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A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing the Right Door for Your 1st Choice Garden Buildings

Is there any diagonal bracing on the door?

1/ What part of the garden building moves the most (besides the walls on the thin cheap sheds)? The answer is the door. It is VITAL that the door is made correctly which means that the door should have 2 diagonal braces on the inside of the door between the horizontal ledges. Without this bracing, the doors will sag after a relatively small amount of time and it stands to reason that without the recommended diagonal bracing the door will drop meaning that it will be harder to close.

You may not notice unless you were aware that these are essential, that many of the mass market cheap sheds do not have any at all. These companies are relying on the nails in the wood, which can be quite thin, to hold the weight of the door and to cope with the constant opening and closing. You can see the absence of diagonals by looking at the inside of the door.

How tall are the doors?

2/ You need to check the height of the doors as some are only 1.5m (5 ft tall) so you need to MIND YOUR HEAD

How many hinges and what locks are provided?

3/ It is important that a door should have 3 hinges to ensure a long life. Ideally, you should have at least a padbolt so you fit a padlock for security. Most of the cheap sheds only come 2 hinged and a turnbuckle to keep the door shut as this is the cheapest option.

All our Garden Sheds Are –

On ALL our garden sheds and garden buildings direct from 1st Choice we utilise strong diagonal bracing top AND bottom in between the ledges on the doors. Our buildings feature, at a minimum, a sturdy padbolt for your own padlock, or on the Diamond a rimlock and proper handle.

Our doors are normally at least 1.8m (5′ 10″) tall. On all garden buildings direct from us you can be sure of 3 hinges on each door and combined with the diagonals combine to ensure your door will not drop.

How tall will your garden shed be?

1/ Some garden sheds must have been designed for Lilliput as the low height, of about 1.5m (5ft) means that the average man in this country will bang their heads.

Are height measurements internal or external?

2/ Many of our competitors give these dimensions as external which means the available height is about 3″ less.

Can you have extra height to suit YOUR needs?

3/ Is there an option to make the building higher, or lower if need be.

All our Garden Sheds Are –

All our garden sheds and buildings direct from 1st Choice have at least a minimum INTERNAL height of 1.8m (5′ 10″) rising to at least 1.95m (6′ 6″). We also offer the option to increase the height so that you have much height as you require. Do the cheap mass market shed makers do this ?

Click on any of the following links for more important things to consider before buying!

Read About Quality of Timber Which Should Be Used


Read About What you MUST know about Garden Sheds Floors & Roofs


Read About Range of Styles and Sizes from 1st Choice Garden Sheds and Buildings


Read About Delivery and Assembly Options


Read About Glass and Windows


Not from Lilliput ?? Then Read About Height and Doors


Read About What you MUST Know about Guarantees and Where your Building will be Made

Author is Robin Antill - expert in garden buildings Written By Robin - Expert in Garden Buildings For 44 Years.
Hi, I'm Robin Antill, founder of 1st Choice Leisure Buildings, and I use my expertise gained over 44 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.

About Author:

Robin Antill is an established authority in the field of quality garden building manufacturing, boasting over four decades of experience. Having founded Titan Garden Buildings in 1979, he demonstrated a commitment to excellence from the outset by moving away from subpar materials and embarking on crafting buildings of superior quality.

His lineage of craftsmanship, traced back to his father and grandfather's business in Cleethorpes, underscores his dedication to quality and customer satisfaction. Robin's son, Craig, who joined the business in 1990, brings additional expertise, having honed his skills at Guildford College in joinery.

Together, they elevated Titan Garden Buildings, which eventually evolved into 1st Choice Leisure Buildings. Their enduring focus on premium materials, top-notch manufacturing, and unparalleled customer service, along with Craig's digital acumen in creating the company's online presence, showcase their expertise and reliability in the industry.

Robin’s expertise was featured in Realtor.com, Homes&Gardens, The London Economic, and dozens other publications.

Woking Show Site
1st Choice Leisure Buildings
Woking Garden Buildings Show Site
Sutton Green Garden Centre,
Whitmoor Ln, Sutton Green,
Guildford, GU4 7QA UK
Phone (01483) 237550