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6 Organisation Tips to Maximise Your Shed Space

6 Organisation Tips to Maximise Your Shed Space

A tidy and well-organised shed space is without a doubt the ultimate symbol of garden pride. With that in mind, we’ve got our resident shed heads together to come up with 6 easy tips to help you to maximise your shed space and keep your shed tidy all year round.

1. Keep tabs on your kit

Set aside an afternoon, make yourself a cuppa, take an inventory of every item you have in your shed and make a note of where you keep it. Knowing where it is will save you a lot of time in the future.

making list checklist ticks tick box space


2. Maximising Shed space by minimising

Whilst taking your inventory with pinpoint accuracy, think about what you use regularly (and more importantly, what you don’t). Get rid of old or surplus tools and maximise that space.

old shed mess untidy space


3. Airtight boxes

During the winter, wet weather can harm your tools. The best way to protect them from damage is to keep them away from walls and in durable boxes. Airtight boxes will prevent rust build-up.

Tools in a workshop in a mess space maximise


4. Magnets

Most shed-based tools have some form of metal on them. Use this to your advantage by having magnetic strips across your shed walls, holding your kit in place. Having your paintbrushes, hammers, saws or trowels all within easy reach and ready to go at any moment will not only save you time but a lot of space.

old tools, hanging on rack magnet space maximise

5. Adjustable shelving

“The shelf in the room has been so true” according to the 1997 hit from ‘Days of the New’. If you fancy making your shelving solution even more effective, try out adjustable shelving. These handy shelves mean you can customise your layout from day to day.

Household tools in the shed for home and garden space maximise

6. Use your fourth wall

Most shed doors have enough surface area to be used as an entire wall. You can attach hooks or shelving to the door to hold anything you would not normally have the space for.

Old and rusty tools on rack in rustic tool shed wall. Space maximise

Storage space can be found in the most unusual places. We hope our advice helps you on your way to storage serendipity.

See and find out more about our shed range – or pop into your local branch and ask our experts any questions.

If you have a super tidy shed, please share your pictures with us on Facebook or Twitter

If you would like to contact our team by telephone, please call your local branch.

If you would like to contact our team online, you can do so by filling in our contact form.


How to Help your Garden Wildlife Survive Winter

Did you watch the beautiful summer green leaves slowly turn yellow, orange and red, only to now lie on the floor waiting to be collected? It’s that hibernation time of year where even nature is trying to protect itself from the harsh winter weather!

Garden wildlife are also making plans for winter by storing food and making a nice burrow to hibernate in until springtime. This method usually varies between each species, but there are plenty of things a gardener can do to help them out a little extra, check out our tips:


Leave it out

How many weekends have you spent tidying your garden in the past few weeks? The urge to sweep away leaves and other debris from those windy days is almost impossible to resist! What you might not realise is that the ugly mess in that nook or cranny is the perfect hibernation spot for a little garden critter!

If possible, leave the task of tidying your garden until early spring – this includes hedges, shrubs, borders and compost heaps. If the compulsion to tidy is too strong, sweep away the leaves from the main part of your garden but try to leave the nooks alone.

hedgehog autumn leaves forest. Winter wildlife.

Grab Your Nuts

Not all species will hibernate over winter; this includes squirrels, birds and foxes. Unfortunately it is very difficult for these animals to find food and they often struggle to stay alive. By putting out some food and water throughout winter you can make a few new wildlife friends and also help them survive.

Squirrels: hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, walnuts, chopped carrots, grapes, broccoli and cucumber are a few foods that you can leave out for your garden squirrels. You could also set up a squirrel feeder to ensure that other animals or birds can’t get to the food.

Birds: unsalted peanuts, seeds, some small blocks of cheese, apple and pear will go down a tweet!

Foxes: chicken carcasses, boiled potatoes, bread, crackers, and cheese – try to stick to a regular feeding pattern to ensure all of the food is eaten and doesn’t attract rats.

