Best small sheds: 6 compact storage options your garden

Our pick of the best small sheds will keep even small gardens neat and tidy

best small sheds for a small garden: Aldsworth outdoor storage box
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The best small sheds will provide vital storage space in even the tiniest of gardens. Use these compact storage solutions for everything from organising your gardening tools to keeping your wellies dry. Choose from wood, plastic, and more, in our selection. 

Need something bigger? Check out our pick of the best garden sheds.

Best small shed: Forest Garden Shiplap Apex Garden Store

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1. Forest Garden Shiplap Apex Garden Store

Best small garden shed

Specifications
Best for: Versatile garden storage
Material: Pressure treated FSC timber
Sizes : H138cm x W65cm x D51cm, or H138cm x W110cm x D51cm, or H183cm x W110cm x D51cm
Reasons to buy
+Sturdy construction with 15-year warranty+Elevated design+Comes in three sizes
Reasons to avoid
-Assembly can be difficult for one person

This compact Shiplap shed by Forest Garden is everything you could possibly desire from a small shed, from its reliable tongue-and-groove construction and pressure-treated timber that comes with a 15-year warranty to the choice of sizes. The smaller size is guaranteed to fit into the smallest of patios. What we especially like about the design of this shed is the mounted construction which makes it elevated, giving further protection from damp. Ready for painting.

best small shed: Perugia 3.6 ft. W x 2.7 ft. D Wooden Tool Shed by dCor design


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2. Perugia Wooden Tool Shed

The best tool shed

Specifications
Best for: Tool storage
Material: Pressure treated solid wood
Dimensions: H180cm x W110cm x D83cm
Reasons to buy
+Solid wood construction+Floor included+Built-in shelving
Reasons to avoid
-Fixtures provided could be a bit better

The Perugia Wooden Tool Shed by dCor design boasts a smart, curved design and waterproofing, including a waterproof roof. Built-in shelving will help you stay organised. It's not necessarily the smallest design on our list, but it's certainly one of the best quality smaller sheds on the market. We do wish the screws they provide with the shed were of slightly better quality and all the same length.

ROWLINSON MINI GARDEN STORAGE from Cuckooland

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3. Rowlinson Shiplap Mini Store

Best sloped shed for small gardens

Specifications
Best for: Front gardens
Material: FSC softwood
Size: H120cm x W93cm x D64cm or H150cm x W93.5cm x D64cm
Reasons to buy
+Sloped design for minimal visibility+Attractive honey finish
Reasons to avoid
-Assembly needs two people

If the only garden you have is a small front garden, then you may need to think a bit differently about your garden shed. Avoid tall sentry designs, opting for a sloping, lower design instead. The Rowlinson Mini Store is only 150cm tall and 93.5cm wide, so it can easily sit by your front porch. Or opt for the even smaller 120-centimetre version, although that one will come without the shelf.

best storage box for small garden: Garden Trading Aldsworth outdoor storage box

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4. Garden Trading Aldsworth Wooden Garden Storage Box

Best garden storage box

Specifications
Best for: Very small outdoor spaces or front gardens
Material: FSC Fir Wood
Size: H50cm x W80cm x D45cm or H65cm x W104cm x D60cm
Reasons to buy
+Unobtrusive+Great design
Reasons to avoid
-Very small indeed

If you want your shed to be as inconspicuous as possible (important if your outdoor space is really tiny), consider getting a rustic, untreated light wood number. The Aldsworth Outdoor Storage Box from Garden Trading is just the thing – crafted from FSC-certified spruce, it will blend in with the neutral colours of garden walls and paths, so you will forget it's even there at all. It doesn't have additional compartments, but it's so good-looking that we forgive it. 

best garden bin storage: Store it out’ Arc Plastic Garden Storage Box 1200L B&Q

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5. Keter Plastic Garden Storage Box

Best garden bin storage

Specifications
Best for: Bin storage
Material: Plastic
Size: H120cm x W146cm xD82cm
Reasons to buy
+Sturdy and strong+Will take two council bins+Lockable design
Reasons to avoid
-Assembly requires two people

The Arc Plastic Garden Storage Box from Keter is sturdy and secure, with a locking mechanism. You can store your wheelie bins in it (the doors cater to that), but it's also great for tools and plant pots. It is made from plastic, but you wouldn't know it by the look of this handsome mini shed. Will house two standard bins, up to 240 litres in total.

Aldsworth welly storage

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6. Aldsworth welly store

Best boot storage

Specifications
Best for: Wellies
Material: FSC Spruce
Size: H60 x W120 x D42cm
Reasons to buy
+Beautiful design+Will hold up to five pairs of boots
Reasons to avoid
-Lets some water in from the sides

If you don't really have any tools that need dedicated storage, but love muddy welly walks, what you need is not a conventional shed at all, but a specialised welly boot storage shed. The Welly Boot Storage from Garden Trading is very practical, and nice-looking with its natural finish. It also matches the Aldsworth outdoor storage box. Our only gripe about this lovely welly store are the openings at the sides; during bouts of very heavy rain water does get in from the sides, so don't store any short boots near the sides. 

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