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14 Straightforward, Simple Shed Designs Anyone Can Build at Home

14 Straightforward, Simple Shed Designs Anyone Can Build at Home

Simple Shed Design Ideas

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

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

#1 Reclaimed Wood for the Win

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

rectcled_wood_shedImage courtesy of DIY Outdoor Storage Shed

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

#2 Create Your Own “Grow” House

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

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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

bobvila_simple_shed_design1Image courtesy of Michigan Home Design

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

#4 Side Storage and More

More room on the outside

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

#5 True Tongue and Groove Beauty

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

dschang_simple_shed_designImage courtesy of DropDDesign

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

#6 Create Your Own Outdoor Reading Room

Your very own outdoor getaway

Imagoe courtesy of 100 Things To Do

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

#7 Convenient Lean-To Storage

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

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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

varnaworkshop_simple_shed_designImage courtesy of Home Design Ideas

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

#13 A-Frame Bunkhouse

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

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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.

FREE Shed Roof Plans

The 10 Most Comprehensive FREE Shed Roof Plans Available Online

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The Sky's the Limit if You Have a Roof Over Your Head

IF YOU ARE BUILDING YOUR OWN shed, you should probably consider a number of different shed roof plans before making your final decision. A roof is so much more than a way to keep the contents of your shed clean and dry.

The right shed roof design will not only keep out the elements, it can provide you with a significant amount of extra storage space. I spent countless hours looking at the many different designs before settling on a gambrel style roof so that I could get the most storage in the least space.

10 Comprehensive FREE Shed Roof Plans

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#1 The Standard Gable Style Pitched Roof

This is the most common style of shed roof

The gable style pitched roof is not only one of the most common styles of shed roof, but it is also one of the easiest to build. The first thing you need to do is determine the correct pitch for your area. This is based on how much rain and snow you are likely to get in an average year. If you know the rise and run of your roof, you can use this shed roof pitch calculator to help determine the correct pitch.

You should also contact your local building inspector to see if there are specific regulations in place governing the pitch of your shed roof. You can then use this information to modify the shed roof plans to meet these specifications and ensure your shed roof will hold up to whatever Mother Nature has to throw at it. The good news is that you can top this style of roof with roofing felt, shingles, or sheet metal with equal effectiveness.

Here is a video of a Gable Styled Pitched Roof being built:

ProsCons
Sheds rain, snow, ice easilyMay not be best suited to areas where high winds and hurricanes occur
Offers more space for an atticPoor construction or inadequate framing can lead to the roof collapsing
Simple and less expensive to build than many other shed roof stylesHigh winds can cause the shingles, felt, or sheet metal to peel away
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Image courtesy of Myoutdoorplans.com

#2 The Gambrel or Barn Style Shed Roof

This is my personal favorite as it adds a lot of overhead storage space

Most of us have seen a number of old-fashioned barns with their tall roofs that have multiple slopes to them. What you may not realize is that this gambrel style of roof was not designed as a fashion statement. It was in fact created to build a roof that could stand up to the snows of deep winter found I many parts of the world. Although the general layout of the rafters might not seem to be that strong, the leveraged design makes them far stronger than they look.

Having two differing slopes allows rain and snow to slide off the roof and onto the ground. At the same time, the steeper sides of the roof give you a lot more usable storage space, especially for taller items. Like the gable style roof, this one is relatively easy to build and can be sheathed in wood and covered with shingles or sheet metal for added protection and durability.

Take a look at this how-to video:

ProsCons
This style of roof offers plenty of extra space for storage without added expenseNot recommended for areas of high wind or those with heavy snowfall
Simple construction with two roof beams and a series of gusset jointsIf not constructed properly tend to be structurally weak
Fewer materials mean lowered construction costsNeed to be waterproofed at the ridges to prevent leaks regularly

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Image courtesy of Myourdoorplans.com

#3 Single Slope Shed Roof

Probably one of the simplest shed roof designs out there

This style of roof is commonly referred to as a lean-to or skillion type of roof. It typically has a single face that is higher on one end than the other. Depending on where your shed is located, the higher end can be fastened to the side of another building such as your house or garage. From the outside, it looks a lot like one-half of the standard gable style roof.

What makes these shed roof plans so popular, is that they are incredibly easy to assemble and when built right, can handle a heavy snow load without collapsing. Thanks to the simplicity of this shed roof design and the size of your garden shed, you should be able to complete this roof in a single day. You can use this style of roof on a shed with 3 or 4 walls based on your needs, making it ideal for feed or firewood storage sheds.

