There are few things in this world more civilised than a bistro set. The perfect place to sit and enjoy morning coffee, the ideal setting for an alfresco lunch, and the ultimate accompaniment to an evening glass of wine with a loved one, the bistro set is wonderful outdoor furniture to suit almost any occasion. What’s more, bistro sets are relatively inexpensive, beautifully stylish and incredibly easy to store, making them the obvious starting point for any garden furniture collection. Here at Shedstore, we stock a fantastic range of bistro sets, suitable for every type of garden. Let’s take a look, in no particular order, at five of our favourites.
The garden is a place that is increasingly seen as an extension of the home - somewhere we can appreciate nature, yes, but also an area to relax with friends and family during the warmer, summer months. Just as we would never consider a sofa or table-free lounge, where we were forced to stand up to watch television or eat our meals, nor should the modern householder consider an empty garden, devoid of comfort. Outdoor furniture is simply a must if you’re to maximise enjoyment of your garden space. Here, we take a look at some of the options available to you, as well as showing you a range of Shedstore’s fantastic garden furniture.
Sitting somewhere between a conventional shed and a greenhouse, for too long the potting shed was overlooked and undervalued. Homeowners, searching for a strong and hardwearing garden storage facility, traditionally turned to its alpha-male big brother, the conventional shed, to satisfy their needs. Gardeners, desperate to secure those few extra degrees of winter heat for their beloved plants, typically found themselves seduced by the glamour of its younger sister, the greenhouse, with her slender frame and see-through panels leaving little to the imagination.
Lost in this garden ‘no man’s land’, a lesser building might have accepted its fate and vanished into obscurity, but not the potting shed. For those in the know have always seen the true value of this wonderful structure, and now more people are catching on. Many more people. So many, in fact, that 2018 promises to be the start o
For the uninitiated amongst you, the garden shed is a truly remarkable structure. In fact, sometimes, even the most devout shed worshippers fail to realise its true potential. The shed can be a home within a home and a place to contemplate, tackle (and escape) life’s many challenges. It is an outdoor hub for work, rest and play. So, whether you’re about to purchase your first wooden shed or are a seasoned ‘sheddie’, without further ado, let’s run through the top ten uses for a garden shed.
1. Storage – This is what they were originally designed for, isn’t it? Sheds are the perfe
Sheds are not always seen as the most exciting of buildings. If we were to compare the average garden to the English Premier League, a wooden shed could be likened to, perhaps, Burnley: traditional, functional, better than the sum of the parts, liked and respected by everyone (apart from Blackburn Rovers, of course), but without the glamour of, say, Manchester City (or in the garden’s case, those prized flowers).
Like me, you may well think this widely held opinion is disrespectful to both Burnley FC and the garden shed, but as this is a gardening-related website we’ll concentrate on the defence of the latter, for the humble garden shed is anything but boring. In fact, it has a proud tradition as a hotbed of innovation, a respected position at the leading-edge of industry, and is regarded as a key driving force of the global economy. Before you mock this statement, please take a moment to co
As winter’s frosty jaws bite deeper into the soft underbelly of autumn, now is the time to get your greenhouse sorted. No one wants tender plants to be savaged by the cold. Obviously.
Choose a relatively warm, dry day and get everything out of your greenhouse. Give all staging a wash down with soapy water including the glazing. Pay particular attention to the nooks and crannies or anywhere that bugs can overwinter. Let it all dry and then put your plants back in. Diseases will be reduced and light levels maximised.
If you can, put all your plants together on the staging in one half of the greenhouse. Choose the half away from the door. You can then put up a curtain of bubble plastic at this halfway point, in effect halving the length of your greenhouse. This will help in keeping heating costs down and your plants snug.
The rest of your glazing can be insulated using bubble plastic. It’s easily fixed to both timber and metal framed greenhouses. The
Childhood playtime should be all about playing together, role play, imagination and connecting with the world around us. A playhouse can offer all these things.
As children are exposed more and more to screen time, social media and gaming, a playhouse can help keep a balance with good old traditional play.
So, you’ve decide to add a playhouse to your outdoor space, perhaps as a birthday gift or Christmas present. Now you need to decide on which playhouse is the one for you and your family.
Here at Shedstore we’re giving you the chance to win this fantastic Store Plus Log Store which will make the ideal addition to any garden, patio or outside space. The Log Store from the Store-Plus garden storage range. A compact and highly practical wooden garden store, this simple log store will help to dry out your logs so you get the maximum heat benefit for your fire or woodburner. The open-slatted construction allows good airflow, whilst still providing some protection from the elements. The Log Store is made from rough sawn European softwood, having a slatted roof, open slatted sides and floor, with a fully open front for access.
We’re hosting the giveaway over on our Shedstore Facebook page.
To be in with the chance of winning this Store Plus Log Store, all you need to do is – ‘LIKE’ our Facebook pag
To celebrate the upcoming summer holidays, here at Shedstore we’re giving you the chance to win 2 beautiful ‘Small Slender Planters’, which will make the ideal addition to any garden, patio or outside space. The pressure treated Slender Planters have an elegant design with a contemporary twist, featuring a metal detail top. There is no doubt that they will create the perfect focal point for your garden. They look beautiful with their natural timber finish, but can also be painted any colour of your choice if you would prefer.
We’re hosting the giveaway over on our Shedstore Facebook page.
To be in with the chance of winning these excellent set of two planters, all you need to do is – ‘LIKE’ our Facebook page, ‘LIKE’ one of the competition posts and then ‘SHARE’
A corner shed makes full use of those awkward spots in the garden and can, with a little creativity and imagination, be much more than a simple shed.
Running power to a shed opens up a lot of possibilities. Lighting will help you use the shed beyond the hours of daylight and can convert a shed, with a little insulation, into anything from a home office to a back-garden pub. We look at some different ideas to help you make the most of your shed this year.
Uses for corner sheds
The peace and tranquillity in your garden can be utilised to great effect by converting your corner shed into mini library. Books are beautiful but can clutter up a house. Shelving, lighting, an old comfy chair and you'll never want to leave your own reading room. And no television noise in the background.