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Shed with opened door and organised products on shelving units.

Overview

A good shed can be a delight. It provides a dedicated space to store garden tools, equipment and products, keeping them safe, secure and tidy. Sheds come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes – we're sharing advice to help you choose the best one.

Safety tip: Always wear the appropriate safety equipment (safety glasses, gloves, ear muffs and a mask, for example) and always follow the instructions for the product or equipment.

Steps

1Plan the space

Before setting up your shed, figure out how much space you’ll need. Think about the items you’ll want to store. Tools? A lawnmower? Wheelbarrow? Make sure to add some extra space for your future storage needs, as well.

Various products on shelves in a shed.

2Ensure the base is solid

You don’t want to build your shed on unsteady or sloping ground. Sheds are heavier than they look and can sink into the ground over time, especially if they are built on grassy or muddy grounds.

The best method to build a solid base for your shed is to pour a small concrete slab. This D.I.Y. project might seem complicated, but it’s surprisingly straightforward.

Shed corner on concrete base.

3Consider the material and colour

When choosing a colour for your shed, think about how well it will blend in with your backyard. A good rule of thumb is to match the shed to the colour of your fence or the wall behind it. A camouflaged shed has a low profile and doesn't draw attention away from your garden or your flowers.
Dark coloured shed amongst veggie gardens.

4Think about the doors

Make sure you have plenty of room to open the shed doors, as this will be helpful when you’re loading or unloading bulky items. Also ensure that opening the doors won’t block any walking paths or existing doors.
Green Bunnings hammer
Tip: If your space is restricted, select a shed with a roller door.
Open shed door with shed on concrete base.

5Set up a storage system

A new shed is a great opportunity to get organised. Get creative with shelves, cupboards and hooks to store your items. Small items like loose screws, nuts and bolts can go in drawers, and medium-sized items can be placed in labelled clear tubs. Hooks and peg boards can also be used to hang your tools neatly.
Labelled plastic containers on shelving unit in shed.

6Add a lock for security

Add a good lock to protect your valuables. Most sheds come with a built-in door lock. If yours doesn’t, you can easily install a padlock using a hasp and a staple, or you can opt for a smart lock.
Security lock on shed.

7Stay organised

Looking for more ways to keep your space organised? We've got plenty of shelving and storage ideas for you to try.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.