Bike Storage Sheds: Secure, Practical and Weatherproof

A bike shed is the best place to store your bicycles if you keep them in your garden or yard. And the best bike shed should be secure, weatherproof and practical to use on a daily basis.

As usual there's tons of choice! And as usual I will guide you through the simple steps to find the best one for you.

First of all you need to think about size. Where in your garden or yard will you put the shed? How much space is available there? And most importantly: how many bikes do you want to store in it?

Secondly, you need to think about what it's made from. How do you want it to look? What's your budget? And what sort of security, durability and maintenance levels do you want?

Finally it's time to choose a specific shed based on your requirements and my recommendations!

Of course, if you're still unsure that it's a bike shed you need, check out these bike storage ideas.

They're mostly aimed at indoor storage and there's a ton of different options. I'm sure you'll find something you haven't considered!

But if you know you want a bike shed, let's crack on...

Step 1: What size bike shed do you need?

How many bikes will it store?

What size bike shed you'll need will obviously depend on what exactly you want to store in there! How many bikes? What size are they? How many accessories will join them?

And perhaps you'd like a bit of space to work on your bikes too?

Now obviously I don't know the answers to these questions! But if we look at the average bike's dimensions we can get some idea of the minimum amount of space you'll need and we'll be able to compare different sheds accordingly.

Average adult bike dimensions

Average adult bike dimensions

I go into this in much more detail in what size shed do I need for my bikes. But in summary, these are the shed sizes you'll need for different numbers of average sized, adult bikes:

  • 1 bike needs a 6' x 2' shed
  • 2 bikes needs a 6' x 3' shed
  • 3 bikes needs a 6' x 4' shed (or sometimes 6' x 3')
  • 4 bikes needs a 6' x 5' shed (or sometimes 6' x 4')
  • 5 bikes needs a 6' x 5' shed

Of course these numbers are a general guideline only. You may have a bigger bike. Or a bike with a child seat. You may have a much smaller bike. You may only want to store kids bikes.

Obviously the only answer here is to measure your bikes and everything else you plan to store in the shed!

What I would say is: be generous. The shed needs to be easy to use. And if you have to cram everything in so that there's no room for maneuver, it's going to get really stressful and annoying!

How will I access the bikes?

And remember, it's not just about whether they will actually fit in there. It's also about the process of getting them in and out!

In the ideal shed, each bike could be added and removed without interfering with any of the other bikes already in the shed.

A bike shed with forward access

Forward (or backward) access is the most practical, but less common!

This would mean the bikes go in forwards or backward rather than sideways. Unfortunately there aren't too many bike sheds that allow this!

Sideways access is most common but less practical!

If some of your bikes are rarely used this isn't so much of an issue. They can go at the back. But if you have several bikes that are always being used (usually by different people), then it's worth hunting out a shed that does allow forward access.

Location, Location, Location (where will it go?)

Of course it's not just about what you're going to store in the shed. It's also about where you're going to put the shed. And this may restrict the sizes available to you.

Maybe you have limited floor space. Maybe the height will be limited by fence or wall heights or other aesthetic concerns. Maybe there are planning permission restrictions?

You're going to need a dry flat area that not only provides enough space for the shed, but also enough space to easily access and open the doors.

Location and Security

There are also security issues here. A shed in your front garden or yard, which will be visible to everyone who walks past your house is much more at risk than a shed that's hidden away at the back of the house.

However a shed should never be hidden away from you! A shed door that's visible from the house is less attractive to thieves than one where they're able to work on breaking in in private.

A hidden garden shed

Hidden from the thieves or from you?

In the same way, sheds that are closer to the house are safer as the thief will be more concerned that their activities will disturb you (especially if you have a shed alarm).

In general I recommend that you position the shed behind the house, away from the street and passing eyes. But close by the back of the house with the doors visible from your rear windows.

Of course this won't be possible for everyone and if you're forced to compromise, I'll talk about extra security measures you can take to nullify the threat later on.

Step 2: What should the bike shed be made of? 

You basically have three choices here: plastic (resin or vinyl), metal, or wood. And each of them has their own advantages and disadvantages.

However it's worth noting that these qualities can always be increased or reduced by the quality of the particular shed you choose.

Wooden Bike Sheds

When we think of sheds we usually think of wooden sheds. It's the traditional material that's been used to make sheds for centuries!

Wooden bike shed

Wooden Sheds

  • Attractive looks
  • Easiest to customize and improve
  • Strong and robust
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Require yearly maintenance
  • Not usually very secure
  • Risk of rot, insects and rodents

Advantages of Wooden Sheds

For most people a wooden shed will be the most aesthetically pleasing option and may actually add to the attractiveness of the space where it sits!

