10x12 Storage Sheds: Get More Space in a Small Area
10×12 storage sheds are one of the most popular sheds sizes on the market. This is most likely because of how small and portable they are. They can fit almost anywhere and they provide lots of extra storage space without taking up too much space in your backyard. For those trying to decide if a 10×12 shed will work for them, this post provides helpful information to help guide your decision. You will also find out how to get even more useful space out of a 10×12 storage shed with shelves and lofts.
Style and Pricing Options for 10x12 Sheds
10×12 Dutch Barns
A 10×12 Dutch Barn provides a great way to maximize the storage capacity of your shed. Its gambrel roof style gives you lots of overhead space, especially when you add a loft.
The Workshop Sheds have a traditional storage shed look. They come with an A-frame roof and a simple frame. If you prefer the tradition of an A-Frame shed look over the Barn Shed look, then the 10×12 Workshop Shed is perfect for you.
10×12 Classic Workshop Sheds are much like regular Workshop Sheds, but with a classier look. All Classic Workshop Sheds come with shutters, transom windows in the doors, and roof-line fascia. If you want a bit more class on your 10×12 Shed, this might be your pick.
10×12 Cabin Sheds are designed to be used as guesthouses (very small ones), home offices, or even hunting cabins. The Cabin Sheds come with lots of windows for plenty of natural light, custom porch options, and more. Get started by clicking below.
The 10×12 sheds are most often used for storage of various kinds. Some folks use them for storing garden tools and other household items. They are great for storing lawnmowers, bicycles, snowblowers, and other garden tools. Note the layout showing how a 10×12 storage shed floorplan with a mid-sized lawnmower and a few other garden tools.
Can I get More Space out of my 10×12 Storage Shed?
You might think that a 10×12 shed is a 10×12 shed and there is no way to get more space than the 120 square feet in the building. But think again. Several popular additions can give you more space inside your storage shed.
120 sq ft of Extra Space
Here is how you can get more space out of your 10×12 storage shed.
Add lofts. If you add two 3’ lofts on the gable ends of the shed, that will give you an additional 80 square feet of storage space. Due to the roofline of the Dutch Barn, the loft space in a 10×12 Dutch Barn will be much more useful than in The Workshop or The Classic Workshop.
Add Shelves. You can also add two shelves on either end of the 10×12 shed. If you add two 18” shelves along each 10’ side of the shed, you will get an additional 60 square feet of storage space inside your building.
You now have lofts and shelves that equal the amount of floor space in a 10×12 shed. This means you will be able to keep your shed much more organized by storing things on shelves and in the loft and you won’t have to trip over stuff on the floor every time you enter your building!
Now that we have talked about how to maximize your 10×12 shed as a storage unit, let’s consider some other creative uses for a 10×12 shed. There are 101 other uses for 10×12 sheds, but we’ll allow you the excitement of dreaming up the other ideas. We’re sharing five creative uses here.
A She Shed
She Sheds have been in high demand over the past five years. They can be a quiet place for a busy mother to get away and work on a hobby or a way for a wife to create her own unique space that fits her taste just so. A 10×12 storage shed can readily be converted into a unique small She Shed for just that.
If you do plan to insulate the building, consider upgrading the windows to an insulated window and find out your options for an insulated floor. A shed floor is much more difficult to insulate after the fact than it is to do during the building process.
Well, men also have their caves. A place for work or play. A 10×12 Man Cave could be a space to tinker with the motorcycle, build things, create an office space, and much more. Whatever the need, be sure to think ahead and make sure the 10×12 storage shed has the features needed to convert it into a nice useful space.
Check out this small 10×12 hobby shed. In this story, the owner of the shed has a hobby of creating mosaics. She found this 10×12 shed and had it built and delivered as a shell. After the delivery, she and her husband went to work insulating, wiring, and finishing the interior. She uses the 10×12 shed as space where she can focus on doing the thing she loves.
10×12 storage sheds give you 120 square feet of space for a sewing hobby or about any other kind of hobby you can imagine.
Chicken coops are a rage these days. How about finding one of our 10×12 storage sheds and outfitting it as a chicken coop? If your chickens run free-range, this shed should be able to handle 40 medium-sized hens. You will enjoy a steady supply of eggs for your family and more to sell.
Yes, that’s right. A Shed can create a lovely and quiet space to focus on painting the inspiration you already have. If you are an artist and are painting in your living space or in the basement, 10×12 storage sheds provide a space away from all the clutter and noise to paint in peace.
No doubt, this is only the beginning of what you could do with 10×12 storage sheds. Hopefully, it is enough to get your own creative juices running.
Want to get started with your 10×12 backyard shed? The first step is to design your building with our 3D Shed Builder, submit the plan and then place a deposit. We are excited to see how you will be using your own 10×12 building and we might even feature it on our site if you send us the photos after it is set up!
What Size Chicken Coop Do I Need? Chicken Coops for 4, 6 or 10 Chickens
No doubt, backyard chickens are all the rage these days. Some people want chickens for the fresh supply of eggs, others opt for a backyard chicken coop with four, six, or ten hens to give the kids a great experience and still others want to live less reliant on resources outside of themselves.
Whatever the case, the need for small backyard chicken coops is growing and with that comes questions about what size chicken coop you need to meet the needs of your flock.
