How to Choose an Outdoor Garden Storage Shed


An outdoor garden storage shed can be both a practical necessity and an attractive landscape element at the same time. Choosing the right garden shed for you depends on the size of your yard, the amount of gardening equipment you need to store, your own personal tastes, and the nature of your garden.

You’ll need a  storage shed that is large enough to neatly organize rakes, mowers, spades, pruners, patio garden planters, pots, soil, fertilizer and plant food, extra mulch, and potting soil; and one that still leaves you with room to move around. No matter which shed you choose, you can count on one certainty: Your shed will fill up much faster than you expect!

So buy an shed you can afford, but do buy the biggest one you can manage. Estimate the amount of storage space you think you will need, and then buy a size larger than that, or even better, double your estimate. When you chat with other gardeners and landscape aficionados, you will find that very few of them ever complain about having too much space in their garden sheds.

Prefabricated sheds can be easily purchased in many different sizes and materials at most major home improvement stores. Many stores offer installation as well. If you are handy, you can order plans online for building your own outdoor shed out of wood and found materials, or you can purchase plans in the magazine or home improvement section of any bookstore.

Before you choose and install your shed, check your local building codes to find out if any restrictions on size or type exist in your locale. Also, be aware that most prefabricated sheds do not include a floor. You can set your shed up right on the ground (with no floor) or you can purchase a floor at a small additional cost.

Another option is to have a concrete floor poured before you install the shed. Concrete floors are especially good if you will be storing a riding lawn mower or lots of motorized equipment that might be negatively affected by too much dampness.

Consider the warranty (if one is included) and the weather in your part of the country when choosing an outdoor garden shed. Steel and/or plastic sheds can be inexpensive but if you have heavy winters your shed may not last, and if your part of the country is prone to strong storms, metal may blow away. If you end up replacing your storage shed every five years or so, you aren’t really saving money by buying a low end building.

Finally, when assessing your needs in terms of size and building materials, consider including a work space in your shed. Something as simple as a potting bench and a few shelves (even if the bench is located on the outside of your garden storage shed) can make working in your garden infinitely more pleasurable and give root cuttings, seedlings, and fresh annuals a temporary home until they are ready to plant.

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