Homedit is supported by our readers. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

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.

View in gallery

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.

View in gallery

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.

View in gallery

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.

View in gallery

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.

View in gallery

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.

View in gallery

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.

View in gallery

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.

View in gallery

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.

View in gallery

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.

View in gallery

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.

View in gallery

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.

View in gallery

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.

Ready-made shed for backyard

View in gallery

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.

View in gallery

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.

View in gallery

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.

View in gallery

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.

View in gallery

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.

View in gallery

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.

View in gallery

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.

View in gallery

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.

View in gallery

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.

View in gallery

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.