10×12 Shed – A Guide to Buying or Building a 10×12 Storage Shed

10x12 Shed, Vinyl Siding

10×12 Cottage. This cottage features a 7/12 pitch roof, with steel-blue vinyl siding supplied by our client.

The 10×12 shed is one of our most popular sheds. And it’s popular for good reason! The 10×12 is a great size for your basic storage needs. It doesn’t overtake your small backyard, but it still allows plenty of space for a riding mower.  It can also be a quiet place for you to work on your hobbies or even a little bedroom for your daughter who is home from college for the summer. The options are endless!

But is 10×12 the right size for you? Before you spend a month of Saturdays building a 10×12 or your last paycheck getting us to build you one, you want to be sure that it really is the right choice. We’ve been helping people choose the right shed for them since 1972, so let us help you. Scroll on down and read this brief guide to help you decide whether a 10×12 shed is really what you need. We’ll also show you some different design options for your new shed and give you some ideas for how you can maximize the space.

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  1. 10×12 shed cost
  2. What will fit into a 10×12 shed?
  3. How can I optimize the space in my 10×12?
  4. Photo Tour

How much does a 10×12 shed cost?

The cost of your new shed is going to depend a lot on whether you build or buy. If you buy, there are options for cheaply-made economy sheds. Obviously, higher quality sheds are going to cost more; that’s no shocker!

Let’s look at a few different options.

Our pricing for a 10×12 storage shed starts at about $3,000 for a painted cottage-style shed. The vinyl cottage shed starts around $3,400. Both of these come standard with a set of double doors and two windows. We also have a 10×12 run-in shed (starting at $2,400) for your outdoor storage or animal, as well as a 10×12 generator shed that starts at $3,400.

Even though we would be delighted to build you the shed of your dreams, we do encourage you to shop around. You’ll find that there are cheaper 10×12 sheds out there. Just like with any other product, you’ll need to decide what is most important to you – cost or quality.

(To learn more, read How Much Does a Shed Cost)

What will fit into a 10×12 storage building?

Your 10×12 can become a home to a whole variety of things. On the practical side of things, it can hold a riding mower, a motorcycle, four-wheeler, or go-kart. Or, if you’re looking for a little personal space, it could hold a twin bed with a nightstand, dresser, and stocked mini-fridge. You could put in a few bookshelves with a couch and recliner.

Just remember: don’t fill every single inch of your shed. You want to be able to get in, around, and out without any damage to you or your possessions.

The scale models below will give you an idea of what could fit in your shed. Take notice of the placement of the doors (marked in blue). We’ll learn more about this further down, but doors make a big difference in how you’re able to use your storage space.

Woohoo, a Mustang!

Okay, just kidding. Obviously, you’re not going to be getting a 1964 Mustang into this shed. If you want space for that guy, you’re going to need a 12×20.

Let’s move on to some pictures of things that will actually fit in your new 10×12.

Here’s a simple standard option – double doors at the end. You can easily fit a four-wheeler (or mower or motorcycle) in with plenty of space for gas cans, shelves, etc.

This has the same double-door placement; notice that you can fit a mower AND its trailer into this 10×12 – with or without the trailer hooked on.

This model simply adds a single door on the one side. That makes it super easy to sneak in without moving the mower out to grab tools off your shelves or get some steaks out of a chest freezer you’re storing there.

Here you can see the difference of moving the double doors to the side and putting the single door on the end. Now, you can easily get your trailer in one corner with plenty of space for your mower and gas cans.

Finally, (and my personal favorite) an arrangement with TWO sets of double doors that allows you to fit business and pleasure all into one 10×12 shed. You might even have room for that mini-fridge.

That last picture shows you one of the great things about customized buildings – you can add as many doors as you want! The Byler barn that sat in my backyard when I was growing up had three doors. Talk about easy access!

How to optimize space in your 10×12 shed

There are several ways you can optimize space in your shed.

The first one is pretty obvious: shelves, lofts, and hooks. These options can add a great deal of storage room to your building. Below, you can see the loft added to a standard 10×12 shed.

10x12 Painted Shed - Loft

Here you can see a loft inside a 10×14 shed. The amount of space in the loft will depend on the pitch of your roof. 

In addition to that, you can also choose the pitch of your roof. If you’d like lots of loft space, you can get a steeper roof like the 7/12 roof shown below.

10x12 Vinyl Cottage Shingles

This 10×12 is has vinyl siding with a ramp for easy drive-in access. The side view allows you to see what the 7/12 pitch roof looks like.

The third way to optimize space is to carefully select your door placement. It doesn’t sound like something very important, but it actually makes a big difference in how much usable storage space you have. For example, if you put the double doors on the end of your barn and then park your mower right inside, you are going to have to go crawling around and over your mower every time you want to get to that stocked mini-fridge. (Putting the mower in back and the mini-fridge in front isn’t a great option either unless you want to move the fridge every time the grass gets long.) If you parked your motorcycle behind the mower, you’ll have to pull the mower out every time you want to go for a scenic ride. Inconvenient, right? So carefully consider where you want your doors.

One way to deal with the door placement question is to simply add an additional door somewhere else on the building for easy access to the things behind your mower.  You can see this in the picture below.

10x12 Vinyl Shed

In addition to the standard double doors, the owner of this vinyl 10×12 has an small door on the side for easy access. Here you can also see a standard roof without a higher pitch.

Photo Tour – 10×12 Sheds

Finally, here are a few pictures of some 10×12 sheds we’ve built. They might help give you some ideas for your own custom shed.

10x12 Storage Shed Vinyl

Here’s a simple, but classy, vinyl 10×12 – you can see how they’ve chosen the 7/12 pitch roof for added vertical space inside the shed.
On a vinyl shed, the windows get shutters – you choose that color too.

10x12 Generator shed

This is a 10×12 generator shed – a great way to stay dry while working on your commercial generator. Not to mention, it helps keep your generator cleaner.
It’s a painted shed, so the window has trim.

10x12 Vinyl Storage Building Shed - 7/12 pitch roof

Here’s another vinyl 10×12. This customer chose to add a ramp in front of the door which makes it super easy to drive a mower in and out.

10x12 Painted Storage Shed

This painted 10×12 has a standard roof.
It also has the doors on the end instead of the side, again with a ramp for easy access.

Thank you for joining us on this exploration of 10×12 shed options. Whether you buy from us or not, we hope it’s been helpful for you!

If you’re interested in a larger shed, check out these guides:

We’ve got lots of great shed options on our sales lots, but our specialty is custom design. We want to be sure you get exactly the building you want so you can enjoy it for many years to come.

Think you might be interested in having us build you a shed?

Katherine Mullet – Executive Assistant to the President of Byler Barns

When Katherine isn’t working at Byler’s, she enjoys teaching part-time, reading, and drinking coffee…lots of coffee.