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8′ x 5′ Forest Retreat Cream Luxury Shed (2.41m x 1.5m)

First Added - August 4 2022
Last Updated - August 4 2022 - 0 Data Points Updated - 56 Data Points Added
Reviewed & curated by a panel of garden building experts. Using methodology 1.1

Product ID: SKU: FRA58CRIN

Size: 8' x 5'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 3

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Average Ranked in the Top 27% of Sheds.
Position 1438 of 5459 Sheds - Up 1,438 places from previous update.
Quality of materials
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See how our panel of industry experts helped create the impartial judging criteria used to calculate the Expert Score.

Our verdict on the 8′ x 5′ Forest Retreat Cream Luxury Shed

The 8′ x 5′ Forest Retreat Cream Luxury Shed comes with an apex style roof; holds a 15 Years guarantee; is fit with lockable single doors that use a rimlock locking system; is treated using a pressure treated process [1]; and makes use of made in the uk, certified sustainable materials. The 2 windows used on this particular 8′ x 5′ use a 2mm styrene [2] material.

Base material: wood

Our experts say this has 5 stand out features. A stand out feature is something found on over 70% of the top 10% of products in a particular category or is an exceptionally good feature as rated by our panel of experts.

1. A 10mm thick cladding like the one used on walls of this shed is one of the best rated by our experts.

2. The tongue & groove construction like the one used on the roof of this shed is rated one of the best by our panel of experts.

3. The shingles roof covering found on this shed is rated to be one of the best by our experts.

4. Our experts say this the tongue & groove floor material used here is one of the best available on all sheds.

5. A pressure treated treatment like the one used on this shed is one our experts are happy to say is one of the best around.

Below is a brief overview of how some of the key points of this shed fairs across the market.

Cladding

The overlap board cladding(walls) used here is the worst form of construction for shed walls out of the 4 types [3] we’ve identified on same-size sheds, that you’ll also see getting used on 8% (357 of 4,360) of all sheds analysed [4], as well as being used on 3% (12 of 436) of the top 10% of sheds [5]. You’ll also find the overlap board cladding showing up on 11% of 8′ x 5′ sheds (35 in total) [6].

The walls are 10mm thick and we rate this one of the best thicknesses out of the 12 found on same-size sheds [7]. It is used on 1% of all sheds [8] and is also used across 1% of the top 10% of sheds [9] we analysed. 1% of 8′ x 5′ sheds (3 in total) use 10mm thick walls [10], and when taking the average Expert Score of those 8′ x 5′ sheds (80), the 8′ x 5′ Forest Retreat Cream Luxury Shed is the same with an Expert Score of 80.

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Roofing

Tongue & groove is the cladding used for the roofing, our experts rate this the best form of roof material out of the 3 types we’ve found on same-size sheds [11]. This roofing material is used on 34% of all sheds analysed, and 57% of the top 10% of sheds. Even though the Expert Score of this particular shed is 12 points below the average of 92 for 8′ x 5’s using a tongue & groove roofing, with it being on 57% of the top 10%, you can be assured that this is a quality roof material. 25% of 8′ x 5′ sheds (79 in total) use tongue & groove construction for the roof.

A 12.0mm thick roof boarding was used on this shed which is one of the best thicknesses used for a roofing material out of 13 thicknesses identified on same-size sheds [12]. It’s used on 3% of all sheds and 5% of the top 10% of sheds. Even though the Expert Score of this particular shed is 2 points below that of the average for 8′ x 5’s that use 12.0mm roofing (80 vs the average of 82), you can be sure it’s not due to the roof thickness as this one of the highest scoring thicknesses available on 8′ x 5′ sheds. 1% of 8′ x 5′ sheds (4 in total) use a 12.0mm thick roof boarding.

Shingles is used as the roof covering, and out of 2 types identified on same-size sheds [13], is said to be the best roof covering material. It comes fitted on 1% of sheds and when it comes to the top 436 sheds that make up the top 10% we find none of them make use of this kind of roof covering. 1% of 8′ x 5′ sheds (3 in total) make use of a shingles material as a roof covering, and when taking the average Expert Score of those 8′ x 5′ sheds (80), the 8′ x 5′ Forest Retreat Cream Luxury Shed is the same with an Expert Score of 80.

