8×6 Plastic Shed Buyers Guide (2021) and the 4 Most Popular Models
8x6 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
1. Doorway Size
Small doorway size makes it tough or impossible to get your mower, garden furniture and other large items into the shed.
2. 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 Amazon.com 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
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 6x8
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
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.
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