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Wooden Garden Sheds

Overlap Shed 8 x 6The most popular material for sheds as they blend sympathetically into the garden more so than any other material, especially as the wood weathers with age.

The wood used for sheds will always be treated with preservative, dip treated is good, pressure treated is better. An advantage of the wooden shed is that the wood can be easily be stained or painted a whole host of shades to blend in or become a feature of the garden. Stained wood is subtle in a way that any other painted surface never can be.

Cladding - the material used for the walls of the shed

    "Weatherboard" is the cheapest, it is like the fence overlapping boards on edge so that the rain runs down the outside. As the boards are simply overlapped they can warp and knots in the wood may fall out. Sometimes known as rustic-cladding or similar.

    Tongue and Groove planking is better as the planks are held in place at their top and bottom edges making a more weather-proof finish and usually a finer planed finish too.

    Shiplap is a version of tongue and groove planking where there is a rebate at the top of each plank so that each plank fits under the overlapping edge of the plank above it, a design that helps keep water out.

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4' x 3' Forest Overlap Dip Treated Windowless Apex Wooden Shed (1.34m x 1.01m)

£ 269.99

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4' x 3' Forest Overlap Pressure Treated Windowless Apex Wooden Shed (1.34m x 1.01m)

£ 289.99

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5' x 3' Forest Overlap Dip Treated Windowless Apex Wooden Shed (1.64m x 1.01m)

£ 294.99

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6' x 4' Forest Overlap Dip Treated Windowless Apex Wooden Shed (1.89m x 1.34m)

£ 324.99

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3' x 5' Forest Overlap Apex Dip Treated Wooden Windowless Shed (0.99m x 1.56m)

£ 327.99

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6' x 4' Forest Overlap Pressure Treated Windowless Apex Wooden Shed (1.89m x 1.34m)

£ 344.99

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6' x 3' Forest Overlap Pressure Treated Windowless Pent Wooden Shed (1.83m x 1.09m)

£ 354.99

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6' x 4' Forest Overlap Dip Treated Apex Wooden Shed (1.89m x 1.34m)

£ 354.99

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6' x 4' Forest Overlap Dip Treated Pent Wooden Shed (1.98m x 1.39m)

£ 359.99

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6' x 4' Forest Overlap Dip Treated Windowless Double Door Apex Wooden Shed (1.99m x 1.25m)

£ 359.99

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6' x 4' Forest Overlap Pressure Treated Apex Wooden Shed (1.89m x 1.34m)

£ 369.99

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6' x 4' Forest Overlap Dip Treated Reverse Apex Wooden Shed (1.88m x 1.34m)

£ 379.99

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6' x 4' Forest Overlap Pressure Treated Apex Wooden Shed - 4 Windows (1.89m x 1.34m)

£ 384.99

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6' x 4' Forest Overlap Pressure Treated Pent Wooden Shed (1.98m x 1.39m)

£ 399.99

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6' x 4' Forest Overlap Pressure Treated Reverse Apex Wooden Shed (1.88m x 1.34m)

£ 399.99

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6' x 3' Forest Shiplap Dip Treated Pent Wooden Shed (1.83m x 1.09m)

£ 444.99

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6' x 4' Forest Shiplap Dip Treated Windowless Apex Wooden Shed (1.89m x 1.34m)

£ 444.99

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6' x 4' Shire Lewis Premium Apex Double Door Wooden Garden Shed (1.79 x 1.19m)

£ 449.99

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6' x 4' Shire Shiplap Pent Wooden Garden Shed

£ 449.99

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6' x 4' Forest Shiplap Dip Treated Apex Wooden Shed (1.89m x 1.34m)

£ 454.99

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7' x 5' Forest Overlap Dip Treated Windowless Apex Wooden Shed (2.19m x 1.64m)

£ 469.99

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6'5 x 4' Shire Shiplap Double Door Wooden Garden Shed (1.96m x 1.23m)

£ 469.99

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8' x 6' Forest Overlap Dip Treated Windowless Apex Wooden Shed (2.43m x 1.99m)

£ 479.99

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7' x 5' Forest Overlap Pressure Treated Windowless Apex Wooden Shed (2.19m x 1.64m)

