Last updated 9th April, 2020
All you need to know about building and installing a wheelie bin store including costs of materials, labour and time frames.
Wheelie bins are obviously necessary, but they look so ugly in your garden! Having a wheelie bin store to hide your bins leaves your home and garden looking neat and tidy again. There are a number of wheelie bin stores that are available to buy, but many are really expensive, especially when you consider how simple they are. Plus many the cheaper plastic stores don't look much better than the wheelie bins themselves! The most attractive option, is a wooden store which can be made to suit your garden, you can use the same wood as your fence and shed, or you can paint the new store to fit in with other garden furniture. Wheelie bin stores are not too difficult to build if you are a keen DIY enthusiast, but they will still make a huge difference to your garden, adding character while removing the eyesore that is the modern wheelie bin!
Though wheelie bin stores are not a complex job, if you don't have the skills it's probably best to hire someone to do the job for you. The tradesman should be able to construct the store in one day without the need for special or expensive tools. The job involves cutting out an area of turf so paving slabs can be laid level with the existing lawn, then using timber to make the frames for the shed with a hinged door on one side so that the bins can be easily removed and put back. A hinged door on top will also be installed so that it's easy to put stuff in the bin without removing the wheelie bin from the store every time. It's a simple project, four pieces of wood for the sides, one for the roof and some hinges!
Most joiners that make wheelie bin stores to order will also offer a range of other timber designs such as sheds and garden benches. It may be worth your while taking care of all your joinery needs in the one place if you need any other garden furniture as you could perhaps strike a better deal.
Although there are metal wheelie bin storage units available at reasonable prices, most prefer wooden ones as they can be painted to match the colour scheme of your garden. But wheelie bin stores don't just look great, they can also provide extra protection from pests and animals that are desperate to get at the contents of your bin! Wheelie bin also protects against high winds which can knock over wheelie bins and spread all of your rubbish everywhere. Wooden bin stores are available in a wide range of attractive styles and designs, plus of course, they can be custom made to suit your garden and the available space.
Though a simple and inexpensive DIY project, you will need some carpentry skills to do a good job. Don't be tempted to tackle this project yourself if you don't have any woodworking skills, you will often just make a mess of it, wasting timber and then usually having to get someone else in to do the job properly in the end anyway - so it could well end up costing you more time, money and embarrassment! Also, don't try and skimp on costs by not having a slab or concrete base. The wheelie bin store needs a firm base and has to be off the grass, otherwise, it will rot much quicker and end up costing you more money in the long run.
The average material price to build a wheelie bin store usually starts from around £100-£150 for a standard wooden design single bin store, but they can easily rise up to £500 or more for triple bin designs with all the bells and whistles!
The average carpenter will usually charge around £150-£200 per day in labour, depending on location. The design and construction will take no more than 1-2 days.
Below are some estimated costs of hiring a carpenter to supply materials, build and install a wheelie bin store:
|Job Description||Avg. Cost||Duration|
|1 Wheelie Bin Store Space||£300-£400||2 days|
|2 Wheelie Bin Store Space||£500-£600||2-3 days|
|3 Wheelie Bin Store Space||£700-£900||3-4 days|
Individual costs to Build and Install a 2 Wheelie Bin Storage Space - Total Cost: £500