Garden Shed Plans

May 5, 2011 by  

Garden Supplies Organized in the Shed

My Garden zone in my shed is the area I like the best.  Coming up with storage solutions for the shed was a lot of fun!

garden shed

Dave built the shelf underneath the window specifically to have a place to store the seedlings. This is Elise’s tray of flowers that she plans to plant in the flower box just on the other side of this window.   The kids each have their own gardening bucket. No fighting, a specific place to hang them. They are out of the way and add a cute touch.

Now you get to see the entire inside of the shed.  Here is a picture without any of the bikes.  You can see the two shelves on the back wall.

Garden & Kid Zones are to the right.
Tool and Fishing Zones are to the left.
I will cover the Tools and loft tomorrow. I was going to add it on today, but there is just too much to go over in the garden zone.

shed storage

You can get a little better view of the garden zone.

shed shelves

These are the shelves that Dave built me for gardening supplies.
garden shed

Here is another view

garden shed

I made this make shift paper towel holder. I didn’t want to go buy one, but I did want some paper towels out here.

paper towel holderI used the 3M Command hooks (again! lol) and they stuck to wood too!  So far they seem to be holding great. If I discover different I’ll let you know.  But I just put up two command hooks and got some wire. I taped the wire on the left side so that it would stay on.

I left the right side with just a wire loop. So that it is no problem to change the roll. No money spent (I already had a pack of the command hooks) and I have a fun little paper towel holder.

3M command hooks

I also used a command hook for the scissors I hung in this area. Seems you always need a pair of scissors and I must have used them a half dozen times while I was working in the shed this day.

scissorsThey are hanging just behind the paper towels in the garden area. You can see them if you scroll up a couple pics. One more place I used the Command hooks in this shed is just on the outside of the garden shelf (near the single door) I hung one for my dust pan. I haven’t hung the broom yet, but plan to hang it on one of the shelves above (on the outside like this).  The broom I’m using in the shed now does not have a hole in the handle.

3M command hooks

The shelves are the place for any gardening supplies.

garden shedTo the left of the garden area is the single door. Again there was a lot of space that would have gone un-used if I had not put the pegboard on it.  I plan to have Dave put another piece on the lower section, but the only piece we have left is too short to fit.

garden shed door

I had a small basket that I just put a pair of flower snips in. The larger basket underneath the tools has the garden gloves in it.

This was the perfect door for this because it opens up on the side directly across from our three gardens.

garden shed

Dave put in a third raised garden bed this year so that each of the triplets could be in charge of a garden. He had to put some green fencing around the beds because the dogs thought these were their own sand boxes or something. They kept playing in them. I just saw that the tomato starter tray had fallen when I looked at this picture. That is what that black thing is on the right hand garden bed.

raised garden beds

The basket that holds the garden gloves is great.

garden gloves

So even if the garden gloves come back looking like this after the kids have worn them – it isn’t a problem. The basket is open, so it helps them dry without getting mildewy and the dirt will eventually come off and fall out of the basket and onto the floor where it will be easy to sweep out the door.

dirty garden gloves

There was an area above this door, well all along the side of the shed that bothered me.  I thought there is space up there to be used!  Dave again made a little shelf for me (although I didn’t have to have it, but it does keep things more stabilized) to be able to place the more dangerous sprays and chemicals up higher.  You can see it in this picture.  See above the door?

shed organization

The roof is slanted and since I didn’t want anyone to get conked on the head coming in or out of the shed by a can of Raid, I made a safety catch. I again used a piece of wire.  We put two screws in the studs on either end.

storage in shed


Then wrapped the wire around both ends securely.  The sprays and such can just be lift up above the wire to get out or put away. There is no reason to have to take the wire off and on.

storing dangerous outside chemicals

You can also see that Dave just used a spare piece of peg board for the shelf. We weren’t able to use this piece anywhere else because it was too small, but it worked perfect here.

shed storage

Just underneath the garden shelves I bought two rolling plastic bins to store bird feed in. I was thinking one would be for potting soil, but we didn’t have any of that and had lots of bird seed, so at least on this round – both are for seed.

Once one is empty it will be no problem to clean it out and change the label and use it for whatever I need it for.

garden shed organizationThey are sealed containers so that we don’t attract mice (hopefully)… also why a broom and dust pan are so important. I don’t want to brush the bird seed into the grass. There is some thistle seed in the bird food and if it gets on the grass, I’ll get thistle.

bird food storage

I also think it is important to have a trashcan available in your shed. You will use it more than you would have realized.

garden shed storageTo the left of the garden rolling seat/cart – I have a couple other clear bins. I will use those at this point for potting soil and any odds and ends that might be too big for the shelves. There is some weed control cover in there right now.

The left to the left of the window had a nice space for the watering can.

watering can

Don’t forget to use the underneath areas of shelves, or above your head areas.  Think outside the box!

As you saw in the earlier picture I hung the kids gardening buckets underneath the shelf.

gardening buckets

Her flowers are growing! I do have her take them outside to water them.
flower starters

Here is my little “Martha Touch”. This just seems like something Martha might do. I had all these gardening gloves. Most had never been worn. I decided to use them as a bit of Garden Shed decor!  See them?  I was having difficulty getting a head on shot of them because it was so light outside.  It was washing out the picture too much. But I used a chain and hung them on either side of the window.


garden shedI used binder clips and clipped the gloves onto the chain.

garden glove curtainI just thought that was a cute idea. You could actually buy gloves with a pattern and be even more creative with the idea.  Hang them down across the top or something?

