Tips For Choosing The Right Shed Size, Style, and Siding

June 3, 2019      Shed Blog


When choosing a storage shed or garage one must consider three important factors. The shed size, style, and material type are the most important factors when picking your storage building. Read below for helpful tips before investing in a portable building.


Shed Size

Purchasing a Storage Unit is a big investment and figuring out what shed sizes will perfectly compliment your needs can be tough. Below you will find 5 useful tips for the storage shed sizes that can help you figure out what shed dimensions would be right for you.


1. How Will You Use The Shed Or Garage?

There are a number of ways for you to enjoy a shed besides just storage space if it’s large enough. For example, if you’re hoping to set up a workshop, your shed will need to have shelves for supplies and storage space for power tools. You will also want a bench large enough to build projects and most importantly enough room for you to be able to move around.

You must think about all shed dimensions, the length, width, and height when purchasing a storage unit. For example, a lofted barn shed has attic storage space and is taller in comparison to a Utility building. A lofted building is ideal when you want to use the space above to store and use the space below to work.


2. What Will Your Storage Unit Hold?

A backyard storage shed is the best storage solution for a homeowner, there is no denying that. If you plan on keeping bigger items such as a motorcycle or an ATV in your storage unit, your shed dimensions should be at least 12’ x 10’. In most cases, we see that its usually the smaller things that eat up all the space. People usually underestimate their storage needs and neglect seasonal things like sports equipment, lawn furniture or holiday decorations. Remember besides storage you should have your space as well, so you won’t feel cramped while organizing, arranging and then accessing your stuff.

Use the link below for the storage unit calculator to measure common items such as a Grill, Ladder, Lawn Mower, and more to find your recommended storage shed size.

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3. Will That Storage Building Be The Right Size In A Few Years?

People don’t often think ahead when purchasing a shed but in order to save money in the long run, it’s something very important to consider. One must think about room for growth when purchasing a shed. Will the shed sizes be big enough if you add to your tool collection in the future or you decide you want to get another motorcycle or bike? Over time you might even decide the building you originally purchases for storage purposes now you want to turn into a gym, office or a shop. Remember you don’t need to stick to standard shed dimensions, we do indeed offer customizations on all our storage units.


4. What Size Is Your Yard?

When purchasing a storage unit, you must first consider the size of your yard. Generally speaking, a 12’ x 12’ shed size will greatly suit a large yard, while 8’ x 10’ shed dimensions might be a better fit for a medium-sized yard.

In selecting a size, you must think beyond the building itself. Remember the foundation should be at least one foot larger than the shed on all sizes. Property lines, roads, and floodplains are all important setbacks to account for when picking your storage shed size. The storage unit should look in scale with the property in your home. You need to make sure the shed doesn’t overwhelm the back yard and doesn’t interfere with other things in the yard.


5. Are There Community Regulations?

One must understand that the local municipality and homeowner’s association do have a say in your shed sizes. Localities usually require a homeowner to register the placement of a shed with the zoning department before getting it installed. Larger structures can sometimes even call for a building permit, so you need to make sure to plan ahead to avoid any kind of legal actions such as fines. HOA typically set limits on the footprint and height of your shed. Review the Homeowner Association’s covenants, conditions, and restrictions before purchasing your storage unit.

Shed Style

Choosing a shed style can often be very difficult. One must think about their needs and uses for the Shed before purchasing a certain style. Something to consider when choosing a certain style is also your current budget.


Our most economical storage unit is a low wall barn. Although it’s less expensive it also has less storage room. A more expensive storage building such as a lofted barn with two windows has a lot more storage space above and below. These bigger shed sizes could be used for multiple purposes even running your own business. The shed style that will be right for you will depend on what you plan on using your Shed for. Visit our website to view all our styles and download the catalog to get the prices and custom options available.

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Shed Siding

When it comes to choosing the siding for a storage unit, there are usually three materials options; Wood, Metal or Plastic (vinyl).

The wood-built sheds usually require a good amount of maintenance such as repainting, repairing damaged or rotted parts, and sometimes refastening loose parts. Metal and Plastic sheds don’t need to be painted and require very little maintenance.

However, something to consider is that metal shed material will corrode if their paint or protective coating is scratched or damaged. Also, metal doors and other parts will wear over time. Generally speaking, plastic sheds require the least amount of maintenance of all the material types. Something to consider with plastic sheds though is that they will suffer from poor wind conditions even though it is built well to protect against rain, ice, and snow.


Customize Your Building

Let us help you protect your valuables with a quality-built storage unit. Check out our catalog for more shed sizes, styles and options and view prices for your ideal shed. Also, we now have a 3-D builder to make it easier for you to customize and build your own unique shed. You can easily request a quote and make your dream shed a reality.

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