The Keter Artisan shed is available in anthracite grey with a contrasting door and ceiling, giving a stylish look.
A wide double door and clever positioning of windows makes this an ideal storage shed, with the added bonus that it’s maintenance free.
Rigid duotech panels and good build quality make this a good choice for anyone looking for a durable, weather resistant outdoor building.
|Summary Information – Keter Artisan 11′ x 7′ shed|
|Floor||Heavy duty floor|
|Window panes||Single glazed, 2.5mm styrene|
|Door||Double doors. Clasp for padlock|
|Width x depth||2.18m x 3.42m / 7’2″ x 11’3″|
|Footprint||7.5m² / 24’6″ ft²|
|Max height||2.26m / 7’5″|
|Other sizes available||7′ x 7′, 9′ x 7′|
|Guarantee||Limited lifetime warranty|
|Price||Click here for current price|
A more detailed review can be found below…
- 1 Available Sizes
- 2 Door Width
- 3 Weather & UV Resistant Material
- 4 Advantages of Duotech Panels
- 5 Keter Artisan Wall Panel Assembly
- 6 Ultra Strong Roof Construction
- 7 A Clear Instruction Booklet
- 8 Frequently Asked Questions
- 9 Windows at Roof Level
- 10 Painting the Keter Artisan – Acrylic Paint Recommended?
- 11 Negative Keter Artisan Reviews?
- 12 Review Summary
The Keter Artisan shed is available in three different sizes, denoted by their size in feet:
- 11 x 7 – biggest and best, door can be central or offset to either side
- 9 x 7 – midsize, door offset to one side
- 7 x 7 – most compact
The overall size of the double doors is 140cm wide by 184cm high; which gives you plenty of space to manoeuvre large items into your storage area.
The 11 x 7 variant allows you the flexibility to place the doors on the left, right or centre.
At the time of writing, there are supply issues affecting stock levels, the 9 x 7 version seems to be easier to find and buy than the other sizes.
When delivered, the Keter Artisan arrives in a box measuring 6′ x 4′
Weather & UV Resistant Material
The Keter Artisan shed is made of “Duotech”, a specially formulated plastic which has enhanced properties. Additives included in the manufacturing process make the plastic resistant to deterioration by the suns ultra-violet rays.
You should pay particular attention to the properties of materials used in the construction of any garden shed, being exposed to the elements deteriorates different materials at different speeds. Timber can be prone to rotting or warping if not cared for properly, metal sheds can rust if their galvanised finish is chipped, whilst plastic sheds without UV protection can become brittle after prolonged exposure to sunlight.
Advantages of Duotech Panels
- Ultraviolet resistant
- Easy to clean
- Zero maintenance
- Fade free
- Internal structure for rigidity
Keter Artisan Wall Panel Assembly
Assembling the Keter Artisan is a two man, or two woman job. If you try to put it together with less you will likely run into several issues and end up breaking part of the shed or part of yourself, neither of which is a good idea.
Borrowing from the tongue and groove design commonly found in log cabins, the Duotech panels are designed in a manner which allows them to interlock and slot into place. Once slotted in place they are further secured with screws, or clips where more suitable.
The dual walls are manufactured in a way that employs some classic engineering principles to ensure a strong rigid structure.
Assembly is straightforward due to the clear instructions, but don’t underestimate the time required. It’s a big building requiring careful assembly and enough screwing to make your hands ache.
A small investment in an electric screwdriver can speed the assembly time up significantly…
Ultra Strong Roof Construction
Page 51 of the instruction booklet gives a good illustration of the roof construction. Seven beams are present, supported by a transverse steel bar. The beams are overlaid with roof panels which slot into place and are further strengthened by being screwed tight.
