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Haynes builds new Shed Manual

28th March 2019
John Coupe & Alex Johnson
Thursday, 21 March, 2019


28th March 2019: The nation’s love for sheds has grown substantially over recent years thanks to television shows such as George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces and the annual Shed of the Year competition.  Now, to help make dream sheds become a reality, Haynes has this month launched the Shed Manual. 

From ‘man caves’ to ‘she sheds’, bespoke hideaways continue to become a major part of the garden landscape for hobby or office use, as a summer house or simply as a place of escape. 

The Haynes Shed Manual is a practical, step-by-step guide with wide-ranging advice on all aspects of planning and building a variety of sheds.  

The Shed Manual features hundreds of step-by-step colour photos and includes sections on:

  • Getting started: safety; planning; hand and power tools
  • Shed styles: pent; gable; gambrel; potting; clerestory; lean-to and corner
  • Key considerations: appearance; colour schemes; textures
  • Materials: timber sizes, grades, treatment; sheet materials; glass and glazing
  • Foundations: concrete slab; timber; plastic bases
  • Components: windows; doors; skylights; steps/ramps
  • Hardware: hinges; handles and locks; vents; fixings
  • Roofing materials: roofing felt; bitumen tiles; EPDM rubber roofing; cedar shingles; clay tiles
  • Services: electricity; heating; solar panels; water
  • Finishing: paint; cladding/siding; insulation; ventilation
  • Shed-like structures: shepherds’ huts; garden offices; tiny houses; beach huts; man caves and she sheds


Talking about the new manual, authors John Coupe and Alex Johnson, said: “Many shed books have historically been focused on pictures, simply showing the wide variety and themes of sheds around the world to serve as inspiration.  However, we wanted to go that stage further by creating a go-to manual for anyone wanting to learn how to design, build and fit out their own shed by leveraging Haynes’ practical step-by-step approach.

“In today’s busy and often chaotic life, it’s often hard to find a space to get away from it all, but there’s something truly satisfying about designing, building and fitting out your own shed.  In the last five years, research* has reported that the shed market is worth £5 billion to the UK economy, with estimates that over 14 million people now own a garden shed. We therefore hope that enthusiastic DIYers will really enjoy rising up to the challenge of creating their own sheds to escape to with the help of this manual.”


Title Details

Shed Manual is priced at £24.99 and available from The book number is H6220. The ISBN is 9781785212208. It is published in April 2019.


About the authors

John Coupe is a chartered civil engineer who has specialised in the design of structures ranging from domestic extensions to multi-storey residential and commercial developments using steel, concrete, masonry and timber.

Alex Johnson is a journalist and author of various books including Shedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution. John’s website and Alex’s together reach around 800,000 readers a year. Alex was also a judge for the annual Shed of the Year competition for several years running. 

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