The 3 Best Outdoor Storage Sheds of 2021

For when you need the extra space

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Our Top Picks
"Part shed, part tent, this one requires little commitment."
"For something on the smaller scale, this shed is simple and sturdy."
"It’s like an instant garage for your bikes, ATVs, motorcycles, tractors, and grills."
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Best Basic: YardStash The YardStash IV: Heavy Duty, Space Saving Outdoor Storage Shed Tent

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 Small: 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 or a lock (both sold separately) for security. The beige and grey color scheme blend in anywhere you want to place it for convenient access to your items.

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Best for DIY: 2x4basics Custom Shed Kit with Barn Roof

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.