Bike sheds are usually made from three different materials, just like your ordinary garden shed: wood, plastic and metal.
The latter will be the strongest and will protect your bikes from the elements and theft the best. Most are available in colour variations, so you don’t have to worry about garish metallic designs in your garden. They will also be protected against rust.
Plastic is probably the next best, but it can lack in strength if you get one which is too cheap. They are also easier to break into, even if you have secure locks because the edges and plastic could simply be broken.
Wooden bike sheds can be the cheapest, and you can paint them to match the rest of your garden, but they will need protection from the weather every year. They are also the easiest to break into, but you can improve security by adding extra padlocks with ease.
You can also get bike tents which are made out of strong plastic-based material. They aren’t good for security but can keep your bike dry and hidden on a budget and smaller scale.
All bikes are of different sizes. All setups are different too – you may just want to keep your commuting bike safe, or you could have two adult bikes, one with a child seat, and a kids bike.
The capacities we have given are just a general guide for a plain average bike, but you may have a larger or smaller than average bike, or extras such as child seats. Always measure your bikes before you buy a shed, and think about whether you’d want extra space to store additional items such as helmets, bike pumps and cleaning equipment.
We have a guide below on how big your bike shed should be.