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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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• 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:

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• 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.

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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

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• 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

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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.

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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

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• 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.

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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.

If you liked what I have put together for you here, please let me know.

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

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

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The old pinboard/shadowboard is a great start, but these ideas take tool organisation one step further...

NOTE: Looking for ideas to store and organize your garden tools? We have a dedicated page for that here

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

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

1. PVC Pipe Long-Handled Tool Racks

Simple, cheap, and effective long handle tool storage

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Image courtesy of Pinterest

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

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

2. PVC Pipe Extension Cord Holders

Great for cords, ropes, chains, and hoses

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Image courtesy Pinterest

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

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

3. PVC Pipe Tool Hangers

Continuing on with the PVC pipe movement

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Image courtesy of DIY & Crafts

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

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

4. Overhead Storage Bins

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

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

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

5. From Shoes to Glove and Small Tools

Take a simple hanging shoe holder and get creative

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

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

6. Pie Pan Saw Blade Holders

Take a slice out of the pie pans for your blades

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Image courtesy of Pinterest

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

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

7. Give Those Old Jars a New Lease on Life

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

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

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

8. Magnetic Tool Holders

Stick your tools to any convenient spot in the shed

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Image courtesy of Makezine.Com

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

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

9. Easy Up Hammer Rack

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

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Image courtesy of Pinterest

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

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

10. Milk Jug Storage Bins

Milk (or milk jugs) does a shed good

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Image courtesy of Makezine.Com

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

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

11. Pegboard for Literally Anything

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

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Image courtesy of Makezine.Com

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

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

12. Tie Rack Wrench Holder

Simplified wrench storage at its best

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Image courtesy by IDI Design 

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

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

13. Back to the PVC Pipe One More Time

A place for everything and everything in its place

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Image courtesy of The Family Handy MAn

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

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

14. Simple Plier Storage

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

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Image courtesy of Pinterest

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

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

15. Use Every Inch of Space Effectively

The space between the wall studs should never be wasted

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Image courtesy of Pinterest

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

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

Down to the Last Nut and Bolt

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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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.

I hope you have enjoyed reading these suggestions for great shed ideas as much as I have enjoyed putting them together for you!

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22 Wood Shed Designs & Ideas You Can Build Yourself

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WE HAVE BEEN building structures from wood since time in memorial.

If you are looking for an affordable way to build your own shed, wood makes the perfect material to use.

Do you need somewhere to store your firewood? How about a secure place for your motorcycle, family bikes, garden tools, or maybe an art studio or she shed?

Here are some great quality, solid shed designs and ideas to help you sort out the one that is a perfect fit for your needs and your backyard. I hope you enjoy the images and get some really cool ideas from them.

1. The Farm Storage Shed

A Miniature Log House in Your Yard

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From storing garden tools to a cool place to hang out in the heat of summer, nothing beats a good old fashioned log-built shed.

As long as you use mud to chink the gaps between the logs and put a roof with a steep pitch on top, you have a shed that is cool in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Easy to build and made to last forever.

2. The Mini House Storage

Looks Just like Your House Only Smaller

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Why not create a miniature version of your house for your backyard? The design of your house must have appealed to you when you purchased it so take that and shrink it to fit.

You can use this wood shed design for storage, as a garden shed, a studio, or just about anything that comes to mind. Better yet, your neighbors are sure to love it.

3. Clean and Simple

A No Stress Approach to Shed Building

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Sometimes it is the simple things in life that please us the most. This simple open style shed has no glass in the windows and no door to lock the world out.

It makes a great place for you or the kids to hide away from the world and read your favorite books. It also doubles as a convenient place for your lawn mower or garden tools.

4. The Artwork Shed

An All-New Approach to Showcasing Your Artwork

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Rather than creating art on a canvas that only a few people are ever likely to see, why not add a mural or large painting to one end of your shed.

What a great way to personalize your wood shed and give the neighbors something to look at. If you get tired of your artwork, all you have to do is paint over it and start with a blank canvas.

5. The Big Wooden Shed

Super-Size Our Wooden Shed

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There are times when the typical small garden shed simply won't do. This monstrous big wooden shed is big enough to provide storage for everything you own and still leave enough room to create a workshop.

You can add shuttered windows, roof ventilation, and a garage size door to make the shed a multipurpose place for everything your family needs and more.

6. The Community Wooden Shed

Give Your Backyard an Old-World Look

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If you are lucky enough to live in an area with a rich history dating back a couple of hundred years, you have probably already seen wooden sheds like this in your community.

They are built from materials that are readily available and made to stand the test of time. Thatching the roof to make it watertight may take some time, but the results are well-worth the effort.

7. The Cute Old Shed

Simple Old World Charm

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When you live in an older home, why would you want a modern style shed that stands out like a sore thumb? 

Wood shed designs like this one with cedar shakes on the roof and on the walls offer plenty of weatherproofing and long life. But most importantly of all, this style of shed will look great in just about any backyard.

8. The Forest Log House

Add an Alpine Look to Your Backyard

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If you are lucky enough to live on property with lots of trees, you might consider building your shed to look like an old forest log house.

This one uses logs for the walls, split logs for the porch and doors, and cedar shakes for the roof to create a warm dry place to work or for storage. What a great way to build a garden shed that blends into your surroundings.

9. Mini House Shed

Seems Like Mini Houses are All the Rage

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No matter where you live or what you plan to use your shed for, nothing looks cuter than a shed built to look like a miniature house.

Wood siding and cedar shakes on the roof can give your shed a rustic charm that is hard to beat. More importantly, this type of shed is perfect for use as a workshop or art studio complete with a porch to relax on in the evening or heat of the day.

10. Relaxing Garden Shed

When You Need Somewhere to Get Away From It All

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While many people use their garden shed as nothing more than a place to store garden and lawn tools, the right shed design can be used to create a place to get away from it all and relax.

Providing you have plenty of room in your backyard, choose a shed design that incorporates room to store everything, and then has extra space to create a workshop, studio, or even a place to sit back and relax with your favorite book.

11. The Log Cabin

Rustic Charm and Solid Construction

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Once again making use of all that Mother Nature has to offer, starting with log walls.

In this particular shed design, the builder used split logs for the wall instead of whole logs such as are used in traditional log cabin construction.

You can cover the roof with tin, steel, or shingles to seal the weather out and count on the logs to provide plenty of insulation and protection from the elements.

12. Out in the Cold

Keep the Cold Outside Where it Belongs

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Your garden shed does not need to be fancy, it just has to be capable of keeping the cold, rain, and snow at bay. This simple wooden shed with a tin or shingle roof is more than capable of doing just that.

If you are going to do more than store a few garden tools inside, you might want to insulate the walls and build stronger doors.

13. Old Log Shed

Sometimes the Old Ways are the Best Ways

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Logs are always a great way to build a shed and are a tried and trusted construction method that has been in use for centuries.

This shed uses upright logs instead of horizontal logs for the walls, but the result is the same. Not only do you end up with a completely weatherproof shed, but one that looks really cool and will only improve with time.

