Paver Patterns for Patios
Begin with a plan for a paving pattern. There are many paver pattern designs you can try. Jack-on-jack or running bond patterns are the simplest paver patterns to install. More advanced patterns, like a herringbone pattern or pinwheel, require more cutting. Different paver shapes can give you additional pattern design options. If you want a backyard patio idea that's easy to install, consider stamped pavers that look like stone. Take a look at our Wall Blocks, Pavers and Edging Stones Buying Guide to learn more about pavers and patio stones. See our Paver Calculator and read Planning for a Paver Patio or Walkway to learn how to estimate the materials you need for your project.
- Make sure your patio is big enough for all of your outdoor furniture and allows enough space to walk around.
- Use thicker paving stones if you're adding heavy objects like a hot tub or large grill.
- When planning the location for your patio, consider sight lines from windows and doors, and how your project will affect them.
- Pavers can be heavy. Enlist a helper and have your materials delivered.
Before you buy materials or begin work on your paving patterns and patio design, check local building codes and your homeowners association regulations to see if there are any restrictions or requirements you need to follow. A permit may be mandatory in some areas.
Many types of pavers and patio stones work for patios and walkways, but if you want to build a driveway or parking area, be sure to use paving stones designed for driveways.
Before beginning any excavation, call 811 to check for underground utilities.
How Do You Lay Concrete Pavers?
To lay patio pavers or concrete pavers for a typical patio installation, you need to build up several layers:
- 6-inch layer of gravel paver base
- 1-inch layer of sand
- Polymeric/jointing sand in the joints between the pavers
Preparing to Lay Patio Pavers
Like most projects, preparation is critical to success for a hardscape patio.
Installing the Patio Foundation
After the area is prepped, it's time to lay the foundation.
Laying Patio Pavers
This patio has 6-inch-by-6-inch and 6-inch-by-9-inch stone in a running bond paver pattern, with 6-inch-by-9-inch blocks along the border. The process is similar for paver laying patterns such as pinwheel or herringbone patterns, but laying the pattern may be a bit more complicated. Here's how to lay pavers.
Adding Polymeric Sand
Jointing sand or polymeric sand helps keep the pavers in place and weeds from growing between pavers. Take the time to add and finish the process properly.
Add features to make your new patio the highlight of your landscape:
- Select outdoor furniture and a grill to move your living and dining spaces outside. Our Patio Furniture Buying Guide, and Grill and Smoker Buying Guide will show you some options.
- Add garden beds and container plants for a touch of color. Take a look at Add a Planting Bed to Your Home Landscape and How to Plant a Container Garden to see how to get started.
- Dress up your space with garden décor items such as bird feeders, wind chimes and fountains. Our Bird Feeder Buying Guide will help you match a feeder to the birds you want to attract.
- Put down mulch to separate the patio from your lawn. Get tips by reading Landscaping With Mulch.
- Install outdoor lighting to enhance your patio at night and expand its usefulness beyond the daytime hours. Explore the possibilities with Lighting Ideas for Outdoor Living.
- Add outdoor heating to extend your entertaining season outside when the weather starts to cool. See our Outdoor Heating Buying Guide to find a variety of options to stay warm on cool evenings.