How To Build A Shed – Detailed Guide

DIY projects can often be particularly rewarding, and this is never more true than when building a shed , where the finished product is so practical. Although this is an enormous job, it is less complicated than what it is thought. The following information aims to provide some basic advice on how to build a shed.

Being Efficient

The most effortless and most efficient way to learn how to build a shed is by using some prime quality shed plans. These will explain in step by step detail the most time and cost effective way to go about building the shed. They’re going to include all measurements, as well as all materials and tools needed for the job.

They’re going to show exactly the easiest way to cut each piece of wood to the particular measurements, and the way to fit them all together. All that should be done is to follow the instructions. Briefly they make building a shed extremely quick and easy.

The Shed Foundation

Shed plans will demonstrate that the most effective way to build a shed is to work from the floor up. This will give a solid foundation to work on and will permit an idea of the size of the finished shed to be formed.

The frame of the floor should be first laid out using individual pieces of lumber as mentioned in the shed plans. Onto this frame each floor panel should be secured with galvanized nails. If any pieces of floor panel overhang the sides of the frame they can be cut away using a saw.

The Side Walls of the Shed

The solid floor will now provide an area on which to work. Each side wall should start with a frame much in the same way as the floor did. The frame will be built using 4 outer pieces of wood to form the main shape, with several inner pieces equally spaced along the length of the frame.

The proper measurements for the spacings will be specified in the shed plans. As soon as the frame has been nailed together the panelling has to be attached. Once again we will nail each panel into place and cut any excess wood. One side wall has to be attached to the floor, the other one will complete the structure once the front and rear walls have been added.

The End Walls of the Shed

The back and front walls can now be made as laid out in the plans. The pieces of wood we have used in this stage will give an indication in regards to the height of the shed we have built. This could be the trickiest stage of the process so far, as it involves cutting a door of the proper size out of the front wall. After this, both end walls can be secured to the floor, and the final side wall added. Everything should be safely nailed together.

The Shed Roof

The roof trusses can now be secured along the length of the shed at intervals indicated in the plans. Joining one side wall to the other, they will form the frame of the roof. Any excess wood from the end walls should now be cut away to form the shape of the completed shed. The panelling for the roof can now be added to the frame.


Since the roof will be sloped at an angle a window can be cut into one of the sides. Again, the plans will indicate the location. The front doors can now be added, and the completed shed treated with a wood protecting treatment to be in a position to resist the elements.

Learning how to build a shed is much easier when using shed plans. They provide all of the information critical information to allow a high quality shed to be constructed. By following clear, detailed directions even amateur woodworkers can build sheds like the experts.

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25 Responses to How To Build A Shed – Detailed Guide

  1. meisme66 says:

    Thank you. This advice made it very clear and easy to follow.
    Since reading your article and watching your video I have built a shed on the family farm and converted it into a chicken shed.
    Being able to go back to the DIY video really helped.

  2. Sam says:

    Having somebody walk you through the details of such an articulate project in a way that’s comprehendable is hard to find, and you did it! It’s really helpful to have this tutorial broken up into parts, and Shannon’s patience and clear instructions in the video makes it a lot easier to not lose your mind when trying to build a shed for yourself, which is definitely not an easy task! I look forward to referencing to this when the warm weather rolls around! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  3. Gerardo says:

    The instructions are really clear and easy to follow,and very helpful, the guy was very patient explaining it.

  4. LoveForWood says:

    I wanted to build my own shed because I wanted to save some money. My first attempt was a total disaster. I had to re-build again but the second time around, I realized that having the right shed plans really does save you time, effort, and money! I was provided with the right measurements that I needed plus the tools and materials required for building. It made my work relatively easier and allowed me to work efficiently. This is a life-saver!

  5. odin vazquez says:

    In my childhood my father and I built a nice shed: It took us a while since we werent familiar with building one. We basically did it as a son and father project. This video would have helped a lot back in the day.

  6. Ash says:

    This is perfect! I was having such a difficult time figuring out what all of the different measurements were on my shed plan. This is the added information that I needed to make sense of it all. Thanks so much for taking the time to put it together!