14. The Old Wooden Shed

Once Again Old and Eclectic Win the Race

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Wood is the perfect material to build your next garden shed from. Not only is wood easy to work with, but it ages beautifully.

If you really want your shed to stand out from the crowd yet blend into your garden landscape use a wide range of different types of wood, sheet, boards, logs, branches, and anything else you can lay your hands on. Just be sure the finished product is weatherproof and will protect anything you put inside of your shed.

15. The Rice Field Shed

Not Just for Rice Paddies

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While this simple wooden shed is more likely to be found amongst the rice paddies in Asia, you can build it almost anywhere. Simple wood construction with shakes on the roof make this a quick build.

The overhanging roof was meant to give workers a place to bag the rice out of the rain, but will give you a place to sit out of the sun when you need a rest from working in your garden.

16. The Slanted Roof Shed

Why Build Two Roofs When One Will Do?

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Just because it might seem like most shed designs feature a peaked roof with two slopes doesn't make this the only design. As you can see here, it is quite possible to build your shed with a single slope roof.

If you put the peak of the roof high enough, it should give you more than enough space to add in a very usable loft for extra storage.

17. The Painted Shed

Clapboard Siding and Plenty of Your Favorite Color Paints

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Not everyone builds a shed in their backyard as nothing more than a place to store garden tools, lawn mowers, and bicycles. Some build a shed as an art studio or workshop space away from the main house.

If you are building your shed for this type of use, consider crafting a shed like this one with durable clapboard siding that can be painted to match or complement your house.

Your neighbors are sure to appreciate the great looking shed that adds to the value of their homes as well as yours.

18. The Nature Log Cabin

Straight Out of the Woods

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Here again, we see a shed that has been built with readily available materials that can be brought straight out of the woods.

The solid log construction will help this shed stay standing for generations to come. They also add a ton on natural insulation and in time your shed will simply biodegrade and return to the land from whence it came. In the meantime, enjoy a shed built from the bounty of Mother Nature.

19. Rock and Wood Combi

Rocks and Twigs Can a Shed Build

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Mother nature has much to offer when it comes to shed designs such as this one.

Build the lower half of the walls from rocks, you can interlock them or cement them in place. Then add log upper walls and a tin or shingle slanted roof for maximum protection from the elements.

A good shed like this will last for decades with minimal maintenance and keep everything dry inside.

20. Small Wooden Shed

Great Things Come in Small Packages

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Your next garden shed doesn't have to be big to be useful. In reality, any shed design you choose simply needs to be big enough to get the job done.

This simple wood shed is big enough to store garden tools or create a nice little potting shed for starting your spring plants in.

The simple wood and tin roof structure is inexpensive to build yet highly functional.

21. Closed in Veranda

Extra protection from the elements

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Want some protection from the elements while still being able to enjoy the outdoors. While this shed has seen better days, the window openings in the closed in veranda give you a good idea of what this shed looked like in its hey day.

This is a good option for those who work in their sheds, to give a little more protection from the elements. You could also paint it yellow... just in case you need it to stand out at night.

22. Dug Out Shed

Caveman Style Sheds Are All the Rage

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If your property has any kind of small hill on it, you have the perfect place for a dug out shed. Simply dig out a section of the hill to match the size of shed you are looking to build, then add in the walls, roof, and door.

The hill will provide shelter from the wind and weather, it will also help to maintain a more constant temperature in your shed.

Just a Few Really Cool Shed Designs

These are just a few of the dozens of really cool shed designs I came across in my search for the perfect garden shed. Each has its uses and many of them are made from nothing more than readily available materials courtesy of Mother Nature. All will provide you with a dry place to store just about anything, some are big enough to create a studio or workshop in.

I hope you have enjoyed these cool shed designs I found for you as much as I have enjoyed collecting them and that they have inspired you to go out and create your own amazing and unique shed.

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The Best Shed Storage Ideas and Designs for More Space

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REMEMBER THE LAST time you looked around your garden shed and wondered how in the heck you were supposed to find anything in that mess?

Yeah, I reckon you know this one only too well, same for me.

One day I simply closed the door and walked away.

No way I was dealing with that mess anymore, so instead I started looking at my options with regard to shed storage ideas and designs to help me get rid of the clutter. Here is what I found, hope these ideas help you as much as they did me!

1. Ceiling Mount Shelf

Overhead Storage Made Easy

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HYLOFT Pro ceiling Mount Shelf

What better way to store things you only need every once in a while, than putting them up and out of the way?

This ceiling mount shelf can hold up to 300 pounds when properly mounted and can be adjusted from 31 to 41 inches in height. The design will fit the distance between most joists and can be used on both vaulted and flat ceilings.

2. Collapsible Storage Rack with Wheels

Storage When and Where You Need It

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ORIGAMI Storage Rack with Wheels

There may be times, like Christmas, when you need temporary storage for a large number of items. This handy collapsible storage rack opens and folds up in seconds, but can hold up to 250 with the wheels installed.

Folds ultra-flat when not needed so you can store it out of the way.

3. Garage Organizer

8 Feet of Pure Garden Tool Storage

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If you are like me, you have probably been storing most of your garden tools by leaning them against a convenient spot on the wall. This of course leads to them falling down and creating a huge mess.

With this 8-foot-long garden tool organizer, you can hang your tools in one convenient spot and clean up the mess once and for all.

4. Wall Mount Storage System

Hang Just About Anything You Can Imagine

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TRITON Wall Mount Storage

Whether you are trying to organize your tools, find places for smaller items, need a shelf for bigger items, this wall mount storage system can hold up to 750 pounds of your gear when mounted to the studs in your wall.

Comes with a host of straps, hooks, tool keepers, and more and is guaranteed to help clean up the clutter in your garden shed.

5. Deep Ceiling Mount Shelving System

Nothing Could Be Easier

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As long as you have space on your ceiling, why not make good use of it? This deep ceiling mount shelving system uses eyebolts that can be screwed into your ceiling joists or boards mounted to your ceiling into which shelving hangers are inserted.

You determine how many shelves and how deep they are by which hangers you choose.

6. Adjustable Wire Shelving

Super High Capacity Chrome Steel Storage for Your Shed

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SANDUSKY Heavy Duty Adjustable Wire Shelving

Do you have lots of heavy tools and boxes in your shed and need somewhere safe to store them?

This set of four shelves can hold up to 2400 pounds, which is 600 pounds per shelf. They measure 72 inches wide, which should be enough to store just about anything in your shed and more.

Shelf height can be adjusted in 1-inch increments for even more flexibility.

7. Deluxe Tool Tower Rack

Take Back the Corner of Your Shed

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RUBBERMAID Tool Tower Rack

Yeah, you know the one where all of your garden tools are piled on top of each other. This tower tool rack offers places to store up to 40 different tools and is on wheels!

What a great way to store your garden tools, it even has a special place for your weed trimmer complete with a cord holder.

You can use this to increase the amount of storage space in your shed by quite a lot and save yourself time looking for the right tool.

8. Expandable Garage Shelves

Because You Can Never Have Enough Shelf Space

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EZ SHELF Expandable Garage Shelf

Have you ever noticed that you never seem to have enough shelf space in your shed? I did and then I found these amazing expandable shelves.

