Siting Your Small Garden Shed

“There’s just enough room in that corner for a small garden shed.”

These may be the words that lead to an expensive mistake. 

Unless the garden shed is an eyesore, and if you buy a C & S shed that is something it most certainly will not be, the place where your shed is to stand will make the difference between it being a blessing and a curse.  You need to think carefully before you decide where it is to be erected.

Your first consideration must be the purpose of the shed.  Storage for garden tools, or a playroom for the children? A secure lock-up for the motor bikes, or a workshop for a DIY enthusiast? From this point, you will probably be looking at ease of access, and light.  Most C & S sheds have a clear panel in the roof, and you will also have the choice of where to site doors and windows, so a little planning before you place your order will eliminate the worst of the mistakes.  The door is a generous forty inches wide, but you may need to make sure there are no awkward corners just before you reach it.  The shed is sturdy and durable, and the people at C & S know full well that a door frame is likely to take a few knocks, but scraping the paintwork on a vintage treasure is a poor idea, and something to be avoided if possible.

If you want to grow climbing plants against the shed, that wall needs to face the south.  Don’t worry about rot; your PVC coated rolled steel shiplap shed is more than a match for damp stems, and it is maintenance-free as well, so the prospect of moving the plants away so you can repaint is not one that needs to concern you.

Look at the C & S catalogue, and choose the shed that catches your eye.  It won’t be something you need to hide away in a corner.