7' x 7' Forest Oakley 25yr Guarantee Double Door Apex Summer House

Buying one of the best small summer houses brings a delightful and versatile touch to any outdoor area, making it an excellent choice for smaller gardens with limited outdoor space. These garden buildings offer numerous advantages and serve various purposes for small gardens. Whether you envision it as a serene retreat, a cosy garden office, or a charming space for entertaining guests away from the main house, a compact and stylish corner summer house offers a tranquil escape from the demands of daily life.

Perfect for optimising limited space, these small garden buildings combine functionality with elegant design. Simply relax amidst the beauty of your surroundings, indulging in the comfort of a small garden summer house, making it a wise investment for those seeking a serene sanctuary.

Editor’s Note [16.08.23]: Our guide to small corner summer houses was originally published on July 11, 2018. Much has changed in the world of garden buildings since then, so we have decided to give our slightly dated post from 2018 a “2023 refresh” together with some new suggestions and support when considering the best small summer houses available.

Important factors when choosing the best small summer house

When selecting smaller summer houses, several factors should be considered to ensure it meets your specific needs and preferences. Size, design, materials, durability, functionality, and features are crucial aspects to focus on during the decision-making process.

Size and space optimisation

Considering the available space and desired size is important when choosing a small summer house. It should fit perfectly within your outdoor area while providing sufficient interior space. This is why corner summer houses are some of the best options for those with limited garden space. Optimise the layout by incorporating clever storage solutions, utilising vertical space, and selecting multi-purpose furniture.

Another perfect space optimising option is an octagonal summer house, these also neatly fill a corner. With models measuring 8’x8’ and 9’x9’, they are small enough for smaller gardens. Why not browse our octagonal summer house range now?

Palmako Veronica 2.9m x 2.9m Octagonal Summer House Log CabinPalmako Veronica 2.9m x 2.9m Octagonal Summer House Log Cabin

Design and style

Exploring various design options and styles allows you to find a model that complements your outdoor aesthetic. Consider factors like architectural design, roof style, and exterior finishes. Additionally, stay informed about current design trends to enhance the overall appeal and visual impact.

Materials and durability

The best summer houses can be constructed from different materials, each with its own pros and cons. Common options include FSC-certified wood, metal, and uPVC. Assess the durability, maintenance requirements, and weather resistance of each material to ensure longevity and optimal performance.

Functionality and features

Prioritise essential features such as glazed windows for natural light and ventilation, sturdy doors for security, and insulation for temperature control. Additionally, consider additional features like built-in seating, electrical outlets, and customisable options that enhance the functionality and comfort of your small summer house.

6' x 4' Forest Oakley 25yr Guarantee Double Door Pent Summer House6' x 4' Forest Oakley 25yr Guarantee Double Door Pent Summer House

The Best Corner Summer Houses in 2023: Our Top 5 Picks

Here we look at the top 5 best corner summer houses to help you make the most of your garden. What could be better than unwinding in your own dedicated relaxation space, away from the hustle and bustle of your home? And they aren't just for summer... a garden summer house with thicker timbers can be used year round as a home office, home gym or simply extra living space for you and your family. 

A small corner shaped summer house is particularly great where you need to really maximise the space in your garden. Tucked in a garden corner, out of the way yet with the best views of the garden, a corner-style summer house is both practical and attractive. Many of our best summer houses boast gorgeous windows, letting in plenty of natural light, creating a pleasant environment inside. Why not be creative with how you decorate your stylish summer house, so you can really have your own unique space? This mini guide should help you choose the right one for you from some of our best corner summer houses.

1.   8' x 8' Shire Barclay Corner Summer House

8x8 Shire Barclay Corner Summerhouse8x8 Shire Barclay Corner Summerhouse


  • 12mm tongue and groove shiplap construction, well-known for its strength, durability, and weather resistance
  • High-grade Northern European Pine
  • Supplied with an initial coat of protection
  • 12mm tongue and groove floor
  • 34x34m frame
  • 10-year anti-rot guarantee, when supported by annual retreatment
  • Glazed double doors with ring gate latch door closure
  • Felt roof covering

Why it’s a great choice

One of our best summer houses. This corner model features full-length double glazed windows and wide opening double doors allow natural light to flood into the internal space and also provide you with fantastic views of your garden.

Link: https://www.shedstore.co.uk/shire-barclay-summerhouse-8-by-8

2.  7' x 7' Forest Oakley Double Door Apex Summer House

7' x 7' Forest Oakley Double Door Apex Summer House7' x 7' Forest Oakley Double Door Apex Summer House


  • 7mm overlap cladding on a 28mm frame
  • 25 year anti-rot guarantee
  • Supplied pressure treated
  • Double doors with bolt
  • Felt roof covering

Why it’s a great choice

No. 2 on our list of best small summer houses, the Forest Oakley Double Door Apex is a fantastic choice coming in at only 7’ x 7’. The pressure treatment means that no annual retreatment is required, this summer house is guaranteed to resist rot and fungal decay for 25 years. That's a whole quarter of a century, at least, of summers relaxing in your own garden sanctuary. Plus, the door is lockable, providing extra security.

Link: https://www.shedstore.co.uk/7x7-forest-oakley-double-door-apex-summer-house

3.   8' x 8' Mercia Premier Contemporary Corner Summer House

8x8 Mercia Premier Contemporary Corner Summer House8x8 Mercia Premier Contemporary Corner Summer House


  • 12mm tongue and groove shiplap construction, well-known for its strength, durability, and weather resistance
  • 10 year guarantee
  • Supplied dip treated
  • Fully glazed double doors with a key operated lock
  • Felt roof covering
  • Also available as a 7x7 summer house

Why it’s a great choice:

A combination of long-lasting quality, plentiful glazing and a lock make this a summer house that will be a favourite spot for the whole family for years to come.

