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Things You Shouldn’t Store In Your Garden Shed Over Winter

Garden sheds offer an additional functional space around the house and are great for storing all your garden tools, bicycles, and outdoorsy items. Portable sheds are even more useful in winter when we can store most of our summer belongings in it to declutter our homes.

However, many outdoor sheds get neglected during the colder seasons, meaning items stored in it can quickly become damaged, rendering them useless by the time summer comes around. This can make you lose things worth hundreds and even thousands of dollars.

For this reason, experts at Stahl Storage have compiled below a list of items that should not be stored in the garden shed. The list depends on two factors; temperature and moisture. Both of these factors can make expensive items unusable. To store almost anything in your shed in all seasons, make sure it is climate and humidity-controlled.

List Of Things That Can Not Be Stored In Your Garden Shed

Canned Food

There are many reasons why canned food should not be stored in garden sheds over the winter. Canned foods usually have a metal lid, which is likely to become rusted in the winter months. This rust can lead to holes in the container, which can spoil the food.

Likewise, the freeze-thaw process of food inside the can, which occurs due to excessively low temperatures inside the shed, can break the jar’s seal or pop the metal lid open. Broken seals make the food unsafe to consume.

Furthermore, if the food interacts with rust on the container, it can significantly decrease its nutritional value.

Leather Furniture

Leather furniture is sensitive to temperature and moisture. When exposed to cold temperatures for long periods of time, the material begins to crack and deteriorate. When stored in garden sheds, they also become susceptible to high moisture, causing their color to fade and promote mildew growth. You can keep your leather furniture in a climate-controlled shed.


When subjected to freezing temperatures, paint, glue, and other adhesives break down and become separated. This creates lumps and chunks in the paint rendering it unfit for use. For this reason, new or partially filled paint buckets should not be stored in garden sheds.

When storing paint, make sure the storage space is dry and climate-controlled with limited moisture.


Electronics such as televisions, smartphones, tablets, and laptops should not be exposed to cold or freezing weather, freezing the liquid present in their LCDs. The cold weather (generally below 0 degrees Fahrenheit) also damages the hard disks of computers. For these reasons, it is best not to store your electronics and smart devices in unheated garden sheds. If you have accidentally left them there while cleaning the shed, make sure to let the appliance stay in a warm place for some time before switching it on.

Household Appliances

Sure, the shed seems like a great place to store all your summer household appliances, such as an electric heater or fan. However, the excessive moisture or mildew that builds up in a closed shed in winter can cause the parts of these appliances to rust. Rust is the biggest enemy of machines and can permanently damage your device.

Clothes And Fabrics

Clothing and fabrics can be stored in a garden shed, but only when placed inside an airtight container first. The Moisture inside Your shed can ruin your clothings material. If you don’t have proper containers for your clothes, store them in a well-insulated attic rather than in your garden shed.

About Stahl Storage

At Stahl Storage, we provide our customers with high-quality, portable garages, storage sheds, garden sheds, and cabins at reasonable rates. If you have any further queries about what to store and what not to store in your garden sheds, kindly visit our website or contact us today for personalized service.

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