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14 Straightforward, Simple Shed Designs Anyone Can Build at Home

14 Straightforward, Simple Shed Designs Anyone Can Build at Home

Simple Shed Design Ideas

IF YOU HAVE BEEN THINKING about building a shed in your backyard, finding just the right design can be a bit challenging. There is more to a good shed than you might think. What might look good in someone else's yard or fit their needs perfectly, might not be of any use to you whatsoever.

There seems to be an endless array of complex shed designs for you to choose from, but in most cases, it is the simple shed designs that seem to work the best. Take a look at these simple shed designs and see if one of these is just the ticket for your storage needs.

#1 Reclaimed Wood for the Win

Making the most of wood that could have ended up in the dump

rectcled_wood_shedImage courtesy of DIY Outdoor Storage Shed

When it comes to building a shed on a budget, one of the best ways to save money is by using reclaimed or recycled wood for every part of it you can. Depending on where you live, (at least in my area) there are always old homes being torn down. Most of this wood is still perfectly usable and is more affordable than buying new. Not only this, but you are doing your part to reduce the number of trees being cut down.

#2 Create Your Own “Grow” House

Metal siding, cute windows, and a glass roof, what could be better


This simple shed design features steel building siding that comes in wide sheets. These sheets allow you to cover large areas, are typically easy to put up, and are incredibly strong. You can buy new sheet metal or seek out one of the many used building material vendors in your area to help keep costs under control. Note the clear plexiglass roof and extra-large windows for additional light.

#3 Pure Corrugated Simplicity

Apparently, Ruffles are not the only thing with ridges

bobvila_simple_shed_design1Image courtesy of Michigan Home Design

If you have a potting shed in mind, clear corrugated fiberglass offers you a less expensive option to glass. One reason I like this particular material is its durability. Branches can hit it, even the odd football or baseball and it won't break. At the same time, it lets plenty of light in to give your spring seedlings a chance to grow before planting season.

#4 Side Storage and More

More room on the outside

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When your shed is too full of tools to park the mower inside, it's time to rethink your strategy. This shed features an extended roof on the left side that creates an outdoor storage area for things like your riding mower, your tiller, or your push mower. Not only does this type of roof add more much-needed storage space, but you can use this shady spot to work on your power tools. The long slope of the roof will easily shed rain, snow, and ice, helping to keep your equipment out of the elements all year long.

#5 True Tongue and Groove Beauty

Tongue and groove planking is used to great effect in this shed

dschang_simple_shed_designImage courtesy of DropDDesign

Simple shed designs like this one feature tongue and groove planks that are typically reserved for flooring or indoor paneling. The boards are designed to interlock along the long edges, making for an exceptionally sturdy structure. The best part is you can buy this type of lumber at your local discount hardware superstore in different lengths and a variety of different types of lumber.

#6 Create Your Own Outdoor Reading Room

Your very own outdoor getaway

Imagoe courtesy of 100 Things To Do

Clear plexiglass has been used extensively throughout this shed to provide the level of natural lighting needed to create a private reading shed. Plexiglass is extremely durable and makes the perfect choice for this particular use. Not only does it let in plenty of light, but it will keep out the odd wayward softball. Although plexiglass can be a little on the expensive side, you should find the investment more than worthwhile when you see how long it lasts.

#7 Convenient Lean-To Storage

Perfect for those who don't have a lot of room to spare

bobvila_simple_shed_design2Image courtesy of BobVila

This lean-to shed features clapboard style siding which is not only easy to install but provides exceptional resistance to rain, wind, and snow. While you can build your shed from brand-new lumber, you could also opt to save money by building your shed from used lumber. The doors appear to be made from tongue and groove lumber but could also be made from pre-grooved plywood sheets that give the same appearance for far less money.

#8 Create Your Own Outdoor Dining Room

Not all sheds are made for storage

simple_shed_2Image courtesy of Tree Hugger

This interesting cube-shaped building is definitely not a shed. Not the way the builder used slats on three sides to provide plenty of ventilation for those evening meals in the great outdoors. Note that the entire back wall is solid to help keep the weather out, you could add outdoor curtains to help block any excess breezes and keep out the rains. What a great way to create your own outdoor family room!

#9 Just Big Enough

Slightly bigger than the average phone booth

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This tiny shed looks a little more like an old English phone booth than a shed thanks to the glass door. But it definitely looks bigger on the inside. If you look closely, the walls of this shed appear to have been made from exterior grade doors. Not only can this save you a lot of money in supplies, it looks very cool and should be very strong. You can pick up used doors at any building salvage store or your local Habitat for Humanity Store.

#10 Give Your Wife Her Own Studio Shed

Private studio space with plenty of light for the artist in your family

studio_shedImage courtesy of Studio Shed

This shed features plenty of glass to let the sun shine in. Note that it even has windows in the end gables for even more light. The use of both metal and clapboard siding gives this outdoor shed the look of a tiny home, which may help it blend into your backyard more easily. The double glass doors are perfect for letting in more cooling air or large items. This shed would make a great outdoor studio for the artist in the family.

