Choosing A Shed – The Ultimate Guide

Before you actually go and buy the first shed you see, it may be wise to work out a few requirements first. Here is a guide to choosing a shed.

Choosing A Shed: Space

How much space have you actually got? There’s no point in buying a really massive shed if you don’t have the space for it.

Choosing A Shed: Location

Where are you planning on putting the shed? Make sure you have plenty of room when erecting the shed.

It may also be wise to make sure you keep your neighbours informed.

Also if you place it next to a taller building or fence, it will keep the shed protected from the elements.

Choosing A Shed: Size

Sheds come in lots of different sizes.
The standard sizes for sheds are:

4 by 3
6 by 4
7 by 5
7 by 7
8 by 6
10 by 6
10 by 8
12 by 8

You will need to take into consideration how tall the people are that are going to be using the shed. You don’t want anyone bashing their heads.

Also check the size of the door because doors come in different sizes on sheds and the wider the door the more thing you can get into the shed.

If the shed is too big you may need to get planning permission.

Choosing A Shed: Material

The most popular material for a shed is wood, but you can get metal sheds or even plastic sheds.

Wooden Sheds

Wooden sheds do look a lot more traditional, and fit right into your garden.

You can also paint a wooden shed any colour you like.

They do have to be treated each year and you will also have to check for damp or mould.

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Metal Sheds

If you choose a metal shed, then these types of sheds are very strong and tough making them very secure.

Another benefit of choosing a metal shed over a wooden one would be there is less chance of warping or weather related damage.

Most metal sheds also come with sliding doors so it makes putting things in and taking things out easy.

You do need to make sure a metal shed is well ventilated otherwise rust and condensation can build up.

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Plastic Sheds

Plastic sheds are lightweight and low maintenence. You can take them up and down very easily and if you move house, you can normally take them with you.

They are also very tough and don’t need treating like wooden sheds do. They also don’t rot or rust.

If you haven’t got them tied down they can be vunerable to windy weather conditions and if they are in direct sunlight they may warp, although most modern plastics are usually ok.

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Choosing A Shed: Shape

There are 2 main types of shed shape. An apex shed and a pent shed.

These terms actually refer to the shape of the roof.

The apex sheds have a roof with a v shape. This gives the shed a more traditional feel and look.

Choosing A Shed - Apex Shed

A pent shed has a roof that has a single section that slopes down, allowing rain to drain off the lower part at the back.

This type of shed normally looks best up against a wall or fence.

Choosing A Shed - Pent Shed

Choosing A Shed: Style

If you choose a wooden shed, there are 2 styles you can choose. Overlap and shiplap.

Overlap is where the panels on the sides of the shed overlap and shiplap is where the panels on the side of the shed are all one piece of wood and they are all joined together.

Overlap does give your shed a more traditional shed look, but shiplap offers better moisture control.

Choosing A Shed: Sturdiness

One thing to take into consideration is how sturdy the shed is.

If you choose a flimsy shed then over time, the roof is likely to sag, it may get distorted sides and the door may not shut.

Choosing A Shed: Budget

How much can you afford?