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My old shed had been a good servant, but you can only patch up a roof so many times, and once the bottom starts to go it's only a matter of time before the contents are at risk from the elements; or you're at risk from having a shed falling on top of you. Plus, it's much harder to keep it secure.
One day, I crept up on the old boy with a large claw hammer and put him out of his misery as quickly and as kindly as you can with a large claw hammer. The problem that remained was what to do with all the stuff.
As ever, I soon found that I didn't really need it all and the pile quickly reduced, but the problem remained, nevertheless.
I'd seen these plastic storage chests at B&Q and online. In fact, my neighbour had one and he let me look it over. I could see that I would have to think carefully about how it would all fit in, but still, I was impressed.
One of my initial fears was that it would look tacky, but this looked alright. I decided to go for a chest type, rather than a taller unit because the lower profile would be more discreet and I'd already worked out that some of the taller items could be stored elsewhere. Garden canes, for instance, are outside most of the year anyway, so they were no problem. Whether my old mountain bike would fit in remained to be seen.
~ Cost ~
I bought mine online and I can see that the later, prop lid version is selling for about £119. However, be aware that some sites are still offering the piston lid version, which is very good and Argos are currently selling that for £99.99. Worth shopping around
~ Preparation ~
Bear in mind that this thing is going to be about 1.6m wide x 1.19 high x 0.90 deep, so there has to be a big enough space for it that will allow you to open its two front doors, lift its lid and comfortably get at what's inside. After all, this is one of the big advantages of this piece of equipment - the fact that you can open it right out to make things accessible.
It's also no good plonking it down on any old bit of garden. For preference, site it on a paved area, tarmac, or some other sort of hard standing that is level. If you do have to put it on dirt, level it off as best you can and try to get it as firm as possible.
_~ Assembly ~
Those of a nervous disposition might want to look away when the delivery men drop it off, as it's a pretty hefty flat pack. There will be assembly instructions with it, but you can also download these from Keter's website. I did mine without any power tools, and one person can certainly manage, but you need plenty of space, near to where you are going to site it - and time and patience. Assembling flat packs is something that you have to approach with the attitude that you've got all day. Show it your flask and sandwiches and it will know that you mean business. That way, I find that it doesn't take so long after all!.
~ Features ~
When it's up I think you'll be impressed. It isn't such a gaudy monster, after all. The green and beige colour scheme is quite subdued (there's a grey version as well) and what might have seemed a little wobbly as you put it up, stands firmly and sturdily, especially if you have provided it with a good base.
It comes with a floor, which not only gives it more solidity, but also helps keep everything clean. The lid stays up securely, so you don't have to worry about not having enough hands. There's a decent latch on it, but there's also a plastic hasp so that you can fit a padlock if you wish. I do keep a padlock on mine, not so much for security, but more to make sure that it does stay closed. If the wind gets underneath the lid, the latch might not be strong enough. The padlock is not supplied.
It should come with brackets and a shelf, but check that with your supplier.
I've had no problems with water getting in, or any damp problem for that matter.
~ Capacity ~
It should be able to take two wheelie bins, which is what some people use these for. Chances are, like me, you'll have an odd assortment of garden furniture and equipment to put in it and trust me it will take plenty. You just need to think it through - think inside the box. And yes....it DID accommodate my old mountain bike.
~Care and Maintenance ~
This is certainly one of the BIG advantages of the Keter Garden Store. There's very little if anything that you have to do. Mine has been in situ for several years and I've had to do nothing. You might want to wipe it down with a mild detergent if the birds try to use it for target practice, but that's all.
Keep the doors and lid shut when not in use, otherwise if the wind got up, it could create problems. Although it's a sturdy thing, don't get carried away and think you can use it to stand on while you paint the house, or something. It isn't designed for that. Don't try to operate your barbecue inside it either....not a good idea.
It claims to be UV resistant and it certainly seems to be. My garden is south facing so the sun beats down quite heavily on the Keter, but there has been no sign of the colour fading.
I love the fact that the Keter website takes the trouble to point out that the Garden Store is not suitable for habitation! That came as a bit of a disappointment, I suppose. Gone were my dreams of sitting in the shed with my transistor radio on, listening to the footy and smoking a pipeful of rough shag, and in that sense it doesn't allow me to think inside the box...but heyho! - I know my stuff is safely stored away and that's the main thing.
