How do you choose the right size shed?

The shed is the most useful of additions to any garden, providing it's the right size. Choosing the wrong shed can mean either excessive expense or inadequate storage. It's important that when you're browsing for a new shed that you do everything possible to make an informed choice.

The primary consideration

The main factor determining whether you need a small, medium, or large shed is, unsurprisingly, what you intend to use it for. If you just want somewhere to store your lawnmower, hedge trimmers, and Wellington boots then a 15ft x 15ft shed will be expensive overkill. Similarly, if you intend to set yourself up a workshop in your garden, then 3ft x 3ft is going to be of no use to you whatsoever.

Think very carefully about what you want to use the shed for. Most people want a shed for storage, but what do you actually intend to store in the shed? Taking the time to think about it in advance means you're better placed to guarantee you buy the right shed for your needs.

Budget matters

Money is always a consideration, and the right shed for you must be as affordable as it is correctly proportioned. A bit of time spent browsing available sheds will give you an indication of the sort of price certain sizes are generally available for.

Set yourself a budget, and stick to it as much as possible. Not only will that mean you don't spend more than you intend to pay, it also prevents you from wasting time browsing sheds that don't suit your purposes.

All gardens aren't equal

Not all sheds will suit your garden. A garden is a very unique thing, specific to your house. Others may be similar, but there's only one shaped exactly like yours. This must be a consideration for you if you're going to get the best shed for your needs. Take a good look and be sure of any angles, inclines, or obstacles that might be in the way of your chosen spot for the shed.

The size of the garden matters too. It pays to get your measuring tape out and mark the area you want your shed to be. It can be very difficult to gauge size properly from dimensions given online. Seeing it in the flesh will show you much more clearly what you're working with in terms of your available space.