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.


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


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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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.


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.


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.


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.


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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