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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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 the above horizontal sheds are not quite what you are looking for, here is a vertical shed that might do the job for you.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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When we think about motorbikes, we think about open roads and the exhilaration of riding. Not where we are going to stick our bike when we are not riding it
Leaving bikes out in the open leaves them to being covered in dirt, dust, and rust. So its not a real option. So to help, we have found a motorcycle shed for everyone. We think are great solutions, so you can spend more time riding... instead of cleaning
Because were not big fans of removing grime, dirt and bird poo either... Enjoy
|Shed||Maker||Size||Material||Security||Assembly time||Price||How Many Bikes?|
|MTS Grey Sport Shelter||Speed-Way||9 x 3.6 x 5.3||Fabric||★★★☆||1 hour (1 person)||$||1|
|Roughneck X-Large Storage Shed||Rubbermaid||7 x 7 x 7.6||Plastic||★★★★☆||4 - 6 hours (1 - 2 people)||$$$||2|
|Outdoor Storage Shed||Lifetime||15 x 8 x 8||Plastic||★★★★||7 - 10 hours (1 - 2 people)||$$$$$$||3+|
|Yard Saver Lean-to||Arrow||9.5 x 3.9 x 6.8||Metal||★★★★☆||6 - 10 hours (1 - 2 people)||$$||1+|
|Delux All-Season Motorcycle Cover||Nelson-Rigg||N/A||Fabric||★||<1 hour (1 person)||$||1|
|Backyard Discovery Ready Shed - Barn||Backyard Discovery||8 x 8 x 8||Wood||★★★★★||6 - 8 hours (1 - 2 people)||$$$$$$||3|
|Steel Storage Shed||Arrow||7.8 x 2.9 x 5.3||Metal||★★★★||4 - 8 hours (1 - 2 people)||$||1|
|Shed-in-a-Box||ShelterLogic||6 x 12 x 8||Fabric||★||1 - 2 hours (1 -2 people)||$||1|
|Quictent Motorcycle Tent||Quictent||N/A||Fabric||★★||1 hour (1 person)||$||1|
|Large Vertical Storage Shed||Rubbermaid||6.3 x 4.6 x 6.2||Plastic||★★★☆||1 - 2 hours (1 -2 people)||$$||1|
|H-D Dome Tent with Parking||Harley-Davidson||N/A||Fabric||★☆||1 hour (1 person)||$||3|
Only one color scheme available
Very easy to use
Lady does not come with cover
This bike cover looks the part. It is a well designed solution that’s easy to use. All you need to do is ride your bike in, then close the cover over the top
The sliding cover means there is nowhere for water or dust to get on your motorbike. When we saw this we had one of those ‘why didn't I think of that moments.’ It’s simple, easy, it still looks motorcycle, and IT WORKS.
Practically the missus wont hate it either. It looks nice, and it sits below the fence line. It can also fit on a porch, veranda or deck (flooring mats are sold extra if you want to put it straight on the ground)
A strong, lockable solution to keep the weather off of your pride and joy. Check out what size is right for your bike here
This is a nice complete solution. It is a typical family style shed but its size allows it to store 2 standard motorcycles side by side
It is well designed with skylights and windows in the doors for natural light, and it comes with a floor to limit the amount of dust inside the shed. There are also storage options for your accessories
The shed comes with instructions and is easily assembled, but requires a level concrete slab which is the owners responsibility to provide. But even with that added into the cost of the shed, it is still good value
Not for Cruisers
Strong and Sturdy
Can't Paint It
Nice compact, safe storage for two motorcycles. Read the reviews here
Motorcycles can be a hobby for some and a religion for others. And if you’re the latter, then you need somewhere to worship… Welcome to your new sanctuary
With room for your bike, your tools, accessories, leathers, and even a parts bike you wont be short of space. You could possibly fit 4 bikes in here but it would be tough trying to get them out
Plastic sheds are also very easy to clean. So if you have an accident a clean floor, wall or even roof is only a can of degreaser and a few old towels away
There are plenty of storage options for tools, and even windows so you can see what you’re doing during the day. It wouldn’t be hard to run some lighting on the inside either for those late nights on the tools
Plenty of Space
A Little Pricey
Strong and Sturdy
If you’ve got the space, why not. You’ll know your bike is secure and it provides a nice place to work on it. Read homeowner reviews here
Out of the Way Storage
Assembly Can Be Tedious
No Natural Light
Looking for a place to hide your bike? Then this discreet lean-to is perfect. Designed to sit up against a garage or house wall, the yard saver is out of the way and discreet looking
With no windows to see what’s inside, your bike is safely away from any prying opportunistic eyes
The double doors open up to the width of the shed (almost 4 feet) which is plenty to get your bike in and out, and the shed is long enough to store your accessories too
A good solution for when your bike is for your eyes only. It’s great value too, one click to see the price
Strong and Waterproof
Can Keep Humidity In
Easy to Find Right Size
Can Wear if Used A Lot
Sometimes it’s better to be safe than sorry, and a little added protection never hurt anyone. That’s where a motorcycle cover comes in. If your leaving your bike outside, or its hibernating for the winter, a motorcycle cover can give you some more peace of mind
The covers are water resistant, and also keep the dust and dirt off your motorcycle. Although in humid weather, it can trap humidity in. And if you’re on the road, the cover rolls up into a tiny backpack so you can stick it behind or under your seat
If you’re concerned about getting the right fit, it takes only 3 steps to find the right size. You find your bike with the easy to use menu, then it suggests the size that you need, then order
The best cover we could find for an extra safeguard for your motorcycle. Find your correct size here
Everything Included in Delivery
Your Wife Might Want it for Her Stuff
Strong Door Handles & Locks
A Pricier Option
If you want plenty of storage for your motorcycle, but never thought you could build a wooden shed then this is your answer. Everything is included with delivery in this strong and simple to build 8 x 8 foot shed. Yes even the shingles and the floor!
