The 10 Best Outdoor Sheds to Keep Your Backyard Organized
Whether you're an avid gardener or have pool floats laying around, the best storage sheds make for clean and easily managed spaces that'll easily store large items that just don't fit in your home or garage.
"Sturdy, weatherproof items are the best candidates for storage in uninsulated sheds," says Kevin Lenhart, landscape architect and design director at Yardzen.
With so many shed styles to choose from, knowing which is the best storage shed for your yard is no easy task. To help you decide, we researched the best storage sheds out there, keeping in mind each pick's size, style, material, and storage capacity. We also talked with a landscape architect.
Overall, we recommend the Suncast Tremont Resin Storage Shed because it has a spacious design with plenty of skylights for light and ventilation, and it's made with a durable multi-wall resin construction.
Here are the best outdoor sheds.
- Best Overall: Suncast Tremont Resin Storage Shed
- Best Resin: Keter Manor Resin Outdoor Storage Shed
- Best Wooden: Heartland Hillsdale Gable Storage Shed
- Best Metal: U-Max Metal Storage Shed
- Best Small: Suncast Vanilla Vertical Tool Shed
- Best Narrow: Outdoor Living Today Spacesaver Storage Shed
- Best Oversized: Lifetime 6446 Outdoor Storage Shed
- Easiest Assembly: Rubbermaid 7x7 Storage Shed
- Best for Garden Tools: Craftsman 7x7 Resin Storage Shed
- Best With Windows: Keter Factor Outdoor Shed
What We Recommend
Best Overall: Suncast Tremont Resin Storage Shed
Best Resin: Keter Manor Resin Outdoor Storage Shed
Best Wooden: Heartland Hillsdale Gable Storage Shed
Best Metal: U-Max Metal Storage Shed
Best Small: Suncast Vanilla Vertical Tool Shed
Best Narrow: Outdoor Living Today Spacesaver Storage Shed
Best Oversized: Lifetime 6446 Outdoor Storage Shed
Easiest Assembly: Rubbermaid 7x7 Storage Shed
Best for Garden Tools: Craftsman 7x7 Resin Storage Shed
Best With Windows: Keter Factor Outdoor Shed
The Bottom Line
Overall, we recommend the Suncast Tremont Resin Storage Shed for its combination of durable construction, built-in shelves, multiple skylights and high storage capacity. Plus, you're sure to appreciate the built-in ventilation that'll keep your stored items from getting musty.
What to Know About Outdoor Sheds Before Shopping
Sheds are offered in a variety of materials, like plastic, metal, and wood, each of which offers its own benefits. Metal and vinyl will resist weathering, but can potentially rust and develop leaks. If you opt for wood instead, you'll want to go with wood types, like cedar, that are naturally durable and resistant to insects.
The climate created inside a shed is one of the most important factors to consider, according to Lenhart. "A dry, well-ventilated space with stable temperatures is ideal for storage and can be achieved with any common shed material so long as the shed is well-built and well-maintained," he says.
All our chosen sheds have at least one designated vent for keeping humidity levels down. However, you should think about your climate. If you live somewhere sunny and hot, wood or lower-quality plastic may deteriorate more quickly; if your area gets a lot of rain, metal may be at increased risk of rusting.
Depending on what you're planning to store inside your outdoor shed, the door style is an important detail to consider. All the sheds on this list have door handles that are lockable from the outside to keep your belongings safe. If you're storing larger yard appliances, consider options that have a double door or multi-door design. The larger the doorway, the easier it will be to wrangle items into and out of the shed when you need them.
Storage Capacity and Needs
While you shop, consider what exactly you're going to be storing. Does your ride-on mower need an outdoor shed of its own, or are you simply looking for a home for your rake and some extra patio tiles? If you have smaller items, look for a shed that will let you create an organization system or hang shelves. If you're storing larger tools, you'll want fewer shelves to give you more maneuverability.
Keep in mind that just because a shed is waterproof that doesn't mean it won't still get moist in there. Outdoor sheds are also much more likely to be exposed to extreme heat and cold than indoor storage. That means don't store anything made of paper, like photos or important documents, that may be susceptible to moisture damage in an outdoor shed. This also goes for electronics and fabrics as well. Anything temperature-sensitive, whether that's chemical solutions, musical instruments, or wine, should also be kept in a better-controlled environment, such as inside your house.
Overall, what you'll need to store and the size of your outdoor space will determine what storage capacity is best for you. For reference, outdoor sheds tend to have a storage capacity between 20 and 700 cubic feet, so you'll have plenty of options.
Your Questions, Answered
How important is ventilation in an outdoor storage shed?
When choosing the best outdoor shed for you, it's worth noting if the model has any built-in ventilation systems that'll help protect your items. Proper ventilation will keep humidity down and reduce the harmful side effects of excess moisture, like rust and mold or mildew.
"The presence of moisture and leaks, the quality of ventilation, and the degree to which temperatures fluctuate are the biggest factors affecting the storage environment," Lenhart says.
How do you level your foundation for an outdoor storage shed?
According to Lenhart, creating a level foundation is fairly simple. Start by assembling, securing, and leveling a pressure-treated wood frame. Then, fill the frame with concrete or gravel and tamp or screed it to the leveled edges.
Can you paint a metal storage shed?
Yes, as long as you use the right kind of paint. Look for an exterior paint that is designed for use on metal. In fact, Lenhart even recommends giving your shed a fresh coat—painting your metal shed will help increase its rust resistance and make it look more cohesive with your yard design. Choose a color that goes with your yard's other painted features to make it feel more integrated with the rest of the space.
What's the most durable kind of shed?
When choosing a shed, Lenhart recommends investing in high-quality materials. Though there are many types, he says metal or high-quality composite are likely to last you the longest.
"In terms of both durability and the quality of the storage environment, you tend to get what you pay for," Lenhart says.
Who We Are
Rena Behar is a freelance writer for Better Homes & Gardens. To make this list of the best outdoor sheds, she considered each pick's material, size, style, and storage capacity. She also consulted Kevin Lenhart, landscape architect and design director at Yardzen.