Shed Sizes Guide - All You Need to Know To Choose The Best Size for Your Needs
Updated: Jul 3
Sheds come in a range of different sizes, ranging from not much bigger than a small closet to a space that’s large enough to store all kinds of things, including recreational vehicles or riding mower.
If you’re thinking about buying a new shed, you’re probably wondering what size shed you need. In this post, we’ll explore your options to help you come to the best decision because you want to make the right investment.
What are the three main shed sizes?
Sheds by definition, can be roughly divided into three categories: small, medium, and large.
Small size shed
People tend to use small sheds for storing their garden tool collection, lawn mower, and various supplies. A small shed is great for things you need to stay dry and free from pests.
Size: For example, 6 x 8 0r 8 x 10
Square feet: Less than 80 square feet
Medium size shed
People tend to use a slightly larger backyard shed for storing equipment such as large gardening tools, bikes, riding mowers, lawn furniture, and snow blower.
Size: For example, 8 x 12 or 9 x 12
Square feet: Between 90 and 120 square feet
Large size shed
You can use large sheds to store just almost anything, including recreational vehicles and storage bins. A large storage building can look like a barn or small house, which makes them ideal as extra living space, home office, fitness room, playhouse, or artists studio.
Size: shed dimensions from 9 x 12 and above
Square feet: As much as 288 square feet or even larger
Most Common Shed Sizes
Here are some of the most popular sizes that Urban Sheds is also capable of building in various styles and designs:
How to Decide on the Shed Size That Will Best Serve Your Needs?
To help you determine which shed size will best suit your requirements, ask yourself the following questions:
What do you plan to use it for?
What are your plans concerning your storage building? Is it going to be a man-cave or she-shed? Are you going to use it as an artist's studio or exercise space? If this is the case, you’re going to need slightly more space than a shed you’re going to use for storing a couple of bicycles, riding mower, yard equipment, holiday decorations, or some garden tools. If you are looking for more useful ideas check our guide on 45 different shed uses.
What will you store in the shed?
If you’re planning to use the shed for storage, what things are you planning to store, and how much space do you need? If it’s a riding mower, push mower, ATV, or similar bulkier equipment, remember to allow extra space for removal and enough room for easy access.
What is the size of your yard?
If you have a small yard, this will limit the size of your storage building. However, you could look for a shed that’s got a loft or two stories. If you’re got a large yard there are more options regarding larger structures.
Do you have a budget?
This is possibly a key factor you’ve got to consider. A smaller shed will be a better fit for someone with a small budget.
Are there any rules/regulations you need to comply with?
Depending on where you live, there may be community regulations or local restrictions/rules you need to meet. Wherever you live, check building codes for the location and see whether there are any size restrictions. Some municipalities only permit sheds of a specific size without a building permit.
Use Urban Sheds 3D Configurator
Using the online Urban Sheds 3D configurator tool, you can design your own custom-built shed. Drop-down lists help you fine-tune the details such as:
Style: Modern/traditional, type of siding, exterior upgrades, sidewall height, roofing, roof overhang, base.
Size: How much room do you need? Choose your preferred size from a range of options.
Doors, windows, and exterior options: You can add items such as doors, windows, transom, and vents.
Colors: You can choose colors for the siding, trim, shingles, and doors.
Flooring and interior features: Flooring options include moisture-resistant flooring/no floor. Interior features include a loft, workbench, storage units, shelves, painted interior, laminate floor, insulated windows, and much more.
Once you’ve decided on the features of your dream shed, the 3D Configurator will provide you with an estimate.
Other Important Considerations and Questions to Ask When Buying a Storage Shed
There are several other critical things you should keep in mind when buying a shed. Let’s briefly look at the most important ones. We'll go into much more detail on separate pages.
Permits: Before you concern yourself with the type of shed you want in your garden, check out the local code requirements that apply to sheds. You may need to apply for a shed building permit. You might also need to meet local municipality or zoning restrictions. If your home is an HOA (Homeowners Association)-regulated house, specific regulations may relate to external storage buildings.
Foundations: Proper shed foundations are critical for the maximum protection of your structure. It should be level, stable, and have good drainage. Ideally, that means installing the shed several inches above the ground. Your shed manufacturer may provide guidelines for the foundations you need to build.
Siding and roofing materials: Roof and siding materials should be of the best quality you can afford. Ideally, you want materials that are long-lasting and durable.
Proper plans: You’re likely going to use your shed for more than simply storage. If you plan ahead, it ensures you include all key features and meet your storage needs. A plan will also ensure your shed reaches its maximum potential.
Style and design: What your shed looks like is equally important. In addition, it makes a massive difference to your property’s overall appearance. Your custom shed style should complement your home’s style rather than look out of place.
Flooring: Some sheds have flooring, and some don’t. If you choose a wooden shed, it will probably have a plywood floor. On the other hand, plastic and metal sheds tend not to have flooring. You have to purchase this separately.
Pro installation vs. DIY: DIY installation is the best option if you’re concerned about saving money. Kits are also available for quick and easy installation. However, if you want someone to construct your shed for you, it’s a simple case of purchasing one online or at your local store. It will be delivered and assembled on-site by a team of professional shed builders. If you want to go into details check our article on is it cheaper to build or buy a shed
Site preparation: When deciding on the location, remember to keep space for maintenance and upkeep, for example, mowing around the shed. Don’t choose a location with water lines, septic tank, or utility lines. Finally, make sure the location for your shed is level.
Door placement: This depends on whether you’ve chosen a sliding or hinged door. A hinged door will provide complete access. However, sliding doors are more suitable if access is limited.
Insulation: If you insulate your shed effectively, it will be a warm and comfortable space you can use as an office or man cave. It will also protect items inside from extreme temperatures.
Electricity, lighting, and heating: You’ll be able to use your shed for a much wider variety of things if you include electricity, lighting, and heating. Check our guide on shed lighting options to find suitable solutions depending on the size of your structure.
Static vs. portable shed: This depends on how you plan to use your shed and whether you might move house in the future.
Interior features: A shed has huge potential. With the addition of just a few simple features, you could potentially use your shed for anything. Windows, partition walls, storage solution, shelving, hooks, and French doors are just a few suggestions.
Warranty: Always check whether there is a warranty and make sure you read and understand the small print.
Now you know what to look for and keep in mind, you’re ready to take the next step. You can rely on Urban Sheds to provide the best new shed that perfectly fits your needs and requirements. Get started today with the help of our 3D configuration tool.
1. What is the most popular storage shed size?
The most popular storage building sizes fall into the following categories:
Small shed size - 10 x 12, 8 x12 (feet)
Medium shed size - 10 x 16, 8 x 16 (feet)
Large shed size - 12 x 20, 12 x 24 (feet)