After several hours of research and in-depth examination of 30 models currently on the market, we have selected the 5 best garden sheds. Among these, our preference goes to the Suncast SUWG8700.
It is a model that is both aesthetic and durable. It offers a beautiful surface of 5.53 m² and very resistant walls 35 mm thick. It is also equipped with two fixed windows and a double glass door.
Best inexpensive Best mid-range Best high-end Home and Garden Metal Rosas Suncast SUWG8700 Gardy Shelter With its 3.5 m², this shelter offers sufficient storage space to store a few tools. Its big plus is its resistance to UV and rust. And for its pretty design it is offered at a very affordable price. This 5.53 m² resin shelter has a double glass door and two light sources. The walls are very weather resistant thanks to their thickness of 35mm. This solid wood model is as spacious (12 m²) as it is warm. Its dimensions allow it to be converted into a living room. The wood is treated and stained brown for a very aesthetic result. € 298.00 € 1,391.00 € 1,749.00 See on Darty See on ManoMano See on ManoMano
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A garden shed can have different uses. Originally, it was a room with a purely practical vocation, intended for the storage of tools and garden furniture. From now on, it is also an element of decoration which enters into the composition of the garden. It is even possible to divert it, by fitting it out, for example, in a DIY workshop. However, it is important to invest in a sustainable model and learn about the different features offered.
To facilitate your choice, we have brought together all the important aspects to consider before purchasing:
Area: the choice of area depends on both the space you have and the use to which you dedicate your shelter. To store your small tools, a mower or bikes, a compact model of 3 to 5 m² is sufficient. To store your garden furniture or arrange a space dedicated to DIY, opt instead for a model of 5 to 10 m². To arrange a living room, however, count more than 10 m².
Materials: they are often made of alloy or different materials combined. There are still three main materials: metal (robust and easy to maintain), wood (elegant, natural and very robust, it is also a good thermal and sound insulator, but an annual treatment must be provided to guarantee its shine and protect it from insects and fungi) and resin (it requires no treatment and is quite robust).
The configuration: a garden shed can take different forms. The chalet form – with a double-pitched roof – is very widespread. The single slope models are most often reserved for garden sheds leaning against the facade. Now there are very design variants with flat roofs. Whether traditional or contemporary, the garden shed can be fitted with an awning, to provide additional storage space or to serve as a terrace.
Design: if you opt for a compact model, leaning against the facade or more or less concealed in the garden, the functional character can take precedence over the aesthetic. On the other hand, if you want to install a large model and / or if it must be visible, the aesthetic aspect should not be overlooked. The traditional chalet shape, for example, is quite versatile. This type of wooden house will harmonize particularly well with rustic architecture.
Accessories and fittings: some garden sheds are fitted with ventilation. If so, it may be a good idea to install one, especially if you plan to store your outdoor furniture there. In a space of 5 to 10 m², it is possible to install storage and a worktop. Below 5 m², the ideal is to be able to exploit the wall surface by installing shelves, but you must then bet on fairly robust walls.
The legal aspect: before any investment, also take the time to learn about it. Depending on the city you live in and the configuration of your property, you must respect certain constraints: surface area, distance between the fence and your shelter, etc.
The configuration and quality of the joinery are crucial criteria for choosing a garden shed:
The door: single or double, it can also be sliding or hinged. It is important that you can easily get in and out of the equipment stored in your shelter. Do not neglect the height either. It’s best not to have to bend over every time you need to get inside! If your shelter does not have windows and skylights, opt for doors with integrated glazing, which will allow some light to pass through.
Locksmithing: in the absence of a key lock, many models offer you the possibility of installing a padlock. Take the time to review the quality of the locksmiths provided. You must be able to secure your shelter, not only to protect yourself from possible burglary, but also to avoid any domestic incident if you store dangerous tools or toxic products.
Windows: they bring a beautiful light and contribute to the ventilation of your shelter. They are almost essential if you want to set up a workshop or a living space in your shelter.
