How to Build Temporary Wood Buildings

Updated April 17, 2017

Temporary wood buildings can be used for anything from shelter for a garden party to excess storage space for garden tools and furniture. While not fixed permanently to the ground, temporary wood buildings can be sufficiently robust to be hardwearing against the elements, and can also provide much needed outdoor space for special events. Building temporary wooden buildings requires a basic knowledge of DIY skills and basic woodworking tools.

Measure four lengths of timber and cut to 10 feet. Measure and cut a further four lengths to 8 feet. This will provide the structure of your temporary wooden building, and marks the outline of the two sides of the building. Nail the 8 feet and 10 feet lengths at the corners to form two rectangles.

Mark the 10 feet lengths every 2 feet with a pencil. This will give the mark on which the studs will be centred for supporting the weight of the roof and stabilising the structure.

Cut eight further 8 feet lengths of timber and fix to the centre markings to support the two side panels. Nail each length top and bottom running vertically inside the frame.

Cut four lengths of 8 feet as cross-supports and fix to each of the side panels at the top and bottom of both ends, joining together to make the basic box structure of your temporary wood building.

Fix the structure into the ground, using a masonry drill and temporary fixing or hammered bolt where appropriate. Make sure the panels are vertical and the cross-supports are horizontal.

Fix wood panel sheeting using light nails to the exterior and roof of your temporary wood building to provide shelter from the weather as required.


For more lightweight, temporary structures, consider sheeting your wooden frame with clear plastic sheeting. This is more cost effective than wood panelling, and more easily broken down when your temporary building needs to be moved.


Temporary wood buildings may need the permission of your local planning authority. Get in touch with the planning authority to check out your plans before commencing any structural work.

Things You'll Need

  • Lengths of 2-by-4
  • Saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Pencil
  • Wood panel sheeting
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