Generally speaking, you should figure three square feet of space inside the chicken coop for each average-sized chicken and additional 5 square feet in outdoor space. But remember, that is generally speaking.
If you are asking the question, “What size chicken coop do I need?” read on…
Where to Buy a Chicken Coop in South Carolina?
I’m going to be clear up front. We do sell chicken coops 🙂
But, we also realize that our backyard coops simply will not fit everyone’s needs. So, throughout this post, you will find our coops for sale in South Carolina (which can be shipped to other states as well) but also other options for where you can get a coop that fits your needs and style. We want you to find a coop that will fit your needs even if you decide to buy it somewhere else!
With that out of the way, let’s dive into what you need to know for your important chicken coop purchase. We’re going to be using a Q&A format to get you to where you need to go.
Questions to Help Decide What Size Chicken Coop is Right
What type of chickens are you planning to buy?
The first big question you need to answer before you can determine the size of your chicken coop will be the kinds of hens you plan to purchase. We all know there are dozens of options when buying chicks for your backyard chicken farm. The American Poultry Association recognizes 53 large chicken breeds, not including the many specialty bantam breeds. Below you will find a handy chart with 40 different chickens including their weight, color, temperament, and even their egg-laying patterns.
Will your Chickens be Free Range?
The size of your chicken coop will also depend on the outdoor space your hens will have. If your chickens will be free-range chickens, then you can obviously consider a smaller chicken coop. The coop can serve as a secure space for your chickens at night to protect them from predators and give them the rest they need so they can lay those fresh and beautiful eggs you are dreaming about.
Whatever the case, every chicken should have an ample amount of fresh air every day. They will be happier and your eggs will be more healthy.
Extra Tip: You might even want to consider an automatic chicken coop door to make it even easier for you. Some of them even have wifi controllers or are automated with the sunrise and sunset.
How about A Chicken Run?
If you do not want your hens roaming free-range on your property, then you could consider adding an outdoor chicken run to give your hens some area to run around outside. There are several advantages to adding a chicken run.
First, there will be less manure inside the coop. Less manure means ammonia levels in the chicken coop will be lower. High levels of ammonia are unhealthy no matter what breathing creature you have in your backyard.
Secondly, chickens with a chicken coop (including an outdoor run) will be happier and treat each other with greater respect. The extra space gives them more area to stay out of each other’s feathers (they don’t have hair).
The bottom line is this, just like humans, chickens will be happier and healthier if they get out into nature and have access to fresh air every day. If you want nice-looking chickens that are not getting into fights etc, consider adding a chicken run to your chicken coop.
Extra Tip: Whatever the case, make sure your coop has good ventilation.
How Much Space Do Chickens Need to Roost?
The next question to consider is the space chickens need to roost.
Every chicken coop needs roosting space. A roost, also called a perch is where your chickens will rest and spend the night. They are typically within 2-3 feet of the floor of the chicken coop and run vertically as shown in the photos. They must be at the right height so the hens can easily reach them. If they are higher, then you need to consider a plank or steps for them to get to the roosting poles.
Why is this question important when considering the size of your coop?
The reason is that you will need to be sure to 6 to 10 inches on a roosting bar for each hen in your flock. If you have a chicken coop for 6 hens, then you should provide 36 to 60 inches of roosting space depending on the size of your hens. If you have a chicken coop for 10 hens, then you want to ensure you have 60 to 100 inches of roosting poles to give them plenty of space.
Note this the chicken coop in the above photo comes with two rows of roosting poles.
How Much Coop Space Should Each Chicken Have?
Now that we have considered the importance of having an outdoor space for your hens to keep them happy and healthy, we can look at the space a typical chicken will need inside a coop. Larger hens will obviously need more space than small bantam hens. Here are a few guiding principles and a chart including 40 different hen varieties to help you make your decision about the perfect size for your backyard flock.
Bears confinement better than most other game breeds; extremely fierce & pugnacious, but docile & easily handled when away from other cocks; because of aggressiveness, not recommended for a mixed flock
Weeds to be active; intolerant of close confinement; pugnacious; because of aggressiveness, not recommended for a mixed flock
Heavy Chickens = 4 Square Feet Per Hen
We are defining large chickens as those weighing between 10 and 13 pounds on the list of chickens listed above.
Larger chickens should have a minimum of 4 square feet in a chicken coop if they have access to the outdoors. A good rule of thumb for larger breeds would be 10 square feet per bird if you combine indoor and outdoor space. If you are going with 10 large hens for your chicken coop, you should buy or build a coop that has 40 square feet in the interior and an outdoor run with 60 square feet of outdoor space.
A 6’x7’ chicken coop would work great if you plan to do free-range chickens or would also work well with a 6’x10’ chicken run. The two combined would give you 102 total square feet for the 10 chickens in your backyard. If you want to keep them inside all the time, then an 8×14 chicken coop shed would give you 114 square feet. In that case, you may be better converting a shed into a chicken coop as most chicken coops come in smaller sizes. To help in that regard, see our blog on How to Turn a Shed into a Chicken Coop.
Light Chicken Breeds = 3 Square Feet Per Hen
We are defining light chickens as those weighing between 5 and 9 pounds on the list of chickens listed above in the article.
Lighter chicken breeds should have around 3 square feet of interior space and 4.5 square feet of outdoor space in the chicken run. In this case, you could fit around 10 chickens into a 5’x6’ chicken coop, 8 chickens into a 4’x6’ chicken coop, and six chickens into a 4’x5’ coop.