£ 484.99

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8' x 6' Forest Overlap Dip Treated Apex Wooden Shed (2.43m x 1.99m)

£ 489.99

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8' x 6' Forest Overlap Pressure Treated Windowless Apex Wooden Shed (2.43m x 1.99m)

£ 494.99

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7' x 5' Forest Overlap Dip Treated Apex Wooden Shed (2.19m x 1.64m)

£ 499.99

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7' x 5' Forest Overlap Dip Treated Pent Wooden Shed (2.26m x 1.69m)

£ 499.99

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7' x 5' Forest Overlap Pressure Treated Apex Wooden Shed (2.19m x 1.64m)

£ 499.99

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8' x 6' Forest Overlap Pressure Treated Apex Wooden Shed (2.43m x 1.99m)

£ 499.99

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6' x 4' Forest Shiplap Dip Treated Pent Wooden Shed (1.98m x 1.39m)

£ 499.99

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6' x 4' Forest Shiplap Dip Treated Reverse Apex Wooden Shed (1.88m x 1.34m)

£ 499.99

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7' x 5' Forest Overlap Dip Treated Double Door Apex Wooden Shed (2.32m x 1.54m)

£ 509.99

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7' x 5' Forest Overlap Pressure Treated Double Door Apex Wooden Shed (2.32m x 1.54m)

£ 509.99

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8' x 6' Forest Overlap Pressure Treated Windowless Double Door Apex Wooden Shed (2.43m x 1.99m)

£ 509.99

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8' x 6' Forest Overlap Dip Treated Double Door Apex Wooden Shed (2.43m x 1.99m)

£ 514.99

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7' x 5' Forest Overlap Pressure Treated Pent Wooden Shed (2.26m x 1.69m)

£ 534.99

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8' x 6' Forest Overlap Dip Treated Reverse Apex Wooden Shed (2.42m x 1.99m)

£ 534.99

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8' x 6' Forest Overlap Pressure Treated Reverse Apex Wooden Shed (2.42m x 1.99m)

£ 539.99

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8' x 6' Forest Overlap Pressure Treated Double Door Apex Wooden Shed (2.43m x 1.99m)

£ 549.99

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8' x 6' Forest Overlap Dip Treated Pent Wooden Shed (2.52m x 2.04m)

£ 559.99

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8' x 6' Forest Overlap Pressure Treated Double Door Apex Wooden Shed - 4 Windows (2.43m x 1.99m)

£ 559.99

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5' x 3' Traditional Pent Wooden Lean To Shed (1.52m x 0.91m)

£ 569.99

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5' x 7' Shire Lewis Premium Apex Wooden Garden Shed (1.49m x 2.09m)

£ 569.99

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6' x 6' Shire Arran Double Door Wooden Garden Shed (1.97m x 1.83m)

£ 579.99

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7' x 7' Forest Overlap Pressure Treated Double Door Apex Wooden Shed (2.32m x 2.13m)

£ 589.99

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6'9 x 6'6 Shire Abri Apex Wooden Garden Shed (2.05m x 1.98m)

£ 589.99

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6' x 4' Forest Tongue and Groove Pressure Treated Wooden Shed (1.87m x 1.31m)

£ 599.99

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8' x 6' Forest Overlap Pressure Treated Pent Wooden Shed (2.52m x 2.04m)

£ 599.99

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7' x 5' Forest Shiplap Dip Treated Pent Wooden Shed (2.26m x 1.69m)

£ 599.99

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8' x 6' Shire Apex Durham Single Door Wooden Garden Shed (2.38m x 1.79m)

£ 599.99

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7'10 x 5'10 Shire Apex Warwick Double Door Wooden Garden Shed (2.38m x 1.79m)

£ 609.99

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6' x 3' Traditional Pent Wooden Garden Tool Storage Shed (1.83m x .91m)

£ 617.49

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6'7 x 7' Shire Shiplap Pent Wooden Garden Shed (2.01m x 2.15m)

£ 619.99

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6' x 8' Shire Pent Shiplap Wooden Garden Shed (1.93m x 2.53m)

£ 639.99

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5' x 4' Traditional Pent Wooden Lean To Shed (1.52m x 1.22m)

£ 645.99

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7' x 5' Forest Shiplap Dip Treated Double Door Apex Wooden Shed (2.32m x 1.54m)