Being made from wood means it's easy to customize the outside by painting (to compliment the rest of your garden or yard) or the inside by adding hooks and shelves, neither of which you can do with most plastic or metal sheds.

Customizing a wooden shed

Customizing and upgrading a wooden shed is easy

Because they're easy customize, we can also improve the standard security features of wooden sheds by protecting the hinges and adding better locks.

If you're looking for a very specific size you're more likely to find it in a wooden shed as they have the biggest variety of shapes and sizes.

A good quality wooden shed is very strong and robust. And it's not as susceptible to wind or sun damage in the same way as a plastic shed.

They're probably the most environmentally friendly of the three options too (more on this later).

Disadvantages of Wooden Sheds

Wooden sheds require maintenance. After some years you will need to re-treat or re-varnish the wood. And you may need to service the roof depending on how it's made.

Unlike the other options, wooden sheds are susceptible to insects, rodents and rot. All of these risks can mitigated by looking after the shed properly, but that's work you'll have to carry out!

Out of the box, wooden sheds are probably the least secure of all the sheds. Most of them are provided with virtually no security features. As I mention above though: it's easy to fix this!

Unsecure wooden shed hinge

Not secure: often hinges can simply be unscrewed!

This means hinges and hasps can usually be unscrewed. And on cheaper sheds thin wooden panels can easily be pried off.

And it's worth noting that a neglected wooden shed that rots will be far less secure since it will be much easier for a thief to break in!

What to look for in a Wooden Shed

Wooden sheds are generally made from either tongue and groove cladding or overlap cladding.

With overlap cladding, each plank of wood simply lies over the plank of wood below it. The wood used in overlap cladding tends to be thin and unfinished. Sheds made with overlap are cheaper.

But they're not very strong, not very weatherproof and the wood is likely to warp over time. To be honest, I would avoid sheds made with overlap cladding, they don't tend to last long!

Overlap Cladding

Overlap Cladding: Bad

Tongue and Groove Cladding

Tongue and Groove Cladding: Good

With tongue and groove cladding, each plank of wood locks into it's neighbor. This makes for a stronger shed with a neater appearance. They're more weatherproof and will last much longer.

But it's just as important to know the thickness of the planks too. Anything less than 12 mm won't provide enough strength and durability for a decent quality shed. The thicker the better!

Most wooden sheds come with floors. But not all of them so make sure you check. And you will need to prepare a base that lifts the shed off the ground if you want it to last.

Metal Bike Sheds

Metal sheds have also been around for a long while and while we don't usually think of metal as traditional shed material, for storing bikes it's actually very useful.

Metal bike shed

Metal Sheds

  • Very secure
  • Strong and durable
  • Maintenance free
  • Rot, insect and rodent proof
  • Visually unattractive
  • Difficult to assemble
  • Risk of condensation and rust

Advantages of Metal Sheds

Metal sheds are generally very secure, offering more out of the box protection from thieves than the other options.

They're very durable. They won't rot, they're insect and rodent proof and if they're made from properly galvanized steel they won't corrode either.

Metal shed lock

Metal sheds can be very secure. This is an Asgard

And this means they're maintenance free. You won't need to repaint or re-treat a metal shed. Just give it a wash with soapy water now and again!

They're also strong and sturdy. Like wooden sheds, they won't be affected by wind and sun or damage from the cold.

Disadvantages of Metal Sheds

Many people find metal sheds visually unattractive. This will vary between different brands and models. But you certainly don't get rustic or traditional looking metal sheds!

They're also more difficult to customize than wooden sheds. You wouldn't paint the outside. And it's more difficult to add shelves or hooks to the inside.

Metal sheds without a ventilation system can be subject to condensation.

Metal shed parts

Metal shed assembly can be daunting!

They can also be much more difficult to assemble than the other options. Partly because of their weight and partly because there tends to be many more parts. Be prepared for a full day or two of assembly involving two or people and plenty of tools! 

Cheap metal sheds can rust, especially in cooler, wetter climates. And once the rust takes hold it will severely weaken the structure and security of the shed.

What to look for in a Metal Shed

The thickness of the steel panels used in a metal shed are a good indication of quality. Thicker panels will produce a stronger and more secure shed.

The standard thickness is around 0.25 mm, which is not great to be honest. So anything thicker is an improvement! Asgard sheds for example are the thickest at 1.2 mm!

Also make sure that any shed has an adequate ventilation system to produce enough airflow to prevent condensation.

Metal shed air ventilation

Air ventilation is important to prevent internal condensation

Most metal sheds don't come with a floor. So you will need to provide a level base of either concrete or paving stones.

Also, I've said it before but I will say it again here: metal sheds can be complicated to construct. You'll most likely need two people, a bag full of tools and a several hours spare...

