Garden tool storage shed

How to Organize A Shed

A backyard shed is a great storage solution for the dedicated gardener or lawn enthusiast. But over time it can collect junk that doesn’t belong which makes using garden tools a pain.

Follow these steps to learn how to organize your shed and create easy access to all of your gardening tools.

What to Keep in Your Shed

Wondering what actually belongs in your shed? Before you organize your storage shed, make sure you’re using it correctly. It’s a great place for any of your gardening or lawn care supplies, as long as the products are safe in changing temperatures and can withstand a little moisture. This includes:

  • Lawnmower and small amounts of gasoline
  • Weedwhacker
  • Gardening tools
  • Hose
  • Workbench
  • Lawncare chemicals
  • Wheelbarrow

If you’re lacking other storage and have enough space in your shed, it can also be a safe place for bikes or outdoor toys, as long as they are separated from any chemicals or fertilizers.

What Not to Keep in Your Shed

Your garden shed is probably not insulated and will be affected by changes in humidity and temperature. Keep items that could be damaged by moisture, temperature or could attract bugs out of your shed. This includes:

  • Clothing
  • Pet food
  • Paint
  • Charcoal

If you’re storing any of these items outside, get rid of them when you clean out your shed.

“Sheds can sometimes be receptacles for old bikes and recreation equipment. As clutter piles up, those items can get buried and outgrown quickly. To prevent this problem, ‘purpose’ the space in each of your storage and outbuilding spaces. Decide where recreation equipment will live and store all of it together. Whether in the garage or shed, at least all like items will live together.”

Vicki Norris | President, Restoring Order

3 Steps to Organize Your Shed

Step 1: Clean Out Your Shed

The first step to having an organized storage shed is to clean it out. Pull out everything and separate it into three piles: keep, relocate and throw away. In the throw away pile, set aside anything that can be recycled or donated to Goodwill.

Pro Tip: Only relocate items if they belong somewhere specific. If you don’t know where the item should live, consider getting rid of it altogether.

After you’ve decluttered your shed, sweep it out with a broom, wipe down shelves and remove as much dirt as possible. It doesn’t need to sparkle, but starting with a clean, empty room will help you feel great about the final product.

Step 2: Arrange Your Tools by Use

Now that you have set aside everything you want to keep, begin arranging items by use. This is an important part of decluttering a tool shed because grouping like items together will help you store them logically and will make them easier to find. Examples of groups are:

  • Hand tools
  • Power tools
  • Gardening accessories
  • Lawncare materials
  • Long-handled items

There is no wrong way to organize your shed. Whatever makes sense to you is correct. Once this is complete, move on to step three.

Step 3: Add Storage Solutions

Adding storage is the best way to improve your shed organization. Especially if you have a small shed, keeping tools and other materials off the floor of your shed will make the building more usable. If each item in your shed has a designated place, you’ll be more likely to keep it organized even if you use it every day.

“Acquire or build shelving or cabinets to properly store and work with your supplies by category within the space. Reload thoughtfully, containerizing unruly or small items as needed. Beautify as you go.”

Vicki Norris | President, Restoring Order

Looking at the groups of tools and other materials you are storing in your shed, consider these options as the most effective ways to store them:

Small Shed Storage Ideas for Tools and Materials

Long-handled tools • Install wall hooks
• Use rafters as overhead storage
Power tools • Hang on wall hooks
Hand tools and gardening tools • Add a pegboard
• Build shelving unit to hold tool box
• Store in easy-to-carry bucket
Lawnmower • Mark a dedicated parking spot in shed
Lawn and Garden Chemicals • Place on shelves, off the ground and out of reach of children
Garden hose • Hang on hooks

Add enough DIY storage to make it easy to keep your shed organized. Then, place all of your tools in their new homes.

To prevent your shed from becoming cluttered in the future, try not to add any items that don’t fit into your new organization system. If you do purchase a new tool, consider getting rid of an old one, or one you haven’t used yet that season, when you add it to the collection.

