The term “spring cleaning” is deceptive, because the need to find places for things is a never-ending, year-long struggle. It seems like there’s a constant overspill of stuff that gets pushed into cabinets, drawers, the garage, and even storage boxes on your deck. Outdoor sheds are generally the last stop before your stuff ends up in a musty basement or a yard sale. But sheds take up space, and you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your backyard for that overflowing box of shoes you’ll never wear again and an assortment of garden tools.
Thanks to stores like Home Depot, you can buy sheds in all colors, designs, and sizes, with the smallest fitting in the tightest of outdoor nooks without encroaching on your yard. These small sheds got great reviews, and make perfect gifts for dads, husbands, and anyone who wants an out-of-the-way place to store their stuff.
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- 4’5″ H x 4’3″ W
- Storage capacity: 106 cubic feet
- Durable double-wall construction
- Leak, dent, and weather resistant
Rubbermaid is known for durable storage, and this mini shed is just that. Double-wall construction will provide extra protection for items like push mowers and tools. Rubbermaid wall anchors (sold separately) can be used to hang a peg board, shelves, and other organizational accessories.
One reviewer wrote, “It was easy to assemble and is sturdy. My daughter and I put it together in about one hour. It took us longer to make sure we had a good foundation to put it on. Has plenty of room, I put in a push mower, rakes, shovels, blower, chainsaw and ladder.”
$429, Home Depot
- 5’ 9.48” W x 3’ 8.25” D x 6’ 5.5” H
- 106 cubic feet of dry storage with metal hinges for durability
- Ideal for small trash cans, ladders, toys and garden tools
- Padlock hasp TK? and upper and lower catches for secure storage
This double-door shed can be assembled with minimal tools, and has multi-wall resin panels provide protection from the worst of weather. The detailing and design makes it look more like a mini house than a storage shed.
One reviewer wrote, “I purchased this shed for my side-yard to house my electric mower, yard tools, paint cans, bags of soil, etc. We put down 12”X12” pavers as a foundation and keep it level. It all went together seamlessly (about 1.5-hour assembly for one guy). It’s perfect for my use and looks good too!”
- 6.66′ L x 3.8′ W x 6.1′ H
- 4 vents
- Double sliding doors
- Reinforced roof edge
This heavy duty metal shed is more utilitarian than frilly, but gets the job done with its sturdy beam construction, galvanized steel that doesn’t rust, and vents for plenty of airflow. The sloped roof adds height and prevents rain from getting inside.
One reviewer wrote, “Great [shed] for my needs! Super fast shipping. Will recommend this to others.”
$507.99, Home Depot
- 6′ H x 3′ D
- Polycarbonate construction with aluminum frame resists UV
- SkyLight roof panels allow 10 percent light transmission
- Easy-to-assemble and maintenance free
The name of this little shed gives away its most unique feature: a skylight. The window transmits natural sunlight inside while appearing opaque from the outside for maximum privacy. No more rooting around in the dark for your gardening gloves!
One reviewer wrote, “Easy to build and straight forward instructions. The shed sits perfectly in the place we have it. Super light and easy to move around as well. Would recommend this product for light use.”
- 4’25” H x 2’41” D
- Overhanging eaves
- Horizontal lap siding and L-doors with trim molding
- Lockable with a padlock
This Rubbermaid shed has overhanging eaves with realistic contours, so you won’t want to hide it from view and may even choose to display it prominently against your home. The arrangement of the door handles allows for padlock should you want to lock up valuables inside.
One reviewer wrote, “This was just what we were looking for and it went together without a problem. The shed size is just right for all the yard tools and snow shovels etc. Nice size and it looks good in the yard.”
- 2.17’ W x 1.58’ D x 5.58’ H
- 17 cubic feet
- Gridded floor
- Locking doors
This little guy got great reviews due to its ease of installation (practically none!), portability, and dent-, leak-, and weather-resistance. Many owners opted to also buy shelves and create a pantry for tools, canned goods, and other odds and ends.
One reviewer wrote, “This is my 4th one. They are very easy for anyone to assemble and only takes a couple of minutes. I bought my first one years ago and it is still in excellent shape. No metal parts so no worry about rust. I made several shelves for one cabinet to store bottles and miscellaneous items.”