This video goes over skillion style roof building:

ProsCons
Very easy to buildThe ceiling can end up being very low depending on the pitch of the roof
Steeper pitch lets snow and rain run off easilyMay not be best suited for areas where high winds are common
Less expensive to build due to the need for fewer materialsMay not be the most aesthetically pleasing roof
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Image courtesy of Myoutdoorplans.com

#4 Steeper Gable Style Roof

More pitch and a stronger design

When you live in an area where it rains or snows a lot, you need a roof with a steeper pitch and a little more slope to help prevent any snow or ice buildup. Not only does this design feature a steeper pitch (of course you can set your own pitch to meet the weather in your local area), but one that is designed in such a way as to be stronger overall.

The extra supports built into the gable ends will help add more load bearing capacity. This one also features 3/4-inch plywood sheathing covered with tar paper and asphalt shingles for added protection from the elements and structural strength. The overhanging eaves will also add a measure of protection for the walls and give you a place to add soffit vents for better ventilation.

Here is a video that shows you an easy way to build your own gable roof rafters:

ProsCons
Sheds rain, snow, ice easilyMay not be best suited to areas where high winds and hurricanes occur
Offers more space for an atticNeeds more support for snow and ice buildup
Simple and less expensive to build than many other shed roof stylesHigh winds can cause the shingles, felt, or sheet metal to peel away
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Image courtesy of Myourdoorplans.com

#5 A Simple Lean-To Roof

Nothing could be easier

Of all the different types of roof, the lean-to is perhaps the easiest to build. In this case, you have nothing more than a few carefully placed rafters that are laid on top of the outer walls. The roof is typically sloped down from the connecting wall if the shed is attached to the side of your house or garage.

However, if you choose to build a freestanding shed and use this style of roof, you should plan the slope of your roof in such a manner as to slope down from the front to the back of the shed. This will help to keep rain flowing away from the door. This design uses 3/4-inch plywood sheathing, tar paper, and asphalt shingles but you could substitute metal sheeting to save money and create a very low-maintenance roof.

Lean-to roof basics video:

ProsCons
Sheds rain, snow, ice easilyShould only be used on smaller sheds
Easy to buildPoor construction or inadequate framing can lead to the roof collapsing
Less expensive to build than many other shed roof stylesHigh winds can cause the shingles, felt, or sheet metal to peel away
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Image courtesy of Shedking.net

#6 Stick Framed Gable Roof

Simple yet effective roof design

Once you have made the decision to use a gable style roof on your shed, you have one more decision to make. This is whether to build your own roof trusses, by pre-made trusses or to simply stick-frame in your roof. The typical stick frame roof will be made from 2x4's or 2x6's and has a ridge board that runs down the middle of the roof.

This type of gable roof tends to be a lot more challenging to build and may not be the best choice if your carpentry experience is minimal. However, this being said, this type of roof typically offers an overhang on the sides by virtue of the way it is constructed that lets you add in soffit ventilation.

Watch this guy build a stick built shed roof:

ProsCons
Sheds rain, snow, ice easilyMay not be best suited to areas where high winds and hurricanes occur
Offers more space for an atticNeed to have solid basic carpentry skills to ensure all lumber is cut accurately for best results
Less expensive to build than many other shed roof stylesHigh winds can cause the shingles, felt, or sheet metal to peel away
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#7 Hip Style Shed Roof

Create a roof with four slopes instead of two

While many homes and sheds feature roofs with two slopes, those that have a total of four slopes (hip style roofs) can not only be more aesthetically pleasing but also offer better snow and rain shedding ability. While this might not seem important in areas that don't get a lot of rain or snow, when you live in an area where you get heavy winter snows, you are sure to appreciate the fact your shed's roof survives each winter intact.

You can build this style of roof using premade trusses, but as long as you are comfortable with your carpentry skills, there is no reason why you should not be able to build this simple roof. This set of plans comes with its own detailed how to video that will make building it much easier for you.

ProsCons
Excellent for areas of high wind and snowMore expensive than a gable roof to build
Offer space for an atticRequires more building materials than a gable roof
More stable than a gable roofAdded seams may result in more leaks
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Image courtesy of dyshed.blogspot.com

#8 The Saltbox Style Roof

A different take on the pitched roof

The saltbox style roof depicted in these plans offers a slightly different take on the standard gable roof design. As you can see, this design features one slope that is taller and has a steeper pitch than the other. The design does feature a gable at each end that can be used to add in ventilation in the form of vents or powered vents based on your particular needs.

