Pavers - Beveled Side Up or Down?

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Pavers - Beveled Side Up or Down?

What is the purpose of the bevel on one side of most pavers these days? Does the bevel side face up or down? I need to cover about 50 square feet and I'' be using landscape fabric with paver sand on top of it.
 
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Bevel up - it is to provide a surface which is more durable, as the sharp corners would get knocked off more easily
 
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Also, if walking bare foot the sharp corners of the pavers really hurt. The beveled edge is much easier on the feet and presents less of a trip hazard.
 
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The beveled edges are there to define the shape of the paver and the pattern they are laid in as an architectural/design feature. A "Herringbone" pattern is usually the strongest and most stable, strength is not critical on a patio.

I have no idea what "paver sand" is, but usually a uniform 1" concrete sand bed is used over the base and a fine or mason's sand is used to sweep into and be worked into the tight joints.

If you look closely at the pavers that should have shallow vertical ridges that go from the bottom toward, but all the way to the top. They are there to provide consistent, reasonably tight joints when initially dry set, but wide enough to allow the fine masons sand to be compacted into the joint for the interlock. If you lay the pavers with the bevel down, the shallow ridges will show when laid. - Not a radical concept, but a proven feature used for many decades in Europe.

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And you do not want to use landscape cloth under them. It decouples the sand bed from the base. Weeds sprout from the top in pavers, so it serves no purpose anyway.
 
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