A Gallery of Garden Shed Ideas

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Forget everything you know about basic garden sheds. Explore this gallery of garden shed ideas that go beyond utilitarian and bring style and substance, and yes, plenty of storage, to outdoor landscapes.

Our Favorite Garden Sheds

Garden sheds do more than provide outdoor storage. They can create a comfortable work space, provide a backdrop for prized plants, or deliver a destination where you can relax and entertain friends. This cottage garden shed serves as a sweet focal point amidst a whimsical garden.

Thanks to Summerwood for providing this beautiful shed.

Salvaged Style Shed

If you’re wondering how to make a garden shed look nice, add a little vintage character. Salvaged windows and barn-board siding give this garden shed visual appeal. Thoughtful details, like the window trim on the exterior and the cupola perched on the roof, transform what could be a basic storage shed into an inspiring garden-side retreat. And don’t be afraid of a little color, either. Because sheds are smaller, a bright and bold color will simply pop, rather than overtake, like it would on a larger house or garage.

Go for Glass

This all-glass garden shed doubles as storage and greenhouse area in colder months. A light and airy design like this works well in an yard where you really want the surrounding landscape to shine. Adding window boxes and gingerbread molding ensures the design leans homey, not austere.

Farmhouse Shed

This backyard shed’s design is a nod to the property’s farmhouse. But beyond its charming shake siding and robin’s egg blue door, the design is practical and savvy. Many of the materials used to build the shed were salvaged from a home renovation. The shed can also be moved, as it is set on concrete piers on gravel and sand instead of a permanent foundation.

Lovely Landscaping

With crisp white siding, Kelly green accents, and a low profile, this garden shed takes its cue from Cape Cod-style homes. It nestles up to its own complete garden, delineated with a picket fence. The landscape brings substance and a focal point to an expansive, open backyard.

Salvage Shed

While most garden sheds look like miniatures houses, this shed forges a different design path with cool shed ideas of its own. Salvaged materials form the greenhouse’s structure and set a casual tone. The surrounding formal topiaries and hedges, inspired by English designs, juxtapose the shed’s flea market flair.

Rustic Charm

When thinking about how to make a shed look nice, take a cue from the shed’s surroundings. Set among towering trees and winding stone paths, weathered wood and traditional cottage design elements befit this shed’s forest setting. The steely blue-gray door and shutters suit the design and a glazed finish gives the features a bit of dimension. Board and batten siding offers distinction to the simple form of the garden shed.

Find an Angle

This shed’s streamlined design nods to midcentury modern style. Strong white trim on the windows and doors emphasize the garden shed’s angles. The overhanging roof gives the effect of a covered porch and metal flashing and a wood soffit bring a finishing flourish to the design.

Feels Like Home

This cottage potting shed takes design cues from the main house, using the same earthy green and white paint colors. Extras like a deck, stone path, and cottage-style mixed planting borders make the backyard shed design feel more like a home than just an outbuilding. Several garden shed decorating ideas, like lace curtains in the windows, a quaint bench, and outdoor art also add homey appeal. In a practical move, downspouts ensure rain doesn’t damage the plants that surround the building.

Growing Shed

Cool shed ideas don’t stop with building materials. This shed proves a structure can be part of the garden itself with a living roof of succulents. Mushroom gray siding recedes, letting the sliding lime green barn doors and sapphire blue roofline shine.

A Touch of Home

A backyard shed’s design hardly need to be basic or subtle. This large shed looks like a grand home in miniature, thanks to its copper roof and welcoming porch with a handsome colonnade. A colorful bench and potted plants makes the shed a true extension of the home.

Cottage Charm

This garden shed matches its exuberant cottage garden surroundings. Architectural details such as the scalloped fascia, clapboard siding, window boxes, windows with lace curtains, and weather vane make it the perfect focal point for the garden. Terra-cotta roof shingles and a gray-blue exterior fashion a just-right color palette.

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Work Every Angle

Look for ways to incorporate your garden shed design into the landscape. Here, a steeply pitched roofline on a simple garden shed echoes the angles found in the triangular raised beds and birdhouse. Even the picket fence behind the Adirondack chairs carries the theme through with pointed peaks.