You get three sections of shelf that can be used to create a one or more shelves ranging from 45 inches to 72 inches long. The best part is that they only take a few minutes to install.

9. Cord Organizer

When You Have Too Many Extension Cords

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GORILLA GRIP Bungee Cord garage Organizer

What are you supposed to do with what seems like a mile or two of extension cords slithering all over the floor of your shed.

This nifty bungee cord organizer is the perfect solution as it can hold up to 50 pounds of cords, hoses, tools or virtually anything you can hang with the enclosed bungee cords.

Can be used inside your shed or on the outside wall for garden hoses.

10. Wall Control Galvanized Steel Organizer

Take Control of Your Shed Wall

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WALL CONTROL Galvanized Steel Tool Organizer

This galvanized steel pegboard not only looks cooler than standard pegboard, but it can handle a lot more weight. Slots and holes design lets you use a range of pegs, hooks, brackets, and shelves to create your own unique shed storage system.

 It also comes with a selection of hooks and brackets to help you get started.

11. Stack-On 12 Bin Organizer

The Perfect Place for the Nuts in Your Shed

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STACK-ON 12 Bin Organizer

Storing small items like nuts, bolts, screws, connectors, and more typically involves using things like jars, tubs, bowls, and just about anything you can get your hands on.

This handy 12 bin organizer has lids on each of the bins and can be stood upright, laid on its back, or hung from a wall and gives you huge amounts of storage for the nuts in your shed.

12. Heavy Duty Storage Cabinet

Stainless Steel Security When You Need It

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SEVILLE CLASSICS Heavy Duty Storage Cabinet

This is literally a portable locking storage cabinet you can use in your shed or garage to securely store just about anything.

At 72 inches tall, you can adjust the shelves to fit your most expensive tools, flammable chemicals, or anything else you want to keep everyone else out of.

The cabinet is fitted with locking casters that let you move it into location and then lock it in place.

13. Storage Rack with Adjustable Shelves

Simple Yet Highly Effective Storage

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EDSAL Black Steel Storage Rack

The last thing you want in your shed is expensive and complicated storage. Nothing could be easier to put together than this simple storage rack with adjustable shelves.

The frame is all steel for extra strength, and the particle board shelves use double riveted beams and braces for add weight capacity. Assembling the shelves does not require any tools and should only take you a few minutes once you get the parts out of the box.

14. Store More Standard Storage

When Your Shed Doubles as a Craft Room

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PROVEN SOLUTIONS System Standard Storage

Not everyone uses their garden shed to store tools, many, like my wife, use theirs as part art studio and part craft room.

The Store-More System offers a wealth of different sized bins that can be stacked in a honeycomb pattern that is designed to let you get the one bin you need without having to take the others down.

You get a total of 30 bins, 6 extra-large, and 12 each of the following, large and medium. The bins are made from clear plastic so you can always see what's in them.

15 Weathertight Storage Box

Keep Mother Nature at Bay

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IRIS USA, INC. 46 Quart Weathertight Storage Box

No matter how dry your shed is humidity can still be a problem or maybe you need to use the area under the porch for added storage.

These storage boxes measure 11"H by 16"W by 19.7"L giving you plenty of clean dry storage space that uses weathertight seals to keep Mother Nature at bay and everything inside nice and dry.

16. CD Cabinet

Not So Old School

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CD RACKS Media Furniture Solid Oak CD Cabinet

Sure all of the kids store their music digitally, but some of us still have huge collections of CDs we use to keep ourselves entertained out in the shed where no one else can see.

This CD cabinet has space for 376 CDs in their cases. Not bad, in fact this is a lot of room, it only took three of them to have enough space for my CD collection. But at least I will never get bored "working" out in the shed.

17. Collapsible Storage Container

Storage When You Need It, Out of Sight When You Don't

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CLEVERMADE Collapsible Storage Bin         

If you are like me there are times when you seem to have a bigger need for storage than others. For me it is in the spring for seeds and bulbs, in the winter it is a place to hide Christmas gifts.

These collapsible crates fold flat and are only 2.8" thick, yet when opened up can hold up to 46 liters of your gear. Interlocking nesting lets you stack several together to create a storage center. Crates can handle up to 88 pounds.

18. Tool Tamer Organizer

Storage On the Go

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TOOL TAMER Garage Organizer

The Tool Tamer offers fully portable storage that is designed to be hung on the wall.

The organizer features a number of storage pockets of varying sizes to accommodate a number of tools and miscellaneous items.

Best of all, you can take it off the wall roll it up and take everything with you and hang it back up when you are done.

19. Easy Organizer

Have a Barrel of Fun

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This simple cardboard barrel can be found at many businesses who deal in bulk items like nuts and bolts, flour, sugar, and many others. It offers perfect storage for long-handled tools like rakes brooms, and shovels.

If something happens to it, you are not out much money and it can be easily replaced with another one just like it.

20. Tube Organizer

Totally Tubular

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You don't have to spend a lot of money to create useable storage in your shed. Here we see a series of metal tubes welded to steel plates so that they stand upright.

This makes the perfect storage for long-handled tools like mops, brooms, and rakes. Low-cost and easily portable, you can find room for several of these in your shed.

21. Cling It

Getting Simpler All the Time

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Simple is sometimes the best solution when it comes to shed storage. Why not take a slice of your firewood, drill few holes in it, add pegs, and then hang it on the wall?

Drill holes in your long-handled tool handles, add a loop of string and then hang them from the pegs. Practically free storage except for a little of your time.

22. Keep It Hanging

Going with the Simple Theme

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All you need is wood, dah da da dah, ok so bad play on a Beatles tune, but truly all you need for tool storage in your shed is a little wood.

This simple storage has a 2 x 4 frame with more 2 x 4s used to create the slots to hang your tools in. Total construction time a couple of hours, total tool storage time practically forever.

23. Wall Organizer

More Wood

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This tool storage unit is made from a single piece of 2 x 6 with slots cut into it for things like brooms, rakes, etc. Then add a couple of block to supports like these and nail the crosspiece in place.

You can make this storage rack from any scrap lumber you happen to have laying around, in fact, you should plan to put several of these up in your shed.

24. Tool Rack

And Even More Wood

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This tool rack is a little fancier and better suited to shorter tools like garden forks, shovels, spades, weed trimmers and the like.

The simple frame can be built from scrap 2 x 4s and made to fit just about any space you have to work with. Add pegs between the bigger tool slots for even more storage.

25. Stock It Well

And Finally yet Even More Wood

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Wood is the ultimate tool in your inventory to use in creating a wide range garden storage designs and ideas. You can drill it, cut slots in it, add nails and screws to it, basically use it for any type of storage you can imagine in your shed.

You are only limited by your imagination and your needs.

How "Wood" You Create the Ultimate Shed Storage

Creating storage inside of your shed and outside for that matter is not just a matter of going to the store and buying a variety of storage units such as those above.

If you are like me, you need a range of different types of storage for an even bigger range of gear. I ended up buying some of my shed storage and making the rest to get what I needed.