#11 Plywood, Studs, and Portability

Simple materials, a simple concept, a great shed

cheap_and_affordable_storage_shedImage courtsey of The Self Sufficient Living

This simple shed is framed using 2 x 4s and then covered in sheets of pre-grooved plywood to help keep costs under control. When all you are doing is building a tool storage shed, a design such as this is strong enough to handle snow and ice, yet light enough that you can move it around your yard. Note that the owner used the framework to install tool hangers and that he added a single window for light.

#12 An Outdoor Place to Relax

Sliding doors, a fiberglass roof, a little plywood, and suddenly space

varnaworkshop_simple_shed_designImage courtesy of Home Design Ideas

It's obvious that the designer who created simple shed designs like this one wanted to create an outdoor place to relax out of the sun and weather. The simple 2×4 framing and plywood sheathing add an interesting and low-cost touch. But, it’s the owner's use of a pair of sliding glass doors that make this shed so special. Here again, you could save money by sourcing many of the materials such as the doors from a local salvage dealer.

#13 A-Frame Bunkhouse

Perfect for the kids to “camp out” in the backyard

simple_shedImage courtesy of DIY & Crafts Magazine

This “A” frame style shed features clapboard style roofing that will help shed rain, snow, and ice with equal ease. Instead of placing the shed flat on the ground where the wood frame could end up staying wet and rotting, the designer built a raised floor that would not only stay drier, but keep anything you store on it drier as well. When not being used for a summer camp out by your kids, it could double as a place to store your firewood.

#14 Create a Great Playhouse for Your Kids

The ideal place to host the perfect tea party

kids_indoor_playhouseImage courtesy of The House of Wood

Of all the different simple shed designs, this one uses simple stacked lumber siding in which each length of board is laid edge on to the one below it and nailed in place. While this design can be quite strong, unless you seal the gaps between each board with some form of caulking, it might let the rains come in. Once your little girl grows out of it, you can turn it into a dog house, or add plexiglass windows and a door to turn it into a storage shed.

Just a Few More of the Incredibly Cool Shed Ideas I Have Found in My Travels

It seems like everywhere I go, I end up running into amazingly cool shed ideas. The simple fact is, no matter where I go, I always have my eyes open looking for great ideas to share here.

There are so many simple shed designs out there, I may never stop adding to this collection of images. Try following my example and keeping your eyes open wherever your travels may take you. You just never know what you might find.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at these simple shed designs as much as I continue to collect more of them no matter where I go.

If you liked the simple shed designs I have put together for you here, please let me know. Let everyone know you enjoyed reading this on Facebook and Pinterest.

The 7 Factors that Affect Your Shed Design

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Check out what you need in planning and designing your shed and start building it...

SO YOU'VE SPENT a bit of time wandering around your local discount hardware superstores looking at all various "cookie cutter" out of the box sheds, but never seem to find quite what you are looking for...

Have you stopped and taken a good look at the many different types of shed plans?

You would be amazed at the incredible range of styles and sizes of sheds these plans.

The only hard part is you must be ready to build your shed from scratch. The good news is these plans are amazingly detailed, making the task easy for the average person who can use a few basic hand and power tools.

The 7 Different Factors that Affect Shed Design

As with any construction project for your home, there are a number of factors which must be taken into consideration before you spend any money or start construction. 

Here are seven factors I believe to be of the utmost importance in your decision where to build when to build, and what to build.

#1 Permits

Before you make any decision beyond the size of shed you might like to have in your backyard, you need to find out if your city, county, or state requires a building permit.

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You will find that each municipality has their own permit requirements and in many cases, if you don't obtain the necessary permits, you could be fined and/or ordered to remove your shed at your own expense.

Follow this link to learn more about permits in your area.

#2 Materials

Next to a permit, deciding what type of materials your shed will be built from may be the most important decision.

• Metal offers excellent strength and will keep out the weather, but is subject to rust.


Wood has been used for centuries and can be used to build a very solid weatherproof shed. At the same time, it is subject to rot and pest infestation. It can also be very expensive.

Plastic or Resin  may be one of the least expensive materials, but can be flimsy and not hold up to extremes in weather.

Fabric is the cheapest of the lot... however it is only really a temporary solution

#3 Your Budget

There is no point in dreaming about a large all-wood and shingle shed when you are working with a plastic shed budget. Also known in many circles as having Cadillac dreams on a Volkswagen budget.


Plastic sheds are typically not expensive, but at the same time, the good ones are not cheap.

More importantly, you may have to choose between size and materials. For example, while $1,000 might buy you a 10 x 14 metal shed, it will only buy an 8 x 8 wood shed or a 8 x 10 plastic shed.

Remember that just because you are on a budget, this doesn't necessarily mean you can't have the shed you want. What it does mean, however, is that you may have to make a few hard decisions along the way.

#4 Shed Size

In sheds, as in many other things, size (internal size) really does matter and should be one of your chief concerns.

• If you start out with a shed that is too small, you are only going to end up replacing it with the right size later at significant additional cost.


