At ShedSmart, we stock a comprehensive range of easy to install sheds, playhouses and summerhouses for a full range of different purposes, but with so many styles, types and sizes available – it can be a struggle to find the right one for you, your garden, and your family.  To cut out the confusion and make finding your perfect shed a easy we’ve produced this buying guide.

What should I consider when buying?

In order to choose the right shed to fit your needs, it’s a good idea to consider the following:

Choosing the right structure

How you plan on using your new building will determine what type of building you will choose.

Garden Sheds are mainly used for storage of common household and garden items such as lawn mowers, bikes, tools and garden furniture.

A summerhouse is a garden building often used as an outdoor retreat and can be used during the warmer months. More recently they are being used as craft rooms, design studios and home offices.

A log cabin is a high quality outdoor building which can be used all year round and is made out of timber or pine ‘logs’ which slot together to create a traditional ‘log cabin’ look. They can be used as home offices, play rooms, workshops, home gyms and even guest accommodation (Subject to planning permission).

What is your budget?

The biggest factor is usually budget. You’ll be please to know that we pride ourselves in offering a range of affordable products that don’t compromise on quality.

• Sheds start at just £139.00
• Summerhouses begin at £649.00
• Log Cabins start from just £2199.00

Our budget range of sheds is most suited for housing garden tools and light storage from the house. However if you spend a little more you can get a shed that is much stronger, durable and higher quality which you can use for bigger, heavier items and is perfect for adding shelving.
It’s worth having a browse around the different levels of products because you’ll be surprised at what you can get for your money.

What types of sheds are available?

When you think of a garden shed, wooden sheds are probably the ones that first come to mind, and with good reason – they’re the most popular type of shed available. Created using soft wood and suitable for a wide range of uses, our timber sheds come in Apex and Pent styles and our playhouses and summerhouses in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and styles to suit every budget. In the end, it comes down to your own personal preference so take time to make yourself familiar with all of our different products.

What size do you need?

Before you get started, think about what you’re going to store in it, so you can get one that’s the right size. It’s best to measure the space you’ve got available in your garden (taking into account extra dimensions like roof overhangs and window openings) before you buy. If in doubt, opt for a slightly larger shed as it’s always best to have too much space than too little. If you don’t want to spend the next 10 years with forehead bruises and a sore neck from ducking to get into your shed, check the height dimensions too before you buy.

Will it last?

Sheds are made to be pretty hardy buildings and should withstand all sorts of conditions. However if you want it to last, then you need to work out where is the best place to put it. We suggest placing garden sheds in a protected area in the corner of the garden or against a wall where it has a bit of wind protection. We also recommend keeping it away from trees with low hanging branches which could damage the roof.
As your shed is going to be living outside, it needs to be able to stand up to the worst of the British weather, and if neglected, your shed might rot. Make sure you treat your shed with a waterproofing stain or finish to protect the wood within the first month and annually thereafter.

Construction

We use three types of timber: Overlap,Shiplap and Loglap. Overlap is the cheapest type of cladding whilst Shiplap offers a premium finish and is longer lasting. Designed to last, shiplap sheds are created with tongue and groove construction and come with interlocking boards to ensure an exceptional resistance to rain, as well as a strong, robust structure. Loglap is an increasingly popular cladding profile for use in sheds and other garden buildings. Loglap features smooth planed and fully interlocking tongued and grooved boarding with a rustic, rounded external log effect profile. The design ensures that rainwater drains quickly and the timber dries quickly. This helps to ensure a longer life for your garden building.  All buildings are constructed throughout using suitable nominal tongue and groove timber, on the roof AND floor. Please note that NO chipboard is used in the construction of ANY  ShedSmart buildings.

Ease of installation

The majority of sheds require assembly and usually need at least two people to install it safely. To make it easy for our Customers ShedSmart are happy to offer a free construction service upon delivery (subject to conditions). Alternatively, if you prefer to do it yourself just follow the instruction manual, and you’ll be fine.

Will it need a power supply?

If you plan on using the shed as a workshop or office, you’ll probably want to have mains power installed – this will need to be done by a professional electrician.

What types of windows come with a shed?

Our wooden sheds come with repositionable clear, tough styrene glazed windows. This provides maximum light penetration and a safe, shatterproof design.  The number of windows will depend upon the size/specification of the structure, however we can add more windows upon request for a small additional cost.

Will it require regular maintenance?

No matter which type of shed you choose, they each require a certain level of maintenance.
Wooden sheds can shrink or split due to changing temperatures and weather conditions so all wooden sheds should be treated annually with a wood preserver. Hinges and locks should be regularly oiled and leaves should be removed from the roof to prevent damp.
If you’re looking for a shed that only requires a low level of maintenance, then pressure treated (tanalised) sheds are a great option. As they are constructed from pressure treated wooden overlap boards, they require no additional treatment. Our pressure treated sheds come with a 10 year conditional manufacturer’s guarantee against rot.

Are there any important safety measures to consider?

When using your shed, storing everything away neatly will help to prevent accidents like trips and slipping.

Top tips

• To ensure you are purchasing a quality shed, always buy from a reputable, reliable, well-known company.
• When making your purchase, think long term. A cheaper shed might be tempting in the short run but you may end up needing to replace it in a couple of years’ time, so go for the best shed you can afford.
• Make sure that the shed comes with a guarantee. All ShedSmart sheds carry a 10-years anti-rot guarantee when our Terms and Conditions of purchase are met.

We can remove your old shed for you!

ShedSmart can dismantle and remove your old timber shed for you, prices vary on size and is an available option when you purchase through our website. Your old shed must be empty of its contents and any electrics or plumbing disconnected and removed. The service is offered to remove the shed only, not household rubbish or contents of the old shed. This often overlooked service is a quick and easy solution to the problem of what to do with your old shed.