Hopefully everything depicted here has given you some great shed storage designs and ideas to work from.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at the pictures of these amazing garden shed storage designs and ideas as much as I have enjoyed collecting them and that they have inspired you to go the extra mile in creating the ideal storage for your shed.

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31 Cool Shed Ideas to Stimulate Your Senses

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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34 Clever Firewood Shed Designs & Ideas

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These 34 ideas will keep your firewood dry and organized...

WET FIREWOOD IS virtually impossible to burn and if you are like me, you have very limited space in the house to let your firewood dry.

Do you have somewhere outside to keep your firewood dry enough to burn?

Is your firewood stack more of a messy pile out in the backyard?

If so these great firewood shed designs can help you create a handy dry place to store your firewood. Not only will the wood burn better, but your yard will look much nicer.

#1 Create a Size Based Storage Shed

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When creating your firewood shed, consider a design that lets you sort your firewood according to size and shape.

One side can be for smaller pieces of kindling and Firestarter wood, while the other is for the bigger stuff that burns for hours.

Make sure there is plenty of room for both to stay out of the rain and snow.

#2 Use Your Vacant Space

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By extending the roof of a roadside shed or barn, you can create a covered area that is perfect for storing firewood.

The covered design will keep the rains at bay, while the overall open plan helps the wood to season in time for winter.

Being next to the road makes getting to your firewood nice and easy.

#3 Build an Airy Backyard Firewood Shed

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Since you probably split your firewood in your backyard, why not build a simple backyard firewood shed from scrap materials such as pallets and old lumber.

This open-air design lets fresh air flow through your firewood while the roof keeps it dry. The best part is using scrap materials helps keep your costs down.

#4 Store Your Firewood Right Outside the Door

No one wants to hike across the yard in the snow or rain for firewood. Why not consider building a lean-to style firewood shed right outside the back door to store several days' worth of firewood where it is easy to get to.

You can store a range of sizes from kindling to logs while keeping it dry and ready to burn.

#5 The Big House Firewood Shed

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When you live in an area where it stays cold and snowy for months, you need somewhere to store a lot of firewood.

What you need is a Big House Firewood shed, this one looks more like an open air barn and has room for tons of firewood to help see you through the worst of winters.

#6 The Big Hut Firewood Shed

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Similar to the Big House, the Big Hut features open air walls and a thatched roof, making it very affordable.

Despite the open design and thatched roof, this shed can be made big enough to store several cords of wood and keep it all perfectly dry.

#7 Keep It Classy

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No one ever said you shouldn’t keep your firewood stacked neat and tidy. No matter what type of firewood shed you build, the best way to let your firewood season and be ready to access at any time is to keep it cut in even sized pieces that can be neatly stacked out of the weather.

#8 Open Air Sides Make for Great Drying

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With this classic firewood shed, you get plenty of open air storage space.

The tin roof will help keep the rain and snow at bay, while the slatted side design makes it easy for fresh air to circulate throughout the firewood you have stored.

Not only will this help keep it dry, but it will also help speed up the seasoning process.

#9 Making the Most Out of Open Spaces

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If you have a house, shed, or barn with an open space under it, you already have the perfect place to store your firewood.

Keeping a nice stockpile of seasoned and split firewood right where you need it eliminates the need to go out to the main firewood shed at night or when the weather is not so nice.

#10 Loft Houses Offer Extra Storage

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When your house sits on stilts above the ground, you don't have to go looking for a place to store your firewood. Simply use the massive amount of space hiding in plain sight under your home.

Depending on the size of your home, you should be able to stack several cords safely out of the weather and ready to use.

#11 When You Don’t Have a Firewood Shed Ready

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Just because you don't currently have a firewood shed or the one you do have is already full, doesn't mean your firewood can't be protected.

Once you have all of the cords neatly stacked, cover the top of the stack with tin roofing, a tarp, or sheets of wood, and then use a few logs to hold it all in place. This will help keep the bulk of your firewood dry and ready to move to the shed or to use.

#12 The Fabulous Forest Style Shed

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If you have ever wandered the Black Forest in Austria, you have probably seen a forest style firewood shed. This type of shed is more like a pole barn with a peaked roof.

The walls are then created using split firewood, creating a dry space inside that can be used to split and store even more firewood. The outer walls will keep everything inside dry.

#13 The Pole Barn Style Firewood Shed

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A pole barn with at least three covered walls and a good solid roof makes a great place to store your firewood.

When stacking your firewood, be sure to put the greenest wood at the back and stack moving forward to the oldest wood to ensure you get the most seasoned wood first.

This type of shed may also give you a nice dry place to split your firewood.

#14 Keep Your Firewood Chilled Out

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When the snow flies, having plenty of split firewood that is ready to burn on hand is vital. It might surprise you to know that freezing your firewood will help speed the seasoning process.

A good firewood shed with a tin roof to keep out the snow and open sides is perfect for those who live where winter temps routinely go below zero and there is plenty of snow.

#15 Use a Log House to House Your Logs

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Whether you have an old log house on your property or throw one together with a tin roof, it can be the perfect place to store your firewood out of the weather.

Not only will the tin roof keep the rain and snow out, but the log walls should be relatively weatherproof as well.

#16 Metal Sheds to Protect Your Firewood

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When you have an old metal shed or garage on your property, you have the perfect place to store firewood. Even an open faced metal shed will keep the majority of rain and snow at bay.

Try to keep your firewood stacked back from the opening as much as possible and use tarps to cover the openings when the weather gets really bad.

#17 When You Simply Need Firewood Storage

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When you need somewhere to store firewood and keep it dry, there is nothing wrong with improvising some form of storage shed.

The only thing you need to worry about is whether or not the structure you plan to use will keep your wood dry and if it has enough for all of the firewood you plan to buy or cut.

#18 Use that Old Barn or Garage

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When you have a huge pile of firewood to store and an old barn or garage sitting empty, you have a match made in firewood heaven.

You might be surprised at just how much firewood you can stockpile in an old barn or garage, even it has one or more open walls. These openings simply improve airflow and help your firewood to dry faster.

#19 Nothing Is Permanent

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One thing to consider is that your firewood shed does not have to be a permanent structure. You can throw together a temporary firewood shed using four corner posts and a tin roof.

This structure can help keep your firewood dry and then be easily moved or removed in the spring when you no longer need it.

#20 Let's Get Creative

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No one ever said you can't be creative when looking for your next firewood shed. You can use just about any structure that has room to store firewood in it.

In this particular image, we see an old phone booth being put to use, but you could use a large packing crate, a stall in your horse barn, or even a greenhouse that only gets used in spring and summer.

#21 Plenty of Airflow

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It simply can't be said enough, you need plenty of fresh air flowing through and around your woodpile if you want your firewood to season quickly and properly.

A simple pole barn with a sloped tin roof is the perfect place to store your winter heat supply. Stack the firewood neatly and with plenty of space to allow good airflow and you will be delighted with the results.

#22 Keep Your Firewood Out of the Snow

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When you live in an area where it snows hard and often, you can always add a lean-to structure onto the end of your barn or home that offers room for a couple of cords of wood or more.

