How To Build A Shed

Free Shed Plans

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How To Build A Shed? – Free Shed Plans to DIY Build a Hunting Room, Skinning Shed, Storage Shed, or Man Cave for all your Hunting or Survival Gear?
Watch The Video Learn How To Build A Low Cost Shed From Scratch

5 Free Shed Plans

Just one of these Free Shed Plans could be all you need to cheaply build that perfect storage shed you always wanted? These free plans are a good introduction to the quality and detail included in the “premium range” of 12,000 professional modern shed plans from RyanShedPlans.

…Get straight into building your shed? by choosing the complete package of 12,000 plans – for a small one-off payment.
…Or test the quality of these premium plans? with the download of the 5 free plans.

If you are a “First Time Builder” I would suggest you start with the 5 free plans [download them all] as they are a cheap, no-risk, way of obtaining the useful knowledge you will need as a beginner builder, including – building terms, cutting lists, easy to follow instructions, along with essiential project planning information… Priceless Information For Free! Before you go on to build your first shed.

 Shed Plans Complete with Step-By-Step Instructions/Cutting Lists/Material Lists…


  1. Free Plans – 8 x 12 Storage Shed.
  2. Free Plans – 8 x 10 Timber Frame Garden Shed.
  3. Free Plans – 2 In 1 Backyard Combo Shed.
  4. Free Plans – Easy To Build Outdoor Storage Locker.
  5. Free Plans – Backyard Kitchen Pavilion.


So what is MyShedPlans all about and who is it for?
Ryan Henderson, is the man behind MyShedPlans he is a professional craftsman, and educator, his long term goal is to give everyone easy access to a variety of free or paid shed plans online, the videos and plans included offer ongoing support and instruction designed to boost your skill level  and ensure you are confident, capable, and ready, to build your own backyard shed… without the need to pay a contractor.

If the 5 free designs don’t interest you?
You can pay a Low, One Time Fee, to gain instant access to 12,000 shed plans complete with materials lists, cutting lists, and priceless building tips.
The range of shed plans for sale covers many modern shed designs that you would be proud to build.

Check For Discounts – Premium Shed Plans…

12,000 Shed Plans – Click Here!

5 Free Shed Plans

How To Build a Shed From Scratch

Watching our detailed video on “how to build a 10 x 16 shed,” as well as reading the information contained in the free plans, the complete material lists, and cutting lists… will help you understand the level of building skills required – To Build a Shed From Scratch.

Shed Building Tips

As well as, tips on how to build a shed, there is also a list of the basic tools you will need before you start to build your own hunting room.
Watch The Video Below… then Download one or all of the Free Shed Plans.
Combined they offer all the building tips and essential information you need to successfully complete your first Shed Build.

How To Build Your Own Shed

How To Build A ShedNo building contractor will freely give you the expert information these plans provide, after all, contractors make their money – from being the expert!

DIY Shed Builds

With the right plan, You become the expert who could build your own amazing shed in just a couple of weekends – If you possess a Can-Do-Attitude, Average DIY skills, and Basic Hand Tools.
However, To Succeed, a Detailed Plan Is Key!

Cost To Build A Shed?

The building industry experts all agree on one thing at least – It will always be cheaper to DIY build your shed project whatever the size or type of shed – if you have the time and basic skills to do so…

Is it cheaper to build your own shed?

Hiring contractors is expensive, it is a lot cheaper to build the shed yourself, I’m certain you will save a large amount of money using one of Ryans plans to DIY build the shed from scratch.
⇒ Building a simple timber frame shed, clad in ply, with a steel roof… is the cheapest way to build a shed!
There are definite costs savings to be had by building your own shed especially using a pre-drawn plan, whether you need plans and material lists for building the popular 8×10 Storage Shed or a simple Lean-to or Firewood Shed… It will be listed. 

Basic DIY Skills

In total there are 12,000 shed designs, you are sure to find a number of interesting backyard sheds to build.
Basic DIY Skills are all you need… You don’t need years of building experience to follow these blueprints, all the MyShedPlans are fully detailed but it is very easy for the “beginner shed builder” to follow the step by step CAD designed drawings…

How Much Does It Cost To Build A Shed?

It will depend on the shed dimensions and materials you choose.
For an 8×10 shed, you build yourself it would cost about $900, a prebuilt kit shed would cost around $3000.
For a 12×20 shed, you build yourself it would cost $1000-$1500, a prebuilt kit shed costs close to $5000.
You will save thousands of dollars when you use one of Ryan’s Shed Plans and build the shed yourself from scratch!

