Before you buy or build a garden shed, consider these tips to help find the best size and design for your storage needs. Consider how you plan to use the shed and how you can maximize storage space without sacrificing safety and structural integrity.
In this guide, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about building your very own garden shed.
1) Set a Purpose for Your Shed
Before you even make a list of shed designs, it’s important to determine the purpose you want your garden shed to serve.
Regardless of what you want to use your garden shed for, you need to remember to keep it within reason. You don’t want your garden shed to be too small that you can’t fit your most important items into it, but you also don’t want it to be so large that it becomes a waste of space.
2) Find the Right Materials
Good materials are a vital part of building a shed. Your shed is not just a storage unit; it’s going to be an exposed structure in your backyard. If you use the wrong materials, your shed could cave in the next time you have a thunderstorm.
If you’re on a budget, then you may want to avoid building with more expensive lumber such as cedar and redwood. A less expensive option would be to build with pressure treated wood. Not only will pressure treated wood cost much less than redwood and cedar, but it will require significantly less maintenance.
3) Think about What Style You Want
Before you start looking at shed plans, you need to think about what style you want. The style of your shed will depend on your specific needs. If you want to store gardening tools, then you probably want to build a shed with a large door.
The best way to find a good shed design is to take a look at a few designs online. Find a few that you like and choose a design from there. Don’t feel limited to just storage sheds. If you have a smaller yard and a small shed is all you need, then build a lean-to shed.
4) Plan Out Your Lighting
One of the biggest problems people have with their garden shed is lack of lighting. Whether you plan on building a shed or buying a pre-made one, you’ll want to consider adding some lights.
It’s important to distinguish between ambient lighting and task lighting. You need ambient lighting to see everything in your shed, but you might need task lighting to see what you’re working on. It’s up to you whether or not you want to add task lighting, but it’s always nice to have.
5) Scout Your Yard for the Right Location
Once you’ve determined the purpose for your garden shed, the next thing you need to do is scout your yard for the right location.
You will want to make sure that you find an area that will not only suit your needs, but you want to make sure that it’s a safe area. If you’re going to store your garden equipment and lawnmower, you want the area to be clear and away from any areas where people could be injured.
Building a shed is not only a good way to save space, but it’s a great way to spend time with your family. When you can use your extra time to spend with your family and build something with them, everyone benefits.
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