Breeze Right Through

A flagstone path leads through this potting shed, making for easy access to the tools stored on the interior wall. Table surfaces inside also provide essential garden workspace. Weathered wood and wide-plank construction impart rustic charm.

Arching Antiquity

Gothic arched windows add to the antique feel of this garden shed. Stamped-metal roofing and hanging planters on the fence repeat the arched shape. A row of boxwoods brings order and definition to the entry garden.

Here's an overview of the most common materials for building raised garden beds.

Materials for Raised Garden Beds

Complement your garden shed with equally impressive raised garden beds. Here's an overview of the most common materials for building raised garden beds. Explore the materials and find the one that’s right for you.

Hillside Haven

The porch and entry door of this garden shed face downhill, providing a commanding view of the garden. Lattice surrounding the base of the porch offers a handsome backdrop for plantings. Window boxes and hanging baskets enhance the shed’s homelike design.

Rustic Retreat

Peeled hemlock porch columns, varied-width pine siding, and a durable metal roof turn this shed into a rustic retreat. The shed rests on a concrete block foundation surrounded by stacks of stones, giving the building a sense of permanence and providing an attractive way to level the shed and disguise the change in slope.

Tudor Traditions

A steep faux-slate roof and king post porch gable lend Tudor style to this potting shed. Oversize metal false door hinges are in keeping with the shed's Tudor references. A bench adds a “sit-and-stay-awhile” vibe to the front porch.

Carefree Cottage Style

A playful profusion of flowers, whimsical sculptures, and found objects set the tone for a practical but lighthearted approach to gardening. An ample storage shed with a sun-drenched potting-shed annex makes maintaining the garden a snap. Red window frames and trim add a subtle dose of color to an otherwise neutral shed.

Go Green

Join the green roof trend by growing sedum and other succulents on top of your garden shed. The succulents keep the shed cooler and soak up rainwater. Plus, the plants brighten the garden with their colorful foliage and blooms.

Fanciful Frills

Detailed scrollwork on the porch of this playhouse potting shed brings a playful touch to the structure. Heart-shape cutouts in the shutters, a Dutch door with lace curtains, and a white wicker chair complement the casual country look. While slightly hidden from view, rich red paint ensures this shed doesn’t get lost in the landscape.

Two-Story Studio

Add drama to your potting shed by extending it upward. A second story dormer window infuses this shed with natural sunlight. Dentil detailing at the eave line and doorway impart a touch of elegance, as do the checkerboard tile floor and topiary planters flanking the doorway. Inside, ample shelves and a table work surface maximize function.

Make a Grand Entrance

A wide entry door, with sidelights and an arched top window, creates an elegant, welcoming approach to this garden shed. The shake siding in a weathered finish balances the formality of the doorway’s design. A sturdy brick walkway leads from the millstone fountain in front to the doorway.

Farmstead Formal

This courtly potting shed was designed to complement the Victorian farmhouse on the property. Walls of windows fill the shed with light. Outside, antique paving bricks, a wrought-iron fence, and sweeping planting beds anchor the shed in the expansive landscape.

Step Up to Luxury

Cedar-shake siding and shingles adorn this elegant garden shed getaway. Decorative white trim and mortared stone steps enhance the appeal of this destination structure perched atop a matching retaining wall. A curved metal handrail also adds polish while providing a smart safety feature.

Quick and Easy Kit

Construct a cute garden shed in a weekend with a kit. Prefab wall panels go up quickly, and doors and windows slip into precut openings. Dress it up with hanging baskets suspended from beams and window boxes overflowing with flowers.

Country Flavors

Give your garden shed country appeal. Barn-board siding, cedar-shake shingles, and rustic wooden trellises set the tone. A sunny stoop provides the perfect place to grow herbs and tomatoes in pots.

Open-Air Enclosure

Latticework and sturdy beams provide screening and a sense of enclosure for this potting shed. But they also allow breezes to flow through, and they let the homeowner keep an eye on the garden while working at the potting bench. Saloon-style doors swing open for easy access.

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