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Forest Arley 6m x 3m Log Cabin

First Added - August 4 2022
Last Updated - August 4 2022 - 0 Data Points Updated - 61 Data Points Added
Reviewed & curated by a panel of garden building experts. Using methodology 1.1

Product ID: SKU: VARL45D63P2HDBUN

Size: 20' x 11'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 4

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90
Amazing! Ranked in the Top 19% of Log Cabins.
Position 171 of 910 Log Cabins - Up 171 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 Forest Arley 6m x 3m Log Cabin

The Forest Arley 6m x 3m Log Cabin comes with a pent style roof, holds a 1 Years guarantee, is fit with lockable double doors that use a lock and key locking system, is treated using a pressure treated process [1], and makes use of certified sustainable materials. The 4 windows used on this particular 20′ x 11′ use a 4mm toughened safety glass material.

Base material: wood

Certifications this product meets:

FSC certified timber[2]

Our experts say this has 9 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. When looking at cladding material used on the top 10% of all log cabins, interlocking log is used on 98% of them.

2. The tongue & groove construction used for the roof is the same kind you’ll find used across 100% of the top 10% of log cabins.

3. The tongue & groove floor material is a great choice and is what we find being used by 94% of the top 10% of log cabins.

4. The 19mm thick floor boards are the same thickness we see being used on 88% of the top 10% of log cabins.

5. A 45mm thick cladding like the one used on walls of this log cabin is one of the best rated by our experts.

6. A 19.0mm thick roof construction as thick as this is something our expert rate to be one of the best available on log cabins.

7. The polyester felt roof covering found on this log cabin is rated to be one of the best by our experts.

8. This toughened safety glass glazing material is one that our experts say is one of the best available for windowed log cabins.

9. A pressure treated treatment like the one used on this log cabin 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 log cabin fairs across the market.

Cladding

Amazing, our experts say most of the cladding options used are among the best.

The interlocking log cladding(walls) used here is the best form of construction for log cabin walls out of the 2 types [3] we’ve identified on same-size log cabins, that you’ll also see getting used on 72% (639 of 893) of all log cabins analysed [4], as well as being used on 98% (87 of 89) of the top 10% of log cabins [5]. You’ll also find the interlocking log cladding showing up on 81% of 20′ x 11′ log cabins (73 in total) [6], and when taking the average Expert Score of those 20′ x 11′ log cabins (86), the Forest Arley 6m x 3m Log Cabin is just above the average with an Expert Score of 90.

The walls are 45mm thick and we rate this the best thickness out of the 8 found on same-size log cabins [7]. It is used on 3% of all log cabins [8] and is also used across 2% of the top 10% of log cabins [9] we analysed. While you’ll find that the Expert Score of this log cabin is 2 points lower than the average for 20′ x 11’s that use 45mm thick cladding (90 vs the average of 92) [10], you can be sure it’s not due to the cladding thickness as this one of the highest scoring thicknesses available on 20′ x 11′ log cabins. 7% of 20′ x 11′ log cabins (6 in total) use 45mm thick walls.

Read full analysis for cladding.

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 log cabins [11]. This roofing material is used on 64% of all log cabins analysed, and 100% of the top 10% of log cabins. 82% of 20′ x 11′ log cabins (74 in total) use tongue & groove construction for the roof, and when taking the average Expert Score of those 20′ x 11′ log cabins (86), the Forest Arley 6m x 3m Log Cabin is just above the average with an Expert Score of 90.

A 19.0mm thick roof boarding was used on this log cabin which is the best thickness used for a roofing material out of 4 thicknesses identified on same-size log cabins [12]. It’s used on 7% of all log cabins and 20% of the top 10% of log cabins. 18% of 20′ x 11′ log cabins (16 in total) use a 19.0mm thick roof boarding, with this product having an Expert Score 5% higher than average.

Polyester felt is used as the roof covering, and out of 3 types identified on same-size log cabins [13], is said to be the best roof covering material. It comes fitted on 5% of log cabins and used on 4% of the top 10% of 20′ x 11′ log cabins. While the Expert Score of the average polyester felt covered 20′ x 11′ log cabin is 2 points higher than this item (90 vs the average of 92), you can be sure it’s not the roof covering bring the score down as this one of the highest scoring roof coverings found on 20′ x 11′ log cabins. 7% of 20′ x 11′ log cabins (6 in total) make use of a polyester felt material as a roof covering.

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Flooring

Great, our experts say most of the flooring options used are among the best.

