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Garage and Storage Shed Trends in the U.S.


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The American housing sector boomed over the last five years as consumers took advantage of rising incomes, low interest rates and creative financing to purchase homes. Home ownership rates are at their highest level in history, with nearly 69% of Americans owning homes in 2006, up from about 64% in 1990.

Housing takes the biggest bite out of consumer spending by far, accounting for about a third of the total. Spending on household furnishings in particular is greater than expenditures for personal care products and services, and education. It’s about equal to apparel and nearly as high as entertainment expenditures. Household furnishing expenditures grew at a higher rate than total housing costs, healthcare, and entertainment, and at about the same rate as personal care products and services.

Increasingly, the garage and storage sheds have become the beneficiaries of this spending. According to this new SBI report, Garage and Storage Trends in the U.S., the market for garage and shed storage is robust, reaching $1.5 billion in 2006, representing an 11% CAGR since 2002.

This second edition of the popular SBI report examines the trends to market growth fueling spending on garages and sheds - in particular, garages aren’t just for cars anymore. Home organization is big, and companies from GarageTek, California Closets, Newell Rubbermaid and Whirlpool to retailers such as Home Depot and Sears are getting into the act so that Americans can clean up their (garage) acts.

Scope and Methodology
The information contained in this report was obtained primarily from secondary research. Research on companies, distributors and retailers was conducted to obtain information on new product trends, marketing programs, distribution methods, and consumer trends related to the garage and shed storage market. Secondary research entailed data gathering from relevant sources, including consumer and industry publications, newspapers, government reports, trade association reports, financial reports, company literature, and corporate annual reports.

Simmons Market Research Bureau (SMRB) provided consumer behavior data.

What You’ll Get in this Report
Garage and Storage Shed Trends in the U.S. makes important predictions and recommendations regarding the future of this market, and pinpoints ways current and prospective marketers can capitalize on current trends and spearhead new ones. No other market research report provides both the comprehensive analysis and extensive data that Garage and Storage Shed Trends in the U.S. offers. The report addresses the following segments:

  • The Market (including market size and composition, and projected market growth)
  • Competitive Profiles (of the mainstream marketers, specialists and up-and-coming niche players, and analyses of the products they market)
  • Market Dynamics
  • End-Users
  • The Products

Plus, you’ll benefit from extensive data, presented in easy-to-read and practical charts, tables and graphs.

How You Will Benefit from this Report
If your company is already competing in the garage and storage shed industry, or uses these products, you will find this report invaluable, as it provides a comprehensive package of information and insight not offered in any other single source. You will gain a thorough understanding of the current market demand for garages, storage systems and sheds, as well as projected market demand and trends through 2011.

This report will help:

  • Marketing Managers identify market opportunities and develop targeted promotion plans for garage products and storage sheds.
  • Research and development professionals stay on top of competitor initiatives and explore demand for garage products and storage sheds.
  • Business development executives understand the dynamics of the market and identify possible partnerships.
  • Information and research center librarians provide market researchers, brand and product managers and other colleagues with the vital information they need to do their jobs more effectively.


