Sheds are more popular for hobbies &  hideaways than storage, new poll reveals

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We surveyed 20Sheds Dunster House0 of our customers and found that sheds are seen as quiet refuges for downtime, away from work and the pressures of the home, with 53% owning a shed for the peace and quiet or hobby space it provides.

Second most popular was using the shed for storage which 43% of respondents did. With a remaining 4% favouring sheds for their aesthetics. The perfect complement to an attractive back garden.


Alex Murphy, Managing Director comments,

We all know that sheds have a practical use. However we hadn’t realised so many people were using them as a bolt hole from the stresses and strain of their everyday lives. Either to grab a bit of peace and quiet, or to relax and enjoy their favourite hobbies.”

“With people still financially stretched and looking for less costly ways of spending their free time, staying at home and ‘pottering’ about in your own shed seems to be a growing trend, as well as a healthy way of unwinding and keeping active at the same time. I’m never happier than when I’m in my own ‘Man-cave’ in the back garden.”

Dunster House Ltd designs and manufactures a range of sheds, log cabins, garden offices, summer houses and climbing frames at its four UK sites.  For more information visit

Alex Murphy

Hello, I’m Alex, I love rabbits… and cars, erm, enjoy designing, GSOH, hang on this isn’t a personals ad, also GSOH is debatable, I have a sense of humour, but is it good? My son means the world to me as do my family whom I am lucky to work with, Mummy, Daddy and Baby Brother, except Baby Brother’s in his 30’s and an inch taller than I and as I too am hardly a child ‘Mummy’ and ‘Daddy’ are terms of endearment to them. I haven’t gone ‘ga ga’ in quite some time, though again some may debate this. When I say I love rabbits I don’t mean in a creepy way but as children, at time of writing I have 7, I actually have 2 sat next to me in my office as we’ll be going to the vet for a check up later. All of my rabbits have a sob story of one kind or another and I love mangling my home to make it more rabbit friendly, they all have large indoor and outdoor spaces to run and jump in and I keep extending their accommodation which my wife would prefer I stop. I love designing, I never fail to have a project on the go (or frequently 3 or 4 meaning boxes and tools all over the house), my rabbit accommodation is intricate, I’ve pulled down and built walls in my house and this is why I love my job where I get to design for other people. I constantly review the market and ensure that we always sell the best product for the price. My extremely clever brother and father do so as well, meaning you always get the best available, designed in the UK FOR the UK! Find Alex Murphy on: Google+

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July 6, 2014

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