How to pick the right shed for your house


Most people need a shed for storage or protection from the elements. Choosing the best one can be a difficult decision if you don’t know what to look for in a shed. Sheds are divided into two basic categories: freestanding and attached. A freestanding shed is usually used only by homeowners in the back yard but an attached shed is generally used in its own living space, like an attached garage or utility room. In this article, we will look at how to choose the right shed for your needs.

1. Do You Need a Shed?

Before you rush out and buy homes and sheds, consider how much space is available on your property. If the only place to put a shed is in the middle of the yard, you may find that it will quickly become an eyesore and gathering place for neighborhood children or pets. Even if you are in the market for a shed, you may want to build your own without buying one. It is not very difficult to build a shed yourself, and the materials only cost a little over $200. This can be a better option than buying one already made because you will be able to construct the shed to your exact specifications, and you can buy the best materials for strength.

2. Where to Put the Shed

Next, you need to decide where you will put your shed. If there is enough room for one in the backyard, that is generally the best place for it. If there is not enough room in the backyard, then a simple shed may be built on a concrete slab right next to your house. You should first check with your homeowner’s association and make sure that you are allowed to have a shed being that it is technically an extra room. Most associations won’t allow it because of the added property value in your home.

3. Size of the Shed

On average, you should plan to have about 10 feet of clearance from the edge of your house or wall to where the shed door will be located. This will give you some room for storage and entry into your shed. On the floor, you want to allow enough space so that two people can walk around the perimeter of the shed at the same time. If you buy a pre-made shed, it may come in a recommended size.


When you finally get the shed home and ready for use, make sure that you remove as much debris from it before storing anything. Clean up inside the shed and then remove the wrappers from all of your items. Finally, make sure that everything is secure and out of the way.