How To Use Portable Outdoor Sheds and Tarp Buildings

Portable outdoor sheds and tarp buildings make for a great storage solution. These units offer reliable, temporary storage that is portable, but strong enough to take on the elements. Convenient and easy to build, these buildings are also made of quality materials and will last a long time.

These easily maneuverable and highly versatile buildings boast the utility of a permanent structure without the expense or long-term commitment. As your needs change through life, you can even repurpose the portable buildings for an incredible number of applications without investing in additional structures.  These buildings are easy to erect wherever you need them on your property without worry about what the future holds. Read on to learn more about these amazing portable structures.

Common Uses for Portable Outdoor Storage Sheds and Tarp Buildings

The true beauty of portable outdoor sheds and tarp buildings is their incredible versatility. These buildings are perfect for a wide range of practical applications, ranging from equipment protection to offseason gear storage.

Equipment Protection

Rain, snow and wind can all wreak havoc on the internal and external components of your equipment. Thankfully, lawnmowers, tractors and other key items can remain protected from the elements in portable tarp buildings and fabric sheds. The strong outer material keeps weather elements from entering the inner space of the structure to protect your equipment from corrosion and damage. Therefore, keeping your pricy equipment under a tarp building will extend the life of the item. As a result, you’ll spend less to protect your item, and will have to replace it much less often.

Livestock Feed Storehouse

If you have animals on your property, you likely buy their feed in bulk to save money over the years. In order to truly protect your investment, you must keep the feed in a space safe against the elements. This includes protecting from the weather and hungry critters. If you place your feed in a portable storage shed, you’ll keep it from getting eaten or molding as your livestock slowly work through their rations.

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Classic Vehicle Preservation

The time and effort you put into restoring your classic vehicle could end up wasted if you leave it at the mercy of the elements. Stray animals, careless individuals and other hazards have the potential to scratch the exterior finish on the vehicle; especially if it remains outside a protective shelter. Leaving the vehicle in the elements could lead to corrosion of its drivetrain and suspension components. As a result, placing your classic vehicle in a fabric storage shed, you actively preserve its structure and finish.

Offseason Gear Storage

The seasonal sports gear used by you and your family likely takes up an immense amount of space. Sometimes, tightly packing the items away in a limited storage area could have a negative impact on their overall condition. You can easily rectify this problem by utilizing outdoor storage sheds for all your offseason gear and accessories.

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Benefits of Utilizing Tarp Buildings

Over time, the ability to transform your storage solutions to fit your needs will become more valuable. You can set up and tear down the portable outdoor storage sheds the moment your daily activities start to evolve. The structures are easily moved to different areas on your property to conveniently serve your exact needs at that time without the need for different structures. You can even add onto the existing portable buildings to increase their utility and expand your operations without the need for a total overhaul.

Obtaining Your Ideal Tarp Building or Fabric Storage Shed

When you’re ready to utilize smart storage solutions, contact the team at ShelterLogic. Find out more about the available portable storage structures – we’re confident we can help you find the storage solution that’s right for you.


    • Hi Kris,

      Thank you for the comment. We do have information about the different grade covers we have available, and sometime this year we will be rolling out some informational content pages that talk about the different types of covers, materials and steel we use when manufacturing ShelterLogic products. Here is some information about the different covers we have available:
      Scroll down about halfway and you’ll be able to see the upgradable cover options.
      We don’t have the standard cover options listed on the page I linked to above, but typically all of our retail buildings have a standard grade of between 5 to 7 ounces depending on the building clear buildings like the greenhouse line of products are about 5 oz., for example). Feel free to contact us with any questions!

  • I was going to build a plywood wood floor supported by pressure treated 4 x 4 ‘s for my equipment to sit on in my shed MODEL #78807 – 1. do you recommend this?
    2. Should I make the floor size slightly smaller that the Length and width of the shed?