But it's best to ask the seller exactly what you'll need and how long they estimate it will take before you buy!

Plastic Bike Sheds

Plastic (also called Resin) sheds are the new kids on the block. And they're increasingly popular. 

Plastic bike shed

Plastic Sheds

  • Easy to assemble
  • Weatherproof
  • Maintenance free
  • Rot, insect and rodent proof
  • Can look cheap and "fake"
  • Difficult to customize and improve
  • Less sturdy than the others

Advantages of Plastic Sheds

Plastic sheds are all about easiness! They're the lightest of the three options. So they're easy to transport and they're very easy to assemble.

And they're also easy to move if you change your mind or change where you live!

They wont rot or rust. They're also insect and rodent proof. In fact, they're entirely maintenance free. Like metal sheds, you just need to give them a wash with soapy water to keep them looking pristine.

Washing a plastic shed

A wash now and again is the only maintenance you need to do!

The modern plastics are less likely to become brittle and crack over time. And you shouldn't see much colour fade either.

Although they're not as secure as metal sheds, out of the box they're probably more secure than wooden sheds. This is because their hinges tend to be hidden and the panels bend rather than snap when attacked!

Disadvantages of Plastic Sheds

Despite copying the style of traditional wooden sheds, plastic shed tend to be much less visually attractive. They can often look cheap and fake!

You can't really customize a plastic shed. You can't paint them. And you can't easily add hooks and shelves to the inside.

And this means it's also difficult to make a plastic shed more secure than it already is by adding extra security features.

Their lightness makes them less sturdy than wooden and metal sheds. So they're less stable in windy conditions.

Damaged plastic shed

Plastic sheds tend to be less sturdy than the other types

As with metal sheds, if they don't have an adequate ventilation system, plastic sheds can be prone to internal condensation.

Some of the cheaper plastic sheds are also prone to become soft and bendy in strong sunlight!

What to look for in a Plastic Shed

To avoid color fade and cracking, make sure the manufacturer specifies that the plastic is UV resistant.

Twin walled plastic sheds with ventilation vents are much less likely to suffer from condensation.

Plastic sheds with steel frames will be stronger and more durable. Most plastic sheds have steel frames in the roof. But steel frames in the walls will further strengthen the shed significantly.

Duotech bike shed

Sheds made from Duotech plastic are higher quality

Look out for sheds made from Duotech. This is a new type of plastic that aims to keep the natural advantages of plastic while adding some of the advantages of wood.

So you can paint, cut and drill into Duotech sheds, making customization easy. Their natural finish is more like wood. And they're also very strong. They are of course also very expensive! 

Metal, Plastic or Wood for Security?

Straight form the factory, metal bike sheds are generally the most secure. Then plastic sheds. And then finally wooden sheds.

Metal is obviously the strongest construction material. Their locks are usually decent. And metal bike sheds are most often specifically designed for security.

Plastic sheds tend to be slightly more secure than those made from wood, only because when they're attacked the plastic will bend rather than rip like wood.

But neither plastic or wooden sheds are usually designed with security as a priority. A concerted attack will defeat both of them.

Bike shed security bar

It's easy to boost the security of a wooden bike shed!

The difference is: there's a lot you can do to increase the security of a wooden shed, while with a plastic shed you're much more limited.

So in the end, if you put some effort in, wooden sheds can in fact be far more secure than plastic sheds!

Also, check the bikes are covered by your household insurance policy while stored in your shed. If they're not (or you think the cover is inadequate) then consider specialized bicycle insurance.

Environmental Impact

I think we should consider the environmental impact of all our purchases these days. But as with most things, it's not quite as straightforward as it might first seem!

For sure: wood is the most environmentally friendly building material of the three. Unlike metal or plastic it pulls carbon from the atmosphere as it grows and stores it for the duration of the shed's life.

So the wood in a wooden shed has a negative carbon footprint. Whereas huge amounts of CO2 are produced during the manufacture metal and plastic.

All the plastics and metals used in other sheds can be recycled. And that's all well and good. But don't forget the process of recycling also produces CO2!

Pine forest

Trees store carbon. So wooden sheds have negative carbon footprints!

Having said all that, we have to think about longevity too. How long will your shed last? Which is better a wooden shed that you need to replace every 6 years or one plastic shed that lasts 30 years?

So whichever type of shed you choose, make sure it's good quality and it's built to last. "Buy cheap and buy twice" goes the old saying. Not only this uneconomical, it's also bad for the environment.

If you choose a wooden shed, make sure the wood is sustainably sourced. Ideally look for wood that comes from close to home with The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accreditation.

And make sure you're committed to maintaining the shed!

