The humble shed is a staple for many homes across the UK and beyond. As time has passed, we’ve seen the use of sheds reach far beyond being a simple one-use storage space for garden tools. Nowadays, you can store garden furniture and bikes or use them as an additional relaxation space. Possibilities are vast. So, how do you choose the right shed door? By making sure you have the know-how with a buyer’s guide!

You can discover key shed door information to help you make the right choices. From types of shed doors to sizes and more, you’re in for a treat with our guide.

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What are you using your shed for?

Before you choose a shed door, there are many considerations to think about. Starting with how you plan to use your shed. Why does this matter? Well, if you want to use your shed regularly and with ease then you want a door that’s simple to use and provides little to no complications.

I’m using my shed for storage

In that case, you need to consider how much space is required to open the shed door to its full capacity. If you’re storing small items, single doors might be your best option. If you want to store equipment like lawnmowers, bikes or large children’s toys, then a double door would be sufficient to allow quick entry and exit with said items.

You’ll also need to consider the shed door’s security. With many different items of value, you’ll want to ensure you have the most efficient security to keep them safe. You can read our guide to find out more about securing your shed and shed door.

I’m converting a shed into a garden room

Summerhouses and garden cabins are in! A double door is preferable to allow for easy manoeuvring of furniture or items.

If you’re not planning to move large items in and out of the shed anytime soon, a single shed door could be a good option. Even better, shed doors with glass can let in a little extra light and allow you to view the garden and/or landscape for a relaxing space outdoors.

I’m growing plants in a shed

Unless you’re bringing in a fully grown tree, a single door is preferable as most smaller plants can be brought into the shed space via this opening more easily. If you have plants needing additional light, a glazed shed door would be a perfect solution to allow light to reach parts of the shed that might not be exposed because the shed walls aren’t glazed.

I work from my shed or use it as a hobby shed

If you’re lucky enough to work from home via your shed or use your shed to perform hobbies like painting, woodworking or similar, then you could likely use a double door with a larger shed. This offers you plenty of space to move items in and out of the shed area and lets you add more surfaces to work to secure a shed

Shed door types

Regardless of which door you choose, opting for doors with high strength will make life easier regarding their longevity. Ledged and braced shed doors with a double “Z” frame offer this strong, sturdy structure. So, ensure you look out for this type of shed door when making a purchase.

If you’ve already opted for a double door and want to build one yourself, our guide to building a double shed door can show you how.

What about securing a shed door?

That’s a good question! Securing a shed is a priority for many property owners. In fact, we have a guide for that. Find out how to secure a shed to discover the importance of shed security hinges and other ways to ensure your shed is as secure as possible.

Can I decorate my shed door?

You can indeed. Even if you’re not planning a full redesign, you can add a few accessories to make the shed and the shed door stand out. For shed door decoration ideas, check out our tips for decorating a shed to ensure your shed is a stand-out feature of your property.

Shed door materials

Shed doors, like the sheds themselves, have varying materials to choose from. Depending on your requirements, a shed door can come in one of three materials:

  • Wood
  • Plastic
  • Metal

Here is a brief overview of each type of shed door material.

Wood (pine, redwood + softwood. •Commonly used material (used for decades).
•Can be painted.
•Can be varnished.
•Can be stained.
•Available with or without a finish.
•Solid-core construction for improved strength.
•Long lifespan.
Plastic •Modern material.
•Simple maintenance (includes cleaning with a mere wiping of the surfaces).
•Lightweight (easy to open, close and move).
•Variety of colours and styles are available (including those that can replicate the appearance of wood or metal).
Metal (Aluminium + galvanised steel) •Commonly used material.
•Available with or without a finish.
•Great strength.
•Durable with increased security.
•Ideal for the concealment of high-value possessions, tools etc.
•Resistant to corrosion.
•Low maintenance.

Shed doors sizes

A typical shed door size will depend on whether you’re buying the door for the first time or replacing the door. For a first-time buyer, the average shed door size will have a height of approximately 6ft (1981mm) tall and a width of 3ft (915mm). For a replacement, you will need to opt for made-to-measure solutions.

Having said that, the height and width of a typical shed door can vary.

Standard shed door height explained

Although the typical shed door height is 6ft, taller shed doors can be bigger or smaller, depending on your requirements.

Taller shed doors can reach around 7.6ft (2032mm) and shorter shed doors can measure around 3ft (915mm).

Standard shed door width explained

Despite most shed door widths being 3ft (915mm), you can find wider or narrower options. By then, you’ll want to opt for double shed doors for a seamless appearance. Bear in mind, that the larger the door, the more likely you’ll have a higher cost to go along with it.

Shed door sizes chart

Here’s a brief overview of available shed door sizes right here at our Superstore.

Shed door width
Shed door height610mm686mm762mm813mm838mm915mm
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How much does a shed door cost?

Size is an obvious factor when looking at the cost of a shed door, but what else is there? Well, the material and installation can have a great impact.

At the low end, you can find softwood shed doors (e.g. pine shed doors)/ These can be anywhere between £50 to £100 per door, including installation. A little higher up, you can find hardwood doors. Installation for these doors can cost anywhere between £125 to £175 per door.

At the higher end of the spectrum, you’ve got plastic (uPVC) or metal doors. These can cost anywhere over £400. Some even reach up to and over the £1000 mark.

Average costs are just that – average. For an exact price, you will typically have to request a quote from the installer. So, make sure you research before moving forward with a definite choice to avoid pushing your budget limits.

Can I replace a shed door?

Absolutely. You can find out all about shed door replacement via our step-by-step guide. Find out how to measure the existing door’s frame for a new door and what you need to complete the process with success.

We have many different help and advice articles for you to explore about sheds and more. In fact, are you also looking for a new garden gate? We have a buyer’s guide for that too! Check out our informative space for further support with your home products and projects.

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