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
Posted on September 3, 2021
Our Top 3 Tips to Keep Rodents out of your Shed
Garden buildings often offer the perfect environment for rodents, warm and dry, quiet, and undisturbed, and often with the added benefit of a bird feed for sustenance and garden cushions providing superior bedding - what’s not to like! Mice are particularly known for loving the shelter of a cosy shed, so if you are looking at buying a brand-new shed, you can follow three basic steps to keep them from making your Posh Shed their home.
1. Keeping Mice out of the Shed in the First Place
Mice are incredible at getting into small spaces. They will find the smallest of holes, then gnaw at it until their head fits through, and once that happens – they’re in! Inspect your shed regularly for holes – not just at ground level, they can climb - and get them repaired as soon as possible.
A quick fix for any small holes is to pop some steel pan scourer in the hole and apply caulking around it. The Posh Shed Company customers can choose a Rodent Proof Floor option which provides a heavy duty wire welded mesh built into the floor, which is impossible for rats and mice to get through.
2. Don’t Leave Food Sources Available to Them
This might sound like a no-brainer, but we are not talking about the leftovers from a baking session. Mice will consider all sorts of food; bird feed is a common one, but also those sunflower seeds you are keeping for next year or even grass seed will provide an ideal mouse tasting menu.
If you keep these items in your shed, make sure that they are in a well-sealed container to avoid being a draw to rodents. Outside your shed, rotting berries left on fruit bushes are irresistible to mice, so harvest them and discard with the household rubbish. Likewise, compost will attract the little critters, try using a tumbler bin like the Tumbleweed Compost Tumbler and never add cooked foods to the bin – you’re just asking for trouble!
Mice love all nuts so think about any nut trees or bushes that you have or plan to have in your garden. If you are tidying up in the autumn – ensure that you discard the pile of acorns and beechnuts that you sweep up and don’t just leave them in a pile. They will also raid a squirrel or bird feeder quite happily or just harvest the dropped seeds from the ground, so if you have a problem with mice, try removing your feeder for a couple of weeks and see if that works.
Consider water sources too – like all living animals, mice need water, so buckets full of rainwater, open water butts, unfilled plant pots and even leaky garden taps can all make your garden a more attractive home environment for them.
3. Keeping Potential Nesting Material Elsewhere
Old gardening magazines, cardboard, newspapers, and patio furniture cushions all make wonderful mouse house material. If you do keep these items in your shed, consider finding a hard, sealable container for them to live in – metal is best - we love the look of these Charcoal Trunks from Vonhaus - but heavy-duty plastic like these 50 litre boxes from Amazon will be a good deterrent too.
As summer draws to a close and the weather gets chillier, keep an extra vigilant eye out for signs of a furry infestation: holes in potential nesting materials, gnaw marks or unusual smells. Prevention is better than cure but if you have “got mice” the best remedy is to call the pest control professionals quickly and sort the problem out before they set their sights even closer to your home.
To find a reputable pest controller, visit the National Pest Technicians Association website where you can search by county for one of their members.
Posted on August 6, 2021
Bespoke Posh Shed Installed at New RHS Hilltop
The £160m new Home of Gardening Science, has been in the making for six years and finally opened to the public at RHS Hilltop in June 2021. The first dedicated horticultural scientific centre of excellence in the UK, the development has been created with the vision of protecting the future of plants, people and the planet and is a stunning addition within the flagship RHS Garden Wisley.
The World Food Garden is full of edible delights. Designed by gold medalist Ann-Marie Powell, the space includes an edible flowers and herb garden, pergolas which will be packed with passionfruit, hops and squash and a world maze garden full of diverse varieties from around the globe. Trained fruit selections can be found in the greenhouse while the apple walk links seemingly to the orchard. The Posh Shed Company were delighted to supply a bespoke Potting Shed to this garden, edible produce is put in here for the public to take away for a donation.
The Wellbeing Garden, designed by Matt Keightley, includes a series of ‘garden rooms’ inviting visitors to explore and enjoy the many ways gardens can be used for physical and psychological therapy, natural health care or simply to relax in. The garden’s purpose is to illustrate the value to people of linking with nature and enlighten a new generation to the value of ‘green therapy’.
The Wildlife Garden, also designed by Ann-Marie Powell was inspired by a bee and is a haven for pollinators. The space is segmented, like a wing, and visitors can easily associate each segment with their own garden. Water dominates the space providing stunning views and it is the first major aquatic planting scheme at RHS Wisley.
You won’t go hungry either with no less than 8 outlets offering to satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst. Wisley Café and The Glasshouse Café are perfect for a hot light bite, the Food Hall is perfect to pick up tasty sandwiches and salads, or try cuisine from around the globe at the World Food Café. On a lovely day, head to The Sky Terrace for a cooling organic ice cream or chill with a wonderful gin cocktail as the afternoon draws to a close. The Terrace Restaurant offers lunch or afternoon tea and is home to The Supper Club on selected evenings throughout the year.
Don’t forget to drop by the Garden Centre on your way out where you can see our Contemporary Shed being used as the Customer Service point and The Chelsea Shed is also on display within the garden centre.
Posted on August 6, 2021
Overcoming a Global Shortage of Wood
A note from The Posh Shed Company CEO, Mike Sullivan
This has been an interesting year for The Posh Shed Company in so many ways. As if global pandemics weren’t enough, now we are facing unprecedented global supply chain issues that affect any industry, whose primary consumable is timber. Timber prices have risen by a staggering 100% since January 2021 and suppliers are now starting to ration timber and wood-based products to manufacturers.
We have been fortunate enough so far to avoid any material outages, but we have only been able to do this by leveraging our supplier relationships and micromanaging our timber usage. These actions have enabled us to secure our product pricing (for the time being at least), enabling continuity of supply and making sure that our lead-times to our customers are not unduly affected.