The design comes from Colonial times when people needed to add more room to their homes without having to add another complete level at a high cost. It is a great choice for bigger sheds or even for a garage as it offers you the opportunity to add a lot more storage space at minimal cost.

Follow Jack as he builds a hip-style roof in this video:

ProsCons
The dual slopes let water run off easily, perfect for areas with heavy rainsThe design itself if rather tricky
More durable than the standard gable roofIf you build a loft It will have sloping walls
Can be built to handle moderate to heavy snow loadsMay be expensive due to the number of trusses and supports needed
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Image courtesy of Carpentry-pro-farmer.com

#9 The Pyramid Style Shed Roof

Looks like it came straight out of Egypt

This style of roof looks more like something you might expect to see poking out of the desert sands of Egypt, as it has four slopes that meet in the center. Each of the four sides has a single slope that starts with a point at the top. This roof has no gables or side walls and is an excellent choice for smaller sheds and pump houses.

The overhanging eaves offer extra protection and a chance to add in soffit vents to help keep your shed cooler in the summer months. However, like the stick-built gable roof, this one can be more challenging to build as you will not be able to use any type of pre-built roof truss. Given the height of your finished roof, you should check with your local authorities to make sure it is not too high to meet code.

Check out this cool Jack Rafters video: 

ProsCons
Good choice for use in areas with high windsRequires more building experience
Extra space adds more storageHigher costs due to complex design
High slopes are good for areas with heavy rain and snowfallTop may be too high for certain building code restrictions
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Image courtesy of Sbebuilders.com

#10 Octagon Style Roof

When you want something a little different

No one ever said your garden shed had to be square or rectangular in shape. If you are looking for something a little different, why not build an octagon shaped shed. You might be surprised at how much extra space this shape can provide. It is also a great way to make use of a corner spot out in your garden. However, as you can imagine an octagon shed needs an octagon shaped roof.

This design goes together in a similar fashion to the pyramid shaped roof, but instead of four slopes, you will end up with eight. It may be one of the most complex roofs to build and should only be attempted if you have advanced woodworking skills because there are a number of critical angles that have to be measured and cut to achieve the right shape and structure. This being said, once completed, you will have a very strong roof that can take a lot of snow weight.

ProsCons
Great for areas with high windsRequires more building experience
Nice change from standard roofsHigher costs due to complex design
High slopes are good for areas with heavy rain and snowfallTop may be too high for certain building code restrictions

When the Final Shingle Is Laid

Choosing the right shed roof plans for your shed can be challenging as there is so much to consider. First and foremost, you need to consider your carpentry skills. As you can see some of these designs require advanced skills to construct. Other considerations include your local building codes and the type of weather including rain, snow, and wind you have to deal with where you live.

In the end, I settled for a standard stick-built gable roof as it met my needs and my carpentry skills. The last thing I wanted to have to do was hire a contractor to finish the job because my skills were not as good as my imagination.

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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.

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How to Find the Right Horizontal Storage Shed for Your Stuff

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Understand the usage and advantage of a horizontal storage shed...

THE RIGHT HORIZONTAL storage shed can be the perfect solution for use in your garden, backyard, or even on a deck or balcony.

This type of shed can also add extra storage to a larger garden for a number of smaller garden tools or a lawn mower.

The big question is "what is a horizontal storage shed?"

Well, it certainly isn't a shed in the most traditional of meanings, you can stand upright in it, walk into it, or sit back and read a book in one. However, the right shed will provide you with a large storage box or chest that adds watertight storage to your garden or yard.

Why Add a Horizontal Storage Shed?

When your current shed is already overcrowded, but the last thing you want to do is tear it down to build a bigger one or add a second full-sized shed, a horizontal shed that takes up less room and is far less expensive can be the perfect solution for adding extra storage to your garden or yard.

I currently have two of them placed in strategic locations in my garden, one for tools and the other for fertilizers, weed killers, and bug sprays.

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Horizontal storage sheds are also a great way to hide your trash cans and recycling bins. No one likes having these unsightly bins out in the open where they can attract bugs and other pests who get into them and scatter refuse all over the yard. The easiest way to avoid this problem is to invest in a horizontal storage unit that will keep them safely and securely out of sight.

