Garden Sheds

Yes, you absolutely should consider purchasing a garden shed! Not only are they highly affordable, but owning one will open up a whole world of possibilities. Owning a shed will enable you to clear out the clutter in your house, garden and garage - with the ability to store everything in your brand new garden shed.

You may also be able to pursue hobbies that you previously couldn’t, with the space offered by a garden shed allowing you to take on projects which may have otherwise been made difficult by a lack of space.

We offer a number of excellent garden sheds throughout our range.

Here are four of our top garden sheds to give you an idea:

1. BillyOh Keeper Overlap Apex Shed

The Keeper is the perfect garden shed for new couples/families who are looking for a budget solution to their storage and DIY needs.

With robust overlap walls to provide water-proofing, as well as tongue and groove roofing and flooring for additional structural strength, the Keeper is the ideal starter shed!

2. BillyOh Master Tongue and Groove Apex Shed

The Master Apex garden shed is as versatile as it is practical, thanks to 7 unique size options which ensure you can fit a model to fit your garden's shape and specifications.

This is a perfect garden shed for storage, with wide opening double doors making it easy to transport larger tools in and out of your shed.

3. BillyOh Expert Tongue and Groove Apex Workshop

Thanks to its strong tongue and groove construction, the Apex Workshop represents a fantastic space for pursuing DIY tasks and other hobbies. A windowless option offers additional security and privacy to your garden shed, while the windowed alternative allows plenty of natural light into your workshop.

4. BillyOh Expert Tongue and Groove Reverse Apex Workshop (with dual entrance)

If you need extra, and easier, access to your garden shed, then the dual entrance reverse apex workshop is perfect for you. With improved access to your garden building and four sizes to choose from, you can customise your garden shed to suit your garden.

Before you purchase a garden shed, think about weighing up the below:

  • Price vs. Quality - This can be a tricky balancing act, but just remember that a garden shed is an investment for the future. We suggest going for a shed built with better materials (like high-quality European sourced timber) at a slightly higher price, so you can be safe in the knowledge of getting an excellent garden shed.
  • Material - Wooden, metal and plastic sheds each have their own unique advantages. Think about what you plan to use your shed for, as well as your own personal stylistic preferences.
  • Location - Aside from the size of your garden, you should also think about how you intend to use your shed. You don’t want to place it in an inaccessible area, or one which receives little natural sunlight.

There are three main materials used for garden sheds: wood, metal, and plastic. Then there are also three standard roofing styles: apex, reverse apex, and pent.

Wooden sheds can complement almost any garden and are available in both traditional and modern designs. Thanks to being made of galvanised steel, metal sheds are highly durable and sturdy, making them ideal as a secure storage unit or DIY workshop. Plastic sheds are similarly strong but also lightweight, meaning they can be comfortably moved around, in order to find your preferred garden position.

Undoubtedly the most popular type of garden shed, wooden sheds have been a staple of gardens for years, thanks to their multi-purpose use and classic look. Listed below are some the most important wooden shed advantages:

  • The traditional aesthetic that a wooden shed provides is unmatched by other shed types.
  • Wooden sheds are multi-purpose. Easily used as either a DIY workshop or a storage area.
  • Highly customisable. Wooden sheds can be painted and modified to suit your personal preferences.

Metal garden sheds have seen a serious rise in popularity over recent years, thanks to their sturdy nature. Here are some of the best reasons to buy a metal shed:

  • A budget-friendly, affordable option.
  • Easy to assemble.
  • Excellent levels of durability and difficult to damage, making metal sheds ideal for heavy-duty DIY.
  • Virtually maintenance free.

Plastic sheds are the ideal choice for those seeking a low maintenance, yet highly practical garden shed. Here are a few of the biggest advantages of plastic sheds:

  • Highly portable and easy to build - you’ll have little difficulty in moving a plastic shed from one area of your garden to another.
  • Long lasting and durable, thanks to the impermeable nature of plastic.
  • Multi-functional.

This depends on several factors, such as how you intend to use your garden shed, your budget and the space available in your garden. If you plan to use your garden shed for storage, then a small 4x6 storage shed will be more than sufficient. If you want a workspace then something bigger, like our 20x10 Expert Reverse Apex Workshop would be better.

There are a number of steps which can be taken when fighting back against rotting wood:

  • Keep your garden shed off the ground - preferably on a rigid foundation. Raise your shed to allow for adequate drainage and to protect against rising damp and groundwater.
  • Use wood treatment to protect against pests and rot.
  • Place your shed in a sunny location to dry up any moisture after periods of rainfall.
  • Spray water-repellent sealers onto the wood. The more frequently you do this, the better!

Though it does represent a further monetary outlay, a high-quality shed base or foundation can add years-upon-years to the lifespan of your shed, making it something which is definitely worth considering. A dry and level foundation for a garden shed - which can be concrete, paving slab or bearers - is crucial when trying to give your shed the longest life possible!

Does a shed need a foundation? The answer is yes, but you have a few options. A base can add years to the life of your garden shed by preventing damp and rot. Typical shed foundation kits include: paving slabs, a concrete slab, or a timber sub-floor. For more, check out our guide on how to build a shed base.

In general, as long as your proposed garden shed isn't:

  • Taller than 2.5m (within 2m of a boundary)
  • Larger than 50% of your garden
  • Two-storeys

Then your shed should fall under your ‘permitted development’ rights. Still, these may vary and it’s a good idea to check with your local council. For more, check out our guide to garden shed planning permission.

Within 2m of a boundary, you are only permitted to build a garden shed that is 2.5m high. All garden sheds must be built 2.5m away from the main house. It’s advisable to leave some space between a garden shed and the boundary so as to allow access and prevent damp.

To build a shed base on a slope or uneven ground you may have to use foundation blocks and even build a small retaining wall. For more, check out our guide on how to build a shed base on a slope.

Depending on the size and material of your garden shed you may either be able to move it by hand, on rollers, or require a car jack. For more, check out our guide on how to move a shed.

Our BillyOh garden sheds come complete with assembly instructions upon purchase. Your garden shed will be delivered as panels that simply require assembly with the help of a friend. You will require a hammer or mallet, stanley knife, level and tape measure, and a drill. All fixings will be provided.

If you’re looking to dismantle a garden shed before buying a new one you will need to remove windows, shingles, and hazards like nails. For more, read our guide on how to dismantle a shed.

Insulating a garden shed can help to regulate its ambient temperature and prevent damp and ultimately, rot. Insulating can include anything from caulking and using a draught excluder to installing a vapour membrane as you build your garden shed. For more, check out our guide on how to damp proof and insulate a shed.

If you want to use tools in your garden shed without the dangers of simply running an extension lead, you might think about installing utilities. You can also turn your garden shed into a home office or even semi-livable space for guests by installing heating and water. For more, check out our guide to installing utilities in your garden shed.

If you’ve bought a wooden garden shed, chances are you’ll have to install shingles or roof felt. Felting your garden shed’s roof will help prevent water ingress and damage. So for more check out our guide to felting a shed roof.