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How to Measure a Shed

Whether you’re looking to put together a new shed or just figure out the measurements of your existing shed, knowing how to properly measure a shed is invaluable.

This knowledge can also give you a clear understanding of the kind of shed installation cost you’re in for, and you’ll be able to tell what you can (and can’t) store in there.

As your seasoned experts from Homestead Supplier, we're here to guide you through this essential process with ease and precision. We’ll also give you some tips on figuring out the size of shed you might need, as well as breaking down some of the factors you’ll need to consider for your shed size.

Whether you're a first-time shed buyer or a seasoned DIYer with a shed already constructed, our insights will ensure you get those measurements spot-on. So, let's embark on this measuring journey together, armed with a tape measure and a keen eye for detail!

What this article covers:

How to Measure Shed Size 

Are you looking to store specific (bulky) items in your existing shed but concerned that they may not fit? Or perhaps you’re considering turning your shed into an office space? Whatever the reason, adequately measuring your shed is imperative. 

Let’s take a look at the key steps below.  

Step 1: Measure The Width

To kick off, let's measure the width of your shed. This is the horizontal distance across the front of your shed. From our experience, we suggest starting from one corner and extending your tape measure to the other.

It's crucial to include any roof or side overhangs in this measurement, as they can significantly impact the overall footprint of your shed.

If your shed has irregular edges or protrusions, make sure to measure the widest point to ensure you have a complete understanding of the space it occupies.

Step 2: Measure The Length

Next up is the length of your shed. Typically, this is the longer side of the structure. Start your measurement at one end of the gutter edge and extend your tape measure to the opposite end. 

A pro tip we've learned after putting it to the test: always include any roof overhangs in this measurement. These overhangs can extend beyond the main structure of the shed, affecting both the space it requires and the potential for water runoff around the shed.

Accurately measuring the length, including these overhangs, ensures you have a true representation of the shed's size.

Step 3: Measure The Height

Finally, let's tackle the height. Measure your shed from the ground to the eaves – the point where the roof ends and the shed walls begin. This dimension is often overlooked but is essential for understanding the volume and potential storage capacity of your shed.

When measuring the height, consider any uneven ground or foundation elements that might affect the overall height. If your shed has a sloped roof, measure to the highest point to get an accurate idea of the peak height.

This measurement is particularly important if you're planning to store tall items or if your area has any height restrictions.

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What Size Shed Do You Need?

Common sizes range from compact 6x8 feet sheds, ideal for storing garden tools and seasonal items, to larger 12x20 feet structures, perfect for those who need space for larger equipment or even a small workshop. But here's the thing: it's not just about what you need to store right now. 

From our extensive experience, we've learned that your needs can evolve. Maybe you'll take up a new hobby that requires more space, or perhaps you'll need to store larger equipment down the line.

Therefore, we recommend opting for a slightly larger size than you currently need. This approach gives you the flexibility to grow into your space, ensuring your shed continues to meet your needs for years to come.

Do You Need a Permit for Your Shed Size?

In the U.S., the need for a permit largely hinges on the size and location of your shed. Generally, small sheds, like a cozy 6x8, may not require a permit. However, larger structures often do.

For example, if you’re considering the cost of turning a shed into a tiny house, you’ll likely need a permit for the size of shed required for this kind of project. This will ensure safety and compliance with local zoning laws.

To avoid any legal hassles and ensure your shed project is up to code, it's always best to check with your local building authority. They can provide guidance on permit requirements and any other regulations you need to consider.

How Close Can a Shed Be to a Fence?

While the exact distance can vary, a general rule of thumb is to keep your shed at least a few feet away from the fence. This gap is crucial for several reasons.

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Firstly, it prevents issues with dampness, mold, and rot – both for your shed and the fence. Sheds need breathing room, and without adequate airflow, moisture can become a problem.

Secondly, this space ensures easy access for maintenance. You'll thank yourself later when you can easily paint or repair your shed without being cramped for space.

Lastly, maintaining a respectful distance from the fence line is just good neighbor etiquette. It helps avoid disputes and ensures you're not encroaching on someone else's property. 

Conclusion

Measuring your shed accurately is a crucial step in ensuring it fits perfectly in your desired space and meets your needs. Whether you're opting for a compact 6x8 feet shed or a more spacious 12x20 feet structure, remember to consider future space requirements.

At Homestead Supplier, we've seen countless DIY projects succeed with just a bit of planning and precision. So why not start your shed journey today with one of our easy-to-assemble kits?

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