The Advanced Garden Shed Guide

Buying a garden shed comes with thorough consideration. So if you’re looking to get a new one, it is crucial to be aware of all the necessary information about garden sheds. This way, you can ensure that you are making the best choice for your outdoor space.

First things first, you need to think about what you aim to use it for, and of course, how much space you will need. Are you planning to make some space for your gardening essentials? How about a workshop or bike storage?

To make sure you take into account all the aspects of purchasing a garden shed, 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 and make sure you know which is the right type of garden shed for you.

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 various purposes. Wooden sheds are what spring to mind when you think of a garden shed; however, metal sheds and plastic sheds are becoming more increasingly popular over time.

Types of Garden Sheds

Metal Sheds

BillyOh Boxer Apex Metal Shed

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

BillyOh Ashford Plastic Garden Storage Shed Inc Foundation Kit Grey

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

BillyOh Master Tongue and Groove Pent Shed

Wooden sheds can easily complement any garden and most often are available in both modern and traditional styles. Without wooden treatment, 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.

Advanced Guide to Garden Sheds

Our Advanced Guide to Garden Sheds gives you all the needed information to help you buy the perfect shed for your garden:

  1. Why Buy a Garden Shed?
  2. Where Shall I Install My Garden Shed?
  3. What are Garden Sheds Used For?
  4. What’s with Garden Buildings Direct’s Garden Sheds?
  5. Garden Shed Maintenance Tips
  6. Can I Build a Shed Myself?
  7. How to Order a Garden Buildings Direct Garden Shed?

Why Buy a Garden Shed?

A shed has been known for being versatile to any outdoor space. It can be used to store and protect garden equipment and tools, a potting shed to plant and grow seeds, or even a room for entertainment purposes.

It offers a great space storage space for huge items such as garden furniture and bicycle as well!

Where Shall I Install My Garden Shed?

When positioning your garden shed, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Whether it’s being used as a storage for your gardening essentials or a place to grow plants and vegetables, it is important to position your outdoor building wisely not to risk inconvenience at a later date.

Choosing an accessible spot in the garden is among the vital and ideal top tips, especially if the shed will contain heavier or larger items. Make sure to take note of the following:

  • Closeness to boundaries
  • Exposure to the elements
  • Proximity to the house
  • Ground reliability
  • The direction of the sun
  • Accessibility

What Are Garden Sheds Used For?

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.

If so, there could be a perfect alternative that’s better suited to your needs than a shed. Down below, we have listed the most common uses for garden sheds.

Bike Storage

BillyOh Mini Master Tongue and Groove Pent Store Shed

Are you looking for a place to store your bikes? A garden shed can be your best bet! Garden bike storage are usually wooden units—not only it won’t take up too much space in your garden, but it also guarantees your bike’s protection against the harsh weather.

In addition, sheds have the option of either windowed or windowless. With that, you can easily know if the bikes are safely stored away or not.

Garden Buildings Direct offers a different garden shed 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

BillyOh Master Tongue and Groove Apex Shed

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 a fantastic 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.

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. Isn’t that great?

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 garden 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 office space of your own.


BillyOh Traditional Log Cabin Workshop

Similar to converting a garden shed into a home office, garden sheds can also do 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 can 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!

What’s with Garden Buildings Direct’s Garden Sheds?

BillyOh Expert Tongue and Groove Reverse Apex Workshop

Massive Size and Build Options

The top-notch BillyOh Expert reverse is available in 10 impressive size options including 8×8, 10×8, 12×8, 16×8, 20×8 to 8×10, 10×10, 12×10, 16×10, and 20×10. With so many option sizes available, there’s bound to be a size ideal for your garden.

Also, our Expert reverse apex workshop comes with a windowed or windowless orientation. The window options give you alternatives when it comes to security, especially important if you are looking to store your precious gardening tools and DIY projects inside.

Heavy Duty Wooden Shed

T&G construction is one of the Expert Shed’s points of pride where the timber has been formed in a certain way to allow for the panels to interlock which keeps the building free from harsh weather and water penetration.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a shed or workshop low in maintenance, you can opt for a pressure treated T&G building as it is sure to stay looking great throughout the year.

Customisable Floor Options

The reverse apex shed offers a wide range of flooring options from 11mm to 19mm T&G floors. If you want a stronger and interlocking floor for your shed, the 11mm T&G is a perfect choice. If you are planning to store more prominent and more substantial items in the workshop, we recommend our premium flooring options.

Premium flooring options include the 19mm T&G floor and the pressure treated 19mm T&G floor. The pressure treatment is a perfect choice if you wish to have a floor that is durable, well protected and provides unmatched strength and durability.

Customisable Roof Options

For the roofing, you get to choose from 8mm Solid Sheet, 11mm Tongue and Groove Standard or Tongue and Groove Heavy-Duty as the protection on top.

Roof felt (in optional Sand, Mineral or Shingles), hinges, turn buttons for the door, and all assembly materials are provided to meet the needs of the fixings. Also, it comes with the complete comprehensive assembly instructions.

Simple Garden Shed Maintenance Tips

Clean and Inspect Regularly

It is recommended to inspect your garden shed regularly. 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.


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, rock wool or fibreglass. The advantages and disadvantages of each can be seen in our guide which shows how to how to insulate a wooden shed.

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 covered, you will be unable to access the shed wall to do it quickly.

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.

The 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?

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.

We have lots of sheds for sale, 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!

How to Order a Garden Buildings Direct Garden Shed?

Garden Buildings Direct offers a wide variety of high-quality outdoor buildings to satisfy the needs of your garden space. From garden sheds to rattan garden furniture, you can shop for our best selling garden sheds now.

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