It's a bit of a surprise to find myself writing a review about an outdoor plastic storage unit - mainly because I was so adamant that I didn't want to purchase one of these things in the first place. A couple of years ago now, we finally got around to putting up a traditional wooden shed at the very top of the garden. My other half was not content with that though and was insistent that we also needed one of these plastic storage units, manufactured by Keter, to save us having to troop up to the top of the garden every time we needed to get our son's bike out or needed tools for something or other.
My main objection to buying one of these giant plastic boxes was just the aesthetics. Another house on our road has one of these sitting out on the front and it looks horrible - I certainly wouldn't recommend placing one of these in front of the house. This is definitely a back garden/back yard product! The cream and green colours and the cheap looking plastic doors and lid make the box look particularly unappealing and rather obtrusive. It certainly doesn't have the same visual appeal as a decent quality wooden shed (although admittedly this is a lot smaller than your average wooden shed.)
Despite my reluctance, my other half got his own way and picked up one of these green and white monstrosities from Argos for around £90. (I've just checked the Argos book for current prices and there is currently an updated version available for £94.99. The new version also seems much more attractive than the original one with a couple of black 'design features' added and a more stylish finish given to the doors.)
The storage unit comes flat-packed but my other half managed to put this together with ease singlehandedly in less than twenty minutes without any blood, sweat or tears! The store is, essentially, a large empty plastic container with two doors at the front which open outwards, a thick plastic base and also a lid which can be locked into the open position for convenience when getting items in and out. There is a plastic loop at the front which means that the unit can be secured with a a padlock, keeping your valuables protected. The whole thing is made out of very thick sturdy plastic. The container also came supplied with additional brackets for the option of adding shelves inside the box (although no shelves are supplied with the unit). We never saw the need to add shelving as this would limit the versatility of the space somewhat and a big outdoor space was exactly what we had in mind.
The dimensions of the box are 118cm high, 160cm wide and 90cm deep. For those of us that can't visualise space by numbers alone, this box is the garden equivalent of a tardis. Inside ours, you will find my oldest son's bike, scooter and his little brother's Thomas trike. There is also a jumbo bag of straw, a box of rabbit food, various tool boxes and a screwdriver set in there. Believe it or not, the box is sufficiently spacious that all of these items are easily accessible and not just crammed in there haphazardly. The fact that the doors open completely and the lid opens and locks into place also helps with access and we could easily fit more stuff in there without any problems. I've known some people use their boxes to store their lawnmowers and manage just with one of these rather than needing a standard shed, so handy for when space is at a premium.
The only warning that I would give is to make sure that the lid is securely locked into place. Many's the time I've been leaning over the box trying to retrieve the rabbit food only to have the lid give me a good crack on the back of my head because the legs haven't been locked into place properly! Fortunately, the lid is plastic so it hasn't done any lasting damage - to me or the lid.
I don't like admitting that my husband is right and I'm wrong so I won't! I will admit that this is a surprisingly practical and versatile unit and that I wouldn't be without one now. The plastic exterior that I was so negative about is so much more practical than wooden products. It is completely waterproof and watertight, meaning that none of that tedious staining or weatherproofing is required. The box will clearly outlast its wooden rivals as there is no risk of rust or any other damage. Aside from being a little grubby, ours is in exactly the same condition as the day it was purchased. Furthermore, the sheer quantity of stuff that this box can actually hold means that I'm prepared to overlook my misgivings about the aesthetic appeal.
If you're getting tired of trips in and out of the garden shed or need somewhere to store the clutter outside, I would highly recommend one of these versatile surprisingly spacious boxes. (Just don't tell my husband!)
I find this box to be a really useful bit of kit in the garden. We bought one from B&Q, but hit a stumbling block when we tried to ram it into the back of a Fiat Punto. We managed it eventually - with no help from the gaggle of laughing Saturday boys looking on - but they didn't laugh so hard once we took it out of the huge box it came in, along with all the polystyrene and plastic and gave it to them to dispose of :)
It was easy to assemble, and only took about 20 minutes from start to finish - no need for instructions with this one, it all slots together, no screws or nails required.
Despite its size it holds a HUGE amount of stuff. In ours we have: - a BBQ and bag of charcoal, a table and 2 chairs, 2 fold up sunloungers, spades forks and other garden tools, and a big box of odds and ends. There is a handy hole for a rather large padlock, so all our goodies are safe and sound.
The box is made from thick plastic, so it is really hard wearing and ours hasn't suffered from any warping or discolouration, and it has been shifted around the garden a couple of times. We got the green one, and it is only about waist high, so it doesn't stick out too much in the garden and looks OK. It can be opened with the double doors at the front, and the top lifts up too if you need to have a real rummage around.
