Outdoor shed kits - Have you found out exactly what comes with your shed kit?

It is Christmas Day. The new electronic gizmo your kids have been looking forward to for months has been unwrapped. They are excited, the packaging promises endless fun. However when it is unwrapped the screen is blank.

You did buy some batteries to go with it didn’t you?

As a responsible and forward thinking parent I am sure that you would have thought of this. It is almost a cliché of parents not buying batteries for toys on the big day.

But what about when you buy your next garden shed?

What is included in outdoor shed kits, and what are the extras and options?

Regardless of the material a shed kit is made from there are three main areas that you need to consider to make sure that you have everything to hand when you start your project.

The three main areas that you need to check are:

  • The foundations and floor
  • The superstructure
  • The internal fittings

The foundations and floor is an area that can cause surprises

There is a big variety between suppliers of outdoor shed kits as to whether a floor is included in the sticker price or not. Partly I think that this is due to competitive pressure. A shed will look cheaper to a potential purchaser if the absolute base price is quoted, even if this price does not include such essentials as a floor! However in defence of the shed manufacturers not all purchasers want the type of floor that they are supplying. If the purchaser already has a concrete shed base then if a timber floor is part of the kit that they are buying then that is just an unnecessary extra which may cost the supplier the sale.

The lesson here is to read and check whether a floor is included as part of the package that you are looking at.

The shed floor is also a separate item from a shed foundation and many manufacturers also now supply a foundation system to support the shed. To find out about the sorts of shed foundation that you might want to consider for your shed then check out this article on storage shed foundations.

Getting a level surface from which to build outdoor shed kits on can often take as much if not more time than building the shed itself.

Once you have the foundation in place you can move on to the main structure.

The superstructure of a shed kit should go together fairly quickly

There are three types of material that the superstructure of a shed kit could be built from, timber, plastic or wood.

Plastic and metal outdoor shed kits generally have all the superstructure components included.

Plastic shed kits in general are the most simple to construct with large components clipping together and a relatively small number of bolts or screws.

Metal shed kits can be a bit more fiddly and the number of fixings can be a surprise if this is the first time that you have put together a shed of this type. A critical item in the

Timber shed kits have a bit more variety. Wooden outdoor shed kits can come in a very basic format where just the frame connectors are supplied or they can come in more comprehensive packages where everything down to the last nut and bolt comes as part of the kit. This article on wooden shed kits will take you through the different varieties of shed kit that are available.

The storage arrangement inside the shed should be maximised

As sheds are often quite small getting the right arrangement of shelves and storage inside to suit what you have to store is critical. The arrangement of the shed that you build will affect to a large degree how you use the space.

The size and positioning of doors and windows will affect how much wall space you have for storage. Good use of shelving in a shed has a big influence on the efficiency of how you store items.

It is simple to install shelving in timber shed kits as the shelves can be fixed to the vertical wall studs.

Fixing shelving to plastic and metal sheds can be a bit more problematical

Floor standing shelving could be used and it is easy to buy purpose made shelving from the shed supplier or some other branded shelving such as gorilla shelving.

Floor standing shelving is good but having shelving that is supported off the wall is better. The wall supported shelving frees up space on the floor for heavier items such as bags of fertiliser /compost or the lawn mower. The sketch shows how much benefit this can have.

If you need to use the floor space to its maximum check out how easy it is to install wall supported shelving. Some suppliers such as Rubbermaid have recently recognised this problem and introduced a special bracket to enable users of their Big Max shed make the most of their storage space.

The secret to a building outdoor shed kits is in the planning

You don’t want to be like that child on Christmas morning with a great toy but no batteries.

So check out that you know what sort of foundations you will be using for your shed and whether the floor is included or not.

Do a bit of research as to whether you preferred material of construction is to be plastic, metal or timber.

Finally, decide how you will fit out the inside of your shed and make the most of all that wall space!

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