Location and size are two of the most significant considerations when purchasing metal or steel storage sheds. However, the answers to “Where should I install it” and “What size do I need?” aren’t as straightforward as you may think. You need to consider the size of your property, how you intend to utilize the shed, and more. Keep in mind that the answer to these may be subject to change as your needs change.
If you are concerned about making the right choice, don’t worry. This guide will show you how to make a great selection so that your backyard storage facility has the proper square footage and is in the right position to meet your needs. Be sure to read through these points to ensure you have made a thoughtful and informed decision.
Choosing the Right Size for Steel or Metal Storage Buildings
The size that your structure should be is dependent on your needs, your available space, and any restrictions or regulations put in place by your municipality. Some things to consider include:
How You’ll Use the Shed
Many people are learning that a shed can be used for more than just storage. If you want to set up a workshop, for example, your shed will require storage space for power tools and shelving for supplies, as well as a bench large enough for your projects and enough space to work comfortably.
Keep in mind that the size of your steel storage shed is more than just length and width. You must also consider height to ensure that you can fit everything inside and that anything that needs to move in and out has enough clearance.
What the Shed Will Hold
There’s no doubting that a backyard shed is the ultimate storage option for a homeowner. Generally, your shed should be at least 12 feet by 10 feet if it will be used to store large equipment like an ATV or a motorcycle. However, people more often need storage for the little things that are otherwise taking up space in their homes. Most individuals underestimate their storage requirements, forgetting that they may need to store seasonal decorations, off-season sports equipment, and lawn furniture in the shed when they are not in use.
Having more space than you need will allow you to organize things cleanly and leave room for anything else you may need to keep in the building. Also, leave space to walk around and move items, so you don’t feel crowded while accessing, sorting, and arranging your belongings.
At Future Buildings, we can help you tailor your storage building to your liking. We will assist you in determining what size shed you need and discuss your plans for use. If you’re looking for storage or are more interested in turning your shed into a shop, office, or gym, we have custom ideas to suit your needs.
The Size of Your Yard
When deciding on the size of your shed, consider factors other than the structure itself. Remember that on all sides, the foundation will need to be larger than the shed. Setbacks from property borders, roadways, and floodplains must also be considered. Aesthetics are important, so the shed should be proportional to your home.
If you want a big shed, consider putting it in the backyard so that it is not competing with your home. Additionally, consider your yard’s landscaping and other features. You do not want to crowd your child’s playground or take away from the appeal of your trees and gardens. In this way, the size of your shed may be influenced by the layout of your yard.
Steel storage sheds may be on your property, but your local municipality may have some guidelines you need to follow. For example, the overall footprint and height of your shed are usually regulated. Most cities also require that you register the location of a shed with the zoning office before it can be built and will often require permits for buildings over a certain size. Before purchasing a shed, check the conditions, guidelines, and restrictions in your area for further information.
Choosing the Right Location for Your Metal or Steel Storage Shed
Where you place your shed is just as important as the size. To find the best location, be sure that you think about these factors:
The purpose of your shed is an important consideration when selecting where it should be placed. If you’re going to use it as a garden shed, make sure it’s close to your garden and not too far from a water source. If the shed will be used for storing bicycles, lawn equipment, tools, and other supplies, it should be positioned in a location that is accessible from the front yard so things can be brought out easily. Considering how you plan to use the shed will help you determine where the most suitable location is.
When it comes to placing your shed, the terrain is often disregarded. It helps to stay away from low locations that turn into puddles and avoid setting your shed on a slope. The site should ideally be level with a slight incline to assist water flow.
You should make it easy to get to your shed because if it is hidden or tricky to get into, you are not likely to use it as much and may regret the placement decision. You may also be less likely to use the shed if it is too far from the house or the locations you will often be in.
An important step in finding the ideal location is how easy it is to use your doors. If there is little room to open the door, or you have to avoid hitting something when opening it, then you need to reconsider your placement. Alternatively, you could select a different door style, such as sliding barn doors or an overhead garage style.
The comfort of your shed’s interior and its utilization can be affected by whether the shed is in full sun or shade. If it is exposed to direct sunlight for the majority of the day, the interior may become heated. If there is no way to avoid exposure to the sun, adding insulation to your shed can help keep the indoor temperatures comfortable and consistent. If you plan to add windows, ensure they are on a side that does not receive direct light if you are keeping valuable items inside that you do not want to get damaged from the sunlight.
Do you want your shed to be the focal point of your property, or would you want it to be hidden away in a backyard corner? When properly built and installed, an appealing shed can raise the value of your home, so don’t be hesitant to show it off! Some homeowners may prefer their sheds to be away from view, which is perfectly fine as well. Your preferences will determine the location of the shed.
Price Versus Quality
Don’t let the cost of your outdoor shed be the deciding factor. Remember, you want something to last for years and be resistant to the elements, weather, humans, damaging wildlife, and conditions like rot or mold. Choosing the least expensive option may be good for your wallet now, but you will feel the consequences later when you need to perform costly repairs and maintenance, your items get damaged, or you need to replace the structure.
Find the Perfect Steel Storage Shed for Your Needs
Our engineers are experts at designing sheds and will work with you to select the best option for your needs. They can also help you figure out what additions you may need for the purposes you have in mind. Workshops, for example, will need sufficient ventilation, while equipment storage should be insulated to preserve your machinery. If you plan to spend a lot of time in your shed, adding windows can make it more comfortable.
To learn more about our available sheds or to discuss your ideas, contact us at 1-800-668-5111 or fill out our online form to request a free quote.