How To Pick The Right Tool Shed

It is important to keep your garden tools stored securely when they aren’t being used, but how do you know which one is the best for you and your equipment?

There are a wide range of styles of tool sheds available and by following our handy guide you should be able to find one that suits your taste and budget.

What type of garden shed is best?

Tool stores are often available in metal, plastic or wood, but which one is the best and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each one?


Wooden sheds are a popular choice for garden storage due to the traditional and adaptable style.

From Mini Stores to Workshops, there are wooden tool stores that would be suitable for all garden sizes.

Wooden tool stores are often cheaper, however, unlike metal or plastic tool stores, wooden sheds will need regular treatment to prevent rotting, which can incur additional costs overtime.


Plastic sheds are less traditional than wooden tool stores, however, often available in different colours you can opt for a traditional brown with wood effect panels or choose a more contemporary grey.

Just like wooden tool stores, plastic units are available in a wide range of sizes and styles to accommodate the space in your garden. From deck boxes and utility stores to lean-to sheds and large sheds with dual entrances, plastic sheds are suitable for almost all gardens, big or small.

With almost no maintenance required, plastic tool stores are rot and rust resistant; providing you with a long term, hassle-free storage solution for your garden tools. Designed with durability in mind, leading brands such as Lifetime offer a 10 year warranty to give you peace of mind.


Much like plastic garden storage, metal sheds are durable and low maintenance. Usually made from steel or galvanised aluminium, metal sheds won’t rot like wooden sheds may, but they may rust overtime.

One of the great advantages of metal tool stores is the security and durability. Sheds from leading brands like Asgard and Trimetals offer police approved products, with security features such as five point locking systems and drill and pick resistant locks.

What Type of Shed Lasts the Longest?

Wooden, plastic and metal sheds are all durable and long-lasting, depending on the upkeep and maintenance over time.

Both metal and plastic sheds require very little maintenance, and you don’t have to worry about rotting. However, with the correct protection and treatment, wooden sheds can be just as durable and long lasting.

How can I maximise the space of a Tool Shed?

A smaller outside space doesn’t have to mean limited storage space for your garden tools and items and by using shelving and hooks you can really maximise and utilise the space you have.

The use of tool racks and shelving allows you to store smaller items, such as hand tools and paint, off the ground, freeing up floor space for lawnmowers and other larger items.

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