Posted on October 4, 2021
Shoffice Life –
Taking Back the Nations dining tables
For many, working from home is becoming the “new normal” and is clearly a trend that is here to stay. The flexibility has been welcomed according to research from Future Strategy Club, with 52% of UK workers enjoying a better work-life balance and wishing to continue to work from home once the Covid-19 pandemic subsides.
While the benefits are many, one of the main drawbacks of home working is that suitable space is needed for a desk, chair, computer, phone and appropriate lighting as a minimum. Some workers will need additional space if multiple screens, filing cabinets, a printer or drawing board is required. To begin with, many used existing space in their home and if a spare room was not available, would find themselves setting up office each day in the dining room, kitchen or lounge.
As the pandemic rolled into 2021, homeworkers started to look beyond their four walls for space to dedicate to their job and create a garden office.
The Posh Shed Company’s latest design, The Richmond, is available in four builds, its insulated and double-glazed options are a popular choice for those looking for a garden office that still looks traditional in their garden.
Design Engineer, Mr F from Wales, took the first delivery of a “Comfortably Posh” fully insulated and double-glazed Richmond Shed in early September, and plans to use it as a home office.
“I work from home pretty much all the time now and room in the house was becoming limited, so I looked to my garden to find space” he says, “I’ve had power put in and just needed a desk and a chair to complete the set up. I’m close enough to the house for the Wi-Fi to reach which was a bonus”.
The Richmond particularly appeals to people looking to reclaim their dining table after working from home since the pandemic. With its door in the long side, made possible by an attractive gable over the door, the interior can be separated into two areas, allowing for an office set up on one side and space for filing cabinets or breaktime relaxation on the other side.
The Posh Shed Company Co-Founder, Kay Frost, said, “We have seen a rise this year in customers looking for sheds to work from home in all year round, as such we introduced our “Comfortably Posh” range to meet that demand.
The fully insulated walls, floor and roof coupled with a double-glazed door & windows along with guttering being fitted to the solid build creating an inviting space to work in”.
Available in 3 widths from 3m (10ft) to 4.9m (16ft) and 2 depths, 1.8m (6ft) and 2.4m (8ft), The Richmond “Comfortably Posh” Shed starts at £9,799 including VAT, installation and delivery to most of mainland Britain.
Posted on October 4, 2021
A Personal Message from Mike Sullivan
I am sure that by now you have heard in the media of the difficulties being experienced by the construction and building industry in obtaining raw materials, and the soaring prices as the year has progressed.
In a world that is still heavily impacted by a pandemic, we have been keen to avoid raising our prices as a result of the momentous issues with our supply chains and have managed to resist until now. We have achieved this through targeted cost savings, production streamlining and absorbing costs where possible. However, we have reached a point where we must act. I am therefore writing to advise you of an upcoming 5% price rise in the cost of our sheds and accessories: delivery & installation costs will remain unchanged.
I believe the moderate price adjustment outlined above, whilst unwelcome, is rational and will allow us to continue to deliver innovative, quality products and excel as leaders in the Posh Shed market .
This increase will not come into force until 1st November 2021 and any quotes issued prior to this date will be valid for 28 days from issue date.
All of us at The Posh Shed Company are grateful to be able to rely on your support. We are a small, caring company and, without exception, all our team members are dedicated to producing beautiful sheds, delivered with exceptional service and we hope to delight our customers for many years to come.
With warm regards
CEO - The Posh Shed Company
Posted on October 4, 2021
What’s the Best Way to Store Garden Furniture & Cushions?
Our Top Three Tips for Keeping your Garden Furniture Looking its Best over Winter
With the leaves starting to turn, evenings drawing in and temperatures cooling, thoughts inevitably turn to “Winter prep”. One of the most common questions we are asked here at The Posh Shed Company is, “Can I keep my patio cushions in my shed?”. Well, the answer is yes! However, our simple good housekeeping tips will help to make sure that your furniture bounces into action next Spring ready to face another Summer.
You wouldn’t put your dirty dishes back in the cupboard without washing them and garden furniture is just the same!
Remove washable cushion covers and wash or dry clean according to the instruction label. Make sure that they are dry and aired thoroughly – an airing cupboard is perfect for this, or if you have a dehumidifier, pop this in the “drying room” for a day to extract the last of the moisture. Once dry, pop the covers back on the cushion pads.
If they are waterproof cushions, give them a clean with a soft cloth and gentle detergent. Mould can be an issue on waterproof cushions, and it is important to remove this as it will only get worse over winter. Use a mild bleach solution, spray (make sure the area is well ventilated and you use appropriate PPE to protect your skin and eyes) or wipe on with a cloth and leave for up to 20 minutes then rinse off and allow to dry naturally outside.
For the furniture itself, it is good practice to clean off any natural debris or dirt using an appropriate cleaner before storing for a long period.
For metal, a simple solution of warm soapy water followed by a thorough dry with a microfibre cloth should suffice. Once dry, inspect the surface for any damage, removing rust spots with a fine grade sandpaper and then seal with metal paint.
Plastic is perhaps the easiest to clean, a wash down with soapy water and perhaps a light scrub with a soft brush should be all that’s needed before drying off with a microfibre cloth.
Wicker and rattan furniture can prove a little awkward to clean so use the upholstery tool on your vacuum cleaner to get most of the surface dust off before wiping down with a cloth. Try not to saturate the material as they don’t tend to handle moisture well. You can weatherproof with various treatments such as yacht varnish but do check the manufacturer recommendations first.
Treating wooden furniture with a bit of TLC before the winter will pay dividends, and means that is nourished and ready for another season as soon as that spring sunshine appears. Use a soft brush in a mild detergent to clean off any green moss and dirt and allow to dry before applying the recommended preservation treatment for your furniture to ensure that it is protected against the effects of the external elements for another season.
Once dry, cushions should be covered or placed into storage bags such to keep them clean and dust free through the winter. Ikea “Dimpa” bags are affordable and perfect for a small number of cushions, while ManoMano have a huge range of solutions. Before sealing up, pop a large silica gel pack, readily available on Amazon, inside as an additional moisture protection.
Any shed, garage or outbuilding will offer protection for your furniture but the drier the better. If you don’t have a shed, a spare room, underbed space or loft can be used for your soft furnishings and custom fitted furniture covers, or a tarpaulin will keep the worst of the weather off your furniture if you have no choice but to leave it out over the winter.
Top Tip: Keep an eye on your furniture cushions over the winter. Check in on them once a month or so to make sure that no mould or mildew is growing and that rodents haven’t taken up residence (see our top tips to keep rodents out of your shed).
The Posh Shed Company range offers a waterproof build to include a unique triple layer wall construction, this helps to keep moisture out and the inside of your shed dry and is perfect for storing garden furniture over winter. The “Comfortably Posh” and “Unbelievably Posh” options go a step further and has an insulated layer added to the floor, walls and roof, and the benefit of double glazed windows and door.
Remove & clean patio cushions before storing
Where possible, store garden furniture out of the elements over Winter
A clean dry shed is a great place to store garden furniture over the Winter