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Lifetime Sheds

An In-Depth Look at Lifetime Sheds – Are They a Good Buy?

Lifetime Sheds 5 x 8, One of their best selling shedsImage courtesy Lifetime.com

JUST MADE THE DECISION TO ADD a garden shed to your backyard?

Now the fun begins.

There are so many different sheds on the market, it can drive you crazy trying to find the right one to fit your needs or budget. If you are basing your judgment of Lifetime sheds on the “plastic” sheds of years ago, you might be in for a nice surprise. These sheds are made to provide you with many years of reliable service.

So, today we are going to take at Lifetime brand polyethylene sheds, one of the leading brands on the market. We are going to look at what makes them so popular from the HDPE polyethylene used to make each part to the powder-coated steel reinforcement used throughout. These sheds are loaded with features many of the other brands simply don't offer or come up short on.

Look What Lifetime Sheds Had to Offer:

Item Lifetime
Floor included Yes
Sub-flooring needed No
Foundation required Yes
Steel trusses for roof Yes
Steel reinforcement in walls Yes
Can be enlarged Yes
Metal parts powder-coated Yes
All parts made in U.S.A. Yes

Today's Polyethylene Not What You Might Think

During the early days of polyethylene sheds, the materials used were simply not up to the job they were being tasked with. Often, these materials would fade and warp under the sun or become brittle and break in freezing temperature. In most cases, people who purchased these early sheds ended up angry and spending, even more, money on a wood or metal shed.

Lifetime continues to invest heavily in researching and developing stronger and better materials. The polyethylene materials used in Lifetime sheds are the result of this research. They have been tested to ensure they can stand up to anything Mother Nature has to hammer it with. The roofs are supported in some models with steel trusses to help ensure they can handle heavy snow loads.  

The polyethylene used in Lifetime sheds incorporates special UV protectants to ensure it maintains its color without any signs of fading. The protectant also helps to ensure the sun's heat and UV rays will not cause the material to warp. Your lifetime shed will continue to look new for many years.

The Roof

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Lifetime sheds feature a steeply pitched roof designed to ensure rain, snow, and ice can easily slide off, reducing the amount of load it must carry. For those of you who live in areas where it tends to snow significant amounts at a time, Lifetime sheds also feature powder coated steel A-frame style trusses for added support. Depending on the model you choose, your shed may feature a skylight to help provide you with plenty of natural daylight.  All skylights are fully sealed to keep water and snow out.

The Walls

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Having a strong roof is only the beginning of what makes Lifetime sheds worth more than a second look. The walls are the most vital part of any structure, including a shed. This walls that offer very little in the way of structural strength or support are of very little use to anyone. Many low-cost sheds are built using single-wall polyethylene construction, making them weak and easily broken into. No one wants that.

Lifetime sheds are made using double-wall construction from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) construction and steel reinforcement. This material and design offer superior support, improved weather and theft protection, and exceptional good looks. One more thing you should know about double-wall construction is that the walls act in some ways like double-glazed windows by using the air gap as a form of insulation. The extra-thick polyethylene double-wall construction also helps to prevent rocks slung from under your lawn mower causing damage.

Metal vs Plastic Hardware

One of the most common complaints with many brands of polyethylene and resin sheds is that they use plastic hardware to assemble them. While there a few brands that seem to think their plastic hardware is more than strong enough for use in assembling a shed. The problem with this is that many of their customers find out the hard way that plastic hardware may not be their best option.

Lifetime sheds use steel hardware that has been treated to prevent rust. This hardware will not break under high winds or heavy loads like plastic hardware that can easily break under these conditions. Now imagine a shed that uses plastic hardware to secure the doors and keep thieves out. A determined thief can break into this type of shed in minutes. Lifetime sheds feature all-metal locking hardware to ensure your shed and its contents remain safe and sound.

Why Choose a Bolt-Together Shed?

There are a number of resin/polyethylene sheds designed to be assembled by snapping the parts together. While you might think that assembly should be simpler on these sheds, they can often be hard to actually get all the pieces to actually fit together. In many cases, a big rubber mallet has to be used. Then the first time a strong wind blows through your area, they blow apart so quickly it will blow your mind.

Sheds, such as those from Lifetime, that are assembled using the bolt-together method are far stronger and less likely to be affected by strong winds. While it might take longer to assemble this type of shed, the pieces tend to line up more quickly and the overall assembly is easier. The worst thing you have to do is set aside a little more time and patience to build the shed.

Built on a Strong Foundation

Another very common problem with many polyethylene sheds is that they come with a thin plastic floor or no floor at all. In many cases, you would be better off buying one that has no floor than one that has a thin single layer of plastic. Lifetime sheds come with a double-wall polyethylene non-slip floor that is reinforced for maximum weight capacity.

The material chosen for the floor is resistant to stains, oils, and solvents allowing you to make more use of your shed for things like storing lawn mowers, paints, solvents and just about anything else you can imagine. You should, however, build a strong platform or foundation to set your shed on. You can pour a concrete slab, make a foundation from pavers, create one from gravel, or simply flatten out the ground (though this is not recommended).

