Wooden sheds are the most traditional garden buildings of them all, and they’re just as popular today as they have ever been, combining practicality and visual appeal. There’s a huge variety of wooden sheds to choose from, in all styles, sizes and price bands, so finding the one that’s just right for you can seem difficult. Help is at hand with this WhatShed guide that reveals the twenty best wooden sheds that can be bought online in the UK today.
At WhatShed we review all varieties of garden building, so we know what to look for in high quality wooden sheds. We also wanted to make sure that every shed included within our league table was easy to find for consumers, which is why we’ve only considered sheds which are sold by the UK’s ten leading online garden building retailers; between them they make up 95% of the market, so they’re the internet retailers you can trust. more...
Just below we’ll look at what criteria we used to define a wooden shed. Once we’d found the twenty best, we then ranked them by considering a number of factors such as cost and value for money, durability, visual appeal, and value adding features such as secure areas and extended warranties.
When creating this wooden sheds league table we wanted to showcase the best sheds rather than garden buildings designed primarily as workshops. For that reason we imposed a maximum base area of twelve foot by ten foot. We also ruled out log cabins by only considering garden buildings that used overlap, shiplap, or tongue and groove timber cladding. With this criteria in place we were pleased to find twenty high quality and yet diverse examples.
With such big differences in price, size and style between the sheds in our league table, selecting the overall champion was difficult. Congratulations then go to the Shed-Plus Champion Heavy Duty Combination Shed. Thanks to its innovative design, incorporating a secure side shed, and long extended warranty period, it tops our guide to the UK’s very best wooden sheds that can be bought online today. Whether you want garden sheds or greenhouses, the independent reviews of WhatShed can help you make a perfect purchasing choice, saving you time and money.
10 x 8 Shed-Plus Heavy Duty Combination Double Door Wooden Sheds
One of the many great things about these ten foot by eight foot wooden sheds is that they are really two sheds in one. The majority of the building is taken up by a spacious and well built shed that could be used for either work, storage or leisure purposes, but at the rear is a secure storage area that’s accessible via its own single door that has a key operated lock. There are no windows looking on to this section, so passers by will have no way of knowing if anything valuable is being stored inside. This makes it a very secure storage space, giving the added value that takes this to the top of our league table.
We were also pleased to see that the two side windows featured toughened safety glass, which is not only reassuring if you have young children it again adds to the security of the sheds as a whole. Toughness is something we found throughout these wooden sheds, as the 34 x 34mm framing is thicker than we usually see. We were also very impressed at the use of an initial pressure treatment by the manufacturer, giving a very long lasting protection against wet rot, and meaning that they can provide a long and always welcome 15 year warranty.
12 x 8 Shed-Plus Champion Heavy Duty Wooden Sheds With Logstore
Our top two wooden sheds are both made by Shed-Plus, and both gain their elevated positions by offering a highly useful extra feature that raises them above the norm. In this instance it’s not an integrated secure storage area, but rather a log store. Lots of people today are turning to log burning stoves and fires as a cheaper and greener way to heat their home, but that makes a log store an essential purchase. This provides an ideal solution as it also provides a high quality garden shed, and we found the overall visual effect very pleasing on the eye.
Aside from the value adding log store, we were very impressed by the features that the main wooden sheds have to offer. They’re very large, with a base area of approximately twelve foot by eight foot, and that makes them very versatile garden buildings. There’s more than enough room to use these as a small scale workshop or even as a home office, and we were pleased to see that they feature wide opening double doors as these make it easy to move large items, such as furniture, in and out. Once again, we were also impressed with the inclusion of a 15 year warranty thanks to an initial pressure treatment. These aren’t the cheapest wooden sheds we’ve seen, but thanks to their excellent build quality and additional features we still feel they represent good value for money.
6 x 4 Overlap Pressure Treated Wooden Sheds With Lean-To
This is the first of the twenty wooden sheds in our guide to feature overlap rather than tongue and groove cladding. This makes the cladding thinner than we like to see, at 8mm rather than the 12mm we usually find with tongue and groove sheds, but yet it should still feel stable once it has been assembled. It’s also a more cost effective option, and at less than two hundred pounds for a six foot by four foot shed it would offer excellent value anyway. We were delighted to find extra value added by the inclusion of a lean to, protected by the overhanging apex roof, as well. It could be a perfect storage area for logs or gardening supplies such as bags of soil or compost, and its inclusion creates the outstanding value for money that gains this shed a place inside our top three.
