What’s The Perfect Shed Size for You?
It’s really amazing how quickly items accumulate in the house and the garage, pretty soon you realise you need a space to store all these treasured possessions, before your car starts living in the street, or your spare room becomes overcrowded. Everything builds up especially as your family grows, so how can you keep and store everything without having to move?
Enter the humble garden shed.
Some quick tips to consider before you buy your new shed –
- Don’t underestimate how quickly your shed will start accumulating items, think bigger – not smaller in terms of size. To be able to fit everything in you should also consider some form of shelving or a storage arrangement as well
- Avoid placing your shed in a low-lying area where rain water pools, or accumulates
- Make sure the area is flat or you may need to consider adding a floor framing kit to avoid any extensive ground work
- Allow for the door opening and ensure there is enough free space in front of the shed so you can get items in and out easily
- Consider where your shed will be placed, and how it will look, consider a coloured shed that may look more appealing
- Check with your local council to see if there are any regulations regarding size, placement and colour
What material is best?
When it comes to sheds, there are 3 main materials they come in – wood, plastic or metal, and each have their own *pros and cons*. Firstly, you need to work out what it is you *want* from your shed. If you want something low maintenance to store some bikes a metal shed is probably the answer.
Are often seen as the more *natural* option, they blend into their surroundings well, but they require more maintenance. Wooden sheds can be prone to warping and are generally the more expensive option, they can also be susceptible to termites. Timber sheds require regular maintenance to avoid mould and deterioration.
Again, a more expensive option, if you are storing corrosive materials they are the perfect option, they allow good ventilation. However, the sun can fade and damage a plastic shed and they are harder to repair if damaged.
Without a doubt, the most popular material for a garden shed is metal/steel, they are typically less expensive than plastic or wood, they offer you a good balance of reliability, strength and they are low maintenance. Because of their popularity metal sheds are available in a range of sizes and options, plus you can get *add-ons* for them such as ventilation kits, sky lights, shelving etc.
What about size?
Measure where it is you want to place your shed, including allowing for overhang and door openings and access. For a typical family, a 1.7m X 2.1 m shed is very popular, particularly for a home that has a smaller size yard. If you have more space, a 2.8m X 2.8m will give you enough space to accommodate a few bikes, lawnmower, other garden tools and you will still have space left over – especially if you use hooks and shelving. If you want your shed to be used as a workshop or hobby room, you’ll need more floor space and head room, so you won’t need to bend down when you are inside. If you will be *working* in your shed consider adding a sky-light and window, so you have plenty of light and fresh air while you are working in there.
Getting the most out of your shed
Use storage to get maximum compactly from your shed. Floor space will very quickly disappear so make use of sturdy hooks and a storage system. You will also need easy access and bulky garden furniture and bikes can be tricky to manoeuvre so consider the door/opening widths when researching your storage options. The depth of your shed is important too, most smaller sheds have just 800mm which will restrict the storage of items like your lawnmower or wheelie bins. If you want to store larger items, measure them and check the dimensions of your shed carefully.
What style of the shed is best?
A classic pitched or gable style roof that has a triangular sloping roof is perfect for storing taller sporting items like ski’s and surfboards, or garden items like long bamboo canes or stakes. Another alternative that will give you some height is the skillion or sloped roof style. This is a single angled roof which gives you some extra height at the back for storing taller items. This shed is perfect for positioning beside the house or fence. The third style of shed is flat roof, perfect if you want to place your shed under a carport or awning.