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BillyOh Childs Potting Shed Playhouse

First Added - August 4 2022
Last Updated - August 4 2022 - 0 Data Points Updated - 38 Data Points Added
Reviewed & curated by a panel of garden building experts. Using methodology 1.1

Product ID: SKU: 19389

Size: 4' x 4'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 1

Garden Buildings Direct
£385.00
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Amazing! Ranked in the Top 14% of Playhouses.
Position 26 of 188 Playhouses - Up 26 places from previous update.
Quality of materials
Construction quality
Ease of construction
Value for money

See how our panel of industry experts helped create the impartial judging criteria used to calculate the Expert Score.

Our verdict on the BillyOh Childs Potting Shed Playhouse

The BillyOh Childs Potting Shed Playhouse comes with an apex style roof, holds a 10 Years guarantee, fit with stable doors, and is treated using a galvanised process [1]. The windows window used on this particular 4′ x 4′ use a glazing material (Thickness was not specified).

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. The choice of roof covering (mineral felt), is also what we find that 88% of the top 10% of playhouses use.

2. The tongue & groove cladding used on this playhouse is one the best available for playhouses rated by our experts.

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

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

5. A galvanised treatment like the one used on this playhouse 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 playhouse fairs across the market.

Cladding

The tongue & groove cladding(walls) used here is the best form of construction for walls and is the only type [2] we’ve identified on same-size playhouses, that you’ll also see getting used on 35% (61 of 175) of all playhouses analysed [3], as well as being used on 47% (8 of 17) of the top 10% of playhouses [4]. You’ll also find the tongue & groove cladding showing up on 39% of 4′ x 4′ playhouses (9 in total) [5], and if we compare this item against those 9 we find it’s Expert Score is 23% higher than the average score for a 4′ x 4′ tongue & groove playhouse.

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Roofing

Tongue & groove is the cladding used for the roofing, our experts rate this the best form of roof material and is the only type we’ve found on same-size playhouses [6]. This roofing material is used on 26% of all playhouses analysed, and 12% of the top 10% of playhouses. 26% of 4′ x 4′ playhouses (6 in total) use tongue & groove construction for the roof, with this product having an Expert Score 13% higher than the average in this regard.

Mineral felt is used as the roof covering. Our experts say it’s one of the best roof covering materials, and is also the only kind identified on same-size playhouses [7]. It comes fitted on 64% of playhouses and used on 88% of the top 10% of 4′ x 4′ playhouses. 57% of 4′ x 4′ playhouses (13 in total) make use of a mineral felt material as a roof covering, with this product having an Expert Score of 16% higher than the average.

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Flooring

The manufactures of this playhouse chose tongue & groove for the floor construction, we rate this the best form of floor construction and is the only type found on this size of playhouse [8]. This type of floor construction is used on 41% of all playhouses we analysed, and 24% of the top 10% of those playhouses. 39% of 4′ x 4′ playhouses (9 in total) use tongue & groove construction for the floor with this product having an Expert Score of 23% higher than the average.

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Doors

The door height is 1,000.00mm (3′) tall, which after analysing all 4′ x 4′ playhouses, matches the average exactly.
The door width is 560.00mm (2′) wide, which when compared to all other 4′ x 4′ playhouses is exactly average.

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You Might Also Consider

We found 23 4′ x 4′ playhouses with comparable specifications. The BillyOh Childs Potting Shed Playhouse has an Expert Score that is 21% higher than average and is £104 less expensive than average. If you are looking for the best value or highest expert scoring playhouses out of the 23 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 £257 with this Homfa Greenhouse foil tunnel Garden Greenhouse with Shelf, Window Anchor, Grow Plants Seedlings, Flowers or Vegetables, Protects Plants. It is priced at £108, this is 239% less than this and has an Expert Score of 70, 25 points less than the BillyOh Childs Potting Shed Playhouse.

The BillyOh Childs Potting Shed Playhouse is the best scoring playhouse available out of all 23 4′ x 4′ playhouses we analysed.