These structures are easy and cheap to build, but can keep your firewood safe and dry, even in the harshest winter conditions.

#23 Small Sheds Make Big Firewood Storage Areas

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You know that old shed hanging out in your backyard that hasn't seen any use since who knows when?

No matter how big or small your shed is, it can be repurposed into becoming your next firewood shed. Remember

the more evenly split your firewood happens to be, the more you will be able to fit in your shed.

#24 Firewood Comes in All Sizes

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One thing you should have already noticed is that firewood comes in all sizes and shapes. With this in mind, your firewood storage shed or sheds need to be such that they can accommodate large quantities of the different sizes.

You may want more than one shed so that you can split your firewood into different sheds based on size.

#25 Traditional Firewood Storage

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You can, of course, store your firewood out in the open in stacks designed to allow for good airflow. Lean the stacks against the outside wall of your home in corners to help keep it from moving.

You can use the eaves to help keep the wood dry or cover it with tarps to help. This way your firewood will always be conveniently close at hand.

#26 Does Your Barn Have Eaves?

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If your barn is like most and has at least one side with an oversized eave, you already have a great place to store firewood.

In fact, chances are good that your parents, grandparents, or at least great grandparents stored many winters worth of firewood out beside the old barn under the eaves out of the weather.

#27 Build a Custom Firewood Shed

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If all else fails, you can always build your own firewood shed using one of the many available free firewood shed plans. This way you can build a shed that is just the right size to store enough firewood for an entire winter, keeping it dry and ready to burn when you need it.

#28 Solar Energy is the Way to Go

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While you may be heating your home with wood this winter, this doesn't mean you can't make the most out of your firewood storage shed.

Why not add as many solar panels to the roof as you can fit. Not only does this give you plenty of room for firewood, but the power generated can significantly reduce your monthly utility bill.

#29 One Size Fits All

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No matter what size or style of firewood shed you decide to build, keep in mind that your firewood needs to be cut into different sizes.

Smaller stuff for kindling and getting the fire going, bigger stuff to burn once there is a good bed of coals going. You might even consider multiple sheds, one for each size of wood.

#30 Old Outbuildings

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Old disused outbuildings that typically sit cold and empty all-year-round are the perfect place to keep your firewood.

Why let a perfectly good structure sit and go to waste when you can fill it with freshly split firewood you are going to need when the snow flies?

#31 When You Have Tons of Firewood

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If you have lots of firewood to store, you may need to invest in an extra-large firewood storage shed or use a large section of your barn for storage space.

Just remember it is better to keep your cords stacked relatively low and spread out as this is not only safer for you, but also allows for better airflow and ventilation.

#32 Extended Firewood Storage

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That old shop in your back yard with the extended roof you have been using to store the lawn tractor under can be used as the perfect place to stack your firewood.

Why not build a nice new garden shed for the mower, and make good use of the space under the extended shed roof instead? You might be surprised at how much firewood you can store here.

#33 A Room with A View

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When the eaves of your house stick out a couple of feet from the wall, you have an ideal spot to stack a few days' worth of firewood.

If you are lucky enough to have lintel posts, you can use them like bookends to stack your firewood between, helping to keep it from rolling away.

The eave will help keep the weather at bay.

#34 More Firewood Than You Can Burn

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If you are stockpiling firewood and have nowhere to stack it out of the weather, why not use more logs to protect the bulk of your firewood.

Stack your firewood in such a way as to create a slope from front to back and then use long logs to form a quasi-roof that will help keep the rain and snow off of it. As you burn the wood, you can cut the logs and split them for future use.

A Few Random Ideas for You

These are just a few random ideas of better ways to store your firewood and keep it out of the weather until you need it. The drier you can keep your firewood all year long the faster it will season and of course the better it will burn. We all know you can't burn wet firewood and once it is soaked through, firewood can take weeks to dry out enough to burn.

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42 Handpicked Shed Door Ideas For Your Next Project

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NOW THAT YOU have decided on the perfect shed design,

Figured out what materials you are going to use,

There is one very important step left.

You can't have a shed without at least one door that can be used to keep everything you own inside and at the same time keep the weather and would-be thieves on the outside.

You can buy pre-hung shed doors or build your own from scratch. Here are a few great shed ideas I came across when building my shed.

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1. His and Hers

Bet You Never Thought of This

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If you and your significant other plan to use the same shed, why not install a matching pair of his and hers shed doors.

Great shed door ideas like this come from the strangest places, but may be just what you are looking for!

2. Red and White

Bold, Bright and Beautiful

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You can actually use any color you want on this barn style split door design. Imagine the amount of fresh air you will get from having the top half open while keeping out the critters and kids with the bottom half securely closed.

3. Elegant House Door

Add a Touch of Class to Your Shed

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Now that you have gone to the effort of building a truly elegant shed that looks very much like an extension of your house, why not add a pre-hung shed door that is just as elegant as your house.

Not only will this type of door add a nice finishing touch, it is a great way to keep your shed securely locked when you are not in it.

4. Dwarf Like Door

Short but Very Strong

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If you go to the effort of building your shed from a range of natural materials to help it blend into your garden, why not go all the way.

This unique style of door can be built in panels, made from scrap lumber, tree branches, or anything else that helps it blend into the scenery.

5. Light Blue Garden Shed Door

Simple Do-It-Yourself Door Complete with a Window

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Simple, cute, and functional, this shed door can be painted to match or complement the color of your shed.

The built in window adds extra light that can be very useful for when you are working on your next big project and let you see who’s knocking before you let them in.

6. White Customized

Old Fashioned but Still Very Functional

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This is one of the simplest do-it-yourself door designs in the world. The who door can be put together in less than an hour.

You can install a hasp for a padlock or a deadbolt if you need the extra security, and best of all this type of door will last practically forever.

7. Vinyl Door

Matches that Expensive Siding You Decided to Use

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So you went to the trouble and expense of adding vinyl siding to your shed. This is a great way to match your shed to your home and protect it from the weather.

The only thing left is to install long lasting vinyl doors that match your siding to complete the truly professional look and ensure your shed stays secure for many years.

8. Artwork Design

Far From the Ordinary

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No one ever said your shed door had to be plain and boring. Why not take a little extra time and get creative?

All it takes is a little bit of artistic license, a few paints, a brush, and a voila you have a unique shed door that is sure to impress as well as look fantastic in your backyard.

9. Warp Wooden

Large, Effective and Very Secure

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These large warp wooden doors are perfect for your large garden equipment shed. If you build them out of 2 x 6-inch lumber and use strong metal hinges, no one will ever be able to break in and run off with your tractor.

10. Different Design and Style

When You Have More Than One Shed

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If you are going to build more than one shed for your backyard, it only stands to reason that you need more than one shed door idea.

Variety, after all, is the spice of life, you can even choose different shed door ideas to suit individual needs for each of your sheds.

11. Two Way Entry Vinyl

Why Settle for One Door When You Can Have Two?

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No one ever said you were limited to a single door on your shed. Why not install two vinyl doors instead of one.

