Weird and wonderful facts about SHEDS!

March 1, 2017

The garden shed. Maybe you own one? Perhaps you have a classic 8×8 wooden garden shed….maybe you are the proud owner of a massive 20×10 wooden workshop. Either way, Sheds To Last wants to pay homage to the mighty wooden unit – and what better way to do so, than by revealing some weird and wonderful facts about sheds?


Weird and wonderful facts about SHEDS! Sheds to LastWhether you are a self-proclaimed shed enthusiast, or you just want to know a little more about the humble garden shed, we implore you to read this article and discover more about the greatness of these underrated wooden units!

Who knew sheds had so much interesting history!

Tops facts about sheds

1.The word ‘shed’ originates from the Anglo-Saxon term for ‘shade’

2.Famous writers Rudyard Kipling, Agatha Christie and Roald Dahl all wrote from their sheds. Benjamin Britten’s shed is now a Grade 2 listed building

3.In 1914, during the First World War, to handle post for the army the Post Office erected a wooden structure in regents Park. It was described as the world’s largest shed

4. Nearly 60% of Brits have a shed; 17% say they would like to live in theirs

5. There was an ancient Egyptian god named Shed – he was the god of danger, deadly animals and illness

6. There are an estimated 12 million sheds in the UKWeird and wonderful facts about SHEDS! Sheds to Last

7.One third of British men believe their shed has a positive impact on their relationship

8.Colin Grey wrote a best-selling book called 50 Sheds of Grey – a story about a man who is torn between his wife’s sexual adventurism and his desire to spend time in his shed

9.In 1994, a 17-year-old American boy was arrested for trying to build a nuclear reactor in his parent’s shed. He wanted to earn his Boy Scout Merit Badge, and considered this an appropriate way to do so

Weird and wonderful facts about SHEDS! Sheds to Last

10. In the King James Bible, reference to the word shed almost always refers to blood bring shed; In Shakespeare’s plays, the word most often refers to tears being shed

11.9% of sheds are a hiding place for people’s junk food; 8% have cigarettes

12.In jazz terminology, to ‘woodshed’ or ‘shed’ means to shut oneself away from the world to practice

13.The most famous piece of shed art was created by Cornelia Parker, who blew up a shed and used the shrapnel to form her ‘Cold, Dark Matter: An Exploded View’ piece

14.20% of brits admit to using their sheds as a hiding place from their families and partners

15.Those who work from a shed have the official title ‘sheddie’

And if that hasn’t quench your thirst for shed knowledge, here’s a list of the top ten unusual items found in garden sheds:

Ashes of a dead relative
Human skeleton
Camel’s head
Wisdom teeth
Old breast implants
Tattoo gun
Photographs on an ex-partner
Badger’s head
A gravestone
Stuffed alligator

Contact Sheds To Last today!

Reading all these interesting facts about sheds has probably inspired you to set up your own! Based in Exeter, Devon, Sheds To Last has a wide range of wooden garden sheds and wooden workshops for your storage and workspace requirements.

We also have a wonderful selection of summer houses and log cabins if you are after something a little more elaborate. Contact us today for your information – drop us a line at 01392 690378, or ping us an email at We look forward to hearing from you!!