What to Look for in a Horizontal Storage Shed

The first question concerns whether you should be looking for a wood, metal, or plastic shed. Horizontal sheds are available in all three materials, and each has their advantages and disadvantages.

Wooden storage units can be built to fit in with practically any garden décor and style.

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LEISURE SEASON Horizontal Storage Shed

These sheds also come with a cost, that of having to actively work to maintain them if you want them to remain weatherproof and in good condition.

Metal sheds require less maintenance than a wooden shed but are relatively easily dented or scratched, especially if you place your horizontal shed in an area of high traffic.

Not only do these scratches and dents detract from the way your shed looks, but in time the loss of paint will lead to rust and rot.

Metal sheds also require a certain level of maintenance if you want them to remain looking their best and to provide you with years of reliable service.

Plastic is probably the most convenient material for use in horizontal storage sheds. Plastic sheds do not require any form of maintenance beyond the occasional rinse off with a hose, they are weatherproof, scratch and dent proof, do not rust or rot, and come in an incredible range of sizes, shapes, and colors

Not What They Used to Be

When I first thought about a plastic storage shed, I have to admit I had my doubts. These were based solely on my memories of early plastic sheds that not only looked cheap but tended to fade and crack easily when exposed to the sun or freezing temperatures.

The good news is that thanks to the invention of a number of new plastics and resins, this is no longer the case.

Top manufacturers such as Rubbermaid, Keter, and Suncast specialize in creating a range of resins and plastics used in their sheds that are resistant to the UV rays of the sun, extremes in temperature, and physical damage.

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SUNCAST Glidetop Slide Lid Shed 52 x 58 x 80 Inches

Plastic horizontal storage sheds are now available in sizes ranging from approximately 18 cubic feet in capacity to those that are significantly larger.

When looking at sizes, you should consider buying the largest one that will fit in the space you have. This will ensure you have the most storage space possible to suit your needs now and as they change in the future.

Different Styles for Different People

You will also find that these sheds come in a range of styles including those with hinged lids, single or double entry doors, and those with a combination of both to suit your needs.

There are even some styles that include a split top for added access and storage convenience.

No matter how you look at it, today's plastic horizontal storage sheds offer an ideal storage solution for those with limited space or are looking to add a little extra storage space to their garden, deck, patio, or yard.

Along with all of this, you need to factor ease of assembly or construction and cost into your final decision.

While you can certainly build your own horizontal storage shed from wood or metal and a set of plans or a kit, both of these options tend to be quite expensive and as stated, they also require a significant amount of maintenance and upkeep.

Plastic sheds, on the other hand, are relatively affordable and are maintenance free.

One final thought before we look at six of the most popular horizontal storage sheds on the market, choose one that not only offers you the best possible storage options for your needs, but also one that lets you get into and out of your shed easily and has plenty of room for everything you plan to store in it both now and in the future.

Now let's take a look at six sheds I found during my search that may be just what you are looking for!

Suncast BMS4900D Glidetop Slide Lid Shed

Features a Sliding Lid for Walk in Access

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SUNCAST Glidetop Slide Lid Shed

While most horizontal storage sheds have a hinged lid that is hinged on the long side, this one from Suncast has a sliding lid and double doors on the short end for easy access.

The bolt together assembly means it might take a little longer to build but build a much sturdier shed than those that snap together.

It also has a reinforced floor that is strong enough to support the weight of a riding lawn mower or small garden tractor. However, according to the manufacturer, you will need a foundation.

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Bolt together assembly builds a more solid shed

Needs a foundation or no warranty

Sturdy floor supports a lot of weight

Parts do not fit together very well

Sliding roof makes access very easy

Customer support is poor

The Yard Stash IV

A Heavy Duty Tent Storage Unit that Can Take a Beating

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Most people would never consider using a tent as a storage unit, but this is no ordinary tent.

Made from heavy duty vinyl that is safe from UV damage, completely weatherproof, and made to take on any climate, this shed is big enough to fit two adult sized bikes along with room for your gear and more.

It should take you less than ten minutes to assemble or take down. The rugged zippers are covered with storm flaps and the seams have been sealed to keep snow and rain out.