Link: https://www.shedstore.co.uk/mercia-premier-corner-summerhouse-8-by-8

4.   7'5 x 7'5 Shire Hampton Summer House

Shire Hampton Summerhouse at ShedstoreShire Hampton Summerhouse at Shedstore


  • 12mm tongue and groove cladding
  • 12mm tongue and groove floor
  • Dip treated
  • 10-year anti-rot guarantee, when supported by annual retreatment
  • 34x34mm framing
  • Felt roof covering
  • Double doors

Why it’s a great choice:

Measuring, 7’5 x 7’5, the Shire Hampton is a great choice for your small summer house. If the classic look is for you, the Georgian style glazing of this robust pretty summer house will be ideal for your garden. With a 10 year guarantee and strong framing, it will be last long enough to become a true classic.

Link: https://www.shedstore.co.uk/shire-hampton-summerhouse-7-by-7-shs

5.   7'3x7'11 Shire Parham Traditional Summer House

7'3x7'11 Shire Parham Traditional Summer House7'3x7'11 Shire Parham Traditional Summer House


  • Dip treated with a 10 year guarantee
  • 12mm shiplap tongue and groove construction throughout, well-known for durability and weather resistance
  • Optional upgrade of a top coat of water repellent stain
  • Felt roof covering
  • Glazed double doors with a ring latch

Why it’s a great choice:

A handsome summer house, this is one of our best small to medium sizes summer houses. The Shire Parham Traditional Summer House offers traditional styling that will suit any garden. With paint options, this summer house will fit any design preference and is ideal for a garden office!

Link: https://www.shedstore.co.uk/shire-parham-summerhouse-7-by-7


If you have room for something a little bigger...

10'x10' Palmako Melanie Corner 28mm Log Cabin


  • Authentic chalet-style design with chamfered log ends
  • Integral porch
  • Thick 28mm tongue and groove interlocking logs
  • 19mm tongue and groove floor and 16mm roof
  • 5 year guarantee
  • Pressure treated floor bearers for longevity
  • Mortice lock and key
  • Attractive pyramid style roof

Why it’s a great choice:

An alternative to a wooden summer house, the authentic log cabin design with robust timber will add charm to any garden while the overhanging roof creates a little porch area.

Link: https://www.shedstore.co.uk/palmako-melanie-2-8m-x-2-8m-corner-summer-house-log-cabin-28mm


Still not sure? Why not take a look at our full range to discover the best corner summer house for your needs? Click here to find out more.

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Once you’ve found your perfect small summer house, you’ll need to decide where best to place this in your garden, how to install your new garden building, and how to ensure it lasts the test of time. Here are some of our top tips to help you along the way.

Installing a small summer house

When installing, there are several factors to consider that ensure a successful and enjoyable outcome. From choosing the right location to selecting the appropriate foundation, careful planning is essential.

Location and placement

Selecting the ideal location is crucial. Consider the layout of your garden, considering factors such as sunlight exposure, views, and proximity to existing structures. Optimise the placement to maximise natural light, privacy, and the surrounding landscape for a harmonious integration. This might sound obvious, but choosing the corner of your garden can often ensure the most efficient use of space.

Foundation and installation

Different foundation options are available for small summer houses, including concrete pads, wooden frames, or elevated platforms. Assess the suitability of each option based on the characteristics of your site, such as soil conditions and drainage. Follow general installation guidelines provided by the manufacturer and be mindful of potential challenges such as levelling the foundation and ensuring stability.

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Maintenance and care

Regular maintenance and care are essential to keep your small garden summer house in optimal condition and extend its lifespan. By following proper cleaning procedures and seasonal considerations, you can ensure its longevity and enjoy its benefits for years to come.

Cleaning and repairs

To maintain the appearance and functionality of your small garden summer house, it is important to adhere to regular cleaning routines. This includes cleaning windows, wiping down surfaces, and removing debris. Use recommended products and methods suitable for the materials used in your summer house. Additionally, address any necessary repairs promptly, such as fixing loose hinges, replacing damaged panels, or treating signs of rot or decay.

Seasonal maintenance

In the UK, seasonal maintenance is particularly important to keep our best summer houses in top-quality condition, due to the varying weather conditions throughout the year. During autumn, it is crucial to clear the gutters and remove fallen leaves to prevent water damage. In winter months, ensure proper insulation, seal any gaps, and consider covering the summer house to protect it from the harsh British weather. Spring is a good time to inspect the structure for any damage, clean the exterior, and prepare the back garden area surrounding the summer house. In summer, focus on ventilation, pest control, and regular cleaning to keep the extra space comfortable and enjoyable.


When selecting the best small summer house, factors like size, design, materials, durability, functionality, and features should be considered. Corner summer houses are particularly suitable for optimising limited outdoor space. The article highlights the top 5 corner summer houses for 2023, all made from FSC certified wood, showcasing their benefits and features.

Additionally, we offer tips on choosing the right location, installing, and maintaining a small garden summer house to ensure its longevity and enjoyment for years to come. For those seeking a serene sanctuary, a garden office, garden bar, or a charming entertainment space away from the main house, investing in a small summer house is a wise decision.

6' x 6' Forest Oakley 25yr Guarantee Double Door Apex Summer House6' x 6' Forest Oakley 25yr Guarantee Double Door Apex Summer House

Contact us to buy best small summer houses

Whether you’re simply looking for a small summer house or on the hunt for the best corner models of summer house available, please feel free to get in touch with Shedstore using the details below. The following contact options are available to discuss our range of best small summer houses: