Our guide to buying a shed


1. Size
Where in the garden is it going?
What do i need to store?
will i need future storage?
2. Material
What style do you prefer?
Consider durability?
What Wood is used?
3. Construction
Overlap, Shiplap or Tounge and groove?
Annual treatment,buy treatment?
Consider Budget?
4. Access
How many access points do i need?
How Much surrounding space is needed?
What do i need to store?
5. Base
Is The Ground Level?
What do i need to store?
What kind of supports do i need?
6. Windows
Consider security?
is light Required?
positions of windows?

Where is my shed made?

All of our sheds are made from kiln-dried timber from Siberian and Scandinavian sawmills.  We don’t use any homegrown or southern European timber as it contains more defects, is prone to splits and dead knots (which fall out). However, our sheds and cabins are all manufactured in East Anglia.

What sizes are available?

The imperial size  stated is an indication only. Metric sizes are more accurate. 

What is Tongue and Groove?

Tongue and groove (T&G) is a smooth planed interlocking board. 

What is Overlap?

Overlap is a cheaper  alternative to T&G. Rectangular shaped timber is positioned so that it overlaps the board below it. The finish is rough sawn not planed.

Why is tongue and groove shiplap better than overlap?

Shire shiplap is 12mm thick, overlap is almost half as thick. Shiplap  provides greater structural strength; improved weather protection, better  security and increased insulation. The planed smooth finish of shiplap encourages water to run off the boards where as the rough sawn finish of overlap  is more prone to water ingress which will result in a short life span or increased maintenance. Children are more likely to get splinters from a rough overlap shed than a planed shiplap shed. For a long-lasting shed, check that your shed is a tongue and groove design.

How much weight can my building floor take?

Our shed floors are designed  for domestic use. As such no specific strength testing has been implemented. Strength will vary from product to product. As a general guide an OSB (oriented strand board) floor is weaker than a T&G floor. The thicker the material the stronger the floor. Should you wish to use your building to house heavy equipment or machinery, we would suggest purchasing additional bearers and adding a layer of OSB  or tongue and groove. 

What does my building come with?

All necessary materials are supplied to enable construction without additional material purchases. Materials included are: Felt, Fixings and hardware. However, don't forget that Lings offers an in-house delivery and installation service. Our experienced professionals have over 30 years' experience of erecting sheds and other garden buildings.

How many people does it take to assemble Lings sheds?

We would normally recommend two people for larger sheds and for all log cabins. A reasonably capable DIY enthusiast can manage a smaller shed on his own.

Will Lings erect my shed for me?

Yes! We offer an in-house installation service by a team of experienced professionals who are engaged full-time in erecting sheds in Ipswich and all over Suffolk. We believe that we are one of the only firms in Ipswich who install and erect sheds using an in-house service. We NEVER sub-contract our installation service. Please call or e-mail for a quote.

Will I need planning permission for my log cabin?

Different authorities have different requirements and we would recommend that you check with your local planning department if you are unsure and if you are planning to erect a large building or structure. However, as a general guide only: planning permission or building regulation approval is not normally equired provided that:-

  • Sheds/Workshops/Summerhouses and Greenhouses do not  cover more than half of the area of the garden (excluding the area occupied by  the house).
  • It does not contain sleeping accommodation.
  • The floor area does  not exceed 15 square metres.
  • At no point is it less than one metre from a  boundary.
  • It is not more than 3m high for a flat roof, or 4m with a ridged  roof.
  • Overall height from ground level to ridge must not exceed more than  2.5m within a 2m range of any boundary. (A building with overall height exceeding  2.5m in height and placed within 2m of any boundary will require planning  permission).
  • No part of it projects beyond any wall of the house that faces a  road.
  • The building is for use only by those who occupy the house.

What sort of base do I need for my shed?

The base can be slabs or concrete, but it must be firm and level. We also have available a simple to construct alternative that may be adjusted to level off unlevel ground – our ‘Build Base’ option. Again, our experienced installation team can undertake baseworks where required.

How do I get rid of my old shed?

If you are based in Suffolk, we can dismantle your old shed and dispose of it for you. If you are interested in our "dismantle and dispose" service, please e-mail or call for a quote.

All buildings are made of pine softwood which EXPANDS AND CONTRACTS.  Knots, knot holes, sap grooves, splits and splinters in the timber are to be expected. If erecting, trimming, sanding and adjustment work should be expected, especially to the doors.Erect dates given are NOT GUARANTEED and are subject to change and over-run. Glass cleaning is not  included in the erect price. A SECOND COAT OF WOOD PRESERVER SHOULD BE APPLIED immediately.