Choosing the right garden shed for you doesn't have to be complicated. With a few considerations and some careful planning, you can find the perfect shed, summerhouse or log cabin to suit your needs easier than you thought possible.
Which Size Shed?
If you want to keep using a good amount of your garden lawn or patio, you probably won’t want a shed that takes up too much space. Your best best is to opt for a small garden shed, suitable for just storing your items. You can find small garden sheds that have been cleverly designed to maximise space, such as a shiplap wall shed which stands flat against surfaces like fence panels, for an even better solution.
You will also need to decide on how you want to use your garden shed. If you are creating a shed office for example, you will need enough space for computer equipment, a desk and comfy chair. In this instance, a summerhouse or log cabin with a bit more internal space would work very well.
You will also be in need of more space if you are hoping to entertain friends and family with your shed. If you are just wanting a space to relax however, a smaller shed or summerhouse should work perfectly for your needs.
Which Style of Shed?
Other things you need to consider are the materials and roof style of your garden shed. You have the option to buy either a metal or wooden shed so you need to decide which would best fit your needs. Wooden sheds do however have a long list of advantages.
With a wooden shed, you will find it more inexpensive to build, it will retain its heat and it will be more attractive in appearance. Wooden sheds can also be treated and painted in whichever colour you choose.
As already mentioned, deciding on the shed roof design is also important when buying a shed. The Pent style roof is extremely effective at allowing drainage of water, whereas the Apex style is great for creating more space for storage.
Where Will the Garden Shed Be Positioned?
Another important aspect to think about when buying a shed, is whereabouts you are going to place it in your garden. Your garden shed should have enough space around it to make sure there are no obstacles preventing you from entering.
You will also want to make sure that there is enough space in between the shed and the fence so that the roof does not go over the boundary.
Installing your shed near a building or fence that is taller will also help protect it from harsh weather conditions.
If you are planning on getting a summerhouse for your garden, you’ll want to place it in a spot that sees a lot of sun in order to receive maximum benefits. Storage sheds however should be kept out of the sun to stop the items inside overheating.
Also be aware of overhanging trees and bushes that could allow rain water to drip onto the shed and cause dampness. The roofing felt can also end up becoming punctured from sharp branches brushing against it.
Another thing you need to consider is whether you have any damp areas in your garden. Avoid building your shed in a space that tends to hold water in order to prevent leaking. If however, there is nowhere else for the shed to go, make sure that it is raised off the ground.
Buying a shed isn't an impulse decision but it can be a fun one! Consider all the points above to get the best shed for you - it will certainly be worth it in the long run.