Skylights: they provide additional light, and they avoid the unpleasant feeling of suffocation in a small space. Depending on the configuration of your shelter, they are an alternative to windows.
The floor: if you have to store heavy tools – for example a mower – it is essential that your shelter is equipped with a robust floor. During installation, do not hesitate to install a tarpaulin between the slab and the base of your shelter: this will protect the floor from the ravages of humidity, thus ensuring a much better lifespan.
Based on these characteristics, we selected 10 relevant models out of the 30 that we had pre-selected. To decide between them, we studied various specialized sites, as well as many user reviews.
This research allows us to present 5 quality models that will suit different uses and budgets.
The best cheap garden sheds
Inexpensive garden sheds often cover a small area. Their main weakness lies in the average quality of the materials. The design and finishes are also often coarse, and not necessarily treated to resist UV.
It is therefore difficult to find a functional, aesthetic and inexpensive garden shed, but it is not impossible, as the selected model shows you.
Home and Garden Metal Rosas: the best cheap
Price € 298.00 View on Darty
Advantages Affordable price Nice design Easy maintenance Anti-UV and anti-rust treatment Disadvantages Light structure Medium tightness
Habitat & Jardin is a French brand well known to gardening enthusiasts. His specialty: outdoor landscaping, from the swimming pool to the garden furniture. The brand offers a wide choice of very good quality products at low prices. The Rosas garden shed is a functional and quite aesthetic model.
It combines a low price and a neat design. Made of steel and a zinc structure, it has the advantage of being two-tone, which gives it a little lightness. With colors and a go-anywhere style, it will easily find its place in the garden, whatever the architectural style of your home.
However, this model remains fairly light and its anchor kit will quickly be exceeded. It is therefore better to anticipate and plan for a solid wooden or concrete base.
The assembly is not particularly complicated (as long as the instructions are very clear), but it is essential to work in pairs and to be patient. Once installed, it has a surface of just over 3.5 m².
The ridge is reasonable (1.95 m). But, even if they offer a nice width, the two sliding doors are quite low (just under 1.65 m). Large people will therefore have to get used to doing some contortions to get in and out of the shelter.
Please note: the shelter lock does not lock. Take care, therefore, when storing. If you have children and want to store potentially dangerous tools or toxic products, plan to buy a padlock independently so that you can secure it.
If the walls remain a bit fragile, the Rosas shelter is properly treated (anti-UV and anti-rust) and easy to maintain. Even if it’s not the most durable model, it seems capable of withstanding corrosion and weathering for several seasons (provided, once again, that it is anchored).
In conclusion, if you want a garden shed that is not too expensive but of good quality, we recommend Habitat & Jardin Metal Rosas. It is treated against UV, rust and offers a small practical storage space in a small garden. In addition, it is available in several sizes (this one being the smallest).
The best mid-range garden sheds
Designed in quality materials, the garden sheds in this section benefit from an elegant design and beautiful finishes. Resistant, they also guarantee good resistance to bad weather.
Suncast SUWG8700: the best mid-range
Price € 1,391.00 View on ManoMano
Advantages Nice design Ultra resistant 2 skylights and double glass door 10 years warranty Disadvantages Few shelves supplied
Suncast is an American manufacturer known for the quality and reliability of its products. Its trademark: double resin walls, which give remarkable resistance to its garden sheds. With this model, the brand signs a new very successful opus, compact but ultra-functional.
The Suncast SUWG8700 requires two people to install, but mounting presents no particular difficulties. The ideal is to provide a small concrete slab (or at least a perfectly flat location) beforehand.
A very significant first point is the fact that it is equipped with two skylights, and that the double door is equipped with integrated glazing. The whole locksmith is also of very high quality.
Made of PVC, it has a reinforced floor allowing to store fairly heavy equipment without worry. The pitched roof (for good evacuation of water and snow) has reinforcements and metal beams, in black epoxy. From wood-like grooves on the body of the shelter to the slate-like roof passing through the interior beams, we note with pleasure the care given to the finishes.