But if you choose a metal or plastic shed, buy the best quality you can possibly afford, ideally from an established company that publishes specific, accountable environmental commitments.

Wooden vs Metal vs Plastic Bike Sheds

Wooden Sheds Bar Graph

So wooden sheds are going to appeal to people that prefer traditional looks, that are prepared to do some maintenance work and that are happy to upgrade the utility and security of their sheds themselves.

Metal Sheds Bar Graph

Metal sheds will appeal to those who prioritize high security and low maintenance, that don't care so much about how the thing looks and that are prepared for a potentially challenging assembly process!

Plastic Sheds Bar Graph

And plastic sheds will appeal to people who just want an easy life! They'll want easy assembly, easy maintenance and in general they won't care too much about high security or how the shed looks.

The Best Bike Storage Sheds

So by now you should have a good idea of what size shed you'll need and what material it will be made from. Next you'll find some of my top recommendations.

And if you don't like those (!), I've added some tables where you can compare loads of different sheds depending on whether your'e in the USA or Europe.

I've split them up like this because the ranges available are very different depending on what side of the pond you're on.

Wooden bike sheds for example, aren't very popular in the US. Whereas in the UK there's tons. Conversely, the range of plastic sheds in America is much greater than in the UK at the moment.

For my specific recommendations I've dismissed the really low price, low quality sheds. As I've already said they're a false economy. And considering the amount of effort you have to put into constructing a shed, you don't want to be doing it again anytime soon (when the first one fails)!

Cheap brands like BillyHo, Rowlinson, Yardmaster and Arrow are best avoided unless you want to give yourself a headache.

Spend a little more, go for quality and you'll get something that will last for many years if properly looked after...

Best Wooden Bike Sheds: Mid-Range

I really like Power Sheds! They're well made, reasonably priced and come in a variety of styles and sizes. Plus the customer service is exceptional.

Power Shed: Best Wooden Bike Shed

Power Sheds make the best mid priced wooden bike sheds

All Power sheds are covered in a shiplap tongue and groove cladding, that's made from 12 mm thick planks. That's thicker than most of the competition. And this makes them stronger, more weatherproof and therefore more durable.

The frames are thick and doubled up to again create a 44 x 56 mm structure with corner bracing for even more strength. And there are roof trusses to ensure that the roof won't sag.

The wood is pre-treated, so you don't have to worry about painting or preserving it again for another 12 months.

And unlike the cheaper wooden sheds, all the roofs are fitted with a thick, high quality polyester backed felt that won't tear and should last for years.

They're available in loads of sizes, so you should be able to find one that fit's both the space you have available and the number of bikes you want to keep in it...

Power 6' x 2' Shed

Power 6' x 2' Shed: For 1 bike

Power 6' x 3' Shed

Power 6' x 3' Shed: For 2-3 bikes

Power 6' x 4' Shed

Power 6' x 4' Shed: For 1 bike

Power 6' x 5' Shed

Power 6' x 5' Shed: For 2 bikes

And the biggest 6' x 6' shed is deep enough to store you're bikes straight on, as long as you twist the handlebars slightly...

Power 6' x 6' Shed

Power 6' x 6': you'll be able to store your bike straight on in this one!

Power sheds come with a tongue and groove floor on floor joists but you'll need to prepare a flat, dry base for the shed to sit on.

But if you don't already have a suitable (concrete or paved area), Power also make Base Kits that do the job for you!

The timber on all Power sheds is guaranteed for 10 years. And if properly cared for, the shed should last for over 25 years.

All their timber comes from slow grown, sustainable European sources. And while they don't yet have FSC certification, they are in the process of joining.

Their pre and post sale customer service is attentive and personal. You'll need to assemble to shed yourself, but everything you need is included and it shouldn't take more than 4 hours max for the biggest bike sheds, much less for the smaller ones.

Power shed delivery pallet

The shed is delivered flat-pack

Power shed lock

Power sheds come with a decent lock

The only thing that lets the Power sheds down is their security. And this is the same for all low and mid price wooden sheds.

So the hinges can simply be unscrewed from the outside and while the press lock may be better than a hasp, the door could still be prized open with a little effort and a crowbar.

But you won't find more secure wooden sheds at this price point elsewhere. They're all like this. Luckily there's a whole load of things you can do to make your wooden shed more secure.

So if you want a top quality wooden shed that will last for many years if properly cared for and you're prepared to put in a little effort to boost the security, then the Power sheds are a fantastic choice.

Best Wooden Bike Sheds: High-End

If you're after the Rolls Royce of wooden bike storage then check out The Bike Shed Company!

Bike Shed Company Best Wooden Shed

Bike Shed Company make the best high-end wooden bike sheds

The sheds are available in two sizes and two styles. The smaller one will fit 3 bikes. While the bigger one will fit up to 5 bikes.

