How to Position Your Garden Shed on Your Property So It Will Last

One of the most important parts of gardening is having a place to store all your garden tools and supplies. 

A shed is a perfect solution for keeping your tools out of the rain, snow and other elements that can damage them.

If you are looking to find out how to position your shed on your property so it will last, then this blog post is for you.

Your house and garden may be a lot larger than you think so it’s important to plan on where you will build your shed before beginning the building process.

Whatever the reason for changing the position of your garden shed, this article should be able to break everything down for you into small bite-sized chunks so that you will know what to do best.

In this article, we will discuss different ways that will help position your shed so it will last for years to come:

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What is the purpose of a garden shed and greenhouse?

A shed is a perfect place to store your tools and supplies for gardening. A greenhouse is typically used for plants that need bright light, such as tomatoes or herbs.

Garden Sheds

People use a shed for a variety of reasons, but, like mentioned above, many use it to store gardening tools and supplies, or even as a workshop for projects. Most sheds can also serve more than one purpose if you need the room.

Not only can you use a shed for storing tools and equipment, but you can also convert it into a home office. Turning your shed into a home office is great because it’ll save room in your home and is also a great place to be productive.


Greenhouses can be used to grow a variety of different plants and vegetables ranging from Tomatoes to broccoli, to lettuce and cucumbers. These vegetables, do of course need constant natural light and a warm environment.

Greenhouses are a great way for people who don’t have the ability to grow their own fresh produce because they will last much longer than if you were to store it in your fridge at home. Not only can Greenhouses be used as an indoor gardening space but they can also be installed outdoors on patios and decks!

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What do you need to consider when positioning your garden shed?

Level Ground

First, you will need to position your shed and greenhouse on level ground. The reason why should be fairly obvious: you don’t want your shed or greenhouse to collapse, so decide if the garden ground is level enough.positioning garden shed

Garden Space

Second, make sure that you have enough room for the size of your shed and greenhouse. If not, this can lead to a different set of problems than just deteriorating garden buildings: namely, making it difficult or impossible to access either one.

Proximity to trees, shrubs and fences

Don’t position the shed or greenhouse close to trees, shrubs, fences, or other garden buildings. This can cause water leaks, damp and mould growth inside the building due to condensation from moisture seeping through cracks in the walls.

The same goes for positioning it too near a body of water that might overflow during heavy rains (which can happen often in the UK). 

The closeness of other garden buildings

Do not place sheds next to each other because they will become vulnerable to fire spreading between them with as little as two feet separating them – one spark is all it takes!

Also, consider this when putting up fencing around both structures so you don’t create kindling out of wood posts and garden fence panels; have enough room between them for air circulation.

Where should a shed be placed?

Distance from your home

When it comes to perfect positioning for your shed, you need to make sure that the shed is far enough away from your home (at least three metres) to avoid fire damage.


You also need to make sure you have a safe and secure place for it, like on top of concrete or paving stones with no overhanging branches nearby. Having a strong foundation for your shed is important because it will prevent the shed from sinking into soft ground in winter or when it rains.

General direction

Next, you need to decide on the general direction of your property so that you know where to place it. If, for example, you have a house with an eastern exposure then put your shed in the east corner. If there’s no good spot in the southeast or southwest corners then go ahead and make it north so that it’s not in the direct sun.

Power source

Having your shed close to your house allows you to easily connect it to the grid. If you don’t have an electrician on hand, then consider a solar power system or small wind turbine.

How much space should you leave around a shed?

When it comes to positioning your shed on your property, it is important to leave enough room so that the building can breathe and not get too hot.

For an average-sized shed with a width of 3.5 metres, you should leave at least 1 metre on all sides for air circulation. This will help keep the structure from deteriorating faster over time.

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Can I build a shed against my fence?

Can be awkward

A shed built against a fence will usually be in the way of mowing your garden or trimming. You might also have to go over it with weed killer, and that can damage both the blade and the fence boards. It’s best to erect a storage shed on its own separate parcel where you don’t need landscaping done around it.

Local council

You also need to think about your local council as they may not allow you to build a new shed against your fence. There are certain regulations regarding the positioning of your shed and these vary from place to place.

Can I put a fence up without my Neighbours permission?

Erecting a shed without your neighbour’s permission can be awkward. You might assume that they don’t care, but if you’re building a shed that could possibly block out sunlight to your neighbours garden then this could be annoying for them.

In most cases, you’ll find that your neighbours are understanding but it’s best to be courteous and ask them first.

Building a shed on your own property with these considerations will give you peace of mind too… which is always nice!

Can you put a shed in a front garden?

No, not really. It’s against the law in most areas to put a shed on your front garden because it can be an eyesore and detract from the home’s curb appeal.

But if you’re determined to put one out there anyway, make sure that it is at least six feet back from any pavement or property line so people don’t trip over it as they walk by. However, take this with a grain of sand because we don’t really recommend it!


That concludes our article on positioning your shed so that it will last. Remember, these are just a few of the most important factors you need to consider when deciding where and how to place your sheds.

The best way to ensure your potting shed lasts for years is by making sure that it’s positioned in the right spot with enough clearance around all sides – because nobody wants their new storage space to become an eyesore after only five minutes of being put together.

If you are still unsure as to where to position your shed or garden building, then be sure to seek out professional advice so you can be certain that you are making the right decision.

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