This Suncast shelter is a fairly compact model which offers 5.53 m² (floor of 2.55 x 2.17 x 2.61 m) of surface (other dimensions are available, however). There are no less remarkable qualities, starting with good weather resistance. This garden shed, with its 35 mm thick walls, withstands heat, snow and wind (up to 120 km / h).
On the practical side, it is easy to optimize space by accessorizing the shelter of corner and / or wall shelves. The ManoMano site specifies that all Woodgrain shelters are also delivered with a shelf set REF SUA1S.
This model has wide and high hinged doors (1.52 m wide and 1.83 m high). The height under the ridge is also very comfortable. Bright and spacious, it allows you to enjoy a pleasant freedom of movement.
If you only have a small space, but you are looking for a durable, aesthetic and practical shelter at the same time, this small shelter is undoubtedly an excellent choice. We just regret that it doesn’t come with more shelves.
Landmark Lifetime 60057: the mid-range alternative
Price € 910.00 View on ManoMano
Advantages Easy to assemble Aesthetics Very resistant 10 years warranty Disadvantages Small space Only one skylight
The Lifetime brand was created in 1986 by Berry Mower who wanted to make the best sneaker panels for his children at the outset. Then, he extended his research to offer consumers products with the best possible quality / price ratio for everyday life and leisure.
The Landmark garden shed is made of PVC and covers an overall area of 2.92 m². The useful surface is 2.56 m². It is appreciated by users because it is aesthetic and easy to assemble, and it offers sufficient storage space for gardening equipment.
This garden shed is made of high density polyethylene reinforced by a stainless steel frame. Very resistant, it is suitable for seaside or mountain climates. Another advantage that must also be emphasized is that it does not require any maintenance (rot-proof shelter).
The assembly is done by panels to be assembled. However, it takes a few hours of work if there are two of you. But according to users, the assembly instructions are very well explained.
The almond beige and dark brown concrete slab is 2.07 x 1.36 m. The door measures 1.92 x 1.38 m and has rings for the exterior padlock (two locks are present inside). The walls are 23 mm thick.
However, this shelter has only one skylight along the length of the ridge.
In the end, this model will suit people who are looking for a small, resistant storage space to store a few tools or use it as technical room (for a swimming pool, for example). This shelter, made of solid materials, is also guaranteed for 10 years.
The best high-end garden sheds
The high-end garden sheds are made of premium materials – solid wood or composite – which make them real small extensions of houses. Waterproof and often well insulated, they can in fact serve as conventional storage space or be converted into living space.
It is therefore recommended to choose their location carefully because it will probably be final. From an aesthetic point of view, these shelters display a worked design and neat finishes.
Gardy Shelter: the best high-end
Price € 1,749.00 View on ManoMano
Advantages Warm design Very beautiful finishes Good sealing and good insulation FSC certified solid spruce wood Disadvantages Quite heavy solid wood
Gary Shelter is a manufacturer of garden items that works more specifically with solid wood. The brand produces shelters of impeccable quality, most of which are so warm and bright that they readily turn into living rooms.
This is the case of this very beautiful model, which can serve as storage space, extra bedroom or winter living room. It is made of solid spruce wood, FSC certified.
The Gary Shelter garden shed has all the characteristics of a real little house: walls 28 mm thick and 198 cm high, large double-door carpenter, opening glass window.
We note with pleasure the care given to the finishes, and a small appreciable detail: the door equipped with a key lock in order to secure access. With its 12 m² surface area and its beautiful light, the Gary Shelder garden shed naturally offers you plenty of storage space. It can also be used as a real house extension: workshop, office, winter lounge or a small extra bedroom …
Like any solid wood structure, it weighs its weight. It is therefore difficult to install. After this stage, it benefits from a remarkable solidity and a very beautiful look. It is above all spacious and versatile. All of which make it one of the most beautiful models currently available on the market.
