12' x 8' Sheds
- Size category: Medium
- Best uses: Storing traditional tools/equipment, bicycles, lawnmowers, small tractors, ATV’s and snow blowers. Also would make a great pool shed, workshop or man cave/she shed.
- Square footage: 96 sq. ft.
- Yard size: Medium – Large
- Actual size: 12’W x 8’D (12 by 8)
- Types: Wood, plastic and metal
- Styles: Barn, ranch and gable
- Cost: $1,199 (Do-it-yourself) to $2,499 (installed)
12×8 Shed Practical Uses
A shed like this, where the width is longer than the depth, is often called a ranch, workshop or saltbox style shed. While still working great for classic storage, this dimension can be ideal for maintaining working space in the layout because with the door on the wider wall you don’t have such a long narrow pathway to the back, storage wall. If you are a “maker” and you’re using your shed as a workspace to complete projects and make things, this size can be perfect with just enough room to store materials and components, room for machines like a saw or drill press and adequate room to work. You’ll be on your way to bringing your dreams and ideas into the world.
Determine if 12×8 Sheds are Right for your Backyard
A 12×8 shed is a good compromise size for yards that might not have enough room for a much larger shed, but you still want to have active working space available. Or, it is also a great size for a backyard office, yoga studio or she shed. A good way to determine the best shed size for your back yard is to evaluate these 3 key factors. Firstly, examine your backyard space. Consider that you should leave a minimum of 3 feet around all sides of the shed for ease of passage. A shed of this size often works well at the very back corner of a property. Secondly, evaluate the quantity and size of all items you would envision storing in the shed. Thirdly, consider how you will use the shed. Will it be a storage space, a work space or a hybrid of the two?
Is your yard ready for a 12 by 8 shed? Check out our shed buyers guide to learn the in’s and out’s or prepping your build site.