    • Hi John,

      You can absolutely create a floor for your ShelterCoat 8 x 8 x 8 ft. shed. Many of our customers custom build floors for their sheds and garages in order to eliminate contact between the dirt/ground and the items they want to store. Our only recommendation is that the shed is properly anchored to the ground and not to the flooring you’re looking to create. Proper anchoring is very important for the stability of the shed or garage and the lifespan of your structure. That being said, if you’ve already assembled your ShelterCoat garage or shed, you can probably make the flooring slightly smaller than the width and length of your shed or garage and then you will not need to disassemble the entire unit.

      If it’s an existing building, you may be better off making the flooring slightly smaller – otherwise you’ll need to remove the anchoring from the building and disassemble a portion of your structure. If you have not yet built your ShelterCoat, you still have the option of making the flooring larger than the width and length of your garage or shed, but you’ll need to anchor both the flooring as well as the building itself. We also don’t recommend anchoring the building to the floor – you should always try to anchor the building to the ground.

      We hope that answers your questions, good luck!

      So you have it, here’s a link to our anchor guide:

    • Hi there John,

      Absolutely! We offer vents that are sold separately and come as 2 per pack which you can install on virtually any ShelterLogic shed or garage. In fact, some people put as many as 3 vents in their shed or garage per end panel! In any case, these are very easy to install (it takes about 30 minutes) and you can purchase our vents online:

      If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-560-8383.

  • I purchased an outdoor shed about 5 months ago and It is already ripping in several places what type of warranty do I have to replace it.

    • Hi Terry,

      We are sorry to hear about your cover! Fabric life is affected by application, location and the physical elements the shelter is exposed to. All of our covers have a minimum one year warranty. If you may file a warranty claim and have one of our representatives review your submission and provide a solution. We also offer many replacement cover options, including heavier materials that may have longer warranties and life expectancies. If you have any other questions or concerns please feel free to call us at 1-800-932-9344.

  • I have been looking for a place to store my boat during the offseason but I’m not sure where to start. I’ve never considered using a portable shed to protect it during the winter. Like you said, having space for it instead of trying to tightly pack it away will also be good for it condition. Thanks for sharing!

  • A shed is something in which you can place all your gardening tools , brooms, pool equipment , etc also other necessary things for which you don’t have space in your home.It’s nice to see post sharing image description of storage sheds.

  • We purchased the 13 x 20 x 10 Round Frame Model #73342.

    Where we live we have extremely high winds and wind gust throughout the winter months.

    What is recommended during high gust periods for the two doors/panels?

    Is it safer to keep them open or closed during those times in regards to damage to the structure?

    We have used your EasyHook 30″ anchors on each leg (12) of the shelter.

    The wind usually blows straight at the front end (nearest the street).

    Keep front and back open?
    Keep both front and back closed?
    Keep front closed, and back open?


    • Hi Denise,

      These shelters hold up against wind gusts significantly better when both ends closed.

      Hope this helps!

  • I am putting up shelter logic model 71342 , it is 20′ long.How do you keep the door rolled up?The description says the back panel is solid, mine has two zippered panels,somebody goof?

    • Hi Tracey,

      You have one of our ShelterCoat models which offers double entry points! You can manually roll up your door and tuck the ends behind the cover. We suggest checking our our Roll Up Door Kit which allow you to quickly open doors through a simple pulley system.

    • ShelterLogic Group Staff

      Hi Keith,

      Thank you so much for reaching out to us.

      We have several units that are lockable. In fact, all of our Arrow Storage Products sheds are lockable for safety and security of your belongings. You can view all of our sheds by visiting the store page for Arrow Storage Products sheds, here.

      Some of our recommendations include:
      The Versa Shed: from Spacemaker is an attractive small footprint storage shed that’s perfect for patio storage. Store your bicycles, garden tools, compact trash bins and trash cans in the Versa Shed. The best part? It’s lockable, which is just what you’re looking for.

      If you need a bigger unit, The Arrow Viking storage shed could be a good option. The Viking storage shed comes in two sizes: the 8 x 5 ft. and the 10 x 7 ft. The Viking is made with a strong, vinyl coated steel and is an excellent steel storage shed option for your patio or garden.

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