12 shed storage ideas: how to master your garden shed storage

These clever garden shed storage ideas will help organise your outdoor space – keeping tools and more tidy

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These shed storage ideas will come in handy throughout the year. Garden sheds are useful in every type of garden, that is, until they become overcrowded with general garden mess and clutter – we have all been there. And with many of us set to spend more and more time at home gardening this year, it's prime time to turn your dreaded garden shed, into the shed of dreams that would even make Monty proud.

A well organised shed, can make a gardener's life a whole lot easier. And below we cover plenty of different garden shed storage tips, ideas and essential steps to help you stay on top of your tools, the lawn mower and everything else that has a home in your garden shed! We look at options such as tool racks, boxes, plus innovative shed shelving ideas and much more. 

If you're already thinking that about the size of your shed, not to panic as we have included small shed storage ideas below too so there really is no excuse to not get organised! And for more garden ideas you can head to our fab feature when you're done.

  • Are you giving your outdoor space a complete overhaul? Check out our garden design advice piece for all the information and know-how that you need. 

1. Start by emptying your shed

The Posh Shed Company's Allotment Store

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It must be done and it will kick start all the far out shed storage solutions you could ever seek to put in place! Choose a sunny, or at least dry, day so you can drag everything out and lay it in the garden and start sorting. Be ruthless when deciding what to keep and be realistic about what is going to fit in your shed without it becoming a death trap. Do you really need three rakes? Have you ever even used that rototiller? What does it even do? 

Whatever you decide to keep can then be given its own space, and our garden storage piece can help with that (whether you have a shed or not).

2. Group your items to make shed storage easier

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Organise the items that have survived the cull into groups. How you do this is up to you, but it might be based on product type and purpose, on how often you use the item, or on how its size will work best for your space. 

Top tip: If you're not sure where to start, choose a big item, like the lawnmower, and plan how you will fit everything else around it. 

3. Plan your shed storage

How to organise your garden shed

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An empty shed is a rare thing. Take advantage of this and evaluate the space, then consider what garden shed storage solutions are open to you. If you have plenty of sturdy wall space then a whole wall of shed shelving (whether wall-hung or floor-standing) could be a good option. If space is tight then you may want to line the walls and ceiling with hooks and tool racks, and use stackable boxes instead. Whichever you choose, ensure the shed's structure can take the strain.

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4. Keep frequently used items accessible  

Tool storage

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Create a group of those smaller items you use most often, and plan to keep them to the front of the shed, so you can grab them easily and get gardening instantly. 

This handy canvas tool storage has plenty of pouches to store all your smaller garden paraphernalia and will take up minimal space. It also doubles as a stool for tackling that unruly buddleia. 

5. Use adjustable shed shelving ideas

Elfa shed storage unit

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Maximise your square footage by getting as much as you can off the ground and on to shelves. 

This shelving unit from Elfa is one the best shed storage ideas we've seen. It's completely customisable and includes different types of storage for hanging, stacking and suspending. Ventilated shelving (have a look at these wooden shelves from B&Q) are also a good option as any dust and dirt will fall through rather than accumulate.

6. Shed tidy ideas to organise the small stuff

Waitrose wire rack

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For smaller items (and a stylish look we wouldn't say no to), go with open grid storage units so you aren’t always having to rummage through drawers or pull out large boxes. Within the grid, you can then organise everything into smaller containers, glass jars or tins.  

This grid wall unit from Waitrose can be mounted to the wall to save on floor space, keeping odds and ends out of the way, but still accessible. 

7. Hang your tools on took racks

Long-handled garden tools are best stored somewhere accessible but still out of the way (let’s avoid any Chaplin-esque re-enactments, please). Attaching a sturdy tool hanger to one of your shed walls will get them off the floor and neatly lined up. 

Burgon & Ball’s tool rack has easy to use grip slots that will fit most garden tool handles and holds up to 3kg. The grips are also adjustable so you can make room for bigger items. 

Burgon & Ball tool rack

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Top tip: Magnetic strips such as this tool bar from B&Q are great shed storage and can store your collection of paint brushes that lives in your shed. The bristles won't get squashed, and the brushes will dry quickly after washing. 

8. Save space with a peg board

Hang It Organiser from The Worm That Turned

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One of our nifty small shed storage ideas but also nice addition for those lucky enough to have a large garden shed. We have sung the praises of peg boards many a time for kitchens and home offices, and they are just as handy as garden shed storage. 

The Hang it Peg Board from The Worm That Turned comes with eight hooks and one shelf. Hook yours on a wall, to the side of shelving or the back of a door and adorn it with small secateurs, plant wire, keys, labels, you name it. 

9. Make use of your shed doors

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Speaking of doors, don’t neglect them: put that otherwise wasted space to good use for shed storage. Hang hooks and baskets on the inside panel to stash items that you always want to be accessible; use wire baskets to make the most of a compact shed or try adding hooks; or hang narrow shelves – just don't overload it.  

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10. Keep your shed clean

After spending so much time turning your shed from a chaotic mess into a gardener’s dream, why not dedicate some time to it each week (or month, more likely) to having a quick sort out. This way you can avoid having the dreaded annual overhaul next time, and enjoy a tidy shed all year round. Use our tips on how to Marie Kondo your garden to get yours sorted efficiently.

11. Pick out a shed tidy 

Looking for a storage container that looks good while helping you keep track of all the shed sundries? A spray painted storage caddy is perfect. The Shed Tidy  is up to the task, with divided sections for all your shed's bits and bobs. 

Shed Tidy from Annabel James

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12. Garden storage bags are your best friend come harvest time

garden storage bag from Garden Trading

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Still storing your freshly picked fruit in crates? Try this storage bag from Garden Trading instead: it will hold up to 15 litres and take up less room than stacks of crates in your shed. 

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