Lean To Sheds To The Rescue Of Outdoor Dining & Shopping


Over the past 18 months, outdoor dining and outdoor everything has surged globally in importance for communities in order to maintain socialising and a sense of community.

Lean to sheds, tin sheds and even formal tents have been the fastest, most adaptable structures to achieve these adaptions and have rescued businesses – and been a salve to global sanity.

Lean To Sheds As Business Premises Extensions

The brilliant benefit of lean to sheds, brought about the ‘socialise outdoors’ regulations, is that they:

  • can have roll-up sides, making them “outside”,
  • are open and ventilated,
  • still offer shelter from heat, cold, and wind
  • can have heaters (freestanding or mounted),
  • or aircon (single mounted or ducted),
  • can be insulated,
  • offer safer dining or shopping with a fun alfresco experience, and
  • are a more affordable way of gaining extra square meterage.

Tables and chairs, merchandise displays, and points of sale can all be easily positioned, with safe distances and easily stored. The lean to sheds tended to be accessed via the main building, hence no pedestrian doors, only roll-up sides. The roll-up sides and small footprint also negated the need for windows. On larger projects, a combination of roll-up sides and windows is recommended.

Tin Sheds As Business Premises Extensions

The tin shed options that popped up globally had simple roof structures extended over a frame, often showing a lean-to bias, with one or more sides tilting or flapping up to open to the outdoors. Some options added a shower curtain type screen to the opened apertures, but this often raised issues with breezes, catching onto customers and ‘dragging’ things out of peoples hands.

Budget-wise, a shed is a step up from a lean to shed as no existing building offers support. Not all of the erected sheds, for ‘outdoor’ dining and shopping, had more than one side open because this requires sturdier (costs) frames. Instead, the proprietors used partitions of plastic or Plexiglas to divide up spaces for safety.

The sheds, being freestanding buildings, were built with pedestrian doors, emergency exit doors and windows. They were faster to erect and more cost-effective than a brick and mortar solution.

The benefits of a shed for “outdoor” regulations that differ from the above lean to benefits are:

They are open and ventilated but less so than a multi-opening lean to shed.

They offer safer dining or shopping, but the degree of safety and the experience of an alfresco effect is dependent on the number of sides opening up.

They cost a bit more than a lean to shed but are still cheaper than brick and mortar for gaining extra square meterage.

Tents As Business Premises Extensions

Tents were the least popular as they were the most awkward when installed, offered the least insulation, were more challenging to decorate and felt more ‘event’ than ‘place of business’.

For a lean to shed solution to suit your budget and requirements, contact the professional team at Fair Dinkum Sheds. There is no such thing as a standard size – you name it – we’ve got it. Book your shed design and installation now:

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