£ 649.99

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7' x 3' Traditional Pent Wooden Garden Tool Storage Shed (2.14m x 0.91m)

£ 664.99

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6' x 4' Traditional Pent Wooden Garden Tool Storage Shed (1.83m x 1.22m)

£ 683.99

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6' x 4' Traditional Tongue and Groove Apex Wooden Shed (1.83m x 1.22m)

£ 693.49

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6'9 x 6'6 Shire Barn Double Door Wooden Garden Shed (2.16m x 2.52m)

£ 699.99

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8' x 6' Forest Shiplap Dip Treated Apex Wooden Shed (1.99m x 2.43m)

£ 699.99

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8' x 6' Forest Shiplap Dip Treated Double Door Apex Wooden Shed (2.4m x 1.89m)

£ 699.99

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8' x 6' Forest Shiplap Dip Treated Pent Wooden Shed (2.52m x 2.04m)

£ 699.99

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8' x 3' Traditional Pent Wooden Garden Tool Storage Shed (2.44m x 0.91m)

£ 712.49

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7' x 4' Traditional Pent Wooden Garden Tool Storage Shed (2.14m x 1.22m)

£ 740.99

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9' x 3' Traditional Pent Wooden Garden Tool Storage Shed (2.74m x 0.91m)

£ 750.49

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6' x 4' Traditional Tongue and Groove Pent Wooden Shed (1.83m x 1.22m)

£ 759.99

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6'9 x 6'6 Shire Alderney Double Door Wooden Garden Shed (2.05m x 1.98m)

£ 774.99

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10' x 3' Traditional Pent Wooden Garden Tool Storage Shed (3.05m x 0.91m)

£ 779.99

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7' x 7' Shire Shiplap Wooden Corner Garden Shed (2.16m x 2.16m)

£ 789.99

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7' x 5' Traditional Standard Apex Wooden Garden Shed (2.14m x 1.52m)

£ 797.99

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8' x 4' Traditional Tongue and Groove Wooden Pent Tool Store Shed (2.44m x 1.22m)

£ 797.99

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10' x 6' Forest Overlap Pressure Treated Double Door Apex Wooden Shed (3.02m x 1.99m)

£ 799.99

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7' x 5' Forest Tongue & Groove Pent Shed Pressure Treated (2.09m x 1.63m)

£ 799.99

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6' x 10' Shire Lewis Premium Apex Wooden Garden Shed (1.79m x 2.99m)

£ 817.99

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8' x 6' Traditional Standard Apex Wooden Garden Shed (2.44m x 1.83m)

£ 821.99

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9' x 4' Traditional Pent Wooden Garden Tool Storage Shed (2.74m x 1.22m)

£ 821.99

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7' x 7' Shire Premium Pressure Treated Wooden Corner Garden Shed (2.07m x 2.16m)

£ 839.99

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7'5 x 7'5 Shire Shiplap Wooden Corner Garden Shed (2.33m x 2.33m)

£ 859.99

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10' x 4' Traditional Pent Wooden Garden Tool Storage Shed (3.05m x 1.22m)

£ 864.99

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10' x 6' Forest Overlap Pressure Treated Pent Wooden Shed (3.11m x 2.04m)

£ 869.99

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7' x 5' Traditional Standard Pent Wooden Garden Shed (2.14m x 1.52m)

£ 869.99

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10' x 8' Forest Overlap Pressure Treated Windowless Double Door Apex Wooden Shed (3.02m x 2.61m)

£ 889.99

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10' x 8' Forest Overlap Pressure Treated Double Door Apex Wooden Shed (3.02m x 2.61m)

£ 899.99

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6' x 8' Shire Premium Security Apex Wooden Garden Shed (1.79m x 2.39m)

£ 899.99

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6' x 4' Traditional Apex Security Wooden Garden Shed (1.83m x 1.22m)

£ 902.49

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10' x 7' Shire Guernsey Double Door Wooden Garden Shed (3.35m x 2.2m)

£ 919.99

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8' x 6' Traditional Standard Pent Wooden Garden Shed (2.44m x 1.83m)

£ 959.99

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6' x 4' Traditional Pent Security Wooden Garden Shed (1.83m x 1.22m)

