3 Expert Tips To Choose A Shed

When looking to purchase a shed, you may make the common mistake of thinking that there is only one sort available. Actually, that is not the case. These days there is a large variety of styles, types, and sizes. Follow this simple guide to ensure that you find the best shed to match your specific requirements.

What is the best type of shed for me?

In selecting the right kind of shed, you need to think about what kind of functionality you need.

  • Using it to store a few garden tools? => Vertical shed

If you are a hobby gardener looking for a place to store your equipment out of the elements, then a vertical shed could be a good option for you. Particularly if you only have a small space to work with.

Usually 5 feet tall by 4 feet wide by 3 feet deep, these sheds can be equipped with additional shelves and hooks. This makes them convenient for tidily storing away trowels, pruning shears, rakes, and other kinds of simple gardening tools with ease.

Brown Solid Wood Vertical Storage Shed
Taupe Metal Vertical Tool Shed
Medium Brown Wood Lean To Vertical Tool Shed
Western Red Cedar Wood Vertical Tool Shed
Desert Sand Vertical Storage Shed
Stoney Resin Vertical Storage Shed
  • Looking for a place for your bikes or bins? => Horizontal shed

Horizontal sheds make an excellent outdoor storage solution in small yards and even on balconies. They take up much less room than traditional sheds and are far less expensive. 

While they can also be used to store garden equipment, their shorter height (3 feet) means less space for shelves and will mean that you will have to bend down to access things.

However, they are ideal for securely storing garbage cans or any sporting equipment that you don't have room for in the house.

Light Taupe Plastic Horizontal Tool Shed
White Vinyl Horizontal Garbage Shed
Eggshell Metal Horizontal Storage Shed
Tan Polyethylene Horizontal Storage Box
Horizontal Storage Shed Made Of Galvanized Sheet
White Multiple Opening Horizontal Storage Shed
  • Need to store a wider variety of tools or some supplies? => Traditional shed

If you have a more extensive garden to care for, more things to store, or more space to work with, a traditional shed is a great option. 

These kinds of sheds are available in a range of sizes and designs, while still being compact enough to fit into your back yard. You can opt for one that has plenty of specific storage space, or even one with a little working space.

There will, however, be a few things for you to think about if you do choose to go for this variety, such as the best size to meet your needs. Further guidance on this is included below.

Traditional Adobe Plastic Storage Shed
Traditional Tan Primer Wood Storage Shed
Gray Traditional Polycarbonate Storage Shed
Traditional Solid Manufactured Wood Storage Shed
Traditional Gray Plastic Storage Shed
Solid And Manufacture Wood Traditional Storage Shed
  • Require something a little bigger? => Barn or garage shed

If you are looking for a shed for commercial use, or to store extremely large objects, then barn or garage sheds may be a better option for you if you have the land space for them.

These types of sheds are ideal for housing farming supplies and equipment, setting up a workshop, or safely storing a car or other kind of vehicle.

Primed Tan Solid Manufactured Wood Storage Shed
Classic Solid Wood Storage Barn
Off White Metal Steel Garage Shed
Grey White Pine Solid Wood Barn
Red White Pine Solid Wood Barn
Heavy Duty Wood Storage Shed

What material should I opt for?

The construction of your shed is undoubtedly a crucial aspect to think about when making your selection. There are several different types of material available, each with their own specific pros and cons. The best one for you depends on what your primary consideration is.

  • Aesthetics a key factor? => Wood

Traditional wood is still one of the most popular options available. Its attractiveness and its customizability are probably the key reasons behind this.

Wooden sheds are available in a range of different styles and can easily be modified to suit your storage requirements. It's extremely simple for you to add in new shelves and hooks as you please. They can also be tailored to match the design of your house or garden through the use of shingles or paint.

A potential downside of this type of material is that it does require a little more looking after than other varieties. You will need to paint, varnish, and treat it regularly to keep it looking good and functioning well.

Solid Wood Lean To Storage Shed
Solid Fir Wood Storage Shed
Blue Wood Balcony Storage Shed
Gray Solid Wood Storage Shed
Honey Brown Solid Wood Storage Shed
Brown White Pine Solid Wood Barn
  • Want something low-maintenance? => Plastic, resin or vinyl

Plastic or resin sheds offer all the durability of wooden ones, without requiring the same kind of regular care and maintenance. 

They avoid issues of rot or rust while being weather-resistant, easy to assemble, and to clean, and they can last a long time. Plastic is also lighter than other materials meaning that the shed can easily be moved around the space as needed.

However, there is quite a bit of variability in the quality of the materials used - and this could impact how sturdy, secure, and resistant to the elements the shed is. These types of sheds are also less customizable than their wooden counterparts, and some people feel that they are not as attractive.

Vanilla Resin Plastic Storage Shed
Desert Sand Plastic Storage Shed
Gray Black Plastic Storage Shed
Gray Ivory Plastic Storage Shed
Gray Plastic Duotech Storage Shed
Sand Chocolate Plastic Storage Shed
  • Needs to be cost-effective? => Metal 

Metal sheds are often the cheapest option available. They are robust, durable, and require little to no maintenance. 

These types of sheds are hardwearing against the elements and so are suitable for use in most types of environment year-round. They are also very secure, meaning that your tools and equipment will remain safe. 

The disadvantages of using metal as a shed material are that they are less visually appealing, more laborious to modify than other types, and can be susceptible to rust and corrosion if not properly cared for.

Brown Black Metal Storage Shed
Light Green Metal Storage Shed
Eggshell Metal Steel Storage Shed
Off White Metal Steel Storage Shed
Gray Heavy Duty Metal Storage Shed
Grey White Metal Steel Storage Shed

What size shed do I need?

If you've decided to opt for a traditional shed, the next important decision to be made is regarding the size. 

  • A small shed is 25-40 square feet. This type of shed is suitable for hanging tools, a push mower, and some basic garden supplies such as fertilizer. 
  • A medium shed is 40-75 square feet. This would give you some extra space for storing wheelbarrows and tools for maintaining a larger garden, alongside any kind of hobby or sporting equipment. 
  • A large is 75-100 square feet. You will need this size is you are looking to house bulky garden equipment such as a riding mower or a snowblower. Or if you want to store patio furniture inside at night or through the winter. 
  • An extra-large shed is 100+ square feet. This is the best option for you if you would like to have a workshop or hobby space within your shed or if you wish to store larger items such as motorbikes.

Jessica started out as an interior photographer, but her love of pretty settings took her to the field of interior design, where she can combine two of her greatest passions, creating and then capturing the beauty of homes.