How to Choose Between Building and Buying a Shed

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Having a shed in your yard is a very practical way to organize and declutter your home. It is very useful to have, and it doesn’t necessarily have to take up a large space of your yard if you want to optimize your outdoor area. Sheds can also be used to protect your tools and appliances from breaking down or getting ruined due to the constant exposure to the elements. You can also utilize your shed as an extra workspace or as a little private nook where you can practice your hobbies. No matter the reason for wanting a shed in your home, there’s no denying that sheds are very useful and convenient. Yet, the question lies in whether you should build one yourself or just buy a ready-made one.

Below are some pointers you should consider before coming to a final decision.


It all depends on whether you enjoy woodwork as a hobby and like to spend your free time building something, or if you have no time and need the shed as soon as possible.


This one is a no brainer; building a shed will take way more time than buying one. You first need to take all the measurements in your yard, then find the right tools for building it, or look for ones that you can rent. Then, you must choose between different materials and consider all their advantages and disadvantages. If you have a free weekend, that could take up a minimum of two days without the building process itself. Depending on how busy your schedule is, building a shed can take from a week of nonstop work to several months.


On the other hand, buying a shed will take little to no time. It can take anywhere between a couple of days and one week to find the right shed and have the company install it. This again depends on how soon you need the shed and your workmanship. Clearly, if you are looking for the pros and cons of buying versus building one, then you either have the patience to learn how to build one or can already do it skillfully. It mostly depends on the amount of time that you can dedicate to building it.



When it comes to building a shed, it certainly happens to cost way less than buying one. For one, you choose the materials yourself, which gives you better options and you can opt for the less costly ones. As for the tools, you might be able to rent them rather than buy them which will also cost less. The tools include a saw, hammer, ladder, nail punches, measures, drill, and so on. Tools like the ladder, drill, and measures can all be rented, but you can also purchase them for a cheap price and be able to use them for a lifetime.


Buying a shed, on the other hand, costs much more. You are paying for the materials used to make the shed, the transportation that brought it to your home, the people who installed it, and the expertise that went into building it. All of that, in addition to the fees that the retail store takes in order to actually gain money, makes ready-made sheds quite expensive. You can find promotions and cheaper options, but they will be limited designs and you may not be able to find a suitable shed for your yard. Finding Waltons discount codes if you live in the UK will help you save a ton of money. In some cases, buying a shed can actually be cheaper if you happen to find one on sale or if you stumble upon a discount promo code.


Choosing material will definitely depend on buying or building as several factors go into choosing what to work with versus what you actually require.


Choosing the best material for your shed can actually be way harder than just buying it. If you are building one for the first time, then using wood would be the best option. On the other hand, if you are looking at a ready-made one that uses several different materials, then it may be a little hard to get your hands on those materials due to availability. You will also need more tools for different materials as not all saws cut through wood and metal alike, for instance.


When you buy a shed you have a whole set of options for materials, especially if you do not mind the price. They can be made from wood, plastic or metal, or a concoction of all three. Plastic can be a little difficult to work with, so if you want parts of your shed made out of this material then opt for buying one instead.



When you build your own shed, you have the choice of customizing it to your own personal preferences. You can build a two-story shed, for instance, that goes upwards rather than taking more space from your yard. Again, depending on your workmanship, you can create different shapes and even small rooms within the shed to help with the organization.


Buying a shed gives you limited options over customizing it unless you pay more. Some companies will customize one for you, but since those are less ready-made than others, they come with a higher price tag.

What do you think?

Written by Britt Hysen

Britt Hysen is the Editor-in-Chief and founder of MiLLENNiAL. In response to the branded ad campaigns absorbed by the media platform, Britt launched Kreativ Ctrl, a full-service marketing agency specializing in experiential programming and strategic partnerships.

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