Here are Five Great Lifetime Sheds Worth Your Consideration

Lifetime 6405 Outdoor Storage

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Measuring in at 90x114x70 inches, this Lifetime shed features 4 large skylights for added natural lighting, a pair of vents for better airflow, and a single shatterproof window. Inside you will find a customizable shelving system that adds even more versatility. The steel-reinforced high-arch double doors create an opening that is 4′ x 6′ with locking mechanisms inside and out. Comes with a high-density polyethylene floor that is resistant to stains, chipping, and peeling.

Pros Cons
Steel A-truss reinforced double wall roof Time-consuming assembly
Steel reinforced double constructed walls Assembly manual poor
Bolt together construction using steel bolts Threaded holes may strip out using metal screws

Lifetime 6402 Outdoor Storage

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This Lifetime shed measures a full 12-feet long for those who need plenty of storage space. The entire shed is made from low-maintenance UV-resistant HDPE (high-density polyethylene) that has been designed to resist weather damage. Both the roof and walls are made using double-construction and include steel reinforcing to ensure maximum load support. Best of all this shed comes with a 10-year manufacturer's warranty.

Pros Cons
Steel-reinforced double-wall construction Steel screws tend to strip out plastic threads
Lockable steel-reinforced doors Some issues with panel alignment
UV-protected for long-life Installation manual needs work

Lifetime 6415 Outdoor Storage Shed

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The extra-wide Lifetime shed measures a full 11 feet wide and 13 feet deep. There are 2 shatterproof windows and a vent at each end of the shed to provide plenty of ventilation. The steel reinforced high-arch roof not only helps rain and snow to slide off, it provides 6'8″ of headroom at the peak. The HDPE double walls have built-in steel reinforcement to help with load carrying ability and added security. The shed also features a fully customizable shelving system.

Pros Cons
2 shatterproof-windows and 2 vents Challenging assembly
High-pitched roof with steel trusses for support Threaded holes in plastic strip out easily
Steel-reinforced doors for added security Doors need a way to adjust the alignment

Lifetime 6411 Outdoor Storage Shed

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At 8 x 7.5 feet, this Lifetime Shed is the perfect size for your lawn mower and a large selection of your favorite garden tools. It features a single shatterproof window, 3 skylights, and 2 vents for added ventilation. The roof, walls, and doors are made from durable double-wall HDPE construction with steel reinforcement for added support and security. This shed features a customizable shelving system that lets you set up your shelves to meet any needs.

Pros Cons
High-pitched roof provides 6'8″ of headroom Screw holes tend to strip
Sturdy plastic non-slip floor Assembly manual leaves a lot to be desired
Durable HDPE material designed to last years Challenging assembly for one or two people

Lifetime 60005 Outdoor Storage Shed

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This Lifetime shed features double doors on one side instead of the end, making it easier to use as an equipment storage shed. The roof features skylights, durable double-wall HDPE construction, and powder-coated steel support trusses. There are two small windows in the front and a single window in the rear, all made from shatterproof polycarbonate. High-grade steel screws are used throughout the construction process to ensure superior stability.

Pros Cons
Powder-coated steel reinforcement used throughout construction Skylights would work better if they were clear instead of opaque
3 windows and 2 skylights Tends to leak in the rain
Low-maintenance UV resistant materials Assembly manual is very poor

Other Options

If the many sheds offered by Lifetime are not exactly what you are looking for, perhaps a resin of HDPE shed is not what you should be considering. There are several metal sheds that may fit your needs. Here is one worth considering, bear in mind that metal sheds can be more expensive and far more challenging to assemble.

Arrow Shed AR108-A

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ARROW Shed AR108-A Arlington Storage Shed

This metal shed from Arrow features simple to assemble parts that are pre-drilled and pre-cut that makes assembly easier. All galvanized-steel parts are coated with a baked-on enamel to help minimize any risk of corrosion. The design includes a mid-wall brace for added stability. There is a total of 440 square feet of storage space and a large door opening that should give you more than enough room for most riding mowers.

Pros Cons
Sheet metal offers excellent strength and durability Even galvanized steel will rust in time
Bolt together design withstands high wind Must be set on a foundation or pad
Plenty of space for a riding lawn mower Very difficult to assemble

Conclusion

Today's top-quality HDPE sheds offer a wide range of sizes and designs for you to choose from. The entire range is durable and well-constructed and ready to take on any challenge. They HDPE material used in their construction is resistant to the sun's UV rays and just about anything else mother nature can throw at it. In my humble opinion, all of these sheds make an excellent choice, just be sure to match the one you buy with your needs and budget.

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Suncast Horizontal Storage Sheds

Suncast Horizontal Storage Sheds Put Under the Magnifying Glass

RESIN SHEDS HAVE COME a long way over the last 10 years.

Who can say no to a shed that is virtually maintenance free, looks quite nice and easy to put together?

Because of this, they are now one of the most popular choices for homeowners wanting a little extra storage space. But do the pros outweigh the cons? And what makes Suncast Horizontal Storage Sheds different from the rest?

In this article, we take a deep look into one of the most popular brands for outdoor horizontal storage. We go through the 5 main reasons that make their sheds different from others.

1. The Resin

Modern Resins Are Made to Last

One of the most common reasons given for not buying a resin shed has long been that the resin materials. In the past they simply could not hold up to being left out in all types of weather for long periods of time. This idea was not something that was dreamed up by a few disgruntled buyers. It was in fact based on a lot of truth.Keter_Store_Shed

Image courtesy of Amazon

This being said, the earliest forms of resin and plastics used in the construction of sheds did not hold up as well as they were advertised to do. That was then, this is now.

