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How To Build a Shed Roof

Everything You Need to Know to Put a Strong and Durable Top on Your Shed


There are many questions when it comes to putting up a roof, below are the answers 

BUILDING A SHED roof is not as complicated as you might think.

The simple reality is that if you have reached the point in building your shed when it is time to build the roof, you have probably already mastered most if not all the skills you need to frame in and complete your shed roof.


OK, so maybe this seems rather easy for me to say, but what about calculating pitch, how do you build the trusses, and what style of roof is likely to work the best for your shed?

So Many Questions…

The biggest part of building a shed roof is making sure you have all the many questions running through your mind answered before you get started. For example:

  • What is a stick frame roof?
  • What is a truss roof?
  • Gable, gambrel, salt box, skillion, which of these styles is likely to be your best choice?
  • What materials should you use?
  • Do you need permits?

Roof Designs and Ideas

This is Your Best Starting Point

Until you know what you want your finished shed and roof to look like, it is going to be very hard to understand the style of roof and how much work it will take to build it.

To give you a better idea of the different shed roof styles from around the country and around the world, take a look. You can also see a list of shed roof ideas here where I have put together a wide range of images depicting everything from grass and palm tree branch roofs to sheet metal and shingle roofs.

These images cover gable styles, gambrel, salt box, flat, skillion, round, square, rectangular, and just about every style of shed roof you can imagine.

There are several important things you need to keep in mind while choosing the design or style of your roof is that it must meet several needs such as snow load, ability to shed water, aesthetics, and of course any regulations your local authority may have in place.

The roof you choose to put on top of your shed is more than just capping off the finished product, it is perhaps one of its most important features. Each of the different styles has a lot to offer, take your time and choose the best one to fit your needs.

Shed Roof Materials - Man clearing shingles

Shed Roof Materials

What is Your Shed Roof Really Made Of?

After you make your decision regarding what type of shed roof would look best on top of your shed and get the job done right, it is time to start thinking about the materials you will need to get the job done. 

Bear in mind that any materials you choose need to be able to withstand any extremes in weather your area experiences. This includes extreme heat in the summer or cold in the winter, heavy snow loads, excessive amounts of rain, large amounts of ice, and or high winds.

Another important issue to keep in mind as you search for the right shed roof materials is that you, your family, your friends, and most importantly of all, your neighbors are going to have to look at your final choice for a very long time.

There are several materials to choose from, including wood and metal framing, asphalt shingles, tar/felt paper, sheet metal, terracotta tiles, and several others. Each of these different materials has its own advantages and disadvantages.

You can see my in depth comparison on shed roof materials here. I've also gone into more information on shed roof felt, because it is the most popular choice here

Here again, your local codes may have something to say in your final choice, so be sure to check them out before spending any money.

Shed Roof Pitch

You Can't Afford to Strike Out Here

Okay, so all puns aside, the pitch or angle of your shed roof has a very important role to play in how successful your entire garden shed is going to be.

Depending on where you live, it is quite possible that a flat roof on your shed will be quite capable of getting the job done. But the reality is that in most parts of the country, your roof will need at least a decent pitch if it is going to score a home run.

Truss Labelled (Medium)

Shed roof pitch is simply the amount of rise in the roof divided by the distance traveled. In simple terms, if your roof goes up 4 inches for every 12 inches of distance from the edge traveled, the shed roof pitch is described as 4:12.

  • Points to consider when deciding the pitch of your shed roof include:
  • How much rain/snow/ice your area gets in an average to above average year
  • How high the winds are likely to get in your area
  • Your personal tastes
  • Any local regulations or building codes, click here to be taken to your local building codes

You can use an online snow load calculator like this one to determine the snow load expectations in your region. When it comes to snow and ice, you should be aware that snow can weigh in at anywhere from 3 pounds per square inch (psi) to 21 psi.

Ice is even worse ranging from 5 psi all the way up to 27 psi, you are going to need a very strong roof to hold this kind of weight and one with a steep pitch to help both snow and ice to slide off rather than gather in place.

If you want to know more about the pitch of shed roofs then here is my detailed guide

Shed Roof Framing

I've Been Framed or at Least Your Shed Roof has…

If you are going to build any type of pitched roof for your shed, it will have a network or wooden or metal frames that must be able to support the weight of the structure itself and the covering you choose.

In essence, there are two basic styles of wooden roof frames in use today. These are the trussed roof and the cut roof. You will find that both styles of roof frame can be used to support the weight of the most commonly used roof coverings such as sheet metal and asphalt shingles.

You can see more detail about framing a shed roof yourself here


Image courtesy of DIY Network of a typical truss or "A" frame style roof

The Trussed Frame

Most of us call this type of frame an “A” frame because of its shape. In many cases, these trusses or frames are built off-site in a factory or by a company that specializes in them.

The combination of rafters, jacks, and joists creates an extremely strong structure. This type of frame makes use of thinner boards while providing excellent strength, thereby reducing cost and environmental damage as they require less total wood to complete.

Pre-made roofing trusses come in an almost endless selection of sizes and shapes to suit virtually any type of roof. You can even order trusses that have been designed to create a large open space in the roof that can be used for storage or to create a room if your shed is large enough.

The Cut Roof Style Frame

This type of roof is made using rafters and other pieces that are cut on site by the carpenter who is building the roof.

These types of roof are typically used today to cover larger spans by using interior load bearing walls. But at the same time, if you have the appropriate skills, there is no reason why you couldn't technically build your own trusses from scratch or any other type of roof support.

Other Roof Truss Styles

The reality is that trusses are not one particular style or shape, they are built based on the needs of the particular structure being constructed. Here are some of the more common types of roof truss used in construction today:

  • Triple Howe: Used for exceptionally wide spans ranging from 54 to 80 feet
  • Room-in-Attic: Add living space to the attic in your shed
  • Scissor: Used in homes and other buildings to create a vaulted ceiling
  • Clerestory: Used in buildings with high walls that feature a row of narrow windows along the top

Shed Roof Construction

Getting the job done  

Now that you have a basic idea of what type of roof you want for your shed, what materials you will need, and what pitch is likely to be best, it is time to start thinking about the actual shed roof construction process.

If you have never built any type of roof, you should start out by taking the time to watch a few roof construction videos such as these: Shed Roof Framing




Here is one that covers building two different types of shed roof:


No matter whether you choose to buy your trusses pre-made or build your entire roof on-site, be sure you take the time to study the various construction techniques such as those in the videos along with the information provided here codes to be sure the roof you are building meets these codes and standards.

One thing you can count on is the fact that if your roof does not meet local building codes, you will be tearing it down and starting all over.

Ashphalt Shingles

Roof Cladding

Keeping Mother Nature at Bay

The best way to describe roof cladding is to say that it is the outer waterproof layer of your shed roof. It is a protective layer intended to keep moisture from reaching the wooden structural components of your roof.

The best materials for use as roof cladding are those that are affordable, fireproof, weatherproof, low maintenance, able to insulate against changes in temperature and noise levels, and yet at the same time able to remain aesthetically pleasing to everyone, including that pain in the neck neighbor.

  • Your location: The climate in your location plays a major role in your choice of materials.
  • Weight: Different types of cladding weigh more or less
  • Style: The style of your shed will also play a role in what type of cladding you choose.
  • Color: You may choose to go with one cladding over another based on the colors available.
  • Maintenance: Here again some choices of cladding require more maintenance than others.

The cladding is typically the last layer to be installed on the roof of your shed. It is installed over the waterproof membrane or final layer of shed roofing felt.

Here is a more detailed guide into the most popular shed roofing materials

Repairs and Maintenance

Installing a new shed roof is only the beginning of your shed ownership journey. No matter what type of roof you choose to install on your shed, at some point in time, it is going to require some form of repair or maintenance.

However, just because the wind blew a shingle or two off or your metal roof ended up with a hole in it, all is not lost.

In most cases, you can handle your own roof repairs and maintenance whether you built the roof or bought your shed ready to go. One of the most important things you can do to maximize the lifespan of your shed roof is to keep it clean (sweep or hose debris off and keep people off it).

The next step in caring for your roof is to repair any damage as soon as you notice it or you could easily find yourself being left with no choice but to tear the roof apart and rebuilding it from scratch.

Here is a quick roof maintenance video courtesy of Central Insurance for you to watch:


Topping It All Off

So, if you are like me, you probably started reading this feeling a little intimidated by the idea of building a shed roof.

Despite the fact building a roof can be a little complicated, if you take your time and read through the information above, review the videos and the rest of the information by following the links, you should be well on your way to putting the perfect lid on your new garden shed.

I truly hope the information above helps you build and install the roof on your shed relatively worry free. I have enjoyed putting it all together for you.

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The Best Plastic Shed Base for Your New Shed


The Best Plastic Shed Base for Your New Shed


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MAKING THE DECISION to add a shed to your garden comes with a host of questions that must be answered before you get started.

One of the more common questions concerns to be whether you need a base for your shed.

While you could simply drop your shed on the ground, this may not be your best option.

