An example layout for a 12x20 wood shed

  • Size category: Large
  • Best uses: Storing motorcycles, small boats, golf carts, motorcycles, tractors, wheelbarrows, bicycles, snowmobiles, and traditional tool storage. Could also be the perfect workshop for a mechanic or artist.
  • Square footage: 240 sq. ft.
  • Yard size: Large yards
  • Actual size: 12’W x 20’D (12′ by 20′)
  • Cost: $4,499 (do-it-yourself) – $5,999 (installed)

12×20 Sheds – Limitless Storage Space & More

Space abounds in 12×20 wood sheds. With 240 square feet, the things you can do are almost limitless: large item storage, recreation, active use, and more. Long items that typically don’t fit a lot of shed will fit in this one. For example, canoes, kayaks, long ladders, etc.

Start a small business right in your backyard with a 12×20 shed. Collect and re-build classic motorcycles. Build custom surfboards or sailboats. Set up several large machine tools like a table saw, band saw, or drill press to make a 12×20 highly functional workshop.

12×20 Shed Backyard Space Requirements

Clearly, 12×20 wood sheds are best for large properties. When you consider the size of the shed, plus an additional three feet on all sides for ease of movement, the footprint is substantial. But if you have a large yard, it’s not an issue.

Some things to consider with a shed of this length are where to place it in your yard, and lighting. For placement, the back of a property is typically a good location as that provides ease of access to the door, and this location is less disruptive to the overall property flow. For lighting, a shed of this length can get somewhat dark toward the back. You may want to add windows or skylights to lighten up the interior, making it easy to find what you’re looking for and fully use the space.

Check out our shed buyers guide to learn more on how to prepare your yard for a 12×20 shed.

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