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How To Build A Garden Shed From Scratch – Simple Plans With Lots Of Charm

A shed isn’t something you see people build…at least not very often. It’s rather the type of structure you discover in the backyard when you purchase an old house. So how do these things appear? They’re obviously built so let’s see what it takes so put a shed together.

We looked around and we found a bunch of shed plans that we’d like to share with you. They’re pretty simple and you don’t need much experience with this sort of projects to be able to pull it off. They’re all customizable so you can enjoy them whether you want a pretty she shed or a manly workshop.

12 DIY shed building ideas

Small storage shed

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First, a cute little shed that we found on ladygoats. It’s made of wood, like most sheds, and it has no windows. It’s great for storage but it’s also a nice idea for a workspace. You can turn it into a gardening shed, a place to keep all the tools and to get some things done while working in the garden. We love its simplicity and the fact that it has a playful character and a pretty chic look for a shed. It’s all in the details. In this case, it’s the roof and the hardware that make all the difference.

Small Outdoor Shed or Closet Converted into Smokehouse

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Think of a shed as a useful multipurpose addition to the backyard. You could use it to store shovels and gardening supplies or all the bbq supplies. It doesn’t need to be big. In fact, a tiny shed like the one featured on ana-white should be enough.

Check out the tutorial and the shed plans to find out everything you need to know about this project. If you decide to build your own garden shed, you’ll need the following supplies: 2 sheets of plywood, some wooden boards, hinges, handles, a latch, galvanized nails, roofing, wood glue and materials for the doors.

Backyard 8 ft. x 6 ft. shed

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When elaborating the shed plans, take into consideration the purpose that the shed will serve. This will help you determine the suitable dimensions as well as the structure of the interior. Keep in mind that you’ll most likely want to have some shelves and a table inside the shed so you need to add these to the list of materials.

You also need to take into account the tools you’ll need for the project so you can plan accordingly. You’ll probably need a saw, a drill, a shovel and a few other basic things. As far as the materials go, it all depends on the type of shed you want to build. On instructables you can find detailed instructions and lists which teach you how to built a cute shed just like this one.

Wood tool shed storage

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A tool shed is pretty easy to build. We found this inspiring example on thecavenderdiary which, as you can see, has a pretty straight-forward, traditional look. It has its back on the wall and inside there’s not much worth mentioning, except maybe for those practical storage hooks, shelves and rods on the inside of the doors. Check out the plans for this toolshed and find a way to customize them according to your own storage needs.

Reclaimed wood shed

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This shed featured on houzz is inspiring in many different ways. First, check out the design. Isn’t it charming how all the different types of wood and all the different colors complement each other? What a wonderful way to use reclaimed wood pieces…Another detail that has to do with the design is the fact that this shed has clerestory windows. It’s not usually common for shed to have windows of any kind but, when you think about, it’s a pretty practical feature.

Garden Shed made from old doors

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How big should a garden shed be so it can be practical without occupying more space than it has to? Well…it depends. I think this cute little garden shed from acultivatednest has one of the smallest possible footprints. The fact that it’s small but tall allows it to be quite practical. It’s great for the storage of garden tools and there’s even some room for a shelf or two or for a few hooks on the walls.

Shed like a mini house

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Building a shed is more or less like building a miniature house. It can be a pretty fun project, especially if you have someone who can help. If you’re new at this, we found the perfect tutorial for you. Be sure to check out these shed plans that we found on popularmechanics. The whole process is described in detail, with instructions, lists of supplies needed for each part of the project and useful tips.

Gambrel storage shed

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Structurally speaking, some sheds are actually miniature versions of houses or barns. The gambrel storage shed plans from mybackyardplans explain the basic steps of such a project. First, the foundation is built. Then the sidewalls are installed, after that comes the roof frame, the front wall and the door, then the back wall and roof decking, the trim and finally the shingles. At the very end, the shed is painted.

