Best garden sheds: 11 beautiful storage options for your outdoor space

The best garden sheds are so much more than just basic storage for your garden tools. Out top picks feature superb designs and quality materials

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A garden shed can minimise messy surroundings in your outdoor space, helping to keep your garden organised and looking lovely. Choose a great garden shed design and it will even make a fine feature in your garden. From classic apex designs to futuristic pods, the best garden sheds in our guide offer the very best in garden storage with flair. 

Find out how to choose a garden shed in our guide. And once you've done that, check out our ultimate guide to garden design

What is the best garden shed?

For top quality of build and material, you can't beat the Apex Shed by Power Sheds. It doesn't come cheap, though, so if you want a budget alternative, go for the  Forest Garden Maplehurst Summerhouse.

Best garden sheds 2020

best garden shed: 8x6 Apex Shed by Power Sheds

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1. Power Apex Shed

The best garden shed

Best for: Simple and sturdy construction
Material: Scandinavian timber
Size: various
Reasons to buy
+Tongue and Groove throughout+10 year warranty

The high-quality timber with a 10-year guarantee, and the advanced features of this shed will definitely appeal to someone who's looking for a shed that will last them many years – perhaps even a lifetime. From toughened glass to galvanised ironmongery, and from timber bracing that increases the wood's rigidity to waterproof felt insulation, this is a top-end product for the garden building enthusiast, or for anyone who wants a very reliable, well-built shed. Comes in a range of sizes and with customisable window options.

best garden shed: Crane 3 x 3m Garden Studio, blue

2. Crane 3 x 3m Garden Studio

Best garden studio: easily add another room to your home with this modern garden studio

Best for: Outdoor room
Material: Scandinavian redwood
Size: H2.3 x W3m x L3m
Reasons to buy
+ Fully insulated and double glazed + Spacious modern design 
Reasons to avoid
- Need to arrange base separately 

This gorgeous garden shed cum 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. 

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best summer house shed: Crane Small Summerhouse also works as a garden shed

3. Crane Small Summerhouse

Best summer house shed: this period-style summerhouse is small but perfectly formed

Best for: Small gardens
Material: Scandinavian redwood
Size: H2.43 x W2.5 x L1.8m
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. 

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best garden shed for gardeners: Wayfair best haren Storage Shed

4. Wayfair Wooden Storage Shed

Best garden shed for gardeners: this unusual potting shed offers ample storage, too

Best for: Gardening
Material: Solid and manufactured wood
Size: H2.34m x W2.04m x D3.13m
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 garden shed for sitting, and more a garden 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. 

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best contemporary shed: Farmer's Cottage Deluxe Rotating Summer House Garden Pod is a garden shed and garden room in one

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

Best garden shed for contemporary homes: slightly bonkers but very useful addition to the contemporary garden

Best for: Modernised summer house
Material: Wood laminated pine, glass
Size: H2.7m x D3.4m x base D2m
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! 

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best budget garden shed: Forest Garden Maplehurst Summerhouse

6. Forest Garden Maplehurst Summerhouse

Best budget garden shed: a sweet little summerhouse for holing up or entertaining

Best for: Entertaining
Material: Wood, OSB, solid sheet OSB
Size: H2.23m x W2.25m x D2.11m
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. 

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National Trust by Crane Ickworth Summerhouse, pale blue

7. National Trust by Crane Ickworth Summerhouse

Best garden shed for seaside style: when it comes to stylish summer houses, trust the Trust

Best for: Design
Material: Scandinavian redwood
Size: H2.47m x W2.4m x D2.4m
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?) 

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Mercia Garden Products Wooden Storage Shed

8. Mercia Garden Products Wooden Storage Shed

Best garden shed for storage: keep your stuff safe and sheltered, no matter how much of it there is

Best for: Storage
Material: European softwood, stainless steel
Size: H1.98m x W1.9m x D3.01m
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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The best plastic shed: Skylight 6 Ft. W x 12 Ft. D Apex Plastic Shed

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9. Home Essence Skylight Apex Plastic Shed

The best plastic garden shed: a tough and practical customer

Best for: Durability
Material: polycarbonate, stainless steel
Size: H2.17m x W1.855m x D1.535m
Reasons to buy
+Virtually unbreakable
Reasons to avoid
-It's plastic

This plastic shed is great for those looking for a practical, value-for-money solution that will not rot or lose its looks too quickly. Polycarbonate is described by the brand as 'virtually unbreakable', and with its sturdy steel frame, we can confirm that it's a tough customer. The double doors at the front are a particular favourite – they open out to create a generous doorway that makes wrestling garden furniture in and out easier. And the plastic is somewhat mitigated by the green colourway.

The best B&Q shed: 7x5 Forest Pent Tongue & groove Wooden Shed

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10. 7x5 Forest Pent Tongue & groove Wooden Shed

The best B&Q garden shed: ideal for small gardens

Best for: Quality build
Material: Mixed softwood
Size: H2.02m x W2.09m x D1.63m
Reasons to buy
+High quality+Built in England

The Forest Pent shed is solidly built from pressure-treated wood and comes with a 15-year anti-rot warranty. It comes with a lock, too, for extra security and acrylic, opening windows for improved ventilation (handy if you're setting it up as a mini greenhouse, too. We particularly like its proportions – it's big enough to fit in a decent amount of garden furniture, a lawnmower and garden clutter, but small enough to suit small gardens – or to just be hidden away behind shrubbery. And B&Q offer an installation service that makes this shed an even more attractive option. 

best metal garden shed: Yardmaster metal storage garden shed

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11. Yardmaster metal garden storage shed

The best metal garden shed

Best for: Simple and sturdy construction
Material: Metal
Size: various
Reasons to buy
+Good value
Reasons to avoid
-Needs some DIY skills to assemble

The Yardmaster metal apex sheds are perfect for those who like garden shed to be functional and simple, and would rather not use wood or plastic. Like our plastic shed choice, this is one we'd want to hide away behind planting rather than put on show (we'll leave that to the more picturesque, summerhouse style sheds). That said, the green finish does mitigate this sheds hard lines somewhat. The downsides? Some people report that it's a bit tricky to assemble, but totally worth it the little bit of extra effort.

How to buy the best garden shed

What type of garden shed do I need?

Traditional shed: if you mainly will be using yours to store tools and garden pots;
Garden room/summerhouse: these are more advanced, and garden rooms are insulated, so you can use them as home offices
Garden pods: if you want something more contemporary – and waterproof – and don't mind the cost.

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 garden 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. 

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