Advanced Guide to Garden Sheds
Advanced Guide to Garden Sheds
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Advanced Guide to Garden Sheds

If you’ve just purchased a garden shed or are looking to buy a new one, our advanced guide to garden sheds is the perfect tool for you to learn everything you need to know. This guide aims to provide useful information about all things shed based.

What are sheds?
Types of Garden Sheds
What are Garden Sheds Used for?
Simple Garden Shed Maintenance Tips
Can I Build a Shed Myself?

Disclaimer: Please note that this guide is intended to present general information regarding the subject. All information indicated are representative and not exhaustive which means that the results may vary depending on your item, its size, complexity, and other circumstances. You may or may not follow the guide. By following the guide, you accept the risks and acknowledge the possible invalidation of your manufacturer’s warranty. When in doubt, please ask your manufacturer before proceeding.










What are sheds?

Typically, a shed is a single-storey unit that you are likely to see in most homeowners back gardens. Sheds can vary in style, design, size and construction. From small metal structures to large wooden buildings with shingled roofs, you can pretty much find any shed to suit your garden and lifestyle. The main materials used for garden sheds are metal, wooden and plastic.

These have different properties and are suited for different purposes. Wooden sheds are what spring to mind when you think of a garden shed, however, metal and plastic sheds are becoming more increasingly popular over time. Read our Shed Buying Guide for a detailed guide on choosing the right shed for your garden.

Types of Garden Sheds

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Metal Sheds

The strongest and most durable material for sheds. Made from galvanised steel, metal sheds are a great choice if you want a secure unit for storage. Not as attractive as their wooden counterparts, they still make a good choice due to the fact they are resistant to rot and fire. Metal sheds are more lightweight than wooden sheds so can be moved more easily.

Plastic Sheds

Often less expensive than metal sheds, plastic sheds are a great choice for anyone who wants a garden shed that is low maintenance. Strong but also lightweight, they can be easily moved around the garden into your preferred position. Some plastic sheds are also UV resistant which means they won’t fade in the sun and provide the perfect storage space for any of your gardening items.

Wooden Sheds

Wooden sheds can easily complement any garden and most often are available in both modern and traditional styles. Without treatment wooden sheds can be vulnerable to rot, rust and mildew so it’s important to apply a treatment or a wood preservative when purchasing a new wooden shed. Unlike other sheds, wooden sheds can be easily customised or painted to suit your garden style.

What are Garden Sheds Used for?

If there’s one fact known about garden sheds, it is that they are highly versatile. The more conventional method of using garden sheds is for storing gardening equipment and tools. However, there are many purposes for the humble garden shed which you might not be as familiar with.

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Bike storage

Sheds offer the perfect shelter for bikes. Garden bike stores are usually wooden units which don’t take up too much space in your garden but will protect your bikes from any harsh weather. This reduces the risk of bikes getting damaged if they are left out in all types of weather.

Not only that, they are an easy way to know that the bikes are safely stored away as many sheds have the option of either windowed or windowless.

Available in different sizes to suit the number of bikes you have, there are traditional apex bike storage sheds which are perfect for traditional gardens, as well as more modern styles such as Pent stores.

Garden storage

The main, more traditional use for a garden shed is ultimately for storage purposes. A shed provides any garden with a highly convenient and effective place to keep all gardening tools and equipment safe.

By simply installing a few shelves or investing in some plastic storage boxes for organised storage, you are able to create an amazing storage space for everything you don’t want in the house.

In addition, garden storage sheds can be a great solution to storing garden furniture, especially during bad weather. Having a shed with the space for garden furniture is a brilliant idea as we understand how concerning it can be when you have left your garden cushions outside and it begins to rain. A garden shed could be the best way to store the garden furniture as you can always have a designated storage area for them, reducing the panic of where you should store them in time of need.

With so many styles and designs available, if you are looking for a garden storage shed there is definitely the perfect garden store for you.

Home Gym

A more alternative shed use that is ever growing in popularity is the garden home gym.

Home gyms are one of the best solutions for working out without having to leave home. Not only that, by having your own gym you are no longer required to pay for that pesky monthly gym membership.

Furthermore, we all know the feeling. Getting home from work fully aware of the fact you need to work out, but not completing your exercise routine because you don’t want to have to complete the journey. The benefit of having a home gym is that you only need to walk a few steps before entering the gym. Therefore, there is a chance you are likely to work out more often with a home gym.