It also features mesh vents to keep moisture at bay and a Velcro panel on the back so you can lock your bikes to a pole or fence.

pros

cons

Lightweight and easily portable

Can be blown away by high winds

Takes 10 minutes to set up

Takes 2 people to set up quickly

Industrial grade vinyl is completely weatherproof

Not very secure, you need to have a post to secure things to

Rubbermaid Horizontal Storage Shed

Easy Assembly Makes this Shed Very Popular

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One the best things about this plastic storage shed is that it can literally be put together in minutes. The double wall construction makes it dent, leak, and weather resistant.

There is a total of seven pieces including a pair of opening front doors and a hinged lid. Inside the walls have places built into them that are designed for wooden or wire shelving, note the shelving does not come with the shed.

You can buy shelves from the manufacturer or at your local lumberyard. The lid is strong enough to support a moderate snow load.

pros

cons

Consists of 7 pieces of heavy duty resin plastic

Snap together assembly not very stable

Very easy assembly

Light enough to blow away in a strong wind

Completely weatherproof with a hasp for padlock security

Rubbermaid recommends using a mallet to aid assembly but doing so can damage plastic pieces

Keter Store-It-Out MIDI

A Full 30 Cubic Feet of Storage Capacity

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KETER Outdoor Horizontal Storage Shed

This plastic horizontal storage shed is relatively easy to put together, and offer plenty of storage for lawn mowers, garden tools, toys, pool equipment, and just about anything else you can think of.

It features dual front doors and a hinged lid for ease of access. The polypropylene material used in its construction has been designed to withstand extremes in temperature and the sun's UV rays without fading, cracking, or turning white over time like so many others.

The floor panel can support up to 330 pounds per square inch and there are built-in shelf supports for added storage convenience.

pros

cons

Rigid lid and wall construction

Shelf lengths in instructions incorrect measure first then cut

Hydraulic lifts for the lid

Shed doesn't hold up well over the long haul

Single hasp secures doors and lid

Top tends to warp when exposed to hot summer sun

Rubbermaid 3748 Horizontal Storage Shed

Double-Wall Construction with an Impact Resistant Floor

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RUBBERMAID 3748 Horizontal Storage Shed, 18-Cubic Ft

This shed is currently the only one in the 156 to 25 cubic foot capacity range that features double wall construction. It is made from Rubbermaid's unique resin plastic that is UV and weatherproof.

Total storage capacity is a full 18 cubic feet and there is a set of built-in shelf supports for a single shelf that is not included. Like other Rubbermaid horizontal sheds, this one comes in seven pieces that snap together for easy of assembly.

It features dual front doors and a hinged lid that can all be locked securely using a single padlock. Inside is plenty of room for bikes, a lawn mower, garden tools, toys, and more.

pros

cons

Easy snap together assembly

Roof warps in hot summer sun

Small size makes it easy for a single person to move this shed around

Floor might warp in you load it with too much weight

Shed design is fully weatherproof

Assembly falls apart easily

Large Horizontal Wooden Refuse Storage Shed

Solid Cypress Wood Construction

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LEISURE SEASON Large Horizontal Refuse Storage Shed

If a plastic horizontal storage shed is not quite what you had in mind, this cyp might be a better choice. The wood has been completely sealed and is weatherproof.

Designed specifically for use as a shed to store your rolling recycling cans and refuse bins there is no floor, making it easy to roll them in and out. The lid features hydraulic lifts to make opening it easy, the dual front doors make getting your bins in and out simple.

The cypress tree wood has similar decay resistance to that of Western Red Cedar and the tongue and groove construction is very strong.

pros

cons

Cypress is decay and pest resistant

Does not fit large trash bins

Triple doors for easy access

Lid tends to warp when it gets wet

Big enough for medium trash/recycling bins

No assembly instructions included

Just in Case

Just in case the above horizontal sheds are not quite what you are looking for, here is a vertical shed that might do the job for you.

Suncast BMS1500 Vertical Utility Shed

Upright Convenient and Built to Last 

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SUNCAST Vertical Utility Shed

Not everyone has room for a horizontal shed, this one from Suncast might fill the need for a storage shed when you don't have a lot of ground space to work with.

Made from double wall resin that features a wood grain texture and a reinforced floor for added strength and durability. There are built-in shelf supports for four shelves (not included).