And while the Pedalbase style has just enough vertical space for the bikes, the Spokeshed is taller with a shelf above the bikes for your accessories.

Pedalbase 6' x 3'

Pedalbase 6' x 3' Shed: For up to 3 bikes

Pedalbase 6' x 4'

Pedalbase 6' x 4' Shed: For up to 5 bikes

Spokeshed 6' x 3'

Spokeshed 6' x 3' Shed: For up to 3 bikes

Spokeshed 6' x 4' Shed: For up to 5 bikes

The wood that they use is UK sourced Douglas Fir which is very strong and highly resistant to rot. The tongue and groove cladding is 20 mm thick. And the doors are 50 mm thick for extra security!

In fact they take security very seriously. The door are secured with enormous deadbolts from the inside, making it virtually impossible to pry them open.

All the hinges and fittings are fixed from the inside so they can't be unscrewed by a thief. And every shed comes with a ground anchor fastened to the floor inside and a shrouded shackle padlock to secure the outside.

Bike Shed Company security anchor

All their sheds come with a security anchor inside

These sheds are built like tanks and you can be sure that they will be very difficult to break into.

The lid is covered in a recycled (and recyclable) synthetic rubber which is highly resistant to UV, heat and weather and completely maintenance free (unlike felt). It's also supported by gas struts to make opening and closing the lid easy.

Delivery includes onsite installation by their expert workmen and any painting that you might require.

The sheds are guaranteed for 5 years. And they won't need any maintenance for the first 3-4 years (after which a lick of paint every 4 years is all that's required).

Absolutely everything's been thought of. And if you can think of something that hasn't, they also offer a bespoke service!

Now a shed like this is built to provide protection from the elements and the criminally minded for many years. And the price reflects this. They're not cheap. But if you want the best, you need to pay a little more!

Wooden Bike Sheds: The Competition

If you're not keen on my two top recommendations, you can compare a whole load of others in the table below.

The width, depth and height are in centimeters. The first number is the exterior measurement. And the second number (in brackets) is the internal measurement. 

Shed

Name

Width

ext (int)

Depth

ext (int)

Height

ext (int)

Num of

Bikes

Warranty

Power 6 x 2 pent shed

192.6

(179)

71.8

(51.2)

163.4

(156.6)

1-2

10

Power 6 x 2 apex shed

191.4

(170.2)

76

(60)

194.8

(189.2)

1-2

10

Power 6 x 3 pent shed

192.6

(179)

192.6

(179)

163.4

(156.6)

2-3

10

Power 6 x 3 apex shed

191.4

(170.2)

105

(89)

194.8

(189.2)

2-3

10

BillyOh 6 x 3 shed

185.8

(175.8)

95.5

(82.3)

125.6

(120.3)

2-3

?

Rowlinson 6 x 3 shed

183

(174)

83

(75)

164

(132)

2-3

?

Pedalbase 6 x 3 shed

202

101

133

2-3

5

Dunster House 6 x 3 shed

202

(192)

102

(92)

175

(121)

3

10

Waltons 7 x 3 shed

210

(193)

85

(74)

172

(134)

2-3

10

BillyOh 6 x 4 pent shed

185.8

(175.8)

124.5

(111.6)

125.6

(120.3)

3-4

?

BillyOh 6 x 4 apex shed

201

(176)

123.8

(111.6)

123.1

(120)

3-4

?

Power 6 x 4 pent shed

192.6

(179)

130.8

(110.2)

163.4

(156.6)

4-5

10

Pedalbase  6 x 4 shed

202

130.5

133

4-5

5

Power 6 x 4 apex shed

191.4

(170.2)

135

(119)

194.8

(189.2)

4-5

10

Pinelap 7 x 4 shed

214

122

168

3-4

?

Power 6 x 5 pent shed

192.6

(179)

160.4

(140.2)

163.4

(156.6)

5

10

Power 6 x 6 pent shed

192.6

(179)

190.8

(170.2)

163.4

(156.6)

5-6

10

Best Metal Bike Sheds: Mid Range

My favorite mid range metal bike shed is the Duramax Bicycle Store [Amazon]. Because unlike most other mid price metal sheds, it's specifically designed for bikes...

Duramax Bicycle Store

So, they've made it deep enough to roll the bikes in and out, storing them facing forwards rather than side on.

This is a huge advantage when you need to store several bikes that are used regularly, since you don't have to move one out of the way to access the other. All the bikes are easily accessible and they all roll in and out without disturbing the others.

This is helped further by the inclusion of metal ramps. They not only keep the bikes straight and in place, they also lift one bike above it's neighbors so that the handlebars don't get entangled.

