How big should a storage shed be to store garden tools?

Answered by Jeffrey ~ March 17, 2010 ~ Comments

We live in Elmira, NY and our garage no longer has any storage space left. It is overflowing our cars, the kids' skiing equipment, our snow blower, lawn mower and two snowmobiles. We desperately need room for our garden equipment and would like to purchase a storage shed. What are the dimensions and types of storage cabinets you recommend for an array of garden tools, a lawn mower, bags of mulch, etc.?

David R. ~ Elmira, New York

Jeffrey Anderson

Hi David, What I suggest you do is to measure your equipment such as the snow blower, the lawn mower, the snowmobiles, and any other items that will take up floor space. Items such as ski equipment and yard tools should be able to be hung on the walls. Sketch your items needing floor space on a piece of paper, using a scale such as 1/8 inch = 1 foot. Put them next to each other as you envision them being in your shed, and allow room for you to maneuver around them without endangering yourself, and to walk between the equipment and the exterior walls, so you can access the wall hung tools. Now measure the dimensions of how large a shed might have to be to accommodate your arrangement. I would increase the size slightly, as in real life you never seem to have as much room as it appeared you would on paper.

Before you get too far along, you need to make sure you have room for a shed on your property. If you live right in Elmira, New York, there are probably setbacks for your side and rear yard, distances you have to stay off of the property line. Take a look at the survey you should have received when you purchased the property, the setbacks should be on there, or you can get them from your local building officials. You may have to alter where you plan on placing the shed, or its shape, to make it work.

There are many types of pre-built sheds available, one of my neighbors has several wood pre-built sheds that have lasted many years. With that type of equipment, you may want to have a concrete slab poured, and have a local Elmira contractor build you a small shed. That is sometimes easier than trying to figure out how to get a large pre-built shed to where you want it on your property.

There are many good storage cabinets on the market, some are available from tool manufacturers, and there are also good cabinets available from garage storage contractors. They are available in all prices and sizes. I would choose what fits your budget, and your available space.

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