From a simple plastic shed base to a concrete slab, your shed is going to last longer if it is not left sitting flat on the ground.

The Advantages of a Shed Base

So let's start by thinking about building your brand new shed directly on the ground. Even if you take the time to remove the grass and flatten the dirt, over time the soil will erode and shift.

When this happens, your shed floor is no longer going to be sitting on a flat surface. This can cause the floor to warp or have hollow spots under it that won't be able to support any weight, causing damage to the floor.

If you have a wood or metal shed, the damp from the ground will slowly seep into the wood or onto the metal. This leads to rot and rust that will in time destroy your shed. The more it rains or snows, the more unstable the soil is likely to become, leaving your shed unsafe and insecure.

If your shed does not have a built-in floor, this becomes even more of a problem. These sheds require some form of concrete, wood, or plastic shed base that they can be anchored to.

A Firm Foundation

The right shed base will provide your shed with a firm foundation, much like that under your house, that will help it remain properly leveled.

This means you should never have to worry about your shed becoming out of square, which can have an adverse effect on how well the doors and windows work.

On top of this, a good concrete, wood, or plastic shed base will help keep your shed up and away from the ground and from the risk of water puddling around the bottom of the walls.

Let's Talk More about Plastic Sheds

Whether you are building a plastic shed from panels, a metal shed, or a wood one, it needs to be sitting on some form of level surface if you want all the panels to fit correctly. If the surface is not level, the panels may not line up leaving gaps that are only going to let rain and snow into your shed.

This is especially true for plastic sheds as many of the kits are designed with panels that simply snap together. If the foundation is not perfectly flat, the panels may be pulled apart or warp out of shape.

While a wood or metal shed is likely to have walls that are heavily reinforced and as such not likely to warp, this is not the case with most plastic sheds. The typical plastic shed features single or double layer walls made of flexible polyethylene resin.

Some feature steel rods or frames for extra strength, but these panels are not made to take on the stress of sitting on uneven ground.

The same holds true for the roof panels, they are designed to fit properly and remain watertight only when the entire shed is sitting as close to perfectly level as possible. The only way to actually achieve this is by putting your shed on a good solid foundation such as a plastic shed base.

One thing to keep in mind is that even if your base is slightly off kilter, you can always use thin strips of wood between it and your shed walls to adjust things for a perfect fit.

My Plastic Shed has a Floor

When you were looking at the many different brands and styles of plastic shed, you probably found that most of them come with some form of plastic floor. However, this is not always the case, so be sure the shed you finally decide on has a floor.

At the same time, it is very important for you to understand that the plastic floor that comes with your shed is not a base or foundation. It is only a floor and as such is only as good as the surface it is sitting on.

Lifetime 6402 with Plastic Shed Floor

An Image of the Lifetime 6402 with Plastic Shed Floor. This isn't a shed base

If you don’t use some form of foundation such as a plastic shed base, your floor is not going to remain sitting flat on a supportive surface for very long. As the soil underneath, it erodes voids will form eliminating any support for the floor.

The floor may crack and break through in these areas or it may shift completely, leaving you with doors and windows that don't work.

The problem with most plastic floors is that they are hollow with minimal reinforcement in what the manufacturer deems to be “vital” spots. Even with this type of construction, the average plastic floor is not strong enough to last without a good solid foundation underneath it.

Different Types of Shed Base


A number of people start out placing their first shed on a gravel surface, thinking that this is going to provide them with a long-lasting firm base for it.

Stone Gravel texture background

There are several problems with this, starting with the fact that gravel is not a permanent firm surface. Over a relatively short period of time, the gravel will sink into the ground causing your shed to slowly become unstable and out of square.  

Gravel is also porous and can allow water to seep in. When this happens, the water can freeze causing an ice buildup that can and almost certainly will destroy your plastic shed floor.


Pavers are a step up from gravel alone, and are a good value way to provide a solid base for your shed. Pavers do have to be placed on a perfectly flat and level surface in order for them to be effective.

In many instances the installation process starts with level ground, followed by a gravel pad that is leveled, and then the pavers are installed. This forms a very solid foundation for your shed to sit on, but going through all three steps can prove to be somewhat costly.

Wood Base (Piers)

This type of shed base typically involves a number concrete molds into which you set 4 x 4 wood piers onto which the wood frame of the base is mounted. This type of base is designed to keep your shed up off the ground.


While this type of shed base framing can definitely create a very solid foundation for your shed. Wood, however, even pressure treated, is subject to rot and pest infestations including mice, rats, ants, and termites. Something well worth thinking about depending on where you live.


Concrete makes an excellent material for use a base for your shed, however, you will probably need to call in a professional to pour and form it.


When properly poured, concrete will provide you with a perfectly flat surface to anchor your shed to. In fact, you can have bolts installed into the concrete as it is being poured that you can use to anchor your shed.  

The most important thing to remember is that the slab must be perfectly level and flat for you to get the best results.

Now for the Plastic Shed Base

When it comes to choosing a base for my latest plastic shed, I knew I needed something that was going to provide a solid strong foundation, be resistant to most forms or rot or bug infestations.

I also wanted a base that was relatively easy to put together, affordable, and environmentally friendly. Enter the plastic shed base, my personal choice.

With a little research, you will see that there are several different brands and styles to choose from. Some such as the “Ecobase” brand use thinner plastics that range from 3 to 6 millimeters in thickness, others as “HawklLok or Forest Plastic Base” are much sturdier.

These use thicker plastics and are built from multiple plastic pads that are designed to physically lock together. When assembled, these bases form a completed pad that is almost as strong as a poured concrete pad.

The Benefits of Plastic Shed Bases

There are many benefits associated with plastic shed bases, starting with the simple fact they are not very heavy. These bases are great for anyone who doesn't want to risk messing up their back.

Not only are they less stressful to work with, but you can get the whole family involved in building them and make a fun family day out of the project.

Among the other benefits of plastic shed bases are:

  • Since your shed will be sitting directly on top of the plastic grid, this will make it much harder for pests such as rodents to get into your shed. That is unless they gnaw a hole in the floor.
  • If you are using a plastic shed base that forms a grid, the gravel that you place in between the grids will help to keep rainwater from splashing onto the bottom of your shed. This is very important if you have a wood shed as all the water will only serve to accelerate rot.
  • The gridwork forms a very solid foundation, especially when packed with gravel for any type of shed, including those with plastic floors.
  • The pad style plastic shed base, when laid on a solid level surface can produce a base that is almost as strong and supportive as a poured concrete.
  • Most plastic shed bases are made from recycled plastics that can be fully recycled once you are finished with it. These plastics are very eco-friendly and made to last for many years without rotting.
  • The plastic resins are designed to be resistant to the sun's UV rays, ensuring they do not become brittle as many other plastics are likely to.
  • Plastics do not hold moisture in like concrete or wood will, thus they will not sweat leading to rot or rust if you have a metal or wood shed.

These are only a few of the benefits of plastic shed bases. For me, I based my decision on all the above and the fact I had a short timetable to work with.

The fact that most plastic shed bases are relatively simple and quick to assemble is perhaps one of the most important benefits.

Here is the Plastic Shed Base I Picked

8 x CrazyGadget GRASS GRID

A British Made Superior Quality Plastic Shed Base

This eight-piece plastic shed base kit can be used to create a base large enough for a 6 x 6 shed. Each square measures approximately 18 x 18 inches.

Each piece is designed to interlock to form a much stronger final assembly. If your shed is larger than eight pieces, you can always do what I did and buy more than one kit.

Once you have the final assembly put together, you should fill the grid in with pea gravel to form a sturdy base for any type of shed, wood, metal, or plastic. The heavy-duty plastic used to craft the gridwork is UV resistant and made to last for years.

One more great thing about these grids is that they are strong enough to handle the weight of your car, truck, or SUV and can be used to help hold the gravel of your driveway in place if you have any left over.




Needs gravel for maximum stability


Built to metric sizes may not be an exact match for standard size sheds

Easy to assemble

No built-in anchor spots for your shed

Other Options Worth Considering

If you are still not sure whether or not one of the various plastic shed bases are the right choice for you, perhaps you might want to consider contacting your shed's manufacturer.

Many of them offer their own shed base kits. These shed base kits should come with everything you are likely to need to build the base and then secure your shed in place.

A perfect example of this are the shed base kits made by Arrow Sheds for their sheds. These kits contain all of the HDG steel frame pieces needed to build the base along with the required hardware.

These kits are self-squaring by design for the ultimate in easy assembly. You and add a flooring material of your choice to them or simply bolt the shed directly on the frame.

While they are made for Arrow brand sheds, there is no reason why you couldn't adapt them to fit your particular brand of shed.

In Conclusion

If you are going to invest the money and time in building a shed for your garden, plastic or otherwise, you owe it to yourself to invest in a good solid foundation for it.

Given the relatively low cost of plastic shed floors, there simply is no excuse for not putting your shed on a good solid foundation. The plastic shed base above is the best one I could find and as I have found out, more than up to the task of supporting your shed and everything you plan to put in it and best of all its simple to assemble.

