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

Wood

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

Metal

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.

small shed

Small - Ideal for tools, gardening supplies and small lawn equipment.

medium shed

Medium - Keep garden tools and larger lawn equipment readily accessible

large shed

Large - Accommodates a wide range of storage options

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.

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Carports

Affordable and versatile
Offer protection for vehicles & equipment

Pergolas

Bring shade to area or walkway
Beautiful additional d├ęcor

Gazebos

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.