Any food you put out this year will help!

A chipmunk is holding peanuts. Winter wildlife.

Break the ice, keep it nice

Many fishes and frogs will hibernate at the bottom of a pond, so if you find that your pond freezes over this winter; make sure you make a hole in the ice to release any toxic gases which have become trapped. It’s important that you do NOT smash the ice or pour boiling water into your pond as this can harm or kill the fish living in it. When making a hole in the ice, place a saucepan of hot water onto the ice until it has melted through.

You should also start to feed your fish less; as the water temperature cools, their metabolism slows down. Over feeding your fish during the winter months is very dangerous for them! To help out any newts or frogs, stack some logs near your pond to provide them some shelter which is warm, damp and most importantly, above 0°C.

A photograph of brown leaves frozen beneath the ice in a pond. Winter wildlife.

It’s a Bugs Life

Whilst creepy crawlies might give you the shudders, they are incredibly important for the eco-system and provide many important functions. Keeping bugs safe over winter is fairly easy, simply avoid cleaning up your flower beds or cutting down any ivy which is growing in your garden, this will provide any flying insects with some much needed pollen.

For those who are up for a DIY project before the frosty weather really sets in, we’re really wild about this bug mansion! Made from wooden pallets (which you can get for FREE from your local Challenge Fencing branch) recycled materials, straw, hay, dry leaves, bark and other bits you can find around your garden, you can create an incredible home for bugs AND wildlife all year long.

Insect hotel providing a nest for useful insects plant pollinators. Winter wildlife.


We hope you’ve found this guide useful! Let us know what steps you’ve taken to help your garden wildlife this year in the comments below.

See to find out more about our railway sleepers – or pop into your local branch or ask our experts any questions.

Have you already made use of your railway sleepers in your garden? Share your pictures with us on twitter at @Chall_Fencing!

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5 Trendy Uses of Railway Sleepers in the Garden

Did you know that railway sleepers have been in use since the 1550’s? Initially used for making easier and faster routes for wagons in Germany, they are now popularly used as (really cool) garden features. If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to use railway sleepers in your garden, you’ve come to the right blog because we’ve got a few ideas…

1. A Garden Swing

We’re not sure about you, but swings were the best part of a playground when we were younger (and they still are!). What could be better than having this beautiful giant swing in your garden, gentling rocking you in the breeze while you sit relaxed with a book and a glass of wine!


This looks quite technical, but the basic structure is made of upright railway sleepers (which you can get from any one of our branches) add some rope, a curved seat and you’re done!

For a more kid-friendly swing, try your hand at this traditional swing to become the parent of the century 😉


Source: Pinterest

TOP TIP: Always choose to work with railway sleepers, new untreated or tanalised sleepers when using them for DIY projects – Do NOT use creosoted old reclaimed sleepers!!

2. Floating seats

Bored of regular seating? So are we. Create a contemporary look for your garden with a floating bench. These are definitely the next new popular garden trend.

Create a simple, stylish and timeless look in your garden with a strong and sturdy floating sleeper. This will no doubt be a talking point at any of your future garden parties!


Source: Pinterest

3. Vegetable plot

Want to start growing some seasonal vegetables? What you need is a raised vegetable plot! Not only will it be much better for your knees and back, but your plants will flourish with the extra space for their roots and also from the better drainage. If you have a snail and slug problem, this will make it more difficult for them to slime all over your precious veg!


Source: Pinterest

4. Steps

We’re a massive fan of not only a staggered garden, but also of these beautiful sleeper steps! Creating dimensions in your garden will help to make it look larger, it can also help to split your garden up, e.g. If you wanted one part of your garden for your plants and another for hosting.

Have you got sleeper steps in your garden? Please share your pictures with us on our Facebook page.


Source: Pinterest

5. Pond

Always fancied a pond in your garden? Water features add a whole other dimension to a garden, plus you can finally get your hands on some aquatic plants! Not only will it create a relaxing and calming atmosphere, but you’ll soon see new wildlife and insects frequenting your garden!