This way you have plenty of room to get in and out of your shed. Choosing vinyl doors ensures they will provide outstanding weather protection and last for many years to come.

12. Wooden Door

When You Are Set on a Complete Do-It-Yourself Shed

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Since you have gone to the trouble of building your wooden garden shed from scratch, why not go all the way.

Most wooden shed plans include instructions for building your own doors as well. Not only will this save you money, but hand-built wooden doors look awesome.

13. Black Door

I See a Red Door and I Want to Paint it Black

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If you are going paint your shed or cover it in siding, why not have a shed door that is painted a complementary color.

Not only does black go with just about any color, it also hides a lot of the scuffs and marks that tend to show up on shed doors as you move things in and out.

14. Two Way Big Shed Door

Double the Pleasure

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When you plan to use your shed to store large items such as a small garden tractor or motorcycle, you need shed doors that are big enough to let you drive in and out without having to worry about hitting them.

If you add a second set of doors on an end or side, you can turn your shed into a drive through that makes things even easier.

15. Wood and Glass

Let the Sun Shine In

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If you are building a shed that is more a quiet place to relax and get away from it all, you need plenty of light and ventilation.

These wood and glass doors will let the light in on any day and can be opened for plenty of fresh air on a warm summer day.

16. Tall

Perfect for Your Pet Giraffe

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Ok, so no one really keeps a pet giraffe at home, but these super tall doors are perfect for anyone who used their shed to store really tall stuff safely out of the weather. The split design lets you open the top half for fresh air and light.

17. Sliding Wooden Shed Door

Slip Sliding Away

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What do you do when you have the perfect spot for your garden shed but don't have room for a standard swinging door? The answer is much simpler than you might think.

Instead of hinged doors, why not add a sliding door? Not only does this type of door not require any extra space, it lets you maximize what space you do have to work with.

18. Classic Two Way Entry

Perfect for Use with Wooden Sheds

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Double doors mean double the entry space. These classic style two-way entry doors can be hung to open in or out or if you want the most from them, you can use double hung hinges that let the doors swing both ways.

Add in a couple of windows and you can't go wrong.

19. Rock Shed Wooden Door

You Can't Have Rock Doors

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While you can't go wrong with a good solid rock walled shed, there is no way to build a shed door from the same rocks you used on the walls.

Adding a simple easy to build wooden door is the perfect way to add a classic finishing touch to your shed.

20. Red Door

Classic Good Looks with Plenty of Color

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Red is a classic color when it comes to barns and of course sheds.

This shed door is a standard design complete with window that can be purchased at virtually any discount lumber warehouse store for a very affordable price.

It will add great looks to your shed and let the sun shine in to light up your workspace.

21. Traditional Metal Shed

Small, Strong and Secure

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Most metal shed kits come with a metal door that is ready to hang. You can also build your own metal door if you are putting your shed together from a set of plans.

Metal doors offer extra security and can help keep out bad weather and any number of pests and rodents.

22. Old Metal

Scrap Metal Doors that Will Last a Lifetime

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You might be surprised if you look around at your local metal scrappers at how many old metal doors happen to be available.

Why not repurpose one and use it to secure your shed. You can use a metal door like this on just about any kind of shed and expect it to last virtually forever.

23. Metal and Wood

Why Not Have the Best of Both Worlds

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Depending on the shed you have in mind, you may find a shed door built from a combination of wood and metal looks the best.

Not only this, but the right design can leave you with a door that is virtually burglar-proof, weatherproof, and pest proof. On top of this, you have a shed door that looks absolutely amazing.

24. Screen Door

Keeping the Pests Away

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When you live in an area where it literally never rains, you really don’t need a big heavy door on your shed.

This simple screen door will help to keep the bugs and rodents at bay while allowing plenty of fresh air in. This type of door is the perfect solution for a shed you plan to store wood, hay, or garden implements in.

25. Improvised Metal

Scrap Metal Doors are Cost effective

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No one ever said you have to use new materials to build the door for your shed. In fact, if you have any scrap metal laying around, you can always use it to throw together a makeshift door that will keep your shed secure for a fraction of the cost of buying a new one.

26. Home Wooden Shed Door

Do-It-Yourself Creativity at its Best

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If you are going to go to the trouble of building your garden shed from scratch, why not go the extra mile and build a nice wooden door to go with it.

Shed door designs like this one take no more than a few pieces of lumber and a handful of nails or screws to build and the best part is you can customize the size to meet your needs.

27. Gray and White

Simple Yet Effective Shed Door Design

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Here again we see a simple wooden door with a window that you can throw together while you are building your shed.

Your shed door doesn't need to be fancy, it just needs to be functional and have the ability to be locked when you are not in and out of your shed.

28. Fabric

Fabric is an Ideal Choice for a Greenhouse

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While a greenhouse is not strictly a shed, you build one using the same principles.

By adding a fabric door either in a frame of its own or by attaching it using Velcro, your door will allow plenty of fresh air for your plants while keeping bugs and other pests out.

29. Forest Wooden Red

Use Your Favorite Color

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If you are planning to build a rustic looking shed, you get to customize it from top to bottom to meet your needs and tastes.

Why not go ahead and add a solid wooden door and then paint it red or any other color to suit the location and your personal desires?

30. Downhill Wooden Door

Build It Your Way

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If you plan to use a wide range of materials to build your shed, it leaves your choice of doors wide open. However, no matter what materials you plan to use when building your shed, wooden doors will always fit in and work well.

31 Double Entry Vinyl

Double Up on Your Available Door Space

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Try building room for a pair of vinyl doors into your shed. Not only will these pre-hung doors last a lifetime, but the extra width of the opening is sure to make it easier for you to get just about anything in or out of your shed.

32. Big Express

Design these Doors Your Way

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With this type of door, they look similar to those seen at old railway stations, the sky's the limit with regard to design.

You can make them hinged or sliding and as big or small as you need. Since they are made from wood, they are easy to build and fully customizable.

33. Artistic

Let Your Artistic Soul Speak

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Instead of sticking to the tried and true methods, let your artistic soul speak to you. Choose from a wide range of materials, use only one or mix and match several together.

You might be surprised at what you can come up with and your garden shed doors are sure to be unique.

34. Beach Shed

Wood is the Answer to Most Shed Door Needs

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This simple beach style shed with its palm-leaf roof is made completely from wood. Here is yet another perfect example of the perfect place to build a wooden door to meet your needs.

You can add a deadbolt, locking handset, or hasp and padlock to keep everything secure.

35. Colorful Doors

Color Makes the World Smile

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Your shed should never be something anyone would consider an eyesore. The more color you use, the more fun your shed will be to look at.

Even if the walls are plain there is no reason why you can't paint the doors in virtually any color that puts a smile on your face.

36. Church Like Door

This Chapel Inspired Door is Sure to Turn a Few Heads

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This chapel style door was inspired by countless thousands of chapel doors around the world. The curved peaked top of the door has a certain rustic charm and at the same time gives you room to move taller things into your shed.

37. Classic Wooden Gray

Plain and Simple, One of the Basic Shed Door Designs

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When all you plan to use your garden shed for is storing a few garden tools and possibly starting your spring crops, all you need is a plain simple door.

