Storage Sheds: 101 Guide
We put together this list of the top 12 best outdoor storage sheds to show that there is a storage solution out there for everyone. Read on to find your perfect outdoor storage shed.
1) Lifetime 6405 Outdoor Storage Shed with Window | 2) Rubbermaid 3748 Horizontal Storage Shed | 3) Hopkins 90190 2x4basics Shed Kit | 4) Suncast BMS6810D Everett Storage Shed | 5) Suncast BMS4900D Glidetop Slide Lid Shed | 6) Lifetime 6446 Outdoor Storage Shed with Shutters | 7) Suncast BMS2500 Horizontal Storage Shed | 8) Keter Fusion 7.5 x 9 ft. Wood & Plastic Storage Shed | 9) Rubbermaid Plastic Small Outdoor Storage Shed | 10) Suncast BMS1500 Vertical Utility Shed | 11) Rubbermaid Deck Storage Box | 12) Rubbermaid Outdoor Split-Lid Storage Shed |
Plastic Storage Sheds
Plastic storage sheds (also referred to as resin or vinyl storage sheds) are great for those who do not already own a significant amount of tools to build a wooden shed, or want something more hardy than a metal shed.
Plastic sheds are easy to erect and require few tools, making them ideal for the inexperienced builder or those without power tools. The biggest draw of the plastic storage shed is that it’s low-maintenance and exceptionally durable. The downside to plastic storage sheds is that they do not look as good as wooden sheds, and they’re not as customizable in the long-term.
- Strong and durable
- Low maintenance
- Lightweight and easy to transport
- Not as stylish or desirable as wooden sheds
Metal Storage Sheds
Metal storage sheds are about as easy to erect as plastic storage sheds which makes them the ideal choice if you lack building experience. Metal storage sheds are also a great choice if you simply need space for tools. However, they aren’t quite as strong as wood or plastic, particularly if you reside in an area often hit by powerful storms.
Another thing to keep in mind is that metal sheds rarely have a floor, so you’ll need to be extra careful when deciding where to place it in your garden. Metal requires a little more maintenance than plastic, and it isn’t comparable to plastic for all-round weather protection.
- Strong, but not as strong as wood and plastic
- Ideal for tools, but not completely weather proof
- Easy to maintain (a simple annual paint job will keep it looking fresh)
- Easy to dissemble and transport
Wooden Storage Sheds
Wood is a more popular material than plastic and metal among builders because it looks fantastic and it’s strong and durable. It’s also malleable and customizable. Wooden storage sheds can be painted to match the home or any other color that strikes your fancy.
In addition to color though, it is quite simple to add accessories to wooden storage sheds such as shelves, window boxes, cabinets and cupolas. The only downside to wood is that you will need to deal with maintenance issues, such as splinters and soggy wood. The good news is that a well-maintained wooden shed will last for years and years.
- Stylish and garden friendly
- Malleable and customizable
- Weather-proof, strong and durable
- More expensive than plastic and metal
Indoor vs. Outdoor Storage Sheds
How do you know if you have enough stuff to even consider the time, money and effort required to build an outdoor shed? Honestly you never really know because accumulating stuff we don’t need is a uniquely human trait, but your initial storage purpose will help you decide if you need an indoor shed or an outdoor one.
If you don’t require a lot of storage space you may be able to get away with indoor storage sheds, which come in a variety of materials, shapes and sizes to fit conveniently inside your home. Indoor sheds are used to store everything from cleaning products to linens and even canned goods. If your home does not have enough built-in storage space, then an indoor shed may be the perfect alternative.
Those of you needing to store bigger items such as lawnmowers, motorcycles, ATVs and garden soil will likely opt for an outdoor shed. Outdoor storage units come in many different sizes and allow you to store large or dirty items that would normally take up precious garage space. Plus, you can put your outdoor shed anywhere on your property, and as discussed they are available in a variety of sizes and styles to suit your every need.
When deciding on the right shed, you should first determine how much storage space you actually need. You will likely have to approximate this size, so add a few feet on all sides just to be careful. This will help you to figure out if you need an indoor or outdoor shed – but remember to take into the account the height of your shed, which is often overlooked.
Once you have made your decision it is time to determine what type of material you will need. Outdoor sheds are available in plastic, metal and wood. Indoor storage units are most usually made from plastic as they’re easy to clean, but metal indoor storage sheds are not uncommon. Your choice will depend on your preferences as well as where it will be located.