A shed is typically a simple, single-storey structure in a back garden or on an allotment that is used for storage, hobbies, or as a workshop.
Sheds vary considerably in the complexity of their construction and their size, from small open-sided tin-roofed structures to large wood-framed sheds with shingled roofs, windows, and electrical outlets. Sheds used on farms or in industry can be large structures.
Small domestic sheds
The simplest and least-expensive sheds are available in kit form. Both shed kits and « do-it-yourself » plans are available for wooden and plastic sheds. Sheds are used to store home and garden tools and equipment such as push lawn mowers, lawn tractors, and gardening supplies. In addition, sheds can be used to store items that are not suitable for indoor storage, such as petrol (gasoline), pesticides, or herbicides.
For homes with small gardens or modest storage needs, there are several types of very small sheds. The sheds not only use less ground area but also have a low profile less likely to obstruct the view or clash with the landscaping.
These small sheds include corner sheds, which fit into a corner (3 ft tall × 3 wide × 2 deep, or 0.91×0.91×0.6 m), vertical sheds (5×3×4 ftConvert/3 – Invalid separator « disp=x » – try: disp=s, disp=or, disp=comma, disp=semi, or disp=b.1.5×0.91×1.2 m), horizontal sheds (3×5×4 ft or 0.91×1.5×1.2 m), and toolsheds. When a shed is used for tool storage, shelves and hooks are often used to maximize the storage space. Gambrel-style roofed sheds (sometimes called baby barns), which resemble a Dutch-style barn, have a high sloping roofline which increases storage space in the « loft » area. Some Gambrel-styles have no loft and offer the advantage of reduced overall height. Another style of small shed is the saltbox-style shed.