How to Build a Shed: Design, Function, & Location

Last modified: August 24, 2023

How to Build a Shed: Design, Function, & Location

How to Build a Shed: Design, Function, & Location


How to Build a Shed: Design, Function, & Location


Everyone is in need of a bit of extra space at one time or another. A garden shed from Garden Buildings Direct can deliver the ideal solution. Whether it is required to provide outdoor storage for seasonal items, serve as a craft room, a workshop, a potting shed, an office or even supply the added outdoor living space of a summerhouse.

Depending on your needs, you can select a premium quality, affordable, long-lasting wooden shed or a durable, high-quality, maintenance-free metal shed from Garden Buildings Direct. You’ll even find reliable, long-wearing, quality plastic sheds to suit all of your creative shed ideas. At Garden Buildings Direct, we’ll help you find your ideal shed solution and quickly deliver your product to your home. Also with our customisable options, you are able to design your own shed UK.

Building Your Shed – Where to Begin

There are several considerations when you are ready to make your selection and add a shed to your garden to complete your garden shed ideas. You’ll need to choose the design that best meets your needs and desires as well as shows off your personal style, understand the functionality required and which shed will fill that role perfectly. Let’s not forget that you’ll also want to choose the ideal location for your shed in your garden.




There are lots of incredible designs available for your new garden shed. Obviously, if your shed will function as a secure storage area, the design needs will be different from one that would serve as your summer house in the garden. Styles at Garden Buildings Direct include Apex, Pent, and Reverse Apex, and each features a multitude of types and sizes. Personal style and preference often plays a role in your design decisions.

Wooden sheds are the most popular shed choice. When choosing a wooden shed design, you’ll have the option of choosing overlapping (featheredge) styling or shiplap featuring tongue and groove construction. Wooden sheds are made from softwoods – pine, spruce, and cedar. Each style provides a sturdy structure that protects what is inside from weather. Wooden sheds are also warmer in inclement weather than metal or plastic sheds.

Metal Sheds, made from galvanized steel, deliver needed security and function as well as offering design choices like sliding doors and a myriad of colour choices.

Plastic Sheds are the ideal choice if you are on a budget and need large amounts of storage area. They are maintenance-free, and because they are lightweight, they can be repositioned as required in your garden.

One final backyard shed design consideration is your shed base. You’ll need to select a base that is stable, flat, and level. This makes concrete or paving slabs the perfect base choice.



Your shed’s functionality is the next on your list of considerations. To begin, decide what size of shed you will need. Of course, you will need to determine how much space is available as well as how much garden space you want to allot for your shed. At Garden Buildings Direct, sizes range from 3’ x 6’ up to 10’ x 20’ so you can find the perfect size to meet your needs.

Shed access is also an important function. You need to be able to enter and exit with ease via sliding doors, double doors, or extended doors.

Your shed should be weatherproof, especially if it will feature electricity, lighting and plumbing. Weatherproofing will also aid in longevity, safety and security.

What functional features you need will depend on your shed’s purpose. An office, craft room or workshop will require lighting, electricity, and even plumbing. It will need to be waterproof, feature windows and security. Whilst a shed functioning as a garden shed, summerhouse, or storage may not require lighting, electricity or windows though it will likely need to be waterproof.


Finally, the location of your shed needs to be decided. You will want at least one metre (three feet) all around your shed to give you the access needed as well as allow for maintenance or landscaping. You want to ensure your determined entry way is clear for easy entry. If your shed is being used for storage of outdoor items, you’ll want to choose a convenient location that encourages everyone from children to adults to put away their ‘toys’ when activities are complete. Consider your shed’s purpose and allow that to help you determine the location. Will your shed be a focal point of your garden or should it be located in a more discrete location?

As you plan the location where you will build your own shed consider the landscaping (existing or to be added). Regardless of your shed’s function, you’ll still want it to complement your home and garden. You may want to add flowers, shrubs, or vines on trellises to add to the aesthetics of your shed. A pathway leading to your shed made of pavers or flagstone is also a novel touch.


Well, there you have it: a step-by-step guide on how to build your garden shed. Where to put, what makes a suitable base, and loads of ideas about how to use it!

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