£ 969.99

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7' x 5' Traditional Apex Security Wooden Garden Shed (2.14m x 1.52m)

£ 1039

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10' x 6' Traditional Standard Apex Wooden Garden Shed (3.05m x 1.83m)

£ 1049

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6' x 6' Traditional 6' Cabin Garden Shed (1.83m x 1.83m)

£ 1049

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6' x 8' Traditional 8' Cabin Garden Shed (1.83m x 2.44m)

£ 1069

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7' x 5' Shed Republic Ultimate heavy-duty Pent Shed - Single Door on Left (2.21m x 1.6m)

£ 1069

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7' x 5' Shed Republic Ultimate heavy-duty Pent Shed - Single Door on Right (2.21m x 1.6m)

£ 1069

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8' x 6' Palmako Mia Heavy Duty Lean To Shed (2.4m x 1.8m)

£ 1069

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8' x 6' Traditional 6' Cabin Garden Shed (2.44m x 1.83m)

£ 1069

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12' x 8' Forest Overlap Pressure Treated Double Door Apex Wooden Shed (3.61m x 2.61m)

£ 1089

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13'2 x 6'6 Shire Jersey Double Door Wooden Garden Shed (4.33m x 2.2m)

£ 1099

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6' x 10' Shire Premium Security Apex Wooden Garden Shed (1.79m x 2.99m)

£ 1099

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7' x 5' Traditional Pent Security Wooden Garden Shed (2.14m x 1.52m)

£ 1099

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10' x 10' Forest Overlap Pressure Treated Double Door Apex Wooden Shed (3.20m x 3.02m)

£ 1109

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8' x 6' Traditional Apex Security Wooden Garden Shed (2.44m x 1.83m)

£ 1119

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10' x 6' Traditional Standard Pent Wooden Garden Shed (3.05m x 1.83m)

£ 1139

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8' x 6' Forest Tongue & Groove Apex Pressure Treated Wooden Shed (2.48m x 1.93m)

£ 1149

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13' x 7' Shire Jersey Premium Pressure Treated Double Door Wooden Garden Shed (4.34m x 2.2m)

£ 1149

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8' x 8' Traditional Standard Apex Shed (2.44m x 2.44m)

£ 1149

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8' x 8' Traditional Standard Apex Wooden Garden Shed (2.44m x 2.44m)

£ 1149

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8' x 6' Shed Republic Ultimate heavy-duty Shed - Single Door (2.42m x 1.82m)

£ 1159

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7' x 7' Forest Premium Tongue And Groove Pressure Treated Wooden Corner Shed (2.96m x 2.31m)

£ 1199

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6' x 8' Shed Republic Ultimate heavy-duty Pent Shed - Single Door on Left (2.52m x 1.90m)

£ 1199

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6' x 8' Shed Republic Ultimate heavy-duty Pent Shed - Single Door on Right (1.90m x 2.52m)

£ 1199

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6' x 8' Shed Republic Ultimate heavy-duty Rev Apex Shed - Single Door (2.42m x 1.82m)

£ 1199

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8' x 6' Traditional Pent Security Wooden Garden Shed (2.44m x 1.83m)

£ 1199

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8' x 6' Traditional Heavy Duty Apex Wooden Garden Shed (2.44m x 1.83m)

£ 1279

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8' x 6' Traditional Heavy Duty Pent Wooden Garden Shed (2.44m x 1.83m)

£ 1279

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8' x 8' Forest Premium Tongue And Groove Pressure Treated Wooden Corner Shed (3.46 x 2.8m)

£ 1299

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10' x 8' Forest Shiplap Dip Treated Double Door Apex Wooden Shed (3.02m x 2.61m)

£ 1299

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7' x 5' Shed Republic Ultimate heavy-duty Shed - Single Door on Left with 3' Logstore on Right (2.21m x 1.6m)

£ 1299

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7' x 5' Shed Republic Ultimate heavy-duty Shed - Single Door on Right with 3' Logstore on Right (2.21m x 1.6m)

£ 1299

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8' x 10' Shire Premium Security Apex Wooden Garden Shed (2.39m x 2.99m)

£ 1299

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10' x 6' Traditional Apex Wooden Security Garden Shed (3.05m x 1.83m)