Garden Office

You may not be aware of this, but, your garden can offer the perfect environment for peace and quiet while working or studying.

No matter what kind of work you do, a garden shed can be turned into a convenient workspace in just a few simple steps. For instance, try adding wifi, a desk, comfy chair, and a few home comforts and in no time your plain looking shed could be the office of your dreams.

Therefore, garden sheds converted into home offices are perfect for those who have the freedom of working at home or for the workaholics who are never able to switch off.

In addition, they are convenient for not only work ethic, but for the budget conscious too. Having a home office cuts out the cost of the journeys to and from work as it only requires a few steps. Home offices can also save money in the long run for the people who work for themselves. This is as although there will be the initial cost of setting up the home office, you will be able to save money by not having to rent an office space of your own.

Workshops

Similar to converting a garden shed into a home office, garden sheds can also make an amazing workshop for DIY enthusiasts.

This is as they can be a place in the house that is allowed to get messy. Just by adding in a workbench and a tool rack you are able to have the perfect place to carry out everything DIY, whether it be the house chores or anything hobby related.

Home workshops are also a sensible choice for families with young children. This is as you are able to store all the tools that may pose a danger to the kids in one place. Add a secure lock and there should never be a risk.

Home Spa

Let’s be honest, everyone needs to be able to relax every now and then.

If this is a struggle, or if you enjoy relaxing regularly, treat yourself to a spa break and a dip in a hot tub, relaxing, unwinding and recharging your batteries in your very own garden spa built into your garden shed.

The addition of a few houseplants, relaxing music and whatever you find helps calm you can turn your garden shed into your own personal heaven.

Backyard Bar Shed

We believe that garden parties are made a lot more fun with the addition of a bar shed. Perfect for warm summer nights, you can entertain family and friends by showing off your cocktail making skills!

Add in a makeshift bar, all your pub memorabilia stored in the loft, your drinks of choice and you’ve got yourself a private bar that you don’t have to queue at to get served.

Although, when a bar serving alcohol is concerned it is important to research whether you will need a license for however you intend to use it.

Overwintering plants

For green-fingered individuals, making sure your plants stay protected all year round is important. Garden sheds can offer the perfect place to store less hardy plants over winter. You could even fit your shed with both heating and lighting too.

Simple Garden Shed Maintenance Tips

Clean and Inspect Regularly

It is recommended to regularly inspect your garden shed. This is as smallest holes may appear over a long period of time. These small holes could allow rainwater to seep through. The rainwater could then potentially cause damp inside your shed.

An easy way to ensure you inspect the shed regularly is to clean it. Cleaning the shed should make you aware of any apparent issues within your shed. You should be fully cleaning your shed at least once a year.

Insulation

Keeping your shed warm and comfortable is extremely important. Especially if you are planning to spend a large amount of time inside the shed. Therefore insulating the shed should be a priority.

There are many ways you can insulate a shed. These include using bubble wrap, rockwool or fibreglass. The advantages and disadvantages of each can be seen in our how to insulate a wooden shed guide.

When you have chosen the insulation material, there are a few steps to take prior to beginning the installation process.

When insulating the walls it is essential to ensure the wood is protected with anti-fungal treatment. This is as once insulated you will be unable to easily access the shed wall to do it.

In addition, make sure to measure each wall before you cut the installation. This is as it is very important to ensure you have the right size. A sensible idea is to use the panel as a template to cut out the installation. This will be especially useful when having to take windows into account.

Furthermore, when insulating the floor, one of the easiest and most effective methods of insulation is to lay down a roll of carpet over a water-resistant membrane. This is as insulating the floor is known to reduce the 40% heat loss just through the shed floor. However, if you do not want to add a membrane under the carpet, it is crucial to regularly check under the carpet to make sure there is no damp or rot building up.

Can I Build a Shed Myself?

Yes, you can. If you need a detailed explanation of how to build a shed, read our detailed article here. Alternatively, you can watch our video guide below. Building a shed is straightforward if you know how so no need to worry.

However, if you plan on building a shed from scratch, it can be a lot more complex. Start off by deciding how big or small you would like your shed to be. Then you can source the amount of timber you will need to build the shed.

There are lots of garden sheds made of metal, plastic and wood. All of which can be used for all kinds of purposes and uses. From cheaper garden stores to large workshops, a garden shed is a great addition to any garden. Shop our fantastic range of garden sheds and find a garden building which is perfect for your garden and lifestyle!

 

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