Sheds are an invaluable storage solution, and can be used to tidy away everything from plant pots and tools to the lawnmower. They can also be used as a workshop, for all those garden DIY projects.
There’s a huge variety of sheds available in different styles and materials and at a range of prices, so to help you choose the right shed for you, we’ve put together a list of some of the best garden sheds available.
What to look for when buying a shed
There are a number of things to think about before you buy a new garden shed. Some of the most important considerations are:
- What do you need the shed for?
- How much space do you have for a shed?
- How big do you need it to be?
- Which style of roof would you like?
- What material is right for your shed?
Follow our guide, to help you choose the right shed.
The first thing to consider is what you want to use your shed for. If it’s just a garden storage solution, how much stuff do you need to store and how valuable is it? If you need to store large, high-value power tools, you’ll need a bigger and more secure shed than if you’re storing some hand tools and pots.
If you’re planning to use the shed as a workshop for DIY projects, check the dimensions of the shed, so you know if you’ll have enough headroom and enough room to work and move around. You’ll also need better lighting – consider windows, double doors and electric lighting. If you plan to spend a lot of time working in the shed, you may also want to invest in insulation and some form of heating.
One of the most important factors is how much space you have available for the shed. Measure and mark out the space, making sure you allow room for the door to open and access in and out.
Take note of overhanging trees, or other obstacles, that might affect how tall the shed can be. If space is limited, corner sheds fit neatly into right-angled spaces and lean-to styles are great for fitting snugly along a wall.
There are two main shapes of shed roof. How you plan to use the shed and how much space you have available will determine which shape is right for you.
This is the traditional triangular-shaped roof, with two sloping sides meeting in a peak in the middle. Inside, the centre of the shed offers the most headroom, and it’s lower at either side.
A pent roof slopes in just one direction. Usually the roof is higher at the front and slopes away to the back of the shed. Internally, the most headroom is at the front of the shed, where the door is.
Smaller and lean-to sheds often have pent roofs that slope to one side.
Sheds can be made from wood, plastic or metal and each material has its own benefits and uses.
The most traditional material for a garden shed, wood is a popular choice with the most variety in style and shape available. It’s a natural material, so wooden sheds blend into their surroundings well and are reasonably durable. Wood may warp over time, but there are various treatments to help you care for your garden shed. The roof is usually covered in felt, but some have tile-effect shingles.
Plastic sheds won’t rot, they require almost no maintenance, and they tend to be lightweight, making them easy to assemble.
Metal sheds tend to be the most secure, so they’re a good option if you need to store valuable items. They are weatherproof and long lasting.
There are a number of types of cladding available for wooden sheds, but the three main styles are overlap, shiplap and tongue and groove.
Overlap cladding consists of individual strips of wood overlapped and nailed together. The angle of the panels lets rainwater drain away and gives the wood the space to expand and shrink with the weather. Overlap cladding can be a little drafty, so not ideal if you’re planning on spending lots of time working inside. For storage alone, however, it’s a simple and effective choice.
Tongue and Groove
Tongue and groove style cladding interlocks together to keep water and drafts out. These sheds are sturdy and have a neater, sleeker appearance.
Essentially an advanced version of tongue and groove cladding, shiplap has a scalloped appearance. It has all the benefits of tongue and groove plus the scalloping allows rain water to run off the shed more effectively.
10 of the best garden sheds in the UK
We’ve rounded up a selection of some of the best sheds available to buy in the UK.
All sheds featured below come with the flooring included or with the option to add it as an extra, unless stated otherwise. If you don’t already have a solid base for your shed, such as concrete or paving slabs, you will need to lay one or you can buy a purpose-made shed base.
The measurements featured below are a guide and list the widest, highest or deepest measurements of each shed’s dimensions. Further details such as exact door widths and heights at different points of the roof can be found on the sellers’ websites.
The sheds in our list are all made from either wood or metal. In the interest of reducing plastic usage in the garden, we have not recommended any plastic sheds here, although they are widely available.
Rowlinson Paramount Buildings 11′ x 8′ Barn Tongue & Groove Wooden Shed
This barn-style shed has robust tongue and groove cladding and a window fitted with toughened glass. It’s easy to get bulky items in and out of the shed, thanks to the double doors, which lock with a key. The barn-style design offers slightly more headroom at the sides than an average apex roofed shed.
