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Recommended Wood Flooring for Sheds

Many years ago, if we’d been asked to recommend wood flooring for sheds we’d have thought that the customer had mistaken the date for April 1st, but today, more and more people are asking this question.  And it’s for good reason, because one thing that has changed significantly in recent years is the common definition and purpose of a shed.  At one point, a shed was a little wooden hut that stood, sometimes unloved at the bottom of the garden, albeit the haven of the DIY husband who escaped to his shed to have some time to himself.  How times have changed.  Sheds nowadays come in all shapes and sizes and have all different purposes.  As a result, the recommended wood flooring for your shed will depend to a large extent on the purpose of your shed.

Sheds that are used as additional, informal living spaces


Many people in the UK find themselves in the position of needing more space but unable to sell their homes because the market is flatter than they’d like.  What this means is that attic and basement conversions are becoming more and more common.  That said, for those people who have decent sized gardens, a “posh” garden shed is often the answer they’ve been looking for.

Often used as playrooms for kids, home offices and even informal bunk-rooms for teenagers, a good sized, well constructed garden shed can be the perfect solution to lack of space.  With some garden sheds that are on the market these days seeming almost like small houses in their own right, the choice available is immense.

Depending on your budget and the planned use of your shed, the flooring you choose may be high or low budget.  Either way, thanks to the tough climatic conditions a shed is likely to suffer, there’s no getting away from the fact that engineered wood flooring is sure to be your best option.  Temperature and moisture fluctuations in shed environments of all styles are significant and you need to bear that in mind when you’re making your flooring choice.

Thanks to its clever construction, engineered wood doesn’t expand and contract to the same extent as solid wood flooring, which means that it doesn’t stand the same risk of being damaged by being in a shed setting.  If you’re investing in a low cost but good looking shed to extend your living space, the likes of this Natural European Oak Engineered flooring (one that’s been brushed and oil finished would be the perfect solution).  Although it’s low budget, the final look can be stunning and you will be able to use it as a neutral backdrop to either a funky modern or traditional interior for your shed.

If you’re going for a top of the market, high budget shed that you’re planning to use as a home office, then the chances are that you’ll spend significant time there and may even use it as a space to welcome your important clients.  If this is the case, then the likelihood is that your flooring budget will stretch a bit further.  This particular distressed oak option, would look absolutely stunning in a garden office environment, not overly stretching your budget, but looking like it might have.

Sheds for storage or DIY


If your shed is to be used only for storage or DIY, then the style of your flooring is likely to be somewhat less important.  The priority is likely to be cost.  If this is the case, a lacquered, low budget engineered wood floor is the perfect solution.  What it will enable you to do is get your shed looking great and giving you a solid and stable base on which to store your goods or carry out your DIY activities.

No matter what the purpose of your shed, it’s important to make the right flooring choices and at Wood and Beyond we’re here to help.  If you’d like to chat through your shed flooring project, why not get in touch today?  Our team is highly experienced in all aspects of flooring and will help you make the right choice.

2 thoughts on “Recommended Wood Flooring for Sheds”

  • John Townsend

    I have a 10' x 8' summerhouse. The floor is 18mm thick tongued and grooved moisture resistant particle board on closely spaced 2" x 2" pressure treated bearers, on a flat concrete base. I would like to put another floor on top of this as it is not very attractive and also to improve the insulation. Do you have any recommendations and would I need some sort of insulating material between the 2 floors. The natural oak looks very appealing.
    Many thanks for your help.

    John Townsend

    • Jonathan Sapir

      Hi, what we would recommend to use on top of your existing subfloor will be our 5mm Gold Timbertech acoustic underlay (product code AC170 on our site) and on top of that an Engineered floor.

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