving a straight line down the middle of your patio where the two plans meet and repeat.

Be Prepared To Make Cuts

You will almost always need to cut slabs when laying any type of paving.

Fitting your pavers around drain covers, corners and steps are just a few examples of why you would need to make cuts. Cutting is often essential to fit the pavers to the edge of your space too.

You may not know exactly how many cuts you will need to make before you start, but planning ahead will give you a rough idea and, as long as you are prepared to adjust accordingly, you will always be able to find a way to get the best out of your paving.

Find out more about cutting methods and the tools you will need to cut paving slabs here.

Plan Ahead & Communicate With Your Landscaper

It’s always a great idea to dry lay your patio first so you can see how the slabs will look once properly installed.

Remember to check the exact size and quantities of the slabs that you are ordering and balance your joint widths for a clean and consistent finish to the design.

If you’re not carrying out the work yourself, be sure to have the necessary planning conversations with your landscaper so that they can prepare accordingly.

Most landscapers will have worked with paving patterns many times before and will always have their own methods for laying the slabs. Any experienced landscaper will likely have their own ideas for how to best utilise the slabs to fit your space and will be able to offer you some specific advice.

Account For Wastage & Keep An Open Mind

No matter how much planning you do, you can never account for unforeseen circumstances or last-minute design changes!

Order at least 10-15% to account for this as well as any laying mishaps and natural variations that you’d prefer not to use.

Ensuring that you have plenty of stone to work with will help avoid any delays if you run out of slabs and will also account for any breakages incurred during installation.

These laying patterns are a great starting point and with an open mind to making the necessary adjustments, you’ll have your desired design in no time!

Things To Avoid

Avoid grouping a lot of the same size slabs together and try to stay clear from any long straight lines that are more than 2 or 3 metres.

It is recommended to avoid ‘cross joints’, where possible. This is where the corners of 4 slabs meet at the same point.

These things can draw the eye and spoil a repeating pattern or random design.

Further Advice

For further advice on installation, see our handy guide here.

We also recommend for some more in-depth information on any specific requirements that your project may have.

Paving Expert


As long as you follow our tips for success, you’ll have no problem creating the perfect repeating pattern or random layout for your patio!

Now you know exactly how to plan and prepare your design, why not take a look at the paving options for your new garden?

All of our mixed-size Patio Kits come with a mix of 4 different sizes of slabs and can be used to create the designs shown above.

If you have any questions about paving patterns, speak to a member of our team on 01206 700 599 or by email at [email protected].


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