The 4 X 2 Shire Wooden Garden Storage Unit is the ultimate way to keep all of your gardening items such as rakes, shovels, hoes and maybe even a mower, protected from the rain and also from being left on the lawn or standing up at the side of your house. This works as a way to store things other than just gardening items such as the kids toys, tools or just things that are cluttering up your house or garden. This is an ideal storage solution for people who do not want a huge shed or who do not want to spend a lot of money. This low priced, well made and good looking storage unit offers you a great way to keep things safe and tidied away.
Even with the low price this is still made from some very fine materials and with its tongue and groove cladding, felt covered pent roof and huge double doors, offers you a storage space that is actually going to look good while it is busy taking care of your belongings. Shire have made sure to make this tough and strong so that it will be able to keep hold of anything you need it to for a number of years.
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How We Rate It
Longevity Of Materials8.5/10
Ease Of Installation8.5/10
Value For Money9.5/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type And Roof Size
The 4 X 2 Shire Wooden Garden Storage Unit is a cool and classy way to store a whole host of items. It offers you a pleasant looking place to keep all of your gardening gear safe and secure and home anything else that you may want to kept away from the elements. Offering a width of 3 feet 11 inches and a depth of 1 feet 11 inches along with a height of 5 feet at the highest point, we feel that inside the storage unit, you do have a decent amount of space to keep all of your tools neatly tucked away and safe. Of course with dimensions of this size, you will need to carefully think where you are going to place each item, but we have always felt that is part of the fun of having a storage unit like this.
The roof of the storage unit is a pent style roof and this works out great as the idea of a storage unit like this is to have it up against a wall. This pent roof will see the rain run off the roof to avoid any kind of situation where the water can sit on top and seep inside. Theroof is actually very well made, comprising of 10 mm thick resin bonded board sheeting covered with some very durable roofing felt to offer you a very strong protection against the rain. Even heavy snow will be no problem for this strong roof.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
This storage unit is clearly designed with keeping things safe in mind first, but Shire have still managed to make this one very good looking storage unit. This is because Shire have used some very impressive, tongue and groove cladding which is made from some very strong and reliable planed softwood. This gives the wood a very nice feel and look, but also at 12 mm thick offers a very durable structure that is up to taking some wear and tear over the years. In all, the cladding that is used here manages to keep the costs down, but not at the expense of the look or the functionality of the storage unit.
This is a storage unit that we imagine will see people throwing a lot of stuff inside and it taking a little bit of a beating over the years. The good news is that the Shire Wooden Garden Storage Unit has one very good set of bones, and by bones we mean frame, keeping it all together. The frame is made from that same planed softwood the cladding is and at 35 x 35 mm offers a lot of strength that is going to see this be able to last for many years. The framing of this storage unit actually took us by surprise as with the low cost we did expect to see a much weaker frame, so it was very pleasant to see just how high quality the frame is.
Shire are using the same kind of 10 mm thick boarding that is making up the roof for the floor. This kind of flooring is really perfect for a storage unit of this style as you will not be standing inside it so this was a great way to add a floor strong enough to take a fair bit of weight, but also keep the costs low.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
Shire do dip treat the wood before it is sent to you. While this is good of them to do, it is not going to be enough to make it really last. You will want to treat the storage unit as soon as possible to make it so it has the best start in life and the wood is well protected from the bad weather. This is something that you really should be doing on a yearly basis to not only make it so it is protected, but also so that it keeps looking good. It is not as big a deal as it sounds so do not worry, half an hour at the extreme most is all it will take.
You get a standard one year manufacturer’s guarantee with the Shire Wooden Garage Storage Unit. This will protect you against any structural problems that may occur. Truth be told this is very solid and strong so we do not foresee you having any problems, but it is still great to have that little peace of mind the warranty gives you.
Doors And Windows
The doors are a very good size and when they are wide open they offer you a very large amount of space to get things in and out of. 3 feet 8 inches of width and 4 feet 6 inches of height is a lot of space to move things in and out so we do not see anyone having any issues storing their items inside here. One thing we love about these doors is that when they are both open, you can literally see every single thing you have stored in the unit as the doors take up most of the front. The hinges on the door are very solid and with three on each door, you are in no danger of having the doors start to slant in a few years which some other shed and storage unit doors tend to do.
No windows are on the Shire Wooden Garden Storage Unit, but that is not something we would criticise it for to be honest.
Security And Privacy
This is one very strong, compact storage unit which when the doors are closed offers you a lot of protection. Now this does come with a hasp and staple locking system which is great, but there is no padlock included. This kind of lock is very easy to add a padlock to and you can easily buy one for as little as a pound in most places. Do this and on a night your storage unit will be very secure and your items safe.
We love how when the doors are closed there is no way at all to look inside, offering you all the privacy you could want. So do not worry as there is no way anyone can take a peek inside and know about your awesome gardening equipment and then ask to borrow it.
Customisation Options And Extras
Shire themselves do not offer any way to customise the storage unit, but we think if you do want to make it stand out a little bit more an easy way to do this is to buy some coloured wood treatment. You will be treating it anyway so this is a way to do that and give it a little bit more of an outgoing personality in the process.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
For the price the quality of this storage unit is incredible. We are very impressed with what Shire have done here.
Longevity Of Materials8.5/10
If you take the time to treat this once a year then we see no reason at all why these materials would not last you for a lot of years and look great in the process.
This is a compact storage unit and it is going to be all down to you how you really maximise this space, but for the price we feel that this does offer a good amount of space to help keep things safe and off the garden lawn.
Ease Of Installation8.5/10
This is not a high storage unit so with the help of another person this should only take you a couple of hours. This of course is not counting tea breaks.
Value For Money9.5/10
For only £129.99, you are getting a very efficient, strong and long lasting way to help keep things in good condition and also help with clutter around your garden.
Final Thoughts: We are having a hard time coming to grips with just how low priced the 4 X 2 Shire Wooden Garden Storage Unit is. No matter if you are looking for a place to keep your garden tools safe and stop them getting rusted, or if you want something that is easy to throw the kids garden toys into at the end of the day, you can do that and a whole lot more with this storage unit. It offers you a very decent amount of space and it does it in style as well. If you are looking for a way to keep things safe and secure, but without spending a lot of money on it, then this is one of the best deals you are going to get.