Dave wanted a clock in the shed, so we brought out one that he had in the basement and didn’t use much. We hung it right over the window. The window still has tape on the outside. Dave still has another coat around the window to paint.


On the shelf to the left of the window I have a green bin with sprinklers and garden nozzles in it.  One of our coolers is on the shelf above. We have a couple more that might come from the basement out here also.

On the shelf below the paper towels I have another green bucket. I have the seed packs in there that we didn’t use or partially used and a pen and sharpie marker. Just odds n’ ends.

garden shed

I had a lot of fun with this area.

My suggestion is to utilize every portion of your shed you are able.
We will be hanging bikes in the winter, use under shelf space, above head space, door space etc.

I am sure I will continue to add thing up higher on the ceiling and any wall space.

Tomorrow I will finish up with the tool area and lofts.  I am also hoping to make a video of the whole shed, so you can see it all at once instead of in four different posts.

Don’t forget to link your organizing, cleaning or DIY posts to my Organizing Mission link party!

Be sure to check out my other Shed posts that I did this week

Sheds and Garages – Organizing Mission Monday Link Party – Link up your posts!

Shed Plans – Making the Shed Usable with Shelves

Organizational System – Inside the Shed (Kid & Fishing Zones)

Garage Storage – Outside

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30 Responses to “Garden Shed Plans”
  1. Neena says:

    You have thought of everything! Makes me want to grab a shovel and get to work.

  2. Sandy says:


  3. Susan says:

    Sandy you did a great job on the shed. I like the clock, I’d need that or I’d forget to come out of there if I were you!
    Great project!
    Susan @ homeroad

  4. april says:

    it looks so good, and so easily usable! great job!

  5. Rebecca G. says:


    I truly love what you have done with your storage shed. I have a metal storage shed that is dark and not tall enough to stand inside. We often bump our heads. Hubby has his own wooden storage shed that is taller but not wide enough. He might to make a wider shed to replace the two sheds. That idea would have to be done later in the future.

    Rebecca G.

  6. Bella says:

    Hey Sandy,

    I have to tell you how much I love your new shed. Not that it’s the prettiest, not that you spent the most money on containers, and decorating it, but that you were practical in the way you organized everything. I love the paper towel holder, I love how you utilized every little space, using wire to hold things in place, he he. Brilliant, and just the way I do things quite often. Not the prettiest, but if it works, then sometimes that’s all that matters.

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  7. Sandy says:

    Thanks Bella! I have started a new feature page in my drop down boxes of my tabs. I’m not using buttons, but I will put your link as featured and I’ll also put the button on the post. Thanks!!

  8. Connie Folsom says:

    I truly love what you have done with your storage shed. I have one that looks like your and was wondering how Dave built the shelves? I would like to have my husband build some for my gardening supplies and tools.

    Connie Folsom

  9. Sandy says:

    I asked Dave and this is his explanation. Hopefully it will make sense to your husband. lol

    Decide what level you want your shelves. Measure up from the floor several places to where you want the shelves. Screw 2×2’s on back wall at that level – to the studs. This will be your attachment for the back of the shelf. Build a support bracket out of 2×4’s that will also attach onto the studs and provide support to the front of the shelf. You can also put a leg on the front for support or if not, use 45 degree brace. Cut your shelves and screw them to the 2×2’s on the back and on the front to the braces. Last – screw a 1×2 onto the entire front edge of the shelf to give a finished appearance and provide a lip for shelf. Note – these are attached with finished screws.

  10. Jenn says:

    Your shed is beautiful. We have a shed of similar size but is not at all organized. I’m going to use some of your ideas and get it in shape!

  11. Sandy says:

    Awesome! Would love to see before & after pics!

  12. Shed Online says:

    I think metal shed is strong as compare to wooden shed. This is nice post, it give me good information about sheds.

  13. Sandy says:

    I guess it depends on the shed. Metal sheds aren’t allowed in our neighborhood. Thanks

  14. We moved to our farm in September and I have two sheds! I am so excited to start working in them when it starts warming up!!!! I do start my seeds around January especially my peppers. I am in MinnesOta! Your shed looks great!

  15. Sandy says:

    Oh what fun! You have plenty of time to plan them out to use your space the best. Two sheds… oh you could have entire shed just for gardening I bet! ;)

  16. Brandi says:

    WOW! You would have a heart attack if you saw my shed! It is just a pile of mess. Maybe I will get out there this spring and get to work on it.

  17. Sandy says:

    We had so much we had to get in this shed to open up space in our garage I had to make as much usable space as I could.
    You will be amazed at how much more you’ll be able to get in… and be able to find it you do reorganize this spring!

  18. Mary says:

    Just catching up on all your great organizing tips and this one is near and dear to my heart! Oh my! We are constantly struggling with space in our 2 buildings. As my son grows so do his needs and spaces. Awesome tips to share with my other half. The buildings can look this good and each of us have our own space. (luv the paper towels too!!)

  19. Sandy says:

    Thanks Mary!

  20. NJCher says:

    You’re very innovative. I received many helpful ideas from your pictures and ideas. The glove this is–yes!–very Martha!

    I am re-organizing my storage shed after a renovation and was looking for ideas, which is how I found your blog.

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  27. missy says:

    very nice I love my shed love your ideas…..check out my blog as well

  28. Heather says:

    I have been searching online for ideas for organizing gardening supplies – particularly fertilizers, potting soil and such. Yours is the first site I’ve come to that is an actual real life solution that looks like something someone really uses. Thank you!

  29. Deb says:

    Love your ideas, particularly the plastic bins for seed, etc. Can you please tell me where you bought those? Thank you.

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