£ 1309

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12' x 6' Traditional Standard Apex Wooden Garden Shed (3.66m x 1.83m)

£ 1369

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8' x 8' Traditional 8' Cabin Garden Shed (2.44m x 2.44m)

£ 1369

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12' x 6' Palmako Mia Heavy Duty Lean To Shed (3.5m x 1.8m)

£ 1399

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8' x 6' Shed Republic Ultimate heavy-duty Shed with Logstore - Single Door (2.42m x 1.82m)

£ 1399

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10' x 6' Traditional Pent Wooden Security Garden Shed (3.05m x 1.83m)

£ 1419

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8' x 8' Traditional Apex Security Wooden Garden Shed (2.44x2.44m)

£ 1419

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10' x 8' Traditional Tongue and Groove Apex Wooden Shed (3.05m x 2.44m)

£ 1429

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8' x 6' Traditional Sun Pent 6' Gable Wooden Garden Shed (2.43m x 1.83m)

£ 1429

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10' x 6' Shed Republic Ultimate heavy-duty Shed - Single Door (3.02m x 1.82m)

£ 1439

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6' x 8' Shed Republic Ultimate heavy-duty Shed - Single Door on Left with 3' Logstore on Right (1.82m x 2.42m)

£ 1439

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6' x 8' Shed Republic Ultimate heavy-duty Shed - Single Door on Right with 3' Logstore on Right (1.90m x 2.52m)

£ 1439

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6'8 x 6'8 Ultimate heavy-duty Corner Shed - Single Door (2.04m x 2.04m)

£ 1439

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10' x 10' Forest Shiplap Dip Treated Double Door Apex Wooden Shed (3.2m x 3.02m)

£ 1479

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10' x 6' Shed Republic Ultimate heavy-duty Rev Apex Shed - Single Door (3.02m x 1.82m)

£ 1489

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10' x 6' Traditional Heavy Duty Apex Wooden Garden Shed (3.05m x 1.83m)

£ 1489

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10' x 6' Traditional Heavy Duty Pent Wooden Garden Shed (3.05m x 1.83m)

£ 1489

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12' x 6' Traditional Standard Pent Wooden Garden Shed (3.66m x 1.83m)

£ 1489

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10' x 15' Forest Overlap Pressure Treated Double Door Apex Wooden Shed (3.20m x 4.49m)

£ 1499

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12' x 8' Forest Shiplap Dip Treated Double Door Apex Wooden Shed (3.61m x 2.61m)

£ 1499

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8' x 8' Traditional Pent Security Wooden Garden Shed (2.44m x 2.44m)

£ 1509

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8' x 8' Traditional Cabin Special Deal Garden Shed (2.44m x 2.44m)

£ 1519

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10' x 8' Traditional Standard Pent Wooden Garden Shed (3.05m x 2.44m)

£ 1559

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10' x 8' Traditional 8' Cabin Garden Shed (3.05m x 2.44m)

£ 1579

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12' x 8' Traditional Standard Apex Wooden Garden Shed (3.66m x 2.44m)

£ 1589

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12' x 6' Traditional Pent Wooden Security Garden Shed (3.66m x 1.83m)

£ 1639

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8' x 8' Traditional Heavy Duty Apex Wooden Garden Shed (2.44m x 2.44m)

£ 1709

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8' x 8' Traditional Heavy Duty Pent Wooden Garden Shed (2.44m x 2.44m)

£ 1709

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12' x 8' Traditional Standard Pent Wooden Garden Shed (3.66m x 2.44m)

£ 1729

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10' x 6' Shed Republic Ultimate heavy-duty Shed with Logstore - Single Door (3.02m x 1.82m)

£ 1749

10’ x 10’ Shire Workspace Premium Double Door Wooden Garden Shed (3.1m x 3.1m)
10’ x 10’ Shire Workspace Premium Double Door Wooden Garden Shed (3.1m x 3.1m)

£ 1789

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10' x 8' Forest Tongue & Groove Apex Pressure Treated Wooden Double Door Shed (3.10m x 2.63m)

£ 1799

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10' x 8' Traditional Pent Wooden Security Garden Shed (3.05m x 2.44m)

£ 1829

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12' x 6' Traditional Heavy Duty Apex Wooden Garden Shed (3.66m x 1.83m)