Measurements: 2.4m (height) x 2.4m (width) x 3.4m (depth)
8′ x 6′ Shed-Plus Champion Heavy Duty Apex Single Door Shed
A classic apex shed, crafted by hand from Nordic White Spruce with a felt roof that’s reinforced with high-grade polyester for additional protection. The tongue and groove cladding makes it more weatherproof than an overlap shed, so it’s a good choice if you want to store items that need to be kept dry, or if you’re planning to use it as a workshop. Installation is included and it comes with a 15 year guarantee.
Measurements: 2.184m (height) x 2.4m (width) x 1.82m (depth)
6’x4′ Forest Overlap Apex Pressure Treated Shed with Lean-To
This characterful shed provides two types of storage – an enclosed apex shed for storing items that need protection from the elements and a lean-to for easy access to items that can be kept outside. It features overlap cladding and a window to let in natural light. The eaves are approximately six inches higher than most apex sheds, to give you a little extra headroom.
Measurements: 2.043m (height) x 2.07m (width) x 1.815m (depth)
7′ x 5′ Shed-Plus Champion Heavy Duty Pent Shed – Single Door on Right
This pent-roof shed features tongue and groove cladding and is made from pressure-treated European softwood, guaranteed against rot for at least 15 years. The door is set to the right-hand side and is wider and taller than the average single shed door, offering extra room to get bulky garden tools in and out.
Measurements: 2.108m (height) x 2.215m (width) x 1.6m (depth)
BillyOh Tongue and Groove Tall Sentry Box Grande
If space is limited, or you only need to store a few tools, then a simple sentry box shed could be the answer.
With an apex roof, tongue and groove cladding, plus three interior corner shelves, it’s just the thing for storage in a small garden. For an additional fee, the shed can be delivered with a tin of paint or wood stain in the colour of your choice.
Measurements: 1.9m (height) x 1.13m (width) x 0.65m (depth)
Shire Iceni 8′ x 6′ Pent Shiplap Wooden Shed
This shiplap shed is made from European, kiln dried, softwood. Large windows offer plenty of light for working inside or even to grow a few potted plants. The barn-style door is set to the right and the pent roof, sloping in the same direction, helps the shed to slot under any overhangs.
Measurements: 2.21m (height) x 2.39m (width) x 1.79m (depth)
Mercia Wooden 7′ x 7′ Shiplap Double Door Corner Garden Shed
A corner shed is a great way to maximise your storage if you’re tight for space. This corner shed has double doors to make it easy to stuff in and out. There’s a shatterproof window on one side, and it’s constructed from pressure-treated shiplap cladding. There’s a 15 year anti-rot guarantee from the seller, plus a 12 month warranty from the manufacturer.
Measurements: 1.97m (height) x 2.07m (width) x 1.96m (depth)
6′ x 4′ Yardmaster Pent Metal Shed
This shed is made from galvanised steel and comes with a 10 year anti-rust guarantee. It has sliding doors, rather than hinged doors, which is a great space-saver, if you don’t have space in front of the shed for the doors to open outwards. The door handles are lockable and attached with anti-tamper bolts. Don’t forget to select the add-on flooring option before you buy.
Measurements: 1.74m (height) x 1.84m (width) x 1.19m (depth)
National Garden Scheme Shed
The Posh Shed Company builds luxury and bespoke garden sheds. They offer “posh”, “very posh” and sometimes “unbelievably” posh categories of installation and extras, such as double glazing, cedar roof shingles and insulation. This attractive model comes complete with a veranda for unwinding after a long day tending to your plot.
Measurements: 2.56m (height) x 2.53m (width) x 2.21m (depth)
Price: from £3,970
Forest Garden Overlap Pent Garden Shed 7′ x 5′
This overlap shed has a pent roof, offering extra headroom at the front. The two windows are made from unbreakable polycarbonate and are attached with security screws. The door comes with a latch you can secure with a padlock. It comes complete with metal spikes for securing the shed to the ground, if you don’t have a solid shed base.