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Buy a Garden Shed to Stay Organized

Updated on January 4, 2013

If you are like many people, you have a vast collection of lawn equipment and garden tools taking up space in your garage. One of the best ways to organize all of your gear and free up some space is to buy a garden shed.

Even if you don't have a lot of space in your yard, there is probably something that would work well for you in your situation. There are a wide variety of sheds available that are suitable for outdoor use ranging from large storage building styles that can easily house a riding lawn mower, snow blower or ATV to smaller stand up units that are perfect for storing tools such as shovels, weed eaters, and rakes.

You will be amazed at just how much valuable space these storage units can save and they make an excellent alternative to renting a space from a commercial provider. For a one-time expense of as little as a couple hundred dollars, you can maintain quick and easy access to all of your outdoor tools and gear. There are several different types of sheds available for you to choose from with each one being ideal for a slightly different situation. You can review each type below and find the one that would work best for your home.

Vertical Storage Sheds

These are upright units that are typically taller than they are wide. They offer an advantage where limited space is a concern as they can easily sit in an opening of just a few feet wide such as between the side of a house and fence. These kinds of sheds are idea for storing long-handled equipment and tools such as pool skimmers, brooms, trimmers, and leaf blowers. In addition, most will offer the ability to include a shelf for storing pots, hoses, and other small garden tools and accessories.

In most cases, these will be made of weather resistant wood, metal, or a durable resin. A few features you should look for when you buy a vertical garden shed include latching doors which give you the ability to secure the unit and a slightly elevated floor to protect your belongings from ground moisture and rain water. One of the best things about these mid-size vertical storage units is that they are usually very easy to put together with an assembly process you can complete in well under 30 minutes.

Full Size Garden Sheds and Storage Buildings

These are what I refer to as traditional yard sheds and can serve as almost a mini-garage. You will find that they come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes but unlike a thinner vertical option, they are typically at least 5 feet wide and 6 to 10 feet in depth. One of the most popular brands in this category is Suncast which makes a line of attractive outdoor storage buildings with all kinds of handy organizational features. Their sturdy buildings are made with double doors and a ramp in the front which make it easy to quickly roll equipment in and out.

These buildings are perfect for storing larger pieces of equipment such as mowers and patio furniture. They are also great for organizing kid's toys and sporting equipment so it doesn't take over your lawn. One of my favorite things about Suncast products is that they snap together so you don't have to have any handy man skills to put them together. Believe it or not, you don't even need any tools to assemble them. This saves quite a bit of time when you need to find a storage solution you can put in place quickly.

You will need a good flat surface to work with so be sure you have a level spot or concrete slab in place to support your shed. To really get the most out of a full size shed like this, I recommend extending the organizational capability with the available bracket hooks, corner shelf, and even the loft shelf. These are very inexpensive and will greatly expand the storage capacity of your unit. Another option in the category of full size sheds is to go with a metal storage building. One of the most recognized brands here is Arrow. The material you choose will ultimately come down to a matter of personal preference however I have found that the metal sheds take longer to assemble and have a tendency to pick up dents fairly easily.

Horizontal and Slide Lid Storage Options

These are idea for spaces where height is a concern. They are a bit shorter than a full size shed but can still accommodate all kinds of outdoor equipment. Many of them are even large enough to hold bikes. These are perfect for sliding up against a house or fitting nicely under a backyard deck. Some of the best products in this category are produced by Rubbermaid. They make a rugged polyethylene product that can really hold up to the elements and will not crack or peel.

One of my favorite products is their slide-lid storage shed which not only allows access through latching front doors but also through a convenient roof that slides open. This is great for getting items in and out without having to move other things that may be in the way. This product was perfect for my house where we have a Home Owner's Association that will only allow outdoor storage that is not visible from the street. The locking panels make it quick and easy to assemble which is also a big plus. In addition to Rubbermaid, Suncast also has some excellent products in this category in a variety of styles and sizes as well.

Depending on your needs, you may find that one particular style is best for your home or you may even want to combine a couple of them to get the job done. No matter what you decide on, you will quickly see the advantages of having outdoor storage.

Keeping your lawn and garden equipment outside is much more convenient than having to jam it all in the garage and will free up some useful space while protecting your belongings from dust and exposure to the elements. You will be surprised at what a difference having a little extra space to work with can make.


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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      What great timing, I could def use a good gardening shed to stay organized. I love to garden as well. I have got to have one of those deck boxes. Thanks :)