Farm equipment are unwieldy, yet essential pieces of equipment, and you need a storage shed to keep them safe. Here’s a quick guide to planning a storage shed for your farm machinery.
Location and Orientation
Start your plan by finding a suitable location, one that allows easy access and is on stable ground. When deciding on the building’s orientation, consider factors like wind direction and access to paths. Ideally, the doors should be facing away from prevailing winds to reduce potential wind damage. If you must place other facilities near the equipment shed, avoid placing it next to livestock housing as increased moisture from the latter can cause corrosion.
Your farm machinery and equipment will dictate the dimensions of your storage shed. It should be wide and tall enough to accommodate all of them, plus have enough space in the shed for you and your workers to move around comfortably — not just for getting in and out of the vehicles, but also for performing maintenance. If you are planning on getting more equipment and machinery, you must factor them into your storage shed design.
You need a storage shed that will protect your farm machinery and equipment from the elements. While storage sheds can be built from virtually any material, metal is the best option because it can withstand most weather conditions, does not trap heat and works in any design configuration. They also take less time to build, which can be a critical factor if you need to replace a weather-damaged shed.
Open Sides or Fully Enclosed?
Storage sheds can be built with less than four walls or at least without a door. This makes the shed more convenient to use if you need to access your shed and move your equipment around frequently. However, if security is a concern, a fully enclosed storage shed may be more suitable.