All of the sheds I've looked at have the door on the gable end. Does
the door on the gable side have advantages that a door on the eave side
doesn't or is it just a matter of aesthetics? I'm going to be getting
a 10x8 shed with the door on the 10' side.
I bought a 10' x 18' gambrel-roof shed 4 years ago.
It came standard with a gable-end double door. I ordered it with an
optional second double-door, on the eave side (18' side).
The gable-end door is higher so I don't hit my head. The eave-side
door isn't as high, and I have to be careful when entering & exiting.
As far as water is concerning, neither door leaks.
Having 2 doors makes it more convenient to access the shed when the
riding mower is parked inside and blocking one of the doors.
Mine is on the eave side, but I'll probably add one on the gable end to the
left for better access.
Here's my 8X12, with added shed roof, bench and sink.
Doorways on the short side of a shed favor large equipment and long boards
etc. Doorways on the long side favor people and small objects and maximize
use of storage in the corners of the structure. The gable and eves can be
on either the short or long wall, particularly for a small structure like a
Ask yourself what you plan to use it for and what access to the yard is
best. Other than that, its a coin flip IMO
Great Topic, I just had a 10x12 Storage Shed built on my driveway with
a gambrel roof, and the door on the gable end. And a workbench and eave
I have a small window and a skylight, but no overhead light, or power.
That's my question, how many folks just run an extension cord into the
shed from an exterior outlet for tools, light, etc. And how many had it
properly wired by an electrical pro?
Is there any obvious option that I am overlooking regarding electricity?
Personally I favor the extension cord plan, you don't have to have it
inspected, or taxed as it is a temporary structure. In my green house
we wired it properly, but the hook-up is a 10 ga extension cord running
to a gfi box mounted high on the wall of the house. The same goes for
the water, it is plumbed on the inside but the hook-up is a hose. It
covered by a lid.
In the shed, I installed an outlet electrical strip, (no sure of what it
is really called), and from it I have a radio plugged in, a security
monitor, and extra slots for a heater, etc.
I built our shed many years ago. It's 8'x12' with the door centered on the
12' side, under the roof eave. There are a couple of advantages I've noted
over the years.
1. Having the door centered on the long side of the building makes it
easier to store items on the left and right side as you walk in. You don't
have to go to the back of a 12' shed to get what you need. Much easier
2. Having the door under the eave lets you stand in the doorway while it's
raining, and helps keep water out of the shed if the door is open during a
I think the main reason most "kit" sheds have doors on the gable end is so
the roof can be lower. The shed has to be taller than the door to install a
door on the eave side.
As for power, I ran conduit underground from our house to our shed, and ran
a 30 amp circuit to a subpanel in the shed. For now, I just have a couple
of lights and some outlets. It's a nice feature when I have to go out to
the shed at night, or need to plug in the charger for my lawnmower battery.
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