Finished Organizing Your Shed? Complete These Backyard Projects

Once you’ve decluttered your shed with these tips, make the rest of your yard look just as good by completing one of these other outdoor projects:

  • How to Organize Your Garage
  • Easy DIY Project to Add to Your Backyard
  • Five Sustainable Garden Ideas

Your Ultimate Guide to Organizing the Garden Shed

By Jennifer Christgau-Aquino, Houzz

The sun’s shining and your garden’s calling, but you’ve got to get to your tools first. If you have a garden shed, lucky you. But if it looks anything like mine, you might start thinking that your weeds are more attractive than the prospect of climbing over rakes, brooms and shovels to reach your implements. Here’s how to get your shed back in shape.

Project: Organize your shed Time: Half a day

Tip: It’s important that everyone who uses the space be part of the task, says Jennifer Dusina of Organized Living, a company that specializes in custom organization tools for the home, garage and storage units. This way, the whole family participates in deciding what to keep and where those things are supposed to go.

Studio Shed, original photo on Houzz


Evaluate Your Needs

Your first step in reordering a shed is to decide what’s essential to keep in it. Sheds are usually small, and most people try to stash too much in them, says Bob Trainor, owner of Garden Tech Horticultural Services, a landscaping company that builds sheds and other garden structures in addition to doing garden design and installation.

Be realistic about what you can store in there. If you’re building a new shed, take stock and make sure you pick a size that will accommodate your needs. For instance, you may require space for your lawn mower or outdoor patio furniture during winter.

Store things where you use them. Don’t put your rakes and brooms inside your garage if it’s far from your garden. Likewise, don’t shove your power tools in an outdoor closet if your workbench is in the garage.


Take inventory. Instead of pulling everything outside at once, Dusina suggests concentrating on one wall at a time so that the project isn’t so overwhelming.

Create piles. Set up four categories: donate, keep, relocate and toss.

Be ruthless. Ask yourself: Do I really need three rakes, five hammers and two string trimmers? How often do I use the rototiller and tile saw? If it’s once every few years or even once a year, you can sell these tools on Craigslist or at a pawnshop, says James Angus, a homeowner who recently reorganized his garage and shed, and has a blog about do-it-yourself home improvement. He suggests renting items as needed instead.

Backyard Buildings, original photo on Houzz

Consider Your Storage Options

Now that you’ve got your stuff down to the bare minimum, evaluate your storage options.


Related: Outdoor Storage Solutions That Fit Every Space

Look overhead. Think about putting things up high that you don’t use on a regular basis, Trainor says. This 10-by-10-foot shed features an overhead shelf, allowing the homeowner to stash items that aren’t regularly needed.

Hang things. Tools such as shovels, rakes and sledgehammers can go on a wall. You can use a track system with hooks. For a cheaper version, hammer heavy-duty nails or drill hooks into studs in the wall. Make sure you allow enough space between your tools so that you can easily pull them on and off the wall.

Bring in buckets. If you don’t have the wall space to hang long tools, you can house them in large, deep buckets. Just keep the number of tools inside each one manageable so that you aren’t fighting to untangle your rake from your broom.

Get magnetic. For small tools, consider using knife magnets. They beat searching through a drawer for what you need and are a better way to dry items like paintbrushes, Angus says.

Organized Living, original photo on Houzz

Use adjustable shelving. Keep things off the floor with shelves. Dusina suggests ventilated, adjustable shelving, as seen here. The grates allow dust and dirt to fall to the floor, making it easier to clean the space. And the adjustability allows you to change shelf height and placement as your storage needs fluctuate.

Trainor likes shelving for pots especially. These items easily topple and typically clutter the floor of a garden shed.

Art | Harrison Interiors & Collection, original photo on Houzz

Steal from your kitchen. This homeowner uses large glass jars to store seeds. Dusina stashes hers in an accordion recipe file that she labels so she can easily find what she needs. If she harvests seeds from her garden, she puts them in old spice jars.

Angus likes to upcycle soup cans and salsa jars to house screws, nuts, bolts, small tools and more. It’s a cheap and an effective way to keep things contained, viewable and easy to access.

