As I'm sure you already know you can store pretty much any small to medium sized object in a backyard shed. Wooden sheds can be much more then just a small building for storage. Even though they are called "sheds", they can also be used as a workshop, playhouse for the kids, and have many other uses.

The best part is, they can be converted fairly easily from one use to another. If done correctly, a wooden shed can be used for a couple of purposes at the same time. For example, a workshop in the winter can be used to store the pool supplies and any other items you need to store away for the winter months.    

You might want to consider building  one for yourself. Not only are wooden sheds enjoyable to build, but for someone wanting to learn more about woodworking and building, they make a great starter project. Depending on how much time you can devote to it you could have it completed in a weekend or two. Before you get started you should search for some easy woodworking project plans. Before I started working on my wooden shed I found just the designs I was looking for, including how much material I would need and the approximate cost to build the shed. If you're interested you can check it out here:

Aside from WHAT, the shed will be used for is, WHY a wooden shed? Sheds made from wood may cost a little more than a metal shed, but the real value is the long term satisfaction you get from having a shed made from natural materials. Not only are they more pleasing to the eye, but you have more options from a shed that is custom built from a set of easy woodworking project plans.

Metal sheds are not very easy to make changes to as compared to wooden sheds. If repairs are required, they are quicker and less expensive to make on a wooden shed. You'll know what I'm talking about if you have ever tried to fix a damaged metal shed. The best wood to use for sheds is cedar. Cedar contains oil that occurs naturally, and it's This oil that gives the wood its distinct aroma and also protects it from insects and rot.

Now as to how or if you want to treat your new wooden shed. Keep this is mind:

Cedar contains natural oils within its fibers that help it to resist decay and rot. Some people choose to let their Cedar furniture weather naturally without a stain or finish. Over time the colorful tones of the wood slowly weather to a handsome silver-gray and the grain of the wood will become slightly raised. Left completely natural this silver-gray color will eventually be highlighted by darker streaks formed from the reaction between the Cedar Resin and the zinc hardware. A naturally treated piece of furniture should last outdoors for at least 8-10 years.

Or If you want to treat it:

Cedar wood can be enhanced with semi-transparent or full-bodied stains. You may choose to weather-treat your wood, but it is not necessary as with other woods. Treating your Cedar furniture will help it to maintain its initial color, and can help to double its life.

You can find more information and tips on construction and how to use wooden sheds to their fullest potential at:   Also included are 14,000 more plans for all kinds of easy woodworking projects that you might want to do. You might be surprised at what you can do with your own hands!