7 of the best garden sheds

Finding the best outbuildings needn’t be a case of 50 Sheds of Grey – we’ve got rustic wooden options, sweet pastel colours and design surprises galore

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Whether you’re a die-hard shedhead or a newcomer to the wonderful world of garden buildings, we can all agree on one thing: with the humble garden shed undergoing a bit of a renaissance at the moment, there are some pretty exciting designs out there to choose from, which is where our list of the best comes in.

There are tool sheds, potting sheds, and even swanky sheds with room to sit; studios, summerhouses and outdoor offices that push the boundaries of what we imagine a shed to be (you can thank George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces for that, we suspect!) There are about as many types of shed out there now as there are types of gardener, and some – most notably our standout ‘Garden Pod’ from John Lewis – frankly don’t look very much like a shed at all.

Designed to be an extension of your home without the expense and fuss of planning permission and tripping over builders all day, garden rooms and studios are a wonderful middle ground that allows you to work or play outdoors whatever the weather, and while they will be pricier than your average spider-friendly shed, the potential for electricity and insulation makes them worth consideration for home workers and serious hobbyists. 

Somewhere between these and traditional sheds are summerhouses, usually more fortified and with added design kudos – these can boast everything from double glazing to integrated verandas, without necessarily costing the earth. Then, there are shed sheds, rustic wooden structures for potting, pottering and storage that always look at home, no matter your style of garden. No matter what kind of outdoor haven you’re looking for, we think you’ll find something for consideration on our list, so keep reading for our round-up of the best sheds in the shops. 

Crane 3 x 3m Garden Studio, blue

1. Crane 3 x 3m Garden Studio

Easily add another room to your home with this modern garden studio

Specifications
Best for: Outdoor room
Material: Scandinavian redwood
Size: H230 x W300 x L300cm
Reasons to buy
+ Fully insulated and double glazed + Spacious modern design 
Reasons to avoid
- Need to arrange base separately 

This gorgeous garden room takes the cake when it comes to creating functional space outside the home. With double glazing throughout and fully insulated walls, floor and ceiling, it’s every inch the indoors, outdoors, meaning you can admire the garden from the floor-to-ceiling windows and door without sacrificing comfort. Reviewers loved the gorgeous Scandi-style cladding and contemporary shades, and commended the value – and for this combo of affordability, functionality and design, it’s our best. 

Crane Small Summerhouse, pale grey

2. Crane Small Summerhouse

This traditional-looking summerhouse is small but perfectly formed

Specifications
Best for: Small gardens
Material: Scandinavian redwood
Size: H243 x W250 x L180cm
Reasons to buy
+ Petite design brings style to smaller gardens + Great build and attention to detail 
Reasons to avoid
- As before, required a pre-prepared base 

Liked the look of our first Crane pick but can’t justify (or squeeze in) a full garden room? This petite summerhouse has the same great build you’d expect from the brand, lovingly built from FSC-certified Scandinavian redwood, but with dimensions befitting of a smaller garden. It has a more traditional vibe than our first pick – we particularly love the multi-faceted roof and leaded windows – but still has a light and airy feel thanks to the front and size windows and pale matte woodwork, and reviewers gave its sturdy build a big thumbs up. 

Wayfair Wooden Storage Shed

3. Wayfair Wooden Storage Shed

This unusual potting shed offers ample storage, too

Specifications
Best for: Gardening
Material: Solid and manufactured wood
Size: H234 x W204 x D313cm
Reasons to buy
+ Potting benches included + Multiple windows to let in light 
Reasons to avoid
- Only the smaller windows open 

Unlike our first two picks, this is less a shed for sitting, and more a shed in the traditional sense – it’s far from pedestrian though. Its elongated shape, rectangular at one end with an attractive windowed bay at the other, makes it exactly the right shape and size for potting and storage. The included potting benches are surrounded by seven fixed and three opening windows, pulling in sunlight in the gloomy winter months, and keeping you cool while tending to seedlings in warm weather, while the pad bolt gives you provision to keep bikes and tools away from prying eyes and sticky fingers. 

Farmer's Cottage Deluxe Rotating Summer House Garden Pod

4. Farmer's Cottage Deluxe Rotating Summer House Garden Pod

A slightly bonkers but very useful addition to the contemporary garden

Specifications
Best for: Modernised summer house
Material: Wood laminated pine, glass
Size: H2.7 x Dia. 3.4, Base Dia. 2 metres
Reasons to buy
+ Looks fantastic + Fully sealed and power-ready 
Reasons to avoid
- Astronomically expensive 

A name as pastoral as Farmer’s Cottage might not seem terribly fitting for this positively space-age garden pod, but then it’s full of surprises. While it’s a bit of a given, for the slightly wince-inducing price, that it’s smarter than your average shed, it’s worth outlining what makes it worthy of its spot on the lawn. Architecturally, it’s a stunner, an unusual glass and wood-beamed sphere that reflects its surroundings to blend in better than you might think. Inside, it’s fully sealed, equipped to support 240v of power, and totally waterproof, meaning you can sit out even when it’s chucking it down. Perfection, if a bit pricey! 

Forest Garden Maplehurst Summerhouse

5. Forest Garden Maplehurst Summerhouse

A sweet little summerhouse for holing up or entertaining

Specifications
Best for: Entertaining
Material: Wood, OSB, solid sheet OSB
Size: H223 x W225 x D211cm
Reasons to buy
+ Traditional design with a twist + Integrated veranda 
Reasons to avoid
- Veranda could be a little larger for seating 

When you’re thinking “shed”, this one from Forest Garden might be more in line with what you imagine, but it still has a few twists on the classic that make it far more than just a place to put your bike. Just the right size for a couple of chairs, a lamp, a table, and a big pile of books to work through, this is a great affordable shed-meets-summerhouse for shutting out the world on gloomy days, or welcoming the sun as you kick back with guests in the warmer months, and we particularly like the sweet integrated veranda. 

National Trust by Crane Ickworth Summerhouse, pale blue

6. National Trust by Crane Ickworth Summerhouse

When it comes to stylish summer houses, trust the Trust

Specifications
Best for: Design
Material: Scandinavian redwood
Size: H247 x W240 x D240cm
Reasons to buy
+ Lovely traditional design + Hook-back doors 
Reasons to avoid
- Requires some groundwork 

Leave it to the National Trust and Crane to make a solid, stylish garden shed. The vertical cladding, elegant elongated windows and angled roof give this one a Cape Cod feel, perfect for adding that finishing touch to a traditional garden as well as giving you another way to enjoy the garden. Reviewers commended its beautiful finishing, and especially loved the way the doors could be hooked back to let light and air in on warmer days, and draw the outdoors in (or would that be the indoors, out?) 

Mercia Garden Products Wooden Storage Shed

7. Mercia Garden Products Wooden Storage Shed

Keep your stuff safe and sheltered, no matter how much of it there is

Specifications
Best for: Storage
Material: European softwood, stainless steel
Size: H198 x W190 x D301
Reasons to buy
+ Large capacity + Water and weather resistant 
Reasons to avoid
- Fairly unexciting design 

If you’re simply in search of a storage shed and have been trawling through our list of stylish studios and summerhouses, don’t worry, your patience will be rewarded! This 6 by 10 shed from Wayfair is our pick of the bunch. In terms of looks, its overlap cladding and solid European softwood are about as traditional as they come, but a far cry from its squat square cousins in terms of capacity, it offers plenty of room for whatever you hold dear – and the water and weather resistant design means it’ll take good care of it too. 

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Inspired by our first pick studio space? See our guide to creating your perfect garden office just in time for the warmer weather to roll in.