Use your doors. Hang baskets or hooks on the inside of doors to hold small items like twine, garden shears and gloves, Trainor says.

Corral chemicals and fertilizers. Place heavy bags of garden soil and fertilizer on low shelves or in heavy-duty bins that are easy to slide in and out. It’s wise to put chemicals in locked cabinets if you have the space. If you’re storing fuel and fertilizer in the same place, make sure that it’s ventilated and that the two aren’t near each other. Put supplies such as birdseed in metal containers with lids to protect them from rodents.

Consider smaller spaces too. Not everyone has room for a large shed. You may find that once you get the spot organized, you have items that still need a home.

Arborforge, original photo on Houzz

Use the space under eaves. This is another clever way to store long tools if you don’t have the space inside your shed. They’re easily accessible, and dirt stays outside.

Teracottage-Limited Edition Artisan Sheds & Such, original photo on Houzz

Think tiny. This small box houses frequently used tools and can be installed near garden areas.

Go outdoors. If you’re really tight on space, you could consider storing your tools outside. Just be warned that storing tools outside means that they’ll deteriorate and rust faster, he says.

Keep It Clean

Because of what we keep in them, sheds can often look cluttered. To make yours easier on the eyes, paint it white or a uniform color. You’ll be able to spot things more readily.

Related: Contact Professional Painters in Your Hometown

Lighting. Don’t forget about lighting, Dusina says. If your shed doesn’t already have a fixture, get a battery-operated light, such as a camping lantern, which is a cheap and easy alternative.

Tidy up. Plan on spending time once a week or month, depending on how frequently you use your shed, to straighten up. (Angus takes about 30 minutes each week to put away recently used items.) This will help keep it tidy all year.

This is just your basic, functional shed. The 10×10 size is plenty of space for you to park and store all of your yard and garden tools. The simple wooden design is classic and attractive. Fully opaque siding is a nice security feature and you can add a lock to the doors as well.

19. A Wooden Storage Cabinet with Shelves


This beautiful storage cabinet has one side of shelves for smaller items, and one side without for larger ones. The wood has a beautiful honey-colored finish. The barn door style construction with iron accessories is both simple and elegant. The tiled slanted roof complements the rest of the design.

20. An Add-On Storage Space with Shudder-Style Doors


Custom storage space is wonderful because it’s an extension of the exterior of your home so it blends right in. You can see that in the perfectly matched siding and corner frames on this storage cabinet. Even the roof shingles can be matched to your home! Classic black shutters conceal the storage shelves inside.

21. A Storage Space Designed Under the Patio


An under-the-patio shed solves two common problems. First, it basically adds a room-sized storage space to your backyard. Second, it handily conceals the scaffolding required to support an upstairs porch. You can easily finish the wood to match the exterior paint or the color of the patio wood so that the finished design blends nicely with the rest of your home.

22. Small White Shed with a Red Door


No matter how messy the contents are inside, a storage shed always looks chic with a pop of color! This cute little shed is pretty simple, but that poppy-red door bumps it up a notch. The cute “shed” sign is also a nice touch!

23. A Large, Barn-Like Storage Shed


Whoa! This is the mother of all storage sheds. With space like this, you can stow away large items like lawnmowers and small tractors as well as your small tools and trinkets. The large sliding barn door gives plenty of clearance. A big shed like this would also make a great woodworking or craft area.

24. A Storage Shed Made from Recycled Doors


Reduce, reuse, and recycle is the name of the game. This is a great way to “upcycle” old doors into a clever and attractive storage shed. You’ll need 6 doors and a sheet of particleboard for the roof. Paint all the pieces to match. Connect the back and side panels with brackets, then add the front doors with hinges.

25. Shelf Storage with an Open Air Design


Sometimes you just need an outdoor shelf. This simple idea is a great way to give yourself some outdoor storage in a compact design. The elevated slats keep your items off the ground. To maximize space one side has a shelf in the middle, while the other side is open to accommodate taller items. The slanted roof will protect your stored items from the elements.