We were also both surprised and pleased to find that the timbers had been subjected to a pressure treatment and that they therefore come with a 15 year manufacturer’s guarantee against rot; this is something that we very rarely see on sheds of this size and cost. If you want a low cost shed that should prove to be durable and rot resistant, then this could be exactly what you’re looking for.
BillyOh 300 Privacy 6 x 6 Wooden Sheds
We’ve reviewed lots of BillyOh sheds made from all varieties of substrate, and we were glad to find that these six foot by six foot wooden sheds live up to the high expectations we have of the brand. By that, we mean that they not only offer excellent value for money, in this case coming with a price tag of under two hundred and fifty pounds, they also look good and use top quality components. With a 10 year warranty included as well, they make a good choice for those looking for a small to mid sized garden shed on a tight budget. We were a little disappointed to find that there is no floor included as standard, but as it costs less than forty pounds to add one we didn’t feel this detracted from the overall value.
The first thing that struck us about these wooden sheds was the row of tiny windows just under the eaves. This means that although natural light does still reach the interior, it’s very hard for passers by to see what’s being kept inside. It’s a smart security solution, and an interesting alternative to the window free security sheds that we usually see. It also gives the shed an original and attractive appearance, and we always like to see sheds that have a look of their very own.
6 x 4 Shed-Plus Champion Tongue And Groove Apex Wooden Sheds
Just because you have a small garden doesn’t mean that you can’t have a superior quality shed. These six foot by four foot wooden sheds from Shed-Plus are ideal for those who want a durable storage facility with a timeless design in their garden, and yet don’t have a large lawn area on which to position one. There are less expensive options at this size but we still feel that this offers good value for money when you consider how well built and durable it is, and it’s this that carries it into the top five our our league table.
The first mark of quality we found on these compact wooden sheds was that all of the timber had been pressure treated, which gives them a long lasting and reliable protection against the threat of wet rot. We were also pleased to see that smooth planed tongue and groove timber had been used throughout, including for the roof and floor which we often see made from cheaper and thinner solid sheet materials. The framing too is thicker than we would expect to see on a shed of this size, at 45 x 28mm. This should make the shed seem strong, sturdy and secure, which is good news if your garden is in a typically windy or exposed area.
BillyOh 5000 12 x 8 Wooden Sheds
These wooden sheds look markedly different to the other BillyOh model we looked at earlier, although it should be pointed out that they share the same lack of an integral floor as standard. What instantly struck us about this shed was just how large it is, and the twelve foot by eight foot base area is augmented by a peak height at the top of the apex roof of 2.35m, which is approaching eight foot. It means that this is a shed you won’t feel claustrophobic in and there should be more than enough space to use it to carry out a hobby or craft activity, or even to use as the base for a home run business.
If you do want to use these wooden sheds for light commercial purposes then you’ll probably have to move large items inside, whether they be machinery, electrical equipment or pieces of furniture. That’s why we were pleased to see the large and wide double doors that dominate the frontage. We were also impressed by the bank of windows running along the full length of one side, as they’ll likely ensure that the interior is bathed in light. With a 10 year warranty included as well, we feel that the asking price of less than seven hundred pounds is more than reasonable for such a well sized and well built garden building.
Woodland Trust 6 x 4 Kurva Curved Roof Wooden Sheds
The vast majority of wooden sheds that we see utilise either an apex or pent roof, but this original and eye catching shed takes the pent roof and gives it a modern twist by having it form a smooth curve. It’s just as effective at carrying water away, if not more so, but it really stood out for us, and we found this one of the most attractive small to medium sized timber sheds that we’ve reviewed. This is further enhanced by the two long and thin windows, one on each side panel, so we feel that this could easily become a much talked about and loved garden feature in its own right.
What also elevates this model above most of the wooden sheds that we see is that it’s substantially thicker and stronger. 16mm, rather than 12mm, shiplap cladding is used for both the walls and the floor, and this makes a big difference in adverse weather conditions. Another factor that impressed us was the tie in with the Woodland Trust. It means that 5% of each sale goes to this excellent charity which looks after the UK’s woodlands. For that reason, we can imagine this holding especial appeal for greener consumers who keep a close eye on their carbon footprint.
