If you want a high quality garden storage solution, but have a limited amount of lawn space available for a traditional shed, then a lean to shed could be the perfect solution. There are a growing number of models to choose from as well, which is why WhatShed have created this handy guide to the very best lean to sheds that can be bought online in the UK today.
Here at WhatShed we’ve reviewed sheds in all forms and sizes, so we know what makes a truly outstanding lean to shed that deserves to be in our league table. We also wanted to ensure that all the lean to sheds featured here were readily available and easy for consumers to find, which is why we’ve only considered models which are sold by the UK’s ten leading online retailers of garden buildings, who between them account for more than 95% of this market. more...
Just below, we’ll reveal the criteria we used to define a lean to shed, but we were pleased to find ten great examples to share with you. We then ranked them by looking at their price and value for money, visual appeal, durability, and more.
Our first task when compiling this league table was to define exactly what a lean to shed is. Obviously they have to be able to be positioned next to a supporting wall rather than being designed to stand alone, and the pitch of the roof has to be leaning downwards with a high point at the rear so that rainwater doesn’t become trapped by the wall, rather than facing upwards from the rear as we see on many pent sheds. With this criteria in place, we found ten superior lean to sheds worthy to be in our league table.
With timber, metal and plastic sheds featuring in our guide, selecting the overall winner was a difficult task. Congratulations go to the Walton’s Space Saver metal shed, manufactured by Absco. Thanks to its tough design, easy assembly and very long warranty period it is named the UK’s very best lean to shed that can be purchased online today. From sheds to greenhouses and workshops, WhatShed bring you independent reviews that can help you make a great purchasing decision.
5 x 2’7 Waltons Pale Eucalyptus Easy Build Pent Metal Lean To Shed
Whilst sold and marketed by Waltons, this is made by the Australian company Absco. It’s a winning combination of a retailer and manufacturer that you can trust, and we’ve always found their sheds to be very durable and very good value as well. We were pleased to find that their lean to shed lived up to that reputation, and at just over two hundred pounds this five foot by two and a half foot model is very competitively priced given how tough and durable we found it. A sign of its reliability comes in the 30 year guarantee against corrosion, which is as long as we’ve seen provided on any of the sheds, in any size and substrate, that we’ve reviewed. These factors helped it gain the top spot in our WhatShed league table.
This compact lean to shed makes an ideal supplementary storage area for people who already have a larger shed, or a great beginner’s shed for people with small to medium gardens. Visual appeal is never an area in which lean to sheds score highly, when compared to many of the traditional stand alone models we see, but even so we liked the pale green eucalyptus colour scheme that has been applied to the strong steel cladding. As with other sheds in the Absco range, it should also be easy to assemble and very sturdy and weather resistant once installed.
6 x 3 Shed-Plus Pent Pressure Treated Overlap Lean To Shed
A lean to shed can come in all substrates, but this six foot by three foot model is one of the most traditionally styled that we’ve seen. It features overlap cladding, rather than the tongue and groove cladding that we usually like to see on wooden garden buildings, but this gives it a very rustic and yet stylish appearance that we know many people will love. The use of cost effective overlap cladding also means that the shed can be offered to consumers at a more than reasonable price of less than two hundred pounds. It’s this combination of value and aesthetic appeal that gains it second place in our league table.
Despite its relatively small base area this is taller than many lean to sheds that we see, boasting a ridge height of 2.03m and an eaves height of 1.77m, so you can probably fit more gardening tools and equipment inside than you might at first think. We were also pleased to see that the timber had been given an initial pressure treatment, which adds a long lasting anti rot protection. This in turn allows the manufacturer to provide this lean to shed with a 15 year warranty against wet rot, which we found very reassuring, and it’s not something we expected to see at such a low price.
