How to Build an Inexpensive Shed


A shed is useful to have for storing yard equipment, using as a workshop or using as a child's play house. The price of a new shed is not always within a person's budget. With the proper materials, you can make your own shed and in any size you want. An 8-by-8-foot shed that has an 8-foot ceiling would be an appropriate size for any city-sized lot.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 treated 4-by-8 plywood
  • 4 8-foot treated 2-by-4
  • 25 8 feet long 2-by-4
  • 4 12 feet long 2-by-4
  • 12 tongue and groove 4-by-8 strand-oriented boards
  • Roofing material
  • Treated decking screws
  • Circular saw
  • Drill with screwdriver bits
  • Door with attached frame
  • Lay the plywood on the ground, and attach the 2-by-4s to the edges of the plywood with the decking screws. Use the drill with screwdriver bit to attach the screws. Place the screws 2 feet apart on the 2-by-4s.

  • Screw the top and bottom the 8-foot 2-by-4 header to four 8-foot 2-by-4s. Place two screws in the top and bottom of each 2-by-4 with the drill and screwdriver bit.

  • Screw the wall frame to the floor by screwing the bottom of the wall frame to the treated 2-by-4s with the drill and screwdriver bit. Place one screw between each wall stud.

  • Screw the strand-oriented board to the outside of the wall frame with the screws and drill.

  • Cut a hole to fit the prepurchased door, using the saw.

  • Screw three 2-by-4s across ceiling, and attach with screws and the drill. These may need to be angled in to make a firm attachment. Place the last two strand-oriented boards across the top, and attach with screws and drill with screw bit.

  • Finish the roof with the roofing material of your choice.

  • Install the door as described in the directions that were supplied with it.

  • Cut the last two strand-oriented boards and attach them to the floor with the screws and drill. Use as many screws as deemed necessary.

Tips & Warnings

  • Take your time: measure twice and cut once.
  • Use appropriate safety equipment as needed.

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