A well-organized garden shed not only provides a safe home for your lawnmower but also keeps your other essential yard maintenance tools in order. However, working out what size shed will hold your lawnmower comfortably can be a bit of a challenge, with so many factors to consider.
Shed sizes for storing your lawnmower will vary from a small 3 x 5 foot shed for a simple push-reel mower up to a structure measuring 12 x 16 feet and beyond for a large zero-turn mower. You will need to measure your mower and its accessories to work out the floor space and access requirements before deciding on the optimum size of the shed for your yard.
In this guide, I’ll look at all the things you need to take into account when determining the ideal shed size, including the size of your mower, available yard space, and more. Find out why the type of handle you have on your rotary mower can make a big difference and what things to look out for that you may easily forget.
Suggested Shed Sizes For Common Lawnmower Types
When considering the perfect shed size for your lawnmower, it’s crucial to keep in mind the type of mower you have and how much additional equipment it comes with, such as grass catchers, gas cans, batteries, cords, etc.
Also, remember to make sure that the shed has enough headroom for you to easily stand up in and a wide enough door to easily get your mower through.
I already wrote about the required space to store various types of lawnmowers in this article, but here is a short overview:
Manual Push Reel Mowers
Manual reel mowers are compact and straightforward, so you won’t need a massive shed. A simple one with a 3 feet by 5 feet footprint should do the trick, with room for your mower and a few essential gardening tools.
Electric And Cordless Push Mowers
If you have an electric or cordless push mower, you’ll need a slightly larger shed to accommodate the mower and its accessories, such as batteries or cords. I’d recommend a shed measuring around 4 feet by 6 feet, giving you ample space for your mower and other yard equipment.
Gas-Powered Push Mowers And Self-Propelled Mowers
Gas-powered push mowers and self-propelled mowers tend to be a bit bigger and heavier than their electric counterparts. In this case, a 6 by 8 foot shed should provide enough room for your lawnmower, fuel canisters, and other garden care essentials.
Small Riding Mowers And Lawn Tractors
If you’re lucky enough to own a small riding mower or lawn tractor, you’ll need to think bigger. A shed measuring at least 10 by 12 feet is ideal, offering plenty of room for your mower and additional storage for accessories and other yard tools. Make sure the door opening is wide enough to drive through easily as well.
Large Riding Mowers, Zero-Turn Mowers, And Garden Tractors
For those with large riding mowers, zero-turn mowers, or garden tractors, you’ll require the most space for storage. I’d suggest going for a shed measuring at least 12 feet by 16 feet or even larger. Something around this size should provide enough room for your mower, attachments, and other essential yard equipment.
Keep in mind that these recommended shed sizes are just a starting point. Make sure to adjust them based on your specific storage needs and available yard space. If you think you might accumulate more tools or upgrade your lawnmower down the line, it’s always a good idea to opt for a slightly larger shed. Trust me; you’ll appreciate the extra room anyway!
Measuring Your Lawnmower
When working out what size shed you need, make sure to measure your mower so that you have the exact dimensions. Lawnmowers come in all shapes and sizes, and even mowers with the same cutting width can have completely different storage space requirements.
Measure the length, width, and height of your lawnmower, including any add-ons like baggers or mulchers. Add on 6 inches for each measurement so that you allow enough ‘wiggle’ room to maneuver your mower into place.
For mowers with handles, remember to take into consideration whether you will be happy folding the handle down or removing it when putting the machine away every time. If not then you will need to measure the total floor space required with the handle still in place.
Note that if your mower comes with attachments and accessories, these will need storing as well so include these in your calculations.
Keep these figures handy as you evaluate potential shed sizes so that you know exactly what space you need.
Making Room For Additional Storage
While your primary goal may be to store your lawnmower, don’t forget to account for extra space to store fuel, other yard equipment, and tools. Items like trimmers, leaf blowers, and gardening tools should also have designated spots within the shed.
Plan enough storage to keep these items organized and easily accessible. Shelves, hooks, and pegboards can help you make the most of vertical storage and optimize the available floor space.
You will also need to make sure that you leave enough room to get your mower in and out of the shed without having to remove other items first.
If you already have a shed and you are wondering how you are going to fit your mower in it, you can find some useful tips in this article I wrote.
Will The Shed Fit In Your Yard?
Besides considering your lawnmower’s storage requirements, the size of your yard and the space available for a shed play crucial roles in determining the right size.
Measure the area where you plan to install the shed, considering any limitations or obstacles like trees, fences, or property lines.
Make sure there’s enough space to open the door fully, leaving plenty of room for maneuvering your lawnmower in and out of the shed. It’s very easy to find what you think is the perfect space only to realize you don’t have enough access to the entrance once the shed is in place!
Selecting the right shed size for your lawnmower involves careful consideration of your mower’s dimensions, available yard space, and personal storage needs.
By taking the time to think it through carefully and plan accordingly, you can create a functional and efficient storage solution that not only keeps your lawnmower safe and protected but also provides ample space for accessories and other garden tools.