• Build or buy a shed that is too big for your needs is nothing more than a waste of money.

• You may also have to factor in size based on your local building codes.

• Also, worth noting is that the cost of your shed is going to increase exponentially as your shed gets bigger.

#5 Your Yard

When it comes to shed plans and designs, you must pay close attention to where you are planning to put it in your yard. You will need an area that is flat or can be flattened for your shed to sit on.

You can always build a perfectly flat foundation from wood, pavers, or poured cement. Here are a few extra questions you should ask yourself about your yard:

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• Will your shed be able to be seen from the house?

• Will the style and color of your shed add to or detract from the appearance of your yard?

• Will your shed be in an area of your yard that might make it easy for thieves to break in?

• Will your neighbors complain about your shed's location?

• Will the ground drain water away during storms or let it build up and get inside of your shed?

• Will your shed be located in a convenient place for its intended purpose?

#6 What Are You Building a Shed For

This is yet another very important consideration when looking at sheds and shed plans. This will affect the size, style, and in many cases the type of materials you will use for your shed. Among the things to consider are:


• Is your shed just for garden tools and if so what type and how many?

• Is your shed for storing toys, bicycles, and other family gear?

• Is your shed a place for your motorcycle or ATV?

• Is your shed going to become a workshop, an art studio, a playroom, a quiet place to get away?

• Is your shed going to house floor standing power tools and workbenches?

• Will your shed need added shelving for more storage?

#7 Your Abilities

Okay, so now that you have a rough idea what size and style of shed might best suit your needs, there is one more very important thing you must consider and do so as honestly as you can. This is your construction abilities.


To put it bluntly, if you have a hard time driving a nail or screw in straight or can't read a tape measure to save your life, you might be better off buying a plastic shed that goes together a little like a building those kids toys from Little Tykes.

What I am trying to say here is that pay very close attention to the shed plans you are considering and make sure your abilities are up to the job.

There is no point in buying a set of plans to build a killer shed along with investing hundreds of dollars or more in materials if your skills are not up to the task of building it.

Do It Yourself Shed Plans vs. Shed Kits

So this brings us to the point at where you need to make a big decision. Do you opt for a quality set of shed plans and buy all of your own materials or do you opt for a shed kit that comes with almost everything you need except the tools and elbow grease to put it together? Each of these options has its own benefits.

Shed Plans

• With so many shed plans to choose from, you can create your own custom shed

• In most cases building from a set of shed plans is less


• Many plans offer options that let you truly customize your shed

• Sheds built from plans tend to be stronger in construction and design

There is a lot of pride in building your shed from scratch

Shed Kits

• Shed kits are typically easier to build

• Shed kits take a lot less time to assemble


HOPKINS 90190 2x4basics Shed Kit, Barn Style Roof

• Most shed kits require very little in the way of construction experience or skills

• Shed kits require only a minimum of tools

• Shed kits typically come with easy to read and understand instructions no matter what size shed you buy

Since most shed plans are based on using wood as the main component, if you are comfortable using basic power tools such as circular or reciprocating saws, drills, etc. you should not have too many problems building one.

You should also be able to read plans at least to some extent. In most cases, you will find the plans are laid out for the novice and are easy to follow.

Here again, you should take a good look at any plans you are considering to ensure that you fully understand them.


Free Shed Plans

With a little looking around you can easily find a number of free shed plans or you can save yourself time by simply going here. You will find that most online shed plans cover the basics such as the dimensions of the shed, a list of materials by size and quantity and at least a basic set of instructions.

Many of the free shed plans rely on images rather than step-by-step detailed instructions.

As you step up to paying for plans you should find more detailed construction. They may also include a number of options ranging from materials to customizing your shed with extra windows, doors, skylights, interiors, shelving, and floors.

At the same time, these sheds tend to be designed with the more experienced builder in mind and may or may not contain enough details for the beginner.

How to Read Shed Plans

If you have never worked with a set of blueprints or shed plans, your first glance might be a bit confusing. There are so many symbols and signs used that it is easy to become confused.

Here are a few basic concepts that can make reading shed plans a bit easier for you:

• Solid lines indicate the outline of an object such as the edge of a wall

• Broken lines are used to indicate objects that are typically hidden from view such as the foundation


• Broken lines can also be used to indicate the shape of the structure

• A slanted line with arrows or dots added to a dimension line shows reference points

• Measurements are shown in feet then inches, i.e. 10" 6" means 10 feet 6 inches

Shed Ideas

There are literally thousands of shed ideas online, in the stores, and more importantly, virtually anywhere you go in the country. I have spent months collecting a huge selection of different shed ideas for you to consider.


31 Cool Shed Ideas to Stimulate your Senses

This selection ranges from easy to build do-it-yourself sheds that can be put together in a few hours to complex sheds that look more like houses than sheds. Hopefully, you will find something you like in my collection of great shed ideas.

Steps to Building a Shed

Still not sure you are ready to take on the task of building your own shed? No worries, I have put together a basic set of easy to follow steps you should take in building your shed.