100% Money-Back Refund Policy

What I really love about buying the shed plans from Ryan Henderson is the piece of mind his 60-day refund policy gives me!
If you buy the 12,000 plans, then change your mind, for any reason… Your MyShedPlans purchase is covered with a No-Risk! 60-day refund policy. [100% full refund no questions asked…]
I don’t expect I will have to use it but I’m reassured I can get a full refund if I need to.

  • I once wanted to build a storage shed in the backyard. So I went online, bought the cheapest 8×10 shed plan I could get, and started following it. I got the tools, the 2×4’s, and even began the precut. I didn’t get far with it; I got stuck more than once, not knowing how to get from one stage in the build to another? If you have ever bought a plan to help you build any project, you probably know what I am talking about. Just to be safe I decided to download the free plans from MyShedPlans to check the quality… then I bought the premium shed plan that I actually wanted to use.
    A very simple process… 
    Shed Build Completed!

Video – How To Build A 10 x 16 Storage Shed

Skinning Shed or Gear Storage?

DIY Hunting Room

As A Hunter/Survivalist, You Need To Build A Secure Shed…
The 8’x12′ shed is an easy option for the first build, perfect to store your hunting equipment or survival gear, with a simple internal fit-out your backyard shed is easily adapted to a secure room to safely store your hunting equipment or skinning shed to process your deer.
The extra space will change your life. – at least I know it would be life-changing for me to have extra shed space like that!
Whether it’s a low-cost Skinning Shed, or a Boutique One-off, Hunting Room, built by you in your own backyard, we all, appreciate the need for more secure dry storage…

Hunting Room Ideas

Do you have a large number of hunting rifles? without sufficient space in your Gun Safes?
You could build a storage shed with gun security in mind – heavy-duty door, good quality locks, no windows, alarm system, then use it as a secure gun room?

Secure Hunting Room

A hunting room in your new shed in the backyard would be perfect for reloading your own ammunition, especially if you need to keep powder and delicate equipment safely locked away from inquisitive little hands?

Man Cave For Hunters/Survivalists

With the extra shed space you could expand your collection of Hunting Bows, or finally display all of your Trophy Heads in one room… this  8’x12′ shed is the perfect size for The Ultimate Hunters Man Cave.

Build Your Own Skinning Shed

Creating your own Hunting Room Man Cave or Deer Processing Shed is easy and quite cheap once you have professional shed plans and the drive to build it yourself!
Whether the shed is for hanging your deer and skinning them or dry storage for your hunting gear? you can adapt the plans to suit your needs.
The build costs are greatly reduced when you DIY build your own shed – As we all know, you can never have too many sheds!

Hunting Room – Home Office

I would love to design and build a hunting room like this… I would fit a small wood stove for winter heat, allow floor space for a good solid desk as the shed could double as my home office… as well as, securely store all my camping gear and hunting rifles.
Perhaps in the future, I could use part of my Office/Man-Cave, as a workshop to build custom knives… Hmmm, one day!

12,000 Premium Shed Plans

Check For Current Discounts, Before Buying Your Shed Plans!
With Quality Plans A little Effort, You Can Learn How To Build A Shed…
Without The Need To Hire Costly Contractors.
60 Day – 100% Refund Policy!

How To Build A 8’x12′ Storage Shed From Scratch

35 easy to follow steps to build an 8 x 12 storage shed from scratch.
The instructions below are a good indication of the high level of instruction that accompanies every plan, both the free and premium shed plans.