10 x 6 Shed-Plus Overlap Pent Treated Wooden Sheds
This is the first shed in our guide to the twenty best wooden sheds available in the UK today to have a pent roof. This gives it a very traditional look that we know many people like, particularly as it also uses overlap rather than tongue and groove cladding. This gives it a rather rustic appearance that we think should fit in well with classically styled gardens that already have lots of wooden features. The pent roof also makes it less obtrusive than apex roofed sheds, meaning that it may be possible to hide it out of sight behind a fence or wall, bringing obvious safety advantages.
Some pent sheds that we see mean that the shed interior feels cramped, but we were pleased to conclude that this shouldn’t be the case with these ten foot by six foot wooden sheds. The ridge height of 2.03m and eaves height of 1.77m mean that it will likely be a comfortable environment to spend time in, and the two styrene windows should also make it a bright and welcoming environment. We were also impressed with the use of a strengthened door with extra diagonal bracing; for people concerned about the threat of shed crime this could be a very useful, and reassuring addition. It’s also excellent value for a shed of this size, which gains it a place in the upper half of our league table.
6’8 x 6’8 Ultimate Heavy Duty Corner Wooden Sheds
A mid sized garden shed such as this one can bring lots of advantages, meaning not only have you got enough room to store a large supply of tools, but also enough room to spend time inside whether relaxing or pursuing a hobby. It may be, however, that you feel you don’t have enough room for a seven foot by seven foot shed, but that’s where this innovative design comes in particularly useful. It has five sides, which means that it can fit snugly into the corner of a garden, freeing up lawn space that would otherwise be occupied.
That’s not the only thing we found to like about these wooden sheds, as should also be noticeably stronger and sturdier than most that we see. Heavy duty 34 x 34mm framing has been used, and the single hinged door has strong bracing to give it added protection against opportune thieves. We were also pleased to find that toughened safety glass is used in the two windows, boosting security as does the door’s key operated lock. With a 15 year guarantee provided as the result of an initial pressure treatment, only the relatively high price for a shed of this size prevents it from reaching a much higher position in our WhatShed league table.
Mercia 8 x 10 Premium Shiplap Dutch Barn Wooden Sheds
If you like wooden sheds that have an attractive and yet original appearance, then these eight foot by ten foot models from Mercia are certainly worth looking at. That’s because they are inspired by the traditional Dutch barns that were so successful on the continent. The initial feature that struck us was the four sided roof with decorative detailing that’s so reminiscent of a rustic barn, and when allied to smooth planed high quality tongue and groove cladding it’s very aesthetically pleasing.
The other thing that was instantly noticeable about these wooden sheds is just how tall they are. The peak height of 2.62m is as tall as any timber shed that we’ve seen, and this means that there’s a lot of vertical storage space that can be utilised with the addition of some shelving. The double doors are also both wider and taller than we often see on the wooden sheds we review, and we were pleased to see that they feature a secure key operated lock. This is a garden shed that will certainly get noticed by your neighbours and friends, and as it’s also tough and durable, and comes with a 10 year guarantee, it deserves to take the final spot in the first half of our league table, despite its higher than average asking price.
8 x 6 Waltons Ultra Value Tongue And Groove Apex Wooden Sheds
We always appreciate sheds that not only have a good build quality but also offer excellent value for money. These eight foot by six foot wooden sheds from Waltons, promise ultra value in their name, and we were very pleased to see them deliver on their promise. For a mid sized shed, this asking price of less than three hundred pounds is more than reasonable, especially as it utilised tongue and groove cladding rather than the overlap cladding we might have expected to see. Whilst the floor and roof are made from slightly thinner, and more cost effective solid sheet material, the 12mm tongue and groove walls still gives this a luxurious appearance and most likely a feeling of stability.
These wooden sheds are the first in our top twenty to feature a window free design, so if you want to work inside it you will have to install an artificial light source. This lack of windows can be a real boost to security, however, as it means that anyone looking at it will be unable to tell if there are any valuable items, such as tools, being stored within it. This makes it less likely to be targeted by opportune thieves in search of an easy target. If you want a shed that’s secure, and which has a traditional look, at a low price then we feel that this is hard to beat.