These steps start with planning your shed and end with basic maintenance for your newly constructed shed. They are designed to give you a good start and contain plenty of good basic information along with a few good pictures to help you on your way.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to building your garden shed, the final choice between working from a set of shed plans or buying a ready to build kit is in your hands. You are the only one who truly knows whether you have the necessary skills to read and follow the plans.

If you think you are up for it, building a shed from scratch can be a very rewarding experience. If not, you could be setting yourself up for a really bad experience and you might be better off building your next shed from a good quality kit.

Here hoping I have given you a good start on your way to adding a shed to your garden or backyard.

I hope you have enjoyed reading the information I have put together here on shed plans and building your own garden shed.

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23 Inspiring Yet Practical Shed Design Ideas You Can Use For Your New Shed


Looking for some inspiration for your new shed? You're at the right place

CHOOSE THE RIGHT shed for your backyard can be a lot of fun, if you let it be.

You could of course just order the first one you see, but what fun would that really be.

With so many great shed design ideas out there, it took me forever to find the perfect one for my garden.

So to help make finding the right shed for you just a little easier, I have pulled together these 24 great shed design ideas that should inspire you to think outside of the box.

#1 Wood Shed Designs

Got Wood? Then You Can Build Your Own Shed


See more wood shed designs here

Wood is one of the oldest and most practical forms of material you can use to build your shed. From simple small sheds to log cabin style sheds, there are dozens of different fun and attractive ways to create a unique shed.

Wood allows you to fully customize the look and feel of your shed making it suit your needs now and in the future. Most of these wood sheds can be built from scratch or from readily available plans using nothing more than materials you can buy locally and your building skills.

#2 Firewood Shed Ideas

Keeping Your Firewood Warm and Dry


See more firewood shed ideas here

You stockpile firewood all summer long to help keep your home warm and dry all winter. But if you don't have a dry place to store your firewood, it will do you very little good. Here you will find dozens of firewood shed ideas to help you find the perfect one for your backyard.

One of the most important things to remember about a firewood shed is that it doesn't have to be fully enclosed, in fact most are specifically designed to allow for plenty of fresh air circulation to help your wood season properly instead of remaining in the dark where it might mold and become useless.

#3 Shed Storage Ideas and Designs

When You Need a Place to Store Your Gear


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A shed by itself is little more than a box with a roof and at least one door. Sure you can simply toss your junk on the floor, maybe stick a few freestanding shelves inside, but this is not exactly making the most out of all the storage space your shed has to offer.

Here we take a look at a huge variety of shed storage ideas intended to help you make the most out of every possible inch of your shed, including shelves designed to hang from the ceiling and walls.

#4 Shed Door Ideas

Going in Through the Out Door


See more shed door ideas here

If you are going to buy or build a garden shed, you need a way to get in and out of it, in other words, you need at least one door. But there is far more to a garden shed door than a simple slab of wood with hinges and a handle.

Shed doors come in all sizes, shapes, and colors. You can choose a practical look or a whimsical look based on your needs and tastes.

Wood makes a good solid door, but you can also use metal or plastic, just be sure the design you choose can be properly secured to keep thieves and others out and your goodies locked securely inside.

#5 Shed Roof Designs

Keeping the Lid on Your Shed


See more shed roof designs here

Of all the various parts of your shed, the roof you choose to put on it is perhaps the most important of them all. If you don't choose a roof that is strong enough and built for the weather conditions in your area.

Roofs come in all shapes, sizes, designs, and materials. Those with a higher pitch are more suited to areas where it snows a lot in the winter, those made from sheet metal will last for decades, there are even roofs that are covered with soil that can be planted with grass or flowers.

No matter what style of roof you choose, be sure it has plenty of support in the form of joists or beams.

#6 Cool Shed Ideas

Have Fun with Something a Little Different


See more cool shed ideas here

Just because all your neighbors have standard boring sheds doesn’t mean you have to. In this list of cool shed ideas, we take a look at sheds made from different materials, styles and sizes.

In reality you can build your next garden from just about anything you can find from old logs and lumber to an upside down boat hull. Be bold, be different and put a shed in your backyard that is sure to get everyone's attention.

#7 Plastic Shed Designs

Lightweight, Watertight, and Very Practical


Plastic may not seem like the ideal material for a garden shed, yet it might prove to be more useful than you think.

Here we take a good look at a wide selection of plastic sheds ranging from those just big enough for a few tools to some that are big enough to turn into a workshop.

Be careful to buy a shed that features double layer walls, doors that can be properly secured, and a roof that has some form of metal bracing to help support it in case of heavy snows.

Some sheds can be snapped together, others will need to be bolted together, and most are more than up to the job.

#8 Metal Shed Designs

Solid, Strong, and Made to Last

Arrow Hamlet

Metal sheds aren’t pretty, but for the square footage they are hard to beat on price.

Metal tends to rust over time and requires constant painting in order to keep it looking good. However, bear in mind that metal is also one of the strongest and most secure materials you can use to build your shed.

Because metal is flexible and durable, it can be used to build sheds in almost any imaginable shape and size and in virtually any climate.

