The best plastic sheds offer a range of benefits you don't generally get with other materials — they're typically maintenance free, incredibly durable and easy to assemble.
Unlike metal sheds which are prone to rust and corrosion over time, and timber sheds which often require re-staining or repainting and can be subject to rot, plastic sheds can be kept looking new with a quick wipe of a wet cloth (great for those who love a low-maintenance garden).
The best plastic sheds also offer great durability, especially those made from strong polypropylene resin. Plus, in most cases, the panels simply click together which means assembly is pain-free (although larger sheds might prove slightly trickier).
Plastic sheds come in a range of dimensions so you'll be able to find a suitable model that fits your storage needs. If you are looking to store garden furniture over winter months, it's a good idea to buy the biggest plastic shed you can afford (and that will fit in your garden), but if you're just looking for a secure place to store your cordless drill, then a more compact option would be best.
These are the best plastic sheds you can buy which combine style, space and durability.
What is the Best Plastic Shed?
1. Keter Factor Plastic Shed
Stylish, maintenance-free and great for larger gardens
Sizes: 4 x 6, 6 x 6, 8 x 11, 8 x 6, 8 x 8 feet | Weather resistant: Yes | 10 Year Warranty: Yes
Keter are plastic shed aficionados, and their first of three appearances on this list is their pièce de résistance: the Factor shed. Featuring an apex roof that is easy on the eye, the Factor shed also includes a side window as well as a skylight so it's flooded with natural light.
The Factor shed includes two integral shelves to enable easy access to tools, and the double doors make it easier to carry large items in and out, such as lawn mowers.
Made from durable resin with steel reinforcement, it is weather resistant, and its UV-protected polycarbonate panels are unlikely to rot or discolour, making it maintenance-free.
2. Duramax StoreAway Plastic Shed
The best budget pick for storage
Size: 73.7 x 129.5 x 110 cm | Weather resistant: Yes
Duramax's StoreAway shed is a must-have if you're in need of an affordable storage space.
Garden equipment, bikes, BBQs and power tools will all fit into this shed, which features a wide opening roof and doors to enable easy accessibility. Its 850L capacity means it can also store two 120L garbage bins.
It also features a lockable latch for added security, it is UV resistant and weatherproof, and includes built-in shelf support.
3. Palram Skylight Plastic Shed
Packs a lot of features for medium-sized gardens
Sizes: 6 x 5, 6 x 8, 6 x 10 feet | Weather resistant: Yes | 10 Year Warranty: Yes
The Palram Skylight Plastic Shed is a great option if you’re looking for a a super-robust plastic shed.
It boasts UV-protected polycarbonate panels and has a reinforced galvanised aluminium frame to give the structure extra rigidity.
It might not have any opening windows, but it compensates for this via unique skylight roof panels that allow for the ingress of natural light while remaining opaque externally.
The shed also boasts a non-slip floor and ramp, which is a great addition if you are pushing heavy kit into the shed, such as a wheelbarrow or lawn mower,
4. Keter Manor Plastic Shed
A smaller size, but a great value pick
Sizes: 4 x 3 feet | Weather resistant: Yes | 10 Year Warranty: Yes
The Keter Manor plastic shed is a narrow yet durable shed which has been designed to fit neatly into smaller gardens that are short on space.
At 4 x 3 feet, the Manor shed is large enough to store your essentials (such as BBQs and tools) and its double-walled plastic panelling ensures durability and weather resistance - a light wash every now and then is all that's needed to keep it looking its best.
There's also a robust single door and padlock hasp for added security, and a heavy-duty floor panel so you can store heavier items with ease. Plus, it's easy to assemble.
5. Lifetime Heavy Duty Low Plastic Shed Horizontal Storage Box
Robust and well-designed: great for storage
Sizes: Ranging from 74 x 174cm to 191.1 x 132cm | Weather resistant: Yes
The Lifetime Heavy Duty plastic shed is available in a range of dimensions up to 191.1 x 132cm and is a great option for small or medium-sized gardens.
This attractive shed is purpose-built to hold two large garbage cans (you can of course store other things such as bikes and tools), and comes with front and top opening as well as lockable doors which have an external latching mechanism.
It is UV-protected to help prevent fading and cracking and the weather-resistant steel hinges add extra protection. Plus, the stain-resistant exterior means it will rarely need painting. It comes with a 5-year warranty.
6. Keter Store It Out Max
Affordable, convenient and reliable
Size: 145.5cm x 82cm x 125cm | Weather resistant: Yes
The Keter Store It Out Max plastic shed is one of the best smaller storage sheds around.
While similar to the Lifetime plastic shed sitting above it on this list, Keter's model is the budget alternative, fixed at a smaller size than Lifetime's larger offerings.
Its 1,200 litre capacity makes it particularly suited to disguising your bins, or storing garden tools, and it features a convenient front and top opening.
Its durable and weather-resistant construction keeps stored items dry, and its fade-free plastic with steel reinforcement means you’ll never have to worry about maintenance. Another cool feature is a lockable bolt and padlock facility for extra security.
How to Choose the Best Plastic Shed
Plastic sheds are a viable alternative to traditional wooden shed - here are some of the key criteria to consider when choosing the best plastic shed for your home:
Most high-quality plastic sheds are built to withstand the elements, using high-density polyethene (HDPE) or polymerizing vinyl chloride (PVC) vinyl for structural support. The quality of materials is important, so be sure to review your preferred model before buying.
Plastic sheds do not corrode or rust and so have the advantage of being maintenance-free.
Most plastic sheds are available in a variety of colours and sizes to complement any garden, and the variations in product features and designs means you won’t be short of inspiration when picking your model.
Preparing a Base for Your Plastic Shed
The most important element of planning where your shed will stand is to make sure it is placed on a flat, concrete or paved base.
Positioning is pivotal, especially if you're laying on grass - if your shed is placed on an uneven lawn it could warp out of shape over time. If you're laying on grass, then lay a concrete, gravel or wooden foundation first and this will ensure the surface is entirely level.
If you purchase a shed without a base, then you'll need to fix it onto a concrete base, or raised wooden floor.
Both paved and concrete bases require a sub-base to support the concrete, and while laying a shed base can be done on a DIY basis, it can be quite a technical operation. If you're not hugely experienced then it might be best to ask a professional.
Jack is News Editor of Homebuilding & Renovating and strives to break the most relevant and beneficial stories for self builders and renovators. Having bought his first home in 2013, he and his wife have renovated almost every room and recently finished a garden renovation. Jack reports on all of the latest news that could affect your project.
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