26. Unique Wood Storing Ideas for the Winter


It is flat out amazing what you can accomplish with some strategically placed bricks and wood. Ever wanted your own smokehouse or pizza oven? Look no further than your backyard! A custom shed can store your firewood and set you up for some epic culinary creations. Just be sure to use the necessary precautions with finishing to avoid a fire hazard.

27. Simple Half-Sized Storage Shed for Your Yard


If you’ve ever had a toy or tool mysteriously disappear from your yard then you’ll appreciate a simple shed with a security feature. A small shed like this can fit a couple of bikes and tools, and the lock can help keep them from wandering off.

Build a Garden Tool Shed

The age-old “shtick” about a rake handle smacking you in the face when you step on the teeth isn’t funny. It’s happened to me more than once. One of the problems is improperly storing rakes, hoes, shovels and other long-handled tools. They can be hung up in a garage or garden shed, but usually end up right at the door, where they fall down, and again become a dangerous problem. The garden tool shed shown solves the problem of long-handled tool storage and at the same time provides a separate storage area attached to a garage or garden shed with tools at hand. This shed could also hold trash cans. Adding shelves in one side can provide a place for storing fertilizers and chemicals. The shed shown doesn’t have a back, but a back could be installed to make the shed free-standing if desired. However, it would be susceptible to toppling over very easily, so it should be “staked” or fastened in place in some manner.

Properly storing garden tools, fertilizers, insecticides and pesticides is important not only for safety, but also for ease of use. The lean-to garden tool shed shown is easy to build and takes the clutter out of your garage.

The siding of the shed is hardboard (barn siding) and requires two 4-by-8-foot sheets. First, crosscut 24 inches off the end of one 4-by-8-foot sheet. This creates the top. Rip the 6-foot piece to the correct width for the sides, and then cut their angled ends. Some of the framing is constructed of 2-by-2 (1-1/2 x 1-1/2 inch) materials. Rip the 2-by-2’s from 2-by-4’s. Cut the front and back support 2-by-2’s to length. Fasten a side down over these framing members. Then measure and cut the bottom and top side pieces to length, making sure the angles are correct on the top pieces. Note the bottom pieces are 2-by-4’s. Fasten these between the upright members. All siding should be fastened in place with non-corrosive fasteners. An air brad nailer works great for this step. Repeat for the opposite side.

Fitted with an accessory ripping guide, a portable circ saw can be used for ripping 2 x 4’s into 2 x 2’s for framing, and 1 x materials into trim strips.

Stand the sides upright and cut the upper and lower back 2-by-4 cross members to the correct length. Position the cross pieces between the sides and fasten the sides to them with non-corrosive “decking” screws. Then cut and fasten the front 2-by-4 cross members in place in the same manner. Stand the unit upright. Cut and install the floor joists between the front and back lower cross members and then cut and install a 3/4-inch floor over the floor joists, notching to fit around the 2-by-2 uprights. Cut the 2-by-2 door frame members and fit them in place between the front cross pieces. The tops are held in place with a block over the back of the top cross piece and door upright. The bottoms are anchored to a spacer block positioned between it and the side upright.

Use a miter saw to cut strips to length, as well as cut miter joints for door trim.

Use a carpenter’s square to make sure the assembly is square. Then rip the front siding pieces and install them in place. Rip the upper and lower siding cross pieces and install them in place. Rip the 1-1/2-inch trim pieces from a treated 1-by-6. Cut the front uprights to length, making sure their tops follow the angle of the sides. Fasten in place with No. 8d non-corrosive nails. An air nailer, such as the Craftsman utility coil nailer, is perfect for this chore. Cut the upper, lower and back side trim boards and install them in place. Then cut the front top and bottom trim pieces and install them as well.

Cut the door siding piece to size. Then cut the inside uprights from 2-by-2’s to the correct length and fasten the siding piece down over the uprights. Cut the bottom and top cross 2-by-2 pieces and fasten them in place. The door also has 1-1/2-inch trim on the outside. Cut the side door trim pieces to the correct length and fasten in place down over the siding with 8d non-corrosive nails. Fasten the upper and lower cross pieces between them.

