Hay Shed Sizes

What Size Hay Shed Do I Need?

Hay shed sizes (along with prices) is an important topic when researching a new hay shed.

This is because choosing the right hay shed size and configuration can help create a cost-effective design and provide functional hay storage. Also, not choosing the right hay shed size might result in a lack of storage space or clearance height – and we all know this can be very frustrating!

If you are not sure what size hay shed you need, this article is a useful guide.

In this guide you will find:

  • Hay shed size recommendations from 1000 bale storage to 4,500 bale storage. 
  • Our hay shed calculator. This is a handy tool if you are looking store a specific amount of bales. 
  • Hay shed height recommendations and best practice bay spacings. 

Plus, we have included a hay shed inspiration gallery and additional hay shed resource.

Let’s get started!

Hay Shed Sizes

Hay Shed Sizes -What Size Hay Shed Do I Need?

Here are come common hay shed size recommendations ranging from 1,000 bales to 4,500 bales. 

We have included these sizes because they are both cost-effective and practical. 

1,000 bales hay storage

Options for storing 1,000 bales of hay include these hay shed sizes: 

  • 32m(L) x 18m(W) x 6m(H) – 1,008 bales
  • 40m(L) x 15m(W) x 6m(H) – 1080 bales
  • 24m(L) x 18m(W) x 7.5m(H) – 1008 bales
  • 32m(L) x 15m(W) x 7.5m(H) – 1150 bales

2,000 bales hay storage

Options for storing 2,000 bales of hay include:

  • 48m(L) x 24m(W) x 6m(H) – 2050 bales
  • 40m(L) x 27m(W) x 6m(H) – 1890 bales
  • 40m(L) x 24m(W) x 7.5m(H) – 2250 bales
  • 40m(L) x 21m(W) x 7.5m(H) – 2,040 bales

2,500 bales hay storage

Options for storing 2,500 bales of hay include:

  • 48m(L) x 21m(W) x 7.5m(H) – 2450 bales
  • 40m(L) x 27m(W) x 7.5m(H) – 2520 bales

3,500 bales hay storage

Options for storing 3,500 bales of hay include

  • 56m(L) x 27m(W) x 7.5m(H) – 3520 bales
  • 64m(L) x 24m(W) x 7.5m(H) – 3650 bales
  • 72m(L) x 21m(W) x 7.5m(H) – 3,670 bales

4,500 bales hay storage

Options for storing 4,500 bales of hay include

  • 64m(L) x 30m(W) x 7.5m(H) – 4410 bales
  • 72m(L) x 27m(L) x 7.5m(H) – 4540 bales
  • 80m(L) x 24m(W) x 7.5m(H) – 4560 bales
  • 88m(L) x 21m(W) x 7.5m(H) – 4490 bales

Our team is more than happy to look at all your options and work out what size is most cost-effective and practical. 

We can also provide a cost per bale figure to help you with your comparisons.

If you aren’t sure what size hay shed will work best for you, talk to a building consultant – otry out our hay shed storage calculator below.  

Hay Shed Sizes Calculator

To help you determine the best shed size for storing hay, use this calculator.

Firstly, choose your bale type, and a few shed dimensions. Then the total number of bales stored will be shown in the last field.

Hay shed sizes are made up of a number of details including spans, bay spacings and shed heights. 

Learn about each of these details below. 

Hay Shed Bay Spacings – What Bay Spacing Is Best For My Hay Shed?

The most cost-effective and practical bay spacing for hay sheds is between 8 metres (26’) and 8.5 metres (28’). The advantage of these bay widths is that they allow three big square bales to be stacked between the columns while providing effective air movement around the bales.

However, we have seen a trend towards bigger bay spacings such as 9 metres or 10 metres. These are usually chosen by large cropping enterprises and export hay facilities to make the shed easier to load and unload. 

Hay Shed Heights – How High Does My Hay Shed Need to Be?

Firstly, the height of a hay shed should be governed by the reach of the equipment that the farmer uses to load and unload their shed. 

Those that load their shed with a front-end loader, are generally limited to stacking the big square bales up to six in height (or four round bales). To accommodate this, a shed height of six metres would be required (or 5.25 metres for round bales). 

With a telehandler though, big square bales can be stacked in excess of eight bales in height. However, it is obviously of utmost importance to put safety first when stacking bales this high.

Common eave heights when storing big square bales, are 6.75 metres (seven bales high) and 7.5 metres (eight bales high). In many cases recently hay sheds have been built with an 8-metre clearance height. This is to provide extra room when loading and unloading the top bales and for improved air movement around the bales. 

Larger operators and export hay storage companies usually build their hay sheds 9 metres high as they have the machinery available to safely stack this high. 

Hay Shed Spans – What Are The Standard Spans For Hay Sheds?

The best standard spans for hay sheds include: 

  • 15 metres  
  • 18 metres  
  • 24 metres  
  • 27 metres  

The 15-metre span and 18-metre span are great options for smaller-scale hay storage. Te 24-metre span and the 27-metre span are popular because they are cost-effective and work well with cantilevered canopies.   

These spans are used in popular hay shed sizes such as: 

  • 15m (W) x 32m (L) x 6m (H)  
  • 18m (W) x 40m (L) x 6m (H)  
  • 24m (W) x 48m (L) x 7.5m (H)  
  • 24m (W) x 64m (L) x 7.5m (H)  
  • 27m (W) x 72m (L) 9m (H)  
You can learn more about these spans, here – What Are The Standard Spans For Farm Sheds?
We hope this discussion on hay sheds sizes has been helpful! If you are still looking for ideas for your project, the hay shed inspiration gallery is the perfect place to start! Check it out below. 

Hay Shed Inspiration Gallery

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