Shed size: Choosing the right shed size for you
When it comes to storage, size matters!
I have never heard anyone say I wish I had built a smaller garage, or bought a smaller building. On the other side of the issue, space in which to put a building is sometimes at a premium. What is a homeowner to do? Well, the best thing in both situations is planning. If you have a long narrow space, you will need a long narrow building. Smal spaces may require you to get a shed with a high roof, and then add a loft. Try thinking about it in more than one dimension. You will need a measuring tape.
Available Shed Space
Look at your needs for storage or workshop space, and look at the space available. Take into account such things as: When I am mowing, will I be able to get my mower between the building ant that nice oak in the yard? Will this prevent part of my lawn from being irrigated? These questions will help you to answer the question of how much space is available for placing a storage barn or shed in your lawn. Keep in mind that if your shed is to be placed between a fence and a wall, you will need space to get around it.
The amount of storage space you need
The reason most folks want portable storage buildings is because they no longer have space to park their cars in their garages. Determining the cubic feet of items that you need to store will give you a decent idea of the amount of space you will need for storing them, and the size of building you will need to buy.
Shed space for other purposes
If your need is for shop space for hobby work, or for more advanced shop work, buildings can be obtained which will meet your needs, again, planning for those needs, and planning for potential growth is important. Measure the equipment that you plan to put inside your building, and get an idea of where you plan to place it, allow for space between pieces, and then you should have a better idea of what you need. If you guess at it, my guess is that you will probably guess to small.
A rule of thumb about space
Some people say that you should plan for the size of the building you currently need, and then plan your estimated growth, and add 10 percent more. My experience with buildings of all types has been that adding 20 percent would be closer to an accurate estimate.
Whatever figure you come up with, there is a good chance that you will outgrow it, but don’t fret about that, because you can always get another.