Resin Materials

The newer resins are impervious to summer's highest temperatures and winter's coldest freezes, along with the sun's UV rays that can cause fading, cracking, and warping. For years these were the bane of resin sheds as the materials many other companies used.

What I have found after having a Suncast horizontal storage shed out on my back deck for several years, is that the colors have faded just a little. But, the resin materials have held up exceptionally well. It hits the high 90s all summer long and plunges below freezing for a large part of the winter season where I live, so the resin gets a real workout.

2. The Shed Walls

A Double thickness barrier between your equipment and the outside

The problem with many resin sheds is that they are made with using a single-wall construction method. This means that all there is between what you are storing inside and the outside world is a single thin layer of plastic. This same thin layer of plastic also has to support the roof and any snow weight that might accumulate.

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Every Suncast horizontal storage shed is built using double wall construction. The walls are 1 1/2-inches thick. Double wall construction stronger and more capable of supporting the weight of the roof and any snow accumulation without letting you down. As a side note, the air gap between the two layers of plastic also adds a little insulation to help protect your possessions.

With two layers of plastic, if your mower slings a rock, there is less of a chance it might puncture both layers and damage something inside.

3. The Hardware

No Plastic Locks or Latches

The only real hardware on most horizontal sheds are the hinges used to hang the doors and any latches or locking mechanisms. Some low-budget brands use plastic hardware because not only does it cost less, but it can also be molded into a wide variety of beautiful shapes. Plastic or resin hinges simply can not hold up to continuous load bearing and movement such as would be seen when being used to hold up shed doors.

This same basic principle holds for plastic latches and locking mechanisms. But, even if they do hold up, any thief can cut through them in a few seconds with a good sharp knife. Suncast horizontal storage sheds use all metal hardware for the hinges and locking/latching mechanisms to ensure you never have to worry about them breaking or being cut.

4. Strong Assembly

Snap Together vs Bolt Together Assembly

There are two methods of assembly commonly used in resin storage sheds, the first is snapping the pieces together until they form a relatively sturdy complete assembly. The other involves bolting all the pieces together one piece at a time to create a strong and supportive structure.

While snap together might seem like a good idea as assembly take very little time, the entire project can take as little as a couple of hours. However, this type of assembly is not particularly strong in many cases and may come apart in high winds.

By choosing to use a bolt-together construction method, Suncast is able to offer a complete line of storage sheds that use this type of construction. Providing you have taken the time to secure your shed to the ground, bolting it together ensures it will far more able to hold up to high winds, heavy rains, and larger snow loads. By virtue of the Suncast engineering department, assemble is still relatively easy and requires a minimum of skill and a few hand tools.

5. The Shed Floor

At the Bottom of it All

At the bottom of your shed should be a reinforced plastic floor that can handle your heavier loads. All Suncast horizontal storage sheds come with a reinforced resin floor designed to take on the weight of your heavier loads. This may not seem very important when you are first looking at horizontal storage sheds, especially if you are putting yours out on a deck or patio.

But once you start loading your shed with everything you plan to keep in it and that cheap thin floor starts to bow or crack, you will only end up regretting that decision. With a Suncast horizontal storage shed, the floor is fully reinforced so that you can store things like your smoker, a lawnmower, several bicycles, potting soil in bags, or just about anything else you can think of.

Here are Five Different Suncast Horizontal Sheds for You to Consider

Now that you know what makes Suncast the leader in horizontal storage sheds, let's take a quick look at five of their best sellers.

Suncast BMS4900D Glidetop Slide Lid Shed

Suncast BMS4900D Glidetop Slide Lid ShedSUNCAST Glidetop Slide Lid Shed

As with all Suncast horizontal storage sheds, this one is made using heavy duty resin double wall construction. Along with the double doors on one end, it also features a sliding roof that permits walk-in access. The floor has been reinforced so that it can support the weight of your lawn tractor along with anything else you need to put in it. At 52x58x60 inches, you can store several bicycles in this shed with room to spare.

Pros Cons
Heavy-duty resin double wall construction The plastic bolts tend to break
Heavy-duty reinforced floor Must be placed on a foundation
Fast-easy construction Some issues with missing pieces in the box

Suncast BMS2500 Horizontal Storage Shed

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This shed features a 3-door locking system for extra security. The easy-lift lid uses a prop-rod to hold it open and make accessing the double doors easier. The walls and roof are built from heavy-duty resin double wall construction that can handle anything Mother Nature and your kids can throw at it. Easy bolt-together assembly creates a strong structure in less than a couple of hours.

Pros Cons
Easy bolt-together assembly Must be placed on a foundation for best support
Reinforced floor May not hold up to high winds
Panels line up easily Top may warp and not lie flat

Suncast BMS3200 Horizontal StorageShed

Suncast_BMS3200_Horizontal_Storage_ShedSUNCAST BMS3200 Horizontal Storage Shed

Made from durable 1 1/2-inch thick double wall resin construction, this horizontal shed offers double doors that measure 46 3/4-inches wide, plenty of room for you to get your mower or bikes in and out. The sturdy doors use all metal hardware to ensure they continue to work for many years. The sturdy floor is fully reinforced to handle heavier loads and assembly is simple with a few hand tools.

