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8 Creative Ways to Use a 12×24 Storage Shed

Deciding on the size of your storage shed can be tricky. You may be considering a smaller option to save space, but most homeowners find that a larger shed, usually 12×24 feet, is the best solution for a space that goes beyond storage. 

Though the abundant storage space of a 12×24 shed is definitely an appealing factor for many, it’s often a popular choice for its ability to serve a variety of recreational purposes.

What are some popular conversions for a 12×24 storage shed? Let’s walk through the eight different types of bonus rooms you can create out of this sizable portable building. 

1. Fitness Area

Save yourself a trip to the gym by converting your large shed into a fitness area. A few mats and some mirrors on the wall will get you started, but to break a sweat, you’ll need to invest in equipment as well. 

A 12×24 storage shed can easily fit an array of free weights, an elliptical machine, and even an exercise bike. You’ll want to ensure proper ventilation so that the temperature remains comfortable for working out. For this reason, consider adding a few windows and a standing fan to keep the air circulating.

2. Pool House

Many homeowners who have pools want to find ways to make the space more convenient and welcoming to guests. A 12×24 storage shed is the perfect solution. Invest in a storage shed design featuring large windows and double French doors to create an open-air feel.

You can use the shed as a changing area for guests, and with a proper water hookup, you can even have running water. Your shed can also make for an ideal pool storage space, where you can house towels, floatation devices, and more. 

Keep in mind that, in order to use this as a wash space too, you’ll likely have to get approval from your local building authority for plumbing capabilities. Furthermore, you’ll need to raise your 12×24 shed to create a crawl space for water lines.

3. Chicken Coop

If you raise chickens (or you’re thinking about giving it a go), a shed is a perfect option for a coop. Starting your own chicken coop from scratch will be more work than buying a prefab model, but building it in your 12×24 shed means you can customize it exactly how you’d like. You might be able to save money by making this savvy choice!

Line the shed with wooden pallets and top these with straw or pine shavings to create a comfortable base. Remember the importance of temperature control, so enhancing ventilation by installing windows can go a long way. However, you’ll want to line these openings with chicken wire in order to make them predator-proof. 

A 12×24 shed is also plenty large enough to convert one of the walls into a space for nesting boxes using wooden shelving materials.

4. Man Cave

Everyone loves a man cave (or a she shed), and your outdoor storage building can make the perfect hideaway. You can rig your shed with electricity, giving you the opportunity to hook up an entertainment system too. Furnish your cave with comfy couches and chairs, and you’ll be all set to relax. 

Since this is a space you’ll be using less frequently, it can potentially even run off of a portable solar-powered or gas-powered generator, utilizing resources from your main house structure. 

5. Golf Shed

Golfers are passionate about their sport and often look for any opportunity to practice. If you’re an avid golfer, you can set up a putting area in your shed to practice whenever you want. If you really want to go all out, you can set up a golf simulator to practice all of your swings at home.

This can be done by lining one wall with a projector curtain, and setting up a projector overhead. Make sure to plan for abundant overhead space if you do this, designating a ceiling height of 8’ or more when customizing your shed plans. 

You’ll also want to line the inside flooring of your shed with roll-out artificial grass for a more accurate experience.

6. Boat Storage

Boats that are stored outdoors are subject to harsh weather, which will cause wear and tear. If you’re a boat owner, you can convert your large shed into boat storage to keep it safe from the elements until it’s time to get back out on the water. 

For this reason, you’ll want to install a roll-up door on the side of your storage shed to make it more of a custom metal garage structure. 

12x24 shed with roll-up door for storage

7. ATV Storage

It’s important to store your recreational vehicles indoors to keep them protected, and a 12×24 storage shed lets you do exactly that. Storing your ATV guards it against theft, pests, and inclement weather, which will help your bike to last longer and run more smoothly. 

Much like the boat storage variation we mentioned, adding a metal roll-up door along the side of your structure will allow for easier access. 

8. Home Office

Even if you don’t have a spare room in your home, you can still make a home office in your 12×24 storage shed. Make this space a comfortable place to work by furnishing it with a comfy desk, chair, and computer. You’ll also enjoy the change of scenery while you work.

If you decide to use this space as a home office, you’ll want to properly insulate it since you’ll be spending longer periods of time in it. Spray foam insulation is more than suitable for these purposes. 

Furthermore, you’ll want to install electricity so that you can add power outlets for your devices. If your 12×24 shed is in close enough proximity to your main house structure, you can run the line from your main electrical panel. Hiring a qualified electrician and obtaining the correct permits are crucial for this job.