Avon 7 x 5 Shiplap Offset Apex Garden Sheds
Apex sheds make up the majority of wooden sheds that we review, and it’s not surprising that they are so popular with their excellent weather proofing qualities. Rain simply runs harmlessly away, and this is also a property of the smooth shiplap cladding featured on this seven foot by five foot shed, so the owner won’t have to worry about keeping the contents inside dry. What makes this particular model different, however, is that the apex roof is offset from the centre, giving it an original and exciting appearance that makes it stand out from the majority of timber clad sheds we see. We also liked the slight overhang of the roof, as this creates a shaded area that can be very welcome on a hot day.
We would have liked to see shiplap cladding used for the roof and floor of these wooden sheds as well, rather than then solid sheet material, but this helps to keep the cost down, as does the use of styrene glazing in the window. This means that the shed is available at what we feel is a very reasonable price of less than four hundred pounds, especially as it has a reassuring 10 year guarantee as well, and it’s this that earns it a place inside our league table.
7 x 5 Shed-Plus Champion Heavy Duty Pent Wooden Sheds With Logstore
This is the second of the Shed-Wooden sheds featuring a log store to earn a place inside our top twenty list, but this is very different from our runner up model primarily by virtue of its pent, rather than apex, roof. It’s also much smaller, with a base area of approximately seven foot by five foot, and so whilst it is still reasonably priced we don’t feel it represents quite as good value for money, which accounts for the discrepancy in their respective rankings. The log store area itself is three feet wide, and models are available with it on either the right or left, so that the purchase can be tailored to meet the needs of individual gardens.
The pent roof used by these wooden sheds makes them less eye catching than their apex roofed counterparts, and yet it also means that it may be possible to place them under overhanging branches where an apex shed would be unable to fit. We were pleased to see again that the tongue and groove timber had been given a pressure treatment, and this not only means that it comes with a 15 year guarantee against rot, but also that it doesn’t have to be treated on a yearly basis as many of the timber sheds that we review do. This can save considerable time and money over this extended warranty period.
BillyOh 4000 9 x 10 Lincoln Apex Wooden Sheds
This is the third BillyOh shed to feature here, and they all have different looks and different benefits. What first grabbed our attention with this model was the wide opening double hinged doors. With a width of 55.2cm each they provide a large entranceway which should prove to be very useful, whatever you want to use these wooden sheds for. Thanks to its nine foot by ten foot dimensions, we can easily imagine this being used as a low cost extension to the home, with the interior being turned into a home office or study, or a place to entertain guests before a dinner party. This is where the large doors come into their own, allowing you to easily transport items of almost any size in and out. We were pleased to see that the doors are fully braced too, giving them added strength where it’s most needed.
A 10 year guarantee is included, but as with most BillyOh Sheds a floor isn’t. It will cost around seventy or ninety pounds to add one, depending on whether an economy or premium floor is selected, and so this has been taken into consideration when determining the ranking of these traditionally styled wooden sheds in our rankings, although even with this added expense it still represents decent value in our opinion.
3 x 5 Shed-Plus Overlap Apex Dip Treated Wooden Sheds
When compiling this league table we wanted to include wooden sheds that were suitable for people with all budgets, as long as they met the high standards that we always look for. That’s why we were pleased to include this three foot by five foot Shed-Plus model. Even though it features overlap rather than shiplap or tongue and groove cladding it’s very well made, as we’ve come to expect from this manufacturer. It’s also the cheapest shed in this top twenty guide, and its asking price of less than a hundred and fifty pounds means that it’s accessible to just about anybody.
This is also the smallest of the wooden sheds in our league table, and yet there’s still enough room to fit a good selection of gardening tools inside. If you have any expensive tools then you’ll be pleased to know that it has a window free design, with the added security that this brings. We were also glad to find that a padlock can easily be fitted to this shed, and indeed that a Yale security kit consisting of both a lock and alarm can be added at the point of purchase. Style wise it reminded us of a sentry box, but the inclusion of a diamond shaped finial adds a decorative flourish, and shows the attention to detail that Shed-Plus have paid.
BillyOh 5000 7 x 7 Windowless Gardener’s Corner Wooden Sheds
We also have a window free design on these wooden sheds, but in every other aspect they are altogether different. For starters, they have a pentagonal design which means that they can be placed snugly into the corner of the garden. This means that some of the seven foot by seven foot base area is lost because of the cut away corners, and yet it still means that a mid sized and high quality shed can be installed into a garden where they might not otherwise fit.
