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Expand Your Capacity: Unlock Extra Storage Space with a Backyard Shed

by Dakota Storage Buildings, on November 08, 2023

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Are you tired of clutter taking up every nook and cranny in your home? Do you need more space to breathe, live, and store your possessions? You are not alone, and there is a solution that is as functional as it is aesthetic: buy a shed! We are talking about a sustainable, long-term solution that not only alleviates your storage issues but also adds a touch of charm to your property. In this blog post, we will explore how a buying a shed can be a game-changer for your storage space problems. This isn't just about throwing in the things that don't fit in your home; it's about curating a space that serves your life meaningfully. So, if you have been looking to tackle your home's ever-growing clutter and excitingly unlock new storage space, this is your guide to shedding the old and welcoming in a new era of organized, spacious living.

The Importance of Defining Your Shed’s Purpose

One of the first questions you should ask yourself before you buy a shed is, "What am I going to use it for?" While a shed's primary function might seem obvious — providing additional storage space — it can be much more than just an overflow area for your home. Identifying the primary purpose of your shed is crucial because this will influence many of your subsequent decisions, from the size and layout to the type of foundation and amenities.

Some people look at a shed and see a simple storage unit; others see a realm of possibilities. A shed can serve as a garden sanctuary where you can pot plants and store your gardening tools. It could become a dedicated workspace for your hobby, be it painting, woodworking, or even podcasting. When you let your imagination run wild, even for just a few minutes, you can uncover ways to make your shed truly unique and tailored to your lifestyle.

Of course, once you've allowed yourself to dream about the shed's possibilities, bring yourself back to the practical aspects. The intended purpose will guide you in selecting the right size and possibly even the type of foundation you will need. For instance, a basic storage shed may only require a simple gravel foundation. In contrast, a shed that will serve as a woodworking shop might need a more robust foundation and electrical outlets for your equipment.

Picking the Perfect Shed Size for Maximum Utility

When you decide to buy a shed, the size of the structure is a critical factor that warrants careful consideration. Your shed's size will directly influence its utility, functionality, and, of course, cost. Picking the right dimensions is not just about the space you have available in your backyard; it is also about what you plan to do within those four walls. Most residential sheds range from small 8'x10' structures to medium-sized 10'x14' ones. For those needing even more space, sheds can be as large as 12'x28'. Units exceeding these dimensions often blur the line between sheds and garages, usually coming equipped with features like overhead garage doors. These common sizes serve as good benchmarks, but remember that you can often customize the size to fit your specific needs.

List out all the items and activities you plan to accommodate in your shed. Are you planning on creating a workspace with a desk and a chair? Will you be storing large equipment like lawnmowers or bicycles? Do you need extra space for seasonal items like holiday decorations or camping gear? Factor in the square footage these items will consume. This exercise will give you a more accurate picture of how much space you'll genuinely need. While it is essential to match the shed's size to your immediate needs, you should also think long-term. You do not want to outgrow your shed too quickly, leading to the same clutter you were trying to escape. Also, consider leaving enough room to move around comfortably. A cramped shed will discourage use and defeat its overall purpose. An additional 20-30% of empty space can give you the flexibility you may need in the future.

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Choosing Add-ons: Make Your Shed a Personalized Oasis

Buying a shed is much like buying a car; you start with a basic model and then add features and upgrades that make it fit your needs and lifestyle perfectly. Whether it is enhancing its durability or adding a touch of elegance, a range of add-ons can transform your shed into a multi-functional space brimming with character.

Roofing and Siding Options

The roof and siding of your shed do not just contribute to its overall aesthetic; they are also essential for durability. Consider roofing materials that match or complement your home's style while offering weather resistance. Asphalt shingles or metal roofing could be an option, depending on your climate and taste. Similarly, for siding, you might choose between traditional wood or low-maintenance vinyl to ensure that your shed stands the test of time.

Flooring and Insulation

If your shed is going to be a functional space for hobbies, work, or even leisure, you might consider adding insulation and proper flooring. Insulation will make your shed more energy-efficient, comfortable, and usable in extreme weather conditions. For flooring, you could choose from options like plywood, laminate, or even tiles if you're planning to make the space more luxurious. The type of flooring may also depend on the shed's primary use. For example, rubber flooring could be excellent for a home gym, while laminate or hardwood could be more appropriate for a home office.

Windows and Doors

Do not underestimate the impact of natural light and accessibility. Would you like a window or two to let in natural light, or perhaps a skylight? Windows can make your shed feel open and inviting while providing ventilation. Doors are another critical aspect; if you plan on storing large items, a double door might be necessary. 

Paint and Aesthetics

Once the functional elements are decided, you can focus on the visual appeal. Paint is a way to make your shed pretty and add an extra layer of protection against the elements. Choose colors that either complement or contrast with your home's exterior. Some manufacturers offer decorative elements like shutters, planter boxes, or ornamental door handles to make your shed look more like a tiny home than a storage unit.

DIY Storage Hacks: Smart Solutions for Maximum Utility

A shed without proper organization is just another room for clutter to accumulate. Let’s explore some DIY hacks to transform your shed into a well-organized, multi-functional space.

Workbenches and Pegboards

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Workbenches provide a dedicated space for work, whether you are gardening, woodworking, or doing minor repairs. A pegboard above the workbench can organize your tools, giving you an accessible place for everything. Use a pegboard to hang storage baskets that can hold seeds for the garden, painting supplies, or even your keys and phone to ensure they never get lost among your stuff.

Heavy-duty Shelving

Vertical space is often underutilized. Heavy-duty shelves make excellent use of this space, freeing up your floor and making items easier to find. Use bins or boxes on your shelves to categorize items further. Label them for a foolproof organization. You can even use the underside of the shelves to hang smaller items like gardening gloves or hand tools.

Small Organization for Screws and Nails

Screws, nails, and other small hardware can easily get lost, leading to frustration when you need them the most. The same organizing principle can apply to non-hardware items. Use jars or compartments to store seeds, buttons, or any other small items you use regularly.

Rolling Storage Carts

Carts with wheels can be moved around, offering flexible storage solutions. They can serve as mobile workstations or transport tools and materials to different parts of your shed or garden. You can adapt a rolling cart for different uses — a potting station today, a painting supply cart tomorrow. The possibilities are endless!

More than Just a Shed — An Extension of Your Home

There is no denying it when it comes to expanding your storage space; nothing beats the functionality and versatility of a shed. From choosing the right size and add-ons to incorporating DIY storage hacks, you can create a shed that meets your storage needs and enhances your lifestyle. Whether you're looking to declutter your living space, carve out a spot for your hobbies, or even create a quiet retreat away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, a shed can be tailored to meet these needs and more. A shed does not just add storage space — it adds value to your life. Download our free workbook designed to help you buy a shed that fits your needs. Your path to a clutter-free life starts here.

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