Pros Cons
Extra-wide doors Plastic screws may break
1 1/2-inch thick resin double wall construction Missing hardware
Fast Easy Assembly Some issues with gaps in finished product

Suncast BMS3400 34 cu. ft. Horizontal ShedSuncast_BMS3400_Horizontal_Shed

SUNCAST BMS3400 Horizontal Shed

This Suncast horizontal shed offers a full 34 cubic feet of storage space and measures 53×32-1/2×45-1/2″, which is plenty of room for a mower, a couple of bikes, your potting soil, pots, and miscellaneous tools. The double doors have a built-in hasp to help keep thieves at bay. The floor is reinforced to help support heavier items and the resin material used in the construction will resist the sun's UV rays and both extremes of temperature.

Pros Cons
Hasp for padlock built-in Quality control issues
Reinforced floor Roof uses plastic hinges
46 1/4″ wide doors Door may not stay closed

Suncast BMS4700 The Stow-Away Horizontal Storage Shed

Suncast_BMS4700_The_Stow-Away_Horizontal_Storage_ShedSUNCAST BMS4700 The Stow-Away Horizontal Storage Shed

This is a massive horizontal storage shed measuring a massive 70 cubic feet. The easy-open lid is equipped with a pair of gas shocks to help lift and keep it up. You can fit two huge 96-gallon trash cans inside. Built right here in the U.S., this shed measures 5 ft. 5-1/2 in. W x 3 ft. 2-1/2 in. D x 4 ft. 1-1/2 in. on the inside. The reinforced floor features a built-in ramp that lets you easily roll heavier items in and out.

Pros Cons
Massive 70-cu.ft. storage capacity Challenging assembly
Plenty of rooms for your bikes or mower Must be placed on a flat surface or foundation
Heavy-duty resin double wall construction Instructions hard to follow

Other Options

What if a resin Suncast horizontal storage shed doesn't seem like it will meet with your needs? There is another more expensive option you might want to consider. There are several different types of wood horizontal storage sheds worth considering such as this one:

Leisure Season Large Horizontal Refuse Storage Shed

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Leisure Season Large Horizontal Refuse Storage Shed

This horizontal storage shed features tongue and groove all-wood construction with three doors for easy access. All hardware used in the construction is rated for outdoor use. It measures 61 x 36 inches on the inside, 47 inches at the front, and 51 inches at the back. The lid is designed to stay in place without assistance and the doors are lockable to help keep out stray critters.

Pros Cons
Weather resistant all-wood construction Long construction time
Acrylic-coated hardware No floor
Strong tongue and groove construction Flimsier than it looks

Conclusion

When it comes to resin horizontal storage sheds, Suncast is one of the leaders in the field. The heavy-duty 1 1/2-inch double resin wall construction is resistant. Resistant to the sun's UV rays, extremes in temperature, and your kids. I have had mine for several years and highly recommend any of those listed above. Also remember is that any resin shed you buy must be installed on a foundation or other sturdy flat surface.

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Which Brand of 10 x 8 Plastic Shed is Best for You?

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What you need to know in choosing your 10x8 plastic shed...

THERE ARE SO many things to think about when you start shopping for a 10 x 8 plastic shed.

It can be hard to know which one of the many on the market is right for your needs, backyard, and budget.

Although there are many different sizes of shed on the market, a 10 x 8 shed is ideal for anyone with a smaller backyard that needs a place to store a fair amount of garden tools, toys, bikes, and miscellaneous junk.

If you are in a hurry, here is our 10 x 8 plastic shed winner. You can compare it for yourself here

Points to Ponder as Your Search Gets Underway

As you begin your search for a garden shed, one of your first thoughts probably turned to the dimensions of your new shed.

There are a couple of things you need to consider when trying to decide the final size, starting with how much room you have to spare in your backyard.

If you live out in the country, this is probably not an issue, but for the rest of us, size truly does matter.

Why a 10 x 8 Plastic Shed?

When you stop to think about an area that measures 10 feet deep and 8 feet wide, it might not seem like much space. But when you also factor in the sidewalls of most sheds this size are in the neighborhood of 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 feet tall with an even higher peak, the amount of space opens up significantly.

Still not sure this is big enough? Take a roll of masking tape and mark out 10 feet by 8 feet on your floor.

Now you can see how much space your 10 x 8 plastic shed is going to occupy in your backyard and approximately how much space it will have on the inside.  The next thing to do is ask yourself exactly what you are planning to store in your shed.

Do you need storage shelves? What about a floor that can handle a certain amount of weight?

During your search, each listing should cover the inner and outer dimensions, what type of floor, if any, the shed has, and what type of material was used to construct the shed.

The Many Benefits of Plastic Sheds

Over the years, plastic sheds have been given a pretty bad rap. In the beginning, the plastics used to create garden sheds was not ideally suited to the use.

They did not hold up well to the heat of the summer sun or the cold bite of winter. Many faded, ended up with warped roofs and sides, cracked and leaked, or simply fell apart.

Thankfully, this is no longer the case as most manufacturers use their own unique blends of polyethylene and resin to create new plastics that can withstand the hottest scorching sun and the coldest bite of Old Man Winter.

