In this guide we’ll take a look at the best small sheds for the UK market.
I’ve compared size, features, build quality and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What is the Best Small Shed?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
Compact but spacious storage solution
This Keter Factor Outdoor Plastic Garden Storage Shed offers a great compact storage solution for smaller spaces. It measures 188.5 (L) x 129.5 (W) x 216.5 cm (H) and is made from fade-resistant plastic. The plastic is designed with a wood-effect finish. It’s well ventilated and heavy-duty, with an extra-wide doorway to make storage easier. The high roof creates plenty of room inside.
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More Detailed Small Garden Shed Reviews
Keter Factor Outdoor Plastic Garden Storage Shed, 4 x 6 feet Review
This Keter Factor Outdoor Plastic Garden Storage Shed is durable, compact, and watertight.
It’s made from an elegant wood-effect, fade-resistant plastic. This plastic is then reinforced with steel to make it really long lasting.
The shed measures 188.5 (L) x 129.5 (W) x 216.5 cm (H); it’s perfect for smaller spaces but you can still comfortably stand up inside it.
There is one door, with an extendable doorway making it easier to fit larger items through.
The ventilation grills provide good air circulation and there is a window included. This provides natural light inside meaning you don’t have to rootle around in the dark.
You can confidently store heavier equipment inside as well; the floor is made of a heavy-duty panel which is durable and strong.
This is the best small shed to store all of your garden tools and gardening equipment. It’s also a great place to keep the family bicycles or put the barbecue away over winter.
Keter Manor Outdoor Plastic Garden Storage Shed, 4 x 3 feet Review
This Keter Manor Outdoor Plastic Garden Storage Shed is the best small shed for tiny gardens where you only have the narrowest space available.
Its design is not dissimilar to a traditional sentry box, with an attractive wood-effect exterior. It’s still a very good size for storing your garden or DIY tools.
The small shed is made from durable, weatherproof plastic, keeping maintenance extremely minimal. The most you’ll have to do is rinse it off occasionally.
The floor panel has built-in ventilation which should help protect against damp.
A padlock hasp is ready installed if you are planning to lock it (which is something I would always recommend).
Mini Wooden Store Small Outside Storage Unit Review
This Mini Wooden Storage Unit is one of the cheapest and smallest storage solutions on this list.
It’s made from 12 mm Shiplap cladding, finished off with a honey-brown colouring.
It’s not a shed that you can walk inside of, but it’s perfect for storing all of your garden tools. It even has an adjustable shelf so you can store smaller items out of the way.
The unit measures 64 x 93.5 x 150 cm so it really will provide valuable storage even if you only have a small space to spare.
This small shed is delivered flat packed and you will need to put it together yourself.
The floor and the roof of the small shed are made out of strong, solid wood. It has braced doors to create a more secure structure.
Speaking of security, the large single door also has a padlock hasp included (but the padlock will need to be sourced separately).
Outsunny Vertical Utility 3 Shelves Shed Review
This Outsunny Vertical Utility Shed is made from durable wood that has been treated with waterproof paint on both sides. As a result, it’s well protected against the elements.
The small shed comes with a green asphalt felt roof to further ensure that the interior is kept dry.
Inside, you’ll find enough space for all of your small garden and DIY tools. There is also a taller area to store larger tools or stepladders.
It comes supplied with three corner shelves to help you keep smaller items organised.
Wooden Garden Shed for Tool Storage Review
The cheapest of my recommended ‘best small sheds’ is this Wooden Garden Shed, specifically designed for tool storage.
It has a classic look that will appear at home in any garden, with solid wood panels made from treated fir. The shed is sturdy and stands on rubber feet.
These are easy to adjust for use on uneven surfaces. They also ensure that the floor is raised to protect it from damp.
The front door is a louvred design to ensure air is able to circulate throughout the shed and the door handles are made from metal.
Inside the small shed there’s a storage shelf which divides the space into two.
Things to Know Before Buying a Small Shed
Small sheds are immensely helpful storage solutions.
Whether you don’t have enough space in your garden for a full-size shed, or are looking for a small-but-practical extra storage unit, small sheds are a great option.
There are a lot of different designs on the market, and it’s worth putting some thought into how you would define the ‘best small shed’ for your space. Do you want to store the BBQ inside? Some bikes? Just a few tools? A ladder, maybe?
I’ve put together the following advice to help you make an informed decision:
Seeing as we’re specifically talking about small sheds, this seems a logical place it start.
Ask yourself – why do you want this shed? Are you planning to use it as the primary source of storage in your garden? Or are you just looking for a more practical space to store your gardening tools?
If you’re looking for a small shed to use as the main storage space, try to go as big as you can within the space available to you. If you buy too small a shed, in fear of using up too much room, you may ultimately waste more space. If your shed is too small, it will take up space but you’ll also have to find somewhere else to keep the things that won’t fit.
If you do have a small garden, everything you buy should be geared towards storage. This way you can really optimise the space you have. Think: tables with built-in storage units, storage benches, and tall storage units.
If you’re only looking for a place to store gardening or DIY tools, you can get a much smaller unit. Again, looking for a tall unit is a good way to use up less ground space.
Of course, ultimately you can’t buy a shed which simply won’t fit in your garden. Measure the space you have available carefully. Try and get tall units where possible, but remember that if they are over 2.5 m they may not be able to be positioned close to the boundary line of your garden.
Check with your local council to find out the rules in your area.
Like most things when it comes to looks, this is completely subjective.
The plastic sheds may look fantastic to most people; they tend to be modern, yet finished with a traditional wood-like appearance.
However, some people may insist that only wood will do.
Wood does have its advantages; it looks classy and can be painted to suit changing styles. You can let your personality shine through a bit more with a wooden unit, depending on how you choose to paint it.
If you think that looks aren’t at all important, remember that you’re likely looking into small sheds because you have a small garden. Wherever you put your shed, the likelihood is that you are always going to see it.
If you buy an ugly shed it could change the whole appearance of your garden. Make sure you don’t buy something you don’t really like, just because it’s cheap.
There are pros and cons to both materials. Here we’ll compare some of the main factors:
- They are more traditional and blend in well with the garden.
- It’s easy to add additional features such as shelves and hooks.
- They can be painted to suit the colour of your garden. You can even change the colour of your shed if you’re looking to liven up your garden a little.
- They require maintenance in the form of regular wood treatments to avoid rot.
- If the wood warps due to the weather, the shed may not be as weatherproof.
- More difficult to assemble than plastic sheds.
- Extremely low maintenance. The most you’ll have to do is rinse the shed with water if you feel like it.
- If UV treated, the plastic will not fade or become brittle from sun exposure.
- Very easy to assemble.
- Lacks the traditional charm of a wooden shed.
- Not customisable – can’t be painted or altered.
- May need to be secured – plastic sheds are lighter than wooden ones and they might blow over in high winds if the conditions are right.
Garden Shed FAQs
There are a few rules than come into play when talking about shed placement. Firstly, if your shed is over 2.5 m tall it can’t be positioned less than 2 m from your property boundary. Additionally, sheds, extensions, outbuildings etc. can’t take up more than 50% of the land that was originally surrounding your house.
You should also leave 1 m of space around the shed on all sides, so that you can walk around it and do maintenance if necessary. This is especially relevant if it’s a wooden shed.
If your shed is less than 2.5 m tall then you can put it as close to the fence as you like. If it’s over 2.5 m then it must be at least 2 m away from the fence.
You want air to be able to circulate underneath your shed. Ideally it should be at least 10 cm off the ground.