Designs to Build a Wood Storage Shed

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Designs to Build a Wood Storage Shed
This small wood storage shed uses a basic gable design. (a lone barn and shed on a California hillside image by David Smith from

With the right wood selection and treatment, a wooden storage shed may last for decades."Wood sheds are perhaps the easiest and most economical outdoor shed you can build," according to Ask the Builder. Wood provides a durable and versatile exterior that can be tailored with a variety of styles and finishes.

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Barn Shed

The barn shed, also known as a gambrel shed, allows for plenty of head room and might even be spacious enough to accommodate a small attic. This shed design is characterised by its roof, which has two parallel sides that each have two slopes, resembling a miniature barn. According to Secrets of Shed Design, the gambrel shed has been used since colonial times. The angled roof not only optimises storage space, but also provides an historic, classic look, particularly when finished with wooden shingles.

Designs to Build a Wood Storage Shed
A barn shed, also known as a gambrel shed, provides maximum storage space. (barn image by Andrew Breeden from

Gable Shed

Like the gambrel shed, a gable shed design offers a great deal of versatility and room for storage. Unlike a gambrel design, the gable shed has a simple triangular roof with two straight slopes, rather than an angled roof. Gable sheds are a common wood storage shed design, and although the upper portion is not nearly as spacious as a gambrel shed, it still can accommodate a small attic for extra storage. The gable shed design is also much easier to build, which may make it a more appealing do-it-yourself option.

Vertical Shed

For those with a smaller yard or who simply need a smaller shed, a vertical shed design is quick, affordable, and simple to construct. Vertical storage sheds resemble large outdoor cabinets, and usually have a flat roof with two doors. Inside, the shed may be open in order to store tools with long handles (such as rakes or shovels), or they might have shelves to store smaller tools and gardening materials. Vertical storage sheds are usually no taller than six feet and measure two to three feet in width. Be sure to anchor your wooden storage shed if you live in an area where storms with high winds are common, since they can topple easily.

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