How to Calculate a 50-Square-Foot Shed


Sheds may be very functional in terms of storage and extra work space. A 50-square-foot shed is not large, but it still may be useful. To ensure that the targeted space for such a shed is adequate, a quick and simple calculation using only a tape measure is all that is required.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Sketch out the shape and dimensions of your shed. Square footage equals length times width. There are two basic ways to sketch a 50-square-foot shed: a rectangle with dimensions of 10 feet by 5 feet or a square with dimensions of 7.07 feet by 7.07 feet.

  • Place the end of a tape measure on the ground at one corner of where the shed will be positioned. Have someone hold the end of the tape measure for you, or secure it with a heavy object or a stake.

  • Extend the tape outward for the length of one wall. Mark this point.

  • Retract the measuring tape and repeat the process for each of the other three sides, being sure to mark each corner.

  • Check your work by measuring each side again and multiplying the length times the width to make sure that you still come up with at least 50.

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