£ 1849

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8' x 8' Traditional Sun Pent 8' Gable Wooden Garden Shed (2.43m x 2.43m)

£ 1849

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10' x 20' Forest Overlap Pressure Treated Double Door Apex Wooden Shed (3.20m x 5.97m)

£ 1889

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12' x 8' Traditional Apex Security Wooden Garden Shed (3.66m x 2.44m)

£ 1889

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10' x 8' Traditional Heavy Duty Apex Wooden Garden Shed (3.05m x 2.44m)

£ 1909

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10' x 8' Traditional Tongue and Groove Heavy Duty Pent Wooden Shed (3.05m x 2.44m)

£ 1909

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10' x 10' Shire Premium Security Apex Wooden Garden Shed (2.99m x 2.99m)

£ 1919

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9' x 9'5 Palmako Nils Heavy Duty Wooden Apex Shed (2.8m x 2.9m)

£ 2019

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12' x 8' Traditional Pent Security Wooden Garden Shed (3.66m x 2.44m)

£ 2029

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12' x 8' Forest Tongue & Groove Apex Pressure Treated Wooden Double Door Shed (3.91m x 2.62m)

£ 2109

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12' x 8' Traditional Heavy Duty Apex Wooden Garden Shed (3.66m x 2.44m)

£ 2179

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13' x 10' Palmako Marcus Heavy Duty Wooden Apex Shed (3.8m x 2.9m)

£ 2449

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14' x 8' Traditional Heavy Duty Pent Wooden Garden Shed (4.28m x 2.44m)

£ 2649

10’ x 20’ Shire Workspace Premium Double Door Wooden Garden Shed (3.1m x 6m)
10’ x 20’ Shire Workspace Premium Double Door Wooden Garden Shed (3.1m x 6m)

£ 2779

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6' x 8' Shed Republic Ultimate Barnstyle Shed - Standard Door (1.88m x 2.49m)

£ 2999

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6' x 8' Shed Republic Ultimate Barnstyle Shed - Stable Door (1.88m x 2.49m)

£ 3149

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6' x 4' Forest Retreat Cream Luxury Shed (1.81m x 1.22m)

£ 3199

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6' x 4' Forest Retreat Green Luxury Shed (1.81m x 1.22m)

£ 3199

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6' x 4' Forest Retreat Grey Luxury Shed (1.81m x 1.22m)

£ 3199

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14' x 10' Traditional Heavy Duty Pent Wooden Garden Shed (4.28m x 3.05m)

£ 3349

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8' x 5' Forest Retreat Cream Luxury Shed (2.41m x 1.5m)

£ 3699

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8' x 5' Forest Retreat Green Luxury Shed (2.41m x 1.5m)

£ 3699

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8' x 5' Forest Retreat Grey Luxury Shed (2.41m x 1.5m)

£ 3699

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20' x 12' Traditional Heavy Duty Pent Wooden Garden Shed (6.10m x 3.66m)

£ 5999

Two shapes for sheds are commonly available, Apex sheds that come to a point in the middle, like the traditional house shape and Pent roof sheds that have a roof that slopes from one high side to the other lower side. In general apex sheds are cheaper and pent sheds have more head-room. Apex sheds have the door on the end while pent sheds tend to have the door in the wider side. Pent roof sheds allow for a workbench at the higher side and use the lower side for storage of tools etc. an arrangement that is not really possible in an apex.

Q. How do I calculate a template to ensure the corners for my shed base are square? the size of the base is 14ft X 10 ft

A. You could buy a "builders square" or "framing square" a large set square with arms about 18-24" long or alternatively make yourself a triangle with sides in the ratio 3:4:5 and you'll get a perfect right angle. Wood is the best material and can be whatever is to hand, just knock a nail or screw through the joints. The bigger the pieces the more accurate it is i.e. 3,4 and 5ft work better than 30, 40 and 50cm. You can check if you have it right by measuring the diagonals, if they are identical, then you have four right angles, if not, then start again! Mark out the base of the shed with pegs and string first before you start to dig it out and prepare the foundations.


Q. I have recently acquired a small build it yourself gardening shed. The problem is that the instructions did not in anyway account for the foundation of the small structure leaving the means up to myself. I was thinking simply cinder blocks and some pressure treated wood, but any suggestions that are cost efficient would be greatly appreciated.

