A shed is a great choice for a smaller property that cannot accommodate a garage, or for when you just need extra storage space beyond what the garage offers. Sheds come in a wide range of styles, sizes, and other features, so you want to choose wisely and ensure you get one that you’ll be happy with for years to come. Note a few things to remember before you pick out a shed for your property.

1. Material

A plastic shed is very affordable and lightweight, and kits are usually easy to assemble. However, a plastic shed may look a bit cheap and not very attractive. You may not be able to paint a plastic shed to improve its appearance, so make this choice carefully. Vinyl sheds may look better than plastic and these are very durable as they won’t chip, rot, or rust. 

A metal shed can also be very durable and may look even better than vinyl, although they can be heavier and more cumbersome to put together. If you do choose metal, look for aluminum as it doesn’t rust or corrode and may require the least amount of maintenance over the years.

A wood shed is very traditional and may look the best but this type of kit is often cumbersome and difficult to put together on your own. Be prepared to have help with a metal or wood shed construction. You may also need to repaint and reseal a wood shed every year or every few years, so it may mean more work and maintenance than other materials.

2. Style

You may not think much of the style of a shed but remember that your shed can enhance the overall look of your property or detract from it, and different styles will affect the interior room for storage. An A-frame shed typically has the highest ceiling height inside so it’s good for storing tall riding equipment such as a tractor. A barn style shed may have a roof that is more square so that you can add beams to the ceiling and store items on top of the beams; this is good for sliding garden rakes, hoes, and other such tools overhead and getting them out of the way. 

A cottage style shed will usually be designed to look like a small cottage, with windows and a curved doorway. This can make it a good choice for use as an outdoor office, or for when you don’t want your shed to interfere with the overall look of your property.