We were pleased to find high quality tongue and groove cladding used, and with the absence of any windows, the smooth exterior becomes very eye catching. The front face of the three that are visible when these wooden sheds are in position are taken up by double doors that are surprisingly tall considering the pent roof above them. This is welcome news for tall people, as it means that they won’t have to stoop too much when walking in and out, or when they’re inside the shed. One thing that differentiates this from the other wooden BillyOh sheds we’ve reviewed is that it comes with a floor as standard, so you won’t need to add anything on to the initial asking price.
Rowlinson 4 x 3 Oxford Pressure Treated Shiplap Wooden Sheds
These wooden sheds from Rowlinson may be small, with a base area of approximately four foot by three foot, but they do represent exceptional value for money coming as they do with an asking price of significantly less than two hundred pounds. This makes them ideal for people who want a shed they can rely on but who don’t want to spend a lot of money on it, as well as people who only have a restricted amount of lawn space on which to position a shed.
There are no windows on these wooden sheds, so you won’t have to worry about potential intruders seeing inside, and because of its compact size it should mean the interior becomes well illuminated when the single hinged door is opened. What impressed us most about this shed is the fact that it has been pressure treated by the manufacturer, and it includes pressure treated floor bearers to keep the threat of rot caused by ground moisture away. We would expect, therefore, this shed to be both durable and rot resistant, so we were disappointed to see that this wasn’t reflected in the form of an extended warranty period. The lack of a warranty is what keeps this in the final quarter of our league table.
6 x 6 Multi Store Apex Shiplap Wooden Sheds
At first sight these six foot by six foot wooden sheds may seem quite traditional, and yet they are different from any other timber shed that we’ve reviewed. The first indication of this is the plethora of doors: there are five in total, all of different shapes and sizes and at varying heights around the perimeter of the shed. That’s because each door opens onto its own storage area within the shed. It’s an innovative design and one that we feel could prove very useful to people who want to store a selection of different items, possibly foodstuffs for example, that need to be kept segregated.
As these wooden sheds are designed primarily for storage purposes, security becomes all important. That’s why we were pleased to see that each door has its own key operated rim lock. There are also no windows, so that each of the five compartments is shielded from prying eyes. We always like to see sheds that offer something that is different and yet useful, and that certainly applies here. We can appreciate, however, that it won’t be suitable for everyone, and this, along with the lack of an extended warranty period, accounts for its position towards the foot of our WhatShed league table.
Wickes 8 x 8 Corner Shiplap Wooden Sheds
This is the third corner style shed, with five sides to ensure that it can fit where traditional four sided sheds would find difficulties, and once again we found this to be both a practical and an eye catching design. The pent roof has a peak height of 2.13m, which is more than we usually see on a corner shed, which enhances its storage capacity, and yet it may still be able to fit neatly under overhanging branches that would preclude the siting of an apex roofed shed.
We liked the inclusion of two square windows on either side of the double hinged doors, and were particularly glad to see that they can be opened. This should make it easy to ventilate the interior on a hot day, which can be very useful if you want to spend any length of time inside the shed. We were also impressed by the use of glass, rather than styrene, in the windows, and the Georgian style cross hatching adds an extra stylish touch that some corner style wooden sheds lack. For an eight foot by eight foot shed we feel this is well priced, although once again its the lack of an extended guarantee against rot that relegates this to the lower reaches of our top twenty list.
Apex Roof 19mm Designer Garden Sheds
Bespoke wooden sheds such as this one allow the consumer to have a garden building that’s truly unique, and one that will turn heads as well as being a practical storage solution for the garden. The manufacturer has taken a traditional apex shed design and given it a very contemporary twist. The only window, for example, is a triangular shaped one towards the top of the single hinged door, and the roof overhangs dramatically on all sides, creating an almost oriental style. We found it very attractive, but it may not be to the taste of those who like more traditional sheds, and this designer shed comes with a designer price tag attached to it, which is why it occupies the final position within our league table.
It wasn’t only the look of these dramatic wooden sheds that caught our eye, as they are also likely to be stronger and sturdier than most timber clad sheds that we review. 19mm tongue and groove cladding has been used throughout, making the building seem very stable once the installation has been completed. We were also pleased to find that the fir used has been sustainably sourced, making this suitable for those who are looking for an environmentally friendly garden shed that has a style and appearance all of its own.