There’s something about seeing how people transform an everyday shed into all manner of themed-hideaways that just has us itching to step inside. From offices, garden pubs, schools, and dens, entrants into Cuprinol’s Shed of the Year competition certainly go all out in the creativity stakes.
Now in its 15th year, the competition returns for 2021 and you have the chance to enter your own shed, with categories including cabin/summerhouse, unexpected/unique, nature’s haven, and budget – there’s even a category for ‘lockdown’!
‘Our garden sheds are more than just a place to put our tools – they are a wonderful creative outlet for an individual’s unique artistic vision,’ says Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director at Cuprinol.
‘Over the years, sheds have become an extension of the home and one of the most important rooms in the house. And this past year we’ve seen people transcend the boundaries of what we think a shed could be and working on them has become a much-needed passion project during a time of uncertainty and instability.’
Fancy entering your own shed in the competition? You have until 15th April to do so and simply need to include a selection of the best photos and video of your dazzling designs, along with an explanation of your inspiration and what makes your shed stand out.
Category winners will be announced in August, with the overall winner awarded a whopping £1,000 prize money and £100 worth of Cuprinol products.
We can’t wait to discover what the nation’s sheddies come up with for 2021, but let’s take a look at some of the competition’s previous winners…
Cuprinol’s Shed of the Year Winners – 2020
Bedouin Tree Shed
Last year’s shed-building superstar Daniel Holloway walked away with first place after wowing judges with his nature-inspired refuge Bedouin Tree-Shed. Daniel’s labour of love is built around two tree trunks in his back garden and is decorated with vintage etchings and specimens of butterflies, while a wood-burning stove adds an extra cosy feel during the winter months.
‘I was surprised, but also felt very honoured and happy that the shed had been recognised as a worthy winner,’ Daniel said. ‘It’s very much a personal space, but as a result of Covid restrictions it has evolved into a communal space for our family and close friends to gather and relax, in the back of the garden and away from the house.’
Since winning, Daniel has even more plans for his shed, including using Victorian quarry tiles for a patio, connecting the shed to an area used as a fire pit.
Curprinol’s Shed of the Year 2019 – the finalists
Nature’s Haven category
This is finalist Chris Hield’s nature-inspired ‘Bux-End’ shed, in Derbyshire.
‘We’ve been absolutely blown away by the incredible, imaginative and innovative sheds entered into this year’s competition,’ says Head judge and founder of the competition, Andrew Wilcox.
‘We’ve been really impressed by the aesthetics of the sheds. Especially those who entered the brand new Nature’s Haven category. Entrants really demonstrate how important it is to welcome nature into our gardens.’
This impressive structure is ‘Woody Willow’ the work of Tom Prior, in West Sussex.
This beautifully inspiring space is fittingly named ‘Artist In The Shed’, created by Mary Price in Bristol.
Cheers to this joyous creation! The ‘Shed of Two Halves’ is the creation of Andrew Mowl in Kent.
It may be unique but we’d happily retro garden bars to be more common place. Louise Mayoh in Devon has really impressive with ‘The Retro Retreat’.
Jim and Becky Mills in North East Lincolnshire stand a chance at the title thanks to their creation, ‘The Wagon’.
A winner from each category will be decided by a public vote, then an overall winner will be crowned by a panel of shed experts. The best shed will receive £1,000, a plaque, and £100 of Cuprinol products.
‘This year has certainly seen the entrants up their game. With a noticeable shift towards sustainability and a drive towards embracing our natural environment,’ explains Kirsty Woodbine, Marketing Manager for Cuprinol. ‘We’ve been impressed with the recycled and upcycled materials being used by sheddies and the creative designs really show just how much you can do with a small outdoor space.’
Public voting is now underway for the 13th annual competition, and will close on Tuesday 29 August 2019. See all the 21 entrants and cast your vote at Reader Sheds.
Enjoy further inspiration from previous years
Bee Eco Shed
In 2018, firefighter George Smallwood from Sheffield won with his Bee Eco shed. Complete with a spiral staircase to the roof, where there are two beehives and a wildflower garden, the shed features a giant bug house on one wall and is a self-watering, self-sufficient home for vegetables, herbs and insects.
Ben Swanborough built the ‘Mushroom House’ by hand after his 12-year-old daughter handed him £500 of her own money to create a magical treehouse hang-out. Full of quirky touches, including a trap door, a hidden treat shelf and glass floor overlooking a stream, this magical den makes the perfect spot for a treetop sleepover.
The Hobbit House
This magical Hobbiton-inspired shed is just precious!
The Punch and Judy shed
How do you make a shed that’s fun for all the family? That’s the way to do it!
Our shopping editor Tamara Kelly is a big fan of this flamingorgeous shed!
‘Ello ello ello, what do we have here then?
The ABC Cinema
Travel back in time to this retro 34-seater picture house. Could you see this in your future?
The Woodland Star Gazer
This is certainly a superstar in our eyes.
The Tardis shed
WHO wouldn’t love this?
Which one is your favourite?