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Flooring

The manufactures of this shed chose tongue & groove for the floor construction, we rate this the best form of floor construction out of 2 types found on same-size sheds [14]. This type of floor construction is used on 36% of all sheds we analysed, and 59% of the top 10% of those sheds. Even though the Expert Score of this particular shed is 12 points below the average of 92 for 8′ x 5’s using a tongue & groove flooring, with it being on 59% of the top 10%, you can be assured that this is a quality flooring material. 27% of 8′ x 5′ sheds (85 in total) use tongue & groove construction for the floor.

A 12mm thick floor boarding is used here, this is one of the best floor board thicknesses according to our experts out of 11 found on same-size sheds [15]. It’s found on 31% of all sheds and used on 54% of the top 10% of sheds. Even though the Expert Score of this particular shed is below the average 8′ x 5’s that use 12mm flooring (80 vs the average of 92), with it being on 54% of the top 10%, this should give you confidence in its quality. 24% of 8′ x 5′ sheds (76 in total) use 12mm thick floor boarding.

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Window

Styrene windows come installed on this shed. As a glazing option, we rate it the worst out of the 6 glazing types found on 8′ x 5′ sheds [16]. This particular type of glazing is used on 6% of all windowed sheds and 1% of the top 10% of sheds with windows we analysed. 7% of 8′ x 5′ sheds with windows (14 in total) use styrene windows, and when taking the average Expert Score of those styrene 8′ x 5′ sheds (78), the 8′ x 5′ Forest Retreat Cream Luxury Shed is just above the average with an Expert Score of 80.

The windows on this shed use a 2mm thick glazing, we rate this one of the worst thicknesses for window glazing out of 7 different thicknesses found on same-size sheds [17]. Glazing this thick is found on 8% of all the windowed sheds we analysed and used on 14% of the top 10% of windowed sheds. 6% of 8′ x 5′ sheds (13 in total) use 2mm thick glazing.

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Height

The height of this shed is 2500mm (8′) which is 25% more than the average 8′ x 5′ shed, giving you 501.5mm (2′) extra headroom.

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Doors

The door height is 1,740.00mm (6′) tall which is 9% or 150.79mm (0.5′) taller than the average 8′ x 5′.
The door width is 650.00mm (2′) wide which is 27% or 178.37mm (0.6′) narrower than the average 8′ x 5′.

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You Might Also Consider

We found 261 8′ x 5′ sheds with comparable specifications. The 8′ x 5′ Forest Retreat Cream Luxury Shed has an Expert Score that is 12% lower than average and is £135 more expensive than average. If you are looking for the best value or highest expert scoring sheds out of the 261 with comparable specifications the following might be of interest.

Best value – If you are looking for something comparable that costs less, then you could save £3,605 with this Rowlinson Timber Blocks 1.8m Pack of 2. It is priced at £94, this is 3835% less than this and has an Expert Score of 97, 17 points higher than the 8′ x 5′ Forest Retreat Cream Luxury Shed.

Highest Expert Score – With an Expert Score of 100 vs 80 for this product, the Oren 8′ x 6′ Shiplap Pent Bike Shed is the best 8′ x 5′ shed with comparable specifications, and is priced at £749, that’s £2,950 less than the 8′ x 5′ Forest Retreat Cream Luxury Shed.

High Wind Area – If you live in a particularly exposed or high wind area then having a shed with a thicker cladding and higher than average frame thickness can be preferable. We found at least 3 sheds that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
Oren 8′ x 6′ Shiplap Pent Bike Shed
Oren 10′ x 5′ Shiplap Pent Bike Shed
6’x6′ Tiger Shiplap Windowless Apex Shed

Coastal Consideration – If you live in a particularly wet or harsher environment such as by the coast then you might want to consider something with a more robust pressure treatment or something made from metal or plastic, both materials that are particularly suited to such harsh environments. We’ve found at least 3 sheds that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
6′ x 7′ Yardmaster Castleton Anthracite Metal Shed
6’8 x 6’6′ Yardmaster Green Metal Shed 66GEYZ
6′ x 6′ Lotus Anthracite Grey Apex Metal Shed