The roof has been designed to withstand pretty heavy loads and is certified for snow weights of upto 150kg per square metre (30 PSF). The kind of snow you receive varies by region and season, but broadly speaking the roof would be able to support between 7.5 metres and 2.6 metres of snowfall. Seeing a shed with 7.5 metres of snow on the roof would be a sight to behold, that’s more than the average snow-fall in the worlds best ski resorts.
In the UK, it would be a freak winter that saw over 2 metres of snowfall without any kind of thaw or wind to lessen the load on the roof. I think it’s safe to say that this roof is sufficient for most places in the world as far as snowfall is concerned.
A Clear Instruction Booklet
The instruction booklet which comes with this shed is in seven languages, English, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, French, Italian and Portugese. This does give an indication of the international success that Keter have had with this shed and other products.
The booklet has easily understandable diagrams which are logical and accompanied by concise text where necessary. It runs to 64 pages with about 54 of those containing the instructions for the main assembly.
Before assembling the shed be sure that all of the parts are included, and also be sure to follow the assembly instructions otherwise you will invalidate the warranty.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Are Keter sheds any good?
Keter are the leading manufacturer of plastic sheds in the world. Reviews of their plastic sheds are generally very positive with most receiving 4 out of 5 stars on various internet retailers. The panels are reinforced to be extra rigid. The Keter Artisan in particular is a highly rated shed. If you want a durable and low maintenance shed they are an excellent choice.
Q. Are Keter sheds paintable?
Some but not all are paintable. The Artisan can be painted with acrylic paints, for which a protective varnish layer is also recommended to protect the paint from the elements.
Q. Are Keter sheds waterproof?
Keter sheds are made from Duotech, a weather proof and UV resistant material. This material is impermeable to water which is a definite advantage over wooden sheds. It is also rust-proof unlike metal sheds.
Windows at Roof Level
Slim windows are located along the roof-line to ensure the shed is well illuminated in daylight hours.
Locating the windows along the roof keeps the walls free to allow the Artisan to excel in it’s main task of providing storage space.
The sturdy floor and walls allow you to place shelf units inside to maximise usage of the space. You can also drill into the wall if required to install hooks or other features.
Keter sheds have proven popular across the world, so much so that you can read glowing reviews on Amazon in multiple different languages.
If painting with a water based acrylic paint, consider a layer of varnish or sealant to protect the acrylic layer
Painting the Keter Artisan – Acrylic Paint Recommended?
One selling point of the Keter Artisan shed is that it can be painted. To my mind, if you’re buying a plastic shed it’s primarily to have a maintenance free building, so most potential customers won’t be concerned whether it can be painted or not.
However, if you are buying this shed with a view to painting it, the manufacturer recommends that you use a water based acrylic paint since this will best adhere to the surface. One key observation here is that this kind of paint is “water resistant” not “waterproof“.
Since this shed is going to be exposed to the British weather, it’s fair to assume that it’s going to be wet 50% of the time (I may be exaggerating a tad but you get the drift). Suffice to say you will also need to consider some kind of sealant or varnish to protect the acrylic paint, otherwise your stylish paint job will soon be flaking off. My advice – which you’re free to ignore – is, don’t make work for yourself, dispense with the paint-job.
Negative Keter Artisan Reviews?
Customer reviews on amazon are overwhelmingly positive but I’ve read several reviews on “trustpilot” about issues dealing with customer service at Keter – although not specifically regarding this shed. It seems that sourcing spare parts can involve lengthy waits since spare parts are sent from the headquarters in Israel. If Keter had the foresight to store more spare parts in the UK this would make a big difference.
It’s worth bearing in mind that people with bad experiences are more likely to post a negative review than other customers, but there are evidently issues around spare part availability. Hopefully Keter UK address this soon; In the meantime, before assembling your shed verify that you have all of the parts.
The Keter Artisan shed is stylish and durable. The rigid walls, integrated vents and good lighting provided by the ceiling level windows make this an ideal storage shed.
If you’re looking for a maintenance free shed this should be on your shortlist. Click here to visit the retailer.