A 24-volt portable circular saw makes quick work of cutting siding and framing pieces.

Angled door cross trim pieces add to the décor. Cut these to fit and fasten in place. Then hang the door and install the hook. You may desire to add a latch, or hasp, if you prefer to have a means of locking the shed.

Cut the interior rafters to size, following the angles of the front and back cross members. One method of doing this is to lay a rafter across the top of the cross members and then use a block of wood held against both pieces to mark the angle on the rafters. Install between the cross members. Install the hardboard top piece for the roof down over the rafters. The top can be left as is, but it’s best to apply roll roofing or composite shingles to match the existing building. Then paint or stain to match existing buildings.

Anchor the completed shed to the outside of a building with screws through the top back cross piece into the building. Apply caulking on the back of the roof edge and to the adjoining building. Finally, fasten the top back trim strip down over the caulk and to the shed top and the adjoining building.

Framing is fastened together with a framing nailer, siding is installed with brad nailer, and then the trim is installed.

Materials List

Sides, 3/8” siding, 22 x 72”, cut to angle, 2 req’d.

Side front upright, 2 x 2 x 66”, 2 req’d.

Side rear upright, 2 x 2 x 72”, 2 req’d.

Side bottom cross member, 2 x 4 x 19”, 2 req’d.

Side top cross member, 2 x 2 x 19”, 2 req’d.

Rear bottom back and front cross members,

2 x 4 x 42”, 2 req’d.

Front top and rear cross members, 2 x 4 x 42”, 2 req’d.

Floor joists, 2 x 4 x 19”, 2 req’d.

Rafters, 2 x 4 x 19”, 2 req’d.

Floor, 3/4” plywood x 22 x 45”, cut to fit, 1 req’d.

Door frame uprights, 2 x 2 x 59”, 2 req’d.

Door frame blocking, 2 x 2 x 8”, 4 req’d.

Front siding pieces, 3/8” hardboard x 16 x 66

2 req’d.

Upper front siding, 3/8” hardboard x 3-1/4 x 29”,

1 req’d.

Lower front siding, 3/8” hardboard x 3-1/2 x 29”,

1 req’d.

Front upright trim, 3/4 x 1-1/2 x 59”, 2 req’d.

Side upright trim, 3/4 x 1-1/2 x 66”, 2 req’d.

Bottom front trim, 3/4 x 3-1/2 x 42”, 1 req’d.

Top front trim, 3/4 x 3-1/4 x 42”, 1 req’d.

Door uprights, 2 x 2 x 58-1/2”, 2 req’d.

Door inside cross members, 2 x 2 x 28-1/2”,

2 req’d.

Door inside upright members, 2 x 2 x 58-1/2”,

2 req’d.

Door siding, 3/8” hardboard x 28 1/2 x 58-1/2”,

1 req’d.

Door upright trim, 3/4 x 1-1/2 x 58-1/2”, 2 req’d.

Door horizontal trim, 3/4 x 1-1/2 x 28-1/2”,

2 req’d.

Door cross member trim, 3/4 x 1-1/2 x 62”,

cut to fit, 2 req’d.

Top side trim, 3/4 x 1-1/2 x 22”, cut to angle,

2 req’d.

Bottom side trim, 3/4 x 1-1/2 x 20-1/2”, 2 req’d.

Back side trim, 3/4 x 1-1/2 x 69”,

angle cut to fit, 2 req’d.

Top, 3/8” plywood, 22 x 45”, 1 req’d.

Shingles to fit

Top back trim strip, 3/4 x 1-1/2 x 45”, 1 req’d.

Screen door hook, 1 req’d.