Along with this, these new plastics also offer the following benefits among many:

  1. Plastic sheds tend to be more affordable than either wooden or metal sheds and can be ordered online or purchased locally for direct delivery to your home.
  2. Plastic sheds require virtually nothing in the way of maintenance other than the occasional wash down with a hose. Both wood and metal sheds require a significant amount of annual maintenance to keep them looking good and protected from the environment, rot, and pests.
  3. Plastic sheds tend to range from relatively to extremely easy to assemble.
  4. Plastic sheds are lightweight and easy to move if it should become necessary.
  5. Many plastic sheds do not require any particular form of pad or foundation.

What to Look for in a 10 x 8 Plastic Shed

Ok, so to start with, once you have decided that a 10 x 8 plastic shed is just right for your needs, it is important that you understand not all plastic sheds listed as being 10 x 8 in size are actually this size. Some are slightly larger, some smaller, and only a few are actually this size on the inside.

However, an in the overall scheme of things an inch or two may not make that much of a difference, instead you may need to consider whether a shed that is 10 feet long or one that is 10 feet wide is a better fit for your yard. 

Next up, how many doors do you need, will a single door be wide enough to fit everything you plan to store in your shed or would double doors be a better choice? If all you are storing is your garden tools, then a single door is probably enough, but if you are planning to store a lawn mower or your family's bikes, double doors make a better choice.

 

Does the shed you have been considering come with a built-in floor? Having a built-in floor gives you far more options with regard to what kind of foundation or pad will be needed. Many of them now feature heavy duty floors designed to be placed directly onto a flat section of ground, others may require pavers or a concrete slab.

Single wall or double wall construction? Single wall sheds are less expensive and may prove to be flimsy unless they have a steel frame. Double wall sheds offer far more structural integrity and may come with built-in shelf brackets so that you can add extra storage. While most double wall sheds have steel reinforced roofs, few have steel reinforced walls, but they are typically strong enough to withstand significant snow weight.

 

Speaking of walls and doors, have you given much thought to security? Can the doors be locked securely to protect your stuff? Is there a window and if there is, can it be secured? A window can provide you with extra light on the inside, but at the same time, it offers yet another port of entry for a dedicated thief.

 

How much construction experience do you have? When it comes to 10 x 8 plastic sheds or for that matter any other size, there are two basic construction style choices.

The first and easiest method of assembly is the snap together shed. These sheds go together using almost no tools beyond a mallet to help snap the pieces together and can be built in a couple of hours or so. The only real problem with this type of plastic shed is that they tend to come apart in strong winds as the final assembly on many is not very secure.

The other style of plastic shed is the type that bolts together. Here again, we see a split in that some use steel nuts and bolts, while others use plastic hardware. While the plastic hardware will never suffer from any type of corrosion, it lacks the strength of steel.

Steel hardware, on the other hand, is much stronger, but you do run the risk of it corroding unless you paint it. Both offer a much stronger completed construction with steel hardware coming out the clear winner.

5 of the Best 10 x 8 Plastic Sheds Available

By now you have probably already noticed that there are dozens of 10 x 8 plastic sheds for you to consider. This is not surprising as this is one of the most popular sizes out there, in fact, I have one at the back of my garden just for my garden tools.

So to save you a bunch of time and help you narrow down your search, I have created a list containing four of the best plastic sheds in this size just for you.

Lifetime 6405 Outdoor Storage Shed

Double Doors, A Window, Skylights, and Shelving

 

So you are looking for a good structurally sound 10 x 8 plastic shed, one that can handle just about anything you can throw at it. This shed from Lifetime seems to fit that bill almost perfectly.

It offers an apex style roof with no less than 4 skylights for plenty of natural light, steel reinforced double doors with an internal latch that are lockable, a single shatterproof window, and a pair of screened vents.

On top of this, there are 6 feet 8 inches of headroom. The walls are made from steel reinforced double walled polyethylene for added strength, weather resistance, and load bearing. It is one of the top plastic sheds on the market.

Pros Cons
Steel reinforced construction throughout for added strength, great for high snow load areas Some buyers experienced water leakage at the roof seams
Comes with two shelves and pegboard for added storage convenience The doors tend to warp under long-term exposure to the sun's UV rays
Weather resistant seams help keep everything inside nice and dry Comes in two boxes weighing over 200 lbs. each

Suncast BMS8000 Alpine Shed

True Alpine Shed Style

One of the first things most people notice about this Suncast plastic shed is that it features double wall construction with walls that are a full 1-1/2-inches thick. At 7 1/2 x 10, there is enough room inside for a small garden tractor or a riding lawn mower.

Even better than this, is that the floor has been reinforced in all the right places to hold the weight of your tractor. It features reinforced double doors and no less than 14, yes that's right 14 windows.

There are also a pair of vents in the gables to keep fresh air circulating and help keep your shed from getting too hot in the summer months.

Pros Cons
Plenty of windows for natural light Windows and seals can be challenging to put together
One of the strongest reinforced plastic floors Comes in boxes weighing over 200 lbs. each
Outstanding customer service Assembly manual not very easy to follow in places

Keter Stronghold Resin Storage Shed

Plenty of Storage Space and Room for your Lawn Mower

 

There are times when a 10 x 8 plastic shed just isn't going to have enough room for everything you need to store. At 10 x 8 this heavy duty shed offers plenty of space.

This shed features a high-pitched roof that not only helps keep the snow at bay but also adds plenty of extra headroom. Open the wide double doors and inside you will find a heavy-duty plastic resin floor that can support your lawn tractor and much more.