What is causing the supply of timber problem and how long is it likely to last?
In recent years, the UK has been lucky enough to have access to significant supplies of materials with extremely short lead times, this was accentuated further in 2019 due to significant stockpiling ahead of Brexit. In November 2020 it was reported that over 1 million m3 of timber and panel products were imported into the UK, 21% higher than the same month in the previous year and a 13 year high. The outbreak of Covid-19 forced many European sawmills to close and as a consequence, production was halted. Unfortunately, the surpluses washing around in 2019 did not compensate for the loss of production in Q2 2020. Solid wood imports were 8% below the same period in 2019 and panel product imports were 15% lower.
With over 46% of employed people working from home in April 2020, summer approaching and foreign holidays being cancelled, thoughts inevitably drifted to improving home environments to make the most of the additional time being spent there.
Directly impacted by these effects, most markets across the developed economies saw a drastic acceleration in demand for building materials, mainly for DIY and garden projects, leaving Britain’s supply chain depleted with little stock left for manufacturing sale.
The USA also saw a rapid surge in demand and subsequently turned their interests to the key sawmills in Europe, diverting their stock to the USA where prices have spiralled and continue to set new records.
Consumer demand for timber products in the UK is still very high, leaving hardly any opportunity for sawmills to catch up. COVID-19 cases are still surging in many countries around the world, including Sweden, the UK’s largest timber-supplying partner. The increase in cases has resulted in a tightening of operating conditions and most recently interruptions such as the “Pingdemic” where transport staff are required to self-isolate, delay supply further.
In contrast China, the world’s fastest growing economy, has slowed from 18% annual growth to 6% and is falling. Should the Chinese economy take a turn and start to boom again and demand from the USA remains high, the rest of the world will continue to see shortages and a rapid price inflation.
What is the Future of Timber Supply in Britain?
It seems inevitable, given all the statistics available to us, that the difficult conditions being experienced in the supply of timber and building products will continue well into 2022. It is expected that we will start to see some relief as the UK’s demands reduce and we move into the winter months, but for the time being at The Posh Shed Company, it’s about “stringent control” of our material usage and working with our suppliers to ensure continuity of both the quality and supply of our timber requirements in the short term.
If you are thinking about enquiring about our range of Posh Sheds and Back Door Stores, don’t hold back! Our friendly team are here to answer your questions and advise you on your choices, and a real person will pick up your call, Monday to Friday, between 9am and 4.45pm. 01544 387101
Posted on July 16, 2021
Celebrating The Launch of The Richmond
Work from home with a comfortable 30% discount
Our new shed, The Richmond fits beautifully into any garden space. We really love this new design and we are very keen to get The Richmond Shed into the gardens of Britain, so to celebrate the launch, we are offering a huge 30% discount on the “Comfortably Posh” build for a limited time.
The gable over the door allows for the windows and door to share the same aspect – ideal if you are looking to locate your garden office at the bottom of the garden. Once inside, the location of the door provides two distinct areas for working, with space for a desk set up and a further area for storage, a drawing board or even a place for relaxation.
The Richmond - 30% Off “Comfortably Posh” Build
With the rise of homeworking due to the pandemic, customers have been telling us that they were looking for a solution to free up their dining table and create a dedicated home office, so we launched the new “Comfortably Posh” build earlier in 2021 to appeal to those who crave a workspace that won’t take over their home or look out of place in their garden.
The Posh Shed Company’s “Comfortably Posh” sheds are perfect for homeworkers - fully insulated floor, ceiling and walls together with double-glazed windows make these garden buildings ideal for working from all year round. Of course, they’re pretty stylish too – you wouldn’t expect anything less from our designers at The Posh Shed Company!
Made from pressure treated timber, providing durability to protect from moisture and decay while keeping that traditional wooden “shed look”. With a protective high quality waterproof membrane and guttering fitted moisture stays where it belongs, on the outside. A choice of roof options is offered to style the shed to its surroundings perfectly. Insulation and double-glazed windows ensure that your “Shoffice” is cosy to work from all year round.
The Richmond - 30% Off “Comfortably Posh” Build
The Richmond Shed in “Comfortably Posh” build includes delivery and installation to most of mainland Britain and is available in 6 sizes priced from £6,859 (previously £9,799) for the 10ft x 6ft version.
This 30% discount is available for a limited time until 31st August 2021.
Posted on April 26, 2021
The practice of working from home has seen a steady increase in recent years, but the Covid-19 outbreak saw numbers rise quicker than ever with those working from home for the first time hastily looking for a home office set up.
With this in mind, we have launched a new build for our Sheds, “Comfortably Posh”. Finished in pressure treated timber with a choice of 3 different roof finishes, Comfortably Posh includes delivery and installation as standard, full insulation throughout together with guttering and double glazing.
Sheds which work particularly well for home working include “The Contemporary”, a modern and stylish Shed with an offset roof to make the most of natural light, while the classic “Potting Shed” is perfect for those wanting to retain a traditional look in their garden.
For something a little different, the “Gothic Shed” adds drama with its pretty wavy fascia boards and Gothic arch detailing to the windows and door.
The Ludlow and Kensington are ideal as a “Zoom Rooms” while the brand new “Wimbledon” (based on a popular National Garden Scheme design), will offer a large working space with the addition of a beautiful galleried veranda providing the most inspirational working from home setting.
A range of accessories including additional windows and shelving is available and each style is available in a range of sizes with fully installed prices starting at £5,257 for the Ludlow “Zoom Room”.
Posted on July 1, 2020
We are still in difficult times but are pleased to say that we are getting back into our stride
We are now back with our full work force, and although some supplies are still difficult to get and perhaps taking longer, we are managing to source most things.
