CHICAGO — The more stuff people accumulate, the more storage space they'll need to put it in.
That's the simple algorithm behind several new products introduced at the National Hardware Show last week in Chicago.
``The outdoor storage market is growing in double-digit figures,'' Linda Whyte, spokeswoman for Rubbermaid Inc. of Wooster, Ohio, said at the show.
That could explain why Rubbermaid debuted a product that could grow along with customers' collections of lawn mowers, weed trimmers and other accouterments of suburban landscape.
Rubbermaid rolled out a line of modular storage sheds featuring double-wall, blow molded panels, a structural foam base and extruded vertical supports. The double-wall structure gives the panels added strength and some insulation qualities, Whyte said.
Rubbermaid is touting how easy the shed is to set up, and to tear down and move, Whyte said.
Rival Step2 Co. of Streetsboro, Ohio, also debuted a plastic shed product, but this one is aimed at the landscaping minimalist.
The curvaceous Lawn Mower Shed is a rotomolded enclosure sized to fit a 22-inch lawn mower or snow blower, assorted accessories and a leaf blower or two.
Step2 also showed a smaller, double-door, rotomolded shed with adjustable wood shelves for gardening supplies and other outdoor items.