Sheds are a classic garden staple that not only look great and keep your garden tidy too. These are the questions you need to ask to ensure you buy the right size shed for you and your garden
What are you using the shed for?
• If your shed is simply for garden storage; stashing away your lawnmower and garden tools that need keeping safe as well as the garden tidy, then the smaller choice of our 4x4 Flex Apex shed (with an internal size of 115cm x 106cm) will be perfect your needs.
• Need to store more substantial items such as larger garden tools, your barbecue or garden furniture out of sight and safe? Then a medium sized shed such as will work well.
• When you need to use your shed as a workshop for a creative hobby like crafting or pottery or as your private hideway to spend time in, then a larger shed built for purpose is best for the job. This style is 8 x 6 (with an internal size of 226cm x 166cm) which gives you enough space to move around in comfort and store materials as well as a bench and chair comfortably.
Which shed suits your garden?
The size of shed you choose should also be dictated by the size of your garden. Be careful you don't choose one too large that will dominate your outdoor space, it should fit snugly into the area you choose while still feeling part of your garden. Opt for a smaller size if you've got a patio but larger if it can sit snugly at the end of your garden without obscuring too much of your garden or view. It's a good idea to map out the size and height of your chosen shed on your patio or garden area before you buy to ensure you're happy with how it sits. Also consider where the doors and windows sit on the shed and choose one that works best for you.
Where should my shed sit in the garden?
If you're planning to relax in your shed and sit outside it on sunny days, you'll want to put it in a sunny spot in the garden so make note of how the sun falls before you order a shed. Avoid putting it anywhere that's likely to get sodden during bad weather or the wood will be affected and start to rot pretty soon. It's always a good idea to place your shed on a hard concrete base, or a wooden base to raise the shed off the ground and create a small air gap.
If you're using it as storage alone, however, keep in the shade so your belongings inside don't overheat.
If you're fitting your shed under a window or against a wall or fence opt for a shed with a pent roof that slopes forward thus taking up less space and looks snug when in place.
Help & advice
If you need more information about fencing and landscaping, please get in touch with your local branch. Our specialists will be happy to offer help and advice and can provide you with a free quote for supply of all relevant materials.