Best Allotment Sheds
Allotment sheds are part of the romance of allotmenting. They are somewhere to retreat to, a personal space, a feature to decorate and, perhaps, put up a welcoming sign.
But what are the best types of allotment sheds? Their function is somewhere to store tools, but if money is an issue you may want to see my post on the best plastic storage sheds.
Allotment sheds comes in all shapes and sizes. The two main types are defined by their roof shape:
- Apex sheds
These have a triangular based roof shape, as in the picture above. The door is often at the side of the shed.
- Pent sheds
The roof on pent sheds is made of one panel that typical slopes from the front of the shed to the back. Doors are commonly at the front of the shed where the roof is highest.
Both designs have their advantages. Apex sheds are often larger – the roof design is inherently stronger – and these sheds may have a large double door which is convenient for access and also to allow light in. Pent sheds are ideal for placing a work bench along the front side under the window.
You may also want to consider ‘potting sheds’ that have a particular large forward facing front window with an interior shelf designed for germinating and growing on seedlings.
Features to look for in the best allotment sheds
Listed below is a summary of the main features to look for in the best allotment sheds:
- The way the shed is constructed
Feather edge (overlap) sheds have wooden panels that overlap each other. This is a classic shed design, but is often not as strong as shiplap sheds where the panels slot together using tongue and groove joints. There is often a corresponding difference in price, and shiplag sheds often enjoy a longer guarantee of quality.
- The size of the doors
Double doors are more convenient that single doors.
- The quality of the wood
Nearly all wooden sheds will need additional protection with the application of wood preservation products, typically applied each year in good summer weather.
- The size of the shed
On an allotment an 8ft by 6ft shed is usually sufficient.
Considerations for the best allotment sheds
How secure is your allotment? Many allotmenters elect to leave their shed door unlocked so that if thieves come along they will not damage the shed in the process of stealing. However, if you intend to store valuable items in your shed this may not be the best option! You may want to consider a shed with a strong single door and door frame in this instance.
If your intention is to pot on your seedlings you may want your shed to have an easterly or southerly aspect.
- Accessorising your shed
An investment in an allotment shed opens up other helpful possibilities. If you include guttering on your shed you have an opportunity to install water butts for rainwater harvesting. You could also consider a cold frame in a sunny sheltered position on one side of the shed, or even a plastic growhouse.
- Shed Base
A good shed base is really important for the long term preservation of your shed. A wooden shed standing on wet ground will warp and rot – it may also invalidate any lifetime guarantee that came with your shed. See our post on the ‘best shed bases‘. The quick answer is that your shed should stand off the ground and allow air to circulate underneath it to avoid damp problems.
- Wood source
You may also want to consider purchasing sheds made with wood from responsibly sourced and sustainable forests, such as those that have received FSC endorsement.
Selected Allotment Shed Range
Expect to pay £200 and upwards for a reasonable quality allotment shed. Prices increase with shed size, method of construction and the quality of the wood.