Garden Shed Buying Guide: Outdoor Storage Space That’s Accessible and Attractive

Whether you live in a city or like the great outdoors, making the most of your backyard area should be a primary consideration. If you’re one of the lucky ones who have some extra garden space to use and improve, you’ve certainly come here to learn more about garden sheds.

They can be small or large, depending on your needs, and can be used as a workshop, storage for tools and equipment, a playhouse for the kids, an art studio, a bicycle garage, and so on. People’s activities and interests are the source of inspiration for a wide range of sheds.

The Basics of an Outdoor Garden Shed

outdoor garden shed with tools


Designs made of metal provide you with a practical and strong outdoor garden shed ideal for secure storage for your expensive garden equipment. At its largest, it can make a perfect garage. Sheds made of metal have a coarser appearance but last a long time, are easy to maintain and may be used without a base.

Timber (wooden) sheds have a more rustic appearance. Wooden huts may not be as durable as the steel counterparts, but they mix in wonderfully with your natural surroundings. Wood is also an excellent insulator, however, it is not suggested in a climate of extreme weather.

Sheds made of vinyl (PVC) are lightweight and easy to maintain. Although some individuals find vinyl’s look to be overly “plastic,” the current trends demonstrate that designers are moving away from the plastic look and trying to provide a more refined style. Vinyl is typically stain and weather resistant which is a plus for your shed.


A flat roof is the most popular type for the outdoor garden shed, and as the name implies, it is completely flat. It’s worth mentioning, however, despite its surface, it usually has a drainage system. Pay attention to this based on where you live and how much rain you get.

The hip roof has slopes on each of your shed’s four sides that meet at the apex and form a ridge. Hip roofs are well-known for their ability to endure wind and rain. And if you’re into a country vibe with a unique vintage appearance and a lot of extra storage space, the barn-style roof is something I recommend when you look for the ideal shed.

Is a Foundation Required for Garden Sheds?

garden shed with gravel foundation

Small garden sheds for sale (1.8 x 2.5m or smaller) are commonly built without a foundation, but if you want yours to last, a ground foundation is required. You should be aware that the plastic floor that often comes with the chosen design is not a base or foundation. It’s just a floor, so it’s only as strong as the surface it’s sitting on.

Unless you’re putting the construction on top of an existing concrete floor (or the dirt you already have as a basis), these are the most frequent foundation materials. Unless you’re putting the construction on top of an existing concrete floor (or the dirt you already have as a basis), these are the most frequent foundation materials.

Gravel Foundation 

To begin with, gravel drains water more effectively than a flat concrete pad. This will preserve the structure under your garden shed from degradation in the long run. Secondly, it provides a considerably stronger foundation for your shed than concrete piers or shed foundation blocks.

Paving Blocks

For shed foundations, pavers are available in several materials, including concrete and brick. Pavers interlock tightly, allowing you to build a strong foundation for your shed. To be effective, they must be put on a perfectly flat and sturdy surface.

Wooden Floor

For most smaller garden shelters, a wooden foundation is the best option. It’s usually a simple timber frame with crossbeams to keep it together. If you want a shed that is larger than 3 x 2.5 m, or you need to keep a lot of heavy equipment, a paving slab or concrete base is a better option.

Suggestions for maximizing your space

If you’re short on room, check out the types of outdoor garden shed that are still as helpful as ever when equipped with these suggestions and extras:

Hanging Your Tools on a Magnetic Bar or Pegboard

pegboard with garden tools in shed

The magnetic strip in your shed saves room and is ideal for small tools, nails, bolts, and other metal goods. What’s better than a well-organized and protected toolset that’s also easy to access?

Hangers Inside Your Garden Shed

When organizing your workstation, yard, or the interior of your home, you should always be on the lookout for tripping hazards. Hanging things above ground is a great way to prevent that and they can be purchased or constructed at home at a minimal cost. They could be hung from the ceiling or on the walls, depending on the size of your shed.

Shelving Made of Wire

wire shelves with garden tools on them

Wire shelving can help you make the most of your space by allowing you to store items that wouldn’t fit or stand on ordinary shelves. If you prefer to hang clothes and other similar objects, you can use these instead of shelves or as fixed-mount wire shelving.

Label For Each Container

You’ll thank yourself later should you need to grab anything swiftly or if someone else in the family has to help themselves in your shed and isn’t familiar with your organizational method.

Look around your garden and find the sweet spot for your new project. Get inspired and hang your art projects up, paint your door with brings neon colours, build a shed for your bicycle, grow your own vegetables, and make the best out of your backdoor space.

Organizing space efficiently is a skill we learn and relearn constantly and while for some folks it comes naturally you might be struggling with it. So, take your time to do your projects around your house but don’t forget to have fun while shopping.