With a look that just screams high quality, the Hartwood Premium 6′ x 4′ FSC Tongue and Groove Apex Shed is one of the more high class and top of the line, compact sized sheds that is on the market right now. Its small size makes this ideal for gardens that are a little on the snug size, but even with its size, you can still store many items in here, especially if you are clever with how you organise things. The design is just fantastic as it has a very smooth and classy kind of look to it so if you want your shed to have a high quality look to it then this is one of the best you can buy.
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This is a shed that is well worthy of having premium in its name. All of the timber has been pressure treated making it stronger, more long lasting and lower maintenance than a regular shed. Those gorgeous tongue and groove walls are accompanied by a floor and roof that are also made from tongue and groove boarding which makes this a shed that is just as attractive on the inside as it is on the outside. The design and materials used will ensure that this is a shed that is going to give you many years of use.
What we rate
Sleek looking tongue and groove shiplap cladding cladding
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How We Rate It
Longevity of Materials9/10
Ease of Installation8.5/10
Value for Money7.5/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type And Roof Size
The Hartwood Premium 6′ x 4′ FSC Tongue and Groove Apex Shed is one of the most high quality compact sized sheds that we have seen in quite a while. They really have outdone themselves with this shed as it just oozes class and quality from every area. This is a smaller sized shed and it is designed so that it can easily be fitted into any garden. The width is 4 feet 2 inches and the depth is 6 feet 2 inches. While there is a nice amount of depth here, you are still going to have to be smart with the way you organise things to get the most out of the storage space. One thing we would suggest thinking about is adding some shelving to that back wall. The ridge of the shed is 7 feet 3 inches high so walking from the front to the back of the shed will not see you have to hunch over.
The apex roof on this shed is one that we really like. With the way the shed is designed when you walk in, walking from the front to the back will see you be under the ridge so you always have that over 7 feet of headroom above you. The roof is very well made in that they have used tongue and groove boards which are not just strong, but also very attractive. Finishing the roof off is some dark black mineral felt that is going to keep the boards dry.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
The tongue and groove shiplap cladding they have used looks incredible. As it is pressure treated like the rest of the shed, it will have a feel that is every bit as strong as it is easy on the eyes. The cladding is an impressive thickness and due to the way it is put together there is no possible way for water to get into the shed.
Forming a pretty unstoppable team with the cladding is a 28 mm x 28 mm frame. This is a fantastic frame and if you look closely at the pictures from inside the shed, you can see that while the frame is very solid, it does not take up much space inside the shed. This is something that we always like to see. The frame and the cladding connect very well so you really will have one very long lasting and robust shed if you purchase this.
While it may be the wall cladding that catches your eye, take a little look down south and you will see that they have even used tongue and groove boarding for the floor as well. To start with this kind of flooring looks awesome and it gives the shed a very uniform kind of look as it blends in so well with the wall cladding. But this type of flooring is incredibly strong, so your heavy items are going to be able to be stored in here for years and have no effect on the floor.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
The Hartwood Premium 6′ x 4′ FSC Tongue and Groove Apex Shed is made from timber that is pressure treated. This means that there is no need to coat it with wood treatment as soon as you have installed it or even on an annual basis. It makes the shed much more low maintenance which is something most people love. Still a coating of wood treatment every couple of years as the shed gets a bit older is not something that we would advise against.
A 15 year anti rot guarantee comes with this shed which is very generous. The reason they are confident to give a guarantee like this with the shed is because of the pressure treatment process it goes through.
Doors And Windows
While they have used a single door if you take a real good look, you will notice that it nearly takes up half the front of the shed. This means that the door is actually a very decent size so getting something as awkwardly shaped as a mower into the shed is not going to be hard at all. The door is very well made, the hinges used have a great silver design to them and they are strong enough to keep the door from sagging over the years. The most impressive part of the door though is that it has not one, but two, z braces on it which makes this one of the strongest and highest quality doors we have ever seen on a shed this size.
There is one small window on the side of the shed which to be honest we are surprised to see on a shed of this compact stature, but we are glad it is there. This is an opening window and in fitting with the premium theme of the rest of the shed it is very high quality. It is made from strong, 4 mm thick glass and it is going to let in air and light so it is very practical.
Security And Privacy
On the door there is a silver pad bolt which looks great with those two hinges. This is going to ensure that the door stays firmly closed even in the gustiest wind. This may keep the door closed, but it does not keep it locked so you may want to think about adding a padlock.
That window on the side is really not going to advertise your belongings to the world so this is a shed that is fairly private in our opinion.
Customisation Options And Extras
Why anyone would want to tinker with the design of the shed is beyond us, but if you do then we think that a darker or even lighter shade of brown would look great. If you are a bit more adventurous then you could maybe even go for a colour that is a little bit more wild and out there.
We talked about how there is no padlock included with the shed just before, but they do actually have a Yale hasp and padlock set that can be added for £19.99. This is a very high quality hasp and padlock which has a great look to it so we do feel that it is worth the asking price. For £69.99 you can add a plastic shed base. This is something to consider if you are installing the shed on a grassy surface.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
Literally from the bottom to the very top, this is a shed that is high quality in every single way.
Longevity of Materials9/10
We have a crystal ball and can see that over 20 years in the future you are still going to be pottering around in this shed. You may have a flying lawn mower stored inside it then, but the shed is still going to be just as strong then as the day you installed it.
This is one of the smaller sheds we have seen and that really is the only downside to this shed. But at the end of the day is space in your garden is a premium or you just need a little storage space then this should be perfect for you.
Ease of Installation8.5/10
There really is not a whole lot to putting this shed together, so we do not see you having any problems or getting too stressed out. Just make sure you have someone to help you out and it will be a relatively simple job.
Value for Money7.5/10
We really do love everything about this shed and there is no doubt that it is one of the most well made and high quality sheds we have seen, but it is still just a little bit pricey for the storage space it is offering.
Final Thoughts: The Hartwood Premium 6' x 4' FSC Tongue and Groove Apex Shed really is one just incredible looking shed. Not only that, but this is one of the strongest and most long lasting sheds we have ever seen. The materials used, the pressure treatment process and the overall design will make this something that lasts for years and years. It is a small shed though so you have to keep that in mind, but if you do not mind having to be a little crafty with the way you organise your shed then you will really love this. If a smaller sized shed is what you are after and you want it to have a bit of style and also be something that is going to last you a lifetime then you will have a hard time finding a better shed than this.