How to Find the Best Location for Your Garden Shed

Getting yourself a garden shed isn’t easy as there are a lot of things you will need to consider. But this shouldn’t put you off because it will also help you make the most out of your outdoor space.

But before even placing your order, you should first know where to put your garden shed. Aside from considering the size of your garden, it’s also essential to look at how you intend to use the structure. But no matter how you plan to use your garden shed, you should make sure that it’s built on the right spot.

To help you with that, here are a few tips on finding the best shed location.

1. Check the Terrain

Now this one is probably a no-brainer, but it’s a really important thing to remember. Make sure you’re not planning to locate your shed on a raised or on level ground.

Try and locate a spot in your backyard that’s flat and has no roots or clumps of rock. Otherwise, your shed will warp over time if you fail to build its foundation on level ground. Your outbuilding will also be prone to leak and pest infestation.

2. Drainage

Aside from uneven ground, a wet surface is also a big no-no when finding the right place for your shed as it can cause the timber to rot. Ensure that your intended location isn’t at the lowest level and is well-drained.

Avoid placing your garden building in a low-lying area that collects water or else it will cause your wooden shed to rot due to constant exposure to water. Not only that but the moisture can also cause mould and mildew on the things you stored inside.

Note: In case your ground is mainly composed of clay, you can ask for a professional’s help to excavate down a few metres and fill the ground with gravel. This can serve as the foundation of the concrete base and prevent any water from entering the shed all year long.

3. Accessibility 

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Another major factor to take into consideration when choosing the shed location is the accessibility and your shed’s position. Imagine placing your shed far away from your house or behind some bushes and trees. You wouldn’t want to venture out there often for sure.

Moreover, there should be a pathway that leads up to the entrance of the shed, and regardless of how you plan to use your shed, mud surely isn’t welcome. But how about when you already found the perfect spot for your shed but it lacks a pathway?

Don’t stress about it! It’s pretty easy to fix. You can use either stone pavers or concrete to quickly build a path along the entrance with this guideline, courtesy of This Old House.

4. Natural Light

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Any shed owner would want to have a significant amount of natural light. So if you’re planning to place your shed in a dark corner under overhanging branches, you might want to change your mind because that won’t allow light to enter.

Also, it’s not recommended to put your shed under direct sunlight as it can damage your shed’s exterior paint, including the roofing materials. So be sure to find a spot with a perfect balance of light and shading.

To improve your the lighting condition inside your shed, ask for some advice from your local landscape gardener. They might help in finding the best spot to place your shed.

Without sufficient shading, your shed might turn into an oven during the summer, and this can also damage the structure. Often times, sheds are placed near the walls of the house for good shading. You can also install a light outside the shed to easily access it even during the night.

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