Biggest Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Garden Shed


If you take part in any type of gardening, you know just how quickly all your tools and equipment can pile up and leave you with endless piles of clutter inside your house and even in the garden itself.

Therefore many people opt for building a garden shed, which is a great solution if you want to bring back the joy of gardening and have a place where you can quickly and efficiently sort through all of your garden belongings, without having to look for storage space for things you don’t need at that time.

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Image Credit: RPG Construction, LLC via DesignMine

But building garden storage sheds isn’t as easy and straightforward as it seems – although it may look like just a simple wooden (or metal) shed with four walls, if you want it to serve you well and complement your garden, certain steps need to be taken. Many novice gardeners neglect the preparation for building a custom garden shed and end up with regretful results, which often results in the need to scrap the original shed and start from the beginning.

Shed Building Mistakes and Tips to avoid it:

So, in order to avoid that, here are some of the biggest mistakes you could make when building garden sheds, along with clear ways to avoid them:

Forgetting Space Requirements

The main purpose of your garden tool shed is to help you clear up the clutter and efficiently store all of your garden belongings, but that won’t be possible if you don’t carefully plan out your storage requirements. Before starting the building process, you must make an inventory of all your garden tools and equipment, as well as any other stuff you might want to keep in the garden, and consider how much space it would require.

Always err on the side of more storage space, because it’s better to have some more room in your garden shed than not having enough space. Of course, you also have to consider how much space you can allocate in your garden – after all, you don’t want your small garden shed to take up too much space from your gardening projects!

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Image Credit: Outdoor Wood Structures Corporation via DesignMine

Not Considering Your Materials Options

When it comes to garden shed materials, there isn’t a clear one-for-all solution – the choice depends on several factors that need to be considered before making the decision. But failing to assess these factors can come back to haunt you, so it’s an important part of the process.

There are three main types of garden sheds available on the market – metal, wooden or plastic.

The metal shed provides the best durability and security, therefore it might be a good option for those who plan to keep expensive equipment in the shed. Of course, wooden sheds can be sturdy and secure as well, and they are the much more preferable choice because they can blend in seamlessly with the garden. The most practical and, probably, economical option is the plastic shed – it usually comes with most of the benefits of a metal shed, as well as being immune to any environmental factors, and requires almost no maintenance.

In the end, the material choice comes down to preference – although it’s hard to compete with wood in terms of aesthetics, more practical people might be compelled to opt for metal or even plastic sheds. Many of these offer design solutions that blend in well with gardens and are easier to maintain.

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Image Credit: CountryLiving

Poor Location Choice

In order to make your garden look beautiful, a clear thought process and implementation of design principles are required. Building a garden shed has to be worked into your garden in order to preserve its balance and not disrupt the flow and feel.

You have to decide whether you want to make your shed an important element of your garden design, or, if you plan to build a simple and plain shed, if you are better off hiding it in the corner or in the backyard, where it won’t draw attention away from your beautiful garden.

Another important factor to consider is the logistics – you will be constantly going in and out of the garden shed to pick up and drop off equipment, so you need to make it easily accessible and not place it far away where you’d waste time walking back and forth.

Author bio: This article is written and provided by Jeremy – who works with All Sheds a Registered Building Practitioner. Founded in Shepparton in 1983 as a family owned and operated sheds building company.