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How to Build a Wood Shed that Increase Your Space
Most homeowners complain about having too little space for storage in their homes. Regardless of size, nearly every other home lacks adequate, accessible space for storage. A peek into average garages will most likely reveal a pile of lumber, bicycles, trash cans, garden tools, outdoor power equipment, car care supplies, and sports gear.
Although the occasional spring cleaning might help you to reorganize and reclaim some storage space, it is usually just a matter of time before all the clutter is back. What you actually need is extra space, and one of the best ways to achieve this is through constructing a wood shed in your backyard.
Garage and sheds can be lifesavers, especially when properly planned, which is why it is an excellent idea to engage the services of a shed designer to design a shed in your home. When developing the structural plans for either a garage or shed, designers usually consider a number of factors and storage options are generally among the top considerations. Most of the options for storage in sheds are rather inexpensive. Wooden sheds are relatively affordable and also offer flexibility regarding overall design, making it necessary for homeowners to learn how to build a wood shed.
To build a wood shed that efficiently increases your storage space, your wood storage shed plans must include certain considerations, which will include incorporating specific fixtures as well as accessories in the shed. Some of the most beneficial fixtures and accessories when it comes to maximizing the space in your shed are;
Shelves cost about $6 per square foot, which makes them the least expensive storage space option for your shed. However, positioning the racks too close together, too high, or in the wrong place might, in the end, prove rather frustrating when it comes to storage. Placing the shelves at least 18 to 24 inches apart, and leaving enough space beneath the lower shelves to allow for storage of say a cooler, five-gallon buckets, or any other items.
Another excellent idea is to place just a single shelf along one of the walls of your shed, at a height of approximately five feet. This concept allows the use of the wall space beneath for the storage of a host of items such as garden tools, while still leaving enough room between the ceiling and shelf for storing the larger items.
Among shed accessories, lofts are arguably the most popular, with the concept of using lofts as a storage option in sheds broadening over the years. However, you can still use the traditional 2X4 and plywood lofts for storage in your shed. You could also add lofts to the other end of your shed, and it is even possible to design and create a wrap-around loft, which will significantly increase your storage space. The addition of a loft offers an inexpensive way of maximizing the storage space in your shed, especially for the light items that you can easily lift over your head.
Pegboards and work benches
You could easily and ideally use sheds or garages as small workshops. Regardless of whether you intend to convert the entire shed or garage into a workshop or you merely need some space at the corner, incorporating a workbench that features a pegboard is an excellent investment.
The ramp is among the most common and wished for shed accessory items. Due to the framing needed in your shed’s floor system, the level of your shed’s floor will be at least eight inches above ground level, regardless of whether or not the ground is perfectly level. You will need to install a ramp for your shed if you intend to drive anything into the building.