The 8 Best Outdoor Storage Sheds to Buy in 2018

For when you need the extra space

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Before you own a home, you have no idea just how much stuff you need (or at least think you need) and will accumulate. If you have a garage, that may be enough space, but when that gets so stuffed with storing things that your car can’t fit, it may be time to consider a storage shed. Not only can one free up space in your garage, but it can keep the outdoor items you use most often in a more convenient location.

From basic, relatively inexpensive models to mega-impressive sheds, there are choices galore. Here are eight great outdoor shed storage sheds for all your household needs. 

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    Best Basic: The YardStash IV: Heavy Duty, Space Saving Outdoor Storage Shed Tent

    Part shed, part tent, this one requires little commitment. Not only is it relatively inexpensive, it’s also easy to set up (10 minutes or less, no tools required), move and store. Made of tough vinyl tarpaulin with a patented snow-shedding roof design, it’s tough enough to withstand weather of all sorts, but it’s also lightweight and extremely versatile compared to other metal or wooden sheds.

    It’s great for storing bikes, tools, lawnmowers, toys and more, and it also includes a carrying bag, so you can take it on the go or store it easily when it’s not in use. It’s big enough to hold a considerable amount of stuff (74" x 32" x 68"), but it can also fit in small spaces. If you’re looking for temporary storage from time to time or don’t want the commitment of a more permanent shed, this one may just be right for you.

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    Best Decorative: Little Cottage Company Colonial Pinehurst 12'x24' DIY Shed Kit

    If you’re looking for something a little fancier, this DIY colonial shed kit delivers. It looks almost like a guest house or a garage, but its 12' x 24' size is perfect for storing all of your garden tools, equipment, toys and anything else that needs storing. It comes with shutters, a double door and a working window with glass and screens.

    Before you store your tools, however, you’re going to need them to build the shed. The walls come in panelized sections and all of the other parts are precut and ready to assemble. It comes with all the hardware you’ll need, but you’ll have to provide your own shingles, floor and paint (choose your own colors!). When it’s complete you’ll have a shed so sweet, no others will be able to compete.

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    Best Double Door: Suncast BMS7400 Cascade Blow Molded Resin Storage Shed

    For a mid-range, solid storage shed choice, this one checks all of the boxes. It doesn’t have a lot of fancy extras, but it’s built with sturdy, double-wall resin, which won’t rust or rot. It also has a metal-reinforced roof and a durable floor to keep your things safe and protected from the elements.

    There are lockable metal handles for security, windows on the doors for light and a functional vent to keep air flowing. The shed measures 7' 4-1/2" x 3' 11-3/4" x 8' 6-1/2", so it’s spacious enough to hold quite a bit of gear, and the double doors make it easy to access it anytime. Extra shelving and hook and basket accessories are available for purchase separately.

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    Best Small Storage Shed: Rubbermaid 3748 Horizontal Storage Shed, 18-Cubic Ft

    For something on a smaller scale, this rubber shed from Rubbermaid is simple and sturdy. It’s great for small spaces (it measures 36" x 55" x 28") and is perfect for keeping garden tools, pool toys and other outdoor items protected from rain and other elements.

    Made of tough rubber, you don’t have to worry about rotting or rusting, and assembly is quick and easy. For more organizational options you can add a shelf (sold separately) or a lock (also sold separately) for security. It’s beige and grey color scheme blends in pretty much anywhere you want to place it for convenient access to your items.

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    Best Modern: Telluride 12 ft. x 10 ft. Residential-Quality Backyard Studio

    Studio Shed Telluride 12 ft. x 10 ft. Residential-Quality Backyard Studio
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    Sleek and modern, this shed is one you could actually live in… literally. It’s built to residential construction standards and uses high-quality materials that are built to last. You can use it as a traditional shed for storing things, or as extra living space for a home office, game room, art studio or anything else you can think of.

    The DIY kit is designed for easy assembly, and it comes with training videos and phone support in case you get stuck. Lots of windows make it light and bright, and the French doors add flair. You will need a foundation — either concrete or wood — but what a great way to add more storage or living space to your property when all's said and done.

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    Arrow VD1012-D1 Vinyl Coated Dallas 10-Feet by 12-Feet Steel Storage Shed

    This one is as tough as steel… actually, it is made of vinyl-coated steel, so it’s strong, sturdy and ready to protect your things. The 10' x 12' building contains 734 cubic feet of space for storing lawn equipment, snow blowers, sleds, gardening tools and anything else. The wide door opening accommodates riding lawn mowers and other such equipment, and the ceiling is extra high 6' 8" at the peak) for more headroom and a comfortable workspace.

    It’s easy to assemble with “drop-in-place” panels, and the parts are pre-cut and pre-drilled. It’s built to last and comes with a 15-year limited warranty to prove it.

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    Best Portable: ATV Shelter, Mini Portable Garage,Grey

    If portability is a plus when it comes to choosing your storage shed, this might be the right pick for you. It’s like an instant garage for your bikes, ATVs, motorcycles, tractors, grills, lawn equipment or anything else you need to store.

    The all-steel frame is topped with a tough, waterproof tarpaulin cover, and there’s a double zipper door that provides both protection and easy access to your things. It measures 10' x 10' x 8', so there’s plenty of room storage. When it’s time to change things up, it’s easy to pick up and pack up for storage or to move to wherever else you may need it. It’s a nice affordable option as an all-purpose storage shed.

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    Best for DIY: ATV Shelter, Mini Portable Garage

    For the DIYers out there, this kit lets you build your own shed from the ground up. It comes with 55 strong 24-gauge galvanized steel connector brackets, plus a list of the materials you’ll need, and, most importantly, instructions on how to build it. You don’t have to be a master carpenter, as the plans are easy enough to follow, even for beginners.

    One kit contains enough connectors to build a 7' x 8' shed, but there are instructions included to build one that’s 10' x 22' long as well (the purchase of two extra kits is required to do so). All that work can pay off too. The manufacturer claims you can save 50 percent or more over the cost of pre-built sheds. So, if you’re up for the challenge, this kit may be the way to go.