The grid style system is exceptionally strong when filled with gravel or cement and you can use “U” bolts to secure your plastic shed in place. If you live in an area of high wind, you can use anchors to hold the base to the ground for added security. Mine has been in place for several years now and has not budged an inch.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this and the information I have put together for you will help you find the perfect shed base, plastic or otherwise.

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What to Look for in a Plastic Shed

7 Dealbreakers When Buying A Plastic Shed


What you need to check in getting a plastic shed...

IF YOU HAVE BEEN looking at the various different styles and brands of plastic sheds on the market, no one could blame you for being confused. Quite simply put, there are many to choose from.

To avoid confusion, it helps to have a good basic idea of what to look for. But not everyone has a running knowledge of the best type of shed to buy.

To help I’ve put together this short guide to help you avoid making some of the more common mistakes. It may also help ensure you end up with the right shed the first time.

What to Look for in a Plastic Shed

The Walls

There are a number of things you should be looking for in any plastic shed. For example, single layer walls may save you money, but they are not as structurally strong as double layer walls and may not be suited to areas with high winds or heavy snows.


LIFETIME 6402 Outdoor Storage Shed

Many of the more expensive sheds feature bolt together assembly and steel frames for added structural integrity. These are much better suited to areas with lots of snow and winds.

TIP - For extra strength, look for double layer walls and/or steel frames

DEALBREAKER - Flimsy thin walls. They will move around letting water in and eventually distorting and permanently warping

The Floor

Some plastic sheds come with floors, these can be placed directly on the ground instead of a foundation.

Others require some form of wood or concrete foundation, something to keep in mind as both of these options add to the final cost and the time it will take to get your shed up and running.


If you are interested in plastic sheds with built in floors, look for those with reinforced floors that can handle the weight of anything you plan to store in them along with your weight without sagging or cracking.

TIP - For extra strength, look for reinforced floors

DEALBREAKER - Floor not reinforced and not included

Plastic or Resin

Years ago plastic sheds were made from the same basic plastics used to make little kid's playhouses. Not only was this plastic structurally weak, it did not hold up well under extremes of heat or cold.

Believe me, I know as my first plastic shed sagged in the summer sun. If this wasn't bad enough, when the temperatures dropped below freezing, the roof cracked and started leaking.


KETER Manor Large 6 x 8 ft. Resin Garden Storage Shed

Today's top quality sheds are made from a plastic resin that has been designed to withstand the effects of Mother Nature and all she has to throw at them.

While we are at it, consider how much snow you get each winter and then look closely at the stated snow load for the roof. You should look for a snow load of at least 20 lbs. per square foot to be on the safe side.

One of the great things about a plastic or resin shed is that the material is completely impervious to rust or any other form of corrosion, which is one of the reasons why so many people are turning to them.

TIP - If you live in a snow zone, take special note of the snow rating. 20 lbs. per square foot is a good place to start

DEALBREAKER - No steel trusses/roof frame in a snow zone


If you are going to be storing lawn mowers, weed trimmers, or anything else with gasoline in the tank, your shed must have some form of ventilation.


Many plastic sheds offer at least some form of soffit or end cap ventilation. Even if all you are going to use your shed for is storing toys and garden tools, you should still look for one with some form of ventilation as this will help keep it cooler in the summer.

TIP - Make sure the shed has ventilation

DEALBREAKER - No ventilation in a shed 6 x 4 feet or larger


Windows are a great way to let in plenty of natural light. Most plastic sheds come with at least one side window or windows in the doors.


LIFETIME 60005 Outdoor Storage Shed with Windows, Skylights and Shelving

The only problem with them is that the majority are fixed windows, meaning they are not designed to open or close and as such offer nothing in the way of ventilation. Some sheds also have built-in skylights for extra natural lighting that might come in handy if you are looking for a workshop or art studio.

TIP - Look for sheds with at least one window or skylight. It helps keep the shed a little warmer in the cooler months and can help fight condensation, mildew and rust. As well as provide light

DEALBREAKER - Poor seals or no seals around windows


Every shed no matter how big or small has to have some type of door, naturally. The big difference is whether or not the shed has a single or double door.


SUNCAST Alpine Shed, Robust Double Doors with Articulating Metal Hardware

For storing tools and toys a single door will probably do the trick, but if you plan to store your lawn mower, tiller, or any other type of power equipment, you will need a shed that has double doors that give you enough room to move the equipment in and out.

Doors are also a weak point in the shed so take note when selecting your shed that the door is strong and the locks provided are robust

TIP - Make sure the doors have a good strong locking mechanism

DEALBREAKER - Doors that cannot be padlocked or reinforced easily


While we are talking about doors, we should also factor security into the picture. No matter what you plan to store inside of your plastic shed, there is always someone who feels the need to steal it from you.


SABRE Wireless Door Security Alarm DIY EASY to Install

No matter what type of shed you buy, it must have a way to securely lock everything inside. Most plastic shed feature some form of hasp or handles designed to let you use a padlock to secure your stuff.

While you are looking at the different plastic sheds, take a good look at how they are made to be locked and ensure it will stand up to attempts to break in.

TIP - If you want more tips on securing a shed, go here

DEALBREAKER - Flimsy doors and poor locking hardware on doors and windows that open

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How to Find the Right Horizontal Storage Shed for Your Stuff


Understand the usage and advantage of a horizontal storage shed...

THE RIGHT HORIZONTAL storage shed can be the perfect solution for use in your garden, backyard, or even on a deck or balcony.

This type of shed can also add extra storage to a larger garden for a number of smaller garden tools or a lawn mower.

The big question is "what is a horizontal storage shed?"

Well, it certainly isn't a shed in the most traditional of meanings, you can stand upright in it, walk into it, or sit back and read a book in one. However, the right shed will provide you with a large storage box or chest that adds watertight storage to your garden or yard.

Why Add a Horizontal Storage Shed?

When your current shed is already overcrowded, but the last thing you want to do is tear it down to build a bigger one or add a second full-sized shed, a horizontal shed that takes up less room and is far less expensive can be the perfect solution for adding extra storage to your garden or yard.

I currently have two of them placed in strategic locations in my garden, one for tools and the other for fertilizers, weed killers, and bug sprays.


Horizontal storage sheds are also a great way to hide your trash cans and recycling bins. No one likes having these unsightly bins out in the open where they can attract bugs and other pests who get into them and scatter refuse all over the yard. The easiest way to avoid this problem is to invest in a horizontal storage unit that will keep them safely and securely out of sight.

What to Look for in a Horizontal Storage Shed

The first question concerns whether you should be looking for a wood, metal, or plastic shed. Horizontal sheds are available in all three materials, and each has their advantages and disadvantages.

Wooden storage units can be built to fit in with practically any garden décor and style.


LEISURE SEASON Horizontal Storage Shed

These sheds also come with a cost, that of having to actively work to maintain them if you want them to remain weatherproof and in good condition.

Metal sheds require less maintenance than a wooden shed but are relatively easily dented or scratched, especially if you place your horizontal shed in an area of high traffic.

Not only do these scratches and dents detract from the way your shed looks, but in time the loss of paint will lead to rust and rot.

Metal sheds also require a certain level of maintenance if you want them to remain looking their best and to provide you with years of reliable service.

Plastic is probably the most convenient material for use in horizontal storage sheds. Plastic sheds do not require any form of maintenance beyond the occasional rinse off with a hose, they are weatherproof, scratch and dent proof, do not rust or rot, and come in an incredible range of sizes, shapes, and colors

Not What They Used to Be

When I first thought about a plastic storage shed, I have to admit I had my doubts. These were based solely on my memories of early plastic sheds that not only looked cheap but tended to fade and crack easily when exposed to the sun or freezing temperatures.

The good news is that thanks to the invention of a number of new plastics and resins, this is no longer the case.

Top manufacturers such as Rubbermaid, Keter, and Suncast specialize in creating a range of resins and plastics used in their sheds that are resistant to the UV rays of the sun, extremes in temperature, and physical damage.


SUNCAST Glidetop Slide Lid Shed 52 x 58 x 80 Inches

Plastic horizontal storage sheds are now available in sizes ranging from approximately 18 cubic feet in capacity to those that are significantly larger.

When looking at sizes, you should consider buying the largest one that will fit in the space you have. This will ensure you have the most storage space possible to suit your needs now and as they change in the future.

Different Styles for Different People

You will also find that these sheds come in a range of styles including those with hinged lids, single or double entry doors, and those with a combination of both to suit your needs.

There are even some styles that include a split top for added access and storage convenience.

No matter how you look at it, today's plastic horizontal storage sheds offer an ideal storage solution for those with limited space or are looking to add a little extra storage space to their garden, deck, patio, or yard.

Along with all of this, you need to factor ease of assembly or construction and cost into your final decision.

While you can certainly build your own horizontal storage shed from wood or metal and a set of plans or a kit, both of these options tend to be quite expensive and as stated, they also require a significant amount of maintenance and upkeep.

