We’ve been in the shed game for 22 years and counting, and there are a few common practices that would beggar belief, if we hadn’t seen them with our own eyes.
Nominal Sizing = Approximate Sizing
One of these practices is “nominal sizing” or “nominal dimensions” – which is basically another word for “approximate sizing”.
We feel nominal sizing is misleading and causes many shed buyers to be disappointed because they simply don’t get the shed they thought they were getting.
For example, you may see a double garage advertised as 6m x 6m. But when you drive your car into your new shed and feel it’s a bit small, you’re not just imagining things. Your tape measure verifies your shed is actually only 5.72m x 5.72m.
We once measured a “9m x 6m” shed at just 8.4m x 5.8m. No wonder that customer was unhappy. A 9m x 6m shed has an area of 54 m2, but an 8.4m x 5.8m shed only has an area of 48.72 m2.
That’s over 5 square metres of floor space that just evaporated – space that could have housed some cupboards, a set of shelves, or a work bench.
So before you invest in any shed, be sure to ask if the sizing is accurate, or merely nominal.
Proper Shed Dimensions
For the record, we only ever refer to accurate sizing. Your Designer Shed will be the exact size you order – right down to the millimetre.
Take a look at these 10 Tips For Getting Shed Placement Right for advice on what to consider when planning to build, so you can be sure to make the best decision.
The size of your shed should complement your needs. For example, location. Where do you want to build your shed? What are the regulations in your neighborhood or city? What do you want to store inside your shed and what features do you want added into it?
According to our experiences, here are some popular sizes for sheds in Australia:
- 6m x 6m
- 6m x 9m
- 6m x 10m
- 7m x 9m
- 8m x 8m
- 8m x 10m
- 9m x 9m
- 9m x 12m
- 10m x 10m
- 12m x 6m
- 12m x 9m
- 12m x 12m
- 10m x 20m
If you require anything out of the ordinary, we do provide customizable shed sizes!
Achieving Accurate Sizing
Accurate sizing means that we measure based on the exterior. It includes the roof overhang in all directions. If you know what you want to store inside but are unsure on how to measure your floor space or find the appropriate dimensions, you are more than welcome to contact us here at Designer Sheds!
We provide you with our unique triple guarantee so you can be sure that your shed will exactly match the design you’ve approved- or we’ll re-supply for free!
To discuss your next shed project, don’t forget to get in touch with us for a Free Design & Quote.