Sheds & Storage Buying Guide

A storage shed helps free your property of clutter, which keeps your yard more attractive and functional… and you more organized. This sheds and storage buying guide outlines your options.

Sheds & Storage 101

If your garage is bursting at the seams, it's time to consider a backyard shed and other outdoor storage solutions. The right shed will provide you with plenty of room for storing bikes, mowers and garden equipment, and it can also add to your backyard décor. There are a variety of storage options available to suit every space and budget. Your first step is to assess your current outdoor storage needs, and explore options to find what’s right for your space. Sheds are a worthwhile backyard investment that can be customized with windows, lofts and partitions, and turned into everything from the ultimate hobby hut to a catch-all for garden equipment, tools, toys and other items.

Types of Sheds & Storage


Storage Sheds & Buildings

Storage sheds conquer clutter by keeping your outdoor essentials hidden but handy. If your shed is large enough, you can use it for hobbies such as woodworking or pottery making. Sheds can also double as kids' playhouses or pool change rooms. Everything from swimming pool supplies to sporting goods can be easy to access and conveniently located where they’re used, freeing valuable space in your garage and basement. Before buying, consider size, style, location and access points. Modern storage sheds come in easy-to-install prefab kits. You should choose durable materials such as cedar, resin and steel that will last for years with minimal maintenance. When selecting a shed, consider its appearance. A shed featuring quality design and materials will blend beautifully into any backyard setting and bring lasting appeal to your yard for years to come.

Garden Sheds

Whether you’re a budding gardener or seasoned pro, a garden shed keeps everything you need for lawn and garden care right under your green thumb. Larger sheds with multiple access points can store bulky items like wheelbarrows and mowers, and keep potting supplies, soils and mulches covered and convenient for year-round yard upkeep. There are a variety of styles and features to choose from, including windows, which provide air circulation and sunlight for starting seedlings. If you have children, lockable doors are a must to keep pesticides and tools out of reach.

Garbage Sheds

Garbage and recycling sheds are a practical way to store unsightly household trash until it’s ready to be kicked to the curb. Some designs feature durable cedar construction that naturally resists decay and pests. Other models are made of resin for long-lasting visual appeal. Look for features like secure latching lids and solid bottoms to keep odours and animals away.

Deck Boxes

Deck boxes let you keep everything from patio cushions to play equipment accessible and convenient to ensure kids and backyard guests are entertained while keeping your patio clutter-free. Look for deck boxes made from stylish, durable materials that will blend with your outdoor decor and withstand the elements. Your options include resin wicker, molded plastic and wood. Vertical models often feature handy shelves and lockable doors, while horizontal models frequently come with matching cushions for extra seating in a pinch.

Storage Benches, Couches & Chairs

Outdoor storage benches, couches and chairs are ideal for storing all your entertaining essentials, including patio cushions, blankets, outdoor candles and games, while providing extra seating for impromptu patio parties. Durable materials and double-walled construction allow for leak-, dent-, UV- and weather-resistant storage — and worry-free entertaining. Storage benches are a particularly versatile choice as they work well in smaller spaces and can be placed conveniently close to saunas, hot tubs, pools and pathways.

Outdoor Shelving and Accessories

Once you’ve covered your main outdoor storage needs, consider complementary storage solutions like outdoor shelving and hanging units. Pegboards, wall tracks, racks and hooks can help you put every available square inch to good use for storing sprinklers, sprayers and smaller tools. They can also be moved and reinstalled easily if your needs change over time. Hooks and racks can be used for long items like rakes, brooms and spades. You’ll get more floor space and easier access to everyday essentials.

Buying Tips:

• Buy storage units that hold 25 percent more than your current requirements to anticipate future needs
• Choose lockable storage options and high shelving to keep hazardous items like fertilizers, propane bottles and charcoal out of children’s reach
• Plan your storage solutions so you can easily rotate seasonal items (bikes in summer and skis in winter)


Metal +

Aluminum and galvanized steel sheds with high-quality locking systems provide extra security for expensive equipment like bicycles and riding mowers. Solid metal construction is also a deterrent to most animals. Most metal barn shelters are coated with baked enamel for years of durability and maintenance-free service.

Vinyl +

Vinyl sheds are known for their strength and durability. They are virtually maintenance-free and can stand up to whatever is thrown their way, whether it’s extreme elements or wayward curveballs. Vinyl panels are made to exact standards for easy assembly and solid construction. Double-wall vinyl panels resist dents from tough play and rough weather, and a protective UV coating prevents fading. Steel-reinforced doors will provide added security, while protective UV coating helps prevent fading. Due to their lightweight construction, vinyl sheds are easy to assemble (and disassemble if you need to move your shed around your yard).

Wood +

Graced with natural good looks, wood sheds blend beautifully into backyard settings and can be shingled and painted to match your home. When the nest empties and your storage needs diminish, you can easily transform your wood shed into anything from a playhouse for the grandkids to a relaxing sauna. If you keep your wood shed painted and maintained, it will give you years of practical, trouble-free use.

Hybrid Materials +

Hybrid sheds typically incorporate materials like wood and resin to offer the advantages of both: high durability and long-lasting visual appeal. Typical hybrids offer the beauty and good looks of natural wood construction on the walls. Resin is used for the floor and roof to resist warping, better endure the elements, and provide worry-free assembly and maintenance.

Ramps +

Ramps are an important accessory for storing heavy wheeled gear, such as riding mowers and motorcycles, in sheds with elevated floors. With a ramp in place, it's easier to roll into the shed, and the floor edge in the entrance is protected from wear.

Windows and skylights +

Windows and skylights increase visibility and reduce electrical costs by allowing natural sunlight into your shed. Windows and skylights also serve as attractive design elements that improve the appearance of your shed. Custom shutters and window boxes are additional options to enhance your storage shed.

Lofts +

A loft is a practical way to use every available inch of vertical storage space in your shed. It also provides a convenient place to store seasonal items. Bikes and lawnmowers, for example, can be stored on the bottom in summer, then moved overhead in winter to make room for skis and sleds.

Shelves +

It's best to use shelves designed to work with your specific storage structure. With shelves installed in your shed, you can more easily organize tools and materials to keep everything in its place.

Size +

Space is always at a premium, so go for the biggest shed your space and budget will allow. Assess your current and future storage needs before you buy, and measure out your site, allowing for extra dimensions like roof overhang. Make sure the shed's roof ridge is high enough for you to stand comfortably and the door is wide enough for bulky items like wheelbarrows.

Style +

Apex sheds have double-sloped roofs, which tend to be stronger than pent sheds. Pent sheds have a single sloped roof and can be positioned against a wall or fence to save space. Adding a window to either model will maximize natural light, allowing your shed to double as a greenhouse. Extendable sheds are also available, which allows you to expand your storage needs over time with optional kits.

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Maintenance Tips:

• Treat wood sheds and floors annually with an external wood preserver
• Regularly oil locks, door and window hinges
• Sweep leaves and debris off the roof
• Prevent condensation buildup on metal sheds by using a vapour barrier under the foundation, keeping air vents open and using polystyrene on interior roof panels
• Scrub vinyl sheds with warm, soapy water and rinse with clean water

Assembly and Installation Tips:

• Assemble your shed according to the manufacturer’s instructions
• Build your shed on a dry, level foundation with good drainage, away from overhanging trees, damp ground and debris
• Make sure the foundation is at least 100 mm larger than the shed base and bevel the edges downward for drainage
• Assess if you need a power supply and hire a qualified electrician
• Check with your local planning office for restrictions on shed size and proximity to house and boundaries
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