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8′ x 6′ Forest Oakley Wooden Garden Summerhouse

First Added - August 4 2022
Last Updated - August 4 2022 - 0 Data Points Updated - 72 Data Points Added
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Product ID: SKU: OPASUM86MHDBUN

Size: 8' x 6'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 4

Mano Mano
£814.99
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80
Good Ranked in the Top 39% of Summer Houses.
Position 455 of 1188 Summer Houses - Up 455 places from previous update.
Quality of materials
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Our verdict on the 8′ x 6′ Forest Oakley Wooden Garden Summerhouse

The 8′ x 6′ Forest Oakley Wooden Garden Summerhouse comes with an apex style roof, holds a 15 Years guarantee, is fit with lockable double doors that use a pad bolt locking system, is treated using a pressure treated process [1], and makes use of certified sustainable materials. The 4 windows used on this particular 8′ x 6′ use a 2mm shatter-resistant acrylic material.

Base material: wood

Certifications this product meets:

FSC certified timber[2]

Our experts say this has 3 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. The mineral felt roof covering found on this summer house is rated to be one of the best by our experts.

2. A floor that is 14mm thick is something our experts say is one of the best available for this kind of summer house.

3. A pressure treated treatment like the one used on this summer house 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 summer house fairs across the market.

Cladding

The overlap board cladding(walls) used here is the worst form of construction for summer house walls out of the 4 types [3] we’ve identified on same-size summer houses, that you’ll also see getting used on 4% (29 of 741) of all summer houses analysed [4], and sadly not present at all on any of the 74 summer houses that make up the top 10% of summer houses [5]. You’ll also find the overlap board cladding showing up on 7% of 8′ x 6′ summer houses (8 in total) [6], and if we compare this item against those 8 we find it’s Expert Score is 8% higher than the average score for a 8′ x 6′ overlap board summer house.

The walls are 7mm thick and we rate this the worst thickness out of the 5 found on same-size summer houses [7]. It is used on 2% of all summer houses [8] and after analysing the top 74 products that make up the top 10% of summer houses [9], we don’t find this thickness present on any of them. 6% of 8′ x 6′ summer houses (6 in total) use 7mm thick walls [10], and if we compare this item against those 6 we find it’s Expert Score is 8% higher than the average score for a 8′ x 6′ 7mm summer house.

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Roofing

Osb is the of construction method used for the roofing, our experts rate this one of the best forms of roof material out of the 3 types we’ve found on same-size summer houses [11]. This roofing material is used on 5% of all summer houses analysed, and 1% of the top 10% of summer houses. 10% of 8′ x 6′ summer houses (11 in total) use osb construction for the roof, and when taking the average Expert Score of those 8′ x 6′ summer houses (80), the 8′ x 6′ Forest Oakley Wooden Garden Summerhouse is the same with an Expert Score of 80.

A 8.0mm thick roof boarding was used on this summer house which is the worst thickness used for a roofing material out of 5 thicknesses identified on same-size summer houses [12]. It’s used on 2% of all summer houses and 1% of the top 10% of summer houses. 4% of 8′ x 6′ summer houses (4 in total) use a 8.0mm thick roof boarding, and when taking the average Expert Score of those 8′ x 6′ summer houses (78), the 8′ x 6′ Forest Oakley Wooden Garden Summerhouse is just above the average with an Expert Score of 80.

Mineral felt is used as the roof covering, and out of 3 types identified on same-size summer houses [13], is said to be one of the best roof covering materials. It comes fitted on 26% of summer houses and used on 43% of the top 10% of 8′ x 6′ summer houses. Even though the Expert Score of this particular summer house is below the average 8′ x 6’s cover their roofs with mineral felt (80 vs the average of 82), with it being on 43% of the top 10%, this should give you confidence in its quality. 39% of 8′ x 6′ summer houses (42 in total) make use of a mineral felt material as a roof covering.

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Flooring

The manufactures of this summer house chose osb for the floor construction, we rate this an about average form of floor construction out of 2 types found on same-size summer houses [14]. This type of floor construction is used on 4% of all summer houses we analysed, with none of the top 74 summer houses making use of this kind of floor material. 8% of 8′ x 6′ summer houses (9 in total) use osb construction for the floor. Additionally when taking the average Expert Score of those 8′ x 6′ summer houses (77), the 8′ x 6′ Forest Oakley Wooden Garden Summerhouse is just above the average with an Expert Score of 80.

