Deciding What Shed Size is Right for You

One of the first questions we get asked when someone calls to inquire about one of our fine shed models is, “How do I know what size shed I should get?”

It’s an understandable dilemma. You don’t want to get too much storage shed space, but you certainly don’t want to find yourself with too little space, either.

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garden shed

When it comes to sizing up your storage needs, here are a few quick guidelines we think you’ll find helpful.

  • Gather up all of the items you’d like to keep in your new storage shed. Use the corner of a spare bedroom to collect it all (if you are like most of us, that’s where most of your stored things gather anyway!)
  • Stack up the boxes and plastic crates, larger on the bottom, smaller on top. Lean your bicycles and other sports equipment and yard tools upright against the boxes.
  • Measure the space taken up. Use a measuring tape to measure the rough width, length and height of your storage collection. Multiply together this way: L x W x H= TOTAL occupied space.
  • Multiply TOTAL above by 1.5 in order to allow for a center isle area, which is important to be able to easily access items near the back of the shed.

This simple method can quickly give you a rough approximation of total cubic foot storage needed for your current items.

If you plan to store more over the years (and most of us will), take a look at the items in your collection, and make a quick determination about how long it took you to collect those things. When did you obtain the oldest items in the group? (let’s say 1998 which is many years ago)

This might indicate how long it has taken to collect your things, and also serve as a good indication of the amount of new things you will be getting during the next same period of time.

So unless you want to buy another storage shed in that period of time, it might be a good idea to buy more storage shed than you think you need right now. You’ll be glad you did in a few years.

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