We all know that storage space around the house can get a bit cramped at times. One way to reduce some of the clutter and bring back some organization to your garage is to move some of that outdoor equipment to a garden shed. When most people think of sheds, they think of big, bulky outbuildings that take up a lot of space and aren't very attractive looking.
Outdoor storage buildings have come a long way in the past few years as smaller and more visually appealing products have come to market. These days, finding a small, free-standing enclosure to store your tools and lawn equipment is as easy as matching a shed to your personal situation.
Where to Start
The first thing you need to look at is exactly how much space you have and what you plan to store. If you have a small yard and don't have a lot of room to work with, you may want to consider a vertical storage shed that you can place along the side of your house in a walkway as small as a few feet across.
You sacrifice a bit of depth here but sheds like these are an excellent choice for organizing long-handled tools like rakes, shovels, and leaf blowers. You probably will have trouble fitting a lawn mower or any large pieces of equipment but they are great for the small stuff. You can also combine it with a horizontal deck box as well if you need to add extra space for bikes or other short and bulky items like kids' toys. In addition to providing secure storage, they are also a great way to quickly and easily clean up toys and outdoor sporting equipment.
If you have the room, it's a good idea to buy a small garden shed that has a little more depth so you can store everything in one place. There are several different sizes and styles to choose from.
Metal or Resin?
I know there are those who are big fans of metal storage sheds but as a general rule, I usually recommend avoiding them for a number of reasons. Metal sheds tend to get dents more easily and over time are much more likely to see peeling of paint and eventual rusting. A shed made from resin material will usually last longer and be easier to assemble and easier to maintain. Depending on the size you need, you can probably find one for anywhere from several hundred dollars to around $1400 for the larger models.
In my experience, these are a great way to keep your equipment organized and protected from the elements. In most cases, you can have your storage area set up and ready to house your equipment the same day you bring it home. Most small outdoor sheds are easy to assemble and snap together. In some cases, you can even put them together without using any tools.
Organization doesn't get much easier than that! Invest in a quality outdoor storage area this summer and you will quickly see just how much value they can add to any yard or garden area.