    • ContractorGuy says:

      Thank for commenting Ash – and everyone else who stopped to comment! Keep visiting as we’ll be launching more helpful content in 2016. Happy New Year!

  7. Sam_bkk5 says:

    An informative and educational video for a layman. This video can be used to apply the concept for various DIY projects. Helps in narrowing down the choices for a novice builder. Thank you for the insightful video.

  8. Damien says:

    Not gonna to lie to here, but this was extremely helpful for me. My brother and I were so lost on how to build a shed, then we came across this and in about 2 days of slowly following the steps, we were happy with what we build. I mean it was a pretty solid shed if I do say so myself. The video could be more entertaining though, don’t get me wrong, it was very informative and helpful but my brother is kinda restless and so might some people be too. After the shed’s foundation, it was pretty easy to go on from there that is until we reached the end walls of the shed which did gave us a problem, we tried cutting the door frame out many times until we got the right one. It was very troublesome and frustrating. All in all thanks for your help and information, they were really helpful to say the least.

  9. Steven says:

    Great video and article to DIY a shed! I have built sheds myself, however, this is still quite enlightening. I hope I can build a better shed next time!

  10. Bianca says:

    I love the way the instructions show you to build from ground. Not great with measurements, so this helps a lot.

  11. Dhanni says:

    Wow. I am no contractor but this is really good for an amateur trying to build. He was so patient the whole time in explaining every detail, including why he is doing certain things. Had I been doing this on my own, I wouldn’t have put quite as much thought into it eg. placing the 4 by 4’s underneath in the even there is inclement weather. Thank you! Now I’ll get my boyfriend to build one for his things 🙂

  12. Rob says:

    I’ve never tried building a shed, but have been curious to learn how to do it myself. The step-by-step instructions are helpful and I find them easy to understand. I’ll definitely keep in mind your recommendations about making accurate measurements. I’d like to know what the best low-maintenance materials would be to create a Weather-Resistant Floor Frame.

  13. Megs Keating says:

    The instructions are clear and easy to follow. It is a great way to get additional storage without having to buy a manufactured unit, which costs a lot of money. Economical and easy!

  14. Amrapali says:

    I wasn’t aware that while building a woodshed, proper spacing measurements could make such a difference. I used to go by only estimation. Thank you for this solid and detailed piece of information. Videos give me the exact information I need to start building my own woodshed.

  15. John T says:

    Great video on building a shed. The instructor was very patient and helpful for a novice carpenter to follow. I might be building a similar shed this summer at the cottage. Thank you!

  16. Jen says:

    These instructions are really clear and easy to follow, thanks! One thing I’m wondering is, does it matter where you put the window? You indicate it should probably go in one of the sides but I’m wondering how much space there is for creativity without maybe breaking the whole thing

    • ContractorGuy says:

      Hi Jen, then plan you use will indicate the location and specific measurements for that. So nothing to worry about when you’re new to this. Just follow the plan and don’t try to wing it when you know you’re new at this.

  17. xXDogXx says:

    I have built several sheds and small structures for personal use over the past several years and have been looking for a good reference for some of the things I do like build trusses, arch supports and window frames. This series of six videos is comprehensive enough to do a good job and easy enough to follow for a beginner. Much appreciated from this wannabe carpenter!

  18. John says:

    I have always wanted to build a shed in our back yard. The video tutorial and instructions in the article are very helpful. And I actually do agree that the most effective way to build a shed is to start from the bottom part all the way up. Thank you! Very helpful tutorial.

  19. Lisbel says:

    I have never done carpenter work in my life, so I had no idea how to start or how it would turn out
    But the instructions were pretty clear and I believe it came out quite well
    The videos are well put together and the written instructions are easy to get
    Thank you!

  20. Fiona Luck says:

    Any diy project is daunting for a beginner. This step by step breakdown makes building a shed a doable task. The videos are clear and easy to follow. Thanks!

  21. Hellen B says:

    As an amateur, i had two choices to start building a wooden garden shed. I would buy a kit and put up with the manufacturer’s choice of materials and layout or i could design a structure to suit my needs which would take longer and probably cost a lot. This article has made it easier for me to make my decision. The videos are enlightening, thank you.

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