A. You need to keep the wood of the shed out of the wet. The easiest way to do this is to level an area of earth the same size of the shed (don't dig any kind of an hollow in doing this) and then lay some kind of concrete/stone base. I use patio slabs for this, the cheapest compressed concrete sort are fine and also amongst the strongest - it doesn't matter what they look like under the shed. These are about 2 inches thick and do the job well. Cinder blocks are probably thicker than this and while perfectly acceptable may just raise the entrance a little above what you'd like, you could always dig them in a little though, use sand to level out the bottom of the holes with. Pressure treated wood should be unnecessary as the slabs alone should be enough to make sure the wood of the shed is not in contact with the wet ground.


Sheddy Thoughts

Many words have been written about sheds and how they are a male preserve. A cave to retreat to when we feel threatened. A place to keep all of our precious things, things so precious we daren't bring them into the house lest they be misunderstood by our womenfolk and thrown away.

There's something very boyish about sheds, the fact that ideally they're not that easy to see - they should be at least semi-hidden by bushes and other growth.

The path to a real shed should be somewhat ramshackle. Wonky left over paving slabs and bricks maybe, preferably a bit broken up and with long grass growing in-between. I went to the shed of the man who I buy firewood from recently to find that the last few feet were so muddy that you had to walk across a 4" wide plank to get to it - most impressive.

Maybe it's something to do with recreating the boyhood adventures of making a "den", dens and sheds both come from some primeval male instinct towards the secluded cave and to saving stuff.

A shed shouldn't attract attention, it shouldn't be too inviting to the outsider (i.e. the rest of the world) it should be full of things that make the owner feel comfortable and for exactly those reasons make the outsider feel uncomfortable. A shed is a favourite old scruffy pair of slippers, absolute heaven if they belong to you, but unpleasantly off putting if they don't.


What to keep in this shed then? Tools for a start, garden and otherwise, a proper shed tool is perfectly serviceable but preferably a bit rusty and with some history - Like the random collection of old spanners that I've got in an old whiskey bottle tin. I've got one spanner that I remember my granddad using to adjust my bike when I was 7 or 8 and a really big shiny one (ok so it's not perfect) that come to think of it , I probably acquired from my dad. I can't ever remember him or me having used it, but I used to love playing around with it when I was little and it's the one my own son always picks up and waves around when he spots it.

Sheds should have a collection of useful things in jars or in those cabinets with a dozen or more little plastic drawers. There should be a large amount of something almost brand new but a bit out of the ordinary and therefore basically useless to the average mortal, though far too good not to warrant proper respect.

Personally I have a large collection of galvanized nails too short to be used for regular nailing jobs, too small a head to use for fixing roofing felt and too fat for where a panel pin or similar would be used.

Unfortunately it is necessary sometimes to let others into this inner sanctum to store bikes or gain access to things such as a hose pipe or watering can. This can be largely avoided by keeping these things in the back of the garage (sometimes known as the "poor mans shed"), that is not so personal a space.

The back of a garage is also a better place to store things like new tools or unopened tins of paint / varnish etc. that have not earned their place in the shed due to a lack of familiarity. In due course having gained provenance, they may be upgraded to shed worthiness.

It is allowable to permit children to enter the shed, so as to pass on the legacy and instill the sense of awe that a well stocked and mature shed can bring.

Things to keep in your shed

   Items of personal historic interest but no intrinsic value whatsoever. 

   Assorted machinery that is slightly broken though perfectly repairable once you get around to it.

   Bits of wood of all kinds that are far more valuable from a distance than in close up.

   Garden tools.

   Bicycles belonging to the rest of the family (grudgingly).

   Almost full bags of almost gone-off cement and damp granular fertiliser that is now in a single 10kg lump.


The best sheds

    Are not easily visible at first glance.

    At second glance appear abandoned, even derelict.

    Don't have good paths to them.

    Have a fascinating collection of varied contents, similar to that obtained in a 60 second "supermarket dash" around a diy shop about 25 years ago.

    Have a comfy chair.

    Have some form of heating and tea making facilities


A man's shed is a window to his soul - Aristotle





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