7’5 x 5 Absco Storemaster 2ZA Zinc Metal Lean To Shed
This is the second Absco manufactured building to gain a place inside our lean to shed top three, which shows what an impressive range they produce. As this is significantly bigger, at just over seven foot by five foot, it arguably represents even better value for money. It comes with a 20 rather than 30 year warranty however, although we still feel that’s a very generous anti-rust provision, and we found the zincallume colour scheme less visually pleasing than the green paintwork we saw earlier. This accounts for their relative positioning, but if you don’t mind having metallic looking sheds in your garden then you may want to put this at the top of your own list.
This metal lean to shed is ideal for gardens that are in open and exposed areas, because once assembled they should feel very strong and sturdy. Indeed, they have been tested in their native Australia and shown to withstand winds in excess of ninety miles per hour. They are also a good choice for people who have never assembled their own shed before, as they use a patented easy assembly system called SnapTite. The preformed sheets simply snap into place along a guiding channel, which should make the installation process simpler, safer, and a lot quicker.
5 x 8 Lotus Heritage Green Lean To Shed
Metal clad buildings have dominated the upper half of this guide to the UK’s best lean to shed available online today. This five foot by eight foot Lotus model is a perfect example why. Not only does it offer excellent value for money, it also offers significant benefits when compared to timber sheds in that it can’t rot and is immune from insect attack. For that reason, it’s virtually maintenance free and the consumer won’t be tied to costly and time consuming treatment schedules in order to keep the 10 year warranty supplied by the manufacturer valid. Indeed, we feel that this warranty period could have been even longer, which is the only thing preventing the shed from reaching an even higher position.
We know that a lot of people don’t want anything too starkly metallic looking on their property, but we found this to be one of the most aesthetically pleasing metal sheds we’ve seen. The majority green paintwork contrasts nicely with the cream single hinged door, and we were pleased to see that this door was padlock ready even though a lock isn’t supplied as standard. The galvanised steel was also thicker than we usually see on a metal clad lean to shed, so this should prove to be durable and wind resistant.
6 x 3 Shed-Plus Shiplap Pent Dip Treated Lean To Shed
The final shed in the top half of our guide has the same six foot by three foot dimensions of the second placed shed that we looked at earlier, and it also has the high eaves and ridge height that we welcomed. It means that there’s lots of vertical storage space available if shelving is added, and it also ensures that you shouldn’t have to duck down too much when walking through the single hinged door which has been diagonally braced to give it extra strength. This lean to shed has a 10 year, rather than 15 year, warranty however, which is why it features lower down our list.
Visually this looks a little different as well, although we still found it stylish and eye catching. That’s because it uses high quality smooth planed shiplap cladding. This is thicker than overlap cladding, and the shed should feel stronger and more stable once assembled. The reason for the shorter warranty period, however, is that the timber has been given a dip treatment as opposed to the much longer lasting pressure treatment. If you don’t mind spending a little more time and money every year on applying your own preservative treatment, and prefer a wooden substrate to metal or plastic, then this lean to shed could be the one to go for.
6 x 2’6 Waltons Tongue And Groove Modular Pent Lean To Shed
This mid sized modular lean to shed has a design that’s very different to any of the others featured here, and it’s one that adds even more practicality. At first glance they resemble other lean to sheds of this size, but the difference is that as well as having double hinged doors that open at the front, there’s a hinged door at the side as well. When all the doors are open it makes it should make it incredibly easy to move objects in and out, and that’s why we feel this would be ideal for the storage of larger items such as bicycles, lawn mowers and even motorbikes.
With the doors open, this lean to shed certainly catch the eye, but we found them striking with the doors closed as well, thanks to their smooth planed tongue and groove cladding. Tightly interlocking, it’s very effective at stopping the ingress of rainwater, and that’s why the manufacturer has been able to provide a 10 year anti-rot guarantee, although it is conditional upon the treatment schedule being adhered to. We were also impressed at the number of optional extras that can be added at the time of purchase, including a stronger floor, a high quality padlock, and even a professional installation service.