Source: Pinterest

If you have any questions about our sleepers, pop into your local branch to consult one of our experts! All of our team members are here to help.

See to find out more about our railway sleepers – or pop into your local branch and ask our experts any questions.

Have you already made use of your railway sleepers in your garden?

If you would like to contact our team by telephone, please call your local branch.

If you would like to contact our team online, you can do so by filling in our contact form.


How to build your new Surrey Shed

So, you’ve just received your brand new Surrey shed, that flat-packed bundle of excitement is sitting there, just waiting for you to get building. This article should give you some advice and instructions on preparing, building and looking after your shed.

What do I need to do before building my Surrey Shed?

The prepared D.I.Y’er is the smart D.I.Y’er, and as your Surrey shed is going to be with you for the next quarter of a century, it’s important you give it the best possible start in life. As with all buildings, it is essential that you provide a firm and level base on which to build your shed. The very best base (and the one we always recommend) is a concrete base.

Top tip: if your base is made of concrete, we recommend it does not extend beyond the dimensions of the shed. This avoids rain water collecting on the base, and in the words of Mary Berry “nobody likes a soggy bottom”. For example, if you’re building our apex 6×4 shed, we recommend a base size of 1800 x 1200mm.

What equipment do I need?

All the fittings and everything you need to build your shed are included, so you’ll just need to have a basic tool kit to put it together (a hammer, tape measure, a Stanley knife, clear mastic sealant for the window pane & a screwdriver). We recommend an extra pair of hands for the larger sheds and a good supply of tea and biscuits.

How to build a Surrey Shed

  1. Place the floor section on the base you have prepared and fix the back panel to one side panel, screwing through the vertical battens of the back panel into the battens on the side panel using 3 screws. Repeat this process when fitting the other side, also using 3 screws.Garden Shed Installation - Step 1
  2. Fix the front panel (this is the panel with the door) to the 2 side panels using the same method as in the previous step, using 6 screws.
    Top tip: After all the panels are fitted together, make sure it is all square and the cladding overlaps the floor.Garden Shed Installation - Step2
  3. Place one roof panel onto the top of the shed. The batten will fit into a central recess on the front and rear panels. Repeat this step with the other roof panel. Screw each roof panel into place on top of the shed using 7 screws for each panel. Once the roof is screwed into place, fix the panels to the floor section using 3 screws for each side panel and 2 screws each for the front and back panels.Garden Shed Installation - Step3
  4. Fit the long fillet in the gap between the 2 roof panels.Garden Shed Installation - Step4
  5. Fit the 4 x corner fascias using 3 x 40mm nails in each fascia.Garden Shed Installation - Step5
  6. Now it’s time to cut your felt. Measure and cut 2 lengths of felt by measuring the length of the roof panel and adding an extra 100mm. Once the felt is cut lay, the pieces so they overhang the side of the roof by at least 60mm.
  7. Nail the felt around the outside of the roof every 10 cm.
    “Perfection never ‘felt’ so good”
  8. Place the glass panel into the window frame using a suitable sealant, then nail the 20mm x 20mm interior beading strips into place starting with the bottom strip.Garden Shed Installation - Step 8 - Fitting Window
  9. Fit fascia pieces into place on the front and rear of the shed, and screw them into place with 8 screws in each panel (2 screws per panel)Garden Shed Installation - Step9

Voila! You have just built your new Surrey shed. Before you start moving in your assortment of tools, pots, buckets and general gubbins, we’ve got a few extra tips for keeping your shed in tip-top shape.


4 things to consider

“It’s good to touch the green, green grass of home…” – Tom Jones, 1966

As Tom Jones stated in his 1966 hit, it’s good to touch the green, green grass of home. However, it’s better that not too much of it touches your shed. Keep the area surrounding your shed clear of any grass or vegetation (including pruning any trees overhead)

“Pressure, pushing down on me, pressing down on you…” – Freddie Mercury, 1982

Freddie mercury was right to worry about pressure but can rest assured your shed has been pressure preservative treated. This means it’s designed to prevent rot and insect attack for up to 25 years, as well as to give the timber an extended and low maintenance service life. However, this treatment is not intended to perform as a waterproofing agent.