  • Executive Summary
    • Scope of the Report
      • Methodology
    • The Market
      • A Robust Market
        • Table U.S. Sales of Garage and Shed Storage, 2002-2006 ($ in millions)
        • Table Estimated U.S. Sheds and Garages Market Composition, 2006
        • Table U.S. Housewares Expenditures, 2001-2005 ($ billions)
    • Trends and Factors to Future Growth
      • The Housing Boom
      • Slowing Down the Housing Boom
      • Big Spenders
      • Lower Prices Encourage Big Spending
      • Investing in the Home
      • The Multi-Tasking Home
      • Cocooning - Connecting
      • Clutter Leads to Increased Storage Needs
      • The Great Garage
      • Major Players Drive Growth
      • Demographics Boost Need for Storage
      • Raw Material Prices Impact Manufacturers
    • Marketers
    • Market Dynamics
      • Specialty Firms and Installers Initially Develop Market
      • Mass Retailers Embrace Category
      • Franchising Popular for Specialty Firms
      • Homebuilders Are Source of Revenue and Exposure
      • Acquisitions
      • Exclusive Relationships and Partnerships Give Competitive Advantage
      • Branding and Co-branding Help Drive Consumer Sales
      • Internet Sles
      • TV Product Placement
      • Event Promotion Key Tactic to Drive Sales
      • Racing Tie-ins Popular
    • Market Trends
      • Ease of Assembly Key to DIY consumers
      • Customization To Fit Needs
      • Maximizing Space in the Garage
      • Specialty Items Provide More Options
      • Affordability to Reach More Consumers
    • The Consumer
      • 20% of Households Spend More Than $1,000 Annually on Home Improvements
      • Remodeling and Adding a Garage Not Highest Priorities
      • Big Family, Higher Income Households Tend to Remodel Basements, Attics and Garages
      • Boomers with Big Families and Lower-Priced Homes Tend to Add a Garage
      • Two Percent of Households Purchase Storage Sheds
      • 70% of Households Spend More Than $500 on Sheds
      • Consumers Do It Themselves with Sheds
      • Who Bought Sheds in the Past Year
    • Market Projections
      • Solid But Slower Growth in Future
        • Table Projected U.S. Sales of Garage and Shed Storage, 2006-2011
  • The Market
    • Scope of the Report
      • Methodology
    • Product Definitions
    • The Market
      • A Robust Market
        • Table U.S. Sales of Garage and Shed Storage, 2002-2006 ($ in millions)
        • Table Estimated U.S. Sheds and Garages Market Composition, 2006
        • Table U.S. Housewares Expenditures, 2001-2005 ($ billions)
        • Table New One Family Houses Sold - % with basements 2005
    • Trends and Factors to Future Growth
      • The Housing Boom
        • Table Percent of Home Ownership
        • Table U.S. Quarterly Homeownership Rates, 2004-2006 (in %)
        • Table Annual Existing Home Sales 2002-2006
        • Table Annual Housing Starts 2000-2005 - Single Family Homes
        • Table Annual New Home Sales/Median Annual Sales Price 1995-2006
        • Table Quarterly House Price Appreciation, 2005-2006 (%)
      • Down the Housing Boom
        • Table Quarterly First-Time Home Buyer Index in U.S., 2005-2006
      • Big Spenders
        • Table Personal Income and Its Disposition - 2000-2005 ($ billions)
        • Table U.S. Population's Personal Income and its Disposition, April-November, 2006 ($ billions)
        • Table U.S. Quarterly Personal Consumption Expenditures and Gross Domestic Product, 2004-2006 (in billion $)
      • Lower Prices Encourage Big Spending
        • Table Consumer Price Index (CPI) Department Store Durable Goods, Dec. 1996 Dec. 2006
        • Table Costco Fiscal Year Sales and Membership - 2002-2006
        • Table U.S. Average Annual Consumer Expenditures, 2004
      • Investing in Home
        • Table Annual Home Remodeling Expenditures 1995-2005 - $ millions
        • Table Home Improvement Products Sales - $ billions
      • The Multi-tasking Home
      • Cocooning - Connecting
        • Table Median square feet of floor area, new one family houses 1985-2005
      • Clutter Leads to Increased Storage Needs
      • The Great Garage
        • Table Type of Parking Facility of New One-Family Houses Completed (in %)
      • Major Players Drive Growth
      • Demographics Boost Need for Storage
        • Table Percent of Home Ownership by Type of household
        • Table Percent of Home Ownership by Age
      • Women Are Important Garage and Shed Product Targets
        • Table Attitudes of Men and Women Regarding Garage Cleanliness
      • Raw Material Prices Impact Manufacturers
        • Table Producer Price Index (PPI) of Plastics Material & Resins Manufacturing, 2004-2006
        • Table Producer Price Index (PPI) of Metals and metal products, 2004-2006
        • Table Producer Price Index (PPI) of Lumber and Wood Products, 2004-2006
    • Market Projections
      • Solid But Slower Growth in Future
        • Table Projected U.S. sales of garage and shed storage, 2006-2011
      • Negative Drivers
      • Positive Drivers
  • The Marketers
    • Table Select Manufacturers
    • Whirlpool Gladiator GarageWorks
      • Table Gladiator GarageWorks Products
      • Stack-On Products Company
        • Table Stack-On Gladiator Cadet Line
      • O'Sullivan Industries, Inc.
        • Table O'Sullivan Industries Sales, Fiscal Years 2002-2006
        • Table Coleman Garage Products
