Potting Shed – Buyers Guide

  Best of the Best Best Value Worth Considering
  Traditional Potting Shed Tiger Potting Shed Rowlinson Potting Shed
6 x 6 traditional potting shedShedStore.co.uk
tiger potting shedTigerSheds
rowlinson double door potting shed 250Sheds.co.uk
  Roof type
Roof type Pent Pent Apex
  Roof material
Roof material 12mm T & G 12mm T & G OSB board & 3 styrene panels
  Roof covering
Roof covering Felt Green mineral felt Black sand felt
Walls 12mm T & G cladding 12mm T & G cladding  
Floor 12mm T & G 12mm T & G 12mm T & G
Framing 38mm x 50mm 28mm x 44mm  
Door Stable door. Mortice lock Single door. Rim lock Double door. Pad bolt
Windows 1 opening, 6 fixed 3 fixed 3 opening, 7 fixed, 3 skylights
  Window panes
Window panes Horticultural glass styrene (2mm) styrene
Dimensions 183cm x 243cm 175cm x 175cm 310cm x 320cm
  Max height
Max height 204cm 205cm 260cm
  Other sizes
Other sizes  
  Potting shelf
Potting shelf
  Floor included
Floor included
Treatment Dip treated Dip treated Dip treated
Guarantee 1 year guarantee 20 year anti-rot  
Summary A great mid-range option, upgrade to pressure treated wood for easy maintenance and a 15 year guarantee. Some great upgrades available from this well respected UK manufacturer. One of the cheapest options. A stylish potting shed which slots well into a corner. The OSB roof is the only drawback.

Buying Guide for Potting Sheds

A potting shed can be a very useful addition to your garden.  If you find yourself scurrying indoors as the rain starts falling, a sheltered spot to carry on your gardening is a godsend.

You will need to ensure your potting shed has large windows, ideally these should be slanted to maximise direct sunlight.  A few sheds are available with additional skylights in the roof which improve illumination further.

A sturdy bench at the right height is a pre-requisite for any building you plan to use as a potting shed.  This will allow you to place the plants and pots you’re currently working on at a convenient height and help prevent an aching back.  Ideally, the bench should be located in front of the main windows to ensure the plants under your care receive a good dose of sunshine.  This is also an important consideration if you’re buying a shed to overwinter your plants.

If you’re ready to purchase, take a look at our top choices which are compared above, or continue reading for more general information.

This 8 x 6 potting shed is an excellent example of glass frontage facing south to maximise light

Considerations When Selecting a Potting Shed

  • Are the windows large and plentiful enough to ensure good illumination?  This is essential for your seedlings and plants to thrive.
  • Does it have a sturdy bench at just the right height for you to pot and potter?
  • Is there space under the bench to store your potting soil?  It’s convenient to have large buckets or containers under the bench to store your potting soil, compost etc.
  • Does it have enough storage space for everything else you have in mind, pots, tools, wheelbarrows, electrical equipment?
  • Is it lockable?  This is important if you intend to store a mower, strimmer or other more costly garden equipment.
  • Once everything is inside, will there be space for a chair, so you can relax and admire your handiwork?

A side window or stable door is a useful feature to provide a breeze on hot days

Types of Potting Shed and Alternatives

There are three main options, which are outlined below.

Pent potting shed

The majority of potting sheds feature a pent roof, this inclined flat roof allows the shed to easily accommodate a row of slanting windows along the longer side, without compromising on headroom.  This kind of shed will usually feature a window or a stable door to allow control of airflow.

Potting Shed greenhouse

If you’re in two minds over whether to buy a potting shed or a greenhouse, this can be a happy compromise.  It’s half shed half greenhouse and also known as a “growing shed”.  There are only a few models available, notably the Rowlinson potting shed (see our comparison table above).  This style involves a main shed area, which can serve as a storage area, with another section featuring lots of window space and a potting shelf which serves as a work area.  A few of the sheds of this type are an L shape, which is well suited to be placed in a sunny corner of your garden.

Adapting an existing shed or summer house

You may also be considering re-purposing an existing summer house or shed, this can be a quick solution, but be certain to assess the amount of light that enters.  A typical shed is too dimly lit for your seedlings and plants to flourish.  A summer house can work as a makeshift potting shed, depending on the size and number of windows, but a dedicated potting shed has a clear advantage with the large inclined windows.

If your garden and budget are big enough you might want to consider buying a greenhouse and a shed. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is a potting shed used for?

It can be a place to germinate your plants and care for seedlings throughout the year.  A storage space for all manner of garden tools and equipment and somewhere to hide your rag tag collection of plastic and ceramic pots. It’s also a great place to take refuge from the weather and carry on with your gardening.  And if you have friends that share your passion for gardening you can relax over a flask of tea whilst admiring your works in progress.

Q. Should I buy a greenhouse or potting shed

A greenhouse is entirely glass, which leads to higher temperatures and an extended growing season, so it’s better for growing produce.  A potting shed is more suitable if you like to grow seedlings to plant out every year.  Also, the improved insulation means it’s better for young vulnerable plants early in the growing season, since the temperature won’t drop so much in colder conditions.  The wooden walls of a potting shed allow plenty of space for hooks and shelves for all kinds of equipment and tools.

Q. What to grow in a potting shed?

A potting shed can be used to nurture all young plants and is particularly suited to raising seedlings in the early growing season due to the protection provided against cold snaps.  It can also be used to over-winter less hardy plants in the coldest months.

Rowlinson Corner Potting Shed

How to Organise a Potting Shed?

  • Ensure your shed is facing south to maximise direct sunlight.
  • Keep your perlite, vermiculite, sand, and potting soil within arm’s reach in large containers.
  • Make sure you have a couple of pails to mix your compost of choice.
  • Add nails and hooks to hang tools on.
  • Consider installing shelves on part of the back-wall for pots and trays.
  • Have a seat or stool so you can work whilst seated, or relax and have a cuppa.
  • An airtight biscuit tin should be kept on a shelf for a boost when your energy is waning.
  • By the same token, you should have somewhere to store a pair of mugs and some teabags, you might want to invite a friend in to appreciate your handiwork.
  • If you plan on using your shed to protect plants over winter from frosts, consider if you’ll be installing electrics and where you might want to situate a thermostat controlled heater.

Carefully consider how much storage room you require, it may be worth buying a slightly larger shed.

Available Sizes of Potting Sheds for Sale

If you’re in the market for a small potting shed, you will struggle to find anything smaller than 6 x 6 which has slanted windows and a potting shelf. Of the sheds we reviewed, the “TigerShed” was the smallest at 6′ x 6′ (see comparison table at top of page).

Whilst typical sheds are available in sizes down to 6 x 4, the range of sizes in the UK is not currently as extensive for potting sheds.

Other Potting Sheds we Considered

These are the other sheds which we considered but which didn’t make our top three.