Plastic sheds, on the other hand, are relatively affordable and are maintenance free.

One final thought before we look at six of the most popular horizontal storage sheds on the market, choose one that not only offers you the best possible storage options for your needs, but also one that lets you get into and out of your shed easily and has plenty of room for everything you plan to store in it both now and in the future.

Now let's take a look at six sheds I found during my search that may be just what you are looking for!

Suncast BMS4900D Glidetop Slide Lid Shed

Features a Sliding Lid for Walk in Access


SUNCAST Glidetop Slide Lid Shed

While most horizontal storage sheds have a hinged lid that is hinged on the long side, this one from Suncast has a sliding lid and double doors on the short end for easy access.

The bolt together assembly means it might take a little longer to build but build a much sturdier shed than those that snap together.

It also has a reinforced floor that is strong enough to support the weight of a riding lawn mower or small garden tractor. However, according to the manufacturer, you will need a foundation.



Bolt together assembly builds a more solid shed

Needs a foundation or no warranty

Sturdy floor supports a lot of weight

Parts do not fit together very well

Sliding roof makes access very easy

Customer support is poor

The Yard Stash IV

A Heavy Duty Tent Storage Unit that Can Take a Beating


Most people would never consider using a tent as a storage unit, but this is no ordinary tent.

Made from heavy duty vinyl that is safe from UV damage, completely weatherproof, and made to take on any climate, this shed is big enough to fit two adult sized bikes along with room for your gear and more.

It should take you less than ten minutes to assemble or take down. The rugged zippers are covered with storm flaps and the seams have been sealed to keep snow and rain out.

It also features mesh vents to keep moisture at bay and a Velcro panel on the back so you can lock your bikes to a pole or fence.



Lightweight and easily portable

Can be blown away by high winds

Takes 10 minutes to set up

Takes 2 people to set up quickly

Industrial grade vinyl is completely weatherproof

Not very secure, you need to have a post to secure things to

Rubbermaid Horizontal Storage Shed

Easy Assembly Makes this Shed Very Popular


One the best things about this plastic storage shed is that it can literally be put together in minutes. The double wall construction makes it dent, leak, and weather resistant.

There is a total of seven pieces including a pair of opening front doors and a hinged lid. Inside the walls have places built into them that are designed for wooden or wire shelving, note the shelving does not come with the shed.

You can buy shelves from the manufacturer or at your local lumberyard. The lid is strong enough to support a moderate snow load.



Consists of 7 pieces of heavy duty resin plastic

Snap together assembly not very stable

Very easy assembly

Light enough to blow away in a strong wind

Completely weatherproof with a hasp for padlock security

Rubbermaid recommends using a mallet to aid assembly but doing so can damage plastic pieces

Keter Store-It-Out MIDI

A Full 30 Cubic Feet of Storage Capacity


KETER Outdoor Horizontal Storage Shed

This plastic horizontal storage shed is relatively easy to put together, and offer plenty of storage for lawn mowers, garden tools, toys, pool equipment, and just about anything else you can think of.

It features dual front doors and a hinged lid for ease of access. The polypropylene material used in its construction has been designed to withstand extremes in temperature and the sun's UV rays without fading, cracking, or turning white over time like so many others.

The floor panel can support up to 330 pounds per square inch and there are built-in shelf supports for added storage convenience.



Rigid lid and wall construction

Shelf lengths in instructions incorrect measure first then cut

Hydraulic lifts for the lid

Shed doesn't hold up well over the long haul

Single hasp secures doors and lid

Top tends to warp when exposed to hot summer sun

Rubbermaid 3748 Horizontal Storage Shed

Double-Wall Construction with an Impact Resistant Floor


RUBBERMAID 3748 Horizontal Storage Shed, 18-Cubic Ft

This shed is currently the only one in the 156 to 25 cubic foot capacity range that features double wall construction. It is made from Rubbermaid's unique resin plastic that is UV and weatherproof.

Total storage capacity is a full 18 cubic feet and there is a set of built-in shelf supports for a single shelf that is not included. Like other Rubbermaid horizontal sheds, this one comes in seven pieces that snap together for easy of assembly.

It features dual front doors and a hinged lid that can all be locked securely using a single padlock. Inside is plenty of room for bikes, a lawn mower, garden tools, toys, and more.



Easy snap together assembly

Roof warps in hot summer sun

Small size makes it easy for a single person to move this shed around

Floor might warp in you load it with too much weight

Shed design is fully weatherproof

Assembly falls apart easily

Large Horizontal Wooden Refuse Storage Shed

Solid Cypress Wood Construction


LEISURE SEASON Large Horizontal Refuse Storage Shed

If a plastic horizontal storage shed is not quite what you had in mind, this cyp might be a better choice. The wood has been completely sealed and is weatherproof.

Designed specifically for use as a shed to store your rolling recycling cans and refuse bins there is no floor, making it easy to roll them in and out. The lid features hydraulic lifts to make opening it easy, the dual front doors make getting your bins in and out simple.

The cypress tree wood has similar decay resistance to that of Western Red Cedar and the tongue and groove construction is very strong.



Cypress is decay and pest resistant

Does not fit large trash bins

Triple doors for easy access

Lid tends to warp when it gets wet

Big enough for medium trash/recycling bins

No assembly instructions included

Just in Case

Just in case the above horizontal sheds are not quite what you are looking for, here is a vertical shed that might do the job for you.

Suncast BMS1500 Vertical Utility Shed

Upright Convenient and Built to Last 


SUNCAST Vertical Utility Shed

Not everyone has room for a horizontal shed, this one from Suncast might fill the need for a storage shed when you don't have a lot of ground space to work with.

Made from double wall resin that features a wood grain texture and a reinforced floor for added strength and durability. There are built-in shelf supports for four shelves (not included).

Features bolt together assembly and should only take one person to put together in less than an hour or so.



Thick resin pieces are made to last

Shelf template is not accurate, measure before you cut or buy shelves

Bolt together assembly for added strength

Plastic bolts break easily

Relatively easy to put together with basic hand tools

Gaps between walls and roof mean it is not fully watertight, but it will keep out most of the rain

Final thoughts

Finding the perfect horizontal storage shed is no easy task as there are so many out there. Your best bet is to decide on three things first, size, cost, materials. Once you have this down, your search will go much faster.

These storage sheds above are the best of the rest, I spent a lot of time looking at what is out there so you didn't have to. Bear in mind that sometimes you have to spend a little more to get a shed that will provide you with many years of exceptional service.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this and it has helped you find the perfect horizontal storage shed for your garden or back yard.

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WHEN YOU START searching for a shed to put out in your backyard, one of the first things you are likely to notice (or at least for me it was), is that there are so many to choose from.

This leads to a lot of questions ranging from what size, do you order a kit or a complete ready to use shed, what materials should your shed be made from?

From then most expensive wooden sheds to the cheapest plastic sheds, there are plenty of high quality sheds to choose from.

Today we are looking at several of the top low-cost plastic sheds on the market.

1. Suncast BMS6810D Everett Storage Shed 6 X 8

Let the Sun Shine In


SUNCAST BMS6810D Everett Storage Shed

If you are planning to add a shed to your garden or backyard as a place to get away from it all or an art studio, the Everett might be just what you are looking for.

Not only does the Everett offer a window on each side of the shed, it also comes with a built-in skylight for even more natural lighting.

If you live in an area where it snows a lot, you will find the steel reinforced roof panels are more than up to the job.

All of the panels are designed to be bolted together for added strength and are made from one of the toughest plastic resins on the market.

When you add in double doors, you can't go wrong with this spacious shed with its reinforced floor.



Short assembly time, approx. 2 hours even for someone with little to no experience

Lots of brackets to figure out during assembly which can be confusing and slow down the process

Very stable thanks to the double wall construction, which is good for windy/snowy climates

Some parts are not labeled with part numbers, again this can slow down assembly

Bolt together assembly instead of snap fit adds to the overall strength

Some sheds are shipped with the wrong parts and customer service is rated as poor

2. Suncast BMS7400 Molded Resin Storage Shed

Heavy-Duty Walls for Added Strength


The Cascade is another exceptional low-cost plastic shed from Suncast. This shed is built with double side walls for added durability and strength, ideal for colder areas with plenty of snow.

Topping it off is a shingle-style plastic roof that has been reinforced with steel for added load carrying capacity. Each of the double doors has a window and metal handles for added security.

The panels are designed to interlock instead of requiring you to spend hours putting it together with nuts and bolts. This may be one of the simplest plastic sheds on the market to put together and is a good choice for anyone without construction experience.



Interlocking pieces not only make the Cascade easy to assemble but also create a strong finished product

If you don't have the base perfectly level, the doors may not line up or stay closed properly

Can be assembled in less than 5 hours by one or two people quite easily

Some of the assembly holes do not line up properly, making assembly of certain parts properly

Priced well below some of its competitors yet offers higher overall quality

The instruction manual is poorly laid out, making it hard to follow

3. Keter Factor Large 8 x 11 ft. Resin Outdoor Shed

Low-Cost, Easy to Assemble, Spacious, the Perfect Blend


Inside the multiple boxes containing your Keter Factor shed is everything you are going to need to put together this spacious 8 x 11 shed. As long as you have a little building experience, you should be able to put this handy shed together in an afternoon.

