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Online Size Selector Benefits Selling


When customers come to your lot or website, they’re looking to meet a need, whether it’s storage or another important purpose. Today, the reasons for consumers’ interest in sheds can be as wide as the horizon.

They might want to improve the look and feel of their living space, such as adding a she shed or man cave. They might want to make their home space more functional, such as adding storage or an enclosed garden space.

They might also want to increase their home’s value by extending their home’s footprint, such as adding a deck with an enclosed entertainment space (e.g., a pub shed).

Changing lifestyle needs can also drive a shed purchase. For example, the U.S. Department of Justice reports that the U.S. youth population under age 18 is expected to grow from more than 73 million in 2015 to approximately 75 million in 2025. With that in mind, a new children’s playroom shed is a terrific play space outside the house for expanding families.

If aging parents or adult children—the latter is a trend—move into a consumer’s home, then the homeowner may need to add an outdoor multipurpose shed that meets many of an extended family’s needs.

Whatever reasons consumers have for considering buying a shed from you, they often need guidance on the size and type of shed they’d like to purchase.


Consumers know they need a shed but find themselves wondering, “What size shed do I need?” It can be a challenge for them to determine how much room their belongings will actually take up. Before they buy or build a shed, an online shed size selector tool can help them estimate what size shed they should get based on how they want to use it and what items they want to keep there.

It’s always good to remind homeowners that buying a shed is an important decision they probably don’t want to make twice. Once they’re ready to purchase a shed, don’t hesitate to tell homeowners that sheds are available in a wide range of sizes, from small dog houses to two-story units. Educate them that you are happy to accommodate custom-size requests.

Remind them to be sure their shed is large enough to accommodate equipment and other items without taking up too much space in their yard. A homeowner may not know that, for example, a storage shed size of 20 feet by 20 feet usually requires 26 feet by 26 feet of yard space, not including space for a ramp. You can also remind them to find out if their neighborhood has covenants that limit the size of the shed they’re considering.


Most people underestimate how much space they need in their shed. Will its primary purpose be storage for lawn and garden equipment, or will they use the shed as a workshop, hobby room, child’s play space, or something else?

An online shed size selector tool can be used to plan shelving, a work bench, and other work space and storage so that shed shoppers can determine the size shed they need to buy.

This is where a size selector tool can really help. When using an online shed size selector, homeowners should first consider only items that will take up floor space in a shed.

Remind them to make a list of all the small items they want to keep in their shed to help them estimate how many storage containers and freestanding shelves they’ll need. They may want to keep a garbage bin in their shed for convenience, along with cabinets (file, freestanding, and hanging) and multi-compartment bins/boxes (large and extra large).

Many people keep push lawn mowers and fuel cans in their sheds. Other items for homeowners to consider are work benches, power tools, shelving, and toys, all of which require floor space with room to move around. Homeowners may also need to account for garden tools, such as rakes and shovels, which can be leaned against a shed wall.

Homeowners may also need space to store larger items, such as a generator, grill (propane and charcoal), ladder, small riding mower, snow blower, and wheelbarrow.


A size selector can help homeowners accommodate bikes, scooters, and large toys, such as a children’s basketball hoop and wagon.

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It also comes in handy for understanding space requirements for larger household items to be stored in a shed, such as furniture and appliances. Comfortable seating, an extra full-size or mini fridge/freezer or a workbench/tool bench can help make a shed a good space in which to work or relax.

Additional items for consideration are a chair (desk, lounge, reclining patio, and upright patio), counter, adult’s desk, entertainment center, lamp or floor lamp, love seat, pot/planter, sofa, adult’s stool, table (patio, rectangular, round, side), and TV stand.

If homeowners plan to have electricity run to their shed, they may also want to consider keeping a TV there. Just remember to let homeowners know they need to have a professional run electricity to their shed if they plan to use items that require it. Also ask them whether they’ll want a sink in their shed, and if so, they will need to plan to have a professional run plumbing to it.


When homeowners are planning their shed or outdoor building, they often need visual help to determine the style of structure they want, along with seeing shed-building products that have innovative features. An online shed visualizer tool can help homeowners match a shed design to their individual needs, to help them make the right choices.

A shed visualizer can be an intuitive design tool to help homeowners see the inside and outside of a structure. An ideal shed visualizer enables homeowners to create illustrations to envision sheds with various combinations of roofs, walls, floors, finishes and colors. The tool should help homeowners experiment with different looks for a shed, barn, playhouse, or other structure.

A visualizer often contains sample sheds to create virtual shed projects. This gives homeowners the opportunity to choose from various designs to find the best custom look that complements their home. A visualizer should enable a homeowner both to plan a shed and to save a shed project. The visualizer should also enable them to share content and ideas with their friends through email and social media.


Using online tools to assist consumers in their purchasing of a shed may help them avoid unpleasant surprises. These tools can also better educate them about options and lead them to purchase a larger shed than they initially thought they needed.

A shed visualizer can help homeowners envision a shed that’s perfect for their style and shed usage needs.


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