Public-Facing – Extra security measures might be more of a concern if you’re placing your building in an area that is more public-facing than a garden. Features such as security windows or even having no windows at all, and the ability to lock all opening doors are usually much more important when you have something that is more public-facing. We found at least 3 sheds that have options that you might find a better fit if this is a concern you have.
6’8 x 7’2 Yardmaster 67GEYZ Green Metal Shed
6′ x 6′ Sapphire Apex Green Metal Shed
6′ x 6′ Lotus Anthracite Grey Apex Metal Shed

More Child Friendly – If you have children and you are looking for something that has that little extra in terms of durability then tougher glazing options might be a better option. Here we have at least 3 other options that will fill those needs.
Oren 6′ x 6′ Shiplap Modular Custom Pent Shed
Oren 8′ x 6′ Shiplap Modular Custom Apex Shed
Oren 6′ x 6′ Shiplap Modular Custom Pent Security Shed

Product Details

Building Type
Apex Sheds, Garden Sheds, Posh Sheds, Pressure Treated Sheds, Shed with Windows, Tongue and Groove Sheds, Wooden Sheds
Metric Size (Meters)
8' x 5'
Material
Wooden
Roof Style
Apex
Number of Windows
2
Door Type
Single Door
Cladding Type
Overlap Board
Cladding Thickness
10mm
Treatment Type
Pressure Treated
Guarantee
15 Years
Floor Material
Tongue & Groove
Glazing Material
Styrene
Roof Covering
Shingles
Floor Thickness (Imperial)
12.0mm
Floor Thickness (Metric)
12.0mm
Eaves Height (Imperial)
1700.0mm
Eaves Height (Metric)
1700.0mm
Persons To Assemble
2 Persons Recommended
Door Height (Imperial)
1740.0mm
Door Height (Metric)
1740.0mm
Door Width (Imperial)
650.0mm
Door Width (Metric)
650.0mm
Roof Material
Tongue & Groove
Roof Thickness (Imperial)
12.0mm
Roof Thickness (Metric)
12.0mm
Opening Windows
2 Opening Windows
Height (Imperial)
2500mm
Height (Metric)
2500mm
Framing Size (Imperial)
1 3/4" x 1 1/8"
Framing Size (Metric)
45mmx28mm
Glazing Type
Single Glazed
Accreditations
Made in the UK, Certified Sustainable
Window Size (Metric)
nan x nan
Door Size (Imperial)
6' x 2'
Door Size (Metric)
1740.0mm x 650.0mm
Locking System
Rimlock
Glazing Thickness (Imperial)
2mm
Glazing Thickness (Metric)
2mm
Ridge Height (Imperial)
2499.0mm
Ridge Height (Metric)
2499.0mm
Framing Size
45x28mm
Depth At Base (Imperial)
8'
Depth At Base (Metric)
2410.0mm
Width At Base (Imperial)
5'
Width At Base (Metric)
1500.0mm
Overall Depth (Imperial)
8'
Overall Depth (Metric)
2570.0mm
Overall Height (Imperial)
8'
Overall Height (Metric)
2500.0mm
Overall Width (Imperial)
6'
Overall Width (Metric)
1740.0mm

Comparisons of Similar Sheds

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Expert Score 7575757375
Price £303.00£254.99£14,239.00£339.00£2,034.00
Size 6' x 3'4' x 3'20' x 13'4' x 5'9' x 19'
Brand BillyOhMerciaAdleyAdleyLoxley
Material WoodenWoodenWoodenWoodenWooden
Cladding Thickness 7mm16mm8mm34mm
Guarantee 10 Years10 Years15 Years10 Years10 Years
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Joel Bird

Joel Bird

Profile

Our resident shed building expert Joel was the 2014 winner of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year having beat over 10,000 applicants to win. He returned to the show the following year as a judge. He is also the author of The Book of Shed and has designed & built over 50 small bespoke garden builds. Joel has appeared on various TV or Radio shows include George Clarkes Amazing Spaces, Alan Titchmarsh Love your Garden, Chris Evans Breakfast Show and BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live.

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Sources

Merchants Checked

12 different sources were used to research information on this product, and 3 contained information that we were able to use to compile the data used on this page.

The following merchants were checked on the 06 August, 2022 to see if they stocked this product.