There is also a built-in full-length skylight that gives you plenty of natural light.  The two-tone brown color resin is super strong and will fit in practically anywhere.

Pros Cons
High-pitched roof for added interior height The roof can be challenging to slide in place
Heavy duty plastic floor Doors and locking mechanism somewhat flimsy
Extra wide double doors Some pieces may need to be trimmed to get them to fit

Suncast Tremont Storage Shed

Steel Reinforced Double Wall with Multiple Shelf Locations

 

By now you probably know just how hard it can be to find just the right amount of storage space. The Tremont from Suncast offers a full 574 cubic feet of space complete with a pair of corner storage shelves with no less than eight different positions for them.

The double doors have windows for added interior light and open to 60 inches wide and 72 inches tall. The Tremont also features six skylights and steel reinforced double wall resin construction. The Tremont also comes with a resin floor.

Pros Cons
Shed assembly goes very quickly Must be placed on a level base
Very sturdy once assembled The roof can be hard to assemble
Lots of interior space Several units shipped missing parts or hardware

Lifetime 60001 Outdoor Storage Shed

Steel Reinforced Plastic Construction

Lifetime seems to have mastered the concept of using steel framing and trusses to ensure their plastic sheds can hold up to just about anything Mother Nature can throw at them. This shed offers a pair of 6-foot-high by 4-foot-wide double doors on one end, one large window, and a pair of large skylights.

Inside you will find 4 corner shelves and a pair of peg strips complete with a selection of hanging hardware. The frame and trusses are powder-coated steel and the entire shed is assembled using heavy-duty steel hardware for added strength.

The left door features upper and lower stops, while the right door has an internal latch that keeps both doors closed. The doors have a built-in hasp for a padlock.

Pros Cons
Powder-coated steel frame and trusses for extra strength and durability Comes in 2 boxes with a total weight of over 500 lbs.
Easy to follow instructions with detailed images Takes quite a while to assemble
Bolt together construction holds up better than snap together sheds Shed flexes with changes in temperature making doors hard to open or close

Another Storage Option for You to Consider

While a 10 x 8 plastic shed or one close to it will work well for most, not everyone wants an all plastic or resin shed for a variety of reasons. This next shed is made from vinyl coated galvanized steel that gives you the best of both worlds.

Duramax 00284 Woodbridge Shed with Foundation

Strong Metal Structure Tested for 20Lbs/Sq.Ft. Snow Load

No rust, no rot, and nothing to worry about with this great shed from Duramax. Under the plastic roof, you will find steel-reinforced plastic walls designed to hold up under just about any conditions.

When you anchor this shed to the ground or a foundation, it can easily withstand winds of up to 115 miles per hour. Features a single pair of wide doors that are tall enough for the average person to easily walk through.

One of the things many people like about this shed is the way the outside looks like standard house siding. The roof ridge features a skylight for plenty of natural light on the inside.

Pros Cons
Steel rods in walls for added durability Assembly instructions hard to follow
An available option lets you add another 2.5 feet to the length of the shed You should caulk the roof panels to prevent leaking
Once assembled the structure is very stable The steel frames have sharp edges that can cut your hands

Arrow Shed Vinyl Coated Sheridan Steel Storage

Vinyl Protected Galvanized Steel for Ultimate and Protection

 

If you are like me and live in an area with tons of snow each winter, you need a garden shed that is going to hold up to the weather. This storage shed from Arrow Shed is built from vinyl coated galvanized steel.

The steel adds plenty of structural strength, while the heavy-duty vinyl coating keeps the steel protected from snow and rain. At 7 feet, the interior peak of the roof gives you plenty of headroom. All parts are predrilled for ease of assembly.

Pros Cons
Vinyl clad steel is very strong Due to design, construction is labor intensive
Parts pre-drilled for easy assembly Metal used in construction is very thin
Strong assembly once completed You must buy or build a base for this shed

The Roundup

Each of the above sheds has a lot to offer, most are relatively easy to assemble and seem to be made to last. As you might expect, there are pros and cons to each of them.

For my money, the Suncast BMS8000 Alpine is the winner as it offers a super heavy duty floor designed to handle the weight of your lawn tractor and no less than 14 windows.

When it comes to choosing, the right shed for your needs, consider size, cost, suitability, and of course the materials used in its construction. In all areas, the Alpine Shed comes out the clear winner.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this and it has helped you find the perfect 10 x 8 or bigger plastic shed for your garden or back yard.

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The 5 Most Popular 6 x 4 Plastic Sheds

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We made it easy for you to choose your best 6x4 plastic shed...

GOT A SMALL to medium size yard?

Looking to store a push lawnmower and garden equipment?

Don’t want any maintenance and an easy shed assembly?

If so then a 6 x 4 is the perfect companion for your yard tools

They are small enough to fit neatly in the corner of your yard, but large enough to hold the necessities. With a large selection to choose from, how do you know which one is best for you?

6 x 4 Plastic Shed Buying Guide - What To Look For

Here is a quick and simple guide to help you find the solution that fits your needs the best

Size of door

- Is it big enough to let your push mower in easily and other larger items? (i.e. ladder)

Shelving

- Does it come standard or do you need to buy some separately

Height

- Is the shed tall enough for brooms, rakes and other long handled garden implements?