Trimetals Titan 940 Metal Lean To Shed
Lean to sheds are, by design, among the most stable and reliable garden buildings that we review. That’s because the supporting wall gives them extra strength and protection from the elements. Even with that in mind, we were impressed by just how strong and sturdy this Trimetals lean to shed should be, and we think it should certainly lives up to its tough sounding Titan name. The galvanised steel used for the cladding is the thickest we’ve seen, and the manufacturer claims it to be 50% thicker than the standard steel cladding used on most metal sheds. We were also impressed with the 25 year manufacturer’s warranty that comes with it, as that’s also a sign of how confident they are in the building and the materials used in it.
This metal lean to shed caught our eye from the moment we saw it, thanks to the all green colour scheme. It should blend in well with a typical garden background, and so they should also find favour with those who have only previously had timber sheds. This is not only the toughest but also the largest shed to feature in our top ten, but with a base area of 8’8 x 4’6 it’s also the largest. It’s the most expensive too, however, with a price approaching a thousand pounds, which is why it finds itself outside the top half.
Keter 6 x 2 Flat Roof Double Wall Resin Plastic Lean To Shed
The vast majority of lean to sheds we encounter are made from either timber or metal, so we were pleased to find one plastic clad example worthy of a place inside our top ten lean to shed league table. Plastic resin is in many ways an ideal substrate for sheds, as it won’t rot or rust and is immune to insect and rodent attack, so maintenance is as simple as washing or hosing it down occasionally. We know, however, that some people don’t find plastic sheds as visually pleasing as their timber counterparts; this six foot by two foot model could change their mind, as we found the white and black colour scheme pleasing on the eye, and we especially liked the woodgrain effect added to the cladding.
This has a flatter roof, rather than the pitched roof that most of the lean to sheds we see have, so it may be necessary to brush water or snow from the roof from time to time. Adding the shelter of a supporting wall should help to keep the worst of the weather away from it however. Compared to most of the plastic sheds we review it’s noticeably thicker, and therefore stronger, thanks to the use of double walled polypropylene. For that reason we feel that this Keter lean to shed could, and should, have had a longer warranty period than the 10 years supplied here, and this has been taken into account when determining its ranking.
Larchlap 4 x 2 Overlap Wall Store Lean To Shed
Sometimes a relatively compact storage space can make a big difference, and this four foot by two foot lean to shed could prove to be very useful. With a peak height of 1.49m they’re large enough to take a selection of garden tools and implements such as spades and pitchforks, and we can also imagine it being used as an all weather store for logs and firewood or for bags of soil and compost. What impressed us most of all about this shed is the price tag of less than a hundred pounds, and it’s this exceptional value for money that gains it a place inside our top ten league table.
Visually, the lean to shed has a very traditional look thanks to their use of larchlap cladding arranged in an overlap fashion. This means that it’s not as strong as shiplap timber clad sheds, but it should still feel stable and secure once assembled and of course the wall next to which it’s positioned will add extra support. We were pleased to see that a 10 year warranty is provided by the manufacturer as well, as even though this is conditional upon a yearly retreatment schedule being adhered to, it’s not something that we would expect to see in a shed that’s so competitively priced.
Rowlinson 6 x 3 Double Door Tongue And Groove Lean To Shed
This wooden lean to shed has been designed primarily with bike storage in mind, and whilst it’s perfect for that purpose we feel it can be used for much more as well. The width of 1.83m, or six foot, and depth of 0.83m can probably hold more garden tools and goods than you might think, and the wide opening double doors should make it easy to store and retrieve even large and bulky items. For that reason we can imagine it being used as a lawn mower store, and there should still be plenty of room for other gardening items around it.
The peak height of 1.64m makes this shorter than the majority of lean to sheds that we review, but this also makes it less obtrusive and means that it may be able to be positioned next to a garden wall, or even fence, as an alternative to positioning it next to an exterior house wall. The price of less than two hundred pounds represents good value for money, especially as we were pleased to find high quality 12mm tongue and groove cladding being used for the walls rather than thinner, and more cost effective, overlap cladding. If you need a good looking compact lean to shed at an affordable price, then this should be added to your short list.