Exploring Materials, Design, and Layout

A portable storage shed is designed to fit a variety of purposes and functions. Whether your goal is to support your gardening activities or expand your storage space, a shed is an adaptable solution. Despite their inherent flexibility, choosing the right materials ensures your shed meets your needs.

The question is, how do you choose? The right materials are important for your shed’s intended use. From the durability and weather resistance of the panels to the strength and lightweight nature of the framing, each material choice plays a role in the overall design and functionality of your portable shed.

In this blog, the experts at Smart Shed discuss the key factors to consider when selecting materials for your portable shed construction project, providing insights and guidance to help you make informed decisions and bring your vision to life.

Portable Storage Styles and Designs

The wide range of shed styles and designs can be overwhelming, but look at it this way: this diversity empowers you to choose a shed that perfectly complements the functionality you need. For instance, do you need a tall shed for storing bicycles or long tools? A lofted barn style offers ample vertical space.

The style you select can significantly impact the overall look and aesthetic compatibility of your landscape. Factors such as the size of your available space, your personal aesthetic preferences, and the intended use of the shed can all play a role in determining the most suitable style for your needs.

Here are some of the styles to consider:

  • Side lofted barn
  • Lofted barn cabin
  • Lofted barn
  • Side utility
  • Utility
  • Modern utility
  • Lofted barn garage
  • Cabin

Here’s a closer look at a few of them:

Side Lofted Barn

The side lofted barn style features a raised loft area on one side of the shed, providing additional storage space or a workspace above the main storage area. The loft can be accessed via a built-in staircase or ladder, making it easy to use the extra square footage.

Side Utility

The side utility shed offers a practical and streamlined storage solution. Its design prioritizes functionality, offering easy access and ample room for your essential tools and equipment. Side utility sheds provide a generous opening for loading and unloading larger items, even smaller vehicles.


If you’re seeking a solution that can do more than provide extra storage, the cabin design can elevate your outdoor space with a more rustic aesthetic. This style retains the core functionality you expect, while its design elements add a touch of personality with its porches and windows.

Selecting the Ideal Size for Your Mobile Storage Structure

The dimensions of your shed should be tailored to the available space in your yard, as well as the specific storage or workspace needs you have in mind.

Measuring the area where you plan to place the shed and considering the items you intend to store or the activities you’ll be conducting inside can help you determine the ideal size.

A few common size options include (width x length):

  • 8’ x 16’
  • 10’ x 24’
  • 12’ x 20’
  • 14’ x 16’
  • 16’ x 20’

Factors such as the shed's height, width, and depth should be carefully evaluated to ensure optimal fit and functionality. Also, consider any local building codes or regulations that may dictate the maximum size or placement of your shed on your property.

Portable Shed Exterior: Designs and Features

Your shed’s exterior isn’t just about aesthetics—it also adds a layer of functionality.

Here are a few exterior elements:


Doors are your access to the shed’s interior. If you’re hauling large equipment, you’ll need wider options. You can choose from a wide range of styles of doors, including single doors, double doors, and rollup doors.

Rollup doors eliminate the need for clearance in the front of your shed, maximizing usable space inside and allowing for closer placement to walls or fences. Single doors are a more compact option for smaller sheds.

Windows and Dormers

Windows provide natural light and ventilation, while dormers can add visual interest and additional storage or workspace above. When selecting windows, consider factors such as size, placement, and style to optimize the shed’s interior lighting and airflow.

Dormers, which are small, roof-like structures that project from the main roof, can add visual interest and create extra headroom in your shed's loft or upper levels.


Exterior outlets and porch lights can be integrated for power tools or to provide illumination, making your portable shed a versatile and functional addition to your outdoor space. Electrical outlets allow you to use power tools, charge batteries, or even set up a small workspace inside your shed.

Optimal Shed Flooring Solutions

Flooring provides a level surface for storage but also plays a role in functionality and lifespan. Your shed floor can contribute to improved temperature regulation within your shed, protect stored items from moisture damage, and enhance your experience of your shed as a designated workspace.

Here are a few categories of flooring:

  • Enhanced strength and insulation: Tongue-and-groove design for a strong, potentially insulated floor, ideal for year-round use or protecting sensitive items.
  • Heavy-duty support: Designed for maximum weight distribution and durability, perfect for storing heavy equipment.
  • Upgraded comfort and convenience: Provides a strong base with features like moisture resistance or a finished look, ideal for workshops or a polished aesthetic.

Portable Shed Interior: Organization and Layout

Interior options typically include workbenches and shelving. The size, placement, and features of your workbench should be tailored to the specific tasks and activities you intend to perform within the shed. Consider the dimensions of the space available and the type of work you’ll be doing.

Workbenches are an ideal addition for:

  • Gardeners
  • Mechanics/restorers
  • Woodworkers
  • DIY enthusiasts

Efficient shelving and organization can also maximize the functionality of your shed. These units can help you make the most of the available space and keep your belongings neatly arranged.

When selecting shelving options, consider height, depth, and weight-bearing capacity to ensure they can accommodate your storage needs. Wall-mounted shelves, freestanding units, or even built-in shelving can all be viable solutions, depending on the layout and dimensions of your shed.

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