Storage Shed Buying Guide

Your basement is full to the brim. You can’t park in the garage. You need some breathing space. We have the space-saving solution you need: an inexpensive storage shed. Here’s everything you need to know to find the shed that is right for you.  

Exterior of a taupe saltbox shed with white and burgundy accents
Interior of a wooden shed

Finding Your Perfect Storage Shed

Garden shed. Storage shed. Tool shed. Whatever you call it, an outdoor shed can help solve your storage space and organizational needs. Our Storage Shed Buying guide has all the information you need to plan and utilize your choice to its full potential.

Choosing the Right Shed Size

The most important part of choosing a storage shed is knowing what size is right for you. Size matters, and it has everything to do with how you plan to use your shed. So, ask yourself, “What is my shed for?” Once you know its purpose, you can use its contents to determine its size by following these simple steps:

  1. Make a list of all the items you would like to store inside your storage shed: lawnmower, bikes, shelving units, workbench, etc.Lay these items out on a square on the ground. Make sure there is plenty of space for you to navigate and rearrange the items within. We suggest adding 12 to 36 in. of extra space to allow for walking.
  2. Using a tape measure, measure how much space these items occupy as they rest on the ground.
  3. The results will help you determine the floor space required and size of a shed you will need.

Tip: If you conclude from your measurements that your items will fit precisely into a 10 ft. x 10 ft. shed, we recommend upgrading to the next size. As a general rule, most people run out of floor space before wall space, so it is important to plan ahead. As your collection of equipment grows over the years, the extra storage space will come in handy.

Buying a larger garden shed may have a higher initial cost but consider it a long-term investment. You will be purchasing new tools and equipment over time, and if you run out of space, you will either need to replace the old shed or buy an additional one. By planning ahead, you will maximize the lifespan of your garden shed.

Storage Shed Sizes

Select Your Shed Material

Our storage sheds are made from a variety of materials. Each comes with their own advantages. Evaluate each option to choose the one best suited to your needs.

Wood Sheds

  • Strongest material type
  • Easiest to customize with shelves, lofts, and tool holders
  • Paint and shingle to match your home
  • Won’t rust or dent
  • Largest variety of sizes and styles

Metal Sheds

  • Lowest cost per square foot
  • Durable baked-on enamel finish over galvanized steel
  • Resistant to insects and rot.

Resin Sheds

  • Quick and easy assembly
  • Low maintenance design
  • Resistant to rust, insects, rot, and decay

Pick Your Outdoor Shed Style

There are many styles of outdoor sheds. Choose the one that takes into account your property, needs, and budget.

Gable Sheds

  • Popular contemporary style compliments a wide variety of home designs
  • Simple installation
  • Low costs

Gambrel Sheds

  • Traditional “barn” style
  • Provides generous overhead storage space and functionality

Saltbox Sheds

  • Elegant style features an extended front roof overhang for added charm
  • Doors are located on the eave wall
  • Also called “tackroom” shed

Lean-To Sheds

  • Generally smaller size
  • Typically located adjacent to a house or fence
  • Quick assembly time
  • Low costs

Maximize the Functionality of Your Shed

Increasing the functionality and storage space of any outdoor shed is as simple as adding accessories such as wall-mounted storageshelving units, and workbenches. By investing in these items, equipment and tools can be kept up and out of the way, freeing up valuable floor space. For example, instead of storing your hedge trimmers or lawn mower on the floor, you can hang them on the wall, making room for a new snow blower.

Contents of a shed organized into shelves and onto a peg board
Interior of a wooden shed showing tools and and a bicycle hanging on the walls.
Interior of a wooden shed with tools organized onto a peg board above a workbench

Enough Said, Let's Build a Shed!

Building your dream shed may seem like a challenge at first, but kits are relatively simple to install and can be built within 6-10 hours depending on the size. However, if your time is limited, consider having your garden shed installed by one of our outdoor specialists.


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