The Posh Shed Company Launches a Working from home Shed
It is estimated that 20% of the population are still exclusively working from home and, according to property portal Rightmove, there is a significant increase in homebuyers looking for properties with gardens, garages, and offices to support the shift from office to home.
Chamber member, The Posh Shed Company saw a significant increase in sales of garden sheds as the Pandemic gained momentum with a strong demand from customers looking for multifunctional garden structures, highlighting the need for additional garden space to create that all important work-life balance.
“One of our customers said their Posh Shed would become their temporary ‘Zoom Room’ and we could completely relate to that,” said The Posh Shed Company’s co-founder Kay Frost. “Early into the first lockdown of 2020 enquiries for our sheds followed a distinct trend; customers were looking for garden buildings that provided a solution to working at home away from their house but could also easily be used as a hobby space, potting shed or a just a beautiful storage solution that blends into the garden perfectly. Customers were opting for insulation and attractive internal finishes to make their sheds work as an additional room that they could work from all day, all week and all year. This is where our new ‘Comfortably Posh’ range has developed from.”
The company originated the idea of the ‘posh shed’ in 2008, with a range of distinctive designs including galleried verandas and decorative facias, solidly made to order in the UK by skilled craftsmen. 2020 was, like many other online garden businesses, one of the company’s busiest years on record. The team produced more insulated options than ever before and rather than offer this as an additional extra, the company has developed many of their customer-favourite designs to provide an off-the-shelf solution to home working – ‘Comfortably Posh’.
The ‘Comfortably Posh’ range features seven best-selling shed designs in array of sizes. Two new designs, The Richmond and The Putney, were added to increase the range, especially with the home office market in mind. “We were able to react quickly, having previously designed these as bespoke sheds, we had the drawings already”, said Kay. “We added full insulation, double glazing and lined the interior to create a space perfect for working from home. Customers can individually style their shed with a choice of three roof finishes and door and window furniture to suit”.
To meet the increased demand, the company has taken on six new staff in their office and production teams with more job creation expected before the end of the financial year. “Three of our new staff had been made redundant as a direct result of the pandemic” said Kay “and it was rewarding to be employing people who were affected in this way to help us deliver this new product borne out of the pandemic”.