Garden Sheds Buying Guide

From charming backyard retreats to more functionally inclined spaces, garden sheds are practical spots to store outdoor items, beautiful additions to your yard's architecture, and charming accents to your garden's design.

Types of Garden Sheds

Types of Garden Sheds

It would be next to impossible to classify garden sheds based on type. What looks like a cottage shed to one gardener may look rustic to another. Clean lines may be the distinguishing characteristic for one gardener's shed, but traditionalists may embrace that aesthetic, too. As much as garden sheds differ in style, they do have some commonalities based on material that distinguish their types. As you are milling whether to purchase a garden shed, review the pros of these types: wood, metal, and plastic.

Wood

Most garden sheds are built primarily from wood. These can be painted, stained, or left untreated; wood can also be embellished and decorated to match many different gardening styles.

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The Wood Shed
$261.60

The Wood ShedHandcrafted by the Wood Shed from durable solid oak hardwood in your choice of 3 beautifully stained finishes. This s...maller 248 capacity CD cabinet can set on a table, desk or a shelf as well as be mounted on a wall.Solid oak-no particleboard-back is oak covered mdf Durable solid oak hardwood Set on a table, desk, shelf or wall mount Capacity 248 cdsAssembly Required: No Country of Origin: USA Depth: 6-3 4 Features: Shelving Height: 24-2 3 Material: Solid Oak Material: Wood Shape: Rectangular Solid Wood: Yes Type: Accent Cabinets Weight: 42 Width: 26-7 8 read more

The Wood Shed
$363.50

The Wood ShedAll of Wood Shed's media storage racks are constructed of Solid Oak Hardwood, for lasting beauty and durability. They... are truly fine pieces of furniture. These shelves will allow you to organize your CD collection while enhancing the appearance of any room.Solid oak-no particleboard-back is oak covered mdf Capacity 376 cd Multifunctional cabinet can be set on a table, desk, or a shelf as well as be mounted on a wallAssembly Required: No Country of Origin: USA Depth: 6-3 4 Features: Shelving Height: 24-2 3 Material: Solid Oak Material: Wood Shape: Rectangular Solid Wood: Yes Type: Accent Cabinets Weight: 52 Width: 39-1 2 read more

The Wood Shed
$309.50

The Wood ShedSolid oak-no particleboard-back is oak covered mdfAssembly Required: No Country of Origin: USA Depth: 6-3 4 Features:... Shelving Height: 18-2 3 Material: Solid Oak Material: Wood Shape: Rectangular Solid Wood: Yes Type: Accent Cabinets Weight: 42 Width: 39-1 2 read more

Cedar Shed
$1,920.99 $1826.99

Dimensions: 8W x 4D x 7.75H feet. Crafted from Western Red Cedar. Cedar shingled roof panels. Includes window, door, and pre-built... panels. Easy to assemble; all tools included. Liftgate service included with delivery!. Additional features: Complete... read more

Metal

Metal sheds are fairly easy to put together and maintain, and they can easily adapt to styles ranging from country-inspired to contemporary.

Plastic

Most plastic sheds are standard sizes and may be less adaptable to specific gardening styles. However, they are fairly inexpensive and easy to add to a landscape.

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Lifetime
$1258.95

Lifetime garden sheds provide a different layout for your outdoor storage needs than the traditional 8-foot wide Lifetime shed des...ign. The garden shed layout features the entry way on the 10-foot side, instead of the 8-foot side. This read more

Heartland
$42.43

Translucent skylight and sky vent. Allows light into your building. Allows for ventilation through the roof. Great multifunction d...esign. Product dimensions 17-in x 18-in x 4-14-in. read more

Lifetime
$905.99

This Lifetime storage shed is the perfect size to store gardening tools such as a lawn mower, rakes and shovels, or to use as a po...ol shed to house a net, chemicals and rafts. Constructed of high-density plastic, this storage shed holds up against the... read more

Product Features

Product Features

For some people, creating a garden shed is a labor of love -- as much an expression of the architecture of their home and the design of their flowerbeds as it is about the shed and its use. For others, a garden shed is a stop-drop-and-use affair, a structure that's less about decoration than it is about function. Whatever your motivation for including a garden shed in your yard, there are some product features that may influence which shed you choose. Those include prefabricated kits, style, size, access points, and location. Here's a quick overview to help you navigate the way.