Other Garden Tool Storage Solutions

If you don’t want to build an outside shed, or don’t have the room for it, garage storage systems are also available. Craftsman has just introduced their Storage Solutions System. These storage units can fill a 5-, 8-, 12- or 16-foot wall with freestanding cabinets with or without shelves. Wall and mobile cabinets can store all kinds of garden gear and tools. You can start with the entire system, which also includes a handy workbench that can double as a garden potting bench. Or you can purchase individual pieces and add pieces as you need to expand. Exclusive features of the units include zero-clearance radius doors, allowing the cabinets to rest flush against the wall and adjacent to other storage units. Heavy-duty tubular steel frames on top and bottom provide rigidity. The doors close similar to car doors. Tension is adjustable based on the weight in the door. This allows doors loaded with chemicals, fertilizer and other heavy items to open easily and close securely.

The new Craftsman Garage Storage Solutions helps organize garden tools and other gear.

Another alternative is the Mitchell Garage Cabinet Systems. Designed specifically for garage installation they come in a range of sizes, including cabinets 72 inches high for storing long-handled tools and other items. The cabinets are suspended on a steel-rail support system, allowing easy installation at any height off the floor, keeping the cabinets dry and the underneath easy to clean. Another benefit of the system is the cabinets can be easily relocated. Cabinets are made of high density 3/4-inch particle board, with doorsof furniture-grade medium density fiberboard. Three-way adjustable Euro-style hinges and shelf adjustment holes are standard features.

The Mitchell Garage Cabinet System has several different sized cabinets available for storing garden tools, gear as well as chemicals and fertilizer.

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A garden shed provides a fantastic place to house your gardening tools and supplies, not to mention creating a beautiful focal point to your backyard. They help to enhance the aesthetics of your garden and offers a sheltered space to work. Some come with upgraded features, such as a work table and sink as well as some areas for seating, whether inside or out. Some owner’s of garden sheds opt to have additional amenities such as a place to work on crafts, offering them a private “she shed” to enjoy some personal space. You can create a stone pathway meandering up to your shed and even a water feature nearby, adding to the aesthetics and creating a nice ambiance with the sound of running water. The front of the shed can have a covered porch with a small deck where you can place a couple of chars and even a small table to relax and enjoy a glass of iced tea after a day of hard work in the garden! We have put together a collection of fabulous garden sheds to give you some ideas and inspiration to create your own. Enjoy!

RELATED: A charming fairytale garden shed on Decatur Island

The above garden shed image was taken by us at a private residence in Ontario, Canada. The homeowner is an avid gardener, with the property surrounded by lush, beautiful gardens that are simply dreamy. The shed is at the rear of the property where a stone pathway leads you to it. It is surrounded by a mature growth forest, wild gardens and a beautiful waterfall pond feature that lies adjacent to it.

**If you would like your garden or home featured here on One Kindesign, please have a look here on how to submit.

The potting shed above was constructed out of reclaimed wood, while the roof was re-purposed from an old mill.

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Above: A beautiful garden shed designed by Sheds Unlimited, is surrounded by colorful gardens.

Above, a charming potting shed in the backyard offers this family with a wonderful spot to store both tools and plants. The shed was custom designed, with dimensions of 10 x 14, with eight feet high walls. The main paint color is Sherwin-Williams 6224 Mountain Air, while the trim color is Sherwin-Williams 6221 Moody Blue.

Above, is a DIY adirondack style potting shed, sized at 10′ x 12′. The roof is comprised of clear polycarbonate panels laid out over a truss system. A covered extension on the side of the shed provides a nice shady spot for some outdoor furnishings to enjoy entertaining family and friends or a nice snack after a long day of gardening!