All this means that the Duramax can store 4 adult bikes side my side without any interference in a shed that's just 80" (202 cm) wide.

Duramax bike shed in a yard

The Duramax is perfect for several regularly used bikes

The build quality of the shed is pretty good too. The steel panels are 0.33 mm thick (20% thicker than the standard 0.25 mm). This gives the shed extra strength, security and durability.

The hot dip galvanization process should prevent any corrosion. And air vents on both sides should prevent any internal condensation.

Metal sheds are naturally more secure than the other options. But the 20% thicker walls, hidden hinges and a reasonable lock make the Duramax more secure than many other metal sheds.

For sure, it's not as secure as the top end metal bike sheds who are specifically targeting high security. But it should be enough in most cases.

Duramax shed lock

The Duramax has a pretty good lock

Like most metal sheds, there's no floor supplied with the Duramax. So you'll need to find a piece of concrete or lay some paving stones as a base. For extra security I would recommend fixing a ground anchor to the base too.

And although metal sheds tend to me more complicated than other sheds to construct, it seems the Duramax isn't one of the most difficult ones.

You'll still need 2 people and several hours. But the instructions are clear, you're told in advance what tools you'll need and the higher quality components make it a little easier.

So if you're looking for a metal bike shed that stores 4 adult bikes (plus accessories) very easily the Duramax has got to be a good contender [Amazon]!

Best Metal Bike Sheds: High-End

The UK is lucky in that there are two companies making really high end, high security metal bike sheds.

Asgard 7 x 3 bike shed

Asgard make the most secure bike sheds available

Asgard and Trimetals have been producing metal sheds for over 40 and 50 years respectively. And their bike storage solutions are aimed at those who are seeking both the highest quality and the highest security.

Which brand is best? Well, that depends!

If we compare the standard models, Asgard are almost certainly the most secure. Their locking mechanisms are integrated and are always hidden away so they are difficult to attack or tamper with.

And the steel panels used across all Asgard sheds are thicker than those used in the standard Trimetals sheds.

Asgard internal lock

Asgard internal lock: more secure

Trimetals external lock

Trimetals external lock: less secure

On Trimetal sheds the locking systems are external hasps which are secured by padlocks that are provided as an optional accessory.

This makes the locks easier to attack and the security they offer dependent on which padlocks you buy or are provided with.

Trimetals sheds are available at three different levels of security, which complicates things slightly.

But the highest level of security becomes so expensive, they're not comparable to similar size Asgard sheds. And they still use exposed security fittings!

What's more the idea that the thin cable that comes with Trimetals mid security "ProtectaCycle" provides any kind of protection is laughable!

Trimetals "high security cable"

Trimetals "high security cable" is a joke!

Having said all that, the way the Trimetal sheds open (with one door that folds upwards) is far more graceful and accessible than anything on an Asgard shed.

And ultimately it will come down to space and price. Trimetals only produce one size shed, while Asgard produce loads of different sizes.

My advice is: work out the best size for your specific needs and then shop around looking for the best prices. There are often special offers to be found on both brands. Don't forget to check what comes as standard and what you need to pay extra for.

If the right size and price turns out to be Trimetals go for it. It may not be quite as secure as an Asgard out of the box, but with the right padlocks and internal security chain you can make that largely irrelevant.

Metal Bike Sheds: The Competition

If you're not keen on my metal bike shed recommendations, check out the alternatives in the tables below.

There's one table for UK sheds and another for US sheds. In the UK table the measurements are in centimeters. In the US they're in inches.

The first number is the external measurement. The second number (in brackets) in the internal measurement.

UK / Europe Metal Bike Sheds

Shed

Name

Width

ext (int)

Depth

ext (int)

Height

ext (int)

Num of

Bikes

Warranty

Asgard 3 x 6 shed

90

(84)

190

(180)

120.5

(120)

1-2

10

Asgard 6 x 3 shed

183.2

(172.5)

92.4

(81)

144.4

(144)

2-3

10

Trimetals 6 x 3 shed

Trimetals

6' x 3'

196

(180)

89

(84)

133

(129)

2-3

25

T.Mullen 6 x 3 shed

225

88

125

2-3

?

Yardmaster 6 x 4 shed

198

(183)

119

(103)

174

3-4

10

Asgard 7 x 3 access shed

206

(198)

104.3

(91)

134

(132)

3-4 (29")

10

Asgard 7 x 3 e-bike shed

230.6

(223)

105.3

(91)

134

(132)

3 (electric)

10

Casart 7 x 4 shed

213

(202)

130

(116)

173

4-5

?