The wood being treated (fungicide and insecticide), you will not have to deal with this task and you can directly benefit from it after installation.
In conclusion, this model is ideal if you are looking for a comfortable surface to store tools or set up a workshop, a relaxation area, etc. Made of solid wood (treated and stained), it is resistant and durable. However, if solid wood is robust and warm, it is also very heavy. It is therefore better to plan to work in pairs (or even three).
Green Outside Pool House: the high-end alternative
Price € 4,890.00 View on ManoMano
Advantages Contemporary design Modular awning High-end materials 7 years warranty Disadvantages High price Approximate pre-drilling
Green Outside is a French company specializing in outdoor design. One of its hallmarks is the choice of materials.
The brand uses materials that resist both weather and the passage of time. With its original awning space and flat roof, it sports a very successful contemporary design.
It is designed to be installed on a concrete slab. A priori, the assembly should be simple. However, it has a rather surprising defect: its pre-drilling is sometimes approximate. Its installation can therefore be a little tricky for neophytes. Good DIYers, on the other hand, will do without difficulty.
The PoolHouse enclosure is made of composite and aluminum. It therefore withstands bad weather, insects and fungi. This model is quite flexible, since the awning can be installed either on the right or on the left.
This model occupies a total surface of 18.5 m² (16 m² of floor space, including 7.2 m² of interior surface). It offers you a high ceiling height (2.5 m) and it has a double door with integrated glazing. Only the absence of a window for brightness can be lacking …
The shelter itself can act as a classic storage space or technical room for the pool. The awning can be used as a terrace or as a traditional shelter.
In the end, the PoolHouse benefits from great versatility with its two separate spaces. Despite small flaws, this garden shed is as robust as it is elegant. Lovers of contemporary design will certainly appreciate it, especially since it offers many possibilities of development.
Manor Premium 46 SP shelter – 2.5 m²: if you are looking for a small shelter to store your garden furniture or a few tools, this anthracite gray Premium 46 SP resin model can be a useful equipment. It is aesthetic, practical and compact at the same time. It is also treated against UV. Although it is much cheaper than the Landmark Lifetime 60057, we preferred the latter which is more solid.
Duramax DUAE86PR: it offers a nice storage space of 4.75 m² (2.61 x 1.82 m). Its total height is 2.05 m and the height of the walls is 1.67 m. It is a shelter that is resistant to corrosion, weathering and requires little maintenance. It is equipped with a double sliding door (1.65 x 1.06 m) with handles included. However, editing requires patience and the help of one or two people.
La Maison du Jardin Factor Sydney 811 – 8.5 m²: this shelter offers ideal storage space for storing a lawnmower, tools or a barbecue. It requires no maintenance and is treated against UV and rust. Its overall dimensions are 256.5 x 332 x 243 cm (W x D x H). For the assembly, allow about 6 hours if there are two of you.
Grosfillex 5 m² gray-blue PVC “Deco” Garden shed: Grosfillex is a family group of international influence, established for 90 years in Oyonnax, in the heart of Haut-Bugey, in the Rhône-Alpes region. Available in three colors, this garden shed is designed for storage as well as for leisure. It is UV and weather resistant. However, we did not include it in our selection because we lack user feedback on this product. It should also be noted that the anchor kit is not supplied.
In conclusion, which garden shed should you choose?
We highly recommend the Suncast SUWG8700 to people looking for a compact, durable and aesthetic space. Made of PVC, it offers all the qualities that one would expect from a storage shelter: good solidity, with a storage surface that can even be accessorized.
For an affordable shelter, we recommend Habitat et Jardin Metal Rosas for easy maintenance. With an area of 3.5 m² and its air of a small chalet, you can take advantage of the space necessary to store your equipment.
If you are looking for a large storage space, opt instead for the Gardy Shelter which is already treated and tinted. Made of solid spruce, it is particularly resistant and aesthetic. It has a double door and an opening window so that you can ventilate your shelter and enjoy the beautiful light.