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Shed Accessories

(Photo courtesy of Rhino Sheds)

Outdoor structures have a lot to offer in their original form, but key components can add value for the end user. 

With simple and straightforward add-ons, like shelving and ramps, even a no-frills building can become a craft room or a workspace. 

Shed accessories satisfy the wants and needs of these investments, making them flexible and efficient with extras, such as lighting. 

Whether customers purchase these features during the initial sale or embellish their sheds later, having these elements as options can be a win-win for buyers and sellers alike.  

For the sources from around the country who appear below, customer demand typically determines which shed accessories make the cut. Learn more about what these industry experts offer and why as they share the benefits behind their selections.

DISTINCTIVE DETAILS

As Leonard Building & Truck Accessories in Mount Airy, North Carolina, demonstrates, all it takes is a couple of picks to add a practical aspect to an outdoor structure. 

In addition to sheds, the company offers ramps and solar lighting. 

“If you don’t have electricity running to your shed, solar-powered lighting can be a great option,” says Mike Pack, CEO. 

“It can be mounted multiple ways, and some have motion detectors, so they light up when you are heading to your shed at night, and they offer a security feature.”

The ramps they carry correlate with the size of the door opening. 

“The odds of the ground being perfectly level are low, so they provide easy access versus a big step when you have a riding or a push lawnmower,” he adds. 

“We have three different sizes made from treated lumber that are built to last a lifetime. You can paint or seal them over time, but it’s not necessary.” 

With shed accessories, what they offer comes down to the end user. 

“Customer demand is the primary driver,” Pack explains. “There are certainly other shed accessories out there outside of ramps and solar lighting, like rubberized flooring and shelving.”

Their sales history also seems to confirm these selections to be the right fit. 

For instance, the ratio for ramp purchases has been strong for the past 30 years at around one ramp per two sheds, so Pack estimates about a 1:2 ratio.

Solar lighting gets a mention during the sales process, while people get to see the ramps on the lot. 

“The customer gets a real feel for them,” he says. “They can order a ramp after the fact, but most are ordered during the initial purchase.”

Customer comments they receive after the sheds have been delivered also show they are on the right track with the shed accessories they sell. 

“We certainly get a lot of feedback on the quality of the ramps,” adds Pack. 

UNIQUE FEATURES

These accents may be customer-driven, but they can also add to the bottom line. 

In Grand Junction, Colorado, The Barnyard manufactures and sells storage sheds. They also offer several accessories for their structures, such as windows, skylights, ramps, shelving, built-in workbenches, and roof turbines. 

These features often include multiple versions that make them even more appealing, like standard windows that come in other sizes. 

“We’re really flexible for what a customer wants for a window,” says owner John Hershberger. “We do them quite a bit.”

Skylights can also enhance a shed and fill it with natural light. 

“They can be a security feature because it’s harder to get through a skylight than through a window,” he says. “A skylight also doesn’t take up your wall space, so you can think about that too.”

Aluminum ramps are among their other selections for shed accessories. Some options like these tend to sell after the fact, while others are added at the time of sale. 

The ramps are popular with customers who have recreational vehicles, like side-by-side four-wheelers, or equipment, such as lawnmowers.  

Shelving can fulfill storage needs, while built-in workbenches are another popular option. “We’ve done quite a few,” says Hershberger. 

Roof turbines that provide a vent at the top of the building (also called whirlybirds) offer extra ventilation. They also sell a solar light for their skylights. 

Some people with specific needs for their hobbies or other pursuits might request shed accessories for these reasons, like a customer Hershberger mentions who does pottery in her outdoor structure. “She needed a ramp to get her stuff in and out,” he says. 

Another customer requested a custom loft ladder. 

“We sell a lot of standard sheds, but we try to build what people want,” says Hershberger.  

Porches can also be another distinctive add-on, but some features require thinking ahead for a better outcome. 

“If you’re going to insulate a shed for an A/C unit, you can’t just go with the smallest window,” he says. “A single hung works best.”

PERFECT FIT 

On the East Coast, Rhino Sheds in Middleborough, Massachusetts, manufactures and sells sheds and offers shed accessories.

“Most of the accessories we have in stock, but some are customized, like the cupolas that we sell,” says salesperson Lara Marchesi about the distinctive attachments that go on the roof, mostly for decoration. 

Many selections, like the ramps, workbenches, and lofts they offer, tend to sell with their sheds during the initial purchase. 

“It all comes down to usage,” says manager Silvia Pujoni. 

Requests include house doors and windows for an insulated outdoor structure that serves as a home gym for one customer. Another customer has a shed with a kitchen equipped with special features that allow her to entertain in her backyard.

Pujoni recalls a shed they sold to a homeowner with five grandchildren who wanted a private getaway. In addition to a fireplace, the tiny house also has a loft mattress. 

“It can have anything that they can imagine,” she says.  

In addition to those who need to transport equipment to and from their sheds, Marchesi says that ramps can also help those who struggle with stairs like a customer they had who walks with a cane. 

