Is your garage overflowing with boxes and tools that you don’t use because you’ve hired landscaping professionals to do the work for you? It’s time to consider buying a storage shed to house your belongings. Before you consult our directory of shed storage specialists, take a look at our extensive guide to picking the right shed. We break it down by size and price!
But before you go on to read about buying the perfect shed, ask yourself the following questions:
- Why do I think I need a shed?
- What sorts of tools will I store?
- Where will I put the shed?
- Do I have enough space for one?
Now that you’ve ironed out the details, it’s time to figure out what size shed you need.
How do I know which size is right for me?
Easy – it simply depends on how many tools you have and what needs to be stored away. Here’s a guideline to help you out:
Small sheds – These are roughly under 80 square feet. They’re perfect for hanging tools and storing lawn care and garden supplies, such as a small push mower, pots, bags of fertilizer and other garden solutions.
Medium sheds – A medium shed lands in the middle of 90 to 120 square feet and are perfect size to fit bigger items that may be taking up too much space in the garage: snow blower, large lawn mower, maybe even a power washer.
Large sheds – If you’re the type of person that spends a lot of time outdoors, whether you’re using lawn equipment or a recreational vehicle to travel around, then you’ll probably need a very large shed to hold your valuables. Opt for one that’s anywhere from 150 to 300 square feet. With all that room, you can probably turn the shed into your very own work space.
Choose the material
While a shed isn’t exactly purchased to make your backyard look pretty, you do have some stylish options when it comes to what material the shed will be made out of.
We break down three options, but we’ll let you decide which is best!
Steel is a great material for a shed for so many reasons.
- Easy to assemble. Since steel sheds are light in weight in comparison to the competition, they’re very easy to install. If you opt to purchase your own shed instead of having one built by a professional, then you’ll have no problem turning the project into a DIY. All you’ll require is the instructional leaflet to guide you, some screws and a screwdriver.
- They’re durable. Steel may be lightweight, but it’s also a very durable product, which is why most steel products come with long warranties. They’re built to last, handle the wear and tear of moving tools in and out of the unit, and the elements.
- They require little maintenance. You wouldn’t want to buy a shed knowing you’ll have to fix it in the long-run. Thanks to steel’s natural durability and high quality, you won’t have to do that. If you intend on painting your steel shed, then over the course of five years, it will probably need a repaint to keep it looking aesthetically pleasing. Every so often, you may want to give the unit a wash with a garden hose.
If you’re looking for a shed that will look nice in your backyard from an aesthetic perspective, then a vinyl shed is for you.
- There’s room for customization. The beauty of having a vinyl shed is the ability to customize the inside of the shed with shelving, an option not available to you with a wooden shed. This is a perfect way to maximize the unit to include shelving on the wall while leaving room on the floor to store larger items.
- They’re built to last. Vinyl sheds are built with double-wall vinyl panels, so they’re dent-resistant. Like steel, they’re built to endure even the most extreme weather conditions.
- They’re cost-effective. Many homeowners opt for a vinyl shed because they’re cost-friendly. Take a look at our cost breakdown below.
Are you looking for a top-of-the-line shed? Consider purchasing a wood shed then. You’ll end up fooling your friends into believing it’s a smaller house on your property rather than a storage unit simply because of its beauty.
- They offer superior protection. Just because you’re storing your goods away, doesn’t mean they have to be thrown away into an improperly built unit. A wooden shed allows you to store items sensitive to cool air because it’s a natural insulator. A steel shed will be as cool as the weather is outdoors.
- Provides a great ROI. Since a wooden shed is aesthetically pleasing, it can fit seamlessly into your backyard decor. Homeowners that choose wooden shed over other materials don’t have to worry about tucking it away into a corner to hide it. Instead, it could boost the value of your property.
- Have fun with customization. Use a sealant, stain or outdoor paint to finish off the look of your wood shed. This decorative option isn’t possible with other shed materials.
Retrofit your shed with the right accessories
The whole point of having a shed is to carefully and safely store away your outdoor belongings. So why would you just shove everything in there? Instead, take the time to properly accessorize your shed with the right materials that will make it work for you. Here are some things to consider:
- Ramps. If you plan on dragging a large lawn mower, snow blower or other vehicle out of the shed, then you’ll need to install a ramp to go along with it. It’ll help you move out those big pieces of equipment smoothly and efficiently.
- Windows. A shed retrofitted with a window or skylight isn’t for decoration. Whether you’re working in the storage shed, or are simply using it to store those tools, it’s important to have some natural light streaming into the unit. It increases your visibility, making it that much easier to find what you’re looking for.
- Shelves. Maximize your unit by installing shelving along the walls to store your belongings. This way, you can have things like a mower and hedger lined up against the wall and tools stored overhead.
- Work benches. There’s nothing wrong with having a place to sit in your shed, especially if it becomes the place you spend a lot of time in doing projects.
Here’s how each shed material stacks up from a price perspective based on a 8 ft. x 10 ft. unit:
Ready to get shopping? Call one of our shed professionals to help you price and build a shed that’s right for your backyard!
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