How To Choose Sheds and Outdoor Storage

Add convenient outdoor storage space with backyard sheds

Outdoor storage buildings free up valuable space in your garage, basement and attic by providing additional, conveniently accessible storage space. This guide will walk you through the variety of shed materials, sizes and accessories so you can personalize your shed to meet your needs.

Tip: Before making your purchase, be sure to check your municipality and homeowner association for restrictions or permit requirements.

Plastic vs. Wood vs. Metal Sheds

Consider your overall storage needs, environment and level of maintenance desired to determine the ideal material for your shed.

Type How it Functions Factors to Consider

Resin or Plastic

  • Durable and long lasting
  • Low maintenance
  • Resistant to rot and insects
  • Available primarily for do-it-yourself


  • High quality, durable construction
  • Wide assortment of siding options
  • Do-it-yourself kits come pre-cut
  • Can be painted to match your home


  • Made with rust-resistant steel
  • Light and easy to assemble
  • Requires no painting or staining
  • Resistant to rodents and insects

Determine the Correct Size Shed

Plan for all the items you need to store, including those that will be hung or placed on shelves, and leave extra space for future storage needs.

Determine the Correct Size

Storage sheds typically range from small 3 x 7-foot DIY kits up to 18 x 36-foot professionally installed two-story structures. 

Options with smaller amounts of storage space and lofted sheds are also available.

Tip: Purchase a shed with a large enough doorframe if you plan to store large equipment.

Additional Outdoor Storage and Accessories

Carports, pergolas and gazebos provide storage in your yard tailored to a specific purpose.


  • Affordable and versatile
  • Offer protection for vehicles & equipment


  • Bring shade to area or walkway
  • Beautiful additional d├ęcor


  • Provide stylish outdoor shaded seating
  • Can be used for outdoor storage

Deck boxes help keep your deck or patio organized with a convenient place to store garden tools, pool supplies, chair cushions and more.

Adding accessories such as flowers boxes, windows and shutters, lofts and shelves personalize your shed and help utilize every inch of its storage capacity.