Any successful garden relies on the talent and ability of its gardener (you) and one essential structure – the tool shed. Gardens mean different things to different people. For some, it’s an oasis to escape from the pressures of day-to-day life and enjoy the company of family and friends. For others, it’s a space for self-sufficiency to grow tasty fruit and veg that will be a welcome addition to meals. Or perhaps a combination of both. No matter what you use your garden space for, you need to keep it in order. To do that, you will need a certain amount of equipment, and you really want to keep your equipment safe and protected with some decent garden storage.
Tool sheds come in lots of different guises and sizes – from basic metal containers to luxurious bespoke masterpieces that wouldn’t look out of place gracing a prime position in, well, your garden. Before you make a decision, it's worth considering what space you have available, what you plan on storing, and what kind of protection you need, both in terms of weather and security.
The best tool shed at a glance:
• Best low-maintenance tool shed: Lifetime Vertical Storage Shed - view on Amazon UK
• Best budget tool shed: Outsunny Garden Tool Shed - view on Amazon UK
• Best versatile tool shed: Sentry Box Wooden Garden Tool Shed - view on Amazon UK
Whether you're a seasoned horticulturist with a vast array of tools or a budding enthusiast just starting to build your gardening collection, we’re sure there will be a tool garden shed here to fit your needs.
The best tool shed
Best low-maintenance tool shed
Lifetime has produced a number of garden storage solutions, but this one is ideal for tool
- Sturdy build
- Will keep its appearance
- Some assembly required
Best large size tool shed
Keter bring us this weatherproof tool shed which is six feet wide, four feet deep and over six
- Low maintenance
- Window for natural light
- Needs two people for assembly
Best metal tool shed
This one is similar in size to the Keter tool shed but is constructed from rustproof and
- Good build quality
- Door lock includes
- Not the most attractive design
Best budget tool shed
The Outsunny wooden tool shed is ideal for spades, rakes, buckets, as well as smaller bits of
- Easy to assemble
- Shelving included
- No so good for longer tools
Best tool shed for appearance
This is a rather charming storage solution which will look good in most gardens. It features three
- Lots of shelf space
- Looks good
- No lock
Best for ventilated storage
This is another model from Airwaves. Its appearance is a bit more plain than the Bidefortd model –
- Good ventilation
- Good shelving
- Not so good for larger tools
Best versatile tool shed
This Talia sentry box-style tool shed from Dunster House is good-looking and practical. At almost
- Good storage space
- Adjustable shelving
- Two person assembly
What to consider when buying a tool shed
Investing in a tool shed can help keep your gardening gear safe, clean and in order. Here are some things to consider before buying or upgrading a tool shed
Organisation: A tool shed provides a dedicated space to store all your gardening tools, equipment, and supplies. By keeping everything neatly organised, you'll spend less time searching for items and more time actually tending to your garden.
Protection: Garden tools are valuable, and leaving them exposed to the elements can lead to rust, corrosion, or damage. A tool shed offers shelter, protecting your tools from rain, sun, and harsh weather conditions.
Safety: Storing sharp or hazardous tools in a tool shed keeps them out of the reach of children and pets, reducing the risk of accidents.
Space optimisation: Even if you have a garage, summerhouse or garden shed, dedicating a separate tool shed allows you to free up space for other items or activities.
Style: Garden sheds come in various styles and designs that can complement the aesthetics of your garden.
Convenience: Having all your gardening tools in one location near the garden itself saves you time and effort. No more lugging heavy tools back and forth from a distant storage area.
Extended growing season: Some gardeners use their sheds to store potted plants during colder months, creating a mini-greenhouse effect that helps extend the growing season and protect delicate plants from frost. If you're a keen gardener who doesn't already have a greenhouse or allotment, this may be something you want to consider.
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Alex Boyd is a Commercial Content Writer for Modern Gardens specialising in Power tools and pressure washers. In his spare time, he enjoys DIY, Travel, Gardening, and music.