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A 12x20 Shed – Is that the Right Size for You?

Jared Reiff - January 12, 2024

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While a 12×20 shed provides spacious and versatile space for numerous storage and use possibilities, The question may still be, is a 12×20 shed the right size for you?
If you are seriously considering a 12×20 storage shed keep on reading to learn about its popular styles, available interior space, uses, prices, and much more.
Let’s begin!


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What are the Types of 12×20 Shed?

There are generally about 5 different shed styles for you to choose from for your ideal 12×20 shed.

12×20 Garden Shed

The Garden Shed (also known as the A-Frame) provides a different angle on a typical A-Frame Shed. With its Gabled roof highlighted on both its sides and the front doors facing away from the Gable roof, the appearance is a bit quainter. Plus, this style allows for more wall height and interior space. If you are wishing for a she-shed, spacious home office, or mancave, this style offers a perfect fit!

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12×20 Lofted Barn

As every bit as charming as it is spacious, the Lofted Barn stands a head above all the rest! Thanks to its darling gambrel style roof, the Lofted Barn provides the most interior headspace of all the styles. If you were wishing for a loft inside your 12×20 shed, this is the style to go with. Enjoy turning the Lofted Barn into an organized storage space, hobby workspace, workshop, or epic man cave.

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12×20 Garage Shed

Are you on the hunt for reliable vehicle protection or a workshop? Meet the Garage Shed. A 12×20 Garage Shed provides a durable and sufficient space for one vehicle. Enjoy finally owning a dry and burglar-proof space to protect your prized money investment. Or if you are looking for a sturdy and reliable workshop with the useful addition of a garage door, the Garage Shed will not disappoint!

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12×20 Utility Shed

If basic storage is your main purpose look no further than a 12×20 Utility Shed! Not only is this the most economical style, but it also pairs perfectly with storing lawn care equipment, pool gear, or surplus household storage. Besides being the most affordable style, the Utility Shed offers a classic and modern appearance. Simple, yet effective, this style of 12×20 Shed fits the bill for satisfactory storage space!

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12×20 Saltbox Shed

Do you wish for a one-of-a-kind 12×20 storage shed? If so, the Saltbox Shed presents as the most unique of all the shed styles. With its sloping roof and darling overhangs, the Saltbox Shed is a real keeper. Whether for storage or a home office, this style will be sure to leave a lasting impression on all!

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How Many Square Feet is a 12×20 Shed?

There are precisely 240 square feet of interior space inside a 12×20 storage shed. This size falls into the large storage shed category. 

This square footage offers you a generous amount of space to work with. Here is a list of items you could fit inside a 12×20 storage shed.

  • One vehicle – A little snug depending upon the brand of vehicle. 
  • 3 Lawnmowers, a workbench, and additional storage
  • An ATV and a golf cart – Both would fit inside comfortably with room to spare for other storage!

If you are going for hobby space, this size should accommodate your space needs well. 

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However, for the best sense of what space a 12×20 shed offers you, take a tape measure and stake out the feet in your backyard. 

This action allows you to see the amount of space visually and evaluate whether this size fits well in your available property’s space as well as fits all your desired list of items.

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How Much Does a 12×20 Shed Cost?

Generally, the price of a 12×20 shed ranges from $5,000 – to $12,000 depending upon the style and exterior materials. Additional customizations also contribute to the final cost of a 12×20 shed.

For example, a basic 12×20 Garage Shed costs approximately $9,210 while a basic 12×20 Utility Shed costs approximately $6,580. 

The best way to know the cost of your idealized 12×20 storage shed would be to contact a local shed builder and get a free quote

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What Can I Safely Store in a 12×20 Shed?

