It can be hard when looking at discount sheds to know which is the right one for you. The Forest Economy 6 x 3 Overlap Wall Shed though is ideal in many different ways. To start with it does not take up much space in the garden at all. It is designed to go up against a wall, fence or some other kind of structure to minimise the impact it has on your garden. Even with its rather small stature, there is plenty of room inside to store gardening items, tools and even a lawn mower. This shed offers 100 percent privacy so you never have to worry about people seeing what you have inside.
This is a shed that is being sold at an affordable price, but it also has some very impressive features. To start with the wood has been pressure treated, meaning that the overlap cladding as well as keeping the water out will not require treatment. Also the door is a very good height and can be placed at either end of the shed. The floor and roof are made with solid sheet boarding which at this price range is ideal and more than capable of handling the weight of a heavy lawn mower and a whole heap of tools.
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How We Rate It
Longevity Of Materials9/10
Storage Size 7/10
Ease Of Installation9/10
Value For Money9/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type And Roof Size
The Forest Economy 6 x 3 Overlap Wall Shed is one of the more interesting discount sheds that we have seen lately. It is a compact design and is made for those of you who do not have a lot of space, a huge budget or even those who just need that little bit of storage space or keep a mower or a few tools safe and secure. The width of the shed is 5 feet 9 inches and the depth is 2 feet 9 inches, so while not a huge amount of space there is still enough room for general garden storage. The height though is quite impressive as at the highest point it is 6 feet 5 inches so you should be able to get in here, get what you need and do it without having to be all hunched over. The idea of this shed is that you have it up against a wall or a fence and we feel this is great for those who just want a shed that is going to be out of the way and not taking up to much space in the garden.
Ensuring that your mower, tools and kids outdoor toys do not get destroyed by the rain is a very smart looking pent roof. All wall sheds have a pent roof and this one here is at a very steep angle so rain is always going to run right off. The roof is made with solid sheet boarding as is the case with most other discount sheds. This boarding along with the roofing felt that covers it, is more than capable of dealing with rain, wind and even a heavy blanket of snow.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
While the Forest Economy 6 x 3 Overlap Wall Shed is a shed that we would class as a budget shed, they have still managed to use some very nice and high quality cladding. They have gone for some good looking and strong overlap cladding. We really like the old school style of this and while they do not give the exact dimensions of it, overlap cladding is usually strong enough to stand up to anything the elements throw at it. Also this kind of cladding is amazing at keeping the rain out.
The small stature of this shed along with the frame that they have used inside make this one of the more robust discount sheds we have come across. The frame may not be something they have gone into a whole lot of detail about, but here at WhatShed, we can spot a good frame from a mile away and in here they have used a good frame. Of course it is not as thick as what you would get on a more expensive shed, but for a wall shed, the framing they have used is going to be fine.
Just like the roof, the floor is made with solid sheet boarding. Honestly this is what we expected as at this price range the chance of getting a tongue and groove floor is slim to none. Still the kind of person buying this is not going to be bothered about having a fancy and good looking floor. They just want someplace they can dump their tools, mower and other items that they do not want in the house. Well this solid sheet boarding floor is more than up to the task of handling that.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
While the Forest Economy 6 x 3 Overlap Wall Shed may be in our discounted sheds section, one thing that is very impressive and actually kind of rare for a shed at this price range is the fact the wood has been pressure treated. Having a shed be pressure treated for just over £200 is not something you see a whole lot. This is great as it means right from the get go, the shed is protected against rot, decay and bugs. But it also means you have more time to enjoy the finer things in life as you do not have to waste your time treating it.
You are getting a 15 year anti rot guarantee with this shed which again considering this is in the category of discount sheds is great. We feel the shed is going to last way more than 15 years, but still this is a very generous guarantee to have.
Doors And Windows
The Forest Economy 6 x 3 Overlap Wall Shed does only come with one door, but at this size that is to be expected. It is a single sized door that is actually very high. It nearly takes up the whole side which was impressive to see. The door can be placed at either end of the shed which we are sure will come in handy when it comes to installation. Strong hinges keep the door on place which is great for when your gardening does not go your way, you throw your tools in and then slam the door.
No windows at all are included on this shed. Would we have liked to have seen at least one window? In all honesty yes, we feel that even at this price point this could have had a window. We have seen plenty other discount sheds that have a window and we feel this one could have used one.
Security And Privacy
The door comes with a pad bolt which was pleasing to see as we had a feeling they might just go for some kind of turn button catch, but the pad bolt will allow you to securely close the door. In general the whole shed does have a very strong and secure look and design. However you may want to consider adding a padlock if you have some really expensive tools or items in here, but as a padlock can be purchased for under a pound we do not see this as a big deal.
With the door closed the Forest Economy 6 x 3 Overlap Wall Shed is providing you with 100 percent privacy. We know we said that we felt it could have done with a window, but the fact that there are none does mean that if you have an awesome mower or some expensive power tools, no one is going to be able to peek inside and see them. Which for those of you who are worried about thieves is sure to be a big selling point of this shed.
Customisation Options And Extras
As is the case with most discount sheds, you are not given much in the way of customisation options. As a matter of fact you are not given any. But we do not see that as a bad thing. You see the idea of this shed is that it is budget priced, low maintenance and hassle free and that is what you get. You just install it and let it do its job without any faffing around, painting it or anything like that.
The only extra that is on offer with this shed is an installation service, which costs £148. To be honest with you this is easy enough to install that we think that £148 would be much better in your pocket.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
As is the case with all budget sheds there had to be a couple of corners cut, but in general we are pleased with the way this has turned out. The fact it is pressure treated was a very good bonus.
Longevity Of Materials9/10
As the wood is pressure treated, you will not have to worry about annual treatment. In fact this is one very robust little shed that is going to give you many years of service.
Storage Size 7/10
This is on the small side, but we are sure for many of you that is going to be a huge part of its appeal.
Ease Of Installation9/10
This is going to be a very straightforward DIY job for you and the person you either sweet talk or just flat out bribe into helping you out. You are looking at just a few hours to put this all together and there is nothing overly hard or even fiddly that you have to deal with.
Value For Money9/10
The price considering the wood has been pressure treated is very fair.
Final Thoughts: The Forest Economy 6 x 3 Overlap Wall Shed is a cracking compact sized shed that is ideal for people who want storage space, but do not want a shed dominating their garden. We have seen many discount sheds and this is one of the better ones. The pressure treated wood means you are going to get many years of use out of this and best of all not have to coat it with wood treatment. While we do wish it had at least one window, we are sure the fact this is windowless is going to be something that some people actually really like. In all if you are after a low priced, but still good quality shed then this is one that is well worth considering.