How To Make Steps With Retaining Wall Blocks

Building steps with retaining wall blocks is a great way to create a safe, sturdy walkway for your home. The steps are built using the same method as a retaining wall and the blocks are used to hold the wall in place. Retaining walls help keep soil from washing away and can add style to your outdoor space.

Retaining walls are a great way to make use of space in your yard. They can be used to create a patio or garden area, or they can simply give the appearance of a natural slope by providing support for plants and flowers.

There are many ways you can build your own retaining wall, but one of the easiest is with retaining wall blocks. These blocks have grooves that make them easy to stack together and make it easy to create steps in your wall.

Step 1 – Plan Your Steps

  • First, decide how wide and high you want your steps to be. The wider they are, the easier it will be for people to walk up or down them without tripping. The taller they are, the less likely someone will bump their head on them while walking up or down. It’s important to keep in mind that if you make your steps too narrow or too low, then they won’t serve their purpose!
  • Second, plan how long each step should be by measuring how long it takes a person with average height and stride length (about five feet) to walk one full stride length away from one end of the retaining wall block used as a step onto an adjacent block next to it at its opposite end (about three feet). This will allow multiple people on different sides of a retaining wall block used as a step at once without tripping over each other’s heels but still prevent them from having enough room inside each step area between blocks where this happens safely without hitting anything else such as another person or object nearby when walking up/down stairs without bending over sideways every time they take another step forward because we don’t want anyone falling off course either!

Step 2 – Prepare The Ground

To prepare the ground for your retaining wall steps, you’ll need to ensure that it is level. With a spade or shovel, remove any debris and vegetation from the area where you will be building your steps. If there are roots from trees or shrubs growing in this area, dig around them so they won’t interfere with how well your retaining wall blocks set up.

Step 3 – Set Your Risers

Now comes the part where you have to set your risers. To do this, use a level to make sure that they are level and straight as well as at the correct height. If you want, you can also use some blocks to build a small wall on top of the risers so that it’s easier for you to reach them when setting them in place.

Once all of your risers are in place and level, add mortar between each one (if there is already mortar present from when you built your foundation wall). Make sure that there is enough mortar between each piece so that it will stay secure once everything has dried out!

When setting up these retaining walls around your home or garden area there are many different ways they can be constructed using different materials such as blockwork or even just bricks themselves! However whatever method chosen ensure adequate drainage under footpaths etc during wet weather otherwise problems may arise later down

Step 4 – Build Your Steps With Timber

Now you have the retaining wall blocks, so it’s time to get down to business. You’re going to need some timber for your steps, and there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind before choosing your material:

  • First of all, make sure that any timber you use is treated pine or another wood that has been chemically treated against rot and insect damage. Untreated wood won’t survive long if left exposed outdoors!
  • Secondly, make sure that the thickness of your chosen lumber meets or exceeds one inch–that way it will be able to withstand outdoor conditions without warping or rotting over time. Any less than an inch may not be able to support large loads without splintering under stress (or worse yet).

Step 5 – Lay Your Pavers Into Position

  • Place the pavers into position. Make sure they line up evenly and are level, using a spirit level.
  • Tap the pavers into place with a rubber mallet to secure them in place.
  • Use a level to check each individual row for vertical alignment and make any adjustments necessary.

That’s it! You’re ready to enjoy your new steps.

Congratulations! You’ve completed your retaining wall steps. It’s time to celebrate by inviting friends and family over for a pool party, or maybe even a high-stakes game of hide-and-seek. (You know—the kind where you don’t tell anyone where you’re hiding.)

Just remember that in order to complete this project, you’ll need a few more supplies: a safety net, doorbell and gate so that guests can enter safely into your backyard fortress.


These are just some of the steps you will take to ensure your next project is a success. Take the time to do your homework, and if you need additional assistance, be sure to contact a qualified professional.

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