This is a good buy if you haven't got space for a conventional shed.
The Keter Garden Store is a plastic shed. The shed, like many wooden sheds, comes flat-packed but, unlike wooden sheds this is really easy to put together and requires very little skill! Some strength is required to get the joints to bed home fully but no tools are required. It only took around 30-40 minutes to complete and site the shed.
The standard Keter is large enough to take a variety of garden tools and equipment. Ours happily takes a large Flymo (with grass collection box), a pressure washer, strimmer, portable BBQ, all garden tools and a child's scooter and tractor! Yes, the toys do sit atop the other equipment but they all fit with ease. In the past we've had two adult bikes in there but it must be said that this was quite a jigsaw to get them in and required some careful positioning of the wheels!
As the store is half-height compared to standard sheds this is an ideal storage solution for those with limited space or for situations where you want something a little more discrete. There is an inbuilt tool stand (a kind of quarter circle rack in one corner) which is useful but not so big that it makes storage of items awkward.
The fact that the store has a base is a good point. The base is solid and structured such that, although you need a level surface, the surface need not be as perfect as is required for a free-standing shed (and, of course, means you don't need to lay a concrete base). The plastic base also means that there's less risk of damp and water ruining that which you have stored. In fact, for a couple of years I over-wintered some bulbs in the shed and they were fine.
One of the biggest advantages of the Keter over other small wooden sheds is the fact that it has both a lifting lid and double opening doors. This makes it very accessible and easy to get items in and out - it certainly beats a single opening door! The lid, when lifted, stays up on its own rather like a car bonnet with an automatic arm. It's easy enough to lower the lid, just knock the side arms off the catches and, being light, you can do one side at a time without risk of a heavy lid falling! There is facility in the door/lid combination to allow a padlock to be used. We do use one but it has to be bought separately from the shed - any sturdy lock will fit.
We've had our shed for over 11 years now and I can still say that it is in excellent condition. There has been some minimal discolouration to the beige elements but nothing that makes it look old and grubby. Being plastic it's easy to keep clean (although we don't wash it down more than once a year) and it doesn't seem to attract mosses or lichens (or the like) despite being sited in a dark area under extensive foliage. The doors and lid have stood up to extensive bashings and battering and are as good as new.
The shed is particularly weather-proof and we've had no leaks or other similar issues. The shed is NOT impermeable to wildlife though. Is seems to be a perfect breeding ground for young snails (who enjoyed munching their way through our pressure washer box) and the spiders love it!
It is possible to purchase additional shelves, and tool racks and even possible to stack one shed on top of another to give double height storage (you just don't put the base on the top shed). We've not tried any of this though so I cannot comment on how easy it is.
Retailing at around £100 I would heartily recommend this shed. It's given us many years use and I see no reason why that shouldn't continue. It's discrete and ideal for the smaller garden.
Size (H)111, (W)148, (D)81cm.
I was sweeping and gathering yet more fallen leaves which had arrived in the garden, when I found myself musing just how much energy, effort and materials are involved in maintaining an outside space. Pausing a while to admire my efforts before the next invasion, my gaze fell upon the Keter Garden Store which stoically sits in a corner and never needs tending..........
**Why Would I Want a Great Lump of Plastic in My Garden?**
This plastic storage box is unbelievably useful, and once in-situ needs no further attention than perhaps an annual wash down. I just use a jet washer as and when I blast off the patio area. No painting, no oiling, it just sits uncomplaining and protects anything from the elements that you care to chuck inside. In the summer months the soft cushions, bbq and parasol live there, handy for the patio, and in the winter the teak bench moves in with all the cushions on top, under an acrylic cover. In its summer usage it even provides an additional windbreak around the bbq, with its doors and lid propped open. There is sufficient ventilation that everything stays dry and does not damp within the box, even withstanding my jet washing!
The slightly rough cast plastic material is not shiny; the cream and green coloration is sufficiently pastel that the box quietly blends into the background as it ages.
These boxes and many similar type products are distributed by the Outstanding Solutions business unit which is part of the Keter Group, operating out of Birmingham. They are distributed to lots of UK retailers including Argos, B&Q, Homebase, CostCo, Wickes, Makro so finding a supplier should not be difficult.
Hinged, lockable doors (locks not included).
Lifting lid for ease of access, with props to hold lid open.
Optional shelf brackets included for DIY shelf. We have never used these.
Supplied with base.
Material slightly roughcast stippled plastic.
