Storage sheds are the perfect answer for the space challenged. Wouldn’t you love to actually park your car in the garage or reclaim the basement as a family room? If so, maybe you should consider investing in a shed for storage. Today’s sheds are durable, well constructed and are available in a wide range of sizes. Therefore, you should not have a problem finding something to suit you perfectly.
Storage sheds can be used to store everything from sporting goods to gardening tools to toys to household goods to clothes. Virtually anything you need to store can be placed in one of these sheds. They can be either permanent or portable structures. Permanent sheds are usually built on a foundation and constructed from materials such as brick, wood, metal, masonry block, or concrete.
Portable sheds are usually constructed from more lightweight materials that can be easily transported from one location to the next. Though they are billed as ‘portable’, you will likely not be moving your shed on a daily basis. If you only need temporary storage that can be easily moved or dismantled, then you might consider a portable storage solution.
The first order of business is deciding how you will be using your new shed. Here are a few things you might consider:
- Do you need an outdoor shed or one that can be used indoors? If you live in an area where you have limited outdoor space or need to store items that are sensitive to weather, you may want to consider an indoor storage solution.
- What do you need to store? The items you plan on storing will dictate what type of shed you will need, especially concerning the size. You likely will not use the same type of building to store your ride on lawn tractor as you would to store a garden hose and a few yard tools.
- How much stuff will you be storing? Again, size comes into play here. The more things you need to store, the larger the shed will need to be.
- Will you be using the shed as a workshop? Storage sheds are extremely versatile, and for this reason, many people use them as workshops. If you are a gardener or someone who finishes furniture, an outdoor shed may be the solution you have been seeking. In cases such as these, you will also require proper lighting and ventilation.
Since sheds are constructed of numerous materials (wood, metal, masonry materials), you should consider how much maintenance you are willing to provide to keep your storage space looking nice. A brand new storage space with wood siding is beautiful but will weather over time. If you would like something that requires less upkeep, you should consider a building constructed of either metal or masonry materials.
Storage sheds can be ordered pre-built or as a kit ready for assembly. If you are handy, most kits can be assembled over the course of a day or two with a little help. If you would rather leave the construction to the professionals, many stores will provide setup or installation services at an additional cost. If not, they are usually able to recommend a reputable handyman to help assemble your new shed.