Garden sheds have come a long way in design since the traditional 6 x 4 potting shed, once seen on allotments across the land. Now there’s a size, shape and style to suit every gardener’s needs and pocket.
First, think about your storage requirements. Do you need plenty of shelves to hold plant pots, paint tins and garden supplies, such as pesticides and plant food? Or do you need more vertical space for lawnmowers, strimmers, garden tools and furniture?
All of the below come in a range of sizes to suit the smallest or largest corner of your garden. One thing they all require is a solid foundation. Where you position your shed may be dictated by whether you have an existing base. A plain concrete or paved area is ideal for most sheds.
If you’re starting from scratch, it’s worth thinking what your usage will be before deciding where to put your shed. If yours will be used frequently, perhaps as a potting shed where lots of work takes place, it might be worth laying additional paving or a pathway to accommodate.
If your shed is purely for storage, then its location is not such an issue. Many gardeners prefer their shed to be hidden from view to avoid spoiling the vista of the garden. If tucking your shed away in an unseen corner isn’t an option, then try the trellis or wire idea mentioned above.
Climbing roses or jasmine can be used to screen a shed from view or turn it into an attractive feature of the garden.
If you don’t require light, windowless sheds are good value for money. They allow you to maximise the shelving area and increase your storage capacity. They’re also more secure than windowed sheds as they don’t give intruders any visibility of their contents.
Metal sheds are a rather more expensive option, but if security is your priority, then you should look at investing in a galvanized steel shed. This type of shed not only offers unbeatable security, it provides the best protection against the forces of nature if you live in an area where the weather is particularly inclement, such as coastal regions.
Most metal sheds come with at least 20 years manufacturer’s guarantee and have rust resistant coatings, so require very little maintenance.
Wooden sheds are often the most practical and attractive option. The least expensive wooden sheds are delivered for self-assembly. Instructions are usually easy to follow, but if you’d prefer someone else to do the work for you, then look out for a local company that employs their own fitters. Many companies will also customise an existing build to your specifications.
It’s worth paying extra for a shed made from pressure-treated timber. These sheds normally have a 15-year guarantee against rot, which will save you both time and money in the long-term as you won’t have to treat the wood each year with weatherproof preservatives.
A popular alternative to wooden sheds; plastic built sheds don’t require any kind of maintenance or treatment. They’re lightweight, straightforward to assemble and can be easily cleaned with household cleaning products.
Plastic sheds are a durable and inexpensive choice for storing garden equipment, although they don’t offer the same rustic charm as a wooden shed. A simple way to make a plastic shed look more appealing is to use wire or trellis to train a climbing plant to grow up the sides of the shed.
About the Author
Shaun Casper is a keen gardener and DIY enthusiast.