Sheds that are canvas, polyethylene or have a fabric cover we have called fabric sheds. They are more like tents, as they have a frame, and a cloth like lining.
The technologies involved in fabric covers are well developed. You can buy them with anti-fungal agents, UV resistance, even ‘anti-aging’.
But for us, they are not in the same category as wood, metal or even plastic. They are different and serve a different purpose.
But if they do suit your needs, then they are a quick and inexpensive solution. And to make it easier to make an informed decision, we have listed the PROS and CONS of fabric sheds.
|The Cheapest Shed||Fabric Will Eventually Tear|
|Easiest Assembly||Weakest Shed Material|
|No Need for a Foundation||Can Get Wet Inside|
|Great Temporary Solution||Makes Noise in the Wind|
|Good for Camping||No Real Security|
Fabric sheds are popular because they are the cheapest solution per square foot. They provide shelter and will cover your things for the best price.
If its something easy to put up then fabric is a great choice. It shouldn’t take more than an hour to put up a fabric shed and it can typically be done with one person.
Because they basically are storage tents, fabric sheds get fixed down just like camping tents do. With pegs, augers and string. This means they can go pretty much anywhere without any hassle. Even on a concrete slab they can be weighed down with bricks and other heavy items.
Because they are easy to assemble, they are a great temporary solution. They don’t leave marks and they fold up small enough to fit in the trunk of your car. This makes them portable and great for a quick fix.
All of the above reasons make fabric sheds good for camping. If its your motorbike, or ATV that you want to protect when you’re not using it, a fabric shed will do the trick. And it’s easy to disassemble and take home when you’re done.
Because it moves in the wind and is not rigid, the lining will eventually tear. Some homeowners say they can get about 5 years out of their fabric shed, but it could be less depending on the weather and conditions it is exposed to.
Fabric sheds don’t deal with abuse of any kind. Such as knocks or bumps. They can stretch and tear if your not careful.
Fabric sheds don’t typically come with a built in floor. This is an issue in areas prone to heavy rain. It will mean that the ground inside the shed will get wet. This really limits fabric sheds because you can only really put things that are okay outside in them. Like your motorbike or riding mower.
It’s not well known but if you have a fabric shed and its windy, the shed can be a little noisey. It is especially bad when the shed sits outside your bedroom window.
Fabric sheds have zips on them to open and close them. No room for a padlock there. But they can also be cut open with a sharp knife. At least if someone is going to break into a metal or wooden shed they would need to make some noise. If security is an issue, then we suggest stay away from fabric.
Fabric sheds are very handy. Because they are easy to assemble and quite inexpensive, they can be used to cover items that you may not of otherwise covered.
But just because they are a cheap solution doesn't mean that they are all good.
Some are better than others. So to help find the best fabric cover we have had an in depth look at a few, to see what the differences are.
Now all you have to do is choose one…
There are only two items in a fabric shed. The cover, and the frame. And the frame is the support for the cover, so it is important that it is strong.
It needs to be steel, and preferably powder coated and treated against corrosion and rust.
Keeping the shed tied to the ground is very important in a fabric shed because they are so light.
If they are not tied down properly they could fly away. Fabric sheds are anchored by pegs or augers and the frame itself.
Augers are a stronger anchor, and the longer they are the better.
The second part of the shed also needs to be strong. Different companies use different materials to cover their shed (which we loosely call fabric.)
There's no secret here, the heavier the better. Some covers are treated with UV resistance, anti fungal agents and even ‘anti-aging' (whatever that is) but its the weight that which determines the quality.
Fabric sheds are the fastest sheds to erect, but just because they are quicker, doesn't mean that its necessarily easier.
The better fabric sheds have a video that will show you how to put them up. (We've tried to link to them where possible.)