“I see a red door and I want it painted black…” – Mick Jagger, 1966

What colour should one paint one’s shed? Whilst black might prove a controversial choice (sorry, Mick) we recommend painting your shed with Barrenttine Shed and Fence treatment. Available in 5-litre tins in four natural colours (Dark Brown, Evergreen, Harvest Gold & Red Cedar). These can be bought at checkout from our website, or in any of our branches in Cobham, Woking, Farnham and Maidstone. When you add a Surrey shed to your basket on our website, you’ll see a range of shed accessories to browse, including shed treatments.

“I’ll sing my song to the wide-open spaces…” – Roger Daltrey, 1971

We recommend a minimum of 400mm (15″) clearance around all sides, although having 600mm (24″) allows more comfortable room for painting and any maintenance.

Why not share a picture of your newly built shed with us on social media?! Post a picture to Twitter or Facebook with #SurreyShed and #ShedSuccess to show off your new pride and joy!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to post them on Facebook or Twitter or contact your nearest Challenge Fencing branch to chat with a member of our team.



Win a brand new Challenger Garden Shed

To all dilapidated shed owners,

Your garden deserves so much better, don’t let your beloved old shed, with it’s creaking door, warped & weakened structure and dilapidated, weather-beaten walls, that have seen much better days, spoil the view any longer!

Good news, Challenge is coming to the rescue!

To celebrate our 30th Birthday, we are giving you the opportunity to win a brand new garden shed!

Not just any old shed mind you, we know that parting with your beloved old shed can tug at the old heart strings, so we have brought back our most popular ‘Challenger’ garden shed, with a host of improved features, to ensure that you will never have to say goodbye to your garden shed again.

The ‘Challenger’ garden shed has been designed to last you a life time and will look as good as new for years to come.

How to enter

There are 3 ways you can enter our competition to win the ‘Challenger’ Shed.

1. Enter on Facebook

  • Take a photo of your dilapidated old shed.
  • Find our profile by entering Challenge Fencing Ltd in the search box (or go to
  • Post your photograph to our Facebook wall, including the hashtag #SaveOurShed

2. Enter on Twitter

  • Follow @Chall_Fencing on Twitter
  • Tweet a picture of your old shed mentioning @chall_fencing, including the hashtag #SaveOurShed in your tweet

3. Enter on Instagram

  • Post a picture of your old shed, including the hashtag #SaveOurShed

All the photographs we receive will be scrutinised by an Independent Judge from the Builders Merchants Federation and the most deserving owner of the most dilapidated garden shed will win a brand new ‘Challenger’ 6×4 Shed with a market value of £495.00 (If you wish to upgrade to an even larger shed in the Challenger Range, this can be arranged for you, at an additional cost).

  • Please note – this competition is only open to individuals resident within London, Surrey, Kent and Gloucestershire.
  • The opening date for this competition is Friday 16 June 2017 at 9.00am
  • The closing date for entry will be Sunday 30 July 2017 at 23:59pm
  • The winner will be notified via direct message on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Full competition terms and conditions can be found here.


Is your garden shed letting you down?

Check out the excellent specifications of the Challenger Shed

Our Challenger shed is constructed using rounded 45mm x 35mm framework for extra strength, clad with high quality 15mm Redwood shiplap and has a roof AND floor machined from 25mm tongue & groove timber.

✔ 100% pressure treated Scandinavian Redwood timber for up to 25 years protection
✔ 25mm tongue & groove floor and roof for extra strength
✔ Heavy duty mineral roof felt with 7 years life expectancy
✔ Galvanised fittings to prevent rusting

The Challenger shed is under 2.5m high, so no need for planning approval & is supplied with full assembly instructions and fittings pack. It has a fixed toughened glass window & a 29” (74cm) left handed door with galvanised hinges, pad bolt, & 2 turn buttons.

