Is this the best shed of 2021? The Shed of the Year finalists revealed

The Cuprinol Shed of the Year 2021 finalist have been announced - we've rounded up a few of our favorites

triangular summerhouse cabine
(Image credit: Cuprinol / Keiran Benthan)

Cuprinol Shed of the Year has announced their shortlist winners and it is bursting with shed ideas - including a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang-inspired shed to one transformed into a small business. 

The Shed of the Year competition is currently in its 15th year, and this year has uncovered some lockdown project gems. Cuprinol reveals they had a record number of entrants this year, double the usual number. 

'The past year has been an incredibly challenging time for all of us and, now more than ever, we’re aware of how important the humble shed can be,' says Head judge and founder of the competition Andrew Wilcox.

chitty chitty bang bang shed

The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang-inspired shed

(Image credit: Cuprinol / Nicholas Pointing)

'Sheds are not just unloved, brown structures at the bottom of the garden that house tools and household junk, they are vital spaces where you can go to relax, work on a project or burn off some steam.'

'The high-calibre entries this year really prove why we set up the competition in the first place - to highlight the valuable role sheds can play in our lives, in our businesses and the positive impact they have on our wellbeing.'

Shed of the Year finalists shortlist

The 22 finalists sheds are full of quirky ideas and ingenious creations. If you've been considering giving your shed a revamp take inspiration from a few of our favorite finalist sheds.

black and glass shed

(Image credit: Cuprinol / Paul Richardson)

The Pentagon shed by Paul Richardson is one of the finalists in the newly created Lockdown shed category. This turns the usual expectation of a shed on its head, as it has been turned into a chic garden room.

pub shed

(Image credit: Cuprinol / Alex Reynolds)

This lovely pub shed created by Alex Reynolds is one of three finalists in the pub category. We might finally be able to get a pint at the local pub, but we'd happily accept an invite to this mini garden pub.

bar shed

(Image credit: Cuprinol / Diane Goring)

Influencer Danielle Zarb-Cousin is one of the other finalists in the Pub shed category. She created a chic 70s-inspired Creme de Menthe bar in her parent’s garden after going through a break-up.

wooden shed

(Image credit: Cuprinol / Mark Campbell)

How sweet is this Winterwood shed created by Mark Campbell for the Lockdown category. Complete with a wooden tower and small wooden roof shingles, this is a prime example of how a shed can also be a work of art.

chapel shed

(Image credit: Curprinol / Martin Anderson)

From the traditional to the quirky, Martin Anderson has created a Chapel shed. It even has a little bell tower on top.

green shed

(Image credit: Cuprinol / Martin Gabbutt)

Martin Gabbutt has created a serene green summerhouse, including wallpapered walls inside. For more summer house inspiration take a look at our summer house ideas

bra fitting shed

(Image credit: Cuprinol / Joanne van Blommestein)

One of the more innovative entries includes specialist bra-fitter Joanna van Blommestein, who took she shed ideas and working from home to a whole new level and built a lingerie boutique Bra Boss of Kent HQ in her summerhouse. 

Public voting for the competition is currently open and will close on Monday, July 12.  You can check out all of the 22 finalists and cast your vote here.

Which is your favorite?

Rebecca Knight

Rebecca has worked as a homes and interiors journalist for over four years, and is currently the Deputy Editor on Ideal Home online. Previously, she was the News Editor across the Future homes and gardens brands, including She lives in a rented flat in South London where she makes the most of window boxes to create small container gardens. Inside she has a jungle of houseplants in nearly every room which she does her best to keep up with regular watering and repotting.