Made from 2 x 4 stud and wood paneling, this shed is straightforward to put up. The double doors make it easy to get your ride in and out, and there is a loft shelf to keep your helmet and other gear off the floor
On the down side it isn't the cheapest shed in this list. You will also want to position the doors facing south to get the light in. The size is great for motorcyle storage, but not really big enough to work on your bike
Simple to construct storage for your pride and joy... and it only takes a friday afternoon to put it together. See the prices here
Getting In and Out on a Windy Day
Locking Mechanism Not Very Good
The best thing about this shed, apart from its durability and value, is that you can place this shed pretty much anywhere and have it up in half a day
The floor frame kit is included, so all you need is some plywood (and any base that you were going to use) and the shed kit and you’re ready to go
The shed isn’t tall so you shouldn’t’ have to worry about your HOA giving your grief about it. And just like more expensive solutions it will keep the rain, dust and dirt at bay
Usually used for gardening equipment, it will also hold a standard motorcycle. Getting it in and out might take some practice on a windy day but nothing a few lose bricks won’t fix
It’s a simple and economical solution to your motorcycle storage problem. Read homeowner reviews here.
Can House Multiple Bikes
Can Get Dusty
No Real Security
This storage tent is a bit larger than standard motorbike covers, which allows you to store all yoru accessories and even another motorbike!
Being a fabric/canvas shed, its biggest weak point is the cover. But this one has a serious fabric covering, treated for UV and fading, among other things
We’re not huge fans of fabric sheds here, but if you are going to buy one, then this is a good one.
A good value solution, for those who need more than just bike storage. See the price in one click here
Easy to Assemble
Protects from Rain, Snow, Dust and UV Light
Floor Not Included
Want a tailored solution that you can put it up in less than an hour, and have a cover over your motorbike before the rain sets in?
This motorcycle storage tent is an easy way to protect your bike. Set up the frame, put the lining on and you’re done. However, if you want something sturdy that the wife will accept then look elsewhere
But no matter what the look, it has a powdercoated steel frame and will keep the weather out
Quite a strong storage solution for what it is. Read those homeowner reviews here
Looks Neat and Inconspicuous
Won't Fit Larger Bikes
Has Shelving Options
Yes! It doesn't look like a motorcycle shed at all, and that’s what we like about it (and probably what your wife likes about it too.)
It’s a tight fit but the shed will fit smaller bikes, and there is enough room for your helmet and other gear but not much else. Not enough space for your better half to want to store her ‘once-a-year-crockery’
The plastic construction means no maintenance, and a rigid construction at a reasonable price. Although be sure to check the length of your bike, the outside depth of the shed is 6.3ft
A strong shelter that will disguise your motorcycle gear. Read homeowner reviews here
Haven't found what you are looking for yet? What about this...
Never Leave Your Bike Again
Wife Will Wonder Where You Are
Protects You Both From the Weather
Kids Will Miss You
This is a standard motorcycle cover. It’s just some tent material that gets zipped over your bike. The only difference is its attached to a tent
We love this idea. This way you don’t have to leave your bike at all! And if your wife misses you, there’s room for her and her bike too!
It may seem novel but Harley owners say it’s a great tent. Strong and durable, easy to pack up and the ‘garage’ does detach from the tent when you and the wife need some ‘alone time’
We think it’s a great way to make friends at your next overnight bike event. As curious people wonder which part you sleep in… with the bike, or your wife? Available here
Mike G. has written in to say he recently purchased a cycleshell and is happy with it. It's a marine fabric made (tent like) motorcycle shelter that is strong enough to take some snow and decent winds. You can check it out for yourself here.
Ok, so number 11 was a bit of a gag but it could come in handy. I hope this helps you find what you are looking for when it comes to a motorcycle shed.
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