5 Types of Sheds: How To Choose The Best One For Your Garden


An Introduction – What is a Shed??

SO you need a shed. Well, just so we’re on the same page, let’s quickly determine what a shed actually is (hint: it’s not a carport!).

The word “shed” originated in the early 17th century from Middle English “shedde”, meaning a small house or cottage. 

Sheds are often made of wood, metal or plastic and are usually smaller than buildings such as houses or barns.

Sheds may be free-standing structures in the yard, sheds may be attached to other buildings such as houses and barns, and sheds may also be separate outbuildings like an office shed in the back yard of a house.

So now that we have that understanding let’s move ahead with what you’re here for:

How To Choose The Best Shed For Your Garden

Choosing the right storage shed for your garden can be a difficult task. From size to material, you need to consider many factors before making a final decision.

To start with, you will need to decide what size of shed you want. There are sheds that are big enough for storing large quantities of tools and equipment, and there are smaller sheds that can be used as potting sheds or as extra storage space for smaller items.

You should also think about the location of the shed in relation to your home. If you have a lot of space in your backyard it might make sense to invest in a large shed so that you have plenty of room to store all your gardening tools and supplies. However, if you don’t have much space in your backyard, it might be better to invest in a smaller storage unit that will fit nicely into any corner of the yard where there is some free space.

Next, you will need to decide what type of material the shed is made out of.

The 5 Types of Sheds

There are 5 types of sheds that you can build. The type of shed you choose will depend on the size and purpose of the shed.

1) Gable roof sheds: These are the most popular type of sheds. They have a gable roof, which is a roof with two sloping sides that meet at a ridge in the middle. They are the pro-typical sheds that come in a variety of sizes.

2) Garden sheds: These are small and typically used for gardening equipment and tools and made from steel. Great for storage but not what you need for anything bigger.

3) Tool sheds: Similar to your average garden shed, these are small buildings are (we know, it’s in the title) where people store their tools for gardening, carpentry, painting, etc.Again, great for this purpose, but small in stature if you’re looking to do anything more (like say, turn it into a studio).

4) A-frame sheds: These are one-story structures with an A-frame roof structure made from an angled frame covered with siding or shingles; they may also be called gazebo or garden house structures.

5) Lean-to sheds: This is a shed that has only one side wall, supported by posts at one end and attached to another building. Rare and, frankly, not really a shed many people choose due to exposure to the elements.

What is the Average Cost to Build a Shed?

The average cost to build a shed can vary based on the size, design, and features.

The best way to gauge the cost of your new shed is to get in touch with your local shed experts. Otherwise, you can expect to pay anywhere from $900 – $9000 depending on your personal requirements.


While it may seem a bit overwhelming at first, when it gets down to it choosing a shed is not that difficult. You don’t need to be an expert in the field and now that you know the different types of shed you can choose from, it should not be hard for you to find one that will suit your needs.



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