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What important features should I look for in my garden storage shed?
When looking at what features your garden shed should have, you should think about what you be using it for. Will it be storing expensive items or just excess items from your home? Will you be visiting your shed regularly or once in a blue moon?
Things to look for include:
- Check out the locking mechanism, is it strong enough? Does it use a padlock or key point? In general padlocks can be easily broken off by thieves.
- Look out for exposed hinges and screws that may be visible on the outside of the shed, as these could be unscrewed from the outside to gain access.
This may seem like an unimportant feature, but you will have wished you had thought about this when you are struggling to move your garden furniture in and out of your shed. Make sure the door to your shed is large enough for moving gardening equipment.
- Does the garden storage shed you want have accessories available?
- Is there room inside for shelving and other types of off the ground storage?
If you have children that will have access to the garden shed, you should make sure that the shed you choose is suitable for them to go in and out of safely. Check for tripping hazards, sharp edges and exposed screws, all of which are safety issues.
Should I buy a flat pack shed or ready assembled garden shed?
Buying a ready assembled shed will save you the time and hassle of putting the shed together, however it may cost you more than a flat pack and you will have to wait for it to be delivered. If you already have the tools to put a flat pack shed together, you may be able to save yourself money by putting it together yourself and depending on where you purchase your shed from, you may also be able to drive it home yourself.
Where should I put my garden storage shed?
Try and place your shed away from trees, walls and fences. Your garden shed should be kept in your rear garden as building regulations state that there should be no outbuilding on land forward of a wall forming a principal elevation.
If you are choosing a wooden garden shed, building regulations also state that any building made from a combustible material must be placed at least 2 meters from the main house.
Will I need to get planning permission for my garden shed?
You will not need planning permission for your garden shed as long as:
- The garden shed does not cover more than half the area of the garden.
- No point is less than one meter from a boundary
- The roof is no more than 3m high if flat or 4m high if ridged
However, if you are unsure about whether you will need planning permission or not contact your local council.
Before deciding on your garden shed, shop around and compare prices sizes and features to find the best shed for you.