Prefabricated Kits

Some garden sheds are prefabricated or sold in kits, which is an easy way to establish size and amenities. However, prefabricated garden sheds sometimes do not allow for customization.

Style

A garden shed is a great chance to accent both the architecture of your home and the design of your garden, using additions such as lighting, railings, window framing, and more.

Size

A garden shed that's intended only for storage of tools and implements can be much smaller than those that include space for relaxing or work as well. Use your budget and space wisely to select a shed that's sized for all your desired uses.

Access Points

Larger garden sheds may be more convenient if they have multiple access points, including doors to drive in lawnmowers, windows for air circulation, and more.

Location

Some garden sheds are located adjacent to other structures such as garages and patios, while others stand alone.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Before you begin considering your garden shed, it's helpful to think about what you intend to use it for -- and to review the things you want to "live" in your structure. Some avid gardeners may have a collection of tools, a need for a potting bench, and a desire for tons of storage shelves. Others may just want to enjoy quiet and solitude in an outdoor space. Whatever the reason, it's helpful to think about a few purchase considerations before buying your garden shed. Those include storage potential and the foundation. Here's how to get started.

Storage Potential

The construction and material of your garden shed will affect its storage potential. A wood shed, for example, may allow you to add hooks for hanging tools.

Foundation

Unless the garden shed comes prefabricated with its own floor, it will need a foundation or base. That may involve pouring a concrete slab or installing other paved material.

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Tuff Shed
$3,287.00 $2958.30

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Tuff Shed
$2,876.00 $2588.40

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Handy Home Products
$2,199.00 $1979.10

The purchase price above of this Majestic 8 ft. x 12 ft. Wood Storage Shed by Handy Home Products includes onyx black shingles wit...h roof felt & drip edge, NEW upgraded LP Pro-Struct floor decking system as well as home delivery and professional... read more

Handy Home Products
$1,995.00 $1795.50

New for 2014, the Handy Home Products Briarwood 12 ft. x 8 ft. do-it-yourself Wood Shed Kit with floor exudes a country attitude, ...wrapped in a timeless design; sure to add style and sophistication to your backyard. The Briarwood starts off right, with... read more

Handy Home
$4,799.99 $2908.42

Roomy shed with classic farm style and 1444 cu. sq. ft.Barn-style design with solid wood constructionPre-primed exterior is ready ...for paint7-ft side walls with 11.6 ft peak for tall storageAvailable with or without floorExterior dimensions: 12L x 12W x... read more

ShelterLogic
$645.00 $399.99

Dimensions: 12L x 12W x 8H ft.All-steel collapsible frame Gray fitted coverDouble-zippered front door and solid rear door panel15-...inch Auger anchorsWhite SL bungee cordsSteel foot platesEasy step-by-step instructions17 gauge Pole GaugeGrey color... read more

Lifetime
$1,439.99 $1086.32

Exterior dimensions: 8W x 10D x 8H feetHigh-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic constructionPowder-coated steel reinforcements for... added strengthDouble doors w/ interior spring latch and exterior padlock loop1 lockable shatter-proof window for... read more

Suncast
$499.99 $374.00

Durable resin construction with double wallsLight taupe color with mocha accentsLockable lid for securitySplit-lid design with dou...ble doors for easy accessDimensions: 7.33L x 3W x 2.83H feet. Ideal for yard gear and recycling bins the Suncast... read more

Outdoor Living Today
$1,249.00 $1076.69

Exterior dimensions: 6.25W x 3D x 5.8H feet. Western red cedar is sturdy and easy to assemble. Versatile design fits into a small ...space. Adjustable shelving allows for customized organization. Functional double doors and cedar shingle roof. Liftgate... read more

Handy Home
$5,399.99 $2849.60

Spacious 2408 cu.-sq.-ft. storage structure in classic American styleBarn-style design with solid wood constructionWide, pre-hung ...doors with multiple location optionsPre-primed exterior is ready for paint7-ft side walls with 11.6 ft peak for tall... read more

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