We recommend siting the shed on treated timber bearers with a thin strip of roof felt to act as a Damp Proof Course and ideally a well-draining concrete base to avoid standing water.

Your shed will come flat packed with full self-assembly instructions and a comprehensive fitting kit.

Win a garden shed - new shed image

Our highest quality Challenger shed range is manufactured from Scandinavian Redwood and is 100% pressure treated to protect it against wood decay and insect attack for up to 25 years.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to post them on Facebook or twitter or contact your nearest Challenge Fencing branch to chat to a member of our team, quoting #SaveOurShed competition.



5 Things that are not as tough as a Challenger Shed

1. Chuck Norris

There are many overblown rumours about ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ star Chuck Norris, from the slightly plausible to the downright ludicrous. We say “Chuck, you’re not so tough!” Chuck Norris may be able to make a snowman out of water, but does Chuck Norris have a heavy duty, mineral felt waterproof roof with 7 years’ life expectancy like a Challenger shed? We think not.


Image credit: Fox News

2. Climbing Mount Everest

OK, so you’ve climbed 29,000 feet of mountain through a snow-ridden blizzard, pretty impressive. Want to know something even more impressive? When you get to the top you might just find a Challenger shed, standing strong against the elements. If you’re really lucky, you’ll find Chuck Norris inside it, sheltering from the cold.

Every Challenger shed comes flat packed with full self-assembly instructions and a comprehensive fitting kit (you won’t even need to dress for the cold)

Mount Everest Walker

Everest? Easy

3. Selling a used mattress

They say that people spend up to 25 years of their lives sleeping. A quarter of a century’s use can take its toll on ‘old bouncy’. It’s served you well, but the time has finally come to pass your mattress on to the next life. Unfortunately, selling a used mattress complete with broken springs can be harder than killing two stones with one bird (something else Chuck Norris is rumoured to be capable of). Thankfully, the high quality 15mm Scandinavian redwood on the Challenger shed is 100% pressure treated for up to 25 years’ protection and beyond (so you can spend more time in the shed, and less time in bed).


It served you well, but its time to move on.

4. Making Baked Alaska

Ah – Baked Alaska! Everyone’s favourite meringue topped ice cream cake is a notoriously tricky dessert to master. Oftentimes beginners can find their Baked Alaska representing the wake of a snowplough carefully slopped into a bowl. Alas. Thankfully, building your Challenger shed is much more straightforward, and our expert team @Chall_Fencing or in your local branch is always on call to give you a helping hand. Unfortunately, they can’t help with dessert.


Baked Alaska? No problem.

5. The Terminator

Another famous tough guy, the Terminator spends a lot of his time beating up Cyborgs, saving the future and “Getting to the Chopper”. That’s all very impressive, but does the Terminator have a 25mm tongue and groove floor and roof for extra strength? We don’t think so. We’re even more certain he doesn’t have galvanised fittings to prevent rusting. Don’t worry, Arnie. We’re always on hand to give advice.

Our high quality Challenger shed range is manufactured from Scandinavian Redwood, and is 100% pressure treated to protect it against wood decay and insect attack for up to 25 years.


The Terminator? Not so tough.

See to find out more about garden sheds, pop into your local branch or ask our experts any questions @Chall_Fencing.

If you would like to contact our team by telephone, please call your local branch.

If you would like to contact our team online, you can do so by filling in our contact form.


Turn your Double sided fence panels into an Easter Garden Fence

Easter Garden fence panels with wave design and intergrated trellis

Spending a little time researching garden fence ideas can bring structure, texture and definition to your outdoor space. For example you could try searching for garden fence ideas on Pinterest for page after page of great designs liked by other garden enthusiasts.