Buy Sheds Direct – 1635 products checked, found 1 match.
sheds.co.uk – 1999 products checked, found 1 match.
Shedstore – 1373 products checked, found 1 match.
Waltons – 231 products checked, found no matches.
Wickes – 19576 products checked, found no matches.
B&Q – 78905 products checked, found no matches.
ManoMano UK – 922302 products checked, found no matches.
Wilko.com – 21232 products checked, found no matches.
Homebase – 35509 products checked, found no matches.
BillyOh – 1244 products checked, found no matches.
Garden Buildings Direct – 1284 products checked, found no matches.
Tiger Sheds – 635 products checked, found no matches.


1. Pressure Treated: Considered the most durable wood treatment, this is where the wood undergoes a process called tanalisation. This is where the timber is submerged in specialist wood preservatives (such as Tanalith E, this is actually the origin of the word ‘tanalisation’), this is a unique combination of copper and organic biocide ingredients (it is the copper that gives the finished wood the slightly green colour). The wood then goes into a high pressure vacuum tank (the Wood Protection Association has a good article/video on this) to draw out excess moisture and air and force in the preservatives.

This deep penetration of the exterior wood protects it from the elements and all forms of insect attack. Wood treated this way can last many years without being re-treated. The BS 8417 code of practice (this advises on the choice of timber species and the use and application of wood preservatives) says “ penetration to either 6 mm (15 years) or 12mm (for 30 years) has to be achieved in any exposed surface in sawn material.”

It is also worth noting that if cross cutting, notching or boring treated timber during or after installation, ALWAYS apply an end grain solvent-based (or oil-based) wood preservative treatment to the freshly exposed areas, this will maintain the integrity of the protection. NEVER put cut ends in the ground, even if end grain coated. 

2. Styrene (Polystyrene (High Impact) HIPS): Styrene as it is commonly known or High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) is a very versatile form of plastic. It has a very wide range of uses but for garden buildings styrene is typically used as a budget option for windows.

Styrene is a shatter-resistant material, which is why it is ideal for situations where safety needs to be considered, such as playhouses. This benefit can be offset by a few other drawbacks, unfortunately styrene has a tendency to yellow over time (the technical term is Photoyellowing and it is caused by prolonged exposure to UV Light), the degradation of its polymers over time also causes it to become more brittle.

Another drawback of styrene is its thermal coefficient of expansion (it is 80 x 10-6), this is higher than most other glazing options. This means that as the material heats up and cools it can contract and expand more than other glazing options. This cycle can lead to a loose fit of windows over time.

According to data from the British Plastics Fedaration the physical properties of Styrene (Polystyrene (High Impact) are that it is not very good when exposed to high heat with a maximum continuous use temperature of between 60 to 80 °C. This is coupled with the fairly low range the Notched Impact Strength data shows of 10.0 – 20.0 Kj/m². 

4. Global cladding data sourced from: All overlap board sheds 

5. Top cladding data sourced from: Top 436 overlap board sheds 

6. 8′ x 5′ cladding data sourced from: 312 8′ x 5′ overlap board sheds 

7. Cladding thickness types identified: 7mm, 8mm, 9mm, 10mm, 12mm, 16mm, 19mm, 34mm 

8. Global cladding thickness data sourced from: All 10mm sheds 

9. Top cladding thickness data sourced from: Top 436 10mm sheds 

10. 8′ x 5′ cladding thickness data sourced from: 3 8′ x 5′ 10mm sheds 

11. Roof material types identified: glass, mineral felt, osb, sand felt, tongue & groove 

12. Roof thickness types identified: 2mm, 8mm, 9mm, 10mm, 11mm, 12mm, 16mm, 19mm 

13. Roof covering types identified: mineral felt, polyester felt, shingles 

14. Floor material types identified: osb, tongue & groove 

15. Floor thickness types identified: 9mm, 10mm, 11mm, 12mm, 14mm, 16mm, 19mm 

16. Glazing material types identified: acrylic, horticultural glass, polycarbonate, security windows, single glazed, styrene, toughened glass, toughened safety glass 

17. Glazing thickness types identified: 2mm, 3mm, 4mm, 7.5mm 

Product ID: SKU: FRA58CRIN

Size: 8' x 5'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 3

Sheds.co.uk
£3,929.00
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ShedStore
£3,699.00
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BuyShedsDirect
£3,699.00
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