“He needs that help for him to get to his shed,” she says. “Most are eight inches from the ground.” 

These ramps can also offer easier access for animals with barn sheds that might be a place to raise chickens. 

Other shed accessories like workbenches can serve more than one purpose as well. 

“Some people use them as shelves,” explains Marchesi. “It’s a more reinforced shelf that is also lower. You can also use them as a table.”

Anchor kits that are meant to hold a shed in place in areas with strong winds are among the other accessories they offer. Some features come with certain sheds, such as flower boxes and window shutters that are available in different colors. 

Custom elements can elevate these structures, like a shed for a customer who wanted it to be an art studio. In that case, they were able to customize transom windows that are available in various shapes and sizes. 

Other special requests come along on occasion, such as a recent quote for a 10-foot loft, which is substantially larger than their standard style and measures 4 feet long by 4 feet deep. 

Marchesi also mentions a customer who wanted a pegboard for tool storage.

For the shed accessories they have in stock, Pujoni says the owner, Ronaldo Vieira, knows what clients want and bases their selection on demand. 

Some accessories are purchased at the time of sale, while other orders come after the fact. 

“Some people don’t want to spend that kind of money upfront, so they call us and ask for a ramp or a workbench, or they come in to look at them,” Marchesi says. 

In some cases, certain features coordinate with the main residence for a cohesive look and feel. 

“Customers want to match their house to the shed, so if they have blue shutters on their home, they want blue shutters on their shed as well,” she explains. “We have many colors in stock.” 

Roll-up doors can be another practical add-on for some people. 

“Customers use it when they want to turn their sheds into a garage,” says Marchesi.

SUPPLY AND DEMAND

DuraStor Structures LLC in Wrightsville, Georgia, manufactures and sells sheds. As owner Durrel Strite explains, they also sell shed accessories that include shelving, workbenches, electrical packages, and ramps. 

Doors, windows, and shutters are among the other options.

Strite, who has been in the industry for years, says the popularity of ramps remains strong for people with lawnmowers, motorcycles, or those who need to get a rolling hand truck in and out on a regular basis. Features like these are often purchased at the time of sale. 

They also offer two electrical packages, including a basic and a deluxe. 

“The deluxe is really popular,” he says. “People who have storage for a hobby with a little workshop want outlets and lights.” 

Shelving comes as a standard feature. 

“Most of our clients are pretty happy about that,” he says. “The sheds come with three shelves, but some add extra shelving.”

Tiny homes often have windows and doors. A regular standard window comes with the building. 

“We do a lot of standard doors and windows,” Strite says. “When we hear someone wants to make a tiny home, that makes it really easy to outfit the building like that.” 

Some sheds come with standard shutters. Other popular options that can make a shed more distinct include transom windows in the door.

Features like these can improve the overall function of a structure. 

“Ramps make sheds really user-friendly; all of these options make them very user-friendly for the client,” he says. 

For future consideration, Strite would like to look into solar lighting. “That can be beneficial to people,” he adds.  

SPECIAL SELECTIONS

When it comes to shed accessories, Judson Hibner, sales manager for Esh’s Utility Buildings in Burkesville, Kentucky, who also owns Rapid Shelves in Glasgow, Kentucky, knows how to stay ahead in the industry. 

“What gets asked for determines what we offer,” he says. “You need to be on the cutting edge of things and implement things other companies aren’t doing.”  

For example, Rapid Shelves offers a flexible shelving system with a modern look that provides more space than many traditional styles. The powder-coated steel brackets only require a few screws and a drill to install. 

“The material looks really nice and clean, and the installation is super simple,” says Hibner. “They take up less space than upright styles and they are so customizable.”

The brackets are rated for 250 pounds. 

“They are becoming a standard in the shed industry,” he says. “Most people order them at the time of sale.” 

In the near future, Rapid Shelves will offer another clever option for sheds with a new line of toolboxes with brackets that support them. Features like these are available to wholesale and retail customers. 

“You can buy the toolboxes or use your own,” he says. 

Esh’s also offers shed accessories like aluminum ramps to complement outdoor structure varieties, such as sheds, horse barns, tiny homes, workspaces, and even golf simulators. 

Decorative details, such as windows and shutters, are popular options for garden sheds. Features like these are often added at the time of sale with varied styles that allow customers to further personalize their purchases. 

Special elements like house doors, including those with windows, can also make an outdoor structure feel distinctive and easy to secure.  

Other requests include customizable options, like circular windows that add a unique design detail. 

Porches with railings can be added to an outdoor structure that serves as a personal workspace or getaway to extend the square footage and add character to the façade. 

Whatever developments the future may hold for these add-on features, Hibner is always looking ahead and pondering other options that might appeal to customers. 

“I would like to try LuxGuard shed accessories,” he says. “It’s a type of flooring; it’s like a rubber mat that you can lay down and it makes it really nice.”

His own interests often spark ideas. 

“I would consider something I want to try myself and I am always looking for new products,” says Hibner. “I think accessories will go big in the shed industry, just like trucks.”

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