After a long winter, and with the Easter weekend just around the corner, it’s lovely to be able to get out into the garden again. There is usually a long list of jobs to get the best from your outdoor space, so a little work now will have your garden looking great for Easter and beyond. Spend an hour or so planning what is required, whether it’s replacing or maintaining a garden fence, weeding and mowing, or redesigning some key features to give your garden a whole new look for the Spring/Summer.

Easter Garden Fence Ideas

The garden fence is one element of a garden’s design that’s often overlooked, it’s seen as too practical, hard or heavy to fix. Whilst a run of fence panels main function might be to separate one garden from another, there is a wide choice of panel designs that can really affect the look of your garden.

From the old standard of Featheredge Panels to more modern, continental style panels such as this wave design with integrated trellis.

Garden fence panels, when used imaginatively, can feature eye catching decorations, helpful storage pieces or fun signs. Or why not make your fence stand out with multicoloured stains or paints.

Of course you need to establish the basics such as;

  • good quality posts, whether they are treated to standards for in ground use (look for HC4 treatment) or concrete posts that are dry cast for additional strength
  • pressure treated panels (look for Tanalith E) for extra lifespan which are built from thicker timber with extra framing
  • smooth planned timber for that high quality look and feel
  • Stainless steel fixing for strength and to prevent rust staining
  • Good, strong concrete mix for secure post installation

A good tip is to visit your local DIY store & lift up one of their panels. Then pop down to a dedicated fencing merchant & pick up the same size panel in their yard. You will be surprised just how heavy and sturdy the professional yard panel is. This is a great sign that the fence panel will not warp or break easily and will give you years of service.

Whilst you are at the fencing merchant why not ask them to plan out your fence for you? The best will be delighted to help work out how many fence panels, posts, gravel boards etc you will need. Often they are ex installers themselves so you can rely on their experience. Just try asking the Saturday staff at your local DIY store the same question 🙂

For more information on our range of garden fencing products, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local branch of Challenge Fencing today! We hold a huge stock at each of our five branches, so can usually deliver the next or sometimes even the same day.

You could have a brand new looking garden in time for the Easter weekend BBQ’s with our Easter fence panel ideas!


The Garden Shed – as strong as a tank!

The Challenger garden shed - highest quality celebration price

The Challenger garden shed is back!

To celebrate our 30th birthday, we have brought back our popular Challenger Garden Shed.

With a host of improved features for 2017, the high quality Challenger garden shed remains right up to date, the only thing that isn’t is the very 1987 price!

A shed is a ‘must have’ for most garden owners but type ‘garden shed’ into Google and you will receive over 15M results!  No wonder then that many gardeners are unsure what to look out for, what to avoid and importantly why a shed has a certain feature.

Challenge Fencing is here to help. We have been in the timber business 30 years. We take great pride in supplying only the highest quality fencing, decking and garden timber products, so here’s our guide based on our years’ of experience on buying the very best garden shed.

Quality timber first

Look out for Redwood timber. Unlike it’s cheaper Whitewood cousins, Redwood retains some sap in it’s grain, helping it remain more flexible and less prone to splitting, cracking or knot defects. Then look for pressure treated Redwood timber. Put simply, the timber has a wood preservative forced deep into it’s grain under a vacuum. The result is protection for up to 25 years’ from rot or insect attack.

Traditional craftsman construction

In a race to provide the cheapest online shed, many suppliers cut corners in construction. Whilst this brings the overall price down and provides a great headline,  it also dramatically reduces the lifespan of the shed. It’s one of our over riding principles at Challenge Fencing that we only supply the highest quality products. They may initially cost a little more than some of our competitors but will always work out cheaper in the long run!