The manufactures of this log cabin 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 log cabin [14]. This type of floor construction is used on 74% of all log cabins we analysed, and 94% of the top 10% of those log cabins. 83% of 20′ x 11′ log cabins (75 in total) use tongue & groove construction for the floor. Additionally when taking the average Expert Score of those 20′ x 11′ log cabins (87), the Forest Arley 6m x 3m Log Cabin is just above the average with an Expert Score of 90.

A 19mm thick floor boarding is used here, this is the best floor board thickness according to our experts out of 5 found on same-size log cabins [15]. It’s found on 39% of all log cabins and used on 88% of the top 10% of log cabins. 47% of 20′ x 11′ log cabins (42 in total) use 19mm thick floor boarding, and when taking the average Expert Score of those 20′ x 11′ log cabins (88), the Forest Arley 6m x 3m Log Cabin is just above the average with an Expert Score of 90.

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Window

Toughened safety glass windows come installed on this log cabin. As a glazing option, we rate it the best out of the 3 glazing types found on 20′ x 11′ log cabins [16]. This particular type of glazing is used on 6% of all windowed log cabins and 5% of the top 10% of log cabins with windows we analysed. Even though the Expert Score of this log cabin is 2 points lower than that of the average for toughened safety glass glazed 20′ x 11’s (90 vs the average of 92), you can be sure it’s not due to the material of the windows because this one of the highest scoring available on 20′ x 11′ log cabins. 7% of 20′ x 11′ log cabins with windows (6 in total) use toughened safety glass windows.

The windows on this log cabin use a 4mm thick glazing, we rate this one of the best thicknesses for window glazing out of 5 different thicknesses found on same-size log cabins [17]. Glazing this thick is found on 15% of all the windowed log cabins we analysed and used on 42% of the top 10% of windowed log cabins. 22% of 20′ x 11′ log cabins (20 in total) use 4mm thick glazing, and when taking the average Expert Score of those 20′ x 11′ log cabins (90), the Forest Arley 6m x 3m Log Cabin is the same with an Expert Score of 90.

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Height

The height of this log cabin is 2420mm (8′) which is 3% less than the average 20′ x 11′ log cabin, giving you 65.0mm (0.2′) less headroom.

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Doors

The door height is 1,730.00mm (6′) tall which is 8% or 142.57mm (0.5′) shorter than the average 20′ x 11′.
The door width is 1,400.00mm (5′) wide which is 12% or 166.15mm (0.5′) narrower than the average 20′ x 11′.

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You Might Also Consider

We found 90 20′ x 11′ log cabins with comparable specifications. The Forest Arley 6m x 3m Log Cabin has an Expert Score that is 3% higher than average and is £73 less expensive than average. If you are looking for the best value or highest expert scoring log cabins out of the 90 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 £2,779 with this Silver 5m x 3m Log Cabin with Veranda. It is priced at £3,000, this is 93% less than this and has an Expert Score of 82, 7 points less than the Forest Arley 6m x 3m Log Cabin.

Highest Expert Score – With an Expert Score of 95 vs 90 for this product, the Palmako Bret 5.1m x 3.9m Log Cabin Garden Room is the best 20′ x 11′ log cabin with comparable specifications, and is priced at £4,639, that’s £1,140 less than the Forest Arley 6m x 3m Log Cabin.

High Wind Area – If you live in a particularly exposed or high wind area then having a log cabin with a thicker cladding and higher than average frame thickness can be preferable. We found at least 3 log cabins that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
Palmako Bret 5.1m x 3.9m Log Cabin Garden Room
Shire Azay 2 4.5m x 4.2m Log Cabin Summerhouse
Palmako Lea 5.4m x 3.9m Log Cabin Garden Office

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 log cabins that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
Shire Azay 2 4.5m x 4.2m Log Cabin Summerhouse
Shire Chaumont 4.2m x 5m Log Cabin Summerhouse
Forest Arley 6m x 3m Log Cabin

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 log cabins that have options that you might find a better fit if this is a concern you have.
Shire Azay 2 4.5m x 4.2m Log Cabin Summerhouse
Shire Chaumont 4.2m x 5m Log Cabin Summerhouse
Palmako Bret 5.1m x 3.9m Log Cabin Garden Room

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.
Palmako Bret 5.1m x 3.9m Log Cabin Garden Room
16’x14′ Procas | 44mm Log Cabin
12’x18′ Shere | 44mm Log Cabin

