Garden sheds come in all shapes and sizes and there’s lots to think about when picking one for your outside space.
The array of information can be a little overwhelming so here’s an overview of the essential facts to consider when finding the right shed for you.
Getting the size right can be a tricky matter as you’ll probably want as much space as possible within your budget without cramping your garden.
It’s worth knowing that the size of your shed refers to the exterior measurements, not the internal floor size. This means that if you calculate the shed based on what you need inside, you could come up short.
Some shed measurements include any overhang too which will make the storage area inside even smaller than you may be expecting.
If you have the space available and your budget can stretch, you might want to opt for the next model up to get the size of shed that you really need.
The size of the shed and the dimensions are not the same thing as there are many different styes available which are radically different.
What you’re going to be using your shed for will have a big impact on the style of shed you choose. There are some with higher roofs; these are perfect for sheds which are going to be used as a workshop, or for potting plants.
Other styles of shed offer a space-saving design while still maximising the storage; these are limited in terms of headroom but can pack plenty of equipment inside.
A pent roof is one that slopes from one side to another; these are great for storage and can be placed right up against your house or a wall. This is a useful design if space is limited in your garden.
An apex roof is better if you need more headroom but it will need its own space in the garden.
Therefore, when choosing your shed, don’t just consider the overall size, but also the shape and headroom as otherwise you might end up with something that doesn’t meet your needs.
If you plan on staying in the same property and don’t anticipate changing your garden significantly, you can opt for a shed which is more of a permanent fixture. However, if you think you are likely to be moving home or want to radically change your garden, a shed which is more mobile may be a better option.
Wooden sheds are extremely sturdy and versatile but typically can’t be moved around easily. These are the better option for when you don’t need a shed that’s particularly mobile. By contrast, plastic storage sheds are easy to put together and are usually lightweight enough to be easily transported and moved.
Some sheds offer the ability to choose where you want to place the door; this can be a useful option if you are squeezed for space. When deciding where you plan on putting your shed you’ll need to make sure there’s not just enough room to open the shed door, but also for you and any equipment to be able to comfortably manoeuvre around.
If you will be using your shed to store large equipment such as lawnmowers, check if the doorway is going to be wide enough. You can buy sheds with wider or double doorways to make moving large equipment in and out much easier.
The placement and size of the windows are something else you’ll have to factor in. If the design is fixed and your windows will be blocked in by a wall, you will end up with a shed which is dark and dingy. For a shed which is light and airy, look for skylights or plenty of windows all around. For added security, choose toughened instead of regular glass.