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What to Know Before Buying a Portable Building or Shed

Manufacturers use the same process for portable buildings as they use for other structures, whether temporary or permanent. These structures are designed to be moved from one place to another rather than staying in one place permanently. 

Here’s everything you need to know before you buy one for yourself.


Kinds of Portable Building 

Portable buildings are usually categorized by their materials. Here are a few of the most common kinds of portable buildings you’ll find:


1) Lofted Barn

Also known as a lean-to portable building, a lofted barn is a shelter that consists of a roof that extends over a frame. It’s typically used for storage or as a garage or workshop when it’s not being used for livestock.


2) Utility Shed

A utility shed is a smaller version of a barn that’s usually used for storing tools, equipment, and other items. It’s a cheap, easy-to-set-up option that only requires a few pieces to be put together.


3) Cabin

You’ll most likely want to buy a lofted barn if you own horses or other livestock, but if you’re interested in buying a portable building just for yourself, a cabin-style portable building is a great option. It’s also an inexpensive option.

Cabins are usually meant to be used seasonally and are an easy way to add extra space to your home without actually having to add extra space.


4) Garage

If you already have a full-size garage, but you need extra space for storing vehicles or equipment, then a portable building can provide you with the extra space you need.


Tips for Choosing the Right Portable Building

When choosing a portable building, you want to make sure it fits your needs. Here are some things to remember before buying one:


1) Check for Quality

Before you buy a portable building, check to make sure it’s made with high-quality materials.

Just because the building is portable doesn’t mean it can’t last for a long time. You still have to check the materials and all of the connections.


2) Consider Shed Sizes

Portable buildings come in all sizes, so don’t just settle for the first one you see.

If you’re looking for a building that will hold the tools and equipment you store in it, a smaller building probably won’t do the job.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a building to store smaller items and equipment, a larger building probably won’t be suitable.


3) Choose the Right Flooring

When deciding on flooring, think about what you plan to store in a portable building.

If you have an area outside your home where you can easily store items, you don’t need a floor that’s going to hold up well against the weather.

However, if you’re going to use a portable building inside your garage or workshop, you can use more durable material.


4) Know What You Need It For

If you’re planning to store your tools and equipment in a portable building, you probably don’t need to spend a lot of money on it. A cheap, small building will do.

However, if you’re planning to use a portable building as extra housing, you might want to splurge on one that’s nicer or that fits in with the aesthetic of your home.



Whether you’re looking for a small lean-to portable building or an extra two-story garage, you should make sure you choose one that fits your needs. Before you buy one, think about what you plan to store in it, how often you plan to use it, and how you plan to use it.

If you want to give portable buildings a try, consider partnering with Mountain View Barns. We offer portable barns in Tennessee so you get to experience the intimate space and compact style of a portable building. Get in touch with us today to learn more.

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