Again, be sure your hens each have another 4.5 square feet of exterior space to run around. That would mean you want to provide a 4’x12 outdoor run for 10 hens, a 4’x9’ chicken run for 8 hens and a 4’x7’ chicken run for six hens. You can always opt for the free-range idea and then skip the run.
Bantam hens are certainly beautiful and unique. They are typically smaller than other chickens which means their eggs will be smaller and they will need a smaller chicken coop.
Bantam hens should have two square feet of space per hen in a chicken coop and at least three extra square feet of outdoor space in a chicken run.
For Bantam chickens, you should be able to give 10 hens comfortable space in a 4’x5’ hen house with another 4’x8’ outdoor chicken run. If you plan to keep the Bantams inside all the time, then 5 square feet or a 6’x10’ chicken coop would be the minimum. If you plan to have 6 bantam hens, your chicken coop should 3’x4’ with a chicken run that is 3’x6’. Again, it is not a good idea to keep your Bantam hens indoors at all times. We highly recommend adding a chicken run or allowing them to run free-range.
Find the Right Chicken Coop For Your Flock
There are certainly many more questions to answer on the topic of caring for your chickens after you have the chicken coop and chicken run ready to go, but now it’s time to break down a few of your options for a backyard chicken coop.
In the following section, we’ll give you a few options for buying a chicken coop for the number of hens you plan to house. Again, we do sell coops, but we also realize that our supply and styles are limited. So we hope you will find one from the list of options below.
Chicken Coops for 4 Chickens
You want a few chickens but just a few, right? If your plan is to have 4 chickens in your backyard coop, there here are a few options. Keep in mind that this is a very small coop and should you decide to add more hens, you may wish you had purchased a larger chicken coop for your four hens.
A Small Hen House for 4 Hens
At Fisher Barns, we recommend this small chicken coop for four hens. While this hen house could hold up to five hens depending on the size, four hens should feel pretty comfortable inside this small hen house. The measurements for the coop are 34″ L x 45″ W x 54 – 1/2″ H. The features include:
1 Screened window; window opens and closes for fresh air
2 Nesting boxes
2 Vents; on each gable end on the upper point to let air flow through the coop
1 Man door
1 Chicken door with treated wood ramp
Flooring & siding has a treated resin; this material is designed for superior moisture resistance and helps with the moisture levels that chickens naturally produce
Roof; the roof profile is designed so that rainwater runs off the back of the chicken coop keeping the water runoff away from your nesting boxes.
In addition, the ceiling has radiant barrier sheathing to keep the coop cooler in the summer heat.
This small hen house comes from the Hen House Collection based in Lancaster, County, PA. You can find your closest supplier by visiting their website. This coop has some handy features including an easily movable option. It has a built-in chicken run area which means your hens can easily have the space they need to roam without being free-range.
Note: On their website, it shows this is good for 3-5 hens. However, we do not know what size hens they account for when recommending a size.
Chicken Coops for 6 Chickens
Next, we take a look at chicken coops for six chickens. Here again, we might recommend going a bit larger to make sure you have the space you need should you decide to grow your flock. Below are two options including one which we offer that can be shipped anywhere in South Carolina and other states as well.
The EZ Chicken Coop for 6 to 10 Hens
This small chicken coop can house up to six to ten hens in your backyard. It measures 50-1/4” L x 52-1/2” W x 62-1/4” H and will come to you as a kit. All the coop panels and trim are painted and assembled, the hardware is installed, doors & windows are installed, the nesting boxes are assembled and metal is installed on the roof panel. In a very short time, you will have your coop for six hens ready to go.
We are recommending this coop for 6 hens since it will give you the space you need to grow your flock and/or give your hens the extra space they need to stay happy.
Here you can find a chicken coop for six hens that includes the following:
Tongue and groove siding
65″ high – 12″ off the ground
3 nesting boxes
Cedar stain with green trim
Forest green shingles
The Hen House Collection offers both stand-alone chicken coops and coops that include a chicken run area.
Chicken Coops for 10 Chickens
Find a chicken coop for 10 chickens and get that flock started soon. Here we again offer two options, one which we carry and another from The Hen House Collection. Take your pick.
An EZ Coop for 10 Hens
Our own chicken coop for 10 chickens will serve you well even if you plan to grow your flock of birds to increase your egg production. This chicken coop should easily manage ten hens and even 15 hens depending on the size of the bird. Measurements for the large chicken coop are 74″ L x 60″ W x 72-1/2″ H. Like the rest of our chicken coops, it will come to you in a kit that can be easily assembled. Some of the features included in this coop for 10-15 hens are:
2 Screened windows; windows open and close for fresh air
5 Nesting boxes
2 Vents; vents are on each gable end on the upper point to let air flow through the coop
This chicken coop for 10 hens comes from The Chicken Coop Company. It combines a chicken coop and a large chicken run so your hens will have plenty of space to run around. The coop will come boxed and ready for your assembly. It is 65.5 inches wide x 67 inches tall x 42 inches long with three 37.5 inch roosting rods and one 36 inch roosting rod.
The chicken coop and run together include an easy to clean pull out tray to catch their waste and keep things clean, heavy gauge hardware, wire mesh, hard plastic lined under roof panels, Ajustlock bolt latches, supporting braces between run panels, Acrylic sliding window, Fold down and LOCKING window covers and more.