#9 Fabric/Canvas Shed Designs

Not Just a Tent for Your Yunk

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It is far too easy to think of a fabric or canvas shed as nothing more than a tent that can be put up in the backyard to temporarily store things.

Fabric/canvas sheds are made from much stronger materials and typically have solid metal frames. Some have metal roofs and fabric or canvas walls.

The one problem most of these sheds have is the inability to store anything valuable in them as they cannot be adequately secured. However, they do have the advantage of being fully portable as they can be taken down and put back up in a very short period of time.

#10 She Sheds Ideas

And now one for the ladies


If you look at most of the shed designs on the market, it might seem as though they are made just for the guys, but what about the ladies?

A garden shed can be turned into an art studio, a potting shed, or nothing more than a comfortable place to sit, relax with a good book, and to get away from it all.

From choosing the right colors for the outside to adding carpeting and a nice pot-bellied wood stove, there is nothing quite like having a great place all of your own out in the backyard to enjoy.

#11 Shed Ramp Ideas

Easy In, Easy Out

shed ramps in action

See shed ramp ideas and designs here

Getting things in and out of a shed that is not flat on the ground can present its own unique set of problems. The best way to get around these problems is with the right type of shed ramp.

From poured concrete to ramps made from wood or even the metal kind you can buy locally, it doesn't take much to make getting things in and out of your shed much easier.

Be sure that the shed ramps you choose are strong enough and wide enough for their purpose. If you build wooden ramps, they will need to be carefully maintained in order to ensure your safety when using them.

#12 Shed Window Ideas

Looking Out on Creation


See more shed window ideas here

Windows come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. Some are fixed (meaning they can't be opened) while others are movable (allowing you to open them).

The choice is yours, be aware any windows you add to your shed should be placed such that they provide plenty of light in all the right places.

Not only can well-placed windows give you plenty of light, you can use windows as a quick way to ventilate your shed and keep it cooler in the summer. Just be sure if you install movable windows that they can be properly secured.

#13 Unique Shed Designs

Why Follow the Crowd?


Instead of going for that out of the box look like your neighbors, why not try something different?

Why not use an old phone booth for simple tool storage or perhaps pick up an old military Quonset hut and repurpose it?

You might be surprised at how many different items can be easily turned into a convenient storage shed for use in your backyard.

#14 Simple Shed Designs

Simple is Often the Better Choice


Not everything you build, including your garden shed has to be complicated.

Unless you are a skilled builder or have at least a fair amount of experience in construction, you may not want to attempt building a complicated shed from a kit or set of plans.

There are a number of simple shed designs that even a beginner can build for themselves with a minimum of skills and tools.

Even a simple shed can be used to store garden tools, store your lawn mower, ATV, bicycles, or even a motorcycle as long as you make it secure.

#15 Potting Shed Designs

Plant a Shed in Your Backyard

Creating a potting shed in your backyard is a great way to get a jump start on your spring planting. However, you can't just take any garden shed and call it a potting shed.

A good potting shed needs to have plenty of windows to provide the natural lighting your seeds and plants need to get off to a good start. You may also want to consider adding some form of heat and full spectrum lighting, especially if you live in an area where spring tends to be cold.

A wood shed might be your best choice here as you can always add more windows to the basic design and use the studs to mount shelves for your plants and seed starters.

#16 Designer Sheds Ideas

Louis Vuitton Has Nothing on These Sheds

Bristol Solid Build Wood Shed

No one says your garden shed has to be plain and ordinary. Why not create your very own designer shed?

These sheds are mostly modern styles, along with straight lines and sharp corners… with all the modern conveniences. So why not have it your way, make your shed something completely unique.

#17 Pool Shed Ideas

Keeping Things Cool and Dry


There is nothing better than having your own swimming pool in your backyard. And if you’re looking for somewhere that is cool and dry to store your pool cleaning supplies and chemicals, then here are some great pool shed ideas.

Your pool shed doesn't have to be very big, but if you have space, why not look for pool shed design ideas that include enough space for a changing room?

#18 Tool Storage Shed Ideas

A Place for Everything and Everything in its Place

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See more tool shed ideas and designs here

Whether you have a few garden tools you need a safe place for or a ton of hobby tools, why not build a shed just for them.

Tool storage sheds don’t need to be fancy, but they do need to be secure. No matter what type of shed you choose for your tools, be sure it can be locked securely, including any windows or skylights it has.

Add in a workbench or two, some good electric lighting and your tool storage shed suddenly becomes your “man or woman cave” where you can work on your favorite projects and get away from it all for a while.

#19 Small Shed Ideas

Whoever Said Bigger is Better?


Just because your backyard is small and has limited open space to work with, doesn’t mean you can’t have a shed.

There are many different small shed ideas for you to choose from. Some are freestanding while others are more of a lean-to style that can be placed against the wall of your house or garage.

Even a small shed can give you enough room to store a couple of bikes, a few garden tools, or the kids’ outdoor toys while not taking up vast amounts of space in your yard.