You can pretty much store anything within your 12×20 shed like:

  • Lawn equipment
  • Tools
  • Mowers
  • ATVs
  • Golf Carts
  • Sealed bins of seasonal decorations
  • Potting supplies
  • Bikes
  • Athletic gear
  • A Car
  • Kid’s toys (safely protected in bins)
  • Snowblowers
  • Pots
  • Outdoor décor
  • Pool gear
  • ETC…

 Everything is pretty much safe to store inside a 12×20 shed except the following:

  • Canned food
  • Paints 
  • Musical instruments
  • Glue
  • Clothing
  • Photographs
  • Wine
  • Electronics
  • Artwork
  • Important paperwork, documents, comics, or magazines
  • Pet food – Except dry food that is sealed very tightly

For more details on what is not safe to store inside a shed, check out this article here.

Just to clarify that the above is assuming the 12×20 shed’s interior is unfinished. If you finish the interior of the shed, then all the above is safe to store inside a 12×20 shed.

What are the Best Uses of a 12×20 Shed?

The best uses for a 12×20 shed are either adequate vehicle protection, a workshop, or spacious storage space for lawn equipment and larger motorized items. 

However, there is no limit to a 12×20 shed’s possibilities for use. Here are some other popular ideas.

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How Can I Customize a 12×20 Shed?

Here are some of the typical customizable options offered by most shed companies and specifically DuraStor Structures.

  • Siding and Trim Colors

While this is a custom option, choosing your ideal deal siding and trim color does not increase the price of your 12×20 shed.  

Check out some available colors here.  

  • Roofing

Depending upon which style you choose, you may have the option of either metal roofing or architectural shingles. 

Metal roofing is the most expensive of the two options. Although it can vary depending upon the shed builder and the quality of the metal.

  • Windows

If your ideal style does not already include windows, you can add windows as a custom option. Adding windows will increase the cost of your 12×20 shed. 

  • Door

All the 12×20 shed styles come with a shed door. However, if you wish to add another one for supplementary access into your 12×20 shed additional doors are a custom option. 

  • Electric Package

Not all shed companies offer this as a custom option, but at DuraStor, we do! If you know you want to run electricity to your shed, you can choose between these two custom options. 

    • Basic Wiring – Includes: One light socket, one switch outlet combo
    • Deluxe Wiring – Includes: Breaker panel, 4 outlets, 2-4 LED lights
  • Dormers

Dormers add a stylish and attractive touch to your 12×20 shed. Plus, usually, dormers include transom windows which will increase the natural lighting in your shed. 

  • Flooring

With the Garden Shed and the Utility Shed, you have the option of upgrading from ¾ sanded plywood to a ¾ pressure treated floor. This action will increase your flooring’s resiliency against moisture.

  • Ramp

If you plan to park your car, lawnmowers, ATVs, etc. inside your 12×20 shed, the addition of a ramp is a wise custom option. Enjoy entering and exiting your 12×20 shed with ease!

How Can I Customize a 12x20 Shed?

12×20 Shed Plans – Ways to Create Your Own Shed

There are two ways to create your own 12×20 storage shed. Either through a 3D Shed Builder or a local shed builder.

      2. 3D Shed Builder

A 3D Shed Builder offers you a visual tool that allows you to see what your future 12×20 shed could look like. You can choose your favorite style. Then, if desired, you can change where the door is located, add additional windows, etc.
Not only can you make all your additions and see what it would look like, but you also get an instant price estimate. Finally, you can order your shed and have it delivered all from the comfort of your living room.
Even if you are not within DuraStor Structures’ delivery radar, try out our 3D Builder to get an idea of what your ideal 12×20 shed can be.

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      2. Local Shed Builders

You can reach out to a local shed builder, like DuraStor Structures, and stop in to see the 12×20 sheds yourself.
Together, with a sales representative, you can create your ideal 12×20 shed. Plus, you can have all your questions answered in person.


Hopefully, the above information on 12×20 sheds helped confirm your choice of a 12×20 shed!

If you are in the lovely state of Georgia, check out DuraStor Structures. We offer quality and custom 12×20 storage sheds designed to fit your specific space needs. 

Otherwise, wishing you the best in securing your ideal 12×20 shed!

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