Product Details

Building Type
Garden Gym Rooms, Garden Offices, Garden Rooms, Garden Snooker Rooms, Large Log Cabins, Log Cabin Garden Offices, Log Cabins, Modern Garden Rooms, Modern Log Cabins
Metric Size (Meters)
20' x 11'
Material
Wooden
Roof Style
Pent
Number of Windows
4
Door Type
Double Door
Cladding Type
Interlocking Log
Cladding Thickness
45mm
Treatment Type
Pressure Treated
Guarantee
1 Years
External Dimensions
242 x 624 x 337
Industry Standards Certification
Manufactured from FSC certified timber from sustainable sources
Product Dimensions
242 x 624 x 337 cm
Assembly Options
Self Assembly Required
Locking System
Lock and Key
Number Of Doors
2
Effects And Finish
None (Kiln Dried)
Floor Material
Tongue & Groove
Glazing Material
Toughened Safety Glass
Roof Covering
Polyester Felt
Glazing Thickness (Imperial)
4mm
Glazing Thickness (Metric)
4mm
Window Size (Metric)
nan x nan
Floor Thickness (Imperial)
19.0mm
Floor Thickness (Metric)
19.0mm
Persons To Assemble
2 Persons Recommended
Door Height (Imperial)
1730.0mm
Door Height (Metric)
1730.0mm
Door Width (Imperial)
1400.0mm
Door Width (Metric)
1400.0mm
Roof Material
Tongue & Groove
Roof Thickness (Imperial)
19.0mm
Roof Thickness (Metric)
19.0mm
Opening Windows
4 Opening Windows
Height (Imperial)
2420mm
Height (Metric)
2420mm
Glazing Type
Double Glazed
Accreditations
Certified Sustainable
Door Size (Imperial)
6' x 5'
Door Size (Metric)
1730.0mm x 1400.0mm
Construction Type
Tongue and Groove
Depth Including Overhang (Imperial)
11'
Depth Including Overhang (Metric)
3370.0mm
Width Including Overhang (Imperial)
20'
Width Including Overhang (Metric)
6240.0mm
Depth At Base (Imperial)
10'
Depth At Base (Metric)
3000.0mm
Height At Highest Point (Imperial)
8'
Height At Highest Point (Metric)
2420.0mm
Width At Base (Imperial)
20'
Width At Base (Metric)
6000.0mm
Internal Depth (Imperial)
9'
Internal Depth (Metric)
2700.0mm
Internal Width (Imperial)
19'
Internal Width (Metric)
5700.0mm
Packaged Weight
3850kg

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Expert Score 9085858588
Price £9,331.89£4,335.00£13,135.07£11,047.50£10,150.83
Size 7' x 5'12' x 7'12' x 8'10' x 6'8' x 6'
Brand Marlborough Insulated BuildingsShireMarlborough Insulated BuildingsMarlborough Insulated BuildingsMarlborough Insulated Buildings
Material WoodenWoodenWoodenWoodenWooden
Cladding Thickness 12mm20mm12mm12mm12mm
Guarantee
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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 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.

Homebase – 35509 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.
ManoMano UK – 922302 products checked, found no matches.
Wilko.com – 21232 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

3. Cladding types identified: interlocking boards, interlocking log, tongue & groove 

4. Global cladding data sourced from: All interlocking log log cabins 

5. Top cladding data sourced from: Top 89 interlocking log log cabins 

6. 20′ x 11′ cladding data sourced from: 90 20′ x 11′ interlocking log log cabins 

7. Cladding thickness types identified: 28mm, 34mm, 40mm, 44mm, 45mm, 70mm 

8. Global cladding thickness data sourced from: All 45mm log cabins 

9. Top cladding thickness data sourced from: Top 89 45mm log cabins 

10. 20′ x 11′ cladding thickness data sourced from: 6 20′ x 11′ 45mm log cabins 

11. Roof material types identified: tongue & groove 

12. Roof thickness types identified: 16mm, 18mm, 19mm 

13. Roof covering types identified: epdm synthetic rubber, mineral felt, polyester felt 

14. Floor material types identified: tongue & groove 

15. Floor thickness types identified: 16mm, 18mm, 19mm, 28mm 

16. Glazing material types identified: double glazed, horticultural glass, single glazed, toughened glass, toughened safety glass 

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

Product ID: SKU: VARL45D63P2HDBUN

Size: 20' x 11'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 4

HomeBase
£6,590.00
See Deal
Sheds.co.uk
£6,209.00
See Deal
ShedStore
£4,199.00
See Deal
BuyShedsDirect
£5,779.00
See Deal

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