When it comes to selecting a portable building, size matters. A portable building can serve several different purposes, from a convenient storage space to a cozy office or a temporary residence. However, the key to maximizing its utility lies in choosing a size that best suits your specific needs. In this article, we’ll offer some guidance to help you make an informed decision.

Understand Your Needs

The first step is to clearly define the purpose of your portable building. Are you looking for extra storage, a new office space, or a small workshop? The intended use will have a major influence on your size requirements. For example, a storage building for garden tools won’t need as much space as a workshop or home office.

Consider Future Use

Think long-term. Your needs may change over time, so consider potential future uses of the portable building. Choosing a slightly larger size might be a wise decision if it could serve multiple purposes down the line.

Space Availability and Location

Measure the area where you plan to place the portable building. Make sure there’s enough room not just for the building, but also for easy access and maintenance around it. Also, check zoning laws and building codes, as they might dictate size limitations.

Size Options

Common dimensions start from small 6’ x 8’ structures, suitable for minimal storage needs, and can go up to 40’ x 40’ or even larger.  When considering size, also consider height, as higher ceilings can offer more storage options and a sense of spaciousness.

Budget Considerations

Your budget will play a significant role in your decision. Larger buildings naturally cost more, not just in terms of initial purchase price but also in maintenance and utility costs if the space is to be heated or cooled.

Accessibility and Functionality

Consider the interior layout of your portable building. Is there enough room to move around comfortably? For a workspace, make sure there’s sufficient space for furniture, equipment, and walking space. For storage, think about shelving and the ease of accessing stored items.


Choosing the right-sized portable building balances your current needs, potential future uses, space availability, budget, and the building’s functionality. By taking the time to assess these factors carefully, you can select a portable building that not only meets your immediate requirements but also adapts to your changing needs.

Acadiana Discount Portable Buildings has served the Southwest Louisiana region since 2010, offering a range of high-quality building solutions. Specializing in metal structures such as RV covers, garages, and commercial buildings, we provide a transparent and hassle-free purchase experience.  With our expert consultants to guide you, we can provide detailed product comparisons to help you make well-informed decisions. Known for top-quality materials at competitive prices, we also offer free building delivery and anchoring services.  We have three locations to serve you in New Iberia, Lake Charles, and Carencro, LA, so we’re close by to wherever you are.

For more information about the products and services we provide, contact us via our website or call to speak to one of our portable building consultants:

Lake Charles – 337-210-4151    Carencro – 337-210-4913    New Iberia – 337-565-2540