Choosing the right garden shed for your garden doesn't have to be complicated. With a few considerations and some careful planning, you can find the perfect shed, summerhouse or log cabin for you.
Which size shed?
If you want to keep a large amount of your garden lawn or patio clear, opt for a shed that doesn't take up too much space. Many small garden sheds are cleverly designed to maximise space, such as a shiplap wall shed, which stand flat against surfaces like walls or fence panels. Think about how you want to use your garden shed. If you're 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 works best. Will you be entertaining friends and family in your shed? You'll need a bit more but if you want a space to relax a smaller shed or summerhouse should work perfectly.
Which style of shed?
Wooden sheds have a long list of benefits. They're easy to build, retain hear and look attractive for years to come. They can also be treated and painted in whichever colour you choose. The roof design is also important to consider: The Pent style roof has a single sloping roof and is extremely effective at allowing drainage of water, whereas the classic pointed Apex style is great for creating more space for storage.
should it sit in the garden?
Your garden shed should have enough space around it to ensure it's easily accessible. You'll also need to make sure there's enough space in between the shed and the fence so that it doesn't go over the boundary. Installing your shed near a building or fence that is taller is a good idea as it will help protect it from harsh weather conditions.
If you're planning on getting a summerhouse for your garden, you’ll want to place it in a spot that sees a lot of sun. 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. If however, there is nowhere else for the shed to go, make sure that it's raised off the ground. Buying a shed shouldn't an impulse decision but consider all the points above to get the best shed for you - and your garden.