#20 Shed Color Ideas

Taste the Rainbow


While natural wood might look great when its new and some love the way it ages, it can also be pretty plain and boring.

If you really want to spruce up your backyard, head out to your local paint supply store and take a good look at the rainbow of colors available to paint your shed.

Bold and bright colors are a great way to make your shed look amazing and cheerful. You can even paint a mural on the outside if you really want to get carried away, let your shed be your canvas and see what happens.

#21 Shed Floor Ideas

Nothing Beats a Firm Foundation


When you build your shed, you should pay a lot of attention to what is going to be under your feet.

The easy way out is to go with a dirt or gravel floor, but this is far from the most practical. Alternatives to this include pouring a concrete slab, laying cement pavers, building a wood floor, or if you are buying a plastic shed, you will find most of them come with a plastic floor.

No matter what type of floor you decide to go with, just be sure it is strong enough to support any weight you might be placing on it. You should also be sure to seal it against water and any other chemicals that might get spilled on it.

#22 Shed Ideas Inside

It’s Bigger on the Inside


Building a shed in your backyard is only the beginning. Once it is finished you have four walls and a roof, now it’s time to turn all of this space into something useful.

Why not build a workbench or two so that you can work on projects? If you are planning to store ATVs or a motorcycle, you may want to add an anchor point to the floor that lets you lock your bike in place.

Plenty of pegboard, hooks, racks, and bins will give you lots of room for storing tools. Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is that no matter what you plan to use your new shed for, you need to keep the clutter under control.

#23 Garden Shed Office Ideas

On Office with a View

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If you count yourself among the lucky few who work from home, why not create the perfect office getaway.

For years people have been taking over the spare bedroom, the garage, the attic, the basement, or just a convenient corner of the house and turning it into office space.

Why not build a nice garden shed office instead? You can go all out, insulate the walls, add a nice big picture window, heat, air conditioning, all of the creature comforts needed to make your shed into the perfect office.

The best part is that since your office will now be out in the backyard, the rest of your family is less likely to bug you while you’re working.

It’s Your Shed, Have It Your Way

The most important thing I have learned in my search through all of the various shed design ideas is that there is no one singular shed design that is perfect for everyone or every need. I hope that these ideas and suggestions will help guide you towards buying or better yet building the perfect shed to fit in with your needs and your backyard.

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HAVE YOU BEEN thinking about building a shed in your backyard but are a little stuck on design ideas?

I know just how hard it can be to come up with the perfect shed for your next backyard project.

There are so many different plans available, it can be a bit confusing.

To help you make the right choice, I have pulled together 31 photos of some very cool shed ideas to help you make the right choice whether you are looking for a workshop, a place to keep your firewood dry, or simply a clean dry storage space for your junk.

1. The Public Bike Locker

Great Open Air Storage for More Than Bikes

While this simple open air shed was originally built to provide secure out of the rain bike storage, there is no reason you can't adapt it to store firewood, hay, or anything else you need to keep relatively dry.

The flat roof and multi-post design can handle heavy snow loads, while the open-air design offers plenty of ventilation.

2. The 100% Organic Shed

Just Like Mother Nature Intended

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This one looks a lot like the grass huts used in Africa or in medieval times. The sloping thatched roof is completely waterproof and the open air sides make it an ideal place to store firewood while it seasons.

You can source all of your materials locally, making the 100% organic design very affordable. These sheds are actually very easy to build.

3. Sheds That Blend In

No One Ever Said Your Shed had to be Visible


If you are looking for a "stealth" shed, one that tends to blend into your backyard design rather than stand out like a sore thumb, it's not that hard to fit your shed into its surroundings.

If you are lucky enough to have a small hill in your backyard, you can butt the shed up against it and then cover it in vines such as honeysuckle and then surround it with shrubs. In a year or two, no one will hardly be able to tell it exists.

4. Thatched Roof Shed

Once Again Proving Mother Nature Provides

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Thatch has been in use as a waterproof roofing material for centuries.

If you want a shed that will keep everything dry but is fully biodegradable and eco-friendly, consider building an all-wood shed like this little beauty and then adding a thatch roof to it.

You might be surprised not only at how affordable this type of shed is but also at how great it will look in your backyard.

5. A 360 Degrees Around Shed

No One Said Your Shed had to be Square or Rectangular 

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Sheds seem to come in all shapes and sizes, yet the vast majority seem to be either square or rectangular in shape. Why not go for something completely different and build a round shed.

You can store just about anything in a round shed, in fact, you may find somethings are easier to store in one. On top of which your neighbors will get a good chuckle out of your choice.

6. The Rustic Style Shed

Old School Looks New School Security


If you are lucky enough to have trees on your property that need to be cleared, you have the perfect material for this type of shed.

You can use whole or split logs for the walls and then wooden shingles for the roof, giving your shed a completely rustic look while saving money making use of materials that might otherwise have gone either into the woodstove or the scrap pile.

7. The Upside Down Boat

Ahoy There Matey!

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Have you ever seen how many boats end up in the scrapyard when they are no longer functional? This particular shed takes a boat hull and turns it upside down.