A 14mm thick floor boarding is used here, this is one of the best floor board thicknesses according to our experts out of 3 found on same-size summer houses [15]. It’s found on 2% of all summer houses with none of the 74 summer houses that make up the top 10% using a floor of this thickness. 4% of 8′ x 6′ summer houses (4 in total) use 14mm thick floor boarding, and when taking the average Expert Score of those 8′ x 6′ summer houses (78), the 8′ x 6′ Forest Oakley Wooden Garden Summerhouse is just above the average with an Expert Score of 80.

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Window

Shatter-resistant acrylic windows come installed on this summer house. As a glazing option, we rate it an about average out of the 5 glazing types found on 8′ x 6′ summer houses [16]. This particular type of glazing is used on 2% of all windowed summer houses with a look at the top 10% of summer houses showing us that none of them choose to install windows with this kind of glazing. 5% of 8′ x 6′ summer houses with windows (4 in total) use shatter-resistant acrylic windows, and when taking the average Expert Score of those shatter-resistant acrylic 8′ x 6′ summer houses (78), the 8′ x 6′ Forest Oakley Wooden Garden Summerhouse is just above the average with an Expert Score of 80.

The windows on this summer house use a 2mm thick glazing, we rate this one of the worst thicknesses for window glazing out of 5 different thicknesses found on same-size summer houses [17]. Glazing this thick is found on 3% of all the windowed summer houses we analysed and used on 1% of the top 10% of windowed summer houses. 7% of 8′ x 6′ summer houses (6 in total) use 2mm thick glazing.

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Height

The height of this summer house is 2290.0mm (8′) which is 4% more than the average 8′ x 6′ summer house, giving you 95.0mm (0.3′) extra headroom.

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Doors

The door height is 1,650.00mm (5′) tall which is 3% or 40.39mm (0.1′) taller than the average 8′ x 6′.
The door width is 550.00mm (2′) wide which is 101% or 556.48mm (2′) narrower than the average 8′ x 6′.

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You Might Also Consider

We found 100 8′ x 6′ summer houses with comparable specifications. The 8′ x 6′ Forest Oakley Wooden Garden Summerhouse has an Expert Score that is 3% lower than average and is £145 less expensive than average. If you are looking for the best value or highest expert scoring summer houses out of the 100 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 £673 with this Optional extra – Add top coat Barclay 7′ x 7′ Double Door with Two Fixed Windows Summerhouse Top Coat. It is priced at £142, this is 474% less than this and has an Expert Score of 77, 2 points less than the 8′ x 6′ Forest Oakley Wooden Garden Summerhouse.

Highest Expert Score – With an Expert Score of 95 vs 80 for this product, the Shire Houghton 7 x 7ft Double Door Apex Dip Treated Summer House with Veranda is the best 8′ x 6′ summer house with comparable specifications, and is priced at £840, that’s £25 more than the 8′ x 6′ Forest Oakley Wooden Garden Summerhouse.

High Wind Area – If you live in a particularly exposed or high wind area then having a summer house with a thicker cladding and higher than average frame thickness can be preferable. We found at least 3 summer houses that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
Shire Houghton 7 x 7ft Double Door Apex Dip Treated Summer House with Veranda
Oren 6′ x 8′ Shiplap Alcester Summer House
Oren 8′ x 6′ Shiplap Binton Summer House

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 summer houses that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
Shire 7x7ft Buckingham Double Door Summerhouse Including Installation
Shire 7x7ft Buckingham Double Door Summerhouse
8′ x 6′ Forest Oakley Wooden Garden Summerhouse

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 summer houses that have options that you might find a better fit if this is a concern you have.
Redlands 6′ x 10′ Contemporary Summer House
8’x6′ TigerFlex® Shiplap Apex Full Pane Summerhouse
7’x7′ Tiger Vista Corner Summerhouse

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.
Shire Houghton 7 x 7ft Double Door Apex Dip Treated Summer House with Veranda
Oren 6′ x 8′ Shiplap Alcester Summer House
Rowlinson 7′ x 7′ Eaton Summer House