External dimensions: (H)111, (W)148, (D)84 centimetres or (H)43.7, (W)58.3, (D)33.1 inches (if you still prefer inches).
Internal usable size (H)103, (W)136, (D)67.5cm or (H)40.5, (W)53.5, (D)26.5in
Packed flat for easy home assembly.
Our particular box is now over 5 years old and was originally purchased from a DIY store for £89.99. Amazingly you can still obtain these today for a very similar priceif you shop around.
**Getting It Home and Self-Assembly**
The unit comes flat packed and is not particularly heavy , two feeble women could manage it on our own. However the sheer size of the package (nearly 6 foot long, 4 foot wide 20 inches deep with its polystyrene protection and bindings), made it a challenge to fit in the back of a small family car. Lifting such an awkward thing onto a roof rack may be a problem too. I would seriously consider how you are going to get it home before setting off to the checkout with one of these.
Happily once home the self-assembly is a gift even for the unmechanical. The instructions are clear, written in good English with lots of helpful diagrams. Most of it simply clicks or slots together, the only two bolt type things going into the top of the hinges on the doors. Assembly takes less than 10 minutes, disposing of the packaging probably more! I dutifully kept the shelf supports for over 4 years before finally disposing of them since we are clearly never going to need them, but it seemed a shame since they actually looked quite useful, just redundant!
Ours has stood the test of time, nothing has fallen off or broken, so it has become a welcome addition to the garden, and its 'maintenance free' to boot.
Thanks for reading
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I bought a Keter 'shed' from B&Q last month, under the label GREAT SPACE HIGH. My first disappointment was that only when I opened the package were its limitions made obvious. I.E, on the back page of the brochure. Assembly was reasonably easy except for putting the roof onto the front side uprights. The upright door holding former had gone concave and it was difficult to marry the male fitting of the roof into the female fittings. Over the weekend light breezes changed to gusting, strong winds blowing the roof off, making it neccessary for me to reassemble it three times (finally bolting the roof on). I would say to anyone thinking of buying this 'shed' only do so if you can site it completely out of the wind. Also, due to the 'flimsiness' of the walls, you can put little more than a lawn mower in it, plus a few light items on the shelf.
Pendle. Lancashire England
Summary: Not worth buying.
I have a Keter Garden Shed 8x8 and I am looking for the plastic shelves, but I can't find them anywhere.Can anyone help!!DM.
We desperately needed something to store the ever-increasing boxes and tubs used for recycling. They took up too much space in the normal shed and to be honest I didnt want to traipse to the end of the garden to get rid of the recycling five times every day and at the same time we didnt want to have four large plastic boxes stored outside by the house as it was unsightly and would possibly end up with the plastics blowing everywhere in windy weather as the councils dont provide lids with their recycling boxes.
The answer for me was a Keter Garden Store. As you can see from the picture it is a fairly large plastic cupboard, which you store in the garden or outside in a suitable place. For us we had the perfect spot at the top of the drive, where it would be easily accessible but not too prominent on the eye, as its not the prettiest thing to adorn your front or back garden.
I brought ours from Homebase about three years ago now and it cost me £99 but they are actually down to £79 now and if you go on a 10% day to Homebase youll get it even cheaper. I think this is a much more reasonable price when it comes to value for money as just under a hundred pounds was a bit steep in my opinion. Argos is also selling it for £79 if you are closer to them.
It comes flat packed and you need to assemble it yourself. I was a bit concerned at this and wondered if I would manage to erect it in the stated 30 minutes, as the pieces are obviously quite large and I thought it would be a problem to engage all the pieces successfully whilst still holding it up, however I did manage to do it alone in the end after about an hour. That seems like a long time but some of the pieces require a fair bit of strength and force to snap into place. There are no screws or bolts to hold it together and it is really like a big jigsaw with chunky connections already joined to the main piece. The instructions were easy to follow, even on the more complicated lock and hinge parts.
Once erected you are looking at a storage cupboard whose dimensions are (H)111cm, (W)148cm and (D)81cm. In real terms this means you can easily fit a childs bike inside as well as a standard recycling box and maybe some other bits and pieces. We brought it essentially for the recycling boxes to be stored in and we have three large boxes side by side and another balanced in between (brick style) to house our weekly recycling. There is plenty of room inside for our needs and we dont use the full height of the cupboard, so if we chose to change contents it would happily house garden tools, like spades etc, or even the lawnmower and strimmer or BBQ if you have no place for them.
