shed plans 12x16

  • Size category: Large
  • Best uses: Storing ATVs, golf carts, motorcycles, lawn tractors, wheelbarrows, bicycles, lawn furniture storage, and tool storage. Could also be a workshop, art studio, or personal sanctuary.
  • Square footage: 192 sq. ft.
  • Yard size: Large yards
  • Actual size: 12’W x 16’D (12′ by 16′)
  • Budget: $2,999 (do-it-yourself) – $4,799 (installed)

12×16 Sheds Most Common Uses

At 192 sq. ft. this would be classified as a large shed. The sixteen-foot depth provides room for long items, like kayaks, canoes, long ladders, etc. If you’re a woodworker or craftsman, this is the right size for your equipment. You’ll have room to store materials and tools, with plenty of room to spare as working space. Large machinery, like band saws, drill presses, and table saws will fit nicely in a shed of this size.

If you’re a collector, this shed has an ideal amount of space to store treasures. Multiple bicycles, motorcycles, or ATVs will fit in this shed and the extra wide double-door will provide easy entry and exit. If you plan to store vehicles, we recommend adding a ramp as an accessory to your shed purchase.

“Makers” can tweak and invent in 12×16 wood sheds with the luxury of space. There’s no more cramped settings under the basement stairs or in the furnace room. Devote an entire shed to your practice. Bring your dreams and ideas into the world.

Will a 12×16 Shed Fit in My Yard?

First, consider that in addition to the dimensions of the shed, you’ll need to add a minimum of three feet of space to all sides for ease of passage. Second, with a shed this long you may want to consider adding additional windows or skylights so you have the right amount of natural light to access stored items or work inside the shed.

Third, decide where you want to position the shed. Many customers with a 12×16 wood shed prefer to use the back corner of their property to keep the space open. Fourth, as a shed that has more depth than width, consider the items you’d like to store within the floor space. Leave room between items for easy passage throughout the shed, making sure to leave room to access the very back.

Need additional assistance setting up your yard for a 12×16 shed? Be sure to check out our shed buyers guide.


Wood sheds offer customizability. Wooden materials allow the owner to hang fixtures, shelves, hooks, and boards to organize tools from art supplies to saws and drills. That’s the great thing about 12×16 wood sheds. They can apply to any hobby, any use. If it’s finished serving its purpose as a workshop and needs to morph into a gym or a meditation room, the change is possible, even simple.

With your new shed, add windows and skylights to match your expectations, another simple feat with wood sheds. Picture the ultimate shed in your mind and make it a reality with Heartland Sheds.

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