The shed material is a consideration.

How to Choose the Right Garden Shed Style

by Shelley Frost

Garden tools often get shoved in the corner of the garage or left in the backyard. A garden shed frees up those cramped garage corners, but you'll face many options when it comes to backyard storage sheds. The layout, size and appearance of the shed play a role in choosing the best style of garden storage.

Decide on Size

You have several options when it comes to shed sizes. Once you decide on a spot for the shed, measure the space to get an idea of how much room is available. Taking a look at your gardening supplies helps figure out how much space you need. If you only have a few basic hand tools, you can get away with a small freestanding storage unit similar to a cupboard. If you have large equipment, such as a mower or rototiller, that you want to store, you'll need a full-sized shed that you can walk into. How you plan to use the shed is another consideration. If you plan to pot plants in the shed, you'll need space to work in.

Choose the Material

The type of material the shed is made from affects both the appearance and how well it stands up to the elements. Small, freestanding garden storage units are sometimes made from hard plastic. The plastic isn't affected as much by rain, but over time the plastic can become brittle, fade and crack. Wood, vinyl and metal are the other materials often used on garden sheds. If not properly cared for, wood sheds will rot over time. Metal and vinyl sheds are low-maintenance options.

Consider the Surroundings

Your garden shed is separate from the house, but you don't want it to stand out as an eyesore in the backyard. The style of the shed should match the general style of your home and yard. For example, a garden shed that looks like a small cottage fits in well with a country garden. Pick out details or overall style from the house to make the shed fit in better. A shed with shutters in the same color as the house shutters is an example. The color of the shed should also fit in with the existing colors of the landscape. The shed doesn't need to match the house exactly, but the colors should complement one another.

Choose Features

The extra features on the shed affect the overall style. Windows are a consideration when choosing the shed. Windows add light and make the shed look similar to the house, but you'll pay more. You also give potential thieves a glimpse at all of the goods hidden inside. The interior features help you narrow down shed styles. Consider options such as built-in shelving or a workbench.

About the Author

Based in the Midwest, Shelley Frost has been writing parenting and education articles since 2007. Her experience comes from teaching, tutoring and managing educational after school programs. Frost worked in insurance and software testing before becoming a writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education with a reading endorsement.

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