If you are thinking about purchasing a shed for your garden, there are a number of questions you should ask yourself first. Will your shed be simply for storage, or would you like it to double up as a workspace? Have you thought about colour or design? What size of shed will you need for your storage requirements? Read on for guidance to help you make the best decision.
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How should I decide what size of shed to buy for my garden?
The answer may seem obvious, but it is not simply a case of working out how much storage space you will need. You should also carefully measure your garden and decide what percentage of it you would like devoted to your new shed. Maybe you have a small garden with a patio which you use for dining outside. You wouldn’t want to take up too much of your precious space with a large shed whose only purpose is to store your bikes over winter.
You should also bear in mind that the floorspace you will have is smaller than the dimensions of your shed. For example, if you purchase a shed which is 8’ x 6’ (2.44m x 1.83m), you may only end up with something like 7’8″ x 5’8″ (2.35m x 1.78m) of floorspace. This is because the measurements refer to the exterior of your shed, not the inside. So if you know that you will need a certain width to house your large lawn mower, then you will need to buy a shed which is considerably larger than its width.
Fortunately, sheds come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. A wall shed with a pent roof is sure to take up less space if you have a smaller garden, or the classic house-shaped ‘apex overlap’ will give you headroom if you are looking to make it into a workspace or store taller items.
I’m looking for a garde shed of good quality; which one should I buy?
When you think quality, perhaps your mind automatically goes to the material it is made of. Sheds can be made of wood, plastic or metal and each has its use or purpose, but could one really be rated over another when it comes to quality?
Wood is a natural material, so for those who are perhaps more ecologically-minded, an evident choice. A wooden garden shed will look great in many different kinds of gardens and patios, and they come in a variety of shades to blend in with their surroundings. Don’t forget, you can also easily paint it your dream colour!
Wood is well-known for being durable; it won’t rust like metal could do, and it won’t break as easily as plastic (although there are some strong plastics out there!) A wooden shed may also feel more ‘homely’ than a plastic or metal one, so if you’re looking to make it into a home office or workspace, it is probably the best choice. Think quaint woodland cabins with roaring fires; that’s the feel you could even try to replicate by investing in a wooden shed.
What is the best wood for a garden storage shed?
Wooden garden storage sheds will have different kinds of ‘cladding’ (how the wood is structured). You can look at the cladding to determine the best match for your requirements. The most common kind of cladding is ‘overlap’. With this kind of structure, horizontal slats overlap each other leaving little space for wind or rain to enter. This is a great choice if you are looking for weather-resistance.
‘Tongue and groove cladding’ involves the panels interlocking to provide an even tighter fusion. Again, it is highly weather-resistant and will be cheaper than the third kind of classing, which is:
‘Shiplap tongue and groove cladding’. This is the advanced version of the above, if you will. A small rim of wood between panels ensures maximum protection from the elements and will even prevent the smallest amount of moisture from entering. This kind of cladding is the most expensive but it may be worth it if you are worried about the items you are storing getting damaged by the weather.
If you want to prevent your wooden shed from rotting, then you may wish to invest in one made of Mahogany or Spanish Cedar. These are extremely dense woods which will be resistant to rot and decay.
What about other materials?
Plastic sheds can be much simpler to assemble (think Ikea flatpacks!!), are lighter to transport and their maintenance will be minimal. A simple wipe-down with a damp cloth from time to time should keep your plastic shed looking at its best.
A metal shed, although heavy, will be great for security. If you need to store valuable items, then a metal shed may be the one for you. It will last a long time and provide permanent protection for whatever you choose to store inside. It may sound silly, but imagine which kind of shed you’d feel safest inside during a bad storm. I don’t know about you, but I’d choose the metal one, especially if there was the risk of heavy objects landing on the roof!
Finally, have you considered the idea of a concrete shed? These sheds have a concrete foundation, much in the same way as a house does. The shed itself may be made of a mixture of concrete and timber for maximum security and protection. It is easy to maintain, extremely robust and will work well as an office or workspace.
If you do your research, many different brands and companies will advertise their sheds being of ‘high-quality’, even if they aren’t. The best way to know for sure what the quality of the shed will be like is to read the reviews from other customers. Also try to buy a shed which has a warranty or some kind of customer protection. That way, it falls below your expectations, you can return it.
What is the best garden storage shed on the market?
As mentioned above this really will depend on your specifications and garden size. However, there are some standout garden sheds on the market which tick all the boxes. Some of them are listed below:
Duramax Wood Side Vinyl Shed - 10x8 Feet
The Duramax Woodside is made from polyvinyl chloride and is one of Duramax’s signature sheds providing an all-round option for storage. If your looking for a sturdy maintenance-free garden shed then this is the right shed for you. This shed is one of the bigger ones on the market and provides a lot of storage options. The Duramax Woodside has got some brilliant reviews on the internet and for good reason, it’s one of the best garden storage sheds on the market.
- All-weather durable long-lasting and maintenance-free vinyl
- Won’t rust, rot, dent or mildew; Never needs painting
- Door with lockable handle; Easy Assembly
TIMBELA Wooden Garden Shed - 10x8 Feet
The Timbela wooden garden shed is one of the largest sheds currently on the market providing a lot of garden storage capacity – (172 sq.ft (16m2) internal floor area and a lofty 8ft ceiling). This shed may therefore be suited to those with a larger space who are considering building an outhouse or garden workshop. With plenty of space to house tools, bikes, toys and lawnmowers you can completely declutter your garden for good and enjoy your outdoor space more than ever before.
- Perfect for those considering a summer house
- A large amount of garden storage space
- Waterproof roofing and sturdy shiplap cladding panels