A total of 21 finalists have been announced for this year’s Cup Cup. Packed full of interesting designs by amateur “sheddies”
The 2022 Cuprinol Shed of the Year marks the 16th annual competition and attracted 260 entries. These were then narrowed down to just 21 finalists, which are in turn split between seven categories: Budget, Cabin / Summerhouse, Lockdown, Nature’s Haven, Pub & Entertainment, Unexpected / Unique, Workshop / Studio.
“We’ve seen some first-of-their-kind designs, making it Impossible to whittle down to just three from each category,” said head judge and Shed of the Year founder Andrew Wilcox. “One great thing that has come from successive lockdowns is how much it has inspired people’s creativity, and it’s great that it has been channeled into the design of their own little escapes.
“These past years, more than ever, have shown how much our gardens and herds can play in our lives and the different ways they can be used. It’s been great to see old enthusiasts ideas, which we hope will inspire the next generation of shed enthusiasts. “
We’ve selected some highlights below, but head to the gallery to see each of the finalist designs from the 2022 Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition. As always, we’ll be back in a few months with the winner.
Jane Dorner’s shed, Jane’s Folly, is the entrant in the Unique / Unexpected category. Located in London, the compact five-sided shed is inspired by the owner’s love for historic buildings and created with the help of an architect friend.
The multipurpose shed serves as a cozy coffee and cocktails hangout, a storage space for garden cushions, and a “cabinet of curiosities.” It was designed with two chairs and a table in mind, but necessary.
It’s built from cedar shiplap, has Gothic-style doors and windows, decorative castellations, cedar shingles and is topped by a glass pyramid-shaped skylight. The interior has a parquet floor that was sourced from another building, as well as mirrored windows to help make it feel larger than it actually is.
The Hangar Hangout was designed by Mark Beresford and is located in Cheshire. He is an entrant in the Lockdown category and Beresford was inspired to create it in honor of his father, who was in the RAF in the 1960s.
The shed was conceived as a much-needed escape in a busy home of COVID-19 lockdown in England and is well stocked with mains power, Wi-Fi, a sofa bed, table and chairs, plus a TV and a fridge . It pulls double-duty from both an office and a party room.
It was constructed using recycled scaffolding boards and the windows were given away following a house renovation. The base was made from an old trampoline which gives it the distinctive hangar-like shape. The only thing that was corrugated steel roofing sheets.
Source: Readers Sheds