If you have spent any time on Pinterest or home and garden blogs, you know that sheds are all the rage. From the “she-shed” to the Man Cave, people are re-purposing sheds for many uses and pretty much anybody could find a good reason for a shed in their backyard.
Recently, I found myself needing extra space on our property for a home office and a shed seemed like the most economical choice for our family. Like most people, we were working within a budget.
So what do you do when you need a shed but are also on a tight budget? Here are five ways to save money when building your shed.
- Do Your Research
There are so many shed options out there today – especially since sheds are currently quite trendy. Sure, you could have a super modern and totally finished shed but that often comes with a hefty price tag. Before you make any decisions, research the type of shed you need and different options for achieving your desired outcome. There are plenty of budget-friendly sheds available.
If you or your family and friends are handy, the very best way to build the shed of your dreams on a budget is to do it yourself! You can easily purchase shed plans online and hardware and materials are much less costly than purchasing a pre-fabricated shed. You are sure to save boatloads of cash with this approach. It also allows your vision to really come to life since you have ultimate control over the shed.
- Buy a Smaller Shed and Get Creative With Space
The bigger the shed, the more costly it is to you. Doing your research will help you determine the right size shed for your needs. If you’re using your shed for your lawn equipment, (even for larger lawns) a 10’x14’ shed is more than enough space to hold your equipment. If you’re using your shed for a home office like me, think about the furniture you’ll be installing and draw out a floor plan in order to determine the right size shed. Personally, we are going to a 10’x10’ shed.
When you opt for a smaller shed you can absolutely save money. And then you get to use your creativity to organize the shed and maximize your space. There are so many great space saving solutions available on the internet to spark your creativity that this will seem like a fun challenge rather than a drag.
- Consider a Metal or Plastic Shed
If you are using your shed for your lawn, gardening, or other tools and equipment, a metal shed could be a great option for you. These sheds are durable, weather-resistant and offer a great value. Some would argue that they aren’t the most attractive sheds, but in a pinch and on a budget, this might be just the shed for you.
A plastic shed is another great option if you’re on a tight budget and need a shed for outdoor needs. These inexpensive sheds are easy to install and weather-friendly.
- Buy a Pre-Fabricated Shed
If your budget allows, you can still find some great and affordable shed options in the pre-fab category. These sheds make life easier for you because they are typically assembled elsewhere, delivered, and voila! You have a shed! These sheds come in all shapes and sizes will all different material. You’ll enjoy exploring and finding the right design to fit your shed needs.
The shed trend is here and by the looks of it – here to stay! Luckily, this means the options available are only continuing to expand. When planning for a shed on a budget, it is so important to do your research. With all of the great inventory out there, we have no doubt you will find the perfect shed whether it be for work, lawn care, gardening or any other hobby you may have. Don’t forget to use your creativity to make your new shed your own!
Author: Zac Spade, When my wife told me I needed a better shed it started an obsession with everything in my yard. From building your own shed to starting a garden and everything backyard related, you can read more about at ZacsGarden.com