Buying a storage shed for your backyard is a substantial investment, rather an important decision that you probably don’t want to make twice. So, when the time comes to buy the right shed, there are several factors that you must consider. One of the most important factors to consider is its size.
Storage sheds come in different sizes and shapes. What size exactly you need will depend on various things, such as how you want to use your shed, the size of your property, and what you plan to store in it. Overall, the answer to “how big” or “how small” your shed should be, is a little vague, and you need to review several factors before making your decision.
Below, we have compiled a list of steps that can help you determine what size shed you require for your home or business. Follow this helpful guide to help you make your decision.
Determine The Purpose
People have started to realize that they can use their storage sheds for various reasons, other than only using them for storing their off-season stuff and garden equipment. Storage sheds can be designed and used for numerous purposes as long as they are spacious enough to suit one’s needs.
For instance, if you are hoping to use your shed to set up a summer workshop, you’ll require shelving for your supplies, a large bench or table to work on your project comfortably, and lastly, enough room to move between different components freely.
Decide What You’ll Store In Your Shed
A Backyard shed is every homeowner’s ultimate storage solution. No matter what you plan to do with your shed, you’ll always require at least some of its space to store your off-season clothes or sports equipment, lawn furniture, gardening tools, and much more. For this reason, it is essential to decide what you want to store or keep in your shed so you can choose its size accordingly.
For example, if you want to utilize your shed to store bulky items such as your old furniture or a quad bike, you will require a shed that is at least 12×20 feet. Similarly, if you want to store only smaller items such as your holiday decorations or your sports equipment, then your shed can be of a small or medium size with sizes ranging from 8×10 feet to 10×16 feet. Don’t forget to account for the space that you will need to move around your shed freely.
Consider An Appropriate Shape And Height
As mentioned above, storage sheds come in different shapes and sizes. To select the right sized shed, you must also consider its shape. Choosing the right shape will make it easier for you to store various items and use your shed for different purposes.
It is also important to note here that a storage shed’s size isn’t just about its length and width. You should also consider its height to make sure that you can perfectly fit your stuff inside it. For example, if you plan to store longer items such as a ladder or long cleaning supplies, you’ll require a shed that is taller. Moreover, if you want attic storage, you will need to invest in a shed that has raised rafters, such as a barn shed with a gambrel roof.
Consider The Size Of Your Yard
The right storage shed size will also depend on the space you have in your backyard to place your shed. So, to select the correct shed size, you will have to think beyond your storage and building requirements and consider your yard’s size. While calculating your yard size, keep in mind that the shed’s foundation will have to be one foot larger than the shed itself on all sides.
Also, consider the aesthetics of your property. The shed should look symmetrical or at least in scale with your property and home. For example, your shed will never look good if it is enormous and your yard is average-sized.
Consider Community Regulations
It is important to consider your community’s regulations when selecting the right sized shed. Although your shed is your property, community laws and regulations may have a say in its size. Therefore, before choosing a particular size, always check with authorities about the standard shed size and material allowed in your area.
You may also have to register the placement of your shed on your property before installation. Larger sheds might call for getting a building permit.
About Stahl Storage
Stahl Storage is a manufacturer and supplier of premium-quality storage sheds, garages, and cabins throughout Alberta. For more information on our portable shed sizes, visit our website, or contact us for personalized care.