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Storage Shed Buying Guide

Is the garage so packed with stuff that you have to park your car in the driveway? Or is the attic so full that the ceilings are starting to sag? If this sounds like your home, a storage shed is just the space-expanding solution you need.

Storage Shed

Material Choices

Material Choices

Whether galvanized steel or aluminum, metal storage sheds are usually coated with a tough, baked-enamel finish to prevent scratches and rust. These sheds come in a variety of colors and offer years of maintenance-free service.

Vinyl sheds are built with double-wall vinyl panels to resist dents. The panels are made to exact standards for a snug fit and solid construction. Many come with paintable steel doors for extra security and long service life. Best of all, the entire structure can endure practically all weather extremes and is virtually maintenance-free.

Wooden barns are the most familiar and offer several different styles to match any setting. Solid lumber framing, multiple designs and stylish siding options make these sheds seem more like small houses than storage buildings.

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Size guide for sheds

Sheds come in a variety of sizes to accommodate your needs. Refer to the diagram to see which one would work best for you.

Small sheds are anything under 80 square feet. These outdoor units are good for hanging tools and storing lawn and garden supplies including a push mower, pots, bags of fertilizer and gas cans.

These sheds are approximately 90 to 120 square feet in size. They can hold larger garden equipment such as riding mowers, snow blowers and bulky equipment.

These sheds typically range from 144 to 288 square feet. Large sheds can handle anything from large pieces of lawn equipment to recreational vehicles. If you're feeling creative, turn your shed into a workshop or hobby space.


If there's something you want to add to your storage shed, chances are it's available as an accessory. Here are a few examples:

A sturdy set of ramps is a must for moving wheeled power equipment or hand trucks into or out of your shed.

Windows and Skylights
Natural light increases visibility and makes the space more user-friendly. In most cases, you can even order shutters and window boxes to accompany your windows and further enhance the aesthetics of your shed.

Increase the useable space in your shed with a loft. It allows you to park the mower underneath and still have a solid storage platform overhead.

Organize your tools and materials on handy shelves designed by the manufacturer specifically for your shed.

Work Benches
If you plan to use the shed as a gardening or hobby shop, a good workbench is an essential.

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Beyond Outdoor Storage

Barns and sheds are great storage solutions for everything from mowers to motorcycles. However, their spacious design, high durability and easy assembly make them excellent choices for some other uses you might not have considered.

You can order windows and partitions to add to most outdoor storage. Paint them bright colors and use your imagination to make a garden shed the perfect playhouse for children of all ages.

Hobby or Craft Hut
No matter what your hobby is, you're sure to find a barn or garden shed that's just the right size for your needs. Just think, you could have a room to spread out all your materials and a private work space all your own.

She Sheds
Similar to a Man Cave, the She Shed is where a woman can get away from it all. Take one look on social media to see the creative ways that sheds are being used. Beautiful windows and French doors are added, as are window boxes, Dutch doors and even front porches with twinkling lights. Some are turned into mini-greenhouses, writing nooks or simply used as a calm oasis away from the chaos of everyday life.


All Lowe's barns and sheds come with easy-to-follow, step-by-step assembly instructions.

Professional Installation
If you'd like to customize your shed or you'd prefer to let someone else do the installation, contact a store associate for details.