When it comes to buying portable sheds, you’re faced with a ton of options. How do you know which portable storage building will best fit your needs? First of all, you need to begin by asking a few simple questions.
How will I be using my portable shed? Portable sheds can be used to meet a variety of needs including storage, vehicle parking, living space, workspace, and the list could go on. The first thing you need to do is think about how you will be using your outdoor storage shed. Your answer to that question will greatly narrow down your options.
Here is a chart with suggested uses for wood storage sheds from Esh’s Utility Buildings.
How much stuff will I need to get into my portable shed? It’s a good idea to order a storage shed that’s bigger than you’ll think you’ll need. Shed buyers almost never complain about a wooden shed that’s too big. If you’re not sure how much floor space you’ll need you can lay out the items that you plan to store in the shed and measure around them to determine the size.
How much stuff could you fit into this space?
What options will you need to customize the portable shed for your needs? This question is closely connected with the first question. If you’re using the barn shed for storing small items, would an overhead loft or shelves come in handy? Would it be nice to have an extra set of doors or extra windows for better lighting? If you’re planning to work in your wood garden shed you may want to consider an electrical package. Be sure to explore all the options so that you won’t be disappointed with the end product.
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Which portable shed style will best fit with the other buildings on my property? If your garden shed will be located near other buildings on your property, you’ll want to think about aesthetics. Apart from choosing an appropriate style, you’ll want to think about how your color choices will blend in with or compliment nearby buildings.
Would this vinyl storage building (or something similar) look good in your backyard?
Is the portable shed that you’re considering built to last? You probably know by now that outdoor storage buildings require a significant financial investment. Will the building that you’re looking at give you a good return on your investment? A cheap building can quickly become expensive if it only lasts for a few years. Spending a little more for features that make your vinyl shed last longer and perform better is a good idea if you plan to use your building for many years.
Does the building you’re considering have standard construction specs that include:
- Wall framing at 16″ on-center?
- Boxed-in corner studs?
- Floor joists build with at least 2x6s?
- Felt paper under roofing materials?
- A metal door threshold?
- Roof overhangs on A-frame buildings?
Answering these simple questions will go a long way in helping you choose a portable shed that will serve you well for many years to come. You may also find our blog post on vinyl storage sheds vs. plastic sheds helpful. If you’re interested in a garage, see our learning center articles on ordering and installing a prebuilt garage and insulating a detached garage.