This one features a large window in the door as well as one on each side of it to provide plenty of light inside.

38. Big Warp Wooden

Large Wooden Doors Have a Lot to Offer

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Building a large wooden door like this one should only add an hour or two to the total construction time of your shed, but they have a lot to offer in terms of accessibility.

Made from inexpensive lumber, a few screws and a pair of hinges, all you have to do is add the locking mechanism of your choice and you are all set.

39. Big Yellow

Yes, Size Does Make a Difference

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When you paint the walls of your shed a bright expressive color, shouldn't your shed door have the same eye-catching appeal? For example, if you decide to paint your shed bright red, a brilliant yellow door like this one would be the perfect complement.

40. Customized

Build Your Own Door to Suit

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In this image we are looking at a Tudor style shed. A shed like this one needs a good custom Tudor style door to go with it.

As you look at the different shed door designs think seriously about which of them are not only going to be functional, but also which of them are going to best complement your shed design.

41. Colored Two Way

Shed Doors with a Split Personality

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Try using a variety of colors in your shed door or doors. These two-way doors are the perfect design for playing with color.

You can paint the frames one color and the panels something completely different. Try playing around with different colors until you find the perfect combination.

42. Blue Door

No One Knows What Goes On Behind the Blue Door

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That is, except for you. This solid wood plank door painted all in blue is the perfect complement to any rustic wood shed.

Since it doesn't have a window that someone can peek through, it makes the perfect choice if your shed is supposed to be your quiet get away from it all place to hide out from the rest of the world.

Before I Close the Door

Before I close the virtual door, I hope that you have enjoyed these pictures of various garden shed door ideas and that they have helped you find the perfect design for your shed.

I have to admit I pored over hundreds of images before finding the right one for my last shed project. Most of these are simple to build yourself or are readily available in your local discount hardware superstore.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at the pictures of these very cool shed door ideas as much as I have enjoyed collecting them and that they have inspired you to go the extra mile in choosing the perfect shed door.

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39 Shed Roof Designs and Ideas For Your Next Shed

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Who knew there were so many shed roof designs and ideas to put a lid on your shed?

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DID YOU KNOW the roof of your shed is far more than just a way to put a lid on it?

There is far more to a good roof than simple good looks, the best shed roof designs are a combination of looks, the right style,and the right materials.

I spent a lot of time looking for that one perfect roof to cap off all of the hard work I put into finding the right shed for my backyard project.

Here are some of the best shed roof designs and ideas I came up with, I hope you find what you are looking for amongst them.

1. Flat Roof

A Simple Way to Build a Shed Roof

If your after a simple shed build, and there's no concern of heavy snow, then a flat roof is a great choice

Although there is a slight angle, it is much simpler to build a flat roof than one that is pitched. Great idea for a first shed build

2. Gazebo Style Single Point Roof

A Roof for Taller Items

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There is something to be said for a high peak roof, especially if you live in snow country or in areas where the rains are heavy.

This photo shows a beautiful gazebo style single point roof that sits on the perfect wood storage shed, but you can use this type of roof on any style of shed.

3. Natural Roof

Give Your Shed a Natural Look

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Branches, leaves and different organic materials have been used for roofs for centuries in some parts of the world. Not only do these roofs help to insulate your shed, but they help the environment.

However, one word of caution, you need to have a waterproof base under it or your shed is likely to get wet.

4. Flat Tiered Roof

Tiny in Size but Big in Stature

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This roof is quite ingenious. Although we don't have an image from above, it is flat and has concealed guttering.

The flat roof is easy to build. but having it move water is the difficult bit. We think this has been done with rubber matting that gets put down with a heat gun/torch. If you know, contact us - we'd love to know

5. Wood Shingles

Old World Style and Strength

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Start this roof out with a series of log beams just like they used back in the good ole days and then cover with lathes and cedar shakes.

Not only does this give your shed a truly old world look, but cedar shakes will last for far longer than many brands of shingles.

6. What You Don't Want

The Last Thing You Want to See

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When it comes to garden shed roofs, the last thing you want to see is daylight, that is unless you have skylights built into it.

This particular roof has a lot of damage that has led to daylight being let in, along with rain, snow, birds, and just about anything else.

On the good side, if your roof looks like this your shed is getting plenty of ventilation.

7. Thinking Skylight

Let the Sun Shine In

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While adding windows to your garden shed is a great way to let in daylight, adding one or more skylights is even better.

Depending on the type of roof you have and how big your shed is you can add several skylights for extra light. If you install openable skylights, you can significantly increase your ventilation.

8. Open Pitched Roof

Add a Little Outdoor Workspace to Your Shed

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When you need more workspace than your shed has on the inside, why not add an extension to your roof and use is to create a covered outdoor workspace.

This open pitched roof design offers plenty of outdoor workspace and keeps you protected from the elements.

9. Fancy Fascia

Who Said Your Shed Shouldn't Be Pretty?

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Just because you are building a garden shed that few people are likely to see, doesn't mean it can't be pretty.

Why not add a fancy fascia like this to the front and back of your shed along the roof lines? What an easy way to dress up what would otherwise be a plain boring shed. (And please excuse the setting 🙂

10. Old Exposed Corrugated Iron

Nothing Like looking Old and Well Worn

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Not everyone wants a shed that looks brand new. You can probably find a ton of rusty corrugated iron or steel roofing in your local scrap yard that can be used to achieve this weathered look to your shed for a very reasonable price.

11. Flat Roof Extension

When You Need More Room in Your Shed

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If you are planning to build an extension onto the end of your shed, you have a couple of choices with regards to the type of roof to be used.

You could add onto the existing pitched roof, but this is likely to be very expensive.

Alternatively, you can add a flat pitched roof to the extension and save money while still adding a strong roof to the extension.

12. Round / Bunker Style

There Are No Corners to A Round Roof

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For those who remember the old military Quonset huts, this should look familiar. This round roof style helps keep the weather at bay and is exceptionally resistant to high winds.

While this type of roof might look strange, it is worth noting that many of the Quonset huts built in World War II are still standing and in use today.

13. Classic Pitched Roof

The Classic Timeless Look

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This is the classic styleroof most people think of when you start talking about roofs. You can adjust the pitch to meet your local building codes and weather conditions.

In this particular design, the builder added windows to the gables for added light.

14. Standard Roof Line

Corrugated Good Looks That Work

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Corrugated metal has been used for decades as roofing for everything from garden sheds to houses. It is a strong material that will provide decades of service, making it a very affordable investment.

You can let it slowly rust with age or keep it painted to make it look good and last longer.

15. Corrugated Bunker Shed Roof Design

Winning the War One Shed at a Time

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Just like the round roof style above, this is a Quonset hut style shed that looks a lot like a pipe that has been cut in half.

This particular one has been built using corrugated iron sheets. They offer plenty of strength and will keep your belongings safe and sound.

16. Living Roof / Green Roof

Mother Nature Will Provide for You

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There is nothing like a living roof for your shed, this type of roof is often made from sod, but in recent years many people are planting flowers as a way to contribute to feeding the birds and bees.