We are beginning to get back on the road to deliver and install, deliveries are taking longer at present as we have to be able to get there and back in a day, with accommodation starting to open shortly we hope that this will move things forward for us.
We are grateful to everyone that has placed an order with us and thank all our customers that are bearing with us in these difficult times. We are doing our very best to get the products to everyone as soon as we possibly can.
If you are thinking about our products, we would still love to hear from you, and the phones are manned from 10.00 – 3.00pm, but if you can’t speak to us when you call, do leave us a message and we will get back to you.
We hope that you all continue to stay safe and keep well
Richard & Kay
Posted on April 3, 2020
Its difficult times and well done to all those who are still operating.
At The Posh Shed Company, we have a good sized production area and are able to carry on producing products, both standard and bespoke, still allowing space between ourselves. This we are doing at present and hope to continue for as long as we can.
Delivery has had to be put on hold for the time being, but we are continuing to build the projects ready for when we are able to get back on the road.
Our products are certainly not essential and come well down the current list of priorities, but they do make life feel better. When there is space in our lives to start thinking about moving forward, our sheds are a lovely thing to look forward too.
If you have been, or are thinking of enquiring about our products, please do not hold back. The phone is manned by one of our team 10.00am to 3.00pm and it is lovely to speak to people about Posh garden sheds.
Orders are gratefully received and are enabling us to keep our select team of posh shed builders going strong in our Herefordshire factory.
We are building in the sequence that orders come in and are getting everything ready for delivery and installation as soon as conditions allow.
Looking forward to being on the other side!!
Stay safe & keep well
Richard & Kay
The Posh Shed Company
Posted on June 15, 2019
Standing the Test of Time
When gardeners embark on the search for a new shed, they will be looking for three key aspects; great quality, eye-catching design, and practicability.
The Posh Shed Company has been designing and creating bespoke sheds and backdoor stores for many years – and its products really do stand the test of time.
Posh customers, Phil and Sue Power from Ashford, purchased their Gothic Shed in the autumn of 2010 – making it one of the oldest Posh Sheds in the company’s customer portfolio.
The couple, who are avid gardeners, chose this traditional-looking shed as they were keen to include eye-catching features in their garden, after embarking on a major renovation project.
Mr Power said: “When we were redesigning our garden in 2008, we were on the hunt for a striking building to include features. We heard about The Posh Shed Company initially through an advertisement and then saw its Gothic design online. We found this shed to be particularly striking and attractive.”
The Gothic Shed has an elegant, traditional design with detailed gothic arches within the door and window frames. It is available in a choice of six finishes, meaning it can either blend beautifully into
Posted on May 20, 2019
The Posh Shed Company supports Dementia Week
The health benefits of gardening are widely reported. However, one area that is often overlooked is the positive impact that gardening can have on the lives of those with dementia.
The Alzheimer’s Society has carried out extensive work looking into the benefits of gardening for those living with Alzheimer’s. Gardening can be an enriching experience and contact with nature promotes wellbeing, reduces stress and lowers blood pressure – all contributing factors to the severity of the disease.
The multi-sensory stimulation of gardening and just simply being near plants has been linked with prompting memories and boosting enjoyment which can benefit those with dementia.
Supporting Alzhemier Society:
To support the work of Alzheimer’s Society, helping those with dementia to be more involved in gardening and to help them feel comfortable getting back out in the garden; The Posh Shed Company have agreed to donate 5% of the price of every Southwold Shed purchased in “Forget Me Not” blue to the charity’s ‘Forget Me Not’ campaign.
Inspired by the traditional coastal design with a small covered veranda, The Southwold is built with our unique triple wall construction and fully weatherproof walls, floor and roof.
To find out more about ‘The Southwold Shed’ – CLICK HERE!
Visit https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/ for more about the organisation.
Posted on May 17, 2019
Competition time - Win a 'Posh Shed' this Summer
Want to enhance your garden?
This neat little shed is ideal for small gardens or courtyards. Complete with a wavy facia, gothic style window & painted in an exterior robust eggshell green finish, it will be great addition to your garden for many years to come ….
Read on to find out how to enter our fabulous giveaway!
Very Posh giveaway!
The Posh Shed Company are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with the Little Greene Paint Company – to help one lucky customer a chance to enhance their garden this summer.
We are giving away the away THE LUDLOW Shed (as shown in the picture) which will be painted in ‘Boringdon Green’ from The Little Greene Paint Company’s paint range.
The Ludlow shed is ideal for either small gardens or courtyards. Complete with a traditional facia, gothic style window. The prize shed is painted in Little Green Paint Company's robust 'Intelligent Exterior Eggshell' finish.
This little shed will be a great addition to your garden for many years to come.
At only 4ft x 3ft, the shed will fit into the smallest of corners, but the high roof provides plenty of storage space for all of your gardening bits and bobs.
You can visit The Ludlow Shed at the Little Greene Chelsea Showroom where it will be on display throughout the summer months (May – July).
This competition is now closed
Posted on April 10, 2019
To help customers come up with their dream Posh Shed, we have launched a brand new online 360 degree shed visualiser. This gives the potential purchaser the option to bring different combinations of sheds to life by selecting the style, size, the door and window positioning, the glazing type, the roof finish, and even the colour of the hinges and handles.
The creation is priced up and gives the customer the option to place the order there and then; another first for The Posh Shed Company. The Posh Shed can then be ordered and paid for anytime of the day or night and from the comfort of your home.
We know that for many of our customers, a Posh Shed is a real investment that they have considered, or even dreamt of, for years. Many customers receive them as birthday or anniversary gifts and one couple even enquired for a wedding present! Because of this we want to do all we can to make everything as perfect as possible - which is why we have launched the new visualiser to help people imagine the end product.
