Over the summer I started looking for a new shed to house the ever-increasing number of bikes, trikes and garden furniture that we were accumulating.
My plan was to get something robust yet attractive, to replace the battered monstrosity that was currently living in the corner of our garden.
Lifetime Storage Sheds had gained my attention since I had seen a fully constructed display shed in my local HomeDepot. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the size I wanted (I needed BIG) so I started looking online, (well Amazon.com).
The 8 x 15-foot option was the one I finally settled upon and ordered. I am definitely one to procrastinate, so I gave myself the realistic goal of getting the new storage shed in place by Christmas, (ambitious I know).
Well as it happens, I can say that after a little bit of sweat and tears, (more on that later) I had our new shed fully constructed before Thanksgiving. I only had it sitting in the box for a month!
What follows is my opinion on our new, Lifetime Storage Shed. From setting up to now several weeks of use. If you’re the impatient type, check out my summary in the box below. For the full, in-depth review, keep on reading.
Who are Lifetime?
I will admit, I had no idea who Lifetime was before I pulled the trigger on buying my shed. The vote of confidence came from the many reviews that I read on Amazon, plus the fact the display shed I saw looked so darn pretty.
However, as we’re here (and I have since done my research) I can say that it all began in a garage in Riverdale, Utah. The founder of Lifetime wanted to build a basketball hoop for his son.
This turned into the first-ever commercially manufactured portable hoop, and then a full basketball system in one package.
By the mid-nineties, the company had moved into building a whole range of garden equipment and furniture. Using innovative manufacturing techniques (and accumulating a ton of patents); the firm now constructs garden buildings, the Lifetime Sheds range being some of the most popular on the market.
So while looking for my new shed, it was no small wonder I came across their offerings.
The 8×15 Feet Storage Shed by Lifetime
Before I move onto what I personally think of the shed, I will take you through some of the design elements, specifications, and features.
Firstly, as can be seen from the images in this review, the priority has definitely been set to create a sleek and attractive design.
Rather than a boring building to store your garden equipment, you actually have something that is pretty to look at. As Lifetime state, their aim was to build something that would “accent the beauty of your backyard.”
(They clearly haven’t seen my backyard, the shed is the only pretty thing in it!)
It is also an inspired design choice to place the doors in the center of the shed. This gives you better access and alleviates the need to climb over stuff to reach all the way to the back.
The build quality is probably the most impressive aspect of the Lifetime Shed. It certainly goes a long way to explain the relatively high price point.
It features sturdy steel-reinforced construction which acts as the frame to the building. Dual-wall, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) construction forms the main panels of the shed.
For the roof, Lifetime has incorporated heavy-duty steel trusses to provide additional strength. They’re so confident in this that they have backed it with a 10-year limited manufacturer warranty.
The exterior is also fully UV protected to prevent weather damage and general decay.
That high pitched roof is also a clever design choice, especially if you are living in more northern parts. Snow, ice, and rain will drain away from the roof with little problem.
Lifetime also states that the design is low maintenance. The jury is still out on that one as far as I am concerned as I haven’t had the shed for long enough.
However, there were a lot of parts involved to put it together, so time will tell.
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As you can probably sense from the build quality, the Lifetime Shed is a strong beast. It sits very sturdily in position and when you give it a shake there’s little in the way of movement.
This makes me happy.
What’s also good is the fact that the steel-reinforced doors are fully lockable. While I wouldn’t stash the family jewels in there, I do own a quality bicycle that currently lives inside that shed. I sleep at night with ease regarding its safety.
Inside the shed
So what have we got going on inside the Lifetime Shed?
In my case a lot of junk that belongs to the kids. That aside, to give you more efficient storage the shed comes with a completely customizable shelving and storage system.
To be honest I haven’t put this to best use yet. The shelves are up and it is good that I had a choice of where they go, but I hardly have a system in place. Even though it has been up for a few weeks now, I am still having trouble finding what I need.
However, that’s more due to the way everything has been piled in there rather than the design of the shed.
The building comes with a slip-resistant (HDPE) floor that is resistant against oil, solvents, and stains, which is a feature I like.
There’s also a great amount of natural light in there from the roof skylights (6 in total), and the 2 shatterproof windows. I do plan on hooking up an extension cord to have power in there too, however.
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Setting up the shed
Okay, now we get to the pain point. I am no DIY whizz. I can barely change a light bulb. So that’s an important point to make before I state that this shed feels impossible to put up if you don’t have at least some experience with tools.
I knew this going in and had my father over to help, (this man basically built the house I grew up in).
And whether it was the father-son dynamic I don’t know, but a few arguments were had and it ended up taking a few days.
Basically, there are a ton of parts and the instructions are lousy. The experience was a headache, to say the least.
If I was to do it again, I would definitely employ someone and be done with it. Or maybe just stay out of my dad’s way.
A quick read of some of the customer reviews will reveal similar stories. Clearly some people had no real problems, but a large percentage of buyers did.
Keep this in mind before you buy.
Pros and Cons of the Lifetime Storage Shed
My final thoughts on the Lifetime Storage Shed
After the harrowing experience of setting it up with my dad was over, I can safely say that I love our new shed.
It looks good, there’s a great amount of space in there for all our gear and it feels like it could handle a tornado. Yes, it is on the pricey side, however, I have no plans on replacing it anytime soon.
It is definitely an asset to our backyard. If you’re after a new shed and have the budget, you will not be disappointed, (just get someone in to build it!)