      • Newell Rubbermaid Inc.
        • Table Newell Rubbermaid Acquisitions and Divestitures since 1999
        • Table Newell Rubbermaid Sales, 2002-2005
        • Table Newell Rubbermaid Sales Composition, 2005
        • Table Rubbermaid Garage and Shed Storage Products
      • Stanley ZAG
        • Table Stanley ZAG Industries Garage Line
      • ClosetMaid Corporation
        • Table Closetmaid Garage Storage Products
      • California Closets
      • Elfa International AB
      • Schulte
        • Table Schulte Products
      • Racor
        • Table Racor Products
      • Sauder
        • Table Hot Rod Garage by Sauder
      • Myers Industries, Inc.
        • Table Myers Industries, Inc. Sales by Segment, 2005
      • Slide-Lok
      • Sterilite Corporation
        • Table Sterilite Products
        • Table Home Products International Products
      • Spacewall International
      • HyLoft Inc
        • Table Hyloft Products
      • ONRAX
      • UltiMate Garage
      • Storewall
      • Vertex
      • Gracious Living
      • HandiSolutions
      • Mill's Pride
        • Table Mill's Pride Products
      • Bald Head
      • Bestar
        • Table Bestar Products
      • Diamond Life
        • Table Diamond Life Products
      • Garage Storage Cabinets
      • RSI Home Products
        • Table Estate by RSI Products
      • ModuLine
      • Metal Line Cabinets
      • GarageTek Inc.
      • Housewall
      • Premier Garage
      • Designer Garage
      • Garage Envy
      • Vault
      • Arrow Group Industries
        • Table Arrow Products
      • US Polymers Inc.
        • Table US Polymers Products
      • Suncast Corporation
        • Table Suncast Products
      • Tuff Shed Inc.
        • Table Tuff Shed Products
      • Thinking Outside
      • Handy Home Products
        • Table Handy Home Products Sheds
      • Royal Outdoor Products
        • Table Royal Outdoor Products Sheds
      • Lifetime Products
      • Outstanding Solutions Ltd.
        • Table Outstanding Solutions Products
      • Step 2 Co.
        • Table Step 2 Storage Products
  • Market Trends
    • Ease of Assembly Key to DIY Consumers
      • Customization to Fit Needs
      • Maximizing Space in the Garage
      • Specialty Items Provide More Options
      • Affordability to Reach More Consumers
  • Market Dynamics
    • Specialty Firms and Installers Initially Develop Market
      • Mass Retailers Embrace Category
      • Franchising Popular for Specialty Firms
      • Homebuilders Are Source of Revenue and Exposure
      • Acquisitions
      • Exclusive Relationships and Partnerships Give Competitive Advantage
      • Branding and Co-branding Help Drive Consumer Sales
      • Internet Sales
      • TV Product Placement
      • Event Promotion Key Tactic to Drive Sales
      • Racing Tie-ins Popular
  • The Consumer
    • Twenty Percent of Households Spend More Than $1,000 Annually on Home Improvements
      • Table Total Home Improvement Spending* (% of households)
      • Remodeling and Adding a Garage Not Highest Priorities
        • Table Households Added or Remodeled Garage*
      • Big Family, Higher Income Households Tend to Remodel Basements, Attics and Garages
        • Table Demographic Profile of People who Remodeled Basement/Attic/Garage*
      • Boomers with Big Families and Lower-Priced Homes Tend to Add a Garage
        • Table Demographic Profile of People who Added a Garage*
      • Two Percent of Households Purchase Storage Sheds
        • Table Home Improvement Purchases*
      • Seventy Percent of Households Spend More Than $500 on Sheds
        • Table Amount Spent on Storage Sheds (% of households)*
        • Table Storage Shed Spending Compared to Garage Products (% of households)*
      • Consumers Do It Themselves with Sheds
        • Table Installation of Sheds and Garage Products (% of households)*
      • Who Bought Sheds in the Past Year
        • Table Demographic Profile of People Buying Storage Sheds*
      • Southwest is Weakest Region for Sheds
        • Table Storage Shed Purchases by Region*
      • Middle Income and Higher Income Households Tend to Spend More than $1,000 for a Shed
        • Table Demographic Profile of People with Storage Shed Spend -$1,000 or more*
      • A Broad Range of Households Spend Between $500 and $999 for a Shed
        • Table Demographic Profile of People with Storage Shed Spend -$500-$999*
      • Younger and Older Consumers Spend Between $100 and $499 for a Shed
        • Table Demographic Profile of People with Storage Shed Spend -$100-$499*
      • Who Bought Garage Doors in the Past Year
        • Table Demographic Profile of People Buying Garage Doors*
      • Central and Pacific Regions Strongest for Garage Doors
        • Table Garage Door Purchase by Region*
      • Higher Income Households with High Home Values Tend to Spend More than $1,000 for a Garage Door
        • Table Demographic Profile of People with Garage Door Spend -$1,000 or more*
      • Younger Boomers with Higher Incomes Tend to Spend Between $500 and $999 for a Garage Door
        • Table Demographic Profile of People with Garage Door Spend -$500-$999*
      • Middle Income Boomers Tend to Spend Between $100 and $499 for a Garage Door
        • Table Demographic Profile of People with Garage Door Spend -$100-$499*
  • Appendix

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