Three Features You Need in an Economy Storage Shed

If you don’t have a garage or shed but need to protect your valuables, a soft-sided shed is both affordable and easy to use.

Temporary shed in driveway with truck inside.
A temporary shed can keep things like boats, vehicles, and other large equipment protected from damaging elements like UV rays or hail.ShelterLogic

In an age where we can receive virtually anything in a box by mail, why should an extra garage be any different? That’s right, if you are short on storage space but don’t want to build a framed shed to protect a recreational vehicle, truck, lawn equipment, ATV, or other vulnerable gear, a mail-order canvas shed may be just the right solution. They can be used for anything from a pavilion for outdoor gatherings to a temporary livestock shelter and are more affordable and easier to erect than a hard-walled or Quonset hut. Here are a few features to consider.

Fabric Quality

ShelterLogic Garage-in-a-Box SUV/Truck Shelter
If you need an easy to set up, temporary shelter, a polyethylene canopy is likely the most economical way to go.ShelterLogic

The most economical shed covers are made of polyethylene, which is basically utility tarp material. That means it is not puncture proof or invulnerable to deterioration from the sun’s UV rays. But a polyethylene material with rip-stop construction and some sort of UV-protective coating will ensure you get the longest life possible out of the shelter.

Frame Construction

Quictent 10'x20' Heavy Duty Carport Gazebo Canopy Garage Car Shelter
When it comes to the shed frame, aluminum is lightweight, but steel is stronger.Quictent

Aluminum is inherently strong for its weight and mass, making it ideal for structures such as tents and outdoor storage. But a canvas shed with powder coated steel members will be stronger and last longer. Be sure you have a quality cordless drill and metal bits on hand during the set-up.

Removable Side Panels

Abba Patio 12 x 20-Feet Heavy Duty Carport
A shed with windows lets in natural light and makes it less likely you’ll need to run electricity.Abba Patio

Removable side panels and/or windows increase the shed’s versatility. Raise or remove the side panels for outdoor gatherings and parties or use the natural light of windows for construction projects, woodworking, or boat building.