Most of us are looking to build a man cave to get away from the stresses of reality. Whether it is a room or basement that we convert into our own little paradise, or an outdoor shed to get out of the house- there are a few things that never change: it is our place to be and it is our theme to choose! For those of you without the ability to free up a room in the house for your man cave, we have composed a list of the best sheds reviews for shed to man cave conversions. We will take a look at the durability, size, cost, and rating of each shed and what it brings to the table in comparison to what else is on the market. Let’s start with my personal favorite!
Little Cottage Company Colonial Pinehurst Precut Shed Kit
- Price Range: $$$$
- Durability: Fastened panels, wind resistant, seasoned wood and panels
- Size: 1540 pounds, 145 x 96 x 117.5 inches
- My Rating: 8.9 out of 10
When I think man shed, I think a miniature house with a taste of me. This is a visually appealing shed, having an exterior with the look of a downsized house. The durability is there, and with the hefty weight well over a thousand pounds, it is tough enough to withstand the toughest of seasonal elements.
This shed contains a nice peak, allowing for a high interior arch and a sloped exterior finish for rain, hail, and snow drainage. With the surplus in interior height, you have the ability to create a loft for extra theme accessories (or a place to store that spare alcohol or food for your guests).
The only disadvantage I see with this shed is the roofing, as there are better wood options that are easier to assemble with the same endgame in mind. With the higher cost of this shed, those wood options should be available.
Keter Oakland 7.5 x 11 Outdoor Duotech Storage Shed
- Price Range: $$
- Durability: Double walled, steel reinforcement, wood/resin component, weather resistent
- Size: 420 pounds, 90.2 x 138 x 95.2 in
- My Rating: 8.8 out of 10
This potential man cave has unique materials that allow you to color the shed without creating a potential streaking or weathered look. With the “Duotech” walls, you get the look of a wood finish with the benefits or a resin exterior. The roof is also arched to prevent heavy snow fall and rain. The Duotech exterior also prevents weathering and rust, allowing you to spend time enjoying the shed and not wasting time with upkeep and restoration.
This man shed has an unbelievable amount of lighting for an outdoor shed. There are multiple windows mounted high along the walls, plus an additional source of lighting from a skylight. This gives you the potential of limiting costs on installing lighting of your own and using that money elsewhere (perhaps on the decor inside).
Assembly is extremely user-friendly, so building the shed is a limited stress project as opposed to a hair loss experiment!
Lifetime 6402 Outdoor Storage Shed
- Price Range: $$
- Durability: Polyethylene panels, Steel support beams and roofing, all weather resistance
- Size: 600+ pounds, 90″ W x 144″ L x 70 – 94″ H
- My Rating: 8.1 out of 10
This is a nice size shed with somewhat easy to assemble components- emphasis on the somewhat. If you are on a nice, windless day, you can assemble this by yourself if needed without an issue. However, if you have event the slightest of breezes, assembly of the doors and walls can be a huge pain in the butt.
The walls and doors are easy to assemble, but locking them into place can be a bit of a hassle without stabilizing the wall. Additionally, and yes this is a no brainer in any project, you must have level flooring for this. You can get away with assembling a lot of sheds without a perfect level floor base, but with the specific setup of this shed, the floor base has to be 100 percent level to make this a smooth assembly. When you do have the shed assembled, you will be happy to know that the whole exterior is UV resistant and has weather damage prevention.
Lastly, the roofing gets a slight knock in comparison to other sheds in terms of the high arch. This allows for great drainage, but also allows for the potential of wind causing a sound disturbance while you are relaxing inside. The reinforced steel will keep everything in place, but the arch height does come with that small flaw.
Suncast BMS8100 Tremont Storage Shed
- Price Range: $
- Durability: Reinforced steel, double walled
- Size: Contains Shelving, 384 pounds, 100.5 x 122.25 x 103 in
- My Rating: 9.0 out of 10
This is our highest rated shed, based on capability, durability, and price. Most of the time, when you see a shed of this size at a lower price it raises a red flag- not here! Not only is this shed a good size, it comes with the double wall reinforced steel that is necessary for any man shed.
In addition to the structural dependability, this shed has six (yes six) sky lights! There are no windows on any of the walls, but this sky lighting allows you to get enough light for you to not worry too much installing electrical outlets (outside of the ones you need for entertainment purposes). The Suncast shed also comes with multiple shelves and the ability to add shelving to other areas with little work involved.
Shed construction for the Suncast is extremely easy, allowing you to spend more time enjoying the shed on day one as opposed to wasting the day solely on constructing it. This shed does use plastic for some of the framing, but it is designed in such a way that it doesn’t affect the durability or weather resistance. In terms of value and construction time, this is hands down the best shed out there.
Arrow VT1217 Vinyl Coated Murryhill Feet Heavy Duty Steel Storage Shed
- Price Range: $$$
- Durability: Steel coated in vinyl, massive full wall door that slides up
- Size: 586 pounds, 198 x 141.1 x 102 inches
- My Rating: 7.3 out of 10 due to poor instruction manual
Here we have the behemoth of man sheds. If you are looking for a shed that has the size of an actual room, look no further than the Arrow VT1217. The vinyl coated steel allows this lightweight (in terms of size) shed withstand poor weather conditions without giving up structural stability. Wind could be a bit of a hazard due to the low arch on the roofing, but the thick wall stability helps counter this is a great way.
On a negative note, this has to be the hardest shed to assemble due to the instructions. If you were to google this shed, everything negative about it relates to the instruction manual. When you want a good product, you want to make sure you install it correctly- how can you do that if the instructions aren’t black and white? If you are a handyman and can get through the instructions, then this could be a great option for you! There are also no windows installed in this shed, making it a necessity to have some form of electricity needed to make this potential man shed habitable.
On a positive note, this shed has a massive door that rolls up similar to a garage door. This allows you to have easy access to the shed with an open wall feel. This could be great if you had an auto themed man shed idea, bar idea, or a sports themed idea. All of this allows the people you are hosting to have an open area where they can enjoy the environment without the cramped feel of a room.
Lifetime 60001 Outdoor Storage Shed
- Price Range: $$
- Durability: Reinforced Steel, Locks, Reinforced roofing, Two entry points
- Size: Shelving, 596 pounds, 116 x 92 x 96 in
- My Rating: 8.5 out of 10
The only thing holding this potential men shed from the highest score here is its size. Reinforced steel, two entry points (both of which have locks), and reinforced roofing allows this shed to withstand the toughest of outdoor elements. The roofing is reinforced to withstand heavy rain, snow, and hail- a major necessity for those who live in areas like myself (we have hailstorms monthly it seems).
Assembly is straightforward, requiring one to two people for an efficient assembly. The parts are labeled and the products are all present-there just happens to be a lot of different components to this. Once you have the shed up and ready, this is your ideal miniature mansion.
There are two large sky lights with an additional 4 smaller skylights all in combination with multiple windows and vents. If that was not enough, there are four shelves- allowing you to store any memorabilia or liquor for your man shed theme. Add a 10-year warranty and all you need is your debit/credit card to call it yours!
Which fits you?
Are you looking for a large man shed, a smaller one, or simply one that has it all? These are the best options out there in terms of durability, cost, and options. If you have ever used one of these or are interested in them, feel free to leave a comment below for your fellow man shed entrepreneurs!