Build a Garbage Shed

Not everyone out there will be needing to build their own garbage shed – but for those larger households who have say, 10+ people living together, it can sure come handy! There are several things to consider when designing a garbage shed.

It needs to be accessible! You’ll need to be able to easily organize and get to the various shelves. It should also be in a place where the neighbors can’t have unrestricted visual access. It’s fairly safe to say that not many people like seeing – or smelling for

homemade garbage shed

Front view of my garbage shed w/out tarp

that matter – their neighbor’s garbage 😯 .

You want it to be close enough to your house for convenience sake, but far enough away so the smells don’t waft right into your living room. You might be surprised just how many interesting smells get carried into your house by the wind.

Another factor to take into consideration is that animals like to feed on unprotected garbage. They will mercilessly tear your garbage bags apart, spilling out all the contents, to get to anything “edible” – which for them, is probably pretty much

Side view of garbage shed with tarp

everything in the bag! Of course, it would be nice if the darn cat or raccoon would just eat EVERYTHING up, but I guess that just ain’t how it works.

So unless your garbage shed is completely sealed off with walls, roof, etc, your garbage will be at the mercy of various local scavengers. The solution is to either purchase large buckets with secure lids into which you can store your garbage bags, or you’ll simply have to seal off your shed.

You’d probably want to spray it down and clean it every now and then as well, so it should be built in a location where this can be done.

When you say “garbage shed”, the image is a proper shed with doors and maybe a window or 2. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be this “fancy”. For those of you who don’t want to put all that much time into this project, you’re probably looking for something simpler. Well, the particular garbage shed I built recently resembles a big, bulky shelf with a tarp used as a “curtain door”.

Garbage shed w/ tarp closed

No doors, thick walls, or any of those time-consuming details that aren’t even necessary. (Of course, this option will require you to procure those large buckets I mentioned earlier.) Remember, this isn’t a house. All you really need is a place that meets the criteria I outlined above – as well as any additional ones you deem necessary.

Make sure the shed is strong and sturdy enough to hold the required load, and be sure to plan well, taking all the various factors into consideration. Although it’s just a garbage shed, it still has a very important job and it’s worth it to invest in making sure it has a certain standard in terms of both looks and functionality.


2 Responses to Build a Garbage Shed

  1. vince says:

    what did you use for the curtain rod and rings?

    • freehandyman says:

      Here I used an ordinary curtain rail with the corresponding runners and hooks. The silver tarp comes with grommets every 30 centimeters or so which are used to hook/hang the tarp. However, because this was made in Japan, I’m not sure you can find the same or even similar rod and rings. You’ll have to find the closest equivalent. The tarp is light so you can likely use almost anything.