How about Chicken Coops for 100 Chickens?
That is a great question! Here is the answer. We can build a custom shed to serve as your chicken coop if you want to house a lot more birds. All you need to do is find a shed you like from our collection of buildings and then ask about customizing it with some coop features.
Please note that we are not always able to do this kind of customization, but you can follow our guide on how to turn a shed into a chicken coop and add the coop features you need for your flock.
According to an article on NPR, Coronavirus has brought an increased interest in raising chickens at home. In the words of the author, “For families adapting to disruptions brought on by COVID-19, raising hens is seen as an answer to vexing questions about the availability of staple items at grocery stores.” Raising chickens can be an enjoyable and rewarding endeavor. They are fairly low maintenance, don’t take up much space, and provide you with all the eggs you can eat. One option for a coop is to convert a shed into a chicken coop. A benefit of this approach is that you can customize it to fit your specific needs. In this article, we will discuss the process of converting a shed into a chicken coop.
Almost any shed can be turned into a chicken coop. Deciding which one is best for you is simply a matter of taste and number of chickens you own.
Mini barns are the smallest sheds that Fisher Barns carries. They are 8×8 and suitable for housing between 16 and 20 chickens. With a run, it can hold even more.
The Dutch Barn is available in sizes 10×12 to 14×36. They can hold a fairly large number of chickens, depending on the size you choose.
The Workshop Shed
The Workshop Shed comes in sizes ranging from 8×8 to 14×36. Much like the Dutch Barn, it can hold a large number of chickens.
The Classic Workshop
As an alternative to the Workshop Shed, the Classic Workshop has as same build as the Workshop but has a classier look.
Once you have a shed, the next step is to work on the interior of your shed chicken coop. There really isn’t that much that needs to be done. The two main projects are nesting boxes and roosting perches. Both of these are easy enough that they can be DIY but you can also purchase them for fairly cheap.
For information on nesting boxes, check out the link below. It has lots of information on nesting boxes and tons of DIY ideas. You can also check out the YouTube video if you prefer a video explanation.
A roosting perch is simply an elevated bar that chickens use to sleep on. Adding a roosting perch is as simple as installing several boards or metal bars a few feet off the ground in your coop. However, if the perch is long, do make sure that you provide supports at the center.
Adding a Run
A run allows chickens to have the freedom to go outside the coop while still remaining protected. There are two parts in adding a run: making a run door and building an exterior fence.
To add a door, all you really need to do is cut a chicken size hole at the base of your shed in the place where you plan to add your run. However, if you want to have the ability to close and open the run at any point, a little more work is necessary. One option is to keep the piece of shed that you cut out, add hinges, and install it back onto the shed as a door. You can also add a latch just to make sure it stays closed. Another option is shown in the video below. It is a little more work but should be easier to use. Last, but not least is the option to buy an automatic chicken door that will open and close to keep your chickens safe at night.
Building a Fence
Adding a fence for you run is probably the most difficult of the DIY projects. If you prefer to save the time and hassle, there are plenty of places that sell fences for a decent price. But, if you’re feeling adventurous, check out the video below.
And with that, you have chicken coop! Now is the time for you to get creative and add any finishing touches to your coop. This can be decorations, more rooms, flower pots, paint, and more. Visit this Pinterest board for a few ideas to get your thinking.
We hope that you found this helpful. If you are looking for a shed to convert into a chicken coop, you can check out our sheds here. Best of luck!
One popular use for storage sheds is a game room. Game rooms can a fantastic place to relax, hang out with friends, or host parties. They require very little effort to create and the enjoyment will last for years. In this post, we will discuss how to finish out your shed, where to get equipment, and adding finishing touches.
The first step in designing a game room is finishing your shed. This can be a fairly easy to very in-depth project, depending on what you are going for. A fully finished game room with all the amenities will take quite a bit of work. It may be worth hiring someone with experience if this is what you want. But if all you need is a space that is nice enough to hang out in, then it can very easily be a DIY project.
There are lots of different things you can do to spruce up your shed. Finishing the walls and floors is a great first step. Other ideas could include adding electricity and plumbing, painting, etc. Rather than explain all of these steps here, visit this blog post. It will explain everything you need to completely finish your shed.
Setting up the Game Room
Setting up your game room is simply a matter of deciding what type of game room you want and then gathering the necessary equipment. You have several options for types of game rooms:
Board & Card Game Room
Rec Room (Table Tennis, Billiards, etc.)
Once you’ve decided on the type of game room you want, you’ll need to find the best places to get your equipment. If you are looking for board & card games, Amazon.com has a great selection of games at a competitive price. However, if you do happen to have a board game shop in your area, we would highly recommend shopping there. Not only do board game shops carry an expansive and unique selection of games, but shopping there allows you to support a local business.
If you want to purchase a pool table, ping pong table, etc., some of your best options are sporting goods centers. But, if you are looking for some cheaper options, it’s always worth checking Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace for used options. Small equipment like paddles and balls can be purchased on Amazon or at sporting goods centers.
If you plan to set up an e-gaming room, you most likely have much of the equipment you need. However, Amazon can be a great resource if you need more. Lounge and office chairs, a desk, consoles, computers, keyboards, and mice are all available on Amazon.
