Buyers’ guide to modern garden sheds

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Modern garden shed

by Jill Morgan |

Be prepared to be wowed! The humble garden shed has come a long way from a wooden box with a door to store your outdoor paraphernalia, and modern designs now offer a far smarter solution. From nifty shed-summerhouse hybrids to good-looking garden cupboards, today’s clever designs mean you can have style as well as storage. Many modern materials demand far less upkeep too.

So, if your shed is looking a little dishevelled, high summer is the ideal time to replace an existing shed, as you can leave the contents outside on a dry weekend while you complete your garden project.

The best smart and modern garden sheds

Forest Retreat Grey Luxury Shed

Forest Retreat Grey Luxury Shed

Sheds are increasingly being designed for their good looks as well as their practical storage capabilities, and this
high-spec building is made to be noticed. With red cedar roof shingles and smooth weatherboarded sides, it makes an idyllic garden feature, so don’t hide this lovely design away in a corner. It’s also available in cream and grey, and the two opening windows and half-glazed door mean the interior is light and airy too.

It's pressure-treated, comes with a 15-year guarantee, and no further maintenance treatment is needed.

Specification

Size: 6' x 4'

Material: Pressure-treated wood

Guarantee: 15-year anti-rot guarantee

Highline Garden Shed

Highline Garden Shed

The trend for sleek design and urban style finishes has finally emerged in shed form. Forget the traditional timber format with pitched roof, these cutting-edge structures are bold and beautiful and you can fit a lot more in them!

Made from maintenance-free coated steel, this dark grey metallic Highline Garden Shed has a 20-year guarantee and also comes in silver, or quartz grey. It’s easy to assemble too and the high-level glazing and advanced locks offer better security.

Specification

Size: 6 sizes available from HS: 155 x 275cm to H5: 275 x 315cm

Material: Hot-dipped galvanized, polyamide-coated steel

Guarantee: 20-year guarantee

Wooden Multi Store Shed

Wooden Multi Store Shed

Flexible storage solutions have become increasingly popular indoors and they’ve now made it outdoors too. More and more sheds are boasting separate smaller compartments or internal dividers so you can stash cushions and barbecue equipment separately to gardening paraphernalia, without it all merging into a messy tangle. Some structures include an open storage area that doubles as a handy log store.

This Wooden Multi Store Shed has five compartments and comes pre-coated with primer so it’s ready for a top-coat of paint. We're a fan of the open area too that is so handy for stashing those often-used tools.

Specification

Size: 6' x 6'

Material: FSC European pine cladding on timber frame

Guarantee: N/A

Keter Darwin Garden Storage Shed

Keter Darwin Garden Storage Shed 6 x 8ft

Not a fan of having to repaint your wooden shed? Technical manufacturing improvements have led to sturdy resin designs with all the detail and beauty of a traditional wooden shed but none of the upkeep. If it gets dirty, just hose it down! These resin panels won’t crack, warp or move like timber, ensuring that doors will open smoothly no matter what the weather. Relatively lightweight to handle and coming with its own floor, the Keter Darwin Garden Storage Shed is easily erected in a few hours. Renting? This shed is also easy to dismantle and re-erect elsewhere.

Specification

Size: 6' x 8'

Material: Evotech Composite

Guarantee: 15-year guarantee

Outsunny Garden Wood Storage Shed with Workstation

Outsunny Garden Wood Storage Shed with Workstation

Sentry box sheds are a real feature in the market right now, they’re the perfect place to stash tools and pots and they look good too. With a tiny footprint but tall stature, you can easily squeeze one into the smallest space, and they’re useful as a secondary spot to store often-used tools, in addition to a main shed. Many designs are a blank canvas inviting you to divide up the space with shelves, and add hooks and rails as you see fit, but we love this Outsunny Garden Wood Storage Shed with Workstation on account of its genius fold-down work surface. Plus, the built-in half-width shelves mean long-handled tools can be easily accommodated.

Specification

Size: H182 x L78 x W52.5cm

Material: Wooden with Asphalt roof

Guarantee: N/A

Country Living Caythorpe Premium Potting Shed

Country Living Caythorpe 8 x 6 Premium Potting Shed Painted

Always wanted a greenhouse but don’t have room? Then jump aboard this huge trend for super-stylish potting sheds. There are lots of different designs with more, or less, glazing so you can find just the right balance for your garden. This Country Living Caythorpe Premium Potting Shed is just right for us! The price includes painting and installation, and even if you have a spacious garden, this hybrid design saves cluttering your outside space with multiple buildings.

Specification

Size: 8' x 6'

Material: Wood

Guarantee: 10-year anti-rot guarantee and 3-year paint promise

Shiplap Pent Wooden Shed by Shire Sheds

Shiplap Pent Wooden Shed

Our need to make the most of our outside space, however big or small, has never been greater, and corner sheds will slot in neatly and help contour a boxy plot. This cute Shiplap Pent Wooden Shed by Shire Sheds oozes summerhouse vibes and is crying out for a mini-deck with a rattan armchair outside! You can add to the summerhouse vibes with pretty blinds, and get creative, painting it light, dark, or multicoloured to bring a little beach hut inspiration.

Specification

Size: 7' x 7'

Material: Solid and manufactured wood

Guarantee: 1-year warranty on product, 10-year anti-rot guarantee

Outsunny Wooden Garden Storage Shed, 3-Tier Shelves Tool Cabinet

Outsunny Wooden Garden Storage Shed

A compact plot makes good-looking storage essential and this interior-worthy outdoor cabinet will only add to your garden style. Made from solid firwood, the shutter-style doors and chunky cube feet of the Outsunny Wooden Garden Storage Shed, 3-Tier Shelves Tool Cabinet allow air to circulate while contents remain dry and mould-free. Inside the lockable door are three shelves, one of which is adjustable, so you can tailor the space. The tiny footprint makes it ideal for a tiny patio or side return.

Specification

Size: H160 x L87 x W46.5cm

Material: Fir wood with Asphalt roof

Guarantee: N/A

BillyOh Penton Corner Summerhouse with Side Store

BillyOh Penton Corner Summerhouse with Side Store

Don’t have room for a summerhouse and a shed? Then you need a hybrid design, combining space for lounging, whatever the weather, with a separate storage section. Ratios of sitting and storage areas vary widely with this type of garden structure so you can choose the best format to meet your needs and your plot. The BillyOh Penton Corner
Summerhouse with Side Store is made to be slotted neatly into a corner and can be customised with a full-size wooden base and choice of roof covering and timber shelving.

Specification

Size: 11' x 7'

Material: Wood with option for pressure-treated

Guarantee: 10-year anti-rot guarantee

Pent Security Shed Painted

Pent Security Shed Painted

If you use your shed to stash bikes and valuable tools and patio heaters in, then secure storage is a priority. A new breed of garden lock-ups puts security first and foremost, without compromising in the style stakes. With high glazing that lets light in without putting the contents on show, heavy-duty framing and double doors that lock with a key, the Pent Security Shed (this one has been pre-painted in anthracite) offers peace of mind.

Specification

Size: 8' x 8'

Material: Pre-painted timber

Guarantee: N/A

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