5 Tips for Choosing a Location for Your Shed

choosing a shed locationTalking with a very tech savvy friend a while ago I nearly choked on my coffee when he told how much he had paid to have some work done in his backyard. $6000.

The work that was done? A teeny tiny section of regular old fence was replaced and they assembled a pre-made shed kit for him which he bought separately. The hardest part of the contractor’s job was probably making sure the foundation was level. After that it was simple assembly.

$6000! Again, coffee choke. When my friend had asked me to name a ballpark figure, thinking he had gotten a steal, I knew what I was being set up for and didn’t even want to guess. After some friendly peer pressure, I said “$1500?”

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I am guessing if you are here, you are thinking of building your own shed. Maybe for a workshop, or garden tool storage, whatever. I think it’s awesome you have considering building your own. Not only will you save tons of money but that satisfaction you get from a job like this can’t be bought anywhere. Every time you walk up the shed and step inside, smell the sawdust, you’ll know. And your neighbors will know too!

The post below, about tips for choosing a good location for your shed, is going to be entirely made up by me off the top of my head based on stuff my Dad would yell about.

In my quick little notes, I’ve got 5 things that you should consider, ask yourself, or if you’re my Dad plan around for like 6 months, before putting down that first foundation block or cutting your first stud. You ready? Makaukau?

If you just want to sign up and download free 12′ X 8′ shed plans, click here.

5 Tips for Picking Where to Put Your Shed


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You know anywhere in this area that digging will be a nightmare.

What kind of land are you going to be working with when building a shed? Bend over. Look at the ground. Are there clumps of rocks in the way? Will you have to move them or could you build over them?

There’s an even worse culprit though when it comes to building outside – trees and their roots. Being from Washington I know about tree roots. They are everywhere.

Inside your bathtub, holding up the kitchen table, and anywhere you are even thinking about digging outside. Even if there is not a root below the ground where you are looking, there will be in moments because you just looked at it. Try to avoid trees and their roots when building a shed.


Are you going to need to rope up? Maybe hire some Nepalese Sherpa and a bush plane to get you in? If so you may want to pick another spot for building a shed.

Not only picture yourself carrying all of the building supplies to and from the spot you choose but also getting stuff out of it and putting it back. Will it be easier for you to just let stuff pile up in your garage? Then that’s what you’ll eventually end up doing. Or your kids will at least. But Dad, the shed is all the way in the backyard!


Don’t pick a spot in your yard for your garden shed where water is going to collect and sit. This point is especially true if your shed is going to sitting directly on the ground. Not much rots wood or a structure quicker than water, dirt, and sustained contact.

If you don’t know where water likes to hang out and do drugs in your yard, peek out a window while it rains or check right after it stops. If you are in a dry area, use a sprinkler or hose to find the low spots. Then, build either away or above them.

How about your nasty septic tank? Got one? Don’t put your shed right above the access in case well, you need access in the future.

If you have a delicate drainage field, i.e. one that gets disturbed from slight pressure, I’d consider another location.


best spots for a shedHow much direct sunlight is going to hit your shed? Is the afternoon sun going to be beating down broadside turning your shed into a kiln?

It will heat up the insides as well as unnecessarily age and weather your structure. If one side of your shed gets torched by the full sun, you’ll probably be chipping and scraping paint more frequently.

And one little thing that pisses me off is when you are trying to work and it seems like the afternoon or early evening sun is like right at eye level when standing on the shed floor. Know what I mean? Trying to measure something precise and there is always this glint in the way. Take this light into account too if you are cool.


Pretty much this goes hand in hand with the light. Could you mitigate the amount of heat by placing the shed below the shade of a tree? Careful though, you don’t want it too close that it’ll be touching it, or too close in that you have to deal with its dastardly roots.

How many sheds have you been in that as soon as you open the door you are just heat with that dead grass, overpowering blast of heat? If your shed may have windows, have you noticed a certain breeze going through your yard? Maybe line up the windows to maximize the natural air flow.

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Pretty straightforward yeah? If you are having trouble remembering them, just imagine my Dad tugging at his gray hair at the dinner table trying to take into account the difference in how much sun will hit the side of the shed in November vs. how much in April. And where.

Just think of how easy it’s going to be to lay the foundation in the area you’ve picked. Also take into account how easy it is to get to, load it up, make trips. How much direct sunlight is going to hit your shed? Is it going to be an oven inside or age quicker? Will the ground around it drain properly?

These are all important things for you to consider when choosing or finalizing a spot for your garden or wood shed. Hope this was helpful. Send an email to my old man thanking him too.

Just in case:

By now you have probably seen the other two posts. If you’re still looking for more info you can:

The cool thing about the posts, after you read them and take notes of course, is that they both can take you to another site that gives out free shed plans. All you have to do is sign up. You then get the plans for a 12′ X 8′ shed that you can build. It has a materials list (saving money and waste,) drawings, directions. It’s pretty awesome for free so you should check that out.

Have fun and be safe!

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