Talk about a well-sealed watertight roof. All you have to do is add a door to the transom (rear end of the hull) and any windows you might need. What a great way to repurpose a scrapped out boat.

8. The Drive-In

Cruise On In

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More like a standalone garage than a shed, when you add a garage style door and ramp to your garden shed you can create the perfect drive in shed.

This one has more than enough room for your riding lawn mower, bicycles, motorcycle and more. The solid design features plenty of windows on one wall for when you need to work in your shed and a standard roll-up garage door for added security.

9. The Modern Shed

Easy to Build Design 

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In all reality, a shed doesn't need to be fancy. This modern design features a single slope roof that slopes away from the front door and solid timber siding for added security.

You can add a sliding door with a padlock for added security or a man-door if all you are doing is storing your garden tools inside. This type of shed can be placed anywhere and completed in a weekend.

10. The Straw Shed

More Than the Cowardly Lion, it Makes a Great Shed Wall

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While you may not have seen many buildings or sheds made with straw walls here in the U.S., you might be surprised at how many other countries find straw to be the perfect building material.

Formed into bales or blocks, straw is not only weatherproof, it is capable of providing a lot of insulation. With a tin or thatch roof, your straw shed can be used for firewood, garden tool storage, and many other things while costing you very little.

11. The Large Thatch Roof

Once Again Natural Materials are Used for the Win

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If you haven't noticed a trend yet, then let me explain. Thatch is a natural material and can be used in the construction of just about any kind of shed.

This particular design incorporates a large roof and very short walls. It might look a little like it belongs on Gilligan's Island, but offers a great place to store firewood, hay, and many other items. The massive roof is sure to draw the admiration of anyone who sees it.

12. The Smurf Shed

This Shed is Small but Mighty

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Add a quaint touch to your backyard by creating a small shed made from a variety of materials. Consider using whatever you happen to have at hand for the walls, wood, bricks, logs, and then add a thatch roof.

Add a panel door and a window or two and you have the perfect place to get away from it all or store your favorite garden tools.

13. The Phone Booth

When Was The Last Time You Saw One of These?


Most of us can barely remember what a phone booth looks like, but if you look around long enough, you can still find them in junkyards across the country.

Not only were these a nice dry place to get out of the rain when you needed to make a call, they are also a great place to keep a small supply of firewood dry or your most commonly used garden tools out of the weather.

What a brilliant way to repurpose an old item into something very useful.

14. Tall Buildings

Multi-floor Storage Lets You Hang Onto More Stuff

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If a single story shed simply isn't going to give you enough room to store all of your junk, consider a multi-story unit.

In this picture is an old farm building with three levels, each of which has a loading door that was once serviced by a rope hoist. You could store your ATV, motorcycle, lawn mower or bikes on the ground floor, turn the second floor into a workshop, and the third floor into storage.

15. Choo-Choo Train Rolling Storage

Storage Shed to Go, This One is On Wheels

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Railroads have been using rolling sheds virtually forever. These sheds have wheels that let the railroad move them to where they are needed.

While your shed doesn't need to be quite this big, if you are not sure where you want to locate it or perhaps need it in different spots of your yard throughout the year, consider building it on wheels.

16. The Crayon Shed Pack

Like a Pack of Crayons,This Row of Sheds is Very Colorful

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So who ever said you had to stop at one shed? Why not build yourself and your family a row of small colorful sheds instead. This way everyone can have a shed of their own or you can have a shed of a different color for each type of storage you need.

Blue for the bike, green for garden tools, red for family bicycles, etc. They are sure to brighten up your backyard and neighborhood.

17. Create Your Own Room for Wine

Create Your Very Own Outdoor Wine Cellar

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While most wine cellars are located underground as this makes it much easier to maintain a steady temperature, no one says this is the only place to build one.

You can build a neat little wooden shed like this one that can do the same job. Remember to insulate the walls and roof well to stabilize the temperature.

Wine stores best in the dark so no windows are needed, instead, concentrate on finding a shady place for your shed and add in heat/air conditioning.

18. Inside Out

Bring the Outside World Inside

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When you have large pieces of equipment to store and work on, this open air plan may be just what you need.

By adding huge doors on both ends, you make it easy to get in and out of your shed with larger vehicles or equipment when they need to be worked on.

You can also build this shed without doors if you prefer for ease of access.

19. Mustard Yellow

Pitched Roof and Wild Colors Make a Great Garden Shed

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Your garden shed does not have to be boring, in fact, most cool sheds are bright and colorful. While this one is mustard yellow in color, you can choose a different cool color to make your shed a focal point in your garden.

Add in a window or two and a single door with window to create a garden workshop for your favorite projects or to create a pool house.

20. Best Friends

Why Have One Shed When Two is a Better Deal


So you started out with a single shed thinking it would give you all the storage space you need and soon found out it wasn't enough. Instead of going out and building one much bigger shed, why not build a second similar size shed?

You can build them beside each other or across from each other. You could even create a covered porch or walkway to join them together. The possibilities are as endless as the pile of junk you need to store.