Ventilation

- If you plan on storing gas powered push mower, weed wacker and some spare gas, oil and/or paint ventilation is important

Floor

- Is the floor/base included or is it an added extra?

The 5 Most Popular 6 x 4 Plastic Sheds

Now you have a good idea of what you should be looking for when shopping for a 6 x 4 plastic shed, here are five of the most popular models available for your consideration.

1. Keter Factor Large 4 x 6 ft. Garden Storage Shed

Inexpensive Yet Functional Storage

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Keter is one of the better-known brands of resin sheds and offers a pretty wide range of sizes. They are also one of the more affordable brands and in general give you more than you are paying for in terms of quality.

Being a 4 x 6 shed, you aren't going to have room for a riding lawn mower, but then this shed is not really made for that anyway. However, there is plenty of room for your garden tools, kids' toys, and extra junk you don't want to clutter the garage up with.

pros

cons

This shed is the perfect size for small spaces in your backyard. Surprisingly though, is that despite its small footprint, there is plenty of usable room inside

The roof lacks the support needed for heavy loads of wet leaves or snow and will bow if you do not take the time to keep it swept off

The instruction manual is well thought out and detailed making it possible to assemble the shed in around 3 hours or less

The roof design makes for a poor fit that needs to be caulked or it might leak

The resin material used is of very high quality and seems to be very durable

Walls and roof are made of honeycomb plastic that some might find a bit flimsy

2. Suncast BMS6310D 6-Feet by 3-Feet Shed

Tiny but Still Highly Useful

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SUNCAST BMS6310D 6-Feet by 3-Feet Shed

Suncast is another very popular brand of plastic shed, this one is a bit smaller than most at only 6 x 3. However, if all you need is somewhere to store your garden tools, you probably don't need much more space than this anyway.

The one thing that truly sets this plastic shed apart is that it is 6 feet wide by 3 feet deep, which is a bit uncommon in this size range. The double doors offer plenty of room to get in and out while the reinforced floor lets you store heavier items inside.

pros

cons

Double wall resin panels for added strength make this shed a good choice for windy regions and add extra security

The slightly smaller size seriously limits the types of things you can store inside. Despite the double doors, you still can't park a riding lawn mower inside.

Steel reinforced roof panels make this shed a better choice if you have low overhanging trees or experience a lot of snow in the winter

The snap together assembly may not offer enough strength if you live in an area with high winds

The narrow depth lets you put this shed in cramped locations or up against a wall of your house without it getting in the way

Instructions do not say you have to install the roof supports first. If you try to add them later, you will find yourself taking the roof back off

3. Keter Manor Large 4 x 6 ft. Garden Storage Shed

Room for your Mower and More

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KETER Manor Large 4 x 6 ft. Resin Outdoor Backyard Garden Storage Shed

At a full 4 x 6, the Manor offers plenty of room for your lawnmower, garden tools, and more. Made of Keter's own brand of plastic resin, this shed will never rot, rust, dent, or peel.

It also won't succumb to the effect of heat or cold and offers you a total of 113.2 cubic feet of usable storage space. What a great way to get rid of the clutter in your garage and open up space so you can park your car in it instead.

The Manor is perfect for all of your storage needs.

pros

cons

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

4. Rubbermaid Plastic Large Outdoor Storage Shed

Great for Storing Larger Items

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RUBBERMAID Large Outdoor Storage Shed,159 cu. ft., Sandalwood with Onyx Roof 

If you are in the market for a plastic shed for your backyard, this slightly oversized shed from Rubbermaid is just what you need. The inside dimensions are 52" wide by 72" deep by 72" high, making it one of the biggest in the 4 x 6 class.

Unlike the Keter Manor, this one offers true double-wall construction and a heavy-duty impact resistant floor that can handle the weight of your riding lawn mower and more.

A great choice for those who need a lot of storage space in a shed that won't rust, rot, or fall prey to the kids kicking soccer balls against it.

pros

cons

The use of heavy duty impact resistant plastic makes this one of the strongest and most durable sheds in its class

Due to the design, this shed is going to take two people to put it together in a reasonable amount of time

Double doors mean you can park your riding lawn mower inside and the heavy duty floor is made to handle the weight

The metal frame and screws all tend to rust in a very short time frame. You will need to paint the frames and replace the screws with stainless steel ones to avoid having this problem

Instructions are well laid out and easy for anyone, even a beginner, to follow

The doors do not stay closed in windy conditions unless you have a padlock in place, but why wouldn't you lock your shed anyway?

5. Suncast BMS7400 Resin Storage Shed

Simple, Attractive, and Quite Functional 

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Suncast BMS7400 Resin Storage Shed

The Cascade is another excellent plastic shed from Suncast and features heavy duty double wall construction for added strength and durability.

The shingle style roof panels are reinforced with metal reinforcement for added strength. The double doors not only have windows in them, but they also feature lockable metal handles for improved security.

The interlocking pieces make the Cascade one of the easier 4 x 6 plastic sheds to assemble, perfect for the inexperienced builder.

pros

cons

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 difficult

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

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

Final Thoughts

There are a lot of 4 x 6 plastic sheds on the market, some may be better than these, far more of them fail to come even close. These are five of the most popular and better-made ones.

They will all work just fine for most needs ranging from tool and lawn mower storage to a dry place to stash your junk. Just be sure you choose one that is rated for your specific needs and be sure to follow the assembly instructions to the letter if you want your plastic shed to last.

