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Everything You Need to Know About Barn-Style Sheds

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Barn-style sheds are commonly referred to as such in popular vernacular. A gambrel roof has two slopes on each side and is symmetrical (literally resembling a classic barn). The gambrel roof gives for extra headroom inside the shed. This shed is roomy, functional, and stylish!

While all barn-type barns have a similar structural form, this style comes in a number of variances. They can be used for a variety of purposes, such as for storage, extending a space, or even upgrading or renovating a home. 

Read on as we discover more about barn-style sheds and what you should know if you’re thinking about buying one.

What Are the Most Common Barn Shed Sizes?

The sizes of common barn sheds are as follows:

  • 8×10: This provides for basic storage, gardening, and lawn care.
  • 10×10: This is ideal for garden equipment, bicycles, and general storage.
  • 10×12: This is great for a modest workspace and a storage tent (for bicycles, lawn and garden equipment).
  • 10×16: This is best for storing motorcycles, lawnmowers, tools, and storage bins.
  • 12×16: Ideal for a home gym, workstation, or office, as well as a storage room.
  • 12×20: This is perfect for hobbies and is Ideal for ATVs, lawnmowers, and even a single automobile.

Make a list of all the items you want to store in your shed, including their measurements (and the outdoor space). This will allow you to plan the storage capacity of your barn-style shed. 

The True Cost of Barn-Style Sheds

When prices are compared, barn-style sheds are sometimes more expensive than other shed styles with comparable proportions. The barn-style shed is typically less expensive per square foot than equivalent A-frame or “saltbox” roof designs when the loft is included.

Purchasing Your Own Barn-Style Shed

If a barn-style shed is the best option for you and your land, you have three options: DIY kits, big-box store, or specialty shed company. Let’s examine each in further depth.


It may be less expensive to build a barn-style shed yourself. If this is the cheapest choice, you must have the requisite skills and time to build a long-lasting shed from scratch (in terms of quality for the money spent).

Kits may be useful if you want to do it yourself but don’t want to start from scratch. Certain contractors sell pre-assembled barn-style shed kits that contain all necessary lumber and instructions. Certain building components may even be constructed prior to delivery. Please keep in mind that Sheds Unlimited does not sell pre-assembled sheds.

Big-Box Store

Barn-style buildings can be found at big-box home improvement stores. This is due to the fact that they arrange wholesale arrangements with shed manufacturers and only provide the most basic shed designs.

The disadvantages of big-box stores include a limited product variety and a subpar building structure. The shed layouts are set in stone and cannot be altered. Furthermore, in order to achieve the lowest shed pricing, materials and workmanship are usually neglected.

Specialized Sheds Manufacturers

Then there are individuals that only work on sheds. Indeed, many of these shed manufacturers are family-owned businesses that specialize in outdoor structures. Prefabricated houses are built in a factory and then delivered fully assembled to your garden.

A barn-style shed from a shed-specific builder is relatively reasonable after deducting the cost of the high-quality construction and materials. You can also buy straight from a builder rather than a shed dealer or middleman.


The best part about barn-style sheds is that they’re here to upgrade your home and add value to it. At the same time, they’re customizable and even better when they’re personalized just for you and your space. Now that you know more about barn-style sheds, perhaps it’s time to shell out a little money for this valuable investment.

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