Despite being one of the cheapest plastic sheds in its class, the Factor comes with a plastic floor that doesn't need a foundation for support.

If you live in an area where it rains a lot, you are so to love the extended roofline.

Your neighbors and HOA are sure to appreciate the natural wood-like texture. The snap-together design makes it easy for the least experienced builder to put this shed together.



Easy to assemble in an afternoon with a minimum of tools and experience

Snap together assembly is a very tight fit, you may need to use Vaseline or some other form of silicone lube to help snap the pieces together

Doors have double handle that can be secured using a padlock

Holes and some parts have excess flashing that has to be removed

Can be placed directly on the ground as it has a built in plastic floor

Plastic floor has a lot of give which may not be suitable for heavy load storage unless you are willing to add a wood or concrete foundation

4. Keter Manor Large 4 x 6 ft. Resin Garden Shed

Much More Room on the Inside


At 113.2 cubic feet of space, the Keter Manor is one of the most spacious 4 x 6-foot plastic sheds on the market today.

Inside you will find tons of room for garden tools, a lawn mower, a workbench, and more. Keter has their own super-strong fade-resistant plastic resin that is guaranteed to never rot, rust, peel, or dent. This resin is made to take on the desert heat and the arctic cold without cracking.

The Manor is an excellent way to add a significant amount of storage space to your backyard and it's completely waterproof and impervious to all types of weather.



Gable ventilation lets out the fumes and smells from things like your lawn mower or weed trimmer

Despite its size, the Manor only has a single door that is not big enough for a riding lawn mower

Has a single fixed window that lets in natural light so you don't have to install any kind of lighting

There are no pre-drilled holes in the panels, you have to drill them yourself as you assemble the shed

Superior quality and heavy duty resin materials make the Manor a very good deal for your money

The corrugated resin parts seem to be flimsy but only until your shed is fully assembled

5. Suncast BMS4900D Glidetop Slide Lid Shed

Low Profile Storage for Your Backyard


Not everyone wants the entire neighborhood to see their shed, in fact, some HOAs don’t allow you to have any type of structure, besides your house and garage, that sticks up above the fence.

The Glidetop shed is the perfect solution as this low profile shed measures only 52 inches tall. At this height, the Glidetop will slide under many decks out of the way.

The sliding roof lets you open the doors and walk right in with your lawn mower, bikes, or tools. The floor has been fully reinforced to support the weight of your lawn tractor.



Sliding roof for ease of access

The plastic assembly screws are flimsy

Low profile keeps shed out of sight

Must be assembled on a flat location

Strong reinforced floor

The plastic padlock loops are not very secure

6. Lifetime 6418 Outdoor Storage Shed, 8 by 5 Feet

Pitched Roof has Trusses for Added Strength


When you are looking for an easy to build, convenient shed with plenty of room for the family bikes, the lawn mower, and your favorite garden tools, this 8 x 5 shed may be just what you need.

At 6 feet 8 inches tall there is plenty of headroom. The trusses give the high pitched roof is perfect for areas where it snows or rains a lot.

While you should place this shed on a concrete, wood, asphalt, or gravel surface for a longer life. The special high-density polyethylene material used for the floor will not crack, peel, or chip.

The high arched doors make moving your biggest items in and out easy and feature an internal locking mechanism.



High-density polyethylene floor is slip and stain resistant

Assembly process is more complicated than most plastic sheds

Steeply pitched roof lets rain and snow slide off easily

Needs to have a good solid level foundation

Steel-reinforced doors for added security

The plastic seems to be overly flimsy

7. Suncast BMS3200 Horizontal Storage Shed

Easy to Use Front Opening Storage with a Lifting Lid


At just over 4 feet tall, this shed is perfect for those who live in with a strict HOA that doesn't allow you to have a standard storage shed. The shed features double wall construction for added strength and security.

While it may be short in stature the dual front doors and lifting lid make it easy for you to get in and out of this shed. There are built-in shelf supports designed for a single wooden shelf that you have to supply.

Thanks to a set of easy to read instructions and parts that are well-labeled, most people can put this shed together in approximately 15 to 30 minutes.

This shed is the perfect size to fit on your deck or back porch.



Easy to assemble

Doors do not seem to close securely

Everything fits together very snugly

Latching mechanism is weak

Tight fit ensures shed is watertight

You have to lift the lid to open the front doors

8. Fusion Wood and Plastic Composite Shed

Wood-Composite is Designed Not to Rot


When you want a shed that plastic shed that is going to blend into your backyard, this one from Fusion, available in two colors, may be just what you are looking for.

The 7.5 ft. by 7 ft. size makes it one of the larger of the cheapest plastic sheds and offers plenty of room for a large number of tools and your entire family's bikes.

Yet despite its large size, it is still small enough to sit on a patio, deck or one of the corners of your backyard. It also features a full-length skylight for plenty of natural light.

The wood-composite material used by Keter is revolutionary new material is extremely strong and resistant to pests and rot.



Wood Composite Material is resistant to rot/pests

Some pieces are poorly made and require extra trim parts to cover any gaps

Relatively easy to assemble

Has over 300 screws to assemble

Natural wood look fits into any yard nicely

Doors have been known to fall off

9. Rubbermaid Plastic Large Outdoor Storage Shed

Quality Leak-Proof Storage for Your Garden Tools


This inexpensive double wall shed is ideal for storing a large number of items at a full 159 cubic feet of space. The floor is impact resistant and durable to help keep everything inside.

This is the perfect shed for storing lawn mowers, garden equipment, adult and child bicycles, and many other smaller but heavy items.

Unlike metal sheds, this one will not rust or rot and will remain watertight and impervious to rain and snow.

Rubbermaid also offers wall anchors that can be used with this shed that let you install storage options like pegboard, shelving, and racks for added capacity.

Two people can easily assemble this shed with common household tools.



Easy assembly with 2 people and common tools

Plastic may warp when exposed to high temps

High strength impact resistant floor

Steel bar front support challenging to install

Double-wall construction for added strength

Plastic door hinges are weak

10. Duramax 30114 Vinyl Shed with Foundation

No Foundation Needed for this Big Shed


Start with a solid heavy duty floor, add in double doors, and a single window and you have a recipe for success in one of the best cheapest plastic sheds on the market.

The sidewalls stand a full 71 inches tall, perfect for the over 6-foot crowd and for giving you plenty of storage space. The shed is constructed using metal frames and vinyl panels for added strength and durability.

While most plastic sheds are made to remain the color they arrive in, this one is made to be painted to suit your tastes or needs.

The heavy duty construction and materials make this shed a great choice for those who live in the snow belt.



Steel reinforced vinyl panels add a lot of extra strength to the shed

Challenging to assemble, requires some experience and quite a few hand tools

Doors are double wall for added security and have a place to secure your shed with a padlock

Walls are single wall which makes them flimsy in appearance

Wind tested to 115 mpg snow load tested at 1000 or 20 lbs./sq. ft.

Poorly written assembly manual, it takes someone with a lot of experience to decipher them properly

Other Options

Not everyone has the space for a horizontal shed or simply wants something that doesn’t take up quite as much space in their backyard. If none of the horizontal sheds above seem to be exactly what you are looking for, here are a couple of optional style sheds that might do the job.

1. The YardStash IV: Heavy Duty Outdoor Shed Tent

Long Term Fully Portable Storage


What do you do when you have no room for a permanent structure like a plastic shed, but still need a place to stash your bikes, lawn mower, and other gear? Why not grab a storage tent like this one?

It is made from a heavy duty vinyl tarp and fiberglass poles that are completely impervious to the weather. This storage tent can be put up in ten minutes and used all year around.

It is tear-proof, weatherproof, and UV proof for a long life. Features a Velcro panel in the back that lets you secure your bikes or lawn mower to a fence pole for added security and heavy duty eyelets to secure it to the ground.



Lightweight and easily portable

Can be blown away by high winds

Takes 10 minutes to set up

Takes 2 people to set up quickly

Industrial grade tarp is completely weatherproof

Not very secure, you need to have a post to secure things to

2. Shed & Storage Series Shed-in-a-Box®

Easy Up Storage for your Backyard


When you don’t have the time or skill to build a wooden or plastic shed for your storage needs, this tent style shed might be just what you are looking for.

At 6 x 6 x 6 feet it offers plenty of storage space under a triple layer ripstop fabric cover. The frame is made from high-grade steel that has been powder coated to resist corrosion, chipping, and peeling.

 The seams are heat sealed instead of sewn to provide better water resistance. The Ratchet-Tite™ cover tensioning system is designed to keep the fabric covering tight and hold everything together.



