Guide to Buying a Shed


For those who work around their home, whether planting a garden or repairing the house, an outdoor shed can help tremendously for storage and organization. You can choose to build one yourself, or purchase a premade shed from home improvement stores. This guide will help you along the way.

First, you need to decide on the size of the shed and the material you would like to use for the construction. Decide how much storage space you need – 6 feet long and 3 to 4 feet wide is large enough for tools, and may only cost a few hundred dollars. If you need to store a lawn mower, snow blower, or other large equipment your size will increase. Look for a shed measuring at least 8 by 10 feet, with double doors in the entrance, making sure to calculate for any equipment you need to store. Your entrance needs to be large enough to accommodate any of your equipment.

In your initial planning make sure to consider what you will be storing and how you want to store it. Peg boards can make wall storage easy and efficient. Rafters will help with storing long pieces of wood, pipe, or tools. Shelves are needed to store boxes, tools, and planting materials. Heavy and bulky items will need floor space.

The next consideration is the exterior material, not only for the looks but for function as well. Cedar is very durable and readily available. If you enjoy the weathered grey look, you can let it age, or you can paint or use wood preservative to keep the original brown color. Vinyl siding is both less expensive and even more durable. Metal sheds are usually the lease expensive option, but have some downsides. They will dent more easily, and can heat up quickly in the summer sun. This can become a safety issue when storing gasoline and other flammable materials.

For those of the “do it yourself” mindset, there are books and websites that have designs and plans for basic storage sheds. These will often include a list of all the materials you will need to purchase and tools needed for construction. If you prefer, most of the home improvement stores (Home Depot, Lowes, Sears, etc.) offer prebuilt sheds, or will construct them on-site for you. Your cost will increase having the shed built for you, and there is less flexibility in a prefabricated storage shed, but the workload is much lighter. Either way, make sure to check your local zoning laws for the appropriate size and location of any constructed structure.

Look for sheds that have features that will help you in both storage and work. Some sheds are large enough to accommodate a workbench as well as storing power tools and materials. A ramp at the door will make entering much easier with larger equipment. Windows or skylights will allow for natural light, making maneuvering and locating materials easier. Some are equipped with shelves, pegboards, and racks for your materials, or you can plan these into your initial design.

Make sure to consider the aesthetic beauty in your yard, as well. In addition to utility, the outward appearance of a storage shed can affect the overall appearance of your property. The shed can be a centerpiece if you desire, or it can be a hidden item on the side of your home. If it will be visible, make sure to visualize how it will appear in your yard. If it will be a focal point consider some simple landscaping to make it flow seamlessly with your outdoor design.

A well designed garden shed looks beautiful and offers extra storage space and function to the homeowner. If done correctly your shed will serve your needs for many years to come!

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jasonjason – who has written posts on Home Tips Plus.
I'm a father of three, married and a home owner since 2006. I've worked in fixing up homes and rental properties.

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