We have had this storage cupboard erected for around three years now and to be honest I have only cleaned it once. It looks a slightly different colour to when we brought it but nothing particularly bad. The water resistant resin that it is made from is extremely durable and Keter promise that it will not rust, dent, stain or peel. I can certainly vouch for that promise so far as other than a little dirt it is still intact, as it was on the day we brought it. I have not seen any moss collecting on the surfaces either, which is a great asset as moss is one of the things that will age a product like this extremely quickly.
Overall I am very satisfied with the Keter Garden Store. I find it extremely user friendly, with a lifting lid or front opening double doors. I nearly always open them one handed as the other is holding a basket of recycling and this is easy and not at all tricky. It has the option to lock the doors if you are storing more valuable items like bikes, although the locks do not come with it and we have never bothered as it is only recycling we are storing and therefore have no need to lock it. But this facility could prove to be very useful, especially for home contents insurance purposes.
Something I really like about it, is that it comes with a base. This may sound like an obvious inclusion but quite often you can buy this type of thing but it comes with just sides and a roof, which leaves the items being stored open to damp and insects from the base, but the Keter comes with a durable, thick plastic resin base and all the sides click onto this, making it resistant to rain. I can happily state that nothing has ever become wet whilst being stored in here. We have one recycling box that contains cardboard and paper and even the items in here dont appear to be damp, even in very wet weather so that must be testament to its effectiveness.
You can also purchase shelving packs for this store unit, obviously separately to get you to spend more money, although this could be a useful addition if you are intending to use it for smaller items, to maximise the space inside.
Would I recommend the Keter Garden Store? Absolutely, I am extremely happy with my purchase and feel it has a long life ahead of it yet, so will definitely end up value for money even at £99.
I have several of the keter storage units. The first one i brought was a top and front opening unit. Which has been great for storing the garden tools such at the shredder lawn mover and hedge trimmer in. The ability to be able to access the shed from not only the top but the front as well means it can be used in smaller spaces where you can't open doors. So putting equipment in the top is ideal.
Dimensions W148 x D81 x H 152 with hinged lockable doors,
complete with base.
The Keter sheds and storage units come in a varity of sizes from a weather resistant storage box that can hold all your cushions from your garden furniture trough to garden store suitable for all your garden equipment.
Some of the sheds come with internal adjustable shelf brackets.
The Durable resin construction means there is no need for the annual painting and water proofing of converntional wooden sheds. There are no metal fixings so nothing to rust either.
The resin construction also makes them light weight, so they are easy to relocate if needed.
I bought this storage shed about 6 months ago. I was wary when I inspected the one outside the store as the lid was cracked when I asked i was told it had been vandalised and was nothing to worry about. When I opened my box I found the lid of mine was also cracked so back to the store I went. No problem I was given another straight away. Building was easy. However it says you may fit a padlock for added security what it should say is that if you don't fit a lock every time its windy the lid blows off and if it raining anything inside gets ruined. This happened to me for about a week I kept blaming the children for messing around and not closing the lid, before I realised what was happening. It has ended up that I now have 2 broken sides and a broken door hinge, where a strong wind ripped the lid off and broke the surrounding plastic. So I fitted a lock today I heard a massive bang from the garden looked out only to find yes the lid had blown off into a neighbours garden again, I had been gardening yesterday and must have forgotten to replace the lock. It says it has a 10 year guarantee and as far as I can tell not using a lock does not mean I have broken this guarantee, but we shall see when I try to get a replacement /refund. I will let you know when I have any further information.
I have a Keter garden store which I bought last summer. I use it mainly to house my son's electric tractor as it won't fit through the door of the shed but also put other odds and ends in it. It is made of a hard plastic which is easy to clean and is watertight. There are two doors on the front which take up the whole width and the lid is also hinged making access a breeze. You can either open the lid or the doors or both. It took me about half an hour to erect but I was alone so I guess it would be quicker with an assistant and it was quite easy to do with most parts just snapping into position. The instructions were very easy to follow and were mainly diagrams. Although there are shelf brackets there is no shelf included so you need to buy one separately or just use a piece of wood of the correct length. O would acvise a pretty thick one to be safe. There are holes to insert a padlock and at first I thought maybe it would be easy to cut through the plastic to break in but it was the wooden shed which was recently burgled as they just sprised off the hasp. Breaking into this one would have taken longer. There is no maintenance required apart from the occasional clean with soapy water and it always looks good. I am happy enough with it and the price compares well with wooden models of the same size.
Outdoor storage unit. High impact, water resistant resin with hinged, lockable doors and lifting lid for ease of access (locks not included). Will not rust, dent, stain or peel.