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If you’re looking for nice, mid-size storage space for your backyard, you might consider buying a 12×16 storage shed. The 12×16 storage shed is a popular size. It is small enough to be maneuvered into most backyards, and yet large enough to hold all your basic garden and lawn maintenance equipment or could even hold sports equipment as a sports shed. It’s also a large enough shed for bike storage. But is the 12×16 size right for you?
If you think you might like to buy a 12×16 shed, here are several things you should consider:
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Is 12×16 the right size of Storage Shed for me?
When shopping for a backyard storage shed, the size options can seem overwhelming. Our storage sheds start from a tiny 6×6 option to a large 16×48 option! As you can see, the 12×16 shed is a mid-range option.
How much Space is in your Yard?
To help you figure out the right size, consider is how much space you have in your yard. Do you have room for a larger shed? The 12×16 version should be small enough to fit in most yards. You don’t want a 12×16 shed in a very small backyard so that it looks out of sync with your space.
Do you have Access for getting a 12×16 Storage Shed into the Yard?
Even more than your actual yard space, you should also look at access space. Do you have room to maneuver a larger shed into your backyard? You can measure access points before you buy a 12×16 shed to figure this out. Keep in mind, that a 12×16 shed should have a 14′ wide access so there is room for the eves and a bit of extra.
A 12×16 Storage Shed gives you 192 square feet of Floor Space
The second thing you should think about is square footage. Think, for instance, about the difference between a 12×12 shed and a 12×16 shed. Glancing at the numbers, it’s easy to think of them as about the same size, but remember to think in terms of square feet. Those four extra feet of length add 48 additional square feet!
Make the Most of Your Height in a 12×16 Shed
Finally, don’t forget to consider cubic feet as well. You can add storage space to a 12×16 shed simply by choosing an option with a greater height! By adding a loft or extra shelving, you will be able to add storage without taking any more square footage from your backyard.
With so many sizes to choose from, how do you figure out what size of shed you need?
The price of a 12×16 shed will vary a bit depending on what sort of siding you choose and what style you prefer. The cheapest 12×16 storage shed we sell is our $4,720 standard Mini barn shed with wood siding. The average 12×16 storage shed will cost about $6,673.
The biggest thing that affects price is the style of storage shed you choose. Later on in this article, I will go into more detail about different styles we sell, the pricing of each style, and the pros and cons of each style.
The other thing that affects price is the siding choice. A 12×16 storage shed with vinyl siding will run around $1000-$2,000 more than the same shed with wood siding. A few storage shed styles allow for the option of wood clapboard siding, which runs about $2,000-$3,000 more than the standard wood siding.
A 12×16 shed can comfortably fit two small pieces of outdoor equipment, such as a lawn mower or a 4-wheeler. Keep in mind that if you store heavier items in your shed, such as a lawnmower or a 4-wheeler, you may want to add a shed ramp. If you’re interested in reading more about ATV sheds, our “ATV Sheds: Protect Your Quad Or 4-Wheeler” article is a great resource. If you want to learn more about shed ramps, read our “Shed Ramps: A Comprehensive Overview” article. Besides these two pieces of equipment, there will be room to maneuver them and walk around them. However, depending on your door placement, you may have to move one piece of equipment out of the shed before you can access the other piece of equipment.
Depending on the size of your ATV or lawn mower, you will have room for storage shelves and some smaller hand equipment such as a rake, a wheelbarrow, a leaf blower. You may also have some loft space, depending on what style 12×16 Storage Shed you choose. If want roughly the same amount of space with a slightly different configuration, you may want to check out pricing for a 10×20 storage shed.
No matter what style of 12×16 shed you get, you will end up with 192 sq. feet of space. The easiest way to maximize this space is to add shelves. By taking all the things that would otherwise pile up on the floor, and instead put them on shelves, you will free up floor space, leaving room for you to maneuver your small engine equipment.
You can also consider hanging long ungainly tools, such as rakes or shovels, from the wall. Hanging things on the wall will make them easy to see, and will keep them from getting cluttered on a shelf or leaning against the wall where they could fall over, or where someone could trip over them.
Another thing you can do with a 12×16 shed that optimizes space is to add a loft. If you choose a style of shed that has a steeper roof pitch, there will be extra room for adding storage in a loft area.
Of course, you may want to also consider transforming the ground around your shed. If you’re interested in learning more about shed landscaping, here’s a helpful article.
Note: If you love the look of the Standard Saltbox but want bigger windows, consider upgrading to the Classic Saltbox Shed. This shed is very similar, but it comes with wider overhangs and bigger windows and does not actually cost much more.
We know that not everyone is looking for a 12×16 Storage Shed and as mentioned above, we offer storage sheds as small as 6×6 and even build prefab car garages up to 30×50! A great option for a large space is a 12×30 shed. Create a space for everything you need with this large shed!