Yardmaster 8 x 4 shed

238

(223)

119

(103)

174

4-5

10

Duramax 6 x 6 shed

202

(192)

203

(187.6)

162.5

(140)

4

15

US Metal Bike Sheds

Shed

Name

Width

ext (int)

Depth

ext (int)

Height

ext (int)

Num of

Bikes

Warranty

Trimetals 6 x 3 shed

77

35

52

2-3

15

Arrow 4 x 7 shed

48

(48)

84

(77)

84

(81)

3-4

12

Arrow 6 x 5 shed

76

(71)

59

(54)

67

(66)

5

12

Duramax 6 x 6 shed

79.57

(73.86)

79.92

(73.86)

63.98

(55.12)

4

5

Arrow 4 x 10 shed

48

(48)

120

(114)

84

(81)

4-5

12

Arrow 8 x 6 shed

99

(94)

71

(66)

67

(66)

5-6

12

118

59.5

76

5-6

12

Best Plastic Sheds for 2-3 Bikes

Keter 5' x 3' Store-It Out Ultra

If you have a limited amount of space, in Europe, it's hard to beat the Keter Store-It Out Ultra [Amazon]. It's compact, easy to build and use and it's very reasonably priced.

Keter 5' x 3' Store-It Out Ultra

The Keter Store-It Out Ultra: great UK choice for 2 or 3 bikes!

Externally it measures 177 x 113 x 134 cm (width x depth x height), so it can fit into very tight spaces.

Internally the shed measures 164 x 97 x 127 cm (width x depth x height), so there should be enough space for 2 (or just possibly 3) adult bikes, with their wheels twisted to fit lengthwise.

This is a particularly short box though so it's not recommended for longer bikes. And you would be wise to measure your bikes before you make a purchase.

Keter 5' x 3' closed

This is what it looks like closed!

Keter 5' x 3' with 2 adult bikes

It easily fits 2 adult mountain bikes

The lid lifts up easily, aided by hydraulic pistons. And the doors at the front are very wide. These features make accessing your bikes straightforward.

It comes with a floor. It can be mounted directly on a lawn if you like. And there is literally no maintenance involved beyond a wash with a hose now and again!

Plastic sheds may be slightly more secure than wooden sheds out of the box. But unlike wooden sheds, there's not a lot you can do to improve the security...

An exposed plastic bolt is not so secure!

All the hinges are obscured and there is a door bolt than can be locked (padlock not included). And a casual attack is likely to bend rather than break the walls.

But this isn't a high security option. The plastic door bolt could be sawed through very quickly!

However, as an easy to build, maintenance free storage solution for a couple of low value bikes this is a very good option [Amazon].

Suncast 5' x 3' Horizontal Stow Away

In the USA, your best option is probably the Suncast 5' x 3' Horizontal Stow Away [Amazon] which is a similar size to the Keter.

Suncast 5' x 3' Horizontal Stow Away

Suncast Horizontal Stow Away: great US choice for 2 or 3 bikes!

The external measurements are 70.5 x 44.25 x 49.5 inches (width x depth x height), so again, it will fit into tight spots.

And the internal measurements are 66.5 x 38.5 x 49.5 inches (width x depth x height). So with some twisting of the handlebars it's capable of fitting 2 (possibly 3 smaller) adult bikes.

Suncast 5' x 3' closed

This is what it looks like closed

Suncast 5' x 3' easily fits 2 adult bikes

It easily fits 2 adult bikes

Just like the Keter, there are hydraulic pistons to help you get the lid up and the doors are very wide, so accessing your bikes is easy.

There is an integrated floor, which helps keep things weatherproof. And being plastic. there's no maintenance needed!

Suncast 5' x 3' lock

Lock hasp is somewhat hidden

Like any plastic shed, it's not super secure, but the hidden hasp (padlock not included) will be difficult to attack, so it is more secure than other plastic sheds such as the Keter.

So all in all, if you're looking for maintenance free storage in a tight spot for 2 or 3 inexpensive bikes then the Suncast Horizontal Stow Away is a great choice [Amazon]!

Best Plastic Sheds for 3-4 Bikes

While the above sheds are great if your space in limited, there are more practical options if you have a bit more room.

Suncast 6' x 4' Glidetop Storage Shed

In the USA, the Suncast 6' x 4' Glidetop Storage Shed [Amazon] isn't specifically designed for bicycles, but it might as well have been!

Suncast 6' x 4' Glidetop

The Suncast 6' x 4' Glidetop Shed: perfect for bicycles!

Externally it measures 58 x 80 x 52 inches (width x depth x height). So it's deeper than it is wide and that's what makes it so great for bikes. Because...

Internally it measures 50.25 x 71.75 x 49 inches (width x depth x height). Which makes it's deep enough to store your bikes straight on.

