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When you think of a backyard shed, the first thing that comes to mind probably isn’t a sun-filled workspace or a perfectly organized room. Usually the images conjured are cobwebby shacks with an array of rusty garden tools and dirt-caked floors. However, sheds can be more than your classic outdoor junk catchalls. In fact they’ve come a long way from the ramshackle boxy units you may remember. Many can now be made with sleek materials to match the same decorating style as the rest of your outdoor furniture.
Shed uses have also expanded—glass-paneled sheds can double as greenhouses or sun rooms, and you can use one for crafting. In this day and age of working from home, you can absolutely design one to function as a home office, too. Some sheds are even large enough to house overnight guests. To help you start creating your own dream backyard, try one of the these modern shed options below.
1. Outdoor living today 12’x8′ cabana garden shed
This little wooden shed is so adorable, it could nearly pass as a tiny woodsy house. If a natural finish isn’t your thing, it’s also easy to paint. Use it for storage or turn it into a tiny pool house to keep beach towels, pool toys, and poolside snacks.
Buy: Outdoor Living Today 12’x8′ Cabana Garden Shed,
$4,139 $4,044 from MK Sheds
2. Arrow galvanized steel storage shed
3. Colonial gable 8’x8’ greenhouse
4. Suncast cascade plastic storage shed
Smaller backyards don’t have to settle for shoddy sheds. If you have a lack of square footage, a smaller unit can be equally as helpful for storage or working, and it won’t feel like you’ve constructed a second house in your yard at all.
Buy: Suncast Cascade Plastic Storage Shed, $
733.99 $679.99 from Wayfair
WFH just got so much better. Moving your Zoom calls and daily tasks from your dining room table to a modern shed like this one will instantly alleviate those Sunday scaries. You’ll still be close enough to the kitchen for all of your coffee breaks, but if you’re way too busy to get up, there’s plenty of room for a deskside espresso machine.
Buy: Studio Office Shed, $9,999.99 from Heartland Sheds
6. Little cottage co. petite greenhouse panelized kit
7. Classic gable solid wood storage shed
8. Arrow commander hot dipped galvanized steel shed
A steel shed like this one is a simple, minimalist solution to an overcrowded garage. If you have more garden tools and landscaping machinery than you care to admit, a large but sleek storage area lik this one is ideal.
Buy: Arrow Commander Hot Dipped Galvanized Steel Shed, $1,999.99 from Storage Sheds Depot
9. Fairmont 12’x8’ storage shed
For those who fancy a hot pink shed or can’t quite find the perfect fit, this unfinished wood shed gives you endless opportunities for customization. Its weather-resistant exterior, built-in vents, and ability to lock also makes this option rather enticing as a backyard fixture.
Buy: Fairmont 12 ft. W x 8 ft. D Storage Shed,
$3,195.00 $2,669.99 from Wayfair