If the small shed is required to hold equipment like a lawn mower, it will need a floor area of at least 1.2 m². If you don’t need to store such large equipment, a cabinet-style shed will be more appropriate for smaller gardens and patio areas. Cabinet sheds are also useful for balconies; a unit of 90 x 60 cm will hold hand tools and boots.
Another factor to consider is construction material. The most low-maintenance sheds are made from strong plastic. These are waterproof and available in a range of sizes. If you go for plastic, make sure the shed has air vents to avoid damp.
Alternatively, look for a wooden shed if you prefer the natural look. Ideally, wooden sheds should be supported off the floor, on legs or wheels, to reduce the likelihood of rot. Also, if kept outside, the wood will need treating annually.
A final thing to consider is shelving inside the shed. Small sheds can offer more storage potential if they’re equipped with shelves. This will help keep things neater too. However, if you’re storing longer items, shelves may get in the way.
My top pick is the Keter Manor Outdoor Plastic Garden Storage Shed. It has a narrow 129 x 103 cm footprint, so it will fit neatly in any small garden, yet still has a reasonable 1800 L capacity. It can be used to store bigger items, such as lawn mowers and bikes, as well as small items, like tools, on the shelves.
For more details about the Keter Manor shed, as well as other useful small sheds, check out the reviews below!