Which Garden Building is Best for Me?

Choosing a Garden Building 

As any homeowner and Buy Sheds Direct website regular will know, nowadays there is a huge choice of garden buildings for sale, ranging in size from compact storage units to giant garages, and encompassing all sorts of wonderful greenhouses, arbours and pergolas in between.

However, like with so many things in life, there is a definite pecking order and, in the garden, the shed, workshop, summerhouse and log cabin reign supreme.

Here, we take a look at this long-established ‘Top 4’ of the garden building world, before providing you with a fail-safe formula to determine which one is right for you.

A 9x13 log cabin with apex roof, 3 open doors and 3 open windows

A 6x4 green metal shed with apex roof and open double doors

A 7'3 x 7'11 wooden summerhouse with an apex roof, French double doors and 4 full-length windows

A 10x8 wooden workshop with an apex roof, 2 fixed windows and 2 open single doors

A 7x5 dip-treated wooden shed with apex roof, 2 fixed windows and an open single door


The Shed 

If you were to say the words ‘garden building’ to somebody, chances are that the picture they would conjure up in their mind would be that of a wooden shed. Practical and dependable, the garden shed excels in keeping tools, lawnmowers and outdoor furniture protected from the elements and safe from unwanted attention.

Sheds are also easy to customise, potentially making them great places to carry out practical tasks or even somewhere nice to relax and enjoy a hobby. Coming in every conceivable size, with wood sheds, metal sheds and plastic sheds all to choose from, there is a garden shed for everyone.

A 12x8 wooden reverse apex workshop with 2 opening windows and open double doors


The Workshop

To all but the most dedicated garden building connoisseur, it can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between a shed and a workshop. Broadly speaking, if a shed is large, has at least 2 windows, is fitted with shelves and has a workbench, then it can be classified as a workshop.

Having said that, a workshop-purest might argue that it also needs an apex roof, skylight, roof vent and double doors fitted on the wider side of the structure too. As the name suggests, workshops are designed for getting those practical tasks done, but they also make excellent garden storage facilities and potentially great home offices too.

A 14x10, green, fully glazed summerhouse with pent roof and open double doors


The Summerhouse

The ultimate place to relax in the garden, close to nature but sheltered from the rain and shielded from the sun, the summerhouse lets you enjoy the pleasures of your garden long after the neighbours have gone back indoors.

Light, airy and invariably beautiful, garden rooms are not only wonderful places to relax, sat on a comfy rattan chair, with Sunday newspapers in hand, they are also splendid venues for family dining and garden soirees, whilst designs that favour natural light ensure that they make excellent home offices too.

A 16x13, pale blue log cabin with roof overhang, 2 framed windows and part-glazed double doors


The Log Cabin

If summerhouses allow you to extend your time in the garden well into autumn, log cabins are buildings that offer a sheltered garden space for use all year round. Boasting walls that are generally a lot thicker than summerhouses, and often sporting a chalet-style design, log cabins favour cosiness and solidity.

Due to their robust build, emphasis on comfort and generous number of windows, log cabins make exceptional home offices.


Decision Time

Now that you’ve had the lowdown on the Garden Building Top 4, how do you feel? Enlightened? More confused? Well, fear not because here is the promised formula to help you decide which garden building you should buy:

Primary use

Secondary use

Choice

Storage

Practical work

Shed or Workshop

Practical work

Leisure

Workshop

Leisure

Home office

Summerhouse or Log Cabin

Home office

Storage

Log Cabin

Storage

Leisure

Shed or Log Cabin

Practical work

Home office

Workshop

Leisure

Storage

Log Cabin or Summerhouse

Home office

Practical work

Workshop

Storage

Home office

Log cabin

Practical work

Storage

Workshop

Leisure

Practical work

Workshop

Home office

Leisure

Summerhouse or Log Cabin


 A 15x10 wooden workshop with apex roof, 6 side windows and double doorsAn 8x8, blue corner summerhouse with pent roof, 2 full-length windows and glazed double doorsA 6x8, brown, plastic shed with apex roof and double doors

A 10x7 log cabin with pent roof and glazed double doors


You know what you require now, so why not begin the search for your perfect shed, workshop, summerhouse or log cabin today?


Image at the top of the article: 13x10 Forest Virginia (Alderley) 34mm Log Cabin - Garden Room