Hardscaping 101: Sheds & Storage
Sheds can come out of the shadows and get the respect they deserve if they are well-designed in addition to being useful structures where gardeners store tools, lawn mowers, and potting bench supplies.
Every gardener needs storage. And every garden, no matter how small, has a spot where tools, supplies, and gardening accessories can be organized to make a gardener’s life easier.
That’s where we come in, with suggestions for designing and building all sorts of sheds—from balcony solutions such as Ikea’s freestanding shelving units to architect-designed Stylish Shed Sanctuaries to DIY Wood Shed Kits—all of which can be as visually pleasing as they are useful. We also can help you design a shed to hide the garbage bins, store bicycles, or to use as an artist’s studio. Tip: See our Shed Design posts to get started.
Garden sheds are different from greenhouses by design: sheds have solid walls and roofs (instead of panels of glass) and are used primarily for storage and potting plants (instead of for sprouting seeds or growing tender plants tricky climates). Tip: For ideas for adding an inexpensive greenhouse to your garden, see our posts on Portable Greenhouses and Cold Frame Greenhouses.
If you’re building a shed from scratch, see our posts on using recycled materials, including A Garden Shed Made from Reclaimed Redwood. If you’re kitting out an existing outbuilding to add storage, see our posts on Wooden Potting Benches, Stylish Tool Racks for Garden Sheds, and 10 Ideas to Organize the Perfect Potting Shed.