Breaking down the benefits of both options

If you’re thinking about increasing the storage space in your home there’s a few easy to go about it. There are always some clever furniture hacks you can try out. Some people opt for building an extension or setting up an attic to create an extra room in the house. But both of these options can be very costly. At the end of the day, the right solution for all your storage issues can depend on what you need and what’s available to you at home.

Two popular options for creating extra storage at home are using a garage or building a shed. Both have their own unique benefits when it comes to costs, installation, and usage. Here we’ll break down all the benefits to help you make a more informed decision.

Garden sheds

When storage space in the backyard gets tight, garden sheds are often the next logical option. Take a quick look at our social media channels. You’ll see many proud Pinnacle Hardware shed owners have used theirs for storing everyday gardening equipment from lawnmowers to tools and outdoor furniture.

Essentially think of your garden shed as an outdoor storage unit. Just remember that because it’s being used outside it has to be built to withstand local weather conditions. Check out your local hardware store today and you’re likely to find shed options made from materials such as plastic, metal, and timber. With so many options available, it can be hard to pick one that best suits your needs. So let’s break down the main advantages of having a garden shed.

Materials

As the average backyard space starts to get smaller it’s important to choose storage options that are more compact and versatile. While a steel shed may appear thin and flimsy, they’re actually one of the strongest and more resilient options available today. Timber sheds can also be quite resilient but over time they can get worn down by pests and harsh weather conditions that can make the wood rot and warp over time.

Both timber and steel garden shed options have a very distinct advantage when it comes to how they can be customised. You’ll find it surprisingly easy to drill in holes on the wall and install fixings. These could be your favourite storage hooks and pegboards to create more storage space along the walls.

Storage and usage options

The shapes of garden sheds today also offer some great advantages. There’s your standard square-shaped garden sheds that offer plenty of space to move around in. So you could easily install a workbench with some shelving and transform your garden shed into a small workshop for your home. Rectangular shaped sheds are more suited for small and narrow backyard spaces like the side of a house. In these, you can still find enough space to store items like your bikes, lawnmower and other essential gardening tools.

Whichever shape you choose for a shed you can still use it as an additional storage space for household items. As long as your garden shed has the right weather protection, there should be no issues when it comes to keeping storage tubs and boxes. Before you consider using your garden shed for long-term storage just make sure it has a flooring solution that prevents water and pests from coming in.

Pricing and installation

You may be surprised by how budget-friendly a new shed can be. A small steel shed can range from prices as low as $250 and go up from there.. It all depends on the quality of materials and the installation accessories that come with them. All Pinnacle sheds come with bolt down kits to safely secure your shed to the floor, keep this in mind for your budget. Another aspect of a shed that few people consider is the flooring. We recommend fixing our sheds to a concrete slab although a premium Biohort range of Garden Sheds have flooring options. You could put down concrete, pavers, timber or custom-made shed flooring.

Another big thing to consider is the installation of your shed. Today, many sheds can be purchased flat-packed with all the panels, installation screws and bolts included in one box. Just keep in mind you may still need tools like a power drill, rivet gun, and screwdriver to get the job done. A major benefit of a shed installation is that you can do it yourself or with the help of at least one other person. You won’t have to pay a professional builder to install it for you. Sheds these days are often built and designed for easy installation.

Garages

Originally garages were invented to store cars at home. Nowadays they can be used for all sorts of things. It’s not uncommon for people to transform their garage into a home office, studio, workshop or even a gym. When you compare the pros and cons of a garage with a shed you’ll see they can be wildly different.

One of the biggest differences between the two is that garages are often more permanent structures that are attached to your house. Garages are often a lot bigger too. There’s also no denying the value they can add to your home. If you’re ever looking to sell or rent out your house a garage can add huge value to it. One of the biggest takeaways here is that garages are more versatile in the way they can be used but not in the way they are installed or built.

Materials

Most garages today are built from bricks and cement. This is usually done to create a more seamless installation with the rest of the house. This does provide you with a very sturdy and solid storage space where you can install almost anything you want on the walls. Solid garages made from bricks can also offer plenty of soundproofing.

If you are looking to build more of a free-standing garage that sits near the side of your property or in a corner, you will find there’s plenty of options today for installing a steel garage. There’s also the rare option of building a timber garage. These are generally unpopular because they require more maintenance and weatherproofing over time compared to steel and brick versions.

Storage and usage options

One of the biggest advantages of a standard brick garage is what you can do with it. There’s a lot of versatility because you can essentially transform a garage into a spare room of the house. You could turn a brick garage into a workshop, gym or even a little podcast studio. This is mainly thanks to the soundproofing that generally comes with a brick garage. However, a steel or timber garage may not be as flexible when it comes to usage, with less soundproofing comes less privacy.

A solid brick garage gives you plenty of great storage options because it’s easier to control the temperature and install furniture. Set up some shelving and you’ll have plenty of space to store those household items you don’t need regular access to. Storage fixtures like pegboards and wall mounted shelving are also easy to install because they have a solid mounting base with the bricks.

Choose what’s right for your needs

When it comes to your final choice between a garage or a shed it all depends on what you need, what you can fit, and what sits within your budget. The best option for you should strike a perfect balance between all three of these considerations. If you’re after a fast, easy to install and cost-effective option, then a garden shed may be the perfect option for you. If you’re looking for something more permanent that offers loads of storage flexibility, then maybe a garage is the better option for you.

The most important thing you should do is take your time to decide. Weigh up all your options and don’t be afraid to get a professional opinion. Head down to your local Bunnings Warehouse and you’ll find plenty of great garden shed options on display. From there the staff will be more than willing to help you out. Among these garden shed options, you’ll find our range of Pinnacle Hardware garden sheds. They’re easy to assemble and incredibly tough. All of our sheds meet strict Australian Standard Building codes and have a generous wind rating, making them sturdy enough to handle some of the toughest Aussie weather conditions.

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