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Products for Organizing Your Garden Shed

These traditionally styled storage solutions will ensure that everything stays in its place in your garden shed.
By Lindsey Thomas | Online Exclusive

    Contain Yourself

    For thousands of years, pots have been used to cultivate plants and transport them from one place to another—whether from indoors to outdoors, or from Old World to New World. Ben Wolff’s footed herb pots are sure to come in handy around your garden shed, and the smaller sizes are just right for starting seeds. Each pot, which can be special ordered in a range of colors, is hand-thrown and personally signed by Ben, the son of acclaimed Connecticut potter Guy Wolff. From $8 to $16, depending on size.

    From Ben Wolff Pottery, (860) 618-2317,

    Off the Hook

    Every shed needs a sturdy hook or two for hanging gloves, smocks, and other gardening accessories. Crown City Hardware’s Craftsman hook was created from original molds to reflect the design ideals of the Craftsman period: simplified forms, organic shapes, natural materials, and an increased emphasis on handicraft, as opposed to factory-made products. It’s as suitable for organizing your garden shed as it is for adorning the interior of your home. $26.90.

    From Crown City Hardware

    Basket Case

    Wicker baskets have been used for storage since ancient times—they were even unearthed at Pompeii. Origin Crafts’ handcrafted, compartmentalized garden tool basket is the perfect way to keep your pruning shears separate from your trowel while still maintaining an age-appropriate feel. Lightweight and portable, the basket can be moved easily from shed to garden. $29.90.

    From Origin Crafts, (914) 329-8446,

    Pegged Down

    Available at most hardware stores, pegboard has long been a fixture on garage, workshop, and shed walls—and no wonder, since it allows you to customize an endless array of storage options. Wall Control’s metal pegboards take the same form as their traditional wood counterparts, but with a maintenance-free advantage: They’re stronger and more durable, and because the holes don’t enlarge with regular use, your tools will stay put as time passes. The boards, which measure 16″ x 32″, are compatible with both standard and slotted pegboard hooks and pegs, and come in a spectrum of colors to complement any decorating scheme. From $35 to $45, depending on color.

    From Wall Control, (888) 792-5266,

    Salvaged Shelving

    Can’t find antique storage compartments for your garden shed? Then go with the next best thing—cubbies and shelves made from reclaimed barn wood. Napa Style’s line of antique barnwood products is handcrafted from heart pine and wormy oak salvaged from a 1905 barn. With natural knots, nicks, and weathering—as well as vintage-inspired hooks, latches, and wire mesh—the barnwood shelves will blend in perfectly with either a restored shed or one built anew. From $399 to $799, depending on model.

    From Napa Style, (866) 776-6762,

    Published in: Old-House Journal July/August 2009

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