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Organize with Steel Sheds

Updated on June 4, 2013

When most people think about steel sheds, thoughts of rusted little building usually come into their minds. But today’s steel sheds are a great addition to any backyard, garden area or outdoor work space. Steel is a versatile material and you can use it to build your very own steel shed to your specifications. With some maintenance and care tips, your steel shed can last you for many years to come.

Organizing Your Steel Sheds

One of the main reasons people build steel tool sheds in their backyard or outdoor work space is to store their tools in it. But without a plan, your tools will just end up as a cluttered mess thrown around on the floor or on the shelves of the steel shed. One way you can keep the inside of your steel sheds organized is by putting shelves along the back wall of the shed. If you have a large steel shed, you might be able to install shelves on the other two walls as well. However, small steel sheds may be too crowded if you put shelves on all three walls.

Hooks are another way to keep your steel sheds organized. You can have as many hooks as you need to hang your hammers, rakes, shovels and just about any other tool for easy access and simple clean up. Many companies that sell steel sheds generally have a line of organizational tools and accessories to help you keep your shed uncluttered.

Nice siding to steel sheds.
Nice siding to steel sheds.

Types of Steel Sheds

When shopping for a steel shed, there are many options to choose from. You can choose a premade steel shed that you often see sitting on the parking lot at your local home improvement store. For a fee, the store may have these steel sheds delivered directly to your home or job site already made and ready to be placed. The only thing you have to lift is your finger to point them to where you want the shed to sit. Of course, you will also be paying extra for premade steel sheds because all the work has already been done for you.

If you like putting things together with your own two hands or if you simply can’t afford the price of pre-made steel sheds, you always have the option of buying one that you have to assemble yourself. You can search online for steel sheds that are easy to assemble so you can find the perfect one for your needs or go to your local big box home improvement store and search through their variety. The way the kits are made these days for steel sheds, you may need nothing more than a hammer, some pliers and a few other tools in addition to a fresh attitude of patience. Step-by-step instructions are always included so you won’t end up with a the roof making up one of the sides of the steel shed or the doors on opposite sides of the structure.
If you have more carpentry skills than most people, you can even build your own steel sheds. You may not be as creative as some, but you can find plans for building steel sheds online and make your own tweaks and changes to those plans. You can often find the materials at a lower cost than buying steel shed kits or the shed already built. Steel is very dangerous, however, so be sure to take the proper safety precautions (safety goggles, steel-toed boots, etc.) before you try to build your own steel sheds.

You'll need to keep on top of your steel sheds if you don't want them to rust.
You'll need to keep on top of your steel sheds if you don't want them to rust.

Maintaining Your Steel Sheds

The best and easiest way to maintain your steel sheds is to just use fresh clean water every so often. Dirt and other particles can build up on steel, especially in the crevices of the door and other small places. But if you spray your steel shed down with water every month or so, you can keep the dirt from causing rust on your steel shed. When building it, you should also include a gutter system which directs the water away from the bottom of your shed. If you allow water to collect, it’s a recipe for rust. And that just tastes horrible.

If you have been considering a steel shed to keep your backyard and your tools clutter-free, there are a number of options available to you. From making one from scratch to buying them premade, steel sheds can last for many years as long as you take care of them properly.


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