How to Make a Carport into a Storage Shed

You want to build your own storage shed. It may be because you’re handy and enjoy a project now and then. Or, it may be because the storage sheds you find online and on display at dealers can be so expensive.

While we understand the sticker shock that comes along with storage shed shopping, we did want to give you an idea that may work out better for you. It’s still possible for you to build a shed, but not exactly what you’re thinking.

Let’s start by clarifying: what is a storage shed? A storage shed is an enclosure where you can put some of your most precious belongings. Since this area is enclosed, you don’t have to worry about the weather damaging them. For example, rain won’t come down on the items, and rust them. Wind won’t send them flying across your yard. Snow won’t pile up on everything, which could lead to rust and broken parts.

The picture to the right is probably the first thing you think about when you picture a storage shed, right? Sure, this is cute and all, but do you really need to go through the expense, time and effort to build a storage shed like this one?


There’s an alternative to this type of storage – a carport.

Right now, you’re likely thinking that a carport will in no way help you achieve what you need. Just hang on for a moment – we can show you that it can do exactly what you need, and so much more.

How a Carport Trumps a Traditional Storage Shed

A carport can protect your belongings because it has a roof. As long as the items remain under the roof, rain, snow and even hail can’t damage them.

What about wind? While it’s true that wind can still be an issue IF you don’t enclose the carport, doing so isn’t difficult at all.

Enclosing a Carport

An enclosed carport is possible, which then functions just like a storage shed. This is the part where you are still technically building a storage shed. This way is easier, though. Simply use a canopy or tarp.

You can either purchase a canopy specifically made for a carport, or you can use a tarp, and make it work by customizing it.

All you have to do is purchase a tarp big enough for the carport. Drape it over the carport, and then secure it to the carport with bungee cords or ropes. Make sure to pull it tight to make it completely secure.  What’s great about doing it this way is that you can then remove it when the storm passes, or when you want to use the carport for something else, which brings us to another great benefit of choosing this option.

Other Carport Uses

You can use a carport in many other ways than just as a storage shed. If you decide to have a backyard event and you need a covered area, you can simply remove the items under the carport and set up tables and chairs.

On hot summer days, you can shield yourself from the sun with the carport. Set up some chairs to relax and drink something cold. When you’re done, go ahead and put the vehicle or other items you had under it.

What you also have to consider about a carport vs. a storage shed is the room you will have with it. A storage shed is usually a small enclosure, so you will likely not be able to move around it easily. With a carport, you can work on your classic car, and have plenty of “elbow” room to get all around it.

So, as you’re searching for how to build a storage shed, consider a carport instead. It could well be the better choice in the long run. Contact us today for more information on how we can help you with your decision.

Creative Uses for a Carport That Will Surprise You

It’s natural for people to see a carport and immediately think the only use for it is to store a vehicle underneath it when a garage isn’t available. That’s the sole reason carports were manufactured, hence the name CAR-ports. But, there are actually many creative uses for a carport, some of which may surprise you.

Other Uses for a Carport

Even though carports are an effective way to protect a vehicle from the elements, it’s not the only way to use them. With these creative uses for a carport, you’ll be able to get the most out of your money when you purchase one.

Greenhouse for Gardeners

Gardeners will love this one. The frame of the carport is perfect for turning it into a greenhouse. All you have to do is cover the front and back of the carport with a tarp to enclose it. Some people have gone as far as making a screen door, and then attaching it to the tarp.

Patio Canopy

Typical patio canopies often need to be replaced annually or for better models, two years. This can be quite an expense, not to mention the effort in choosing a replacement one, and then setting it up again. It’s much easier and cost effective to use a carport.

With so many styles available, you can find one that looks lovely on your patio. The bonuses are you’ll save money over time, it can cover large spaces, and you won’t have to worry about putting canopies together every couple of years.

Energy Source

Are you looking for a way to generate electricity for your home, so you can cut down on the cost of your electric bills? Use a carport. All you have to do is install solar panels on the top of a metal carport.

Utility Shed

Sometimes you need a full size storage shed to store all of your landscaping equipment and other items. But, sometimes a carport can be just what you need because it covers all of your belongings to protect them from rain, snow, and even a lot of wind. If you want complete coverage, consider placing a tarp on each side of the carport.

Park Shade

Managers of parks and recreation departments will love this one. Carports can be perfect for shade and during rainy event days. Picnic tables can be set up underneath one for people to have a lunch out of the hot, blistering sun. Events can occur underneath it when they would otherwise be rained out.

Contact Us for More Uses for a Carport

We specialize in all types of carports. While we can help you decide which one is best for your vehicle, we can also help you come up with creative uses for a carport. We’ve had people come in looking for carports for weddings, funerals, tent sales, and so much more.

When you’re looking for an economical way to shield you or your belongings from the elements, carports usually can do the job. Contact us now for more information.