Glidetop stores bikes straight on

Bikes can be stored straight on

If your storing 4 regularly used bikes, that's a big deal. Each bike can simply be rolled in and out without interfering with it's neighbors.

And this shed is wide enough to store 4 bikes next to each other just like that! Easy access to each bike immediately.

There is a slide top roof that glides backwards so you can actually walk your bikes in and out of the shed.

And don't worry about the weight of you and your bikes. It's got a heavy duty floor that's designed to support lawn mowers.

Suncast Glidetop closed

This is what it looks like closed

Suncast Glidetop easily stores 3 bikes straight on

Easy access to three bikes

There are holes in the roof and the door handles which will take a padlocks (not included). So it can be locked in two places. But these holes are in plastic so they're not super secure. But since plastic bends when attacked they should at least deter the opportunist thieves.

So, if you have 3 or 4 bikes, or even if you just have a couple of bikes, then this is a fantastically practical, low maintenance and reasonably priced [Amazon] way to store them.

Rubbermaid 6' x 4' Slide-Lid Storage Shed

In Europe the equivalent is the Rubbermaid Slide-Lid Storage Shed [Amazon]. It's a similar size, measuring 140 x 193 x 132 cm (width x depth x height) externally.

Rubbermaid 6' x 4' Slide-Lid

The Rubbermaid 6' x 4' Slide-Lid Shed: also perfect for bicycles! 

And since it measures 132 x 183 x 107 cm (width x depth x height) internally, we can also store 3 or 4 bikes straight on in this one too!

It has the same type of sliding roof that allows us to walk our bikes into the storage space. The walls are double thickness and there is a steel frame in the roof for extra strength. So it should easily be robust enough to use for bike storage.

Rubbermaid Slide-Lid easily stores 3 bikes straight on

It happily fits 3 bikes straight on for easy access 

There is a metal staple (loop) for a padlock (not included), so it is lockable. And if we protect the staple from bolt cutters this is reasonably secure. A casual attack will only result in bent plastic.

Rubbermaid Slide-Lid lock

If you protect the metal loop this could be quite secure.

As a plastic shed it's certainly not high-security. However, it is extremely practical. And I think this is one of the best ways to store 3 or 4 adult bikes currently available.

Plastic Bike Sheds: The Competition

If you don't like my recommendations, or you're looking for something bigger to store more than 4 bikes, you can check out the competition in the table below.

The measurements are in inches. The first number is external, the second one (in brackets) is internal.

Shed

Name

Width

ext (int)

Depth

ext (int)

Height

ext (int)

Num of

Bikes

Warranty

Suncast 5 x 3

70.5

(65.5)

44.25

(38.5)

53

(49.5)

2-3

10

Suncast 6 x 4

58

(50.25)

80

(71.75)

5

 (49)

3-4

10

Rubbermaid 6 x 4

57

(52)

76.25

(72)

53

(42)

3-4

10

Rubbermaid Roughneck 6 x 4

60

(52)

79

(72)

54

(42)

3-4

10

Upromax 6 x 4

75

(70)

43

(37)

52.1

(48.5)

3-4

Lifetime

Suncast 6 x 8 shed

74.75

(69.5)

74.75

(69.5)

92.75

(90.25)

5-6

10

Keter 8 x 6

101 (93.11)

71.5 (63.78)

95.5 (93.9)

5-6

10

Rubbermaid 7 x 7

86.7

(81)

87

(81.4)

102.9

(100)

6+

10

Keter 9 x 7

109

(103.9)

85.8

(79)

89

(86.5)

6+

Lifetime

Suncast 8 x 10

100.5

(93)

122.25

(117)

113

(100.5)

6+

10

Wrapping Up

If you need to store your bicycles outside then a decent bike shed is the best way to do it. It will keep them protected from the weather, safe from thieves and should help you use your bikes in a more stress free way.

Which shed you choose will be dependent on how much space you have, how many bikes you want to store in it, and which material best meets your security and aesthetic requirements.

Plus don't forget how much effort you're prepared to put in to it's construction and maintenance!

I recommend that you think very carefully about the security aspect. Your bikes are much more likely to be stolen from your yard or garden than from inside your home or even your garage.

So if you choose a wooden shed, please look into the relatively simple ways you can massively boost their security.

If you choose a plastic shed, make sure the lock fixings aren't made from plastic. And in fact, there's a few things you can do to boost plastic shed security too.

Make sure you secure your bikes in the shed using a sensible locking technique and a good bike lock. A strong chain and a ground anchor is the best way to go here, but there are other options. 

And don't forget you'll need to prepare a level, dry base to put your shed on (ideally before you buy it!).

Do you use any of the sheds in this page to store your bikes? How are they doing? Do you have any tips for choosing a bike shed that I've overlooked?

Let me know in the comments below!

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