Once you have finished out your shed and added the equipment you want, you are basically done. But if you want to instill a little mood into your game room, some decorations can go a long way. For ideas, sites like Pinterest can an excellent resource. Here is one Pinterest board to get you started. Looking for other creative ideas for a storage shed? See our post on 10×12 storage shed uses and let your creative juices start running!
Happy gaming and we hope you love your new game room.
How to Turn a Shed into an Airbnb
In the past several years, Airbnb has become a popular alternative to traditional hotels and guesthouses. They are often cheaper and provide guests with extra spaces not usually available in hotels such as a kitchen. The increase in demand for Airbnb rental options means that it can be a great way to make a little extra money. Any buildings or even rooms can fairly easily be converted a space to rent out. But what if you don’t have any extra space right now but are still interested in making some money on Airbnb?
A great, affordable option is a shed. If you don’t believe us, see for yourself. Here is a link to an Airbnb rental that is a tool shed converted into a tiny home. Tons of people have converted sheds into tiny homes. It’s nothing new. In this article, we’ll describe the process for converting a storage shed into a tiny home you can rent out on Airbnb
Before starting the process of converting a shed into an Airbnb, it is very important that you stop by your county building and codes office to see what permits and building requirements they expect. Depending on your area, this may be nothing or it may be quite a lot. Rather than waiting to do this further down road, it is best to get everything taken care of up front.
Choosing a Shed
One of your important first steps in starting Airbnb guesthouse from a shed is to pick out a shed if you don’t already have one. This means choosing the right style, size, and add-on features.
As far as shed styles go, there isn’t really one right option. Cabin sheds can be a great choice because they have porches that can be a great addition to your tiny home. Dutch barns and Classic workshop sheds can also be good options. Ultimately it is a matter of personal taste and what looks good on your property. Do a little bit of shopping around to make sure you find one that suits you.
Choosing a Shed Size
When choosing a shed size, you need to make sure you get something that is big enough to hold a kitchen and bathroom. We wouldn’t recommend getting anything smaller than a 14×20. It really depends on how much you want to include in your tiny home. If you want to add more than just the bare essentials, we would recommend a shed that is 14×28 or larger.
Choosing Add-On Options
There are a few add-on options that should definitely be included in your tiny home. One is a loft. Lofts are a great way to make some extra space for storage or sleeping. Another add-on that should be included is an electrical package. This can make your work in finishing out your shed much easier. Other add-ons that you can include are extra windows, insulated doors, and even flower boxes.
Converting Your Shed Into an Airbnb
Now comes the fun part: actually converting your shed into a tiny home. This is going to be the most time consuming and difficult part of the process. If you have absolutely no experience in carpentry, it might be worth hiring someone to help you or doing some study before starting on this part. There are lots of YouTube videos that provide lots of helpful information.
This section will lay out the steps necessary for converting your shed into a tiny house. However, rather than describing how to do each step, we’ll link out to various resources that will walk you through each step.
1. Create floor plans.
Draw out very detailed floor plans including every room in your tiny house. Make sure you include even minor details such as an AC, heating, etc. You may want to open up an area in a wall for an AC or you might just want to put it in a window. You’ll think through every detail in advance so you don’t end up skipping a step and having to undo work.
2. Install electrical & plumbing.
This can be a fairly difficult job so it may be worth hiring a professional. But if you prefer DIY, here are a few videos to get you going.
We would recommend simply adding a window AC and electric heater because it is much simpler. However, feel free to use your own methods.
11. Add furniture and interior decor.
Now is the time to really make your shed shine. Bring in furniture, decorations, and whatever makes your new Airbnb feel like a home. You can use websites like Pinterest or Home & Gardens to get inspiration.
Listing Your Shed on Airbnb
Now it’s time to get your new shed onto Airbnb. Airbnb’s website already does a great job of explaining the process. Visit this page to see how it’s done. Happy listing!
90+ Storage Shed Ideas
There are tons of creative shed ideas out there. There are she sheds, man caves, garden sheds, and game rooms. Then there are the really cool shed ideas like shed cars, ice fishing sheds, getaway cabins, and a real story where a 10×12 shed was transformed into a Mosaic Studio! The point is, there’s a lot of different ideas out there. This can be overwhelming. That’s why we put together this list of 90+ Storage Shed Ideas. Some of these you’ve already thought of and some of them we’re pretty sure you haven’t. 🙂 If you’re looking for the next cool project to spend some time on, give one of these ideas a try.
Keep your camping gear dry, save it from the rodents, and be ready for that next outdoor adventure. You can even add a lean-to and sleep at home under the shed roof. Clear roof panels will allow you to see the stars, while you stay protected from any rain that may threaten your cozy adventure.
Instead of spending $$$$$ on an addition to the house, consider purchasing a custom storage building and finishing it out as a bathroom. One of our customers saved over $16,000 by purchasing a 5×6 custom building from Fisher Barns and then finishing the interior themselves. It turned out beautifully!
In contrast to the modern bathroom, the outhouse can be used as a cute garden feature. If you are a fan of the “good old days,” this is a must-have for your backyard. Use it for storage or finish it out as the real deal.
Build a rustic pump house and use it for your hobbies. Or, cover a real pump with an attractive structure to add some zest to your backyard.
Whether you actually enjoy gardening or not, a garden shed may be just the thing to add some pizazz to your backyard. There are so many attractive designs and styles of sheds to choose from. Do your research, get your green thumb ready, then go for it!
