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Outdoor Storage & Shed Ideas

Choosing The Right Shed—If you're running low on outdoor storage and need to get your lawn and garden items in order, look no further than a shed or deck box.

The Home Depot has a wide variety of durable, easy-to-assemble options to suit your space, storage and budget requirements.

Backyard Shed Ideas & Considerations

Before you buy, take the time to consider the following questions:

Are there building restrictions in my area?

Be sure to check municipal bylaws for permit regulations as they vary by region and will determine what size of shed you can build.

What kind of storage do I need for my outdoor items? How much space do I need?

It's a good idea to make a list of everything you need outdoor storage for — lawn mowers, tools, toys, bikes, cleaning products, etc. — and then consider how much room you'll need to store and easily access these items. Some sheds come with overhead storage lofts, which maximize space and provide a convenient place for lesser-used items.

How much space do I have in my yard for a shed?

After checking building codes and figuring out if you need a small, medium or large shed, measure the space in your yard to see what will fit. Remember — you need sufficient space to assemble the shed safely and you want a site that is clear of any obstacles.

Alternative Ideas to a Small Shed

If you have very limited yard space or live in an area with restrictions on building a shed, a deck box or compact storage unit is a practical, easy-to-assemble alternative.

How do I get my shed home?

Small shed kits can fit into a cube van, but if you don't have a large enough vehicle to transport your shed, there are convenient delivery options and truck rentals offered through The Home Depot. Many of our sheds are also available to buy online and can be shipped directly to your home.

Garden Shed Preparation

Before you start building, you need to clear your site of debris like grass, plants and stones. You must also ensure the site is completely level — do this by using a long flat object (like a 2 x 4 piece of wood) to even it out and then use a level to double-check your work. Grade the ground away from your house and keep in mind that most sheds require at least two people for assembly.

Tips: Prior to building, lay out all the components of your shed kit to make sure you have everything you need to complete the job.

Your Shed Options

Sheds carried at The Home Depot come in four different materials, each with its own set of features.

Wood Shed

One of the biggest draws of a wood shed is that it can be shingled and painted to match (or complement) your house. A basic knowledge of woodworking is needed to assemble this type of structure.

Steel Shed

Steel sheds are a great option if you’re looking for something durable and low maintenance. These sheds will not rust or require painting and are weather resistant against fading, splitting and cracking.

Resin Shed

Resin sheds are the fastest and easiest to assemble because the floor is included with the purchase of the shed kit. These models are durable, UV-protected and usually include accessories like windows and skylights.

Metal Shed

Metal sheds are considered the most basic outdoor storage option and come in painted galvanized steel or aluminum. Some maintenance is needed to protect against rust and denting.

Shed Sizes

Small Sheds

• Perfect for a small garden or backyard.
• Store garden tools, equipment & more.

Medium Sheds

• Medium to large gardens or backyards.
• Store tools, equipment & household items.

Large Sheds

• Store mower, power tools, household items & more.
• Accessorize for use as an office, project, or hangout space.

Shed Material Comparison Chart

Shed Type Price Point Floor Included Separate Base Required Lockable (Locks Sold Separately) Maintenance Required UV-Protected






Shed Bases

Depending on the material you choose, you'll need a base for your shed. Resin models include a floor in the kit; however, a separate foundation can be added for increased stability. Wood, vinyl and metal sheds require bases to be built before kit assembly begins.

When building a separate base, make sure it's larger than the perimeter of your shed by two to three feet (60 to 90 cm). There are four material options that can be used for this type of project:

  • Gravel
  • Wood
  • Cement Pavers
  • Concrete Slab

Storage Options for Small Decks and Patios

Deck boxes and compact storage units

Deck boxes and compact storage units are great, easy-to-assemble alternatives to sheds when space or building permits are an issue. In addition to storing patio and deck items like cushions, toys and small tools, deck boxes also double as seating, making them a useful addition to any outdoor space.

DIY Outdoor Storage Bench

How to Build a Storage Bench

Adding a storage bench to your garden gives you the best of both worlds: stylish, comfortable seating and practical outdoor storage. Our step-by-step guide shows you how.

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