The Winchester Windowless Waney Edge Apex Roof 5×3 Shed is one of the most eye catching sheds we have seen in quite some time. This is a low priced shed with a huge personality. The Waney design of the shed really does give it a very rustic kind of style and that is something which is quite rare these days. The shed at 5 x 3 is ideal for those who do not have a lot of space in their garden. The shed actually offers a very decent amount of headroom so you can free up some floor space by taking advantage of this. The good sized door allows you to put things in and out of the shed with ease.
This is a budget priced shed, but they really have tried to use some good materials here. While the overlap cladding may be a little on the thin side, the fact it is backed up by a strong and well designed frame does help a great deal with this. A solid sheet boarding roof and floor is practical and helps keep the cost down. In general this is a shed which may not be made with the most fancy materials, but you can still expect to get many, many years of use out of it.
What we rate
Awesome classic design
Comes with a ten year guarantee
Great for smaller gardens
Not too hard to install
Offers a good amount of headroom
What we slate
Style of door does not fit in with rest of the shed
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How We Rate It
Longevity Of Materials8/10
Ease Of Installation9/10
Value For Money8.5/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type And Roof Size
The Winchester Windowless Waney Edge Apex Roof 5×3 Shed is a shed that really caught our eye right away. The Waney design of it really does give it a very old school and rustic kind of look that most modern sheds shy away from. We think that it gives the shed a ton of personality and makes it ideal for those who want something that looks a little different. The overall width is 5 feet 1 inch and the depth is 3 feet 4 inches so inside the shed if you are smart with your organisation, you will find this floor space can go pretty far. Along the ridge of the shed, you have 6 feet 6 inches of headroom which is actually pretty decent for a shed of this overall size. Along the eaves the height is 5 feet 2 inches which may not sound like much, but this is right in line with other sheds of this size and price.
The apex roof is made with 8 mm thick solid sheet boarding, which at this price range is exactly what we expected to see. These boards are covered with felt and in all, we feel the roof will certainly keep the rain at bay. We do wish that they finished the roof off with a Waney style set of boards instead of the straight pieces of wood they have used. We feel that this would have looked fantastic.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
The Winchester Windowless Waney Edge Apex Roof 5×3 Shed uses overlap cladding and as we mentioned before, we love this Waney design and it looks very rustic, kind of like a cabin you would stumble across in the woods. The cladding is only 5 mm thick which is a little thin for our liking, but as long as the kids are not using the shed as a set of goal posts, we are sure it will be fine.
Connected to this awesome looking cladding is a 28 mm x 28 mm frame. This is the standard size of frame for a shed of this size. We actually have no issues with this frame at all and we feel that as the frame is a good thickness it does actually help out more than you would think as the cladding is on the thin side. But with this frame behind it and holding the shed together, the shed should still have quite the robust feel to it.
Just like the roof the floor is made with solid sheet boarding. These boards though are a little thicker at 10 mm. This is probably the most basic flooring you can get, but for a shed of this size it is fine. It is going to be able to handle a lot of weight, far more than you would think. So do not worry about storing things like heavy tools and a lawn mower in here.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
The Winchester Windowless Waney Edge Apex Roof 5×3 Shed will require an annual coating of wood treatment to ensure it has a life free of rot. Also the first coating of treatment should be applied as soon as you can after installation. Some people say that a dip treated or basecoat treated shed is ok for a few weeks, but for us this is far too long. Make sure you treat the shed within that first week, ideally the first couple of days.
This shed comes with a ten year anti rot guarantee. This is a very fair guarantee and like most other sheds. The guarantee is only valid as long as you have treated the shed and look after it properly.
Doors And Windows
Ok so the door on the shed is practically fine. At 5 feet 4 inches high and 2 feet 4 inches wide, the door is actually a very good size. It is supported by three braces at the back and it is secured to the shed with three silver coloured hinges, which is great as many other sheds at this price range just use two. So while the door is a good size and well made, we must say that the style of the door makes it stick out like a sore thumb. It may be us just being picky, but we feel they could have gone for a more rustic looking door to fit in with the rest of the shed.
The Winchester Windowless Waney Edge Apex Roof 5×3 Shed has windowless in its name so as you would expect there are no windows at all on this shed.
Security And Privacy
The shed does not come with any kind of lock. The door is kept shut with a turn button catch, so if you do want to keep your more expensive items safely locked away, you will have to add something like a hasp and padlock set. To be fair this is cheap and easy to do and most other sheds at a similar price do not come with an actual lock either.
Anything that you place inside here will be kept hidden away as there are no windows. This means your prized power tools or even the kids bikes are out of the view of any potential thieves that may be lurking about!
Customisation Options And Extras
This shed does not have any customisation options on offer. If you do want to give it a splash of colour though, we suggest you consider using a coloured wood treatment. We love the rustic design of this shed and feel a more traditional colour would work, but we are sure some of you would love to see this in red, green or maybe even blue. So have a think about using a coloured wood treatment if you want to brighten the shed up a little bit.
The only extra that they have which is worth considering is their Security Hasp and Padlock Set, which at only £4.99 will add some security to your shed. To be honest with you, we do actually think this is a great set and £4.99 is a very fair price, so it is worth considering if you will be having some more expensive items in the shed.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
You have to keep in mind that this is a budget priced shed. While the cladding may be thin the rest of the shed is very comparable to what other similar sized and priced sheds are offering.
Longevity Of Materials8/10
With the right amount of care, we can see you easily getting 20 plus years of use out of this shed.
While the overall 5 x 3 size is of course not all that big, as far as 5 x 3 sheds go, this one here does offer you a little bit extra room than what you usually get. This is with the couple extra inches on the floor and the generous headroom as well.
Ease Of Installation9/10
We do not see you having any kinds of problems putting this shed together. Its compact stature and the fact it is fully boarded will make this a straightforward process for you and the person you sweet talk or bribe into helping you out.
Value For Money8.5/10
At just over £150, we feel that this is a very fairly priced shed. It is at a price point that we feel will make it very attractive to those on a tighter budget.
The Winchester Windowless Waney Edge Apex Roof 5x3 Shed is a very charming shed and while we do feel that a bit more personality on the door and the finish of the roof would have really put this shed over the edge, in general, we must say we love the design. It is just so old school and that is something we really like. They could have used a little thicker cladding, but we still feel that this is going to be a fairly strong shed. It is the kind of shed that is ideal for those who do not want to spend a lot of money and who do not want a shed taking up a lot of space in the garden.