Outdoor storage sheds may be available in a variety of materials, including metal, plastic, and vinyl, but I prefer a storage shed made out of wood — specifically, Western Red Cedar. Have you ever opened a cedar trunk or stepped into a clothes closet lined with cedar? Not only is cedar beautiful, it smells fantastic. The same goes for an outdoor storage shed. On the other hand, when I walk into my own storage shed, constructed of metal, I detect only the fragrance of gas from the lawnmower and essence of yard chemicals. It is the last place I want to be.
Even though the sensual aspects of cedar may be the first that we notice, the practical advantages of cedar abound, especially when used for storage sheds and other outdoor furniture. Cedar offers outstanding insulation, is easy to work with, and contains natural preservatives that make it resistant to insect damage, decay, and harsh weather conditions. It truly is an all-weather material; it can take the heat of the summer as well as the icy cold of winter, and just about every condition in between.
Because of cedar’s attractive features and benefits, an outdoor shed made of cedar can serve as more than just a place for storage. You just might want to spend more time in the shed planning gardening projects or working on a hobby. Some friends I know don’t use their cedar storage shed for storage at all, but for a comfortable and creative play house for their children.
Metal, plastic, and vinyl storage sheds can’t possibly offer the same array of benefits and possibilities as cedar wood sheds. While fine for basic storage, they lack the charm, beauty, and versatility of a cedar storage shed…and they definitely don’t smell as delicious.