Sheds, Garages & Outdoor Storage

When your storage options are running slim and you need more space, our assortment of multi-functional sheds and outdoor storage buildings provide that additional storage you need. Sheds come in many colors, sizes and styles, along with a variety of options and accessories that allow you to customize them to suit your taste. No matter what type of outdoor storage you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it at The Home Depot.
Size Matters
Storage is coveted in almost every household, as your outdoor garages, basements and work areas quickly become crowded. You need something that’s big enough to securely hold your off-season items and lawn and garden tools. Before buying, consider the size and how you intend to use your storage shed.
We have a large selection of small garden sheds that are just right for your hoses and yard supplies. Need something even smaller? We also have deck boxes capable of holding up to 600 gallons. Medium garden sheds range in size up to 8×10 ft and can accommodate a riding mower and still leave room for trash cans and other supplies. Our large sheds measure 10×10 or 10×12 feet and larger. These storage sheds are large enough to store all your various power equipment, and still have room to spare.
Make it Last
Your region’s weather will help you determine the kind of material your shed should be made of. If it rains often where you live or the temperature is high year-round, consider the shed material. You want something that’s going to last. Most sheds storage will be made of either plastic, resin, wood or metal.
Plastic sheds and resin sheds are a popular option for outdoor storage, because they’re easy to assemble and do not require much cleaning. In a hotter region, purchasing a plastic shed with UV protected technology will help to prevent fading.
Metal and steel sheds are extremely durable and affordable. To prevent significant rusting and keep this type of shed long-lasting, install your shed away from heavy water flow and add insulation.
We offer a wide range of customizable wood sheds. Their design and sturdy frames can withstand the harshest winds and hot weather elements. For maintenance, be sure to use insect-resistant wood or red cedar wood to avoid termites and other creatures that could cause damage.
He Shed, She Shed
Get away from it all in your own backyard. You can make your shed a relaxing extension of your home or create a workshop with just a few simple DIY upgrades or custom additions.
Renew your energy in a comforting She Shed that has all the features of an oasis, like comfortable seating and French doors. Extend your man cave into a He Shed complete with unique add-ons that reinforce fun, family and friends in the outdoors.
Organization and comfort matters for your new storage space or backyard retreat. Make use of otherwise unused space with lightweight, heavy-duty shelves. Shed hooks and racks will also help keep your shed organized. For added comfort, consider installing windows and vents. They not only provide natural light, but also allow for better air circulation.
Let Us Do It For You
Shop The Home Depot for a large selection of sheds and outdoor storage. Looking to add a little shade to your backyard? We can help you find the right canopy, patio cover, gazebo or pergola. We also have portable garages.
Installation is no problem. Choose a DIY shed that comes complete with all the hardware you need to do it yourself. Opt for a pre-configured, ready-to-install shed. Installation is included with that purchase. Or, choose to fully design and customize your perfect shed and we will install it for you. The Home Depot’s local shed installers are licensed, insured and background checked for your peace of mind.

Outdoor storage cabinet project overview: Benefits, time and materials

Lawn and garden tools present a paradox: You can never find the right tool when you need it, then when you aren’t looking for it, it’s in your way. This simple-to-build outdoor storage locker solves both problems. It stores tools so they’re easy to find, and it does so in a convenient location in your yard so they’re not cluttering your garage.

The locker’s 4 x 8-ft. footprint provides ample room to store space-hogging items like walk-behind lawn mowers and snowblowers. Long- and short-handled garden tools, lawn treatments and potting materials also fit nicely inside.

In this article, we’ll show you how to build this attractive outdoor storage locker using easy construction techniques. It’s a great project for beginners looking to expand their building skills.

You can build and paint this locker in a weekend, although you might need another half day to give the pressure-treated trim a second coat of paint. The straightforward construction requires only basic power tools—a circular saw with a standard carbide blade and a drill. An air compressor and nail gun aren’t necessary but will make the framing and trim work easier (and faster!).

We used fiber cement panels for siding because they resist rot and hold paint well (the panels come primed). If you substitute plywood panels, be aware that they’ll eventually rot along the bottoms where they’re in ground contact. We chose corrugated plastic panels for the roof because they let in light and are easy to install. Materials for our locker cost about $500.

A Clear Roof Lets In the Sunshine

These clear plastic roof panels let in sunlight so you can easily see inside. They’re lightweight, faster to install than asphalt shingles and don’t need sheathing underneath. You can cut them with a carbide blade in a circular saw. And best of all, they won’t peel or tear like shingles, and they last for decades. The downside is they’re not in stock at most home centers. You may have to special-order them.

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