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

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 homeowners obtaining a mortgage. And even though the garden is a 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 10×8 then you are in the realms of being able to have a small workshop as well as a good amount of storage space. With an 8×6 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 6×4 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 Shoreham 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.


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 a 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 these garden buildings display sites where you can see about 100 buildings on display. As you wander through them your mind will then be able to visualise the benefits they could bring to you.


Author is Robin Antill - expert in garden buildings Written By Robin - Expert in Garden Buildings For 42 Years.
Hi, I'm Robin Antill, founder of 1st Choice Leisure Buildings, and I use my expertise gained over 40 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.


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