12. Tree House
Be unique. Build your shed as a tree house and make it into the ultimate man cave, she shed, guest room, rental bedroom, children’s playhouse, etc. Dream on…. Oh, and don’t fall out of bed; it’s a long way to the ground.
13. Off-Grid Cabin
Are you into solar and wind energy, reusing rainwater, and being efficient with resources? Convert a storage shed into your own off-the-grid paradise.
14. Fairytale Cabin
Make your backyard look like it’s directly from a fairytale. Add elegant details, out-of-square walls, a curved roof – whatever features will enhance the look that you dream of.
15. Underground Bunker
Whether you think an apocalypse is coming, or if you just want a sleek underground hideout, you’ll be captivated by a bunker. Hide your escape route under a trap door in a storage building for clever concealment.
16. Repurposed Shed
Old pallet lumber. Doors from a house from the 1800s. Redesign and repurpose old building materials into an environmentally friendly building that will serve you for years to come.
17. Bus Stop
The children need a protected place to wait for the bus. Use a small 3 sided shed to protect them from the wind and rain. Benches allow them to sit and keep their backpacks off the ground.
18. BBQ Shed
You’re their favorite chef. You barbecue like a pro. Get a custom storage shed, and tease the tastebuds of friends and family.
19. Telephone Booth
If you can find an old telephone booth, it will make a cute shed for garden tools, or for adornment with your backyard landscaping.
20. Cliff Hanger
Live on the edge of a cliff? Build a cliff dwelling to use as a quiet space, to rent out, or to just sit and watch nature.
21. Music Studio
Wear the headphones. Spend time alone or with the band. Make the space yours, and then let the music roll. No need to tear down the equipment when you’re done. Lock up, then return soon for more sounds.
22. Craft Workshop
Have your own little craft workshop. Store supplies in chic bins, organize larger items on shelves, and set up a work table. Then look forward to seeing the product of your talents!
23. Collector’s Den
Store your prized collection in your own little building. Display each item so you can easily take inventory of your valuables. Then as opportunity arises, escape to admire and add to your collection.
24. Hunting Lounge
Have your own little hunting man cave to show off trophies, practice your skills on hunting games, and store your valuable equipment so it’s ready for your next adventure. You can even use storage buildings as hunting!
25. Classic Car Storage
If you have a classic car, you know how much time, effort, and money it took to preserve or restore the vehicle. When you want it safe from dust, dents, and storms, get a portable garage.
26. Fishing Equipment Storage
Fishing is a very popular outdoor sport in the US. If you need a secure place to store your rods, nets, and tackle, think no further than a quality storage building. You can even store the boat in a portable garage.
27. Ice Fishing Shed
Ice fishing can be lots of fun but let’s face it. It’s freezing cold. A small portable shed can be a great solution to this problem. It will provide protection from the wind, hold heat, and a make for a much more comfortable experience. You can even set up a heater in the corner for maximum warmth.
Have your own workout spot right at home. If your house is too small for an exercise room, buy a storage shed and convert it into a gym. If you’re really ambitious, you can even offer workout classes to neighbors for some side income.
29. Dog Kennel
Dogs need room to run, but they also need a for protection (and to keep them out of trouble). You can even add a run around the back for more space and fresh air.
30. Chicken Coop
Add some nesting boxes to your storage shed and roosting rods to give your chickens a comfy home away from foxes and other predators. Some people even add curtains for some extra appeal. See our post on how to turn a shed into a chicken coop.
31. Horse Stable
Whether you get a small storage shed and convert it into a horse stable, or you purchase a larger horse barn, ease your mind with the knowledge that your horses are protected and comfortable at all times. Also, as an added bonus, you now no longer have to pay boarding fees. You can walk out your back door and go riding whenever you want to.
32. Goat Barn
Add some ramps, a loft, and a seesaw, and watch your goats take over their new home.
33. Duck House
Ducks need a place for shelter from the sun and wind. A small storage building can be used for protection, feeding, and nesting.
34. Model Trains
Purchase a storage building for your own model train station, and finish it out with your favorite railroad themes. Enjoy a quiet place to update your favorite trains, show your friends your favorite models, and enjoy the freedom of your own hobby happy place.
35. Flower Show Shed
Show off your beautifully arranged bouquets, enjoy the company of other flower lovers, make some money, then go home with the knowledge that you had the most attractive booth at the show.
Do you enjoy looking at the stars and searching out the wonders of space? How would you like your own observatory? Install a retractable roof for some intriguing night sky fun.
37. Reindeer Watching
Admittedly, this is for the privileged few who live where the reindeer roam. But it’s fun to dream about having such luxuries, even if it requires moving to Norway. Note: if you decide to do this, please send us pictures 🙂
38. Carpenter’s Workshop
Whether you’re a pro carpenter or a hobby builder, an adequately sized storage building can provide an efficient, comfortable environment to work in. Stay out of the wind and rain, keep your building climate controlled, and build to your heart’s content.
Let’s go back to the days of classic diners. Add some chrome and red, and get ready for some juicy burgers.
40. Leatherworking Suite
Leather is so durable and stylish. Belts, purses, laptop bags, and more can be made in a simple, clean leatherworking suite.
41. Photo Studio
Photographers, listen up. You don’t need a huge studio to meet your clients’ needs. Set up an attractive portable studio, and create those beautiful photos in an affordable, compact space.