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Building a shed has lots of advantages which can vary for each person. For example, you could use the shed as a storage space for bicycles in winter. Another option is to use the shed as a storage space for large equipment like the lawnmower or the garden tools.

You could also use the shed as a workspace whenever you’re doing DIY projects which is quite funny because the shed itself can be one such project. If you’re the recycling type, you can put a hatch on the side specifically for this purpose and place the bins inside. In any case, a sturdy shed can serve you for many years to come and the shed plans offered on todaysplans show you how to ensure that.

Repurpose old windows

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Shed are also great if you have a hobby. For example, if you’re passionate about pottery, gardening or even painting, you could use the garden shed as your private workspace. You can give it windows if you think you’ll need natural light inside. In fact, this can be an opportunity to upcycle some old windows and doors. Check out this project that we found on countryliving to see how this chic shed was built.

Green house shed

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A shed could double as a greenhouse, in which case you can use the shed plans provided on instructables. In this particular case, the shed was built out of old windows. An old window isn’t exactly something you can repurpose easily but here it’s a perfect fit. The first step is to gather enough windows. After that, it’s time to build the frame and you’ll need some wood for this part. Make sure the foundation is secure before you screw in the windows.

Garden shed from recycled materials

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The last project we want to share with you today is a greenhouse/ garden shed which we found on lizmarieblog. It’s really cute and inside you can find shelves, storage compartments and a bunch of other practical things. In addition to all that, this lovely shed even has a chandelier. It’s a decorative element and it really elevates the decor to a whole new level.

Types of garden sheds

The main differences between all the different best types of garden sheds available for purchase have to do with the material from which they’re made. Of course, there are also major differences when it comes to all the sizes and designs available so be sure to take all the factors into consideration before making a final decision.


A garden shed made out of metal is basically guaranteed to be super strong and durable. It’s also very secure and more difficult to break into compared to sheds made from weaker materials which can be a big advantage if you want to keep expensive tools and other things in it. Metal sheds don’t rot and they can withstand the elements with ease. Of course, not everybody likes the look of metal sheds. They tend to have an industrial sort of look which might not suit everyone’s style.


Most garden sheds are actually made of wood. It’s a very popular material and one that’s especially appreciated for its versatility and the fact it can be easily incorporate into DIY projects. In other words, you could build your own garden shed from scratch out of wood and it wouldn’t be that difficult. As expected, you have a choice between various different types of wood, some of which are stronger and more durable than others and some which can be quite expensive. The downside of having a wooden garden shed is that is requires regular maintenance in order to be able to withstand the elements and to not get damaged by rot or termites and so on.


Plastic garden sheds are the least expensive of all the different types. On top of being affordable, they’re also durable and weather-resistant, being able to withstand moisture better than any other material. They’re also maintenance-free, they don’t rot or rust and they’re super easy to assemble. There are also a few disadvantages to consider, such as the fact that plastic sheds are not very secure, they’re more difficult to customize and can be affected by extreme temperatures.

How to choose a garden shed

There are many factors that can dictate the type of shed that would be best for your needs. It’s important to take them all into consideration and to decide what your priorities are in order to make an informed decision that you can be happy with long term.

Regulations and planning permissions

This is probably not an issue but in some cases planning permission can be required if you want to build a shed on your property. It depends on the region and the size and type of shed that you want to build so it’s worth checking the local regulations just in case.


Make sure you build your garden shed on a solid and secure foundation. If you’re unsure what the requirements in this case, it would be best to leave it to a professional. If you’re doing everything yourself from scratch, a little bit of research can go a long way.


One of the first things anyone does before even starting to look at all the different models of sheds is decision where the shed will actually be placed. The location is decided based on the available space, the size of the shed and other factors. For instance, if you want to use it for storage for all the gardening tools it would definitely be best to have the shed close to the garden for easy access. You should also consider placing the shed near a taller structure or close to a fence so it gets a bit of extra protection against the elements.


