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Determining the shed size for your needs

Have you ever wondered what to do with all the space in your backyard? A shed is a fine addition to a yard. It turns a simple space into an invaluable area that can serve an array of purposes. There are different types of sheds installed in outdoor spaces within residential homes. The sheds can be categories according to the design, size, building material and the purpose. Some of the most popular sheds include wooden sheds, metal sheds, vinyl sheds, bicycle sheds and agricultural sheds. Regardless of the type, all sheds form enclosed additional spaces. The decision to install a shed is often met with the need to choose the perfect size. Here is a guide to determining the shed size for your specific needs.

Space available

When it comes to garden sheds, you work with what you have. If your backyard is small, the shed must match the space equally. It’s important to determine the dimension that will fit a shed while retaining the extent of your backyard. Moreover, you must consider other existing areas in your backyard like the garden, swimming pool, and barbecue area. The perfect compromise accommodates everything you need in your backyard without cramming the space. Once the dimensions are drawn, the plan can be forwarded to the builders for either onsite or offsite construction. Since a garden shed can serve as an indoor garden or a playing area, you can replace these spaces and get more area to build your shed.


The size of a shed depends on what you want to do with it. Sheds serve different purposes. Some form excellent spaces to practice hobbies, work on DIY projects, indoor plant gardens and house machinery and tools. Others are simply large storage spaces designed to declutter the main house and pack as many items as possible. If your shed is intended to house large items and serve multiple functions, the bigger it is, the better. However, if you only need a small extra space to put away some tools and keep small objects, you can make do with a small shed.


The design of sheds has progressed from simple builds to complex multipurpose structures. All this is due to the additional fixtures installed in the sheds. Some sheds have a plumbing system and electrical installations. They come with numerous shelves, a work area and a cleaning area. As a result, modern sheds are big and spacious. The size keeps the interior space comfortable and well ventilated.

Moreover, with more space, the organization is simpler. The lighting installations also determine the height of the ceiling. High shelves that facilitate storage of dangerous tools and chemicals also need a high ceiling to accommodate their installation. If you want many fixtures, you need a big shed to accommodate them. However, if you are going for a simple design with little to no installations, a small shed is an option.

Whether the shed you are after is a permanent or semi-permanent installation, it’s important to get the size right before starting construction.

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