Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 35
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by MechEngr Big Disappointment
Holes in the plastic rarely ever lined up with the holes in the steel parts; fit-ups were very difficult and required much force.
Poor fit of blocks CCF into the corners of posts CCS meant that the screws S2 were far too short to reach the steel inner post.
Molded plastic blocks did not fit the shaped sections well at all.
Markings on the parts came off many pieces in early handling, were very difficult to see on many others. Poorly done!
The internal steel bracing strips are far too flexible to be able to add the needed stiffness to the wall panels. I was only able to complete the walls by adding additional wooden braces.
The "foundation kit" that is included is a joke. It is such light gage sheet metal that it would never support a floor load placed upon it. It might be useful as a jig for placing into a poured concrete base (which I did not do).
The instructions consist almost entirely of "wordless wonder" diagrams -- the sort where you say, "I wonder that that was supposed to mean?" Urgently needs supplemental notes.
April 23, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bigyeags Very pleased, now that it is built.
Laughing hard at some of these reviews. No this shed is not really easy to put together. I did not have the problems some people had, though. I built a foundation out of pressure treated 2x4s and 3\4" pressure treated plywood and made sure it was level. I made sure my u-channel base was square and measured right. After that it was just a matter of assembling the hundred or so pieces using the several hundred fasteners. Take the time to really study the directions. Now that it is finished (4-5 hours), it seems really sturdy and should be very waterproof.
June 26, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Sherry Sidemate Satisfaction
The Sidemate Vinyl shed is doing an excellent job in storing our overflow garage items. It does take 2 people to put it together. One reading the instructions and providing the appropriate pieces while the other person assembles the shed. The shed stability was a challenge until all hardware was attached. It is the perfect design for our small area. It blends well with our garage color and is waterproof. Inside, we added a wooden table for more storage capability. Very Satisfied with this Sidemate Shed!
August 5, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Quack Better than it seems
I'm a 40 year old female who isn't exactly a construction worker and I was able to assemble this on my own. Although, I'd definitely recommend a buddy system. It took me about 5 hours total (had to quit due to darkness and it took me two days). You need plywood and silicone to round it out. Also, you will need a step ladder and a power drill to put it together. Don't try to do it with a manual screw driver. The metal frames slide up and down in the plastic a little, so you might need to adjust the plastic covers to get the screw holes to line up. Otherwise, I didn't have much trouble getting things to line up except for two of the final pins on the roof sides. Again, it would have been nice to have another set of hands to help line things up easier, but I managed without too much difficulty.
As for the use of it: it is more stable than I expected. I think the one set up at the Home Depot wasn't constructed well and appeared really flimsy. It isn't exactly the sturdiest thing ever, but it will do the job of being the outdoor storage area I need. I will update my review if anything bad happens in the long run.
January 6, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by JNCGoetz Satisfied but not for all locations
Opened the box and was horrified by how flimsy it appeared and disappointed. Parts were not clearly marked and despite assembling numerous shed's etc the directions could have been better but were okay. The products was so flimsy and hard to keep standing (read this as need minimum of two , three people would be better) until the roof supports were on. Suddenly the shed was feeling like a shed. When the roof pieces went on we were quite happy. One piece of 3/4 inch ply for the floor, caulking for the screw holes in the roof and a can of great foam to seal any and all gaps that mice could get into we were content. Will work well in our protected location. I would not recommend this if it were to be installed on any type of a windy location even with installing the recommended tie downs. Liked that all holes lined up during installation, and that we could decide which side to install the door.
September 30, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by coffynut Good Size for Space
Many of the previous reviews indicated that the setup was difficult and too many pieces. I found the opposite. The pieces were marked very well and the fit was almost perfect when assembled. The base took about 30 minutes to assemble and the shed itself about 2 hours with 2 people.
I also built a wood base in addition to the metal one that came with the shed and set it on 6 footings. The fit beside my house was perfect and the versatility to put the door on either side made this a win.
March 27, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Penny Great supplemental side shed
Our handyman put it together. Took him and a helper a few hours. It holds bikes, garden tools and stroller, no leaks. Small footprint, enough space for us. Only four stars bc we had to pay somebody to assemble and buy a plywood floor which made it cost a bit more. Delivery was excellent
June 19, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Yami Cheap Quality, Over-priced, Mechanically Unstable, Lots of side costs - STAY AWAY
Writing this with sore body of working for hours on this shed and finally had to pull it apart and return.
It is very cheap in quality. Panels are paper thin and metal parts are mostly made with soft metal sheet which results in a very flimsy structure. I live in Florida and I was sure this cannot survive for long. A palm frown can easily break the panel if falls on top of shed or hits the side in a windy day.
They use all Sheet Metal Screws, no washer, no nut. Manual requires you to set torque on electric screw driver on 3 or 4, or you will strip the screw or the hole! You can simply imagine how sturdy will be this structure!
Needs at least three or even four people to assemble. I hired one person and of course I had to pay him anyway, despite I returned the shed. After you put the wall pieces together, they just want to fall! Manual needs to remind to assemble roof before walls then you do not need to ask all those helps to stand for hours until you finish roof (which is more complicated, drama if you want to change door direction). ASSEMBLE IN ABSOLUTE NO WIND WEATHER. Even a slight breeze will pull parts apart.
Some whole do not match each other.Some wholes are missing! (have drill and bits ready). This is Screw Once or you are __ forever project. Because they do not use Bolt and Nuts, in fact Sheet Metal Screws open their way into the metal sheet. If you need to unscrew and screw again, you are very likely get a loose hole.
It does not look like Water/Rain/Weather proof. You will need to use tons of sealant/silicone/caulk to seal it. Should take for ever, even if it works.
After assembling you need to fix it with pouring concrete in the floor! They do not say that in web site. It is an additional material and labor cost. Also it needs Plywood for floor after concrete work. Again another extra material cost.
There are some other problems to be honest I do not remember now as I am so tired (as I cannot even use proper English!). After all you will get a shed that does not even have a shelf!
Save your money, time and energy and stay away from these DIY sheds. It was so very kind of HomeDepot that returned it hassle-free.
January 17, 2015