If you\u2019ve been cramming lawn mowers, snowblowers, bikes, basketballs, lawn chairs, and boxes galore in your garage until it\u2019s practically bulging, let\u2019s face it, you need a shed! That\u2019s the easy part. The hard part is looking at all your items and determining what size shed you\u2019ll need to hold it all.\r\n\r\nIs an 8\u2019 x 8\u2019 space enough? Would a 10\u2019 x 16\u2019 be more comfortable? Use the tips below to help you determine the best shed size.\r\n\r\nHow Big is Your Yard?\r\nYour first step will be to take a realistic look at your backyard. If your home sits on a lot of property, size probably won\u2019t matter. But, if you have a smaller yard, you don\u2019t want to choose a shed that will overwhelm your outdoor space. \u00a0\r\n\r\nLet\u2019s say that, based on the size of your yard, you\u2019re considering a 10\u2019 x 12\u2019 shed. Now, you need to consider all the additional space that needs to surround your shed. In addition to the 10\u2019 x 12\u2019 shed space, you\u2019ll also need to account for:\r\n\r\nAdditional \u201csetback\u201d from property lines, roads, or floodplains; every municipality has different setback regulations\r\nShed foundations should be placed at least three feet away from fencing, trees, etc.\r\nYour shed foundation should be one foot larger than your shed on all sides\r\nEnsure you leave room to open the doors\r\nWhat Are You Storing?\r\nThe true test of what size shed you\u2019ll need to purchase comes from how much you want it to hold. There are two ways we suggest estimating the amount of floor space you\u2019ll need in your shed.\r\n\r\n#1: Plot it Out on Graph Paper\r\nUsing a sheet of graph paper, measure out a rectangle or square that represents the size of your desired shed. Use a conversion system where each square on the graph paper represents 1/2\u2019 (ex: 14\u2019 equals 28 squares and 10\u2019 equals 20 squares). From there, take measurements of the large equipment, boxes, lawn furniture, etc. you\u2019ll want to store and place them on the graph. Remember to leave surrounding space so you can eventually maneuver items out of the shed to use them!\r\n\r\n#2: Physical Arrangement\r\nSome people need a more realistic visualization of the space. If this is you, your best bet may be to physically arrange your items in an open space (start in your driveway). Just like with the graph paper, arrange your items as you would inside your shed, leaving a buffer of space around each item. Once everything is arranged, measure the total square footage around these items.\r\n\r\nWhen plotting out storage for your large items, don\u2019t forget you\u2019ll need placement for the small stuff too.\r\n\r\nTake into account what items you can hang on the walls using a pegboard system. This is great for organizing shovels, weed whackers, folding beach chairs, small tools, etc.\r\nMany sheds designs can be built with loft space, providing a lot of extra storage space for smaller items.\r\nA final piece of advice: When in doubt, always opt for a shed a little larger than you think you will need. This will help you account for any items you didn\u2019t factor into your measurements or for any items you may purchase in the future.\r\n\r\nDon\u2019t Forget Permit Restrictions\r\nBefore you make your final purchase, be sure to check with your township or municipality. They may have set limitations on what size shed or building you can add to your property.\r\n\r\nIf you still have questions about what size shed you should buy, visit Penn Dutch Structures to view a variety of sizes first-hand and talk to a professional.