The Posh Shed Company has also announced a new self-build option and this, combined with new visualiser tool and a simplified purchasing process, reinforces our mission to make owning a quality, handcrafted Posh Shed a reality.
Posted on January 22, 2019
Winter is often an ebb in a gardener’s year. The days of spring planting with a sense of anticipation are gone, as are the long, hot days of sitting for hours in the sunshine enjoying the fruits of your labour. One thing that can help make the short, dark days of winter pass more quickly is the thought of what next year’s garden will look like and beginning the planting process.
The Posh Shed Company has teamed up with award-winning garden designer Claudia de Yong, to look to 2019 and offer predictions for what we expect to see from the gardening world next year.
We’re predicting brighter colours making a comeback. In recent times there has been a tendency for people to pick pastels and muted tones for their sheds but bold colours are coming back in. We think pinks, greens and blues are going to be popular. I think we’ll continue to see the shed trend grow online and on social media - we have many Posh Shed fans online who love to see the beautiful gardens and many customers keep in touch online after installation to show us what they do with their sheds.
Claudia backs this up, “Coloured foliage on shrubs in the garden is becoming popular again as is painting sheds, fencing and furniture in soft pinks, blues and mint green. With a move in the industry away from using plastics, we will see more retro pastel shades in recycled materials and bamboo hanging planters.”
“The trend over this past year in the gardening world, and one I see continuing, is the rise in people, notably millennials, using social media sites such as Instagram. As more people are renting, indoors has become the new outdoors and posting images online has helped to make plants, especially houseplants, trendy again. Plants that were once popular like Pelargoniums (often referred to as Geraniums) are also making a comeback as they add a splash of colour and are easy to maintain and grow both indoors and outdoors.”
Earlier this year we launched a new range called Back Door Stores to offer a storage solution to those with less space. We anticipate this will continue and predict an increase in the popularity of the Allotment Shed which allows a space to grow your own on top of the storage area. This is something which Claudia also sees potential in for next year: “I believe we will see a growth in home grown produce as more people try to cultivate a heathier lifestyle to reconnect with the natural world. Growing herbs and plants suitable for drinks and cocktails has been very popular and the I think dwarf varieties of popular plants, especially those that are bee and pollinator friendly, will feature more as they can be grown in pots on balconies and planted in smaller urban gardens.”
Posted on December 10, 2018
A cosy blanket, fluffy slippers and the smell of woodsmoke in the air – winter is here and it’s the very best time of year for kicking back and relaxing in front of the open fire on a chilly night.
Gone are the days when everyone and his dog owned an open fire or log stove as a matter of course; in recent times they’ve become something of a luxury item and (we’re very happy to report) are making a huge comeback as a lifestyle essential.
There are three very important things to know about producing your own wood-fuelled heat; what to burn, how to burn it, and how to store it when you’re not burning it.
Firstly, and arguably most importantly, when you buy firewood or logs you must make sure that they are well seasoned. This prevents your chimney, and the environment, getting clogged up with all that extra creosote generated by burning green wood.
The type of wood you choose to burn is all down to personal preference and what is available to you but try to look out for a sustainable local supplier to keep the delivery miles low. Softwood ignites quickly and with a hotter, briefer flame than hardwood, which tends to take longer to burn – keeping the fire going hotter for longer.
Tip: An easy way to identify if your wood is well-seasoned is by checking the end grain. If the log ends have little cracks in, then the wood is ready for the stove and should burn cleanly with minimal hissing.
Building a fire is an ancient skill which has kept humans alive for thousands of years. It should be second nature, right? Well no. Many of us grew up with gas or electric fires with no real logs in sight, so some may need a little extra help in this department.
After checking that the chimney is drawing and the fireplace or stove is nice and clean, you’re ready to lay your fire.
- First, place your firelighter or tinder in the grate, half a dozen pieces of crumpled up newspaper will do.
- Next, set the kindling. Place small pieces of dry wood (softwood is good for this) over the tinder. The smaller pieces of kindling you use the better the fire will be. Remember to leave gaps in between for air to circulate!
- Now to set more wood. Once you have a good bed of kindling over your firelighter or tinder start to add larger pieces of seasoned firewood, your fuel. With an open fire one or two criss-crossed layers of wood should do to start with.
- Ignition! Light the firelighter or tinder and stand back to appreciate your efforts. Don’t be in too much of a hurry to shut the damper of your fireplace or air controls on your stove, let the fire breathe for a few minutes.
Now sit back, relax and enjoy.
When you’re not burning the logs you’ll need somewhere to keep them – The Posh Shed Company’s range of stores have been designed to be a stylish and functional addition to the garden.
When deciding on where to put your store try not to site it between sheds, or down alley ways, where the logs will be sheltered from the weather, as this will hamper the seasoning of the logs.
The ideal spot will be South-facing in a place that catches the prevailing wind, somewhere not too far from the house, unless you enjoy slippered trips to the bottom of the garden for more wood in the middle of the night!
Posted on November 9, 2018
Through the summer months, our shed doors are open on a regular basis as we complete our constant stream of garden chores – tools, flowerpots, furniture and garden toys move in and out of the space; being used and put away, used and put away again.
As every gardener knows, as Autumn arrives and the garden begins to be packed away, this is the time of year that really tests your Posh Shed. Things that may have spent the past six months outdoors come home to roost, and we’re left questioning how on earth it all fitted in in the first place.
Maybe, you think, it’s time you got yourself a larger shed. The Posh Shed Company’s standard products in the Potting, Contemporary and Gothic styles go up to 10’ by 8’, and there’s no limit to size on the bespoke products. Room for everything!