Features bolt together assembly and should only take one person to put together in less than an hour or so.

pros

cons

Thick resin pieces are made to last

Shelf template is not accurate, measure before you cut or buy shelves

Bolt together assembly for added strength

Plastic bolts break easily

Relatively easy to put together with basic hand tools

Gaps between walls and roof mean it is not fully watertight, but it will keep out most of the rain

Final thoughts

Finding the perfect horizontal storage shed is no easy task as there are so many out there. Your best bet is to decide on three things first, size, cost, materials. Once you have this down, your search will go much faster.

These storage sheds above are the best of the rest, I spent a lot of time looking at what is out there so you didn't have to. Bear in mind that sometimes you have to spend a little more to get a shed that will provide you with many years of exceptional service.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this and it has helped you find the perfect horizontal storage shed for your garden or back yard.

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The 10 Cheapest Plastic Garden Sheds Online

The 10 Cheapest Plastic Garden Sheds Online

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

WHEN YOU START searching for a shed to put out in your backyard, one of the first things you are likely to notice (or at least for me it was), is that there are so many to choose from.

This leads to a lot of questions ranging from what size, do you order a kit or a complete ready to use shed, what materials should your shed be made from?

From then most expensive wooden sheds to the cheapest plastic sheds, there are plenty of high quality sheds to choose from.

Today we are looking at several of the top low-cost plastic sheds on the market.

1. Suncast BMS6810D Everett Storage Shed 6 X 8

Let the Sun Shine In

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SUNCAST BMS6810D Everett Storage Shed

If you are planning to add a shed to your garden or backyard as a place to get away from it all or an art studio, the Everett might be just what you are looking for.

Not only does the Everett offer a window on each side of the shed, it also comes with a built-in skylight for even more natural lighting.

If you live in an area where it snows a lot, you will find the steel reinforced roof panels are more than up to the job.

All of the panels are designed to be bolted together for added strength and are made from one of the toughest plastic resins on the market.

When you add in double doors, you can't go wrong with this spacious shed with its reinforced floor.

PROS

CONS

Short assembly time, approx. 2 hours even for someone with little to no experience

Lots of brackets to figure out during assembly which can be confusing and slow down the process

Very stable thanks to the double wall construction, which is good for windy/snowy climates

Some parts are not labeled with part numbers, again this can slow down assembly

Bolt together assembly instead of snap fit adds to the overall strength

Some sheds are shipped with the wrong parts and customer service is rated as poor

2. Suncast BMS7400 Molded Resin Storage Shed

Heavy-Duty Walls for Added Strength

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The Cascade is another exceptional low-cost plastic shed from Suncast. This shed is built with double side walls for added durability and strength, ideal for colder areas with plenty of snow.

Topping it off is a shingle-style plastic roof that has been reinforced with steel for added load carrying capacity. Each of the double doors has a window and metal handles for added security.

The panels are designed to interlock instead of requiring you to spend hours putting it together with nuts and bolts. This may be one of the simplest plastic sheds on the market to put together and is a good choice for anyone without construction experience.

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Interlocking pieces not only make the Cascade easy to assemble but also create a strong finished product

If you don't have the base perfectly level, the doors may not line up or stay closed properly

Can be assembled in less than 5 hours by one or two people quite easily

Some of the assembly holes do not line up properly, making assembly of certain parts properly

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

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

3. Keter Factor Large 8 x 11 ft. Resin Outdoor Shed

Low-Cost, Easy to Assemble, Spacious, the Perfect Blend

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Inside the multiple boxes containing your Keter Factor shed is everything you are going to need to put together this spacious 8 x 11 shed. As long as you have a little building experience, you should be able to put this handy shed together in an afternoon.

Despite being one of the cheapest plastic sheds in its class, the Factor comes with a plastic floor that doesn't need a foundation for support.

If you live in an area where it rains a lot, you are so to love the extended roofline.

Your neighbors and HOA are sure to appreciate the natural wood-like texture. The snap-together design makes it easy for the least experienced builder to put this shed together.

pros

cons

Easy to assemble in an afternoon with a minimum of tools and experience

Snap together assembly is a very tight fit, you may need to use Vaseline or some other form of silicone lube to help snap the pieces together

Doors have double handle that can be secured using a padlock

Holes and some parts have excess flashing that has to be removed

Can be placed directly on the ground as it has a built in plastic floor

Plastic floor has a lot of give which may not be suitable for heavy load storage unless you are willing to add a wood or concrete foundation

4. Keter Manor Large 4 x 6 ft. Resin Garden Shed

Much More Room on the Inside

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At 113.2 cubic feet of space, the Keter Manor is one of the most spacious 4 x 6-foot plastic sheds on the market today.

