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The anatomy of a shed

The anatomy of a shed

Do you know your shingle from your shiplap? What’s a reverse apex? Getting the best value for money from your new garden shed means getting to grips with a bewildering array of terminology. Check out our infographic for a full breakdown of all the different parts that make up a shed, log cabin or garden office.

  • Know your fascia from your finial
  • Understand the various roof-covering options
  • Get to grips with the weatherproofing characteristics of overlap, shiplap, and tongue-and groove cladding
  • Decide between dipped and pressure-treated timber

Here’s everything you need to know to find the best shed for your needs.

The anatomy of a shed

anatomy of a shed from Waltons

We hope our guide has helped you decide which features you want in your next shed or garden building. Want to know more? Our guide to shed terminology provides extra detail on the anatomy of sheds and other garden buildings. From the difference between an arch and an arbour to ledge-framed shed doors and ‘Z’ shaped framing, you’ll never be baffled by shed terminology again.


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