As mentioned previously, there are three major types of garden sheds to choose from based on the material that they’re made of: metal, wood and plastic. Each has its pros and cons and they have different costs, different maintenance requirements and so on. Decide what the best material is based on your location, needs and personal preferences.


Of course, size matters and a bigger shed gives you more space to store things in. If you have lots of big tools and large equipment that you’d like to keep nice and secure in here, make sure the shed is big enough. Leave some spare room in case you want to add more things in the future.


Last but not least, the design and overall aesthetic of the garden shed are important for creating a pleasant décor and especially if you want the shed and the house to have matching styles. Other little things and features can also be mentioned here like windows, skylights, the roof type and also the finish and color of the shed.

Tips and advice

Here are a few more things to consider before buying a new shed. Of course, this is a personal decision and needs to be based on various specific details and factors but you might find some of these tips useful nevertheless.

Consider what the shed will be used for

Different types of garden sheds can be used for different things. Many models are versatile and can adapt to a variety of different contexts and requirements. However, it helps to have a clear idea of how the shed will be used for.

If you plan to use the shed for storage, make sure it has plenty of shelves, compartments and modules that can make it easier to store and to organize everything. You can also add accessories to your shed in that regard.

If you want to be able to spend time in your garden shed and use it as a sort of office, a workspace or just an extra room where you can relax and read a book, make sure the shed is big enough for that and also pick a material that suits your needs. Wood is typically best in this case.

You could also use the shed as a sort of greenhouse and grow plants inside. If that’s the case, a shed without any windows wouldn’t really be of any help.

Based on how you plan to use the shed there’s a few more things to consider, such as the need for electricity supply, for natural light, insulation, the shape of the roof and so on.

Roof types

The roof of a shed is quite important. Its shape in particular dictates where or not rainwater can run off the sides easily in which case an apex roof is the best option. However, if you want to have a big of extra headroom, consider Dutch barn roof style or other types of roofs that can offer you that. A flat roof can look nice, clean and modern and is nice to have if the shed is protected from rain and snow. Another nice option is a pend roof which is flat and has one side lower than the other so the water can drain away easily.

Door types

When it comes to shed doors, the most important aspect tends to be their size. A single door can be enough if you don’t plan on storing any large items in the shed. Double doors give you more freedom and open up the shed more. They’re more convenient and more future-proof. The durability of the door is also important and you should also take security into consideration. Being able to lock the shed is very helpful.


Some garden sheds don’t have windows at all which is fine if all you want to use it for is storage. A shed without windows also provides more security. However, if you want to grow or store plants in the shed or if you want to be able to work or spend time inside it would definitely help to have a window or two or perhaps a skylight. The windows can be made of several different materials such as polystyrene, acrylic, polycarbonate or glass.


As mentioned before, it’s always great to be able to lock the garden shed in order to keep everything inside safe and secure. This is something you should pay special attention too if you’re storing expensive equipment or tools in the shed. There are different types of latches and locking mechanisms that can offer different levels of security so do some research and also keep in mind that the type of door also matters.


Ideally, the garden wouldn’t require any kind of maintenance. Plastic sheds usually make things super simple from this point of view. Still, it’s always good to make double sure that your shed is waterproof and that it’s not damaged by rot or pests. Do regular checks and if necessary apply a special treatment to the exterior to protect your shed from the elements.

Best ready-made sheds for backyard

7 ft. W x 4.2 ft. D Metal Storage Shed

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To greatly simplify things, you have the option to buy a ready-made shed as opposed to building one yourself from scratch. In this case you only need to worry about the installation and finding a suitable spot for it. There are many models to choose from including this Outsunny metal shed which we think would suit most backyards. It’s very durable, weather-resistant and low-maintenance and it has a simple and traditional design with a clean and modern aesthetic.

