It’s long been joked that men use their garden shed as a way to get some peace and quiet away from the family. Now, a survey has revealed that over a fifth (21 per cent) of men flee to their sheds to avoid arguments with their loved ones.
The survey, released by woodcare products manufacturer Cuprinol, found that Britons are having a full-blown love affair with the humble garden shed, with 65 per cent of Brits owning one.
Almost half of respondents (49 per cent) said they would be “lost” without their garden sanctuary, with one in 10 (12 per cent) admitting they would rather spend time in their shed than with their families.
Six per cent declared that they loved their shed so much they would like to be buried there.
Londoners spent the most on their sheds (£508), compared to a national average of £396.
Kathryn Ledson, marketing manager at Cuprinol, said: “It’s clear that sheds are vital to the British identity and that they are an inspiration to so many of us.”
Previous research into sheds has suggested that owning one may provide valuable health benefits. A study at Leeds Metropolitan University in 2011 found that pottering around in a shed could relieve stress, lowering blood pressure, and even boost confidence.
The survey was released to tie in with the 2013 Shed of the Year competition, which is sponsored by Cuprinol. Shedowners can nominate their sheds at www.readersheds.co.uk until May 3.