How to Build Your Own Shed

Updated July 20, 2017

Sheds are used to store a variety of objects, like garden tools, sports equipment and household items. They can even serve as work areas for hobbies and crafts. Building your own small shed on level ground is not a complicated task and can be done in about a day. All you need to build one yourself are a few basic tools, three types of lumber and hardware.

Cut the 3-inch-by-6-inch boards for the support base under your shed. Use pressure-treated lumber. Leave two pieces at 6 feet long, and cut four 2-foot, 7-inch pieces.

Put two 2-foot, 7-inch pieces on their edges between the 6-foot pieces at each end, forming a rectangle. Equally space out the remaining 2-foot, 7-inch pieces inside the frame, perpendicular to the 6-foot sides, for floor support. Attach the frame with penny nails.

Lay the 3-foot-by-6-foot sheet of pressure-treated plywood over the frame for the floor. Line it up. Nail it down to the six sections of the frame.

Build the framing for the walls. Incorporate a 3-foot-wide by 7-foot-high space for your door into your framing for one of the 6-foot walls. Use two 2-inch-by-4-inch boards together on both sides and along the top of the door.

Build frames for the 6-foot-long walls by first assembling two individual 6-foot by 7-foot rectangles out of 2-inch-by-4-inch boards and nail each one together. Cut and nail pieces of 2-inch-by-4-inch boards to fit vertically between the 6-foot sides and space them 8 inches apart through each frame. Build the 3-foot walls 2-foot, 7-inches long because the edges of the other walls add 4 inches.

Stand the four walls up around the outer edge of the floor and nail them together. Nail them to the floor every 6 inches and to each other about every 4 inches.

Cut a 2-inch-by-4-inch board to expand the length of the shed between the 3-foot walls and 6 inches past each wall. Nail it on edge across the top of the shed in the middle of each 3-foot wall for the slope of the roof.

Cut and nail sheets of pressure-treated plywood to the top of the 6-foot walls up to the 2-inch-by-4-inch boards, forming an A-frame roof. The plywood for the roof should extend at least 6 inches past each 3-foot wall.

Cover the outside of the walls with 1/2-inch, pressure-treated plywood. Cut the plywood to size and nail it to the studs.

Cut pieces of tin to size and nail them to the roof.

Have a plastic door made, or build your own using 1/2-inch plywood, and hang with two heavy-duty hinges.


Be cautious when using power tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Four 6-foot, 3-inch-by-6-inch boards
  • 3-foot-by-6-foot sheet of 3/4-inch plywood
  • Measuring tape
  • Circular saw
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • 2-inch-by-4-inch boards
  • 4-foot-by-8-foot sheets of 1/2-inch plywood
  • Tin sheets
  • Hinges
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