How to Choose the Right Size Shed for Your Needs

Sheds are a great way to add additional square footage to your home without building an extension to your main house. If you need more space but you don’t want to disrupt your life with construction or a renovation, a shed is an easy way to gain the extra storage space or additional living area you need.

Choosing the right size shed for your needs depends on three major considerations:

How much extra space do you want or need?

What will you use the shed for?

How big is the space you’ll be putting your shed in?

When you answer these three questions, then you’ll have a better idea of the size of shed that will fit your needs.

A Shed for Storage

If you’re looking for a shed to use as storage space, you should first take a look at all the items you’re planning to store in your storage shed. Lay them out and arrange them so you can see how much space the things actually occupy. Do you need a shed mostly for gardening tools and equipment? Is it to keep seasonal clothing and bulky photo albums?

Once you see how much space you need, add about 20% to 30% additional space. You might be surprised with how much space your items actually require. Include an extra two to three feet around the items you’re storing. You don’t want to fill your shed to the corners without room to move around inside.

Some sheds have lofts for additional storage space and you can also add hooks and shelves to add more storage space and options. But seeing everything you want to keep in the shed is the best way to have an accurate idea of how much space you really need.

Also, keep in mind that the dimensions of a shed, such as 10 by 16 feet, won’t give you the actual floor area of the shed because these dimensions refer to the exterior of the shed. Estimate that the floor area inside the shed will be a little less than the exterior measurements.

The Right Shed for You and Your Needs

Next, if you plan to use the shed as additional living space and not for storage, decide what you plan to use it for. Is it a yoga studio, a crafting room, or a home office? Knowing its main purpose will determine what furniture you want and need inside your shed.

Whether you’re looking for extra storage space or you are buying a shed for your dream home office, remember not to fill it up too much. Don’t put too many things inside so you have more than enough space to move around. A home office is great, but if you feel claustrophobic or it becomes uncomfortable being inside it because there’s just too many things beside you, then you just wasted a perfectly good shed.

Remember to think of the essentials – a desk, a comfortable chair, and a lamp. Then you can add accent pieces like a cozy rug, another chair for additional seating, and some wall decor or photos. Make it your own, but keep size limitations in mind.

Once you’ve determined the shed size you need, you have to consider the size of the yard and where you’ll put your shed. Do you have enough space in your backyard? Keep in mind that your shed should sit on a flat area. It shouldn’t also be too close to home or garden walls and have about a foot of space around the shed.

Lastly, check with your local rules and regulations about putting a shed in your backyard. Bigger sheds may also need approval from an HOA and require a permit.

Contact Heritage Building Co.

Now you’re ready to buy the right size of shed! Heritage Building Co has a wide variety of sheds in different styles and sizes that is sure to meet your needs. Take a look at them here and Contact us now.