Like other ready-made sheds, the Keter Newton eschews raw wood in favor of a composite, better able to endure year-round weather exposure. However, despite requiring next to nothing in the way of maintenance, the rugged construction of the shed manages to retain the look of wood, even down to the natural finish and texture of its shiplap-style siding. Inside, strategically placed beneath the steel-reinforced roof, there are air vents to help prevent dampness and odor. Plus, there's plenty of natural light, thanks not only to the windows set into the double doors, but also to a skylight that runs the full length of the rustic yet modern, easy-to-assemble shed. Available on Amazon; $1,700.
What if you don’t need or have room for a full-size outbuilding? A longtime maker of low-maintenance, molded-resin sheds, Suncast offers its Tremont model in multiple sizes, but many opt for the most compact. At eight feet wide and four feet deep, the wide-yet-shallow Tremont shed stands out not only for its size, but also for durability, with its roof, walls, and floor all boasting metal reinforcement. Additional features include windowed doors and skylights to admit daylight, along with padlock-able door hardware to provide security and peace of mind. Available at Target; $799.99.
The Lifetime 6405 Outdoor Shed resembles a tiny home with its four large skylights and shatterproof window, which let natural light into the dual-colored storage space. Made with high-density polyethylene, the eight-foot-wide shed comes with lockable steel-reinforced doors and a durable slip-resistant polyethylene floor. Owners can adjust the shelving to their liking, allowing for complete personalization and maximum storage. What’s more, the pitched roof wards off rainwater while providing nearly seven feet of overhead space. Available on Amazon; $973.45.
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Are you looking to bring additional storage to a small backyard? The tiny Keter Factor Backyard Garden Storage Shed may be the best shed for your buck. Measuring four feet by six feet, the shed boasts nearly 132 cubic feet of storage space. The durable exterior, made with polypropylene resin plastic and steel reinforcement, stands up against harsh weather and is easy to maintain. Plus, the two-toned brown shed resembles a wood texture, allowing it to blend in with wood decking or siding. Available on Amazon; $399.99.
Keter Store-It-Out MIDI
The Keter Store-It-Out MIDI is an affordable shed option for anyone looking for extra storage—in the garage or outdoors. Made from polypropylene resin plastic and steel, its heavy-duty materials can withstand the harshest of weather, yet is lightweight enough to pick up and move when needed. Whether you need a place to put away pool supplies or you are looking to hide your trash cans, the versatile shed can fit the bill. Available on Amazon; $117.79.
Arrow WL65 Woodlake
If you’re looking for a trusted name in the shed industry, look no further than Arrow. A leader in steel storage, Arrow is known for its dependable WL65 Woodlake shed. Pre-cut and pre-drilled, this six-by-five-feet shed is quick to assemble and install in the backyard. The doors easily slide open on deep track glides to reveal 147 cubic feet of storage to keep your equipment, lawn furniture, or whatever else you want to hide away. As attractive as it is durable, the double-braced galvanized steel exterior has a woodgrain-style finish to give you the look of wood without the maintenance. Available on Amazon; $310.14.
Suncast 6x8 Everett Storage Shed
What better way to shed a little light on the contents of your outdoor storage unit than with a skylight? The 6-foot-by-8-foot Everett Storage Shed from Suncast boasts three panes in its metal-reinforced shingle-style roof panels in addition to window panels in the doors so that you always have enough natural light shining through the durable double-wall resin construction in order to find the right tool for the job—be it a lawn mower or your gardening hand tools. Available on Amazon; $700.63.
Rubbermaid 7x7-Feet X-Large Outdoor Storage Shed
As it turns out, 325 cubic feet offer plenty of space out back of the house for more than the average mower. With the extra space available in Rubbermaid's Big Max 7x7-Feet Storage Shed, you can move the family's bicycles, pool toys, and sports equipment (including the pop-up goal!) out of the garage and alongside the usual crop of landscaping tools. Not one but two totally organized spaces means double the motivation to set-up the leak-, dent-, and weather-resistant shed this weekend. Available at The Home Depot; $679.
Suncast Glidetop Slide Lid Shed
This half-size shed from Suncast may be compact but ingenious design allows you to store much and access everything that can fit within its 52 x 58 x 80 inches of real estate. The mini shed may be one of the best for small yards and is large enough to stow an average-size wheelbarrow, bike, or lawn mower. Whatever you choose to store within its surprisingly deep expanse, you can access your supplies by popping the top of the shed, turning the waist-high storage unit into a convenient walk-in space. Available on Amazon; $485.08.
Avondale Wooden Storage Shed
One of the best sheds for those who prefer the charm of real wood, the ready-to-assemble Avondale wood shed from Handy Home Products is a must for homeowners with traditional tastes. Barn-style doors swing open to provide ready access to a whopping 550 cubic feet of storage space. The sturdy metal framing means you can customize the shed with wall- or ceiling-hung shelving to provide convenient storage for oversized seasonal items like fishing poles and skis or workaday lawn and garden tools like shovels, hoes, cultivators, and spades. Available on Amazon; $1,196.
A Better Backyard
No matter what your needs or space, there's a backyard shed for you. You may even decide to use a shed for something other than storage.
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