Plenty of room inside

Material has a short life span in extreme heat

Frame is strong once assembled

Replacement covers are very expensive

Most of the front panel is a wide roll-up style door

Instruction manual hard to follow

Final Thoughts

While these are only a small sampling of the many different plastic sheds on the market, they do seem to represent the best cheap plastic sheds out there.

After spending many hours researching the various sheds, I found the Lifetime 6418 Outdoor Storage Shed to be the best of them.

In fact, I have one of these sitting in my backyard and it has so far made it through a couple of hot summers and heavy winter snows without a problem.

I also love the metal door handles as they let me lock my bike securely inside and the fact it didn’t cost me a fortune or several weeks to build.

I hope you have enjoyed reading the information I have put together here on the best cheap plastic sheds; they are a great way to put a shed in your backyard on a budget

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15 Creative Tool Shed Storage Ideas that are Surprisingly Simple to Execute in Your Own Shed

tool shed storage ideas - pinboard or shadowboard

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IS FINDING EVEN THE SIMPLEST TOOL or screw in your shed turning into an all-afternoon event?

It took me a while, but I started putting together a few creative tool shed storage ideas that have really made a huge difference in my shed. While I still lose the odd tool from time to time, I get to spend more time on my various projects and less time scratching my head wondering where my Phillips screwdriver got to.

1. PVC Pipe Long-Handled Tool Racks

Simple, cheap, and effective long handle tool storage


Image courtesy of Pinterest

If you are like me and have a ton of long handle tools for use out in the garden, they tend to create quite a mess. You can easily fix this by cutting short lengths of PVC pipe and screwing them to the wall of your shed.

 You can screw them directly to the wall or lay a 2 x 4 across the studs. Don’t forget to label each of the holders so that you put the tools back in the right place each time. This also helps make sure you know what is missing.

2. PVC Pipe Extension Cord Holders

Great for cords, ropes, chains, and hoses


Image courtesy Pinterest

Most tool sheds have more than their fair share of extension cords, ropes, chains, and hoses lying around just waiting to trip you. Cut 12-inch lengths of 2-inch PVC pipe, drill holes for them in a length of 2 x 6, insert the pipes and mount the board to a convenient wall.

The whole task should take no more than an hour. Not only does this give a great place to store cords but it helps keep them from becoming tangled.

3. PVC Pipe Tool Hangers

Continuing on with the PVC pipe movement

PVC Pipe Tool Hanger

Image courtesy of DIY & Crafts

PVC pipe has far more uses than to simply carry water into your home. If you are like me and have several different cordless/electric/air tools, you need a safe place to store them conveniently out of the way.

Putting them in a drawer is really not an option, but that space under a cabinet or shelf offers a great storage opportunity. Using 4-inch or larger PVC pipe, notch it out as shown and cut into lengths that are long enough to hold the tools securely. Mount the pipes under the cabinet and viola, instant storage

4. Overhead Storage Bins

Make use of the wasted space right under the ceiling of your shed


Image courtesy of Hative

Plastic storage totes like these are cheap, sturdy, and readily available. The runners are made using 2x4s, 1x6s, and 1x4s. Start by attaching the 2x4 to the 1x6 using wood screws and glue. Then attach the 1x4 on the opposite side of the 2x4 using the same method.

The only thing left is to mount the rails on the ceiling of your shed spaced far enough apart for the bins to slide into easily, but close enough to ensure they can't fall out.

5. From Shoes to Glove and Small Tools

Take a simple hanging shoe holder and get creative


Whether you have an old shoe rack like this laying around or have to run out to your local discount department store and spend a few bucks, it will come in very handy.

You can hang it behind the door or anywhere there is enough open wall space. Use it to store gloves, secateurs, shears, and just about any other form of small hand tool.

6. Pie Pan Saw Blade Holders

Take a slice out of the pie pans for your blades


Image courtesy of Pinterest

When you have several different types of circular saw blade laying around your shed, you can count on at least one or two of them becoming lost or damaged.

Why not take a couple of your wife's old (do NOT take the new ones) pie pans, cut them in half and mount them to a flat spot on the wall? Each pie pan yields two convenient holders that can hold several blades at a time.

7. Give Those Old Jars a New Lease on Life

An old standby that is just as good today as it was 50 years ago


Choose a selection of glass jars such as baby food, pickle, jelly, and jam. Wash them thoroughly and let them dry. Screw the lids to the bottom of a shelf or cabinet.

You can use the jars for nails, screws, nuts and bolts, and many other small items. The nice thing is you can see exactly what is in each jar and take them with you when working in the shed or anywhere else.

8. Magnetic Tool Holders

Stick your tools to any convenient spot in the shed


Image courtesy of Makezine.Com

You can buy magnetic tool holders that can be bolted to any convenient spot on the wall, under a cabinet, on the edge of a bench, even the ceiling. Once hung, you can hang screwdrivers, small pairs of pliers, and pretty much any small hand tool on them.

Use them to keep all your small tools in one location. As an extra benefit, over time your tools will become magnetized making it easier to hang onto small screws.

9. Easy Up Hammer Rack

It's Hammer Time, with this simple to build hammer rack


Image courtesy of Pinterest

Take one wood bookshelf and two metal tubes and create a great way to store your collection of hammers. All you have to do is cut a pair of round notches in the shelf supports for the tubes to rest in.

Be sure to leave enough space between them for your widest hammer handle. Then bolt the shelf to the wall and you are done. The whole project can be completed in less than thirty minutes.

10. Milk Jug Storage Bins

Milk (or milk jugs) does a shed good


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While baby food jars are perfect for small items like nuts and bolts when you need something a little bigger, why not make use of all those plastic one-gallon milk jugs you have been recycling.

Start by cutting the top off at an angle. Then wash and dry the jugs thoroughly to eliminate any risk of sour milk smell. Grab a convenient bookshelf and boom, you have versatile storage units that can go with you anywhere.

11. Pegboard for Literally Anything

Large or small, pegboard can be used to store it all


Image courtesy of Makezine.Com

Why waste an entire wall for one piece of pegboard? This design looks like the poster racks found in most department stores, except instead of posters you have pegboard.

As long as you mount the rack holder securely in place, you can store an amazing array of your favorite tools (you know the ones that tend to get lost the most) all in one convenient location.

12. Tie Rack Wrench Holder

Simplified wrench storage at its best


Image courtesy by IDI Design 

You can pick up one of these closet tie racks for just a few bucks. But instead of hanging your finest ties on it, why not use it to save your collection of wrenches from the tubs, buckets, drawers, benches, and who knows where else you currently store them?

The double rack lets you use one set of pegs for standard wrenches and the other for metric. And of course, you can spot a missing wrench in seconds prompting you to put it away before it gets lost.

13. Back to the PVC Pipe One More Time

A place for everything and everything in its place


Image courtesy of The Family Handy MAn

PVC pipe has to be one of the most versatile materials for storage you are likely to ever find. Here we see a variety of pipes being screwed to a board at an angle.

These tubes can be used for pencils, wire ties, small hand tools, paint brushes, and more. The angle helps to keep everything from falling out and let you keep all those small things you usually lose safely in one place.

14. Simple Plier Storage

Turn that old towel rack into the perfect place for the many pairs of pliers you have


Image courtesy of Pinterest

This is nothing more than a wood towel rack that has been repurposed. Instead of the towel bar, a piece of molding is used. The entire assembly is bolted to a convenient spot on the wall.

The taper of the molding fits nicely into the space between the handles at the joint. From pliers to wire cutter and tin snips, this is a good way to keep your tools neatly organized and out of the way.

15. Use Every Inch of Space Effectively

The space between the wall studs should never be wasted


Image courtesy of Pinterest

When it comes to creative tool shed storage ideas, you should never waste as much as a single inch of available space, including the areas between each wall stud. All you need to do is install shelves between the studs.

You can screw the shelves in place or buy plastic shelf spacers like those in the picture for the ultimate in shed storage for an incredibly wide range of supplies.

Down to the Last Nut and Bolt

I hope you have enjoyed reading about these creative tool shed storage ideas I have found for you. To me, there is nothing worse than a disorganized shed. I hate wasting more time trying to find tools or parts than it takes to make the repairs or finish the project.

There are so many different ways to improve on and increase the amount of usable storage space you have in your shed, these are just a few of my favorites.

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THERE IS ONLY so much you can do to secure your shed and make it virtually impossible for someone to break into and steal your gear.

After installing new locks, securing the windows, and creating a virtual fortress, the only thing left is to install a shed alarm system that lets you know when someone is trying to break in.

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Here we take a look at what you should be searching for in an alarm system and then at seven of the most popular alarm systems on the market.

Decision 1 - The 3 Types of Security System Monitoring

There are a number of different factors you need to consider when it comes time for you to purchase a shed alarm as the final piece in your shed security plan.

With so many different types of alarm systems on the market, making the right choice can easily become overwhelming.

Here we are going to go over some of the most important issues you need to consider before shelling out your hard earned cash for a shed alarm.