Inside you will find tons of room for garden tools, a lawn mower, a workbench, and more. Keter has their own super-strong fade-resistant plastic resin that is guaranteed to never rot, rust, peel, or dent. This resin is made to take on the desert heat and the arctic cold without cracking.

The Manor is an excellent way to add a significant amount of storage space to your backyard and it's completely waterproof and impervious to all types of weather.

pros

cons

Gable ventilation lets out the fumes and smells from things like your lawn mower or weed trimmer

Despite its size, the Manor only has a single door that is not big enough for a riding lawn mower

Has a single fixed window that lets in natural light so you don't have to install any kind of lighting

There are no pre-drilled holes in the panels, you have to drill them yourself as you assemble the shed

Superior quality and heavy duty resin materials make the Manor a very good deal for your money

The corrugated resin parts seem to be flimsy but only until your shed is fully assembled

5. Suncast BMS4900D Glidetop Slide Lid Shed

Low Profile Storage for Your Backyard

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Not everyone wants the entire neighborhood to see their shed, in fact, some HOAs don’t allow you to have any type of structure, besides your house and garage, that sticks up above the fence.

The Glidetop shed is the perfect solution as this low profile shed measures only 52 inches tall. At this height, the Glidetop will slide under many decks out of the way.

The sliding roof lets you open the doors and walk right in with your lawn mower, bikes, or tools. The floor has been fully reinforced to support the weight of your lawn tractor.

pros

cons

Sliding roof for ease of access

The plastic assembly screws are flimsy

Low profile keeps shed out of sight

Must be assembled on a flat location

Strong reinforced floor

The plastic padlock loops are not very secure

6. Lifetime 6418 Outdoor Storage Shed, 8 by 5 Feet

Pitched Roof has Trusses for Added Strength

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When you are looking for an easy to build, convenient shed with plenty of room for the family bikes, the lawn mower, and your favorite garden tools, this 8 x 5 shed may be just what you need.

At 6 feet 8 inches tall there is plenty of headroom. The trusses give the high pitched roof is perfect for areas where it snows or rains a lot.

While you should place this shed on a concrete, wood, asphalt, or gravel surface for a longer life. The special high-density polyethylene material used for the floor will not crack, peel, or chip.

The high arched doors make moving your biggest items in and out easy and feature an internal locking mechanism.

pros

cons

High-density polyethylene floor is slip and stain resistant

Assembly process is more complicated than most plastic sheds

Steeply pitched roof lets rain and snow slide off easily

Needs to have a good solid level foundation

Steel-reinforced doors for added security

The plastic seems to be overly flimsy

7. Suncast BMS3200 Horizontal Storage Shed

Easy to Use Front Opening Storage with a Lifting Lid

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At just over 4 feet tall, this shed is perfect for those who live in with a strict HOA that doesn't allow you to have a standard storage shed. The shed features double wall construction for added strength and security.

While it may be short in stature the dual front doors and lifting lid make it easy for you to get in and out of this shed. There are built-in shelf supports designed for a single wooden shelf that you have to supply.

Thanks to a set of easy to read instructions and parts that are well-labeled, most people can put this shed together in approximately 15 to 30 minutes.

This shed is the perfect size to fit on your deck or back porch.

pros

cons

Easy to assemble

Doors do not seem to close securely

Everything fits together very snugly

Latching mechanism is weak

Tight fit ensures shed is watertight

You have to lift the lid to open the front doors

8. Fusion Wood and Plastic Composite Shed

Wood-Composite is Designed Not to Rot

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When you want a shed that plastic shed that is going to blend into your backyard, this one from Fusion, available in two colors, may be just what you are looking for.

The 7.5 ft. by 7 ft. size makes it one of the larger of the cheapest plastic sheds and offers plenty of room for a large number of tools and your entire family's bikes.

Yet despite its large size, it is still small enough to sit on a patio, deck or one of the corners of your backyard. It also features a full-length skylight for plenty of natural light.

The wood-composite material used by Keter is revolutionary new material is extremely strong and resistant to pests and rot.

pros

cons

Wood Composite Material is resistant to rot/pests

Some pieces are poorly made and require extra trim parts to cover any gaps

Relatively easy to assemble

Has over 300 screws to assemble

Natural wood look fits into any yard nicely

Doors have been known to fall off

9. Rubbermaid Plastic Large Outdoor Storage Shed

Quality Leak-Proof Storage for Your Garden Tools

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This inexpensive double wall shed is ideal for storing a large number of items at a full 159 cubic feet of space. The floor is impact resistant and durable to help keep everything inside.

