How Much Does a Storage Shed Cost? A Complete Pricing Guide for Homeowners

Mariel Loveland
Written by Mariel Loveland
Updated August 9, 2022
A handyman should be able to construct an outdoor storage shed
Photo: Courtesy of Ellen W. of Eau Claire, Wisc.

Highlights

  • Sheds cost anywhere from $100 to $30,000, including parts and labor.

  • The average homeowner spends $2,500 on a shed.

  • Sheds typically cost $15 to $150 per square foot.

  • Factors like size, use, and type of material impact total project cost.

  • Prefab sheds can cost less than custom sheds.

Sheds can help you beautify your backyard by housing unsightly materials or becoming extra living space—but how much do they cost? The average homeowner spends $2,500 on a shed, but according to HomeAdvisor, it could cost anywhere from $100 to $30,000, depending on the use, size, and design.

Minimum CostNational Average CostMaximum Cost
$100$2,500$30,000

How Much Is a Shed per Square Foot?

When it comes to storage shed ideas, the sky's the limit. Some people are looking for a place to house their lawnmower, while other people are looking for a backyard escape. 

A shed typically costs $15 to $150 per square foot, which includes both materials and installation. For the average 120 square foot, you’re looking at a total cost of $1,800 to $18,000—but there are a lot of factors that determine the actual price. 

Here’s how much you can expect to spend on common shed sizes.

  • 8x12 (96 square feet): $1,440–$14,400

  • 10x12 (120 square feet): $1,800–$18,000

  • 10x16 (160 square feet): $2,400–$24,000

  • 8x16 (128 square feet): $1,920–$19,200

  • 12x20 (240 square feet): $3,600–$36,000

  • 12x24 (288 square feet): $4,320–$43,200

Factors that Influence the Cost of a Storage Shed

Though you can typically break down the cost of building a shed into material and labor, there are certain factors that will impact the price. 

Prefab Kit or Custom

Prefab kits can cost quite a bit less than custom sheds of the same size. According to HomeAdvisor, most prefab shed kits cost anywhere from $1,500 to $4,000. 

Building a custom shed typically costs between $60 to $150 per square foot(or cost of $7,000 to $18,000 for the typical 10-foot-by-12-foot shed)

Labor

A contractor will typically charge $50 to $100 per hour to build or install your shed. The longer it takes, the more it’ll cost. Sheds made from heavier materials like wood generally take longer to put together.

If you have a prefab kit, expect to spend an additional $10 to $20 per square foot for professional assembly. For most homeowners, the cost for someone to assemble your shed is typically around $1,700 to $4,500

Materials

Most homeowners pay between $20 to $30 per square foot for the raw materials to build a shed. Some materials (like asphalt roofing and a vinyl frame) are budget-friendly. Others, like brick, cost more—especially because brick takes longer to assemble, so you’ll rack up labor costs.

Shed Size

Size is one of the biggest cost factors. The larger your shed, the more materials you’ll need and the longer it will take to put together. This drives up cost.

Foundation

Though pole sheds don’t require a foundation, most types of sheds do. A concrete slab (the most popular type of foundation) costs around $6 per square foot. The cost of a gravel pad foundation is only about $1.25 to $1.80 per square foot.

Electrical Wiring 

If you want electricity in your shed, you’ll need to hire an electrician near you. The cost to install new electrical wiring or a new electrical panel is between $600 to $2,200.

Painting

The cost of painting the exterior of your shed could add $0.50 to $3.50 per square foot to your project.

Additional Features

Sheds can have just as many features as a house. Adding plumbing, an HVAC system, and insulation can significantly increase costs. You may even want to add solar panels to your shed.

Storage Shed Cost by Material

The most common materials used to build a shed are vinyl, metal, wood, and brick. Vinyl, which is lightweight and resistant to rust and rot, is the least expensive. Brick, which is a less common choice, is on the high end of the spectrum because of a lengthier installation process that requires masonry expertise.

Shed Material Cost
Vinyl shed$200 – $5,000
Metal shed$500 – $7,000
Wood shed$3,000 – $15,000
Brick shed$3,200 – $30,000

Storage Shed Cost by Type of Shed

The cost of a storage shed is largely dependent on its intended use. Sheds that house livestock and large equipment like boats or farm machinery cost more than small sheds used to store garden supplies.

Comparing storage shed cost by type, with garden sheds costing $100 to $1,000

General Storage Shed 

A storage shed can cost anywhere from $300 (for a basic shed to store things like tools, bikes, and your lawn mower) to $15,000 (for a large shed with insulation, electricity, a workspace, and high-quality materials). It can cost even less if you do the job DIY.

Garden Shed 

Garden sheds are the smallest type of shed and typically cost $100 to $1,000. If you add a fully functional greenhouse, costs can skyrocket to $10,000.

Modern Shed

A modern-style shed is usually sold in a prefab kit that you can either install on your own or requires no installation. These typically cost $5,000 to $16,000, not including installation.

Hangout Shed

You can fully finish a shed with electricity, plumbing, and an HVAC system to create extra living space. Many people use this type of shed as a home office. This can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000.

Pole Shed

Pole sheds, which are supported by posts rather than a foundation, typically cost between $4,000 to $11,000.

Farm Implement Shed

A storage shed used to house farming equipment can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $40,000. The price depends on the purpose. If you’re housing livestock or storing large pieces of equipment, you’ll need a larger shed, which can cost more.

Run-In Shed

Run-in sheds are used for horses and other livestock. Expect to pay between $1,500 and $10,000, depending on size.

Commercial Shed

Commercial sheds are typically used to store large equipment like boats, tractors, and specialized machinery. Since they’re typically on the larger side, they usually cost anywhere from $25,000 to $80,000, but a smaller shed could cost less.

How Much Does It Cost to Build a Storage Shed Yourself?

If you’re handy, it’s possible to build a very basic DIY shed for as little as $100. Prefab options can cost a bit more at anywhere from $1,500 to $4,000, but they’re usually some of the simplest types of sheds to install. It really depends on the materials and your skillset. 

Still, building a shed requires the use of heavy power tools and—at least—a cursory knowledge of construction. Many homeowners prefer hiring a local shed builder, especially if they’re looking for a high-end shed with electricity and plumbing.

Shed Cost FAQ

Do I need a permit to build a shed?

You may need a local building permit and written permission from your homeowner’s association to install a shed. Research the local laws before starting your project.

How much will it cost to repair my shed?

Repairs are part of the long-term cost of a shed. The average cost to replace a shed roof is $150 to $750 for a typical 120-square-foot shed or about $3.75 per square foot.