#1 - Monitored Home Security

One of the fastest growing forms of home security in the U.S. is monitored security. With this type of security, you sign a contract with a company like ADT who then come to your home and install a complete home security system.

The company then comes to your home and installs a wide range of security equipment including sensors, sometimes cameras, and keypads.

While most don’t charge you for the system, they do obligate you a contract that provides you with 24/7 monitoring for a fee. Although the monthly rates vary from company to company, most are under $50 for basic monitoring services.

(We monitored home security here becuase you can put one of these house monitors in your shed, and use it through the keypad in your home.)

#2 - Wireless Monitoring

With this type of shed security, you can either install a system yourself or have one professionally installed.

Any time one or more of the sensors is tripped by a burglar, you are immediately notified via your cell phone. Some systems will also notify your local police department so they can send someone to investigate.

Many do-it-yourself versions of this type of alarm can be found for under $100, however, if you want more than the most basic of features, you may have to pay more.

#3 - Siren Notification

Shed alarms with siren notification are pretty much exactly what they sound like. You install door and window switches, and motion sensors in your shed.

Some have a key fob to enable/disable them others use a keypad. Any time someone enters your shed when they are not supposed to be there sets off the alarm which then sounds an incredibly loud siren.

These are only effective when someone is home and may annoy your neighbors if for some reason they keep going off.

How to Know which Monitoring Method is Best for your Shed/House

As we stated above you have a range of options when choosing your shed alarm regarding how it is monitored. If you go with a professionally installed and monitored system, your shed and in most cases your entire house will be covered by a range of sensors and cameras.

The monitoring is done by a team of trained security specialists whose job it is to monitor hundreds of homes at the same time. Should the alarm in your home or shed go off, they will notify the police and contact you.

This type of monitored security has a number of advantages, not the least of which is virtually instantaneous notification of both you and the police that someone is breaking into your shed.

This means the police will be on their way as quickly as possible. Monitoring companies also provide signage that lets everyone know that your house is monitored, this frequently deters thieves who would rather go somewhere that isn’t protected.

With a cell phone monitored system, you will receive a notification on your phone that the alarm has been triggered. This gives you the opportunity to contact the local police or determine that the alarm has gone off in error.

While it may take a little longer to notify the police, these systems can reduce the number of false callouts, which should make your local police happier.

They are also a one-time expenditure with no monthly fees other than your cell phone service. Unless you plan to install a complete home alarm system, this type of alarm might be the best choice for you

Decision 2 - What Type of Monitoring and Detection Will Suit You Best?

Next on the list of things to consider as you shop for your shed alarm is what type of monitoring and detection you plan to use. There are several options including different types of switches, sensors, and cameras to choose from.

While each of them is capable of doing the job of protecting your shed to a certain degree, your best bet may be to use a combination of them for maximum security.


These simple magnetic devices can be attached to doors and windows. They come in two parts, on one side is the switch itself, on the other a simple magnet.

When the door or window is closed the switch is held in an open or closed position. Once the door/window is opened, the contacts in the switch open or close and the alarm is triggered.

You should plan to have at least one switch on every window and door in your shed. Most modern systems use wireless switches for ease of installation.


This section is subdivided into motion and infrared or thermal sensors. Here again, you should plan to have at least one of each in your shed alarm system.

Depending on where you can locate these sensors, between the two of them your entire shed can be covered. This way if anyone manages to sneak into your shed, one or the other of these sensors will pick them up and sound the alarm.


Here again, you have a choice between normal imaging cameras, infrared cameras, or those that can do both.

Adding one or more security cameras can help you keep a close eye on your shed and record anyone who goes near or in it, depending on where you place the cameras.

However, adding one or more cameras can add to the cost of your shed alarm system. Only you can decide whether or not the added expense is worth it.

Bear in mind you can use any recorded footage to help identify and prosecute the thief is they are caught.

Few Important Points About Choosing Your Shed Alarm

Before you get too carried away looking the many different types of monitored and do-it-yourself shed alarms, you need to consider whether you are a renter or a homeowner.

If you are a renter, you should be looking for an alarm system you can install yourself and remove if and when the time comes to move.

There are a few companies that offer monitored alarms for renters, but you should check with your landlord before installing any type of alarm system.

When you own your home, you have the advantage of being able to install virtually any type of alarm system you desire.

Decision 3 - The Shed Alarm Itself...

7 Shed Alarms for Under $100

GE Choice Alert Wireless Alarm System 

Fast, Easy to Install Basic Alarm Kit


This starter kit contains just about everything you need to put an alarm system in your shed or garage. In the kit is a multifunctional control center and a single wireless sensor that can be attached to the door or a window.

You can add up to 16 sensors to the system, allowing you to add motion sensors, door/window sensors, and water leak sensors.

It features a wireless keypad, a key fob remote, and a panic button. The Choice Alert is designed for easy do-it-yourself installation so that virtually anyone can install it.



Easy to Install: since there is no wiring required, you attach the sensor and turn on the control panel.

Limited range: Depending on what your shed is built out of, it may have a very limited range.

Expandable: There are 16 channels you can use to connect a range of sensors.

Kit only includes one door/window sensor: While it can handle up to 16 sensors, you only get one, if you want more you have to buy them separately.

No wiring required: Many older systems required you to run wires between the sensors and base station/control panel.

Can be tricky to program initially: The programming instructions are hard to follow unless you are technically savvy.

WER® Wireless Security Surveillance Alarm 

Very Basic Alarm that Performs Flawlessly


WER® Wireless Security Senor Security Alarm

This is a motion sensor style alarm that is ideal for use to protect your shed. The built-in PIR sensor will pick up any movement inside of your shed and sound an audible alarm.

The alarm is more than loud enough to be heard in your house, even with the windows closed. In the package is the base unit/motion sensor/alarm and a wall mount plate.

You also get a pair of keychain style remotes that let you turn on the alarm from the inside of your house. The only thing you need to provide is four AA batteries.



Easy Installation: Wireless design, the wall mount plate requires two screws to hang the sensor/alarm/control unit. It can be hung virtually anywhere as long as it covers the inside of your shed

Non-expandable: This is a motion sensor alarm, nothing more, you cannot add door/window sensors.

Battery power: Your shed will be protected, even when if the power goes out.

Battery power: While being able to remain protected if the power goes out is nice, if the batteries die you are not protected.

Loud: The alarm sounds a 105 dB siren that most people can hear in their house and is sure to scare burglars away

On/Off only remotes: The remotes do not notify you if the alarm has been tripped.

ERAY Outdoor Solar Power Alarm System

Solar Power with an Outdoor Strobe and Siren


Solar power charges the internal batteries of this alarm system so you never have to worry about plugging it in or running out of juice.

The single sensor is pre-linked at the factory so set up is a breeze. All you have to do is mount the outdoor unit on a spot of your shed where it will get plenty of sunshine and install the single included door sensor.

The alarm unit is expandable and can handle up to 99 sensors. Kit includes a single key fob remote that is used to turn the alarm on or off.



Extremely Easy to install: Simply mount the alarm to a convenient outside wall and the included sensor to the door and door frame.

Does not come with multiple sensors, you get a single door sensor. If you want a motion sensor or more standard sensors you have to buy them.

Long-life battery: The internal battery will last up to a month once fully charged.

It will take a full month to fully charge the battery when you first install the alarm.

Tamper proof case sounds the 120 dB alarm if anyone attempts to tamper with it.

Installation instructions: They are not easy for a novice to fully understand.

Safety Technology Door/Window Sensor

Low Cost Effective Security for your Shed


You can use this simple wireless alarm to protect your shed door or window. Everything you need except the mounting screws is included in the package.

The wireless magnetic switch can be installed on a door or a window. The alarm will sound anytime the door or window is opened.

This may be one of the simplest shed alarms on the market. It is battery powered and has a low battery indicator to ensure your alarm will always be ready when you need it.

Can be incorporated into the STI Burglar Stopper Wire-Free Home Protection System designed to protect your whole house.



Super easy installation, simply screw the door sensor in place, add batteries and you are ready to go.

Simple alarm unit chimes when the door is opened but is not very loud

Alarm unit chimes anytime the door is opened.

Has a limited range.

Can be added to the whole house system by STI

The base unit is not expandable.

Passive Workshop Infrared Sensor Alarm 

Simple Infrared Passive Motion Sensing Alarm


With this system, there are no door or window sensors to install. Instead, you mount the IR sensor on the wall at a height of 1.5 to 2.0 m from the floor, install the batteries and you are ready to go.

Any time someone enters your shed who is not supposed to be there, the alarm sounds. The alarm is exceptionally loud at 105 dB which is loud enough to be heard inside the house and will wake most people.

The alarm will sound for 30 seconds before resetting. Unit comes with a pair of remote controls and a mounting bracket.



Very Affordable IR motion sensor protection. Works as well as many more expensive units

If you let the batteries die your shed will be without security protection.

Good Range: Can detect motion in an 110-degree swath when properly mounted and reach out as far as 4 meters.

Kit does not come with mounting screws, might not seem to be a big deal until you find you don't have any screws.