There are some easy ways to spot a poorly constructed shed;

  1. Thickness of the timber. It’s obvious but the thicker the framing, cladding, roof and floor the stronger the shed will be and the longer it will last. Minimums to avoid are 12mm or less cladding and 25mm or less framing. A roof of less than 12mm may not even be able to support the weight of the timber and felt!
  2. Use of chipboard, plywood or any similar type of ‘sheet material’. Generally this disintegrates quite quickly once it gets wet.
  3. Cheaper overlap cladding is more prone to expanding and letting water in versus shiplap cladding which is generally stronger and features a small channel to divert water away from the building.
  4. No facia boards to finish off and protect the edge of the roofing felt.
  5. Untreated metal fittings. Without an electroplated galvanised finish, the nails and metal fittings will soon rust and stain the shed.
  6. Plastic rather than toughened glass windows.
  7. Thin low quality roofing felt that easily rips when installed. Look for a mineral roofing felt that lasts for 5 or more years.
  8. No opportunity to view and test the shed. Even if you cannot get to the show site the very fact the supplier is happy for customers to test their shed is a good sign of quality.
  9. A rough, splintered finish is a rushed finish. A quality shed will have smooth often rounded timber.

We have created a handy Buyers Guide for the Challenger garden shed range;

The Challenger Garden Shed - Buyers Guide

Expert advice – FAQ

We are always happy to offer advice and help with any questions you may have about buying a garden shed. If we’ve not covered your question in our FAQ below, please talk to any of our branch sales staff, contact us on Twitter @Chall_Fencing, Facebook @ChallengeFencingLtd or leave a comment below.

Should I paint or treat my new Challenger shed?

Yes, to extend the life of your shed further we recommend treating your new shed with Shed & Fence Treatment or Wood Preservative. Both are available on our website, come in a range of attractive colours & a 5 litre tin should be sufficient for a single coat our largest 10′ x 8′ shed.

What base should I use for my new Challenger shed?

First and foremost your shed base must remain firm and level for years to come to ensure your shed lasts as long as possible. The best solution is a well draining concrete base. For the Challenger garden shed range this needs to be a minimum of 75mm (3″) deep. The base should be 25mm (1″) larger than the shed so rainwater can drain off onto the grass/soil.  An oversized concrete base, wider than the roof eaves, allows water to collect and splash back onto the shed timber, shortening it’s lifespan.

We can supply high quality cement and ballast for your garden shed project. Please use the table below to calculate how many bags of Cement and Ballast you will need for the Challenger shed range.

The Challenger garden shed - concrete base calculator

If you would like some recommendations for concrete base installers and shed installers, please ask our branch sales staff for their local list or see our Branch Information pages

Should I add wooden bearers to my Challenger shed?

Yes, we recommend a wooden bearer base with a damp proof course (a thin strip of spare roofing felt is ideal) on all installations. This provides a physical barrier against water getting into the base of the shed from below and provides airflow underneath the shed. Both will further extend the life of your shed.

We can supply all the timber & fixings you need for each size of Challenger shed, please use the table below to help you calculate the quantities required.

Calculate how many timber bearers are required for each of the Challenger garden shed range

Can I build The Challenger shed myself?

We supply the Challenger shed range flat packed with a comprehensive set of assembly instructions and a complete fittings pack. A competent DIYer should have no problem assembling the shed, although it helps if you have someone else to provide an extra pair of hands!

If you would like to read through the instructions please just click on your preferred size of shed & download the assembly instructions shown in the Product Description.

How much space should I leave around my Challenger garden shed?

We recommend a minimum of 400mm (15″) clearance around all sides, although having 600mm (24″) allows more comfortable room for painting and any maintenance.

If you are positioning the shed against a fence, this clearance can be reduced if you have removable fence panels and can gain access to the other side of the fence. It may also be worth considering treating your new garden shed before assembly, particularly any hard to reach areas.

Do I need planning permission for the Challenger garden shed range?

No, all four garden sheds in the range are under 2.5m high so do not require planning approval. However we always recommend discussing your new shed project with your neighbours when working near a shared boundary.

Does the Challenger garden shed range include roof felt?

Yes, we supply heavy duty mineral roof felt which has a life expectancy of 7+ years’.

