How to Select the Right Shed for your Needs

One of the questions our Cook shed dealers hear often from customers shopping for a backyard shed is, “How do I know which shed style is right for me?”

Each of our local dealers will have a conversation to best determine which of our portable building styles best meet your specific needs.

First, you’ll want to answer a few questions for yourself: 

  • What will be stored inside the shed? 
  • What kind of backyard space are you working with?
  • Who else in your family may end up wanting to store things in the shed?

To get started, here is a little about each of our most popular storage options:




The Barn style is a functional, low-profile building. It’s traditional style looks great in any backyard and easily matches different outdoor decor.

It’s ideal for anyone with medium storage needs who needs a secure place to store their excess stuff, from gardening tools to larger equipment and vehicles.


Lofted Barn


The number one seller of Cook portable buildings is our Lofted Barn due to its overhead storage capacity and large amount of interior cubic space.

This portable warehouse is the perfect option for anyone who needs copious vertical space to store larger items like stackable boxes or tall pieces of furniture. It also provides room to convert into a work or hobby shop.




The Garage is the most flexible of our Cook building designs and provides the adaptability to meet a variety of unique large storage needs in the 12-foot size.

The heavy-duty floor ensures the building can hold heavy and expensive possessions like vehicles, furniture, and outdoor equipment.


Lofted Garage


The second of the lofted styles, the Lofted Garage also offers a large amount of cubic space. The lofted space makes it easy to keep the floor of the warehouse clear for larger items like vehicles and equipment.

The 12-foot size is the best choice if you need secure storage for cars, boats and large all-terrain vehicles.



Utility Shed in backyard

The Cook Utility is the perfect storage building for a first-time shed owner because it provides the adaptability that is essential. The tall sidewalls provide vertical storage space often missing inside your home or garage.

Use the tall sidewalls to hang shelving and convert the space into an ideal tool shop or She Shed.


Garden Shed


This specialty building provides an eye-catching exterior décor that makes a statement in any backyard. The Garden Shed is the perfect selection for gardeners because a flower box, window and shutters come standard.

This attractive building can easily be converted into a potting shed, she shed or hobby space.


Tool Shed

Tool Shed

The Tool Shed is both an economical and versatile choice for your storage needs. The design is similar to the Utility building, but the sidewall height is much shorter in comparison.

This shed is a great choice for any hobbyist or to store those things like tools that keep cluttering up your interior space.




The Handyman is truly a unique portable building because it is divided and provides two spaces, with two separate doorways. This shed provides room for two different purposes, both storage and work/studio space.

It also comes with two workbenches, so this serious, multipurpose space building is the place to get work done.


These are just our most popular shed styles, but we have more to fit your exact storage needs! Take a look at our cabin styles or our Slim Shed which is a favorite for HOA communities.