High Wind Area – If you live in a particularly exposed or high wind area then having a playhouse with a thicker cladding and higher than average frame thickness can be preferable. We found at least 3 playhouses that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
4×4 Mercia Snug Childrens/ Kids Wooden Garden Playhouse
3’x5′ Tigercub Hideout House | Playhouse
4′ x 4′ Shire Playhut Kids Wooden Playhouse

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 playhouses that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
BillyOh Childs Potting Shed Playhouse
BillyOh Bunny Max Playhouse
4 x 4 Isabelle Snug Den Wooden Playhouse with Apex Roof, Single Door And Windows

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 playhouses that have options that you might find a better fit if this is a concern you have.
3’x5′ Tigercub Hideout House | Playhouse
4′ x 4′ Shire Playhut Kids Wooden Playhouse
4′ x 4′ Shire Hide Kids Wooden Playhouse

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.
4×4 Mercia Snug Childrens/ Kids Wooden Garden Playhouse
Mercia 4 x 4ft Wooden Snug Playhouse with Assembly
3’x5′ Tigercub Hideout House | Playhouse

Product Details

Building Type
2-Storey Playhouses, Boys Wendy Houses, Playhouse On Stilts, Playhouses, Playhouses For Boys, Playhouses For Girls, Playhouses With Slides, Small Summer Houses, Summer House Workshops, Summer Houses, Wendy Houses
Metric Size (Meters)
4' x 4'
Roof Style
Apex
Number of Windows
Has Windows
Door Type
Stable Door
Cladding Type
Tongue & Groove
Treatment Type
Galvanised
Guarantee
10 Years
Floor Material
Tongue & Groove
Roof Covering
Mineral Felt
Door Height (Imperial)
3'
Door Height (Metric)
1000mm
Door Width (Imperial)
2'
Door Width (Metric)
560mm
Roof Material
Tongue & Groove
Internal Depth (Imperial)
3'7"
Internal Depth (Metric)
108cm
Internal Width (Imperial)
3'8"
Internal Width (Metric)
112cm
Door
1 x Saloon Door
Window Size (Metric)
nan x nan
Eaves Height Including Floor (Imperial)
3'3"
Eaves Height Including Floor (Metric)
98cm
Ridge Height Including Floor (Imperial)
4'9"
Ridge Height Including Floor (Metric)
145cm
Door Size (Imperial)
560mm x 1000mm
Door Size (Metric)
560mm x 1000mm
Internal Eaves Height (Imperial)
3'4"
Internal Eaves Height (Metric)
101cm
Internal Ridge Height (Imperial)
4'7"
Internal Ridge Height (Metric)
140cm

Comparisons of Similar Sheds

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Expert Score 9390909090
Price £5,474.00£4,734.00£9,331.89£589.99£5,159.00
Size 15' x 7'11' x 7'7' x 5'7' x 5'13' x 7'
Brand RedlandsRedlandsMarlborough Insulated BuildingsShireRedlands
Material WoodenWoodenWoodenWoodenWooden
Cladding Thickness 16mm16mm12mm16mm
Guarantee 15 Years15 Years10 Years15 Years
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Joel Bird

Joel Bird

Author

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 1 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.

Garden Buildings Direct – 1284 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.
Buy Sheds Direct – 1635 products checked, found no matches.
sheds.co.uk – 1999 products checked, found no matches.
BillyOh – 1244 products checked, found no matches.
Shedstore – 1373 products checked, found no matches.
Tiger Sheds – 635 products checked, found no matches.


1. Galvanised: Galvanising steel or Zinc Galvanised steel as it is sometimes called refers to the process where steel is immersed into molten zinc. This is where a series of zinc-iron alloy forms a series layers via a metallurgical reaction between the iron and zinc, providing a robust coating which is an integral part of the steel.

Galvanised steel is among the most corrosion resistant due to its sacrificial protection and self-repairing properties. According to the Galvanizers Association they say “Hot dip galvanising offers coverage both externally and internally within hollow sections, it self-repairs when damaged, sacrifices itself to protect the base metal, is environmentally sustainable, has good impact and abrasion-resistance and a maintenance-free life of 50 years or more. Galvanised steel is widely used in applications where corrosion protection is needed and can be identified by the crystallised pattern on the surface (often called a ‘spangle’).” 

2. Cladding types identified: tongue & groove 

3. Global cladding data sourced from: All tongue & groove playhouses 

4. Top cladding data sourced from: Top 17 tongue & groove playhouses 

5. 4′ x 4′ cladding data sourced from: 23 4′ x 4′ tongue & groove playhouses 

6. Roof material types identified: tongue & groove 

7. Roof covering types identified: mineral felt 

8. Floor material types identified: tongue & groove 

Product ID: SKU: 19389

Size: 4' x 4'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 1

Garden Buildings Direct
£385.00
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