Remember you can use off cuts of roof felt as a damp proof course (DPC) on your wooden bearer base, which we recommend is installed with all Challenger sheds.

It is also important to check that no tree or bush branches are likely to scrap against the garden shed roof as this can reduce the lifespan of the mineral felt.

Does the Challenger garden shed come with a padlock?

No, it is supplied with a galvanised sliding pad-bolt. Purchasing a good quality padlock is recommended to keep your belongings secure.

Do you deliver the Challenger garden shed?

Yes, we have a fleet of our own lorries & can usually deliver the next day within the local delivery area of our five branches (Cobham, Woking, Farnham, Maidstone and Gloucester).

When you place an order, our system will confirm if your postcode is within our delivery area. Our sales team will then double check your order, confirm the delivery charge and estimated timing.

Can I adjust the size and/or specification of a Challenger shed?

No, the Challenger garden shed only comes in three Apex roof sizes (6’x4′, 8’x6′, 10’x8′) and one Pent roof size (7’x5′). The window(s) can be placed on either side of the Apex roof design and the door can be placed at either end.

We do however sell garden shed protective paints and treatments and all the materials you require to build a concrete base and wooden shed bearer base.

These will be shown under you online shopping basket as Related Products for you to choose from.

On which side is the door hung?

All Challenger garden sheds have left hand hung doors.

Are the windows opening?

No, all Challenger garden shed windows are fixed for added security.

Do you offer a painting service for my Challenger garden shed?

No, but we do sell a range of attractive colours of paint.


5 Project Planning Tips


Project planning can sometimes feel difficult and time consuming, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are 5 planning tips to design and create a fantastic garden for you to enjoy!

Project Planning Tips To Help You Along The Way…

  1. Make Sure You Have All Relevant Planning Permission!
    First things first, you need to make sure that you have all of the relevant planning permission. If you’re upgrading your garden fencing, your might need to apply for planning permission depending on how high the fence is. If a fence is over 1m high and is next to a highway used by vehicles or a footpath of a highway, you need planning permission.
    If you’re unsure if you need planning permission for any works you are considering, visit your local council’s website for more information.
  2. Decide What Type Of Fence You Want!
    After checking and getting any permission needed (if needed) you should decide on what type of fence you want.
    Project planning is all about gathering information. So, when deciding what type of fence you want; make sure you get all the information you can. There are many different types of fence to choose from; do you want eco-fencing, featheredge fencing or some of the numerous fence panels available on our website?
    After deciding what type of fencing you want, you’ll have to decide what type of fence posts you want. Do you want to use concrete posts or wooden posts? Both have their own advantages and disadvantages, if you’re interested in reading more about the advantages of using concrete posts you can read our blog about using concrete posts.
  3. Choose Quality Materials!
    After deciding what type of fence you want, another key component of project planning is making sure that you choose quality materials.
    If you want to create a high quality end product, you need to use quality materials! You can find a wide selection of quality materials at your local Challenge Fencing branch.
  4. Choose A Trustworthy Installation Team!
    On our website we have a great list of recommended installation teams.
    We only refer contractors who are known by us for three years or more, have a good record of reliability and work in a professional and honest manner. For example, if you live in the Cobham area, we recommend Stennett Landscapes.
  5. Consider Local British Wildlife!
    When planning your garden, don’t forget about the local wildlife. By choosing different plants and by leaving a gap at the bottom of your fence panels for hedgehogs, you can create a wildlife friendly garden; this way both you and the local British wildlife can enjoy your beautiful garden!

Planning Some Garden Work? Visit Challenge Fencing!

If you want to make some improvements to your garden, visit your local Challenge Fencing branch. Quality materials are an important part of project planning and we have a fantastic selection of high quality materials to choose from. If you would like more information, please contact our friendly team.

If you would like to contact our team by telephone, please call your local branch.

If you would like to contact our team online, you can do so by filling in our contact form.
You can also find us on social media!



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