Garden Sheds – Factors to Consider When Choosing a Garden Shed

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What will you use the shed for?     

This will help you decide how big you need the shed to be, and whether it needs a window or any other special features.  If the shed is simply for storage then your options range from a small garden storage bench, outdoor cabinet or small toolshed to a full size garage!    

Alternatively if you want to use it as a potting shed or a “retreat” then you will probably want a window.  You may even want to consider a “solar shed” which is a combination of greenhouse and shed.

Wood, Metal or Plastic?

Is the garden shed going to be hidden away out of sight or in full view?  This will be important when you decide whether you want a traditional wooden (or timber) garden shed,  a plastic shed or even a metal shed.   Wooden sheds can be finished in a traditional timber or more attractive woods such as a red cedar.

Shape

Sheds commonly come in the following shapes

Apex Shed

Pent Shed

Transverse Shed

Corner Shed

Lean-to Sheds   (some pent sheds can be used as lean-to sheds providing they slope away from the wall!)

Security

Theft from garden sheds is unfortunately increasingly common.   Most sheds will come with a basic lock.   However you will find that some garden sheds are sold with extra security such as more secure panelling, higher windows, bolt padlock covers etc.

Doors

Most small sheds have a single door. Most transverse sheds and some larger sheds have double doors.

Fitting

Some suppliers will fit your garden shed for you (normally at an extra cost!).  You will though normally have to ensure that you have a suitable hardstanding.

You will find that most retailers sell one or more of the leading brands.

Leading brands for wooden sheds include Waltons Garden Buildings, Halls, Shire Garden Buildings, Treetop, Diamond Garden Sheds, and Titan.

Leading brands for metal sheds are Waltons Garden Buildings, Trimetals, Yardmaster, Bidmore, Storemore, Asyard, and Biohort.

The leading brands for plastic metal sheds are Duramax and Keter.

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