42. Flight Simulator
Yes, you can install a flight simulator in a portable building. It’s been done in a garage, so why not do it in a storage shed?
43. Scale Model of Well-Known Structure
If you’re the architectural type with a strong work ethic and a lot of patience, you could build a small-scale model of a popular structure of the day. Think the White House, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or (if you’re really good), the Taj Mahal. Yours will be the most elegant storage building in town.
44. Art Studio
Get away from the noise and distractions and express yourself through art. A shed is perfect for use as a backyard art studio.
45. Getaway cabin
If you have property in a secluded location or by a lake, get a small cabin and decorate it as the perfect little getaway. Whether you make your portable building into a log cabin or a romantic chalet, you’ll enjoy the time spent with those closest to you.
46. Guest House
For those who don’t have enough room for guests, finish out a cabin for them. Usually, you can get log siding, porch options, and the size that will meet your needs.
47. Beach House
Ahhh…. The feel of sand between the toes, a good book, the heat of the sunshine, and a cool dip in the water. What beats time at the beach? Just add a small beach house for a place to store your supplies, as well as a bed or two to rest in. It makes me want to head there this moment.
48. Quiet Space
When you need some time to process life, read some good books, or spend time meditating on Scripture, a quiet backyard building can provide privacy and comfort you need to get away from normal life and be refreshed.
49. Backyard Serving Bar
A serving window on your wood or metal building, along with stools and some good food and drinks, will make hosting a breeze. Ceiling fans, a grill, and great background music provide the environment for relaxed conversations and laughter. (Pro tip: Add a serving window to your pool house for the ultimate party spot.)
50. School Study Room
Whether you are homeschooling your children or doing college work, sometimes it helps to have a designated study spot. A minimally decorated storage building could be just what you need. Turn on the classical music and get studying!
For a cost-effective worship center, have a custom shed constructed with a steeple. For a small group, this is a good alternative to larger permanent (and more expensive) buildings.
All those books you enjoy and learn from – they need a home too. Keep your valuable resources in a dry, organized environment, and be ready when that next research question comes to mind.
53. Home Spa
Comfort. A place to rest from the stresses of the day. Have your own spa in your backyard. Add an inflatable tub and soft lighting for a cozy atmosphere.
Bask in the sunshine in a comfy sun room. Add some durable furniture to design a room you’ll want to go back to again and again.
If your house doesn’t have that coveted sauna, you can add it with the right building in your backyard. Make sure you finish it out with moisture resistant materials so it lasts for a long time!
56. Park Model RV
Build a finished out building and set it on a frame with wheels for your own tiny house or park model RV. Don’t like your current location? Just hitch up and hit the road in search of greener pastures.
57. Tea House
It’s tea time! Set up a little tea shop, or create a comfortable environment for conversations and tea with your closest friends.
Just for Fun
Float down the river in your raft-turned-storage-building. Take some time off from busy life, and recharge in nature’s beauty.
Finish a cabin and list it on Airbnb. It’s a great way to make a little bit of income. If you’re really business minded, you could set up several cabins and start working from home.
62. Custom T-shirts
Printing or embroidering your own t-shirts? Buy a storage building and finish it out perfectly for your business. Whether you have an online store or are a local business, a quality work area and showroom can boost your productivity and sales.
63. Pumpkin Patch Shed
What’s a pumpkin patch without a building to sell them? Decorate your pumpkin patch shed with corn stalks and other autumn decor and get selling.
64. Barber Shop
You cut hair, not corners. That’s why you get a quality building for your barber shop. Get a building that’s large enough for your equipment and will give customers a pleasant experience.
65. Fruit or Vegetable Stand
From small gardens to larger greenhouses and orchards, a roadside stand is one of the best ways to market fruits and vegetables locally. Use a shed for your displays or serving window, and enhance the health of the community. You can also add a small display at the local farmer’s market for additional sales exposure.
66. Ice Cream Shop
Mmmm…Nothing beats ice cream on a warm summer day. Brighten people’s day with your own ice cream stand. Paint it bright colors, and watch those dollars drizzle in.
67. Snow Cone Seller
Maybe not quite as good as ice cream, but snow cones are a wonderfully cool treat. Chill out with a storage shed snow cone stand (say that 5 times fast).
68. Boiled Peanuts Stand
Highly popular in the south, boiled peanuts are a treat for many people. With a little equipment and some work, you can make a decent living with this delicacy.
69. Cute boutique
Sell trendy clothes, handmade items, home decor, or anything else you dream of. Thrill your customers with a cute little shop.
70. Bait Shop
Because fishing is so popular! Make your own bait shop and decorate it with mounted fish, nets, and signs. Sell t-shirts for additional income and advertisement.
71. Beauty Salon
Similar to the barbershop, the beauty salon’s space requirements can be met with a large storage building. Add some flooring, insulation, and drywall for a professional look.
72. Goat Milking Barn
You could try this. It’s been done before. Maybe add a garage door on one or both ends so the goats have easier access. Market the milk and cheese, or eat and drink it yourself.
73. Bee Keeper
Maybe you need a place to keep your beekeeping equipment. Or, you want to convert a small building into a massive bee hive. With some planning and modifications, you can do either of these options. (Note: If you are using a Rent to Own program, be sure you have paid the balance on the building before making modifications.)
