Garden sheds can be used for a variety of purposes from storing gardening equipment, bicycles, pool accessories or even just keeping the clutter out of your home which can free up more living space.
This article will discuss the best sheds available and what you need to consider before purchasing one for your garden.
Our top pick: Keter Factor Large Outdoor Shed
Size: 2.57m (width) x 3.31m (depth) x 2.43m (height)
Material: Polypropylene resin (plastic)
Pros: Looks great, durable resin plastic construction, enough room to stand up and work, windows for natural light
If you have space for it, the Keter Factor Outdoor Shed is the perfect solution for your storage needs.
With almost 16 cubic metres of storage space, it’s great for storing all your garden equipment, tools, and more.
It’s made from polypropylene resin plastic, which means it will never rot or rust. You’ll never need to paint it either, unlike with wooden sheds.
It has a wood-like texture and neutral colours that will complement any home. A skylight lets in natural light, and vents help keep air circulating inside the shed so you don’t have to worry about mould or mildew forming on your belongings.
Keter also makes a slightly smaller version of this shed which you can view here.
Best metal shed: Absco Premier Garden Shed
Size: 3.0m (width) x 3.0m (depth) x 2.1m (height)
Pros: Gable roof for standing room, durable high-grade steel, lifetime warranty
The Absco Premier Garden Shed is a high-quality, Australian-made product that will last you for decades. It is made from BlueScope steel and comes with a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty.
This shed is easy to assemble thanks to the pre-punched holes and labelled parts. Absco’s assembly system means no screws are required and there are a series of handy step-by-step assembly videos to guide you.
The shed is engineered to N2 standards, which means it can withstand wind gusts up to 120 kph.
Best small shed: Keter Grande Store Shed
Size: 1.9m (width) x 1.1m (depth) x 1.3m (height)
Material: Polypropylene resin (plastic)
Pros: Durable UV stabilised polypropylene, paintable, double hinged doors for easy access
Cons: Expensive, no standing room
Whether you’re looking for a place to store your bikes, BBQs, or wheelie bins, the Keter Grande Store Shed is the ideal solution.
This durable shed has a hinged double door and paintable walls, so you can make it your own. It’s made from UV stabilised polypropylene that will withstand any weather conditions without any maintenance required.
It also comes with a sloping threshold to allow easy access to the interior of your shed, and includes a locking system for added security. The built-in ventilation will make sure that everything stays dry and protected from the elements.
The Keter Grande Store Shed comes complete with adjustable brackets so you can install an extra shelf if needed.
Budget option: Giantz Garden Storage Shed
Size: 1.9m (width) x 1.2m (depth) x 1.8m (height)
Material: Galvanized steel (frame), polypropylene (walls)
Pros: Affordable, rust- and rot-proof materials, spacious for a cheap shed
Cons: Difficult assembly instructions
This is a great option for anyone looking for a sturdy, affordable storage shed to store their garden tools, bikes and other items.
The 0.6mm thick galvanized steel frame is strong enough to store and protect your belongings, and the polypropylene colour board walls are corrosion-resistant and weatherproof so you don’t have to worry about rusting or rotting.
This garden storage shed comes with double sliding doors that make it easy to access your belongings, as well as four air vents that help with air flow to prevent dampness and mould.
What to consider when choosing a shed
There are a few important factors to consider when choosing a shed.
First, you want to make sure that it is the right size for your needs. A large shed will obviously provide more storage. However, it will also be more expensive, take up more yard space, and be more difficult to move, so consider what you need to store before deciding on a size.
Secondly, consider where you will put the shed in relation to other structures on your property such as buildings, fences, trees, or hedges.
What are you going to use the shed for?
- Storage shed: If your main reason for buying a shed is storage, then you’ll want to consider the size of your intended space before making a purchase. The best garden sheds for storage typically come in sizes ranging from 4×4 feet to 8×8 feet.
- Workshop: Storage sheds are not always large enough for the workbench and tools required by someone who wants to have their own workshop. In this case, a larger structure may be needed. You’ll also need to think about things like insulation, ventilation, and natural light if you intend to spend time working inside your shed.
- Garden/tool shed: A tool shed is a perfect place to store all of your gardening equipment, from rakes and shovels to lawn mowers and leaf blowers. If you have a lot of tools, you may want to consider a larger size shed so that everything can be stored in one place.
- Home office: A home office shed is a type of building that’s separate from the house that you use as a space to conduct business or work on personal projects. As with a workshop, you’ll need to think about creating a space that will be pleasant to spend time in.
What size garden shed do you need?
The size of your garden shed, and therefore how much space you need, will depend on what you want to store in it.
Small garden sheds
If all you’re going to put in it is a few tools and a couple of storage boxes then a smaller shed should be fine.
Small garden sheds usually measure around 1-2m (Width) x 1m (Depth) x 1.5-2m (Height).
Keep in mind that many of the smaller sheds are only 1.5m in height which isn’t enough space for most adults to stand up in.
Medium – Large garden sheds
If you have bulky items like bikes or lawnmowers or garden furniture that need storing then the bigger sheds are better suited for these kinds of things.
Larger sheds usually measure around 2-3m (Width) x 2-3m (Depth) x 2-2.5m (Height).
This sized shed is more suited to a small workshop as there is space for a small workbench and also enough vertical space to stand upright.
Garden shed layout/shape
Think about what kind of items you want to store in your garden shed and how much room they’ll take up and what type of space they need. Are they long or tall? Can they be stored on shelves?
You might want easy access from both sides or lots of shelving for tools and plant pots. You’ll also need to think about whether there will be enough room for all these things or if some will have to be stored elsewhere on your property.
There are several popular materials options that you’ll need to choose between when buying a shed:
- Metal sheds tend to be more expensive, but they last longer and are more durable.
- Timber sheds look great and can last for decades if they’re well-maintained. They’re also generally more expensive than plastic or metal sheds and need to be elevated off the ground or else the foundations can rot.
- Plastic is cheaper than wood or metal but generally doesn’t look as nice. However, modern composite plastics are much more durable than their predecessors.
Tin and plastic are the two common shed roofing materials. They both offer acceptable waterproofing, but there are a couple of other differences to consider:
- Tin, usually stainless steel or aluminium, is more expensive but lasts longer and is fire resistant.
- Plastic is cheaper. Some composite plastic roofs are very durable while cheap thin plastic roofs may degrade in Australia’s harsh sun.
Garden shed flooring
As a general rule, budget garden sheds won’t come with flooring but high-end sheds will.
If you want to add an extra layer of protection between your items and the soil, though, then you can always install your own floor.
Shed flooring can be purchased online or from your local Bunnings. Options include timber, plastic, or aluminium.
Chances are you’ll be storing items of value within your shed. Therefore, it’s important that you’re able to keep it secure.
For some people, this may mean getting a shed with heavy-duty walls and doors or investing in additional padlocks.
For others, it will mean securing items within the shed itself e.g. fitting a bike lock around various items so they can’t all be removed.
You could also consider buying an alarm system for your shed if you want to be alerted the minute someone tries to break in.
Do you need a concrete slab for a garden shed?
It’s usually recommended that garden sheds have a concrete slab foundation. However, there are other options, including
pavers or bricks. You can also purchase shed floor kits made from metal, timber, or plastic.
What is better a plastic or metal shed?
Both plastic and metal are great materials for garden sheds. Plastic has the advantage of being resistant to rust and corrosion, while metal is more fire-resistant. Modern plastic sheds look great but they are generally more expensive than metal sheds.