Forest Garden

Buying guide to Sheds

No matter what size your garden, a Shed is the most practical of garden structures. It will protect your tools and other outdoor equipment from the weather whilst keeping them secure and tidy, it can be used for storing bikes and lawnmowers, as a workshop or potting Shed. A garden Shed can be a practical or pretty addition to your garden.

Sheds Top Tips Diagram

Garden Sheds come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and it’s sometimes hard to know where to start when choosing a new one. Here are some handy tips on everything you need to know when you’re shopping for a new Shed.

Depending on the use of your Shed, how much time you will be spending in there and your budget it is worth considering the differences in the way Sheds are constructed and what that means for the building.

Overlap ShedsOverlap Shed ExampleOverlap Diagram

This traditional rustic style Shed is created with overlapping boards to allow rainwater to run off. A square cut overlap timber board construction allows flexibility and movement of the timber. As temperature and humidity levels change from season to season the boards will shrink and expand. Often the most cost-effective style of wooden shed, it is reliable and long-lasting. Overlap boards do not form a closed seal so they are more prone to moisture and draughts. This is not a problem if the shed is to be used for garden storage. Forest Garden Overlap Sheds are made with 7mm thick boards.

Shiplap ShedsShiplap Shed ExampleShiplap Tongue Diagram

Designed to last and made of smooth-planed slow grown kiln dried timber. Shiplap Sheds use interlocking Tongue & Groove boards that feature a scalloped profile at the top of each board which gives a distinctive and traditional aesthetic. The tongue and grooves slot into each other to create a reliable weatherproof joint, less likely to bend and warp. Forest Garden Shiplap Sheds are made with 12mm thick boards.



Tongue & Groove Shed Example

Tongue & Groove ShedsTongue & Groove Diagram

Designed to last, these premium Sheds feature interlocking Tongue & Groove boards that have a flat profile for a contemporary look. The tight-fitting nature of the construction offers good protection from wind and rain penetration. This cladding is secure and durable and boards will often be thicker than other types of construction. Forest Garden Tongue & Groove Sheds use 12mm, smooth-planed slow grown kiln dried timber boards.

When positioning your Shed you need to consider a number of different factors. If you intend to access it frequently you may want to consider building it close to your house. You may want your Shed to be in the shade to avoid overheating in the height of summer, however, you also need to consider the risks of falling branches and rotting leaves on your Shed over the years.

Never locate your Shed in an area that could flood with heavy rainfall. Standing water will accelerate the rotting process which may affect the stability of your Shed in the long run.

You don’t usually need planning permission for domestic outbuildings, as long as they are used for a domestic purpose related to your house. However, please check with your local planning authority before installing any garden buildings.