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Shed Design Step 3

Step 3: Plan Your Shed Layout

Shed Layout–Doors, Windows, and Floor Plan

The placement of doors and windows–the “shed layout”–in your new storage building has a large impact on how (and how well) you will use your space.

One of the easiest mistakes to make is not to allow enough access to the building from the outside.

Picture this: it’s Saturday morning, and you just walked out to the shed to get your fishing rod before heading off to the lake. You walk in the (only) double door on the end of your shed, trip over the riding mower, and then realize that your fishing tackle is all the way in the back of the building…behind the Christmas tree, the tiller, the string trimmer, the chainsaw, and the stack of boxes left over from the last time you moved. You trudge back to the house and turn on the TV.

This type of scenario is avoidable with some proper planning. Obviously, you don’t want the entire wall space of your building covered with doors, but some strategically placed entrance points can eliminate a lot of frustration. For example, if you had a single door in the side of your building, you could completely skip the tripping over the riding mower, tiller, and string trimmer.

Placement of doors also depends somewhat on the topography of your yard in the vicinity of the building. If you plan for your building to be leveled on blocks, and you have three feet of slope from one end to the other, you obviously don’t want your primary access point to be on the end that is three feet in the air. On the other hand, you also want to consider the primary direction from which you will be accessing your building, and provide some type of access without having to navigate all the way to the back.

Windows are often placed on the side of the building that will be the most visible. However, you may want to also consider such things as amount of shade and direction of sunlight when determining you window placement.

Shed Floor Plan Designs

Following are a few general examples of how the floor plan of your building could be designed:

One double door in the end:

Shed Design Customization
High-Wall Barn

High-Wall Barn

For some types of storage, this shed layout can work well. In some backyards, this is the best option. In some styles, (e.g., the 4’ wall barn) this is the only way to place the door. However, there are some drawbacks…as you can see in the diagram. The entrance is far enough away from the bulk of the building that you will have to waste a lot of storage space in paths, if you want to be able to access the stuff in the back. Particularly with the riding mower scenario, you lose a lot of space by having to pull it inside far enough to get it away from the door opening.

One double door on the side:

Shed Design Customization -- Double Door Side
Carriage House

Shed Roof Styles Basic A-Frame roof

This is our most popular layout of doors and windows. Not only is it a well-balanced, aesthetically pleasing arrangement, but the placement of the double doors provides the best access to all parts of the shed.

One double door and one single door:

Shed Design Customization Double-Single Door
Vinyl Cottage with 7/12 Pitch Roof

Shed Design Customization 10x12 Double - Single Doors

For most mid-size storage buildings, some form of this layout will give you the best use of your space. It allows you to park large items (riding mowers, four-wheelers, etc.) just inside the double door, without sacrificing your access to the “general storage” area. This permits you to use your space to the fullest, without wasting half of the building in needless pathways to get to your stuff.

“Custom” Shed Layout Ideas:

Double door in side, double door in end.

Shed Design Customization Custom Layout 1
Garage door in end, double door other end.

Shed Design Customization Custom Layout 2

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