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The Buy Sheds Direct Blog

  1. How to build a pergola

    A pergola is a great way to support climbing and rambling plants. Pick the right plant (think of wisteria, honeysuckle and jasmine) and you could be walking through a tunnel of perfume as you stroll around the garden. Correctly positioned, a pergola can frame a particular view of the garden. Every garden usually needs to make full use of all available space – and that includes the vertical.

    The trick to getting a pergola to last a long time is to use pressure treated wood - that includes uprights and cross beams. When planning you also need to ensure you have enough space to walk through the pergola without stooping or, worse still, banging your head. A clear seven feet usually does the trick. What this means, however, is that the uprights need to be sunk and concreted into the ground to a depth of three feet. It seems deep, especially when you are digging the holes, but the weight of the post plus the weight of the cross beams plus the weight of fully grown wisteria is cons

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  2. Log store plans

    If you have a wood burner, you have to have a supply of dry logs. And that’s 'dry' as in seasoned and 'dry' as in not dripping wet from last night rain. A log store is the answer.

    an end view of logs of different sizesa log fire against a dark background

    Log store plans

    A good log store allows great air circulation between the logs (ideally, in a good stack the gaps between the logs should be large enough to allow a mouse to run through). All you really need is a roof on the thing to keep the rain off. Utilising the side of a shed is a great idea if it is handily placed; in fact, some of our sheds feature i

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  3. Log store design ideas

    Log store design ideas

    Log burners are a must-have item and to keep one well fed you will need to stack your logs. A log store needs to keep the worst of the rain off your logs and allow air to circulate around the wood. If you just dump all your wooden logs in a heap and expect them to get on with it, then you are destined for disappointment. A log store will make sure your logs are ready to use at the drop of a hat (or the drop in temperature).

    Different ideas to utilise space

    A log store needs to have a roof and be deep enough to allow a couple of layers deep of logs. Ideally, it will be placed near the house or wherever the log burner is situated. It saves that mid evening dash up the garden, head torch in place, in freezing temperatures to stock up.

    1. Log stores are easily situated next to sheds, indeed utilising one wall of the shed (or garage) – think of one as a lean-to store.
    2. You could utilise the space below a large potting table if you have one outside. 
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  4. How to build a log store

    How to build a log store

    There has been a massive upsurge in wood burner installations. This has obviously resulted in many more piles of wood being stored in preparation for colder nights. But only dry wood burns well, so a log store is an essential part of the garden.

    Dry wood can mean two things. Wood can be dry in that the overall moisture content is low i.e. it has been cut and dried for a year or more, resulting in a material that will burn efficiently. Dry can also mean it has been kept out of the rain and is dry to the touch. A moisture meter will tell you the moisture content, and handling the split wood logs will give an indication of whether or not it has been sitting out in the rain for weeks. The idea is that with dry logs you won't need your fire to drive out the moisture before it gives off any heat. It stops that rather tiresome smouldering look.

    Keeping wood dry

    But to dry wood, or to keep wood dry, you nee

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  5. How to turn your shed into a cosy winter hideaway

    How to turn your shed into a cosy winter hideaway

    Be it a Man Cave or She Shed, a secret snug is a place to savour. If yours is draughty, leaky and prone to spiders, moths and mice, then perhaps you need to put a little effort in to get it cosy. It doesn't take much.

    Clear the clutter

    No-one wants to share a space with a torn hessian sack or half empty and damp bag of charcoal (or is that just me?). With the rubbish gone, give the whole place a tidy. Find space elsewhere (garage perhaps?) for anything you don't use every week and then get to work adding the comfy factor.

    Make your shed practical

    If you are planning to use your shed for long periods of time stick some insulation in place. It's easily done and will instantly make things warmer. Same goes for de-draughting windows and doors. Then you need a heater. Think carefully as chances are there are some pretty flammable substances in the shed – so move them out or take into account when choosing.  And always think of safety –

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  6. Your September Garden

    Your September Garden

    School children go back to their learning institutions resplendent in over-sized blazers and blister-inducing, shiny black shoes. Crows and ravens return noisily to nest uncomfortably close in neighbours’ trees. Strictly Come Dancing revs up for its sprint to Christmas and…..there’s plenty to be getting on with in the garden. There are lots of crops to pick, dahlias to cut, gladioli to stake against the breeze as thoughts turn to planting again. After all, the soil is warm, the soil is moist, the soil is ready. September is a marvellous month.

    OK, it’s getting darker earlier in the evenings and the grass is sodden with dew every morning, but there is a magical smell to September. The first leaves are turning red (my own Amelanchier is well on the turn now and promises a fiery show – again, as it never fails to impress). Courgettes need picking as mildew will soon slow and stop the growth of plants.

    Hopefully, your onions did well and are languishing in wooden trays i

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  7. Shed of the Year 2015: The Third Episode

    Last night saw the third installment of the current TV series, Amazing Spaces: Shed of the year. Halfway through the competition, we saw 8 more sheds to add to the 16 we have already seen and this week’s categories were Pub Sheds and Budget Sheds. The two winners of this episode will join the previous 4 winners from the first two episodes. Who will win the title of Britain’s best shed?

    Episode 3

    Pub Sheds

    The first category this week was Pub sheds and we were shown Walter’s creation, a converted chicken shed to now a gin distillery. At £650 and two years of hard work he transformed the chicken shed using junk he has acquired over the years to create his own 400 sq. ft. saloon distillery. Walter used off-cut timbers to clad the saloon and this gives it the rustic Wild West charm that it boasts. The polycarbonate roof allows in an abundance of light a

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  8. Top 5 Garden Storage Solutions

    Choosing the right garden storage solution can be a task in itself. If you've out grown your humble garden shed, you might want to consider a smaller garden storage chest or tool store? These are easily secured and provide the storage space you need. Here are our top 5 favourites to help you decide which is best for you.

    Our Top 5 Storage Chests, Trunk & Tool Stores:

    Wooden overlap Garden Chest

    Overlap Garden Chest - £73.99 (was £84.99)

    This compact wooden storage chest is great for the smaller gardens and features a hinged lid for easy access to its contents. With a capacity of 25 cubic feet, there is plenty of roo

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  9. A Guide to Turning Your Shed into a Garden Workshop

    Large wooden shed with windows

    You may already house all your garden and power tools in your good old garden shed, but the space could easily be converted from a storage area into a functional workshop. It needn't be a damp, cold place to work, with a little planning you can make an inviting place to carry out those niggling DIY jobs,which you've always wanted too.

    If you don't already have a shed you could get a purpose built sheds to use as a workshop. These wooden workshop sheds provide ample space (up to 12'x8') at a reasonable price. Several of our Metal sheds are also expandable to you can increase the size of your workshop as you need to.

    Many of these workshop sheds are large enough to house a motorbike, so you can work on your prized motorbike out of the unpredictable British weather.


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  10. Garden shed security tips

    You may not realise how quickly the value of your shed contents adds up. With a lawn mower, drills, garden furniture and lots more expensive items stored in your shed, it is important to make sure you are considering shed security. Here we take you through the steps you can take to improve you shed's security.

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