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The Everett shed measures 6 ft. x 8 ft. It’s quite roomy with plenty of space inside that can be left as a simple open space or can be accessorized and organized in various different ways as needed. The shed has both skylights and door windows which let natural light inside and make it easier to find the needed items. It’s super easy to assemble using basic tools and it’s very durable and will last for many seasons to come.

Woodbridge Plus 10.5 ft. W x 8 ft. D Plastic Storage Shed

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In case you need even more storage space out in your garden or in the backyard, check out the Woodbridge Plus shed. It’s made of plastic so its lightweight and water-resistant as well as super low-maintenance and it measures 10 ft. x 8 ft. It has tall double doors that let you bring inside large items and give you the option to open up the shed to get a better view of what’s inside or so some cleaning. The wall columns are reinforced with solid metal so you can attach shelves and accessories to them.

5 ft. W x 3 ft. D Solid Wood Lean-To Tool Shed

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Smaller sheds have a lot to offer too. This one measures just under 5 ft x 3 ft and is nice and solid and ready to be organized in any way you see fit. The Leisure Season shed is great for holding garden tools and other outdoor-related items such as pool toys and accessories or sports equipment. The wooden classic look makes it extra versatile and easy to integrate into a variety of different outdoor settings.

Yardmate Pent Plus 5.6 ft. W x 3 ft. D Plastic Lean-To Tool Shed

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Plastic shed are practical and convenient and they require significantly less maintenance compared to other materials such as wood. They also come in many different sizes and styles. The Yardmate Pent Plus shed is fairly simple, featuring a tough but versatile look. It’s weather-resistant and durable thanks to the vinyl resin structure reinforced with steel. You an easily add shelves and accessories to the walls if you want to hang tools and other items on them.

7 ft. W x 4.2 ft. D Metal Storage Shed

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The Newburgh shed gives you lots of storage space, provided you have the room for it. This is a 10 ft x 8 ft shed with a 401 cubic feet storage capacity. There’s plenty of space inside for garden tools, pool toys, seasonal items and anything else that you don’t want to keep in the house or to leave outside exposed to the elements. The design is nice as well, featuring clean and simple lines and an overall modern aesthetic.

SkyLight Plastic Storage Shed

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If you want something simple and small but still roomy check out the SkyLight garden shed which is 6 ft wide x 3.5 ft deep. It has a sturdy and durable polycarbonate and reinforced aluminum frame and it’s virtually maintenance-free. It keeps everything inside dry and protected from the elements plus you have the option to organize the interior however you think is most convenient based on your own storage needs.

Apex 10 ft. 5 in. W x 8 ft. D Plastic Storage Shed

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If you have enough room for a big garden shed then by all means go for it. It will give you plenty of space to store and to organize anything that you don’t want to keep inside the house, such as bikes, lawn equipment, garden tools and seasonal items. The Apex shed is 10 ft 5’’ x 8 ft which is more than enough. It has a simple design and it’s made from vinyl resin with heavy-duty galvanized steel beams on the inside. It’s fire-retardant and very durable.

Tremont Outdoor 8 ft. W x 16 ft. D Plastic Storage Shed

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Moving on to something even bigger, check out this massive Tremont shed. It measures 8 ft x 16 ft and comes with a lot of cool and useful features. It’s made from multi-walled resin panels designed to be durable and long-lasting and it has a heavy-duty floor. It’s great for storing bikes, large tools, heavy equipment and numerous other things. There are 4 windows and a skylight that let in plenty of light without sacrificing structural integrity and the interior can be accessorized with shelves and hangers and even divided into different sections.

Factor 8 ft. W x 6 ft. D Plastic Storage Shed

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The Factor shed is not too big but not too small either, just the right size for a typical backyard. It measures 8 ft x 6 ft and it’s made of durable resin which makes it convenient and more long-lasting than many traditional sheds made out of wood or other materials. It’s also completely maintenance-free and all you need to do is install it in the desired spot. It doesn’t rot or warp and you can even lightly hose the exterior whenever it needs cleaning.