Product Details

Building Type
cheap small summer houses, Cheap Summer Houses, Oak Summer Houses, Small Summer Houses, Summer Houses, Wooden Summer Houses
Metric Size (Meters)
8' x 6'
Material
Wooden
Roof Style
Apex
Number of Windows
4
Door Type
Double Door
Cladding Type
Overlap Board
Cladding Thickness
7mm
Treatment Type
Pressure Treated
Guarantee
15 Years
Locking System
Pad Bolt
Floor Material
OSB
Floor Thickness
14 mm / 0.55 inch
Glazing Material
Shatter-Resistant Acrylic
Roof Covering
Mineral Felt
Floor Thickness (Imperial)
14.0mm
Floor Thickness (Metric)
14.0mm
Construction Type
Overlap
Eaves Height (Imperial)
1620.0mm
Eaves Height (Metric)
1620.0mm
Ridge Height (Imperial)
2290.0mm
Ridge Height (Metric)
2290.0mm
Framing Size
28 x 28
Door Height (Imperial)
1650.0mm
Door Height (Metric)
1650.0mm
Door Width (Imperial)
550.0mm
Door Width (Metric)
550.0mm
Roof Material
OSB
Roof Thickness (Imperial)
8.0mm
Roof Thickness (Metric)
8.0mm
Depth At Base
1790 mm / 5 feet 10.47 inches
Roof Thickness
8 mm / 0.31 inch
Height (Imperial)
2290.0mm
Height (Metric)
2290.0mm
Ridge Height
2290 mm / 7 feet 6.16 inches
Door Height
1650 mm / 5 feet 4.96 inches
Door Width
550 mm / 1 foot 9.65 inches
Eaves Height
1620 mm / 5 feet 3.78 inches
Width At Base
2420 mm / 7 feet 11.28 inches
Width Including Overhang
2620 mm / 8 feet 7.15 inches
Thickness
8 mm
Height
2290 mm / 7 feet 6.16 inches
Width
55 cm
Size
8' x 6'
Roof Style
Apex
Brand
Forest Garden
Environmental Certification
FSC
Treatment
Pressure treated
Depth Including Overhang
1850 mm / 6 feet 0.83 inch
Window Size (Metric)
nan x nan
Door Size (Imperial)
5' x 2'
Door Size (Metric)
1650.0mm x 550.0mm
Glazing Thickness (Imperial)
2mm
Glazing Thickness (Metric)
2mm
Persons To Assemble
2 Persons Recommended
Framing Size (Imperial)
1 3/4" x 1 1/8"
Framing Size (Metric)
45mmx28mm
Glazing Type
Single Glazed
Accreditations
Certified Sustainable
Depth Including Overhang (Imperial)
6'
Depth Including Overhang (Metric)
1850.0mm
Width Including Overhang (Imperial)
9'
Width Including Overhang (Metric)
2620.0mm
Depth At Base (Imperial)
6'
Depth At Base (Metric)
1790.0mm
Width At Base (Imperial)
8'
Width At Base (Metric)
2420.0mm

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Expert Score 8383858085
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Joel Bird

Joel Bird

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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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Merchants Checked

12 different sources were used to research information on this product, and 4 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.

ManoMano UK – 922302 products checked, found 1 match.
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.
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. FSC Certified Timber: The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international organisation that is “dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests.” When you see the FSC certification it means the forest where this wood was sourced from is being managed in a way that preserves biological diversity, while ensuring it sustains economic viability. FSC-certified forests are managed to strict environmental, social and economic standards. FSC certified timber is comparable to Certified Timber

4. Global cladding data sourced from: All overlap board summer houses 

5. Top cladding data sourced from: Top 74 overlap board summer houses 

6. 8′ x 6′ cladding data sourced from: 107 8′ x 6′ overlap board summer houses 

7. Cladding thickness types identified: 7mm, 12mm, 19mm, 34mm 

8. Global cladding thickness data sourced from: All 7mm summer houses 

9. Top cladding thickness data sourced from: Top 74 7mm summer houses 

10. 8′ x 6′ cladding thickness data sourced from: 6 8′ x 6′ 7mm summer houses 

11. Roof material types identified: osb, plywood, tongue & groove 

12. Roof thickness types identified: 8mm, 11mm, 12mm 

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

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

15. Floor thickness types identified: 12mm, 14mm 

16. Glazing material types identified: acrylic, shatter-resistant acrylic, single glazed, styrene, toughened glass 

17. Glazing thickness types identified: 2.5mm, 2mm, 3mm 

Product ID: SKU: OPASUM86MHDBUN

Size: 8' x 6'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 4

Mano Mano
£814.99
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Sheds.co.uk
£864.00
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ShedStore
£814.99
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BuyShedsDirect
£814.99
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