Even if you’re happy with the size of your Posh Shed there are improvements that can be made easily and effectively; improve the lighting for those dull Autumn evenings by adding a solar panel to the roof or fit a couple of new shelves or hooks to keep all those extra bits you bought this year spick and span.
Some very simple steps can be taken to help prepare a Posh Shed for the prolonged dormant period of winter, when the Great British weather and variable outdoor conditions can take their toll on the condition of garden buildings, even posh ones.
Start with a thorough inspection, look for any signs of wear and tear and work out what repair work might need doing and get it done before it’s far too nasty to get out and do it.
1. Check the roof from both the outside and in. Make sure there are no chipped or slipped tiles, and that the lining doesn’t have and holes that may let water in.
2. Be vigilant for any signs of damp or mould. This will only get worse with the cold weather so gently remove any patches with a diluted bleach solution as soon as they’re spotted.
3. Make sure the drainage, if you have it, is all connected properly, and that any rain water runoff will be directed away from the shed. Avoid a soggy bottom at all costs.
4. Inspect the doors and windows; making sure the wood is in good condition, isn’t damaged, and that the seals are all intact with no gaps. This is also a good time to replace any broken or cracked window panes that you’ve been ignoring! Be sure to give any hinges and latches a good oiling too so you won’t be struggling with a rusty lock when spring comes around.
5. It’s vital to clear any debris, not just from the roof but from all around the shed, and to do this on a regular basis. Excess weight on the roof can cause damage, and a build-up of leaves around the base can cause unwelcome damp and rot, which isn’t nice. If you notice the snow piling up on the roof, take a few minutes to clear it off with a broom or rake. Snow and ice can weigh down the roof of a shed causing problems over time.
6. Take the time to visit your Posh Shed – open the windows and door on fair days to encourage fresh air to flow through. This will reduce the possibility of mould and ensure your Posh Shed doesn’t get too lonely through the winter.
Posted on October 1, 2018
Great British Garden Visitors
The mornings are bright and chill, the evenings are becoming shorter and the leaves are beginning to tumble from the trees. There’s definitely a nip in the air as we load our barrows with the first of many loads of fallen leaves for composting and the smell of bonfires is starting to drift through the afternoons. But what of our garden visitors? Autumn is a time of forage and preparation for many of our garden friends as they equip themselves for the long cold winter ahead and sometimes, especially in our more urban gardens, a little assistance is needed.
Bat Boxes (PSC160144)
They may have a bit of a reputation, but bats play an essential part in the biodiversity of the planet and are a sure sign of a healthy garden.
Changing farming methods and urban development have resulted in natural habitats becoming harder to find and it’s up to us to create new ones to help bats survive and thrive. A Posh Bat box is built to B.C.T. recommended specifications, designed to be draught free and thermally stable. A perfect spot to spend the winter for our furry flying friends as they look for new homes this October.
For further advice on helping bats in the garden visit the Bat Conservation Trust’s list of tips.
Bird Boxes (PSC161062)
Not all birds migrate for the winter months, so it’s important to make sure they have a cosy spot to call their own.
A Posh Bird Box offers a snug home for non-migratory birds and placed in a sheltered spot it can make a real difference to a feathery family.
Keep your birds bursting with energy with regular treats of overripe fruit, hanging feeders full of seeds and lots of suet or fat balls. Make sure you use the same place every time and keep feeders topped up – going out looking for new food spots can use a lot of precious flying time during the short winter days.
Hedgehog House (PSC180493)
Hedgehogs start looking for new homes during the months of September and October as they get ready to settle down for their nice long winter rest.
Purpose built hedgehog houses and regular feeding of tinned cat or dog food alongside “wild” areas of the garden really welcome them in to share our urban spaces with us. Make sure that the bonfire is thoroughly checked for sleepy hedgehogs before lighting and never leave milk out for them as this upsets prickly tummies.
Posted on July 19, 2018
The Posh Shed Company Just Got Posher!
2018 has been an amazing year of growth so far for The Posh Shed Company; with new options in sheds, a new range of back door stores and brand new designs for bird, bat and hedgehog houses being made available for the first time on our new-look website and officially launched at the prestigious RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in July.
We’re incredibly proud, and more than a little excited, to be able to announce that all of The Posh Shed Company products, from the smallest birdboxes to the largest bespoke sheds and all the backdoor stores in between, have received official endorsement from the Royal Horticultural Society.
So what does this mean?
The RHS has been absolutely committed to bringing the joy of gardening to everyone for over 150 years and works with carefully selected companies, often the best in their fields, to develop products meeting the highest standards of quality and design. The RHS has been licensing products for more than a decade, so they know what they’re about when choosing companies to produce high-quality, beautifully designed products for gardeners.
Receiving endorsement across our whole range of products, rather than just one, is great recognition for all the work, care and dedication that goes into to designing and making a Posh Shed product; from the initial idea, through the lengthy design process and all the way to final production in the best quality materials by experienced woodworkers before the delivery and installation takes place by the very same people who made the product in our Herefordshire workshop.
A few words from our CEO, Richard Frost: “We, like the RHS, believe that gardening enriches lives and we express that through our products which, we feel, both support gardening as enhance the garden environment. We’re thrilled to receive the endorsement of the UK’s best loved gardening charity”
Posted on June 26, 2018
Regular visitors to The Posh Shed Company may have noticed some changes afoot. As well as having a bit of a facelift we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to create some great new products which we’re certain will get your interest piqued!
So, what’s new?
We’ve added a whole new dimension to the Posh Shed range – you can now choose just how posh you want to go with your garden architecture. Like a bit of DIY? No problem, the new “Posh” option gives you the chance to build your very own Posh Shed using a pre-treated, ready to build kit delivered straight to your back door.