21. Toys

You Can Never Have Enough Sheds

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If your family is like mine, you can never have enough outdoor storage space. Providing your local codes allow for it and your neighbors aren't likely to complain, you could potentially build a shed for each member of your family.

You could also build a number of these little sheds to accommodate different needs such as storage, art studios, and workshops.

22. The Forest Chapel

Bringing the Spirit of Life to Your Backyard


Made to look like a miniature forest chapel, complete with mini-bell tower, this amazing looking shed will look good in any backyard under the trees.

It offers more than just good looks, the steeply pitched roof and all wood construction offer you a shed that can stand up to heavy winter snows and keep everything safe and sound. You could even add a weathervane to the bell tower for fun and authenticity.

23. The Piece of Cake

Looks Like a Frosted Piece of Cake But is Super Strong


If you are like me, you want your shed to be a little different from the run of the mill shed everyone else in your neighborhood already has in their back yard.

This little beauty has strong brick walls and a flat roof. You can build it from adobe bricks or cinder blocks depending on where you live.

Not only is this design perfect for storing your valuables, but hiding under the cake-like paint is the perfect storm shelter for you and your family.

24. Picture Frame

Why Not Create a Personalized Shed


Just because your shed has four walls doesn't mean they should be blank. If you look at some of the cool sheds in these pictures, you will find the coolest ones are hand decorated.

No matter what size or shape your shed happens to be, at least 2 or 3 of the walls offer you a great canvas to work on personalizing your shed. Add a single mural or a series of paintings to completely personalize your shed.

25. The White Christmas

Strong Enough for a Sleigh to Land On


If you live in an area where it tends to snow a lot, you need a garden shed that can stand up to the snow load. This means having a steeply pitched roof designed to help the snow slide off and plenty of roof trusses to support the weight.

If you are not sure about how to adjust for snow load, you may want to talk to a local contractor or two as they can help you determine how strong your shed roof needs to be.

26. One Man's Trash

Is Another Man's Treasure


If you are like most guys, and I am, you probably have a ton of "junk" your wife doesn't want in the house or garage. Why not throw up a small, secure shed like this one just for you.

Create your own storage unit, workshop, man cave, or better yet a combination of all three. Park it next to or behind the garage and cover it with "antique" signage for effect. Just be sure to add a good lock on both sides of the door.

27. The Guest Shed

Perfect for Your Mother-In-Law


The last time you had family come to visit, they turned the living room into a bedroom and interrupted your entire world. Why not build a tiny house out in the backyard just for them?

This cute little shed offers room for a bed, a table and chairs, and a few other amenities and makes the perfect place for your mother-in-law or any other guest to stay for a few days at a time. It even features a porch to sit out on in the evenings where your guests won't be underfoot all the time.

28. The Combination Shed

Sticks and Stones Do More than Break Bones


One of the least expensive ways to build cool sheds is to make use of the many materials you probably already have on your property.

Instead of creating an annoying rock pile while clearing your property or digging in those gardens, use the rocks, some cement, and logs to create a garden shed that is not only cool to look at, but will provide you with years of secure storage.

29. The Picnic Shed

The Perfect Hideaway in Your Back Yard


Add a deck to your shed and create the perfect place for your next family staycation. You can store all of your outdoor furniture, your grill, and many other items inside this roomy shed and then bring them out when needed.

Add in a few amenities and you have the perfect place to hang out when you need to get away from it all and can't afford to leave home.

30. The Family House

It's Bigger on the Inside


Be sure to check your local codes first but then you can build a shed that doubles as a tiny house complete with most, if not all, of the amenities and gives your family a comfortable place to stay when they visit.

Just be sure to put a time limit on their stay or you might never get rid of them. Tiny houses are all the rage and make a great place to stay while you build your house or as the perfect getaway when you need a break. See this shed builders website here

31. Playhouse

Not Just for the Kids


Most kids love to play house, especially when they are young. This little shed looks just like a house and may spend the first few years of its life keeping your kids entertained.

Once the kids have outgrown it, you can turn the playhouse into one of the coolest sheds in your neighborhood by adding a lock to the door. What a unique to repurpose the playhouse and save yourself from having to build another shed.

Just a Sample of the Cool Sheds I Have Seen

This is just a sampling of the dozens of totally cool sheds I have come across in my search for the perfect shed for my backyard.

There are many others, all you have to do is drive around your neighborhood, visit another town or state, and keep your eyes open. You never know when you might see a shed that looks great and is just what you need.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at the pictures of these very cool sheds as much as I have enjoyed collecting them and that they have inspired you to go the extra mile in creating the perfect shed for your backyard.

Other Thought Provoking Shed Ideas

Have you ever thought of:

  • Using an old shipping container as your shed?
  • Building your shed with brick and stone instead of wood?
  • Roofing your shed with clear perspex to let more light in?
  • Building your shed in an hexagon or round shape instead of a square?
  • Painting your shed with bright mix colors?
  • Building your shed like a dollhouse?
  • Building your shed with wheels?
  • Building your shed like a Lego house?

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