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What Size and what Type of Garden Shed Should You Aim For?

What Size and what Type of Garden Shed Should You Aim For?
What Size and what Type of Garden Shed Should You Aim For?

Author is Robin Antill - expert in garden buildings Written By Robin - Expert in Garden Buildings For 39 Years.
Hi, I'm Robin Antill, founder of 1st Choice Leisure Buildings, and I use my expertise gained over 39 years in the garden buildings industry to understand that each customer is different. With my manufacturing, retailing and customer service experience my articles help people choose their ideal shed, garden workshop, summerhouse, log cabin or garden office needs to suit their requirement and that is key to satisfaction. And what do I do when I'm not writing? You may find me following Grimsby Town Football Club or riding roller coasters - so plenty of 'ups and downs' in my life.

Many houses these days just are not big enough for our everyday needs and this is not helped by houses getting smaller each year due to the cost of land and the problem with prospective home owners obtaining a mortgage. And even though the garden is relatively small one of the answers is to erect a garden shed in the garden which will give the home valuable extra storage space.

Depending on the size of garden this will determine what kind of use you can get out of the shed. If you have space for a 10x8 then you are in the realms of being able to have a small workshop as well as a good amount of storage space. With a 8x6 shed you are really down to just storage but maybe a small bench inside for some little jobs. Any smaller than this and it is just storage. However, even a 6x4 shed will create quite a lot of storage and you can even fit in a few bikes to keep them dry and safe from being stolen.

Sometimes you only have a little space up the side of the house which is being wasted. This is where the Diamond Streamline shed can help you. These sheds are 3ft wide with the door on the end so access is easy. You need about a 3 ft 6 inch gap for the building to go into as the roof is slightly larger than the shed. So all you need to do is to measure the smallest gap between the house and fence.

If it less than 3ft 6in then don't worry. The Diamond shed can still accommodate you as the shed can be made to fit YOUR gap. Just a little extra surcharge and that wasted gap is creating extra dry storage space for you. Sometimes you may need to access the garden through the gap at the side of the house, again no problem. Just ask for a door on both ends so that you can walk straight through as well as gaining extra storage space. You know it makes sense.

Besides the additional storage space which you can utilise this extra space will actually increase the value of your property when you come to sell. And this is for the same reason that you decided to add the shed - for extra storage. However the addition of a cheaply made shed with chipboard or OSB floor will not endear your home to prospective buyers, certainly if the floor and roof are showing signs of damp and rotting.

So you need to be a little careful when choosing as shed. I know it's not always easy and sometimes that is your only option due to budgetary restrictions. The cheap shed will serve its purpose for a year or two but will not be a good buy for much longer than that.

A decent garden shed will also, besides providing great storage space, look good in your garden. If you stretch your money to a summerhouse or small home office then your home will seem even more attractive when you come to move. This is because prospective home buyers can visualise using these types of buildings for working from home, or for their children to study in peace.

You could even consider a corner garden shed such as these ones from this site These will fill a corner as well as looking good however you do lose a certain amount of space across the 'chopped off' corner but that is a small price to be for good looks and the versatility it offers.

So if you have not thought about the benefits a shed can make to your garden why not visit this garden buildings display site where you can see about 60 buildings on display. As you wander through them your mind will then be able to visualise the benefits they could bring to you.


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Woking Garden Buildings Display Site Sutton Green Garden Centre,
Whitmoor Ln, Sutton Green,
Guildford, Surrey. UK. GU4 7QA

Phone 0333 800 8880
Our display site is normally manned and open for viewing 9.00am to 5.00pm every day
The garden centre is visible from A320 main road between Woking and Guildford.

Currently on display at Sutton Green: are Platinum, Sapphire, & Diamond Timber Buildings, Trentan Cabins, SafeStore, Trimetals, GrandChoice Metal Sheds; Lidget Garages & Secure storage concrete sheds. Please see this page for a full list.



Farnham Garden Buildings Display Site Squires Garden Centre,
Badshot Lea Road, Badshot Lea,
Farnham, Surrey. UK. GU9 9JX
Phone 0333 800 8880
Our display site is open for viewing 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Saturday
10.30am to 4.30pm on Sundays.
Only Manned on Fridays
The garden centre is visible from B3208 road between Farnham and Aldershot.

Currently on display at Badshot Lea: are Platinum & Diamond Timber Buildings, Trentan Garden Cabins and Lidget Garages. Please see this page for a full list.




Phone (01483) 237550 or (0333) 800 8880 - Fax (0333) 8008810
(0333) numbers are charged as LOCAL Rate on both mobiles and landlines - saving you money.
Email to 1clb@leisurebuildings.com or Contact Us Here
1st Choice Leisure Buildings Established in 1979 for All Garden Buildings. Sheds, Workshops, Log Cabins
On Display for viewing near to Guildford, Godalming, Cobham, Dorking, Leatherhead and Ripley in Surrey. UK

Office ONLY Address is 260 Woodham Lane, New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey. KT15 3NS.
Close To Byfleet, Chertsey, Weybridge, Walton On Thames, Esher, Bagshot, Staines.