8 x 12 Gear Storage Shed

How To Build A Shed From Scratch

Step By Step Guide…

  1. How to build a shed foundation: Excavate the building site and add a 4″ layer of gravel as a foundation, compact the gravel base making sure it is flat and level.
  2. Cut three 4 × 4 treated timber skids at 144″ level the skids on the gravel foundation.
  3. Cut two 2 × 6 rim joists at 144″ and ten joists at 93″. Mark the joist layout onto the rim joists. Assemble frame with 16d galv. common nails; check each joist for crowning and install it with the crowned edge up.
  4. Set the floor frame on top of the skids and measure the diagonals to make sure it’s square. Install metal clip angles at each joist along the two outer skids, using 1 1/2″ joist hanger nails and 16d galv. common nails, and toenail each joist to the centre skid with 16d galv. nails
  5. Install the tongue-and-groove floor sheathing, starting with a full sheet at one corner of the frame. Use 8d galv. nails every 6″ along the edges and every 12″ in the field.
  6. Cut the 2 × 4 wall plates: four at 144″ for the sidewalls and four at 89″ for the front and back walls
  7. Mark the stud layouts onto the plates.
  8. Cut twenty-seven studs at 92 5/8″, and cut six at 81 1/2″ to serve as jack studs
  9. Build three headers with 2 × 6s and 1/2″ plywood: one at 65″ for the door opening, one at 67″ for the right side window, and one at 35″ for the rear window.
  10. Assemble, raise, and brace the walls one at a time, then add the double top plates
  11. How to build a shed roof: cut two pattern rafters. Test-fit the roof rafters using a 2 × 8 spacer block, then cut the remaining twelve common rafters. Cut eight rafters for the gable end overhangs—these do not have bird’s mouth cuts.
  12. Cut the 2 × 8 ridge board at 156″. Draw the rafter layout onto the top plates and ridge board, using 16″ on-centre spacing. The outsides of the outer common rafters should be 6″ from the ends of the ridge board
  13. Install the roof rafters. Reinforce the rafter-wall connection with metal anchors—install them on all but the outer common rafters
  14. Cut three 2 × 4 rafter ties at 96″, and clip the top outer corners so they won’t project above the rafters. Position each tie next to a pair of rafters. Face-nail each tie end to the rafter with three 10d nails, then toenail each tie end to the top wall plate with two 8d nails.
  15. Cut the gable-wall plates to reach from the ridge to the wall plates. Install the plates with their outside edges flush with the outer common rafters. Cut and install the gable studs.
  16. Cut and install the 2 × 6 sub fascia along the eaves. Keep the ends flush with the outsides of the overhang rafters, and the bottom edges flush with the bottom rafter edges; use 16d nails.
  17. Install the 1 × 8 fascia along with the gable overhangs, then along the eaves, holding it 1/2″ above the rafters so it will be flush with the sheathing; use 6d galv. finish nails.
  18. Install the 1/2″ plywood sheathing, starting at a lower corner of the shed roof; use 8d box nails driven every 6″ along the edges and every 12″ in the field of the sheets.
  19. Attach metal drip edge along the eaves, then apply 15# building paper over the sheathing. Add drip-edge along the gable ends, over the paper
  20. Install the plywood siding, using 8d galv. finish nails. Butt the top edges of the siding against the soffits. Don’t nail the siding to the rear window and door headers in this step. At the gable ends, install Z-flashing along the top edge of the siding, then continue the siding up to the soffits
  21. Cut out the bottom plate from the door opening
  22. How to install a shed door: Cut the door frame pieces from 3/4″ × 4 1/2″ cut the head jamb at 61 1/4″ and the side jambs at 81 7/8″. Assemble the frame by screwing through the head jamb and into the side jambs with 2 1/2″ deck screws
  23. Cut 1 × 2 stops and install them inside the jambs with 1 1/4″
    deck screws or 3d galv. finish nails. If the doors will swing out, install the stops 2 1/4″ from the outside edges of the frame; if they’ll swing in, install the stops 2 1/4″ from the inside edges.
  24. Install the door frame in the rough opening, using shims and 10d galv. casing nails. Make sure the frame is square and plumb
  25. Cut twelve pieces of 1 ×, 6 tongue-&-groove boards, at 81 3/4″. For each door, fit together six boards with their ends flush, then mark the two end boards for trimming so that the total width is 30″. Trim the end boards
  26. Cut the Z-brace boards following the Door Elevations. Lay the doors on a flat surface and attach the brace boards using construction adhesive and l 1/4″ wood screws
  27. Install the hinges and hang the door, using shims to set the gaps at the bottom and top of each door
  28. Install flashing above the door, nail-off the siding, then install the 1 × 4 door trim, using 8d galv. finish nails
  29. How to install a shed window: For each window, cut the 3/4″ × 4 1/4″ frame stock to form a rectangular frame with outer dimensions that are 1/2″ shorter and narrower than the rough opening. Assemble the frame with 2 1/2″ deck screws. Cut and install a 2 × 4 mullion in the centre of the frame for the side-wall window
  30. Install each window frame in its rough opening, using shims and a level to make sure the frame is plumb and level and the jambs are straight. Fasten the frame with 10d galv. casing nails
  31. Cut the 1 × 2 stops. Bevel the outer sill stops. Attach the inner stops with 6d galv. finish nails. Order the glass to fit.
  32. Install the glass and outer stops, applying glazing tape to the stops on both sides of the glass. Install the 1 × 4 window trim
  33. Install the horizontal 1 × 4 trim. Fasten the trim with 8d galv. finish nails.
  34. Install the 1 × 4 corner trim so that it butts against the horizontal trim and extends to the bottom edges of the siding
  35. Caulk along all trim joints, where the trim meets siding, and around the door and window trim.