Prefer the job done for you? The “Very Posh” option includes both delivery and installation along with a few extra options such as paint colour and roof choices.
“Now you can choose to install your own Posh Shed”
If you’re “Unbelievably Posh” you can just sit back and enjoy our top-spec package – full insulation and lining, guttering, double glazing, solar panel and even a stylish weathervane to adorn your beautiful building.
“Backdoor stores are bigger and offer a greater range of styles”
The BackDoor Stores have had a bit of a rethink too, we’ve given the cupboard stores a little more in the way of depth and width, so you’ve got more internal space for all those muddy boots and gardening bits without losing too much extra space around the outside.
Is anything the same?
The changes bring a whole new feel to both the Posh Shed and Back Door Store ranges but what we’re never going to change is our excellent quality and inimitable style. You can absolutely depend on each and every item that leaves our Herefordshire workshop being of the very best workmanship.
Our great bespoke service remains the same – if you don’t see quite what you need on the website or in the brochure let us know! If you can imagine it, we can build it to your specifications.
Posted on May 31, 2018
The Posh Shed Company at Hampton Court
Posh Sheds have always been just that bit special. It’s something that the team here at The Posh Shed Company are incredibly proud of and we’re always looking for great ways to bring that special-ness out of the workshop for all to admire.
Which is why we’re returning to the brilliant RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show for the 4th year running.
This year promises to be the biggest show yet; with hundreds of exhibitors showing off their gardens, plants, accessories and gardening gadgets from around the globe, more than 20 gorgeous gardens and some new things too!
What’s New at Hampton for 2018?
Horticultural Heroes- A new feature which celebrates amazing horticulturalists from around the world. This year influential Dutch garden designer and a leading figure of the New Perennial type of planting, Piet Oudolf, will be creating a whimsical walk-through feature for our delight and enjoyment.
The beautiful border will sit opposite the Palace, using favourite plants such as Astilbe, Schizachyrium and Monarda - all coming together in a romantic display of colour and texture.
“Piet’s design features matrix planting of Stipa barbata, better known as feather grass”
The Roots of Time- Ever wondered what the first plants on earth were or pondered how we have such a rich diversity of plants today? To answer these questions, a theatrical and interactive feature has been created to explore the evolution of plants through the ages.
From the earliest organisms, through ferns and to the rich flora we enjoy today, this fascinating display will take you on an incredible journey telling the story of plants – from seedling to leafy giant.
Shopping- As well as taking in the brilliant variety of inspirational gardens and, of course, the annual Festival of Roses, if we’re not on our stand we’ll be off shopping in the fabulous Floral Marquee. We’re promised a host of brand new floral exhibitors for this year as well as a veritable bouquet of choice in the Plant Village too.
“You can find us on Stand no.448 with a selection of Posh Sheds and gardening goodies”
If you’re heading to Hampton (3rd-8th July 2018) please do call by Stand 448 and take a look through our marvellous selection of Posh Sheds. This year we’re bringing along the NGS, The Southwold, Gothic and Potting sheds as well as the Gothic Boot Store, Gardener’s Chair, Back Door Store and our beautiful Bird Boxes.
See you there!
Posted on May 26, 2018
TREAT DAD TO SOMETHING POSH THIS FATHERS’ DAY
Dads are important too – so this Fathers’ Day, why not treat him to something a bit posher than the usual pair of socks or bottle of wine.
If your Dad is a keen gardener, with a taste for the finer things in life, a gift for the garden for the whole family to enjoy could be just the thing to show him how much you care.
It’s not just sheds that The Posh Shed Company specialise in, there is something for every budget, from planters to sheds, so every Dad can have a posh gift this year!
Posh Planters are made from FSC preserved timber, are extremely hard wearing and are available in a great range of colours. There are three sizes available and they are supplied with an internal plastic pot and slatted tanolised bases.
The Garden Chair is the perfect spot for Dad to rest his weary self after a hard day’s gardening.
Available with a variety of messages, the customised treated wood throne is ideal for giving Dad his well-deserved place in the garden for years to come.
The posh Gothic Boot Store is perfect for stowing away muddy boots before they have a chance to traipse through the house!
Designed to fit against a house or garden wall without being obtrusive, this understated design will add both style and practicality the garden. Made from pre-treated tanalised timber that is guaranteed against rot for 3 years, the store also has a raised, solid tanalised decking floor to prevent damp. The cedar shingle roofs have waterproof membranes, protecting the store, and its contents from downpours.
A bespoke design just for Dad!
Your Dad’s one of a kind, so why not have something completely unique made just for him?
Posted on March 6, 2018
Over on our Facebook page, we’ve teamed up with Town & Country to offer one lucky mum some Posh Shed purple themed gardening goodies.
We’re giving away a limited edition version of our 2017 Posh Bird Box, painted purple. The prize also includes a pair of Master Gardener gloves from Town & Country, in aubergine to complement the bird box!
Head over to our Facebook page to win! All you have to do is comment on the competition post telling us why your mum deserves to win.
The competition closes at midnight on Mother’s Day and the winner will be notified soon after.
The winner must a UK resident.
Posted on February 18, 2018
The garden shed is the Mary Poppin’s handbag of the garden. A seemingly endless treasure trove of tools, lawnmowers, bikes, garden furniture and anything else that won’t fit in the loft, a shed plays a vital role. Because of that, choosing the right one can often be tricky and there’s a lot of pressure to make sure you invest in the correct one that stands the test of time!
The Posh Shed Company has five top tips to ensure your new shed is just right.
1. Size is everything!
The first thing to decide is how much storage space you need, not only that but also what would still be in-keeping with your garden. You may think you need the world’s largest shed to store everything, but you also need to consider what looks the most natural. Alternatively, if space is limited, perhaps look into move unique solutions like the Allotment Shed which has a plantable roof to add greenery for those with smaller spaces. Posh Sheds are available from 6’ x 3’ to 10’ x 8’, or bespoke creations can be made to your exact measurements and specifications.