I hope you have enjoyed reading the information I have put together here on 4 x 6 plastic sheds; they are a great way to add a shed to your backyard in a single weekend.

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The Best Plastic Shed Base for Your New Shed

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There are 3 decisions to make about shed alarms and keeping intruders out of your shed

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.

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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

Gravel

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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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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.

Pros

Cons

Inexpensive

Needs gravel for maximum stability

Lightweight

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Ventilation

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.

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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

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.

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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

Doors

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.

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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

Security

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.

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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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These cheap plastic garden sheds will surely fit your budget...

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

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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.

PROS

CONS

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

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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.

pros

cons

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

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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.

pros

cons

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

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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.

pros

cons

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

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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.

pros

cons

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

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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.

pros

cons

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

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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.

pros

cons

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

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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.

pros

cons

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

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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.

pros

cons

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

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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.

pros

cons

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

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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.

pros

cons

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

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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.

pros

cons

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

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

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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

Delivery

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.

Flimsy

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

Height

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

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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.

PROS

CONS

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

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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.

PROS

CONS

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

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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.

PROS

CONS

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

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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.

PROS

CONS

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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Suncast 98 Cubic Foot Shed Review

Size (ft) 4 x 4.6 x 6.6
Weight (lbs) 140
Storage Space (cu ft) 98
Assembly time 1 – 3 hours (1 person)
Price (see below)
Country Made in the USA

The build quality is good and the unit is secure…

Suncast Horizontal Storage Shed Review

PROS CONS
Easy to clean A little top heavy
Easy to assemble Can’t lean heavy items against walls
No maintenance required

“Easy, out of the way storage”

All the benefits of a maintenance free, plastic shed on a small footprint. It’s height makes it great for storing long handled garden tools, while it can also store paint cans, hoses, extension leads and other smaller items.

Review:

Being plastic it’s easy to clean, DOESN’T ROT OR RUST and the color doesn’t fade either. This makes it a great maintenance free addition to your yard. It’s a set and forget solution.

It looks quite neat and the two tone color scheme is universal, it looks smart up against almost any cladding. It’s an unobtrusive appearance that isn’t going to attract attention.

The shed will sit happily in a corner of your patio, deck or balcony. We do recommend that it does back onto something like your house or a fence because it can be a little top heavy.

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GREAT FOR STORING
Long handled garden equipment
Reel-mower
Patio furniture
Hoses + garden supplies
Weed Wacker/Weed Eater

Assembly:

As for installation, the shed MUST BE INSTALLED on a flat, level surface. Because it is tall and not so wide, this is very important. It effects the way the shed sits and also the operation of the doors. If you are putting it in your yard, then we recommend at least some pavers on a flat bed of sand.

Shelving:

SHELVES ARE AVIAILABLE for this unit although not included. Suncast does provide instructions on how to cut a possible 4 shelves to fit in the unit.

If you have trouble, the manufacturer has a customer service line that is easily accessible.

AS FOR SECURITY, The build quality is good and the unit is secure with a padlock able to be put on the front handles, but it’s by no means Fort Knox.

Overall:

This is a great companion for the little yard, or balcony, if you have run out of space and your garage.

Available from:

Amazon

Frequently Compared:

Suncast BMS4900 Glidetop Slide Lid Shed

This solution is large enough for your equipment, but small enough not to get your council or HOA involved. A long lasting, easy to assemble storage solution.  

The Suncast Cedar and Resin Hybrid Shed

This shed offers the best of both worlds, its easy to assemble while being strong and good looking.

Rubbermaid Horizontal Storage Shed Review

The Rubbermaid Horizontal Storage Shed, is great way to tidy up your yard on a small footprint.

10×10 Suncast Storage Shed Review

Suncast storage shed reviews
Size (ft)10 x 10 x 7.5
Weight (lbs)592
Storage Space (cu ft)625
Assembly time4 - 6 hours (1 - 2 people)
Price(See below)
CountryMade in the USA

“A versatile shed that can be adapted for many uses, thanks to its universal design”


PROSCONS
Looks goodBasic appearance
Good valueWalls are too thin to hang items
Reinforced roof

Thinking about plastic for the first time?

Suncast Storage Building 10x10The words large shed and plastic shed usually don’t go together. Plastic can warp when it gets hot and it gets worse with big panels. Big plastic panels can also feel flimsy and weak, especially during installation.

However, THIS PLASTIC SHED IS QUITE STRONG. The roof is reinforced with 5 ridge beams for support and the honeycomb patterned floor gives the shed some rigidity that other (non-plastic) sheds don’t have.

Review:

The look is basic and functional, but not ugly. It can be personalized with accessories such as flower boxes and window shutters at extra cost. Customized or not IT WILL FIT IN, IN ANY YARD.

The two doors open up quite wide and you can easily get a push mower, garden tools and other odds and ends inside. When the doors are shut, they are lockable to keep little prying fingers out.

Unfortunately, the walls are too thin to hang your items from, which is frustrating, and again shelving is available, but at an extra cost.

Assembly:

It will take at least 4-6 hours to put this together, preferably with 2 people. The floor is included with the shed, but it does require a flat, level base to sit on. That means a timber frame or concrete slab, which don't come with the shed.

Our Verdict:

A versatile shed that can be adapted for many uses, thanks to its universal design.

Available from:

Amazon