Choosing the perfect location for your garden shed is one of the most important decisions to make for a new storage shed owner, and there are a few different key factors to consider. We get asked about this a lot and thought we’d share a few simple tips for picking the ideal spot in your yard for your new outdoor storage building!
The intended purpose of your storage structure is an important factor in deciding where it should be located. If you’ll be storing bikes or garbage bins then you’ll likely want the building to be located in an area accessible from your front yard. If you’re planning on doing planting, gardening, or going to war with weeds, then you may want to put the building closer to your plants and gardens. Here are a few questions to ask:
- What is the primary purpose of the building?
- Based on what I’m using the building for, where will it be most convenient for me to access?
- Do I need access to a hose or water?
- Do I need a ramp?
Light and Exposure
It can be easy to forget that lighting a garden shed is critical! There’s nothing worse than working on your yard late into the day and having to put away all of your tools and toys in the dark. Take note of what type of sunlight will shine on your shed’s new location and how this may impact its use. If going into a darker or shaded location you may want to add an extra window or two or perhaps add in some simple electrical to extend available hours of use.
The soil and ground conditions are an often overlooked but essential factor in picking where to put a gorgeous customized storage structure. Locations that have pooling water or low spots in your yard are generally places to avoid. Ideally your site should be level with a slight pitch to the rear to encourage water drainage. In the event you have to build in a tricky location or low-slope area, be sure to prepare your site with ample drainage or a more permanent foundation involving concrete.
A final consideration is landscaping, and ensuring that future yard plans are considered before deciding on a home for your garden shed. Remember that, while possible, it can be a challenge to move your garden shed after it has been installed, so it is important to carefully consider location prior to installation. Do you plan on installing a pool in a few years? Are you going to tear down your deck and switch to an interlock patio? Is this building going to be a focal point of your yard or would you prefer it be tucked away at the side of your home? These are all significant considerations when picking the perfect spot. Depending on your circumstances it might make sense to hire a landscape architect to prepare a master plan for your yard prior to construction.
These four simple tips are some of our most common suggestions when asked about choosing the perfect location to install a garden shed. Ready to pick the outdoor storage shed that’s perfect for you? Head on over to Summerwood where we have some great garden sheds for sale, and take advantage of exciting Spring savings, but hurry – our 20 or 40 sale ends on April 26, 2016!
Picking the location does seem an important thing to consider when placing your shed on your property. I would not have considered light and exposure, I would just have thought of what location I like best and which is most convenient. You have made me realize that lighting is key! I definitely don’t want to be working or stumbling all over the place!
I really need a good storage shed in my garden. I am an artist and I need a place to put my extra art supplies. I need it to be a stable building. So, I like that you pointed out that you should look into the ground conditions before you build.
I like that you suggested adding extra windows if you’re looking to install your shed into a darker or shaded location so you can extend its available hours of use. My mother told me that she wanted to add a shade in a specific part of her garden. Since the location that she’s looking at is a bit covered with trees’ branches, it will make sense for her to find ways to make sure that its possible for sunlight to shine on her shade’s location. Thanks for sharing all your tips.
Hi Latoya! Thank you for your comment. We’re happy you enjoyed our tips!