When positioning your shed, bear access in mind to ensure you can easily get to its contents – (even in the rain). It may be helpful too to place it near a path to save walking over the lawn. If your shed is to serve a practical purpose then you will appreciate it being nearer the house, but if it’s to be your new sanctuary or an additional room for some peace and quiet, or even a home office, then you’ll soon thank yourself for having it as far away from the house as possible!
Planning permission is not usually required for a new shed, however if you are concerned we recommend contacting your local planning authority just to check.
A sturdy base is the foundation of all great sheds! Below the base of the shed, you will require a sub-base, i.e. something for it to stand on. This can be gravel, slabs, concrete or tarmac, and we can assist with this. If the sub-base is larger than shed’s footprint then guttering is recommended.
3. Built to last
Your shed should be built to last. It should be durable, strong and ready to take on the elements. We always use a high quality redwood timber to give superior strength, which is then pinned together for additional resilience and fully treated with timber protection.
Posh Sheds’ floors are made with an 18mm plywood, with the upper surface having a coat of preservative, tanolised timber bearers and a waterproof membrane are added for extra protection. Our walls are uniquely built using a triple wall construction, not available from any other shed manufacturer. We use a redwood timber frame, then a 6mm WBP Plywood skin fitted to the inside, with cladding, again made of redwood timber, on the outside. A fully waterproof and breathable membrane is also fitted between layers.
4. Style – our forte!
A shed is no longer just a wooden construction that people want to hide. It should be the star of the garden, a perfect way to add some extra style. Whether it’s for storage, practical gardening and potting, or something entirely different, there is a shed style for you.
From traditional to potting or gothic to beach hut inspired; with built-in storage, facias and windows there are many things to choose from. That’s before you get to the roof! Our roofs are all finished with a layer of weatherproof membrane and then either slate effect tiles, wooden cedar shingles or felt shingles.
People spend hours deliberating over the paint choice for inside their house so why not have the same approach for your shed? We use high-end paint brands to give our sheds a perfect finish in a whole variety of colours to really help personalise your shed.
You can personalise your shed through accessorising. A bespoke creation allows you the freedom to pick your windows, the placement of them and the fittings for them. Likewise, you can choose the details for your doors with our furniture available in black, chrome or brass effect. Our windows and doors, with the option of toughened glass, are in robust frames, hinged to keep the elements out. We recommend guttering to extend the longevity of your shed and to protect the wood from the varied British weather.
Inside the shed you can add shelving, work benches, hooks, racks and cupboards. You can even now have solar power, so you can stay outdoors longer by powering a lamp and even your phone charger.
Posted on January 30, 2018
12 Ways Gardening Can Help You Keep Your News Year’s Resolution
The most common New years resolution, for people are:
- Exercise more
- Lose Weight
- Eat More Healthily
- Save money
- Learn a new skill or hobby
- Spend more time on personal wellbeing
- Spend more time with family and friends.
Did you know you can achieve all these from the comfort of your own garden!
Resolution 1: Exercise more and Lose weight.
Whether this means losing weight or exercising more, gardening can help! There’s plenty to do in the garden that will give you a good workout. In addition to burning calories, gardening can strengthen muscle, improve balance, and build endurance.
Digging – wielding a spade can burn upwards of 500 calories an hour
Pulling weeds – bending squatting and pulling weeds burns about 230 calories an hour
Raking – raking leaves and garden debris burns about 220 calories an hour
Resolution 2: Eat Healthier
Thousands of people make new year’s resolutions because most of us want to do better in some way with each new year.
Resolution 3: Save more money
Growing your own will save money on fresh organic produce for your family. Plus, if you’re spending days out in the garden, you’re not out spending money on activities and shopping for things you don’t really need.
Resolution 4: Learn a new skill or hobby
Gardening is a fantastic, healthy hobby; and its fun for those who like to experiment. With gardening, you’re always learning.
Resolution 5: Spend more time on personal wellbeing
We all want to get more done in the day. And you might wonder how adding garden tasks to your to-do list could possibly help you get more done. Gardening will improve your mood, help you clear your mind, and calm your nerves so you are more productive. Plus, gardening is a very productive hobby all on its own. A garden needs to be tended, and completing garden chores is a perfect opportunity for some peace and quiet. Or maybe you prefer to play music and dance while you work in the garden.
Resolution 6: Spend more time with family.
During busy work, school, and sports schedules, perhaps you don’t get to spend time with your family. The garden is a great place to gather and work together. Show the kids all the bugs. Taste test different types of fruits and vegetables and talk about which ones you like and don’t like. Give them their own set of garden tools for playing in the dirt.
Posted on November 15, 2017
Winter maintenance for your Posh Shed
Our top tips to ensure that your shed stands the test of time, and survives whatever weather winter decides to throw at it.
Firstly, ensure that the air gap is maintained under the base and around all sides; check on an annual basis to make sure that there is not a build-up of debris growing around it. Open doors and windows whenever possible to keep an airflow going. If do you notice any small mould growths appearing on the inside of your shed, wipe down with a diluted bleach solution as soon as you can to prevent it from spreading. Also, a quick squirt of oil in the lock will mean that you won’t be struggling with a rusty lock when spring comes around.
If you notice the snow piling up on the roof of your shed, take a few minutes to clear it off with a broom or rake. Snow and ice can weigh down the roof of a shed causing problems over time. Remember, do some winter maintenance to avoid unpleasant surprises in the spring.