Backyard Storage Shed Plans

Shed Plan

Most plans sold online are not designed by architects, draughtsmen, builders, or even experienced woodworkers.
They are often cobbled together by ghost-writers who have never left their comfy seat, not to mention, picked up a hammer or a piece of lumber…
So, such plans often suffer from, vague instructions, which are either too dumbed-down or far too complicated.

Best Plans For The Job

To design and draw accurate shed plans you do need practical experience and a good understanding of the building Industry,  Ryan Henderson, who has had years of experience in a lot of projects is able to create easy to read, quality designs, this expertise shows in his comprehensive shed drawings, with clear, precise, How To… Instructions.

Tools You Need To Build A Shed

how to build a Storage shed
Your Success Is Ensured! with the help provided in comprehensive drawings with clear easy to understand instructions, along with Ryan’s expert Shed Building Tips included within the plans.
Whether you are a complete beginner or the average DIY person… with basic hand tools, you can easily complete your own shed on a couple of weekends.

Tools Needed

  • Circular Saw or Drop Saw
  • Electric or Cordless Drill
  • Tape Measure
  • Chalk Line
  • Hammer
  • Speed Square
  • Level
  • Saw Stools
  • Step Ladder
  • Eye Protection
  • Ear Plugs
  • Extension Lead
  • Circuit Breaker

Experience Not Essential
How to build a shed

If you have none or limited, DIY experience you can still follow plans and build your own shed.
I have worked in the building industry my whole life – as a Plumber, Roofer, Builder, and currently combing all those skills and more as a House Flipper.
Throughout my career, the best building tip I ever received was back in the ’80s, from my first boss.
                                                           “Measure Twice Cut Once.”
I had just started my Plumbing Apprenticeship at 16 years old and a little nervous about making costly mistakes.
It is a tired old saying perhaps, but even now as a professional builder, I still follow that advice today – it slows me down so I think about what I’m doing…
You can be sure measuring twice, saves time and money in the long run.
Building A Shed Is Not Rocket Science, it is a process…
You will be surprised how easy and satisfying it is once you start building your own shed, for the most part, building work is mainly common sense.

How To Build A Shed As A Beginner…?

  • Follow the plan
  • Be Prepared To Learn On The Job
  • Stop and seek advice if you need to
  • Your building supplier is a wealth of knowledge about the products they sell and how to use them.
  • It will take very little time to learn the required skills…
  • Small mistakes are part of the learning process – just relax and give it a try!
  • Once your shed build is complete, the skills you learn along the way will stay with you forever…
    You may never have to hire expensive contractors to build anything for you again.
    As well as, you can take pride in your new building skills and a job well done!

Detailed Drawings

If you are going to invest money, energy, and time into building a shed, it is important you have detailed plans.
Modern shed plans will include all the technical information and drawings needed to successfully build your chosen shed… from basic info to the most critical…

12,000 Modern Premium Shed Plans

With 12,000 up-to-date detailed premium shed plans for sale, online MyShedPlan’s is probably the only place you can purchase complete plans that will help you DIY build a well designed modern shed of your choosing, a shed you can be sure will continue to look great in 2021 and beyond.
Also note, that the sheds available in these plans come in a wide array of sizes, as well as traditional, or modern designs, including the latest styles available.
If you buy the range of 12,000 plans you will be able to compare them all before building the best shed to fit your needs…

Frequently Asked Questions?

How Much Does It Cost To Build Storage Shed?

It will depend on the shed size and materials you choose but the prices below are a general guide if you plan to DIY build a wooden storage shed from scratch.
For an 8×10 shed, you build yourself it would cost about $900, a prebuilt kit shed would cost around $3000.
For a 12×20 shed, you build yourself it would cost $1000-$1500, a prebuilt kit shed costs close to $5