74. Wood Shed
Store your firewood in a safe and dry space. If you have a fireplace or just sell firewood, a wood shed is a must-have.
75. Mini Storage Alternative
Why would you drive across town to a mini storage facility, when you can have your own storage shed in your backyard? With affordable monthly payments, Rent to Own programs offer a great alternative to mini storage. Also, after you rent to own for 3-5 yrs, the building is yours. Don’t pay for mini storage and have nothing to show for it in a few years. Check out Rent to Own options, and own that building!
76. Shelves or Loft Space
Sometimes the yard is too small for a large building, but you need room for all that stuff in the garage. Organize your possessions with additional shelves or lofts in a medium-sized storage building.
When you’re using your building for more than just storage, add a workbench so you can attack those projects with ease. Need a place for those hand tools? Build a shelf underneath for quick access to the most-used tools.
78. Two-Story Building
With a two-story building, you can store smaller items upstairs, then store a vehicle or ATVs downstairs. Or make the first floor a workshop.
Park your car outside? Get a cost-effective portable garage and protect your transportation investment. Don’t leave your car susceptible to the hail, wind, and rain. Park it inside where it’ll be dry and protected.
80. Tool Shed
Garden tools. Shop tools. Any tools can be organized with the right-sized storage building. And they’re less expensive than you think!
81. ATV Storage
You’ve invested a lot of money. You enjoy your toys. Take care of them and make sure they are secure in a quality storage building. Don’t let them get stolen.
82. Golf Cart Cover
Get a storage shed with taller doors to allow you to pull the golf cart inside and out of the weather. The seats will be dry the next time you use it, and no birds should have adorned it.
83. Chemical Secure Storage
Follow regulations and contain chemicals, sprays, and other hazardous materials. Add a custom floor and locks for spill containment and extra protection.
84. Sports gear
Know exactly where your bats, gloves, helmets, golf clubs, and other sports equipment is located with an organized storage building.
85. Barn for Tractors & Equipment
Tractors and implements need protection from the weather. A large storage shed, portable garage, or carport can be an affordable way to keep your equipment in great working condition.
86. Motorcycle Garage
Keep those bikes looking shiny and new. Store them for the winter. Add a couch and fridge and turn it into the ultimate hangout.
If you live by a lake or the ocean, you probably have boats and other water equipment that you need to store. Get a storage shed to keep everything from surfboards to kayaks to life jackets.
88. Community Garden
Get to know your neighbors, and work productively to feed your families – all while learning about the earth. Store your tools and supplies in a shed, then wait for those nourishing plants to grow.
89. Lean-To Storage
If you need a small amount of storage, build a lean-to structure onto an existing building. Then close in the sides, add a door, and have the compact storage you need.
90. Children’s Toy “Garage”
Teach your children responsibility, and keep their toys out of the main garage with their own little storage shed “garage.” Plus, they will always know where to find their favorite toys – IF they put them away last time.
91. Store Pet Food and Supplies
You can also use a storage building for pet feed and grooming supplies. Keep the feed dry, safe from rodents, and ready for your pet’s next meal.
An Easy Guide to Your Garden Shed
Owning a garden shed can seem like a big job. But I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be. In fact, being a shed owner can be very easy and rewarding. If you already own a garden shed or are thinking of purchasing one, this garden shed guide is perfect for you.
Choosing a Shed
Choosing the Right Shed Size
Choosing the right size shed can be one of the most difficult decisions in the shed buying process. Here are a few things to consider when choosing a shed size:
What you will be storing
If you plan to store tools or other small items, an 8×8 Mini Barn may work just fine. However, if you are planning on storing a zero turn mower, you might consider a 10×12 shed or larger.
Space in your yard or garden
Most likely this will not be an issue but if you have a specific place you want to put your shed, you’ll need to consider if there is plenty of space.
Give yourself room to grow
You most likely have ideas for what you want to currently use your shed. But who knows? Maybe further down the road you’ll decide that you want to do more. It might be a good idea to give yourself a little more space then you need in anticipation of this.
Choosing the Right Siding
There are several different shed siding options available but the most popular are wood and metal. Neither of them is necessarily any better than the other. Here’s some of the advantages of metal and wood siding.
More easily customized
Generally more attractive
Ok, so now you have a garden shed. But what are you going to do with it? There’s a lot of options and quite honestly, it can be overwhelming. To help fight some of that stress, here’s a few ideas for what you could do with your garden shed.
This may seem like an obvious option but sheds are actually really good at storing things. Whether you have tools, furniture, or old shoes, a garden shed can hold it all.
Garden sheds can also make great workshops. By just adding a workbench or table and some hooks for your tools, you can have a fully outfitted workshop.
If you’re looking for a nice place to just get away, consider using your garden shed as a she shed. There’s no specification for how exactly to turn make a she shed. Just let your creativity run free and make a beautiful space.
Maybe you’re not as interested in constantly updating your sheds look. In that case, picking a theme and then sticking with it can be a good option. Here’s a few theme ideas:
Hopefully you found this garden shed guide helpful! If you’re feeling inspired to buy a garden shed, take a look at our custom and in-stock sheds.
Are you tired of clutter, sick of tripping over things, and wishing you just had more space. At Fisher Barns, we provide great storage solutions so that you can worry less about clutter and focus more on what’s important. Find your perfect structure today.