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5 Considerations When Buying Outdoor Storage Sheds

We spent 43 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options. Don’t let those bicycles, lawn equipment or junk that you just can’t bring yourself to throw away fill up your garage so you have to leave your car outside. These storage sheds come in all kinds of options, from very affordable to tough and durable, and will keep all your gear safe and secure from the elements.

1) Keter Factor Large 8 x 6 ft. Storage Shed | 2) Lifetime Outdoor Shed 60056 8×10 | 3) Little Cottage Company Precut Shed Kit | 4) Keter Factor Large 4 x 6 ft. Storage Shed | 5) Lifetime 6446 Outdoor Storage Shed | 6) Storboss Vinyl Coated Murryhill Storage Shed | 7) Suncast BMS4900D Glidetop Slide Lid Shed | 8) Ready Shed Easy Install Shed With All Materials | 9) Rubbermaid Plastic Large Outdoor Storage Shed | 10) Arrow Sheds HM86 Hamlet Steel Storage Shed | 11) Merax Wooden Garden Shed Wooden Lockers | 12) Handy Home Products Cumberland Wooden Storage Shed | 13) Storboss Mountaineer MHD Storage Shed | 14) Outsunny 10’ x 5’ Metal Outdoor Garden Storage Shed | 15) Lifetime 6405 Outdoor Storage Shed with Window | 16) Rubbermaid Outdoor Vertical Storage Shed | 17) Suncast BMS3400 34 cu. ft. Horizontal Shed | 18) Merax Arrow Shed with Single Door Wooden Garden Shed | 19) Goplus 7′ X 4′ Outdoor Storage Shed | 20) Lifetime 6402 Outdoor Storage Shed, 8 by 12.5 | 21) Rubbermaid Plastic Small Outdoor Storage Shed | 22) Merax Wooden Outdoor Garden Shed | 23) Suncast BMS3200 Horizontal Storage Shed | 24) Suncast BMS7400 Resin Storage Shed | 25) Arrow Oakbrook OB Storage Shed | 26) Lifetime 60001 Outdoor Storage Shed, 10 by 8 | 27) Lifetime 11 ft. x 21 ft. Garage Shed | 28) Little Cottage Company Value Gable Shed | 29) Suncast BMS1500 Vertical Utility Shed | 30) Hopkins 90190 2x4basics Shed Kit | 31) Keter Fusion 7.5 ft. x 7.3 ft. Storage Shed | 32) Keter Factor Large 6 x 3 ft. Storage Shed | 33) Suncast BMS2500 Horizontal Storage Shed | 34) Rubbermaid Outdoor Horizontal Storage Shed | 35) Goplus Outdoor Wooden Storage Shed | 36) Arrow VD86 Vinyl Coated Dallas Storage Shed | 37) Rubbermaid Plastic Large Vertical Outdoor Storage Shed | 38) Keter Factor Large 8 x 11 ft. Storage Shed | 39) Leisure Season VSS3005 Vertical Storage Shed | 40) Merax Wooden Garden Shed Wooden Lockers |

Site Preparation for Storage Units

Before installing storage units, lay down cinder blocks, concrete piers, a concrete slab, or at least crushed stone. But don’t stop there. Make sure the supports underlying the floor are made of pressure-treated wood.

Do-It-Yourself Outdoor Storage Buildings vs. Professional Installation

If you’d prefer that most of the work be done for you, then just select a shed from your local home improvement store and ask that it be delivered and assembled by the pros. But those who are handy may wish to save some money and order an outdoor storage building kit that comes with assembly instructions.

Will Your Outdoor Storage Building Be Big Enough?

Make sure the entry to the unit is wide enough to accommodate your largest piece of equipment, such as a gas snowblower, with room to spare. Many outdoor storage buildings that are at least 8 feet x 10 feet come with double doors, which usually eliminates this concern.


The small touches make a difference. Some outdoor storage buildings come with French doors or cupolas. You, yourself can add touches such as window boxes, shutters, or weathervanes.

Remember, you’ll have to look at this outdoor storage building every day of your life for the foreseeable future: Your attention to detail could make the difference between eyesore and eye-opener. On a more practical note, purchase or build a pressure-treated ramp for easy access to your outdoor storage building.

When One Outdoor Storage Building Isn’t Enough

If the clutter on your property says one unit isn’t enough, but your wallet disagrees, supplement your main unit with one of the less expensive, smaller models. There are three main types of such units, all of which go by descriptive names.

“Corner sheds” are made to fit precisely into a corner and run about 3 feet tall by 3 feet wide by 2 feet deep. Meanwhile, either a “vertical shed” (5 x 3 x 4) or a “horizontal shed” (3 x 5 x 4) may be just the handy outdoor storage building to fill your need for additional space.

Buying an outdoor storage building with a loft greatly increases storage capability, allowing you to store rarely used supplies overhead.

For the exterior, build your own lean-to and attach it to the outdoor storage building to form a sheltered area for firewood.

Outdoor benches are sometimes made to be dual-purpose, offering a compartment to store tools and a cozy spot for taking breathers while mowing the lawn.

Potting sheds and small greenhouses are a boon to the true landscaping enthusiast.

Some outdoor storage buildings come with large skylights and virtually function as greenhouses in their own right.

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