Outdoor sheds for storing your tools, lawn mowers, back-up generators, whatever

Get the storage you need without having to sacrifice your entire yard.

Rubbermaid Resin Vertical Outdoor Shed
Backyard storage.Amazon

If you have the kind of yard that requires heavy maintenance, or you have a gaggle of kids who are each into their own equipment-heavy sports, you know that a decent backyard shed is vital.

Sturdy, roomy, and efficient, here are some outdoor shed options to give you some breathing room, without forcing you to skimp on your home aesthetic.

Duramax Duramate Vinyl Storage Shed

Duramax Duramate Vinyl Storage Shed
No frills, just storage.Amazon

You need space, you need durability, and you need as little hassle as possible. This is one of your better options. The Duramate’s vinyl construction—94.25 x 94.25 x 75 inches—doesn’t need to be painted or treated. This is an enormous time saver. Its subtle ivory color means it won’t run the risk of being an eyesore no matter what your overall home aesthetic may be. It blends in, and offers ample space (305 cubic feet) for lawn tools, bikes, and whatever else you need handy for outdoor use.

Lifetime 6446 Outdoor Storage Shed

Lifetime 6446 Outdoor Storage Shed
Welcome to Lawnmower Abbey.Amazon

Maybe you want more than just a place to stuff your lawnmower. Maybe you want something on a grander scale—something that almost looks like a guest house. Well, this Lifetime model is the one for you. Not so much a “shed” as a summer cottage for your hedge clippers, it features shutters, six small skylights, shatter-proof polycarbonate windows, and two screened vents. It’s also a whopping 15-feet wide, and is steel-reinforced to be strong enough to fight off any and all weather conditions. This is en elegant beast of an outdoor shed.

YardStash IV

YardStash IV
Pops up when you need it.Amazon

If you don’t have a ton of things to store and space is at a premium around your house, there are more compact options, too. Consider the YardStash IV, a handy toolshed tent constructed of thick, tear- and weather-proof vinyl tarpaulin that sets up in minutes (and can be taken down just as quickly). It can fit two full-sized adult bikes as well as an array of long-handled garden tools like rakes. Less of a space commitment than a standard shed, this is versatile and more environmentally-friendly option.

Rubbermaid Resin Vertical Outdoor Shed

Rubbermaid Resin Vertical Outdoor Shed
A tall drink of storage.Amazon

Again, if you simply don’t have a ton of outdoor space to work with and you only have a few garden supplies to worry about (not, say, huge bikes or ride-on mowers), then this outdoor “closet” from Rubbermaid is a great choice. Opting for height over width (72 inches of vertical space), this shed is perfect ladders, rakes, and other such lawn tools without having to lay claim to your entire yard. It can also be customized with pegboards and shelving, depending on what you’re storing. It's a solid, versatile option.