We’ll look at each of these in turn, so you can make an informed decision about what accessories you really need, and what accessories won’t do you much good.
Shelves. Shelves are a fabulous maximizer of storage space if they are properly planned. Shelves are to a storage shed what skyscrapers are to houses. Essentially, they give you additional “floor space” by going vertical. If you get a sturdy, reinforced wooden shelf installed by a quality builder, you can get a shelf that will never bow for maybe $5/sq. ft. Considering that a bare shed will cost you probably a minimum of $15/sq. ft, that’s a pretty good deal.
- Workbench. Storage buildings can make great little workshops. Whether you want to turn the entire shed into a wood-turning studio, or you want to a corner to tinker around in, a workbench is a great investment in a workspace. Workbenches differ from shelves in that they are deeper, and even sturdier. You can order them in various lengths, but expect to pay $10-15 per foot of length.
- Pegboard. If you want to hang tools above the workbench, pegboard will be just the thing for you.
Ramp. Because a portable prefab shed floor has reinforcement underneath, it sits off the ground a bit. If you are walking in, it will often be only a short step up. But if you are driving in, that short step becomes a road block. You’ll need a ramp. Ramps are built the width of the door(s), not the width of the shed. They typically cost $120-200, depending on size.
- Anchor kits. A high quality stick-built storage shed almost never needs to be anchored. These sheds are already engineered to withstand significant storms. We have seen a lighter metal shed wrapped around a utility pole after a high wind–literally. So if you have a light plastic or metal shed, an anchor kit will be an important shed accessory.
- Roof strengthening kits. As with anchor kits, if you have a wood-framed storage shed, built like your home, this won’t be one of the shed accessories that you need. With a wood-frame shed, bearing a heavy snow load has already been designed into the roof. But if you happen to own a plastic or metal shed, you may want to check out this roof strengthening kit, as Byler Barns does not sell them.