Building your own shed provides you with a useful outdoor space. Buying a kit from your local garden centre or builders’ merchants means that you’re restricted to the dimensions and designs that they offer. Building a shed yourself means that you can create a completely bespoke design. You also get the satisfaction of a successfully completed job, can save yourself some money, and you can enjoy exactly the style of shed you want in your garden.

Sheds can be made from a combination of materials, but homemade versions are primarily made from wood. You can incorporate a layer of reclaimed bricks, add windows, or you can create more complex versions with glazed double doors to create a summerhouse style design.

Wood Quality

DIY Storage Shed

DIY Storage Shed

The quality of the lumber that you use will dictate the strength of the shed, as well as its longevity and durability. Ensure that you buy tight-grain wood and that the lumber is straight. Any wood that will touch concrete or floor should be pressure treated. If you’re in any doubt regarding the amount of lumber you need, take the plans to your local timber merchant; they will be able to help ensure that you have everything you need. You will also be able to pick up the nails and screws that you require.


Finding Plans

When it comes to plans, there are a lot of sites that offer free plans. Black and Decker offer these plans to a small garden shed, while Ana White has a host of plans for different sizes and styles of shed including this Cedar fence picket shed.

The Base

It is important to have a solid and flat base on which to construct a shed. A solid concrete base is the best option. It offers a solid and flat base. If you have an existing patio area, this is also a good option because it provides the solid and flat base that’s required. Alternatively, you can lay paving slabs yourself and use these as a base for your construction. Alternatively, create a base using timber and incorporating spikes in each corner, that can easily be secured to the ground.

Wall Panels


DIY Wood Panels

You will want to construct each of the panels before erecting the shed. This enables you to use the base as a flat surface on which to put the panels together. Start with the two end walls. These walls should match, and you can use chalk lines on the base to give you a template that will ensure that the dimensions and design of the end walls match.


The Roof

Construct the roof in two sections. Doing so on the base means less time spent up the ladder and less time trying to work in a heavily cramped and confined space. However, you will need to take extra care to ensure that the roofing sections are accurately square and that the perimeter frame is square. Once you are sure everything is perfectly square, you can attach the soffit.

Stand the back wall and secure it with a temporary brace. Nail the wall to the floor, and then stand and nail the two side walls in place. Finally, do the same with the front wall so that all walls are in place, secured firmly to the base.

Installing the roof in place will take three or four people and two sets of ladders. Set the ladders up inside the shed. Lean the panels against the front and back walls. Push the panels up to the people that are stood on ladders inside the shed and ensure that the ridge is aligned perfectly with the peak of the wall.

Making Your Own Shed Door

Build your own shed door

Build your own shed door

Once the walls and roof are in place, it is time to hang the door. It is possible to buy ready made doors from timber merchants or DIY stores, but you can also create your own using pine panels and 1 x 8 boards.

When making your own door, measure the size of the gap, and subtract 12mm from each side and length, which will allow for the door to be easily opened and closed. Lay the pine panels and cut them so that they are square and meet your dimensions. Place three pieces of 1 x 8 across the back of the door, ensuring that they reach halfway across the first and last panels.

Add braces diagonally from one horizontal bar to another. Once you have everything squared off and put in position, it is common to nail from the front of the door and into the supporting struts and braces on the back, but if you want a clean look on the front of the door, then you can use screws to affix firmly through the braces and into the front panel.

Build Your Own Shed

Building your own shed enables you to create a bespoke design. Whether you want somewhere to store tools and garden appliances, or you want to create an additional room for crafts and other hobbies, you can create a shed design that perfectly matches your requirements. It is typical for a shed to be made from timber, but you can incorporate other materials like reclaimed bricks in order to create a truly unique design.