For those considering an outdoor shed on their property, whether a storage shed or another custom shed option, there are several potential uses involved. Down similar lines, there are also a variety of sizes available to choose from when it comes to modern sheds – how do you determine the right one for your needs, budget and other factors?
At A-Shed USA, we’re happy to offer a wide range of storage sheds, garages and other custom buildings, all of which can be built to a variety of size and dimension specifications. What are some of the important variables to consider when it comes to shed size? Here are several we recommend keeping in mind, plus how each impacts your shed selection.
General Purpose and Use
First and foremost, the primary uses and purposes of the shed will help define exactly how much space you need and how large the shed should be. For those who are using the shed primarily for storage purposes, the main goal here will be laying out which major items you plan to store there, plus getting some general measurements and dimensions you’ll need to hold each securely.
However, there are numerous other potential uses of a shed. What if you want to use it as a home office or art studio? You’ll need space for a table and chair, obviously, plus some other amenities. What if you want a home gym or child play area? You’ll need plenty of space, plus some basic safety themes in play as well. It’s easy to see why this is the first area you should generally check off when thinking about shed size.
While planning out your shed’s dimensions, it’s also vital to ensure you consider the overall size of your yard and property. There’s such thing as a shed that’s much too large or much too small for a given property, especially when compared to the home itself and the size of the lot. Larger yards can generally hold sheds up to 12’ x 12’, while smaller ones do best with sheds in the 8’ x 10’ range.
Estimating Storage Needs
While we went over storage considerations for those using the shed only for this purpose above, this isn’t the case for every storage shed owner. Some use the shed partially for storage and partially for another purpose, for instance, or some similar type of hybrid. A very general tip here: While estimating your storage needs in the shed, intentionally overestimate how much space you need by maybe 10% or so – this will counteract many shed owners’ propensity to actually underestimate here, leaving themselves with additional storage needs even once the shed is completed.
For more on choosing the ideal size for a storage shed, or to learn about any of our custom sheds or other buildings, speak to the staff at A-Shed USA today.