Once again remember to start out with a waterproof base to keep everything in your shed protected and dry.

17. Fiberglass

Solid, Safe, and Long Lasting

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Corrugated fiberglass roofing comes in wide range of colors and sizes. Fiberglass makes a perfect roofing material as it is lightweight, flexible, and weatherproof.

If you buy the right type of fiberglass, it will let plenty of light in so you can see what you are doing.

18. Spire

Are You Up for a Challenge?

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This spire style roof has four sides that peak in the middle and can be quite challenging to build. But as you can see from the photograph, your efforts will be well-rewarded.

This type of roof is also well suited to adding a cupola to your shed.

19. Steel on Steel

Steel, the Ultimate Roofing Material

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Corrugated steel has long been one of the most popular materials for use in garden sheds. It is easy to work with, strong, and very durable.

As long as you keep a fresh coat of paint on it, your steel roof should provide you with many years of reliable service.

20. Double Roof

Double the Protection

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Why not get fancy with your shed roof and build a double layer roof like this one? Done right, you add a space between the layers which will help add with more ventilation - great in warm and hot climates.

The overlapping layers will help keep most rain out, but this type of roof is best suited to arid climates where you never have to deal with much rain.

21. Chimney Roof

Beating the Cold of Old Man Winter

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If you live in an area where it gets cold enough that you need to add a wood stove, fireplace, or furnace to your shed, you need a roof that lets you add one or more chimneys.

This will help you provide for proper ventilation, just be sure you flash the chimneys to the roof properly so you don't have water coming in.

22. Dome Shape

Stunning Good Looks Even Your Neighbor Might Appreciate

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So you have decided to build a garden shed, but do you want a run of the mill shed or one with stunning good looks that are sure to catch everyone's eye. This round style shed with a dome roof is very European in design and might be just what you are looking for.

23. Dry Grass Roof

The Europeans Did It First

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Thatch is an extremely versatile material that has been used as roofing for centuries. One of the great things about thatch is that it can be molded to fit even the most unusually shaped roofs with ease.

While there is a certain amount of upkeep, thatch only gets better looking with age.

24. Ukrainian Style

Simple, Strong, Construction

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In the Ukraine, they have been building sheds with this style of roof for longer than most can remember.

The design doesn't call for the use of any kind of roof trusses as the interlocking shingles manage to stay strong by virtue of the way it has been put together.

25. Thatched Roof

Super Thick and Not Going Anywhere

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Building a super thick roof like this one might take a little more time, but depending on the type of materials you decide to use, this type of roof requires very little in the way of maintenance.

On top of this you can expect to get many years of service without having to worry about replacing it.

26. Triangle Shape

Simplicity is the Keyword Here

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If you are looking for one of the simplest sheds to build, this triangle design could be just what you are looking for.

The triangle roof also forms part of the walls and is perfect for use anywhere where there is a lot of snowfall in the winter.

27. Steel Pitched Roof

When You Have a Truly Big Shed

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Steel has long been the roofing material of choice for really large commercial and farm structures. Heavy gauge steel that has been powder coated can provide you with many years of reliable service.

It comes in sheets that are several feet wide and can be cut to fit the length of your roof. Steel roofing can be pitched to meet your needs based on the weather and is installed using screws that have rubber grommets on them to seal out the rains.

28. Close Up

Take a Good Close Look

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Here is a close up look at the point at which a simple corrugated iron roof is connected to the fascia panels.

As you can see, the steel has been folded over the edge of the fascia panel to help keep water, snow, and ice from seeping under the edge of the roof. It also extends over the soffits for the exact same reason.

29. Classic Barn

You Can See this Style Roof All Over the Country

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Farmers developed this barn style roof as a way to maximize the usable space in their barns. The double pitch of the roof can add many square feet of perfectly usable space to your garden shed and make it possible for you to stand up close to the walls.

30. Australian Style

In Australia, They Like Lots of Open Outdoor Space

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This roof is typical of those seen in the Australian outback where the sun only stops shining when the rains come pouring down.

With the extension added to your shed roof, you can create a porch for your shed that can be used as a protected workspace or simply somewhere to relax in the shade.

31. Shed Roof Plans

The Best Shed Roofs Start with a Good Plan

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No matter what kind of garden shed you plan to build, you should always start off with a good set of plans. Most plans will walk you through building the roof for your shed step-by-step and include a list of all the materials you are likely to need to get the job done.

32. Snow Ratings

If Your in an Area that Gets Snow, Think Snow Loads

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This type of roof is relatively easy to build, even for someone with only a little experience in building and construction.

You can adjust the pitch to meet your needs with regards to snow load or rain.

33. Wind Direction

They Call the Wind Mariah

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Once you have decided on the style of your shed, it is up to you to decide just how fancy you want to get.

Why not add a cupola to the top of your roof with a custom weathervane on it? This way you get to add extra ventilation to your shed and will always know which way the wind is blowing.

34. Dutch Gables

Add a Little European Character to Your Shed

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In Europe, it is not uncommon for roofs to be steeply pitched, especially in the Netherlands where winters tend to bring a lot of snow.

In this image, the builder has added gables to the roof, which not only add character but also add ventilation and light.

35. Unusual Overhang

Keep the Rains at Bay

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Adding a little extra overhang to your shed's roof will not add much extra work or cost to the design. But the extra overhang can help keep the rains and snows out of the doorway, which means out of your shed as well.

36. Colored Roof

No One Wants a Boring Shed Roof

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Add a little style and flair to your shed by using colored materials to build the roof.

Alternatively, you can paint just about any type of roofing material to match your tastes. Bold and bright is always a great alternative to plain and boring.

37. Traditional vs. Non-Traditional Roof

And Now for Something Completely Different

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In countries like Germany, Denmark, Austria, and Slovenia half-hipped roofs like this one are common on shed, barns, and even some houses.

The design is simple and provides a steep surface that helps snow and ice slide off the surface.

38. Ceramic vs. Concrete Tile

Putting Mother Nature to Work for You

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Stone coated roofing is not only aesthetically pleasing but offers a lot of strength and durability. Stone can stand the test of time better than practically any other material known to man.

The stones are attached to a substrate to ensure that they remain in place and keep everything in your shed cozy and dry.

39. Attic Space in Your Roof

Add a Little Extra Ventilation to Your Shed

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By adding a steeply pitched roof to your shed, you have room to add in soffit and gable ventilation that will help keep your shed well-ventilated during the hottest dog days of summer.

You can also add in a couple of dormer style windows for even more ventilation.

Putting a Lid On It All

The roof of your shed is perhaps one of its most important features. I enjoyed putting together this selection of shed roof designs and ideas after spending countless hours of research trying to find the perfect roof for my shed.

Each of the different styles has something to offer, in the end it is up to you to decide which one works best for you. I hope you find the perfect roof to put a lid on all of your hard work building your own garden shed.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at the pictures of these very cool shed roof designs and ideas as much as I have enjoyed collecting them and that they have inspired you to go the extra mile in choosing the perfect roof for your garden shed.

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