Battery powered: Will keep working even when the lights go out.

The alarm could be louder as 105 dB may not scare a thief away.

L6D-NEW 360° Ceiling Motion Sensor

A New Take On Motion Sensor Alarms


This unit is designed to be mounted on the ceiling of your shed. The infra-red sensor then detects any motion in your shed and sounds the alarm.

Comes complete with a single key fob remote that features a panic button. The unit is battery powered but you can buy an optional AC adaptor.

The unit covers a 360-degree pattern to fully protect your shed or garage. While the alarm has a built in alarm, you can also purchase an outdoor siren kit for added security.



Simple Installation: It takes two screws to mount the alarm to the ceiling of your shed.

Since the entire unit is located inside your shed, you may or may not be able to hear it if you are in the house.

Loud: The built-in siren is rated at 105 dB, which is standard for most interior alarms.

You have to buy an outside siren unit for an additional fee if you want to ensure you can hear the alarm when it goes off.

Offers you very affordable protection for your shed.

Battery power is ok, but if you want to use AC power you have to buy a power supply.

UniquExceptional UMA20 Motion Alarm

Single Unit Simple to Use Shed Alarm 


This may be the simplest shed alarm yet. The entire alarm system is contained in a single unit that can be mounted on any wall in your shed.

It offers a super loud 130 dB alarm and can be turned on and off by entering a code on the keypad. You can easily program your own code for added security.

Battery powered, but again you can also buy a separate AC adaptor. You can also buy an external siren and connect it directly to the built-in port. Covers an area that is 60 degrees wide by 20 feet long.



Very affordable: As a single unit this is one of the most affordable units that works as described.

Lower cost does cut down on coverage area, which may or may not be a good thing depending on the size of your shed.

Has a port to add an external siren: This is a good thing as you may not be able to hear the siren from inside your home.

Battery power is ok, but can be a problem if the batteries die, leaving your shed unprotected.

Programmable security code: By programming your own code and changing it on a regular basis you improve the unit's effectiveness.

You have to buy the AC adaptor or live with the risk of dead batteries.

In Conclusion

These are only a sampling of the simplest DIY shed alarm systems, each is capable of offering protection from would-be thieves. 

While they all have their good and bad points, the ERAY Outdoor Solar Power Siren Alarm comes out the winner.

It offers full solar power with a battery backup and can be expanded to handle a range of different sensors to ensure your shed is fully protected at all times. 

The only thing it cannot do is be connected to a camera or call the police for you. If you want features such as these, they are going to cost you more than $100, but in reality are probably not worth the extra cost.

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The 4 Most Popular 8 x 6 Plastic Sheds for Your Yard

The 4 Most Popular 8 x 6 Plastic Sheds, and Buyers Guide


Here are some things to consider in buying a plastic shed.

8 x 6 IS ABOUT the most popular shed size in the country.

It’s not too small to be restrictive but not to large to take up half your yard.

And when you buy a 8 x 6 plastic shed, it gives you the good looks without the maintenance and excess cost

But how do you know you're getting a good deal?

We’ve shopped around a little and had a look at some of the common pitfalls shed owners have with their new sheds. To help you avoid them, here is a brief overview of what to look out for in an 8 x 6 plastic shed.

The 5 Quality Checks for 8 x 6 Shed Buyers

Doorway Size

Small doorway size makes it tough or impossible to get your mower, garden furniture and other large items into the shed.

Extra Shelving

Many plastic shed companies make their sheds to take their shelving and accessories only. It is something to think about if you don’t think you can make these parts yourself as it is an extra expense


This isn’t your fault, but you do wear it if you receive damaged goods so be vigilant here. Make sure if you have any say in it that the delivery of your shed is by a reputable company.

If your boxes arrive broken and damaged you need to ring the company immediately and let them know.

If you purchase through let them know also. Unfortunately, broken plastic shed parts are forever broke. Unlike metal or wood, they cannot be ‘made to fit’ once distorted.


Thin plastic walls should be a dealbreaker. Reading existing customer reviews will help you identify this.

If you plan on buying online you can also compare the ‘shipping weight’ between sheds. This will give you some kind of concrete guide to the mass of the shed


The shed needs to be tall enough for your long handled garden tools and you

More plastic shed purchasing insights are located here.

The 4 Most Popular 8 x 6 Plastic Sheds

With those points in mind, here are 4 popular sheds we think make the cut. You can click the links in their descriptions to compare them yourself

1. Keter Factor Large 8 x 6 ft. Resin Storage Shed

Fast Easy Assembly is Key to this Shed


KETER Factor Resin Garden Storage Shed

This 8 x 6 plastic shed by Keter, is delivered in two huge boxes that contain everything you need to create an 8 x 6 plastic shed for your backyard. It only takes about 3 hours or so to put together.

The shed has a sturdy plastic floor that is strong enough for you to place the shed directly on the ground or if you are ambitious enough a wooden or concrete foundation. The roofline has been extended for added protection from rain and snow.



Easy to assemble in approx. 3 hours with a minimum of tools and experience

Snap together assembly is a very tight fit, you may need to use Vaseline or some other form of silicone lube to help snap the pieces together

Doors have double handle that can be secured using a padlock

Holes and some parts have excess flashing that has to be removed

Can be placed directly on the ground as it has a built in plastic floor

Plastic floor has a lot of give which may not be suitable for heavy load storage unless you are willing to add a wood or concrete foundation

2. Suncast Everett Storage Shed 6 x 8

Lots of Natural Light Enhance the Value of this Shed


This handy plastic shed from Suncast offers windows on both sides of the double doors and a skylight to provide you with plenty of natural lighting.

It is built from durable double wall plastic for extra strength with steel reinforced roof panels that make it the obvious choice for those who live in the snow belt.

Bolt together panels not only make it easy to assemble, they also make it one of the strongest plastic sheds on the market.

The heavier duty plastic used to create this shed make it a good choice for those who live in areas with moderate snowfall.



Short assembly time, approx. 2 hours even for someone with little to no experience

Lots of brackets to figure out during assembly which can be confusing and slow down the process

Very stable thanks to the double wall construction, which is good for windy/snowy climates

Some parts are not labeled with part numbers, again this can slow down assembly

Bolt together assembly instead of snap fit adds to the overall strength

Some sheds are shipped with the wrong parts and customer service is rated as poor

3. Duramax 30114 Store-All Vinyl Shed 

Comes with its Own Foundation


This vinyl shed comes complete with a foundation and a window. It also features a pair of double doors for ease of access.

The sidewalls are 71 inches tall, making it perfect for taller people or storing larger items. Construction includes a series of metal frames and vinyl panels for maximum strength.

Unlike some plastic sheds, this one can be painted if you don't like the color or want something a little different.

Thanks to the strong frames and solid design, this shed may be perfect for those who live in areas with high winds or heavy snows.



Steel reinforced vinyl panels add a lot of extra strength to the shed

Challenging to assemble, requires some experience and quite a few hand tools

Doors are double wall for added security and have a place to secure your shed with a padlock

Walls are single wall which makes them flimsy in appearance

Wind tested to 115 mpg snow load tested at 1000 or 20 lbs./sq. ft.

Poorly written assembly manual, it takes someone with a lot of experience to decipher them properly

4. Keter Manor Large 6 x 8 ft. Resin Shed

Flimsy Appearance Strong to the Finish


KETER Manor Large Storage Shed

The Keter Manor comes with a single fixed window for natural light and double doors that are big enough for your riding lawn mower.

It offers ventilation at the top to allow chemical fumes to escape into the atmosphere. It also comes with a floor panel so that you don’t have to build a foundation or platform for it to sit on.

When you first open the box, it might seem that the plastic panels are somewhat flimsy, but once assembled, you will find the Keter Manor to be quite sturdy as all of the parts are designed to fit together quite snugly.

Another plastic shed that has been designed for areas with lots of rain, snow, and wind.



Large double doors that make it easy for you to get just about anything in or out

No predrilled holes for assembly, which means you kind of have to guess where the screws and bolts go

Has a window for natural light which helps you to not have to install any kind of electric lighting

Screws rust quickly as they are not stainless or galvanized, you should consider replacing them before you start assembly

Ventilation at top lets fumes like those from your lawn mower's gas, paint, solvents, etc. out

Raised lip at door makes sweeping out difficult and can make moving anything with small wheels out of your shed challenging

Choosing the Right Plastic 8 x 6 Shed

There is no easy way to decide which of these 8 x 6 plastic garden sheds comes out the clear winner. All are in the same basic price range and offer similar storage space.

If you are looking for easy to build solid construction, the Keter Factor is the clear winner with its snap together assembly.

On the other hand, if you can deal with drilling the necessary holes, the Keter Manor has a lot to offer.

Bear in mind that any shed with double walls and steel reinforcement is likely to provide you with a longer lifespan and stand up to the weather more effectively.

I hope you have enjoyed reading the information I have put together here on 8 x 6 plastic garden sheds; they are a great way to put a shed in your backyard in a single weekend.

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