This is the perfect shed for storing lawn mowers, garden equipment, adult and child bicycles, and many other smaller but heavy items.

Unlike metal sheds, this one will not rust or rot and will remain watertight and impervious to rain and snow.

Rubbermaid also offers wall anchors that can be used with this shed that let you install storage options like pegboard, shelving, and racks for added capacity.

Two people can easily assemble this shed with common household tools.

pros

cons

Easy assembly with 2 people and common tools

Plastic may warp when exposed to high temps

High strength impact resistant floor

Steel bar front support challenging to install

Double-wall construction for added strength

Plastic door hinges are weak

10. Duramax 30114 Vinyl Shed with Foundation

No Foundation Needed for this Big Shed

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Start with a solid heavy duty floor, add in double doors, and a single window and you have a recipe for success in one of the best cheapest plastic sheds on the market.

The sidewalls stand a full 71 inches tall, perfect for the over 6-foot crowd and for giving you plenty of storage space. The shed is constructed using metal frames and vinyl panels for added strength and durability.

While most plastic sheds are made to remain the color they arrive in, this one is made to be painted to suit your tastes or needs.

The heavy duty construction and materials make this shed a great choice for those who live in the snow belt.

pros

cons

Steel reinforced vinyl panels add a lot of extra strength to the shed

Challenging to assemble, requires some experience and quite a few hand tools

Doors are double wall for added security and have a place to secure your shed with a padlock

Walls are single wall which makes them flimsy in appearance

Wind tested to 115 mpg snow load tested at 1000 or 20 lbs./sq. ft.

Poorly written assembly manual, it takes someone with a lot of experience to decipher them properly

Other Options

Not everyone has the space for a horizontal shed or simply wants something that doesn’t take up quite as much space in their backyard. If none of the horizontal sheds above seem to be exactly what you are looking for, here are a couple of optional style sheds that might do the job.

1. The YardStash IV: Heavy Duty Outdoor Shed Tent

Long Term Fully Portable Storage

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What do you do when you have no room for a permanent structure like a plastic shed, but still need a place to stash your bikes, lawn mower, and other gear? Why not grab a storage tent like this one?

It is made from a heavy duty vinyl tarp and fiberglass poles that are completely impervious to the weather. This storage tent can be put up in ten minutes and used all year around.

It is tear-proof, weatherproof, and UV proof for a long life. Features a Velcro panel in the back that lets you secure your bikes or lawn mower to a fence pole for added security and heavy duty eyelets to secure it to the ground.

pros

cons

Lightweight and easily portable

Can be blown away by high winds

Takes 10 minutes to set up

Takes 2 people to set up quickly

Industrial grade tarp is completely weatherproof

Not very secure, you need to have a post to secure things to

2. Shed & Storage Series Shed-in-a-Box®

Easy Up Storage for your Backyard

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When you don’t have the time or skill to build a wooden or plastic shed for your storage needs, this tent style shed might be just what you are looking for.

At 6 x 6 x 6 feet it offers plenty of storage space under a triple layer ripstop fabric cover. The frame is made from high-grade steel that has been powder coated to resist corrosion, chipping, and peeling.

 The seams are heat sealed instead of sewn to provide better water resistance. The Ratchet-Tite™ cover tensioning system is designed to keep the fabric covering tight and hold everything together.

pros

cons

Plenty of room inside

Material has a short life span in extreme heat

Frame is strong once assembled

Replacement covers are very expensive

Most of the front panel is a wide roll-up style door

Instruction manual hard to follow

Final Thoughts

While these are only a small sampling of the many different plastic sheds on the market, they do seem to represent the best cheap plastic sheds out there.

After spending many hours researching the various sheds, I found the Lifetime 6418 Outdoor Storage Shed to be the best of them.

In fact, I have one of these sitting in my backyard and it has so far made it through a couple of hot summers and heavy winter snows without a problem.

I also love the metal door handles as they let me lock my bike securely inside and the fact it didn’t cost me a fortune or several weeks to build.

I hope you have enjoyed reading the information I have put together here on the best cheap plastic sheds; they are a great way to put a shed in your backyard on a budget

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