It is important that sheds are given a bit of TLC as winter arrives. All of our sheds are built to last but, being a wooden product in an English climate, there will be a little maintenance needed to ensure that your product remains in tip top condition. Provided this is the case, we would expect your shed to last for many, many years.
The paint that is used contains a wood preservative, this will need repainting every 2-4 years.
Posted on August 30, 2017
THE POSH SHED COMPANY PARTNER WITH ITV’S LOVE YOUR HOME & GARDEN
The Posh Shed Company has donated one of its bespoke Potting Sheds to a remarkable couple in the latest series of Love Your Home & Garden.
The television show, presented by Alan Titchmarsh, follows Alan and other gardeners as they visit locations all over the UK where they help deserving people to transform their gardens.
Measuring, 10ft deep by 8ft wide, The Potting Shed features in the garden of Richard and Ann, at their home in Upton, Chester. This admirable couple have given up vast amounts of their time over the years to helping others. Richard has been a volunteer with the Samaritans for 42 years and now volunteers at Samaritans’ Chester where he is also Branch Prison Support Officer and has been awarded the British Empire Medal for his services to the Samaritans.
Richard and Ann have also fostered more than 20 children over the last 10 years. They are also volunteers and puppy trainers for Guide Dogs for the Blind, so are incredibly deserving recipients of the Posh Shed in their newly renovated garden, which will provide a much-needed sanctuary for them.
It has been an honour to donate one of our bespoke pieces to such a lovely, charitable couple. The team on Love Your Home & Garden definitely did an amazing job with the garden and we hope that Richard and Ann love their new shed!
We have donated to this show multiple times and we think that it is a great idea to help give something back to those that have already contributed so much themselves. We hope to continue being involved with the show.
Tune in on 13th September 2017 to see the full transformation.
Posted on February 21, 2017
Reward hard working Mums with their own Posh Shed this Mother’s Day
The trend of 'She Sheds' has swept through gardens across the nation, attracting the attention of women wanting their own haven in their garden. So, we have joined forces with Plantabox, who create personalised, handmade wooden crates, after realising a shared customer base.
To celebrate the partnership, this Mother’s Day, The Posh Shed Company and Plantabox are giving away the ultimate Mother's Day gift, a Patio Store in Dusky Pink, worth £1,450. Five runners up will win a Plantabox She Shed Accessory Collection worth £79.95 each that contains three personalised FSC pine products.
The competition will close on Friday 17th March. To take part please click in the link below
Posted on January 26, 2017
At The Posh Shed Company, we receive lots of enquiries from people who want to have electrical power in their sheds. This is not a service we offer so we always recommend that people get in touch with electricians and carpenters in their local area who are best placed to arrange this for them.
It can, however, often be an expensive and intrusive undertaking and neither is it the most ecologically friendly. We have been looking for an alternative to offer to our customers and we are pleased to introduce this solar hub from Solar technology. We can now offer to supply and install their Hubi 2k lighting and power system with any Posh Shed order.
The Hubi comes with a small solar panel, the main Hubi unit, 2 12v lights with mounting hooks and all connecting cables and can be fitted to any of our sheds. It works by collecting and storing daylight and sunlight and is great for providing electrical light and has two USB ports for mobile phones and other devices.
We are happy to fit a 2k Hubi unit while installing your Posh Shed. This would incur a cost of £195 and would include installing the panel, connecting the lights and Hubi unit as well as an internal shelf for the unit.
For more information, please look at Solar Technology’s own site
Posted on December 6, 2016
It’s the most wonderful time of the year...yes, The Posh Shed Winter Sale has arrived! And now we have an even wider range products to snap up at discounted prices from beautiful bird boxes to luxurious log stores to help keep those log fires burning.
We are offering a 10% discount on all Posh Shed orders received in December and January, so that’s 10% off our Posh Sheds, Posh Garden Stores, Posh Gardening range and Posh Shed accessories. *
To make sure you take advantage of this offer just
- Get in touch by phone or email and let us know your requirements
- Place your order before the 31st of January 2017 for delivery before the 31st March 2017
- Pay a 50% deposit on ordering (the balance will be due on the day of installation)
* Please note that delivery costs are not included in the winter sale.
Posted on August 19, 2015
She Sheds are the latest buzz word in the shed world but here at the Posh Shed Company we have been making sheds for women to use as their own private haven for many years; the majority of these commissions have come from women seeking work space outside the confines of the home, for whom it makes practical sense to turn their garden sheds into office or craft spaces.
These so called “she sheds” have elevated the humble garden shed to new heights in terms of both comfort and design .
A beautiful example of one of our sheds that was then decorated by its owner and turned into a “She Shed” won a bronze award at RHS Malvern this year.
“The Perfect Commute” designed by Deborah Bird of “Beholder’s Eye”, featured a 9 ft. x 7 ft. Posh Gothic Shed with slate effect roof that had been transformed into a home office and reflects the aspiration of many people to escape from the daily grind of commuting to the office.
She Sheds have however been around in all but name for a long time.
In I915 the first ever British Women’s Institute meeting was held in a garden shed in Anglesey; could that have been the first “she shed”?
A recent television programme by Lucy Worsley “Cake Bakers and Trouble Makers” did much to counter the image of the WI as outdated and its members as “busy bodies”. It reminded us that the origins of the WI were very closely linked to the suffragette movement and that the slow hand clapping of Tony Blair in 2000 was far from the first time the WI had refused to be patronised.
The WI’s ethos has always been about empowerment and equality; it’s been called the “first social network” because most of its early groups were established in rural communities where women were often lonely and isolated so it wouldn’t seem to far a leap to credit these ladies far-sighted and socially aware women with the invention of the she shed!
The WI centennial Fair is taking place in Harrogate from the 3rd to 6th of September. www.thewishow.com/NFWI