Selecting the Right Size Shed

From simple storage to offices, workshops and more, sheds come with a lot of possibilities. One of the most important factors when picking the perfect shed is its size. Size determines where it will fit, how it will fit into your yard and what you can do with it. But what exactly do you need to know about selecting the right size shed? Let’s take a look at some shed size selection tips so you’ll be ready when you go to buy.

How to Select the Right Size Shed

There are several factors that go into this choice, and sheds come in a variety of sizes. As a general guideline, small sheds may be anywhere from 6-10 feet wide and 8-12 feet long. Large sheds tend to have widths around 12 feet and lengths of 20-24 feet. Our largest shed spans 14 by 24 feet. And, of course, medium sheds are somewhere in between, usually 14-16 feet long.

Without further ado, below are our top tips for selecting the right size shed.

Thinking about shed use

1. Think About How You’ll Use the Shed

The purpose of your shed will have a large role in its size. Features like shelves and windows will contribute to needing a bigger shed, as will more items. Here are a few examples of different types of sheds and some sizing considerations that go with them:


  • Storage: Storage is the most varied option, as it really depends on what you’re storing. If you’re just looking to tuck away odds and ends, like out-of-season decor or sports equipment, you’re probably better off with a smaller shed. On the other hand, if you have a lot of items to store or large ones, like dirt bikes and lawn care equipment, a larger shed will be a big help.
  • Workshops: A workshop space will call for a larger shed. You’ll want to account for big items like a workbench, tool chests and equipment, as well space to move around safely. Ventilation is also necessary, so whether that means propping open a door or adding a window, make sure your shed is large enough to accommodate it.
  • Playrooms, lounges, bars or “she-sheds”: Options like she-sheds, playrooms and lounges mostly depend on preference and the items you want to have in the space. Consider things like the size of the kids’ toys or your craft supplies or drinks and whether you want furniture in the room, such as a couch, bar or TV stand. Leaving room for shelves can also be handy for keeping the floor clear for use.
  • Office: A dedicated home office generally won’t require too much space, so a medium shed should be a good fit. If you’ll be using it in cold or hot climates, be sure to factor in the size of a heater or air conditioner.

While the basic square footage is important, you can also add some space through the height of the shed. You can add attic storage with raised rafters and a loft.

2. Consider Future Plans

Do you see yourself moving in the near future? Smaller sheds will be easier to pack up and take with you, while large ones could be more permanent. A small shed is also more likely to fit in another yard, whereas a big shed could be too large.

Still, if moving doesn’t seem likely or you don’t think you’d ever downsize your yard, a large shed offers more flexibility for usage. It allows you to store more items as you accumulate them or just enjoy more space — after all, who knows what you’ll want space for in the future. Maybe someone in the home will develop a new woodworking hobby or decide to store a few boxes of items after redecorating.

3. Research Zoning Requirements and HOA Policies

To ensure you get to keep your shed, research any applicable requirements, such as those from zoning authorities, homeowners associations (HOAs) or even historical districts. Assuming a shed is allowed, there are probably some restrictions in place, such as requiring a building permit, specific fire ratings, leaving room for utility access and maximum sizes. They’ll likely have some rules regarding spacing, too, such as needing to be a certain distance away from the home or the road, as well as permits regarding utilities like electricity and water.

HOAs may also have specific demands about aesthetics, such as color and style. Be sure to check up on all of these requirements to keep your installation by the book.

4. Try and Predict How It Will Look in Your Yard

Your shed’s size will impact how it’s going to look in your yard overall. You don’t want to overwhelm the home, but you also don’t want the shed to be dwarfed by your yard or another building. Try to choose a size that’s appropriate in scale with the home. One way to separate the two is to set up the shed at the back of the yard so they won’t compete with each other.

Also consider how the different aspects of the shed will influence its look, such as tall designs or the addition of a rooftop cupola or dormer.

5. See How Different Shed Sizes Work With Your Budget

Although there are many variables like the materials and style you choose, smaller sheds are usually easier on your budget. Consider the features and styles you’re after and how they might influence the price. With so many options, it’s usually best to talk with an expert to better understand pricing.

Keep in mind that sheds can offer a pretty high return on investment, anywhere from 50%-80%, so if you plan to sell it as part of your house in the future, most of the cost can come back to you.

Ask the Pros About Choosing the Right Shed Size

We know there’s a lot to think about when choosing the size of your new shed. Fortunately, Reeds Ferry Sheds® has over half a century of experience in this topic, with a team of skilled experts serving the New England area.

We offer sheds in a range of custom options, with many different designs for doors, windows, shutters, storage lofts, dormers and much more. We can help you create the perfect shed for your yard that’s sized for your needs. Quality comes first at Reeds Ferry Sheds®, and we back it up with a 30-year warranty on our products.

Even with all of this information, we know it can be tough to get a feel for the size of a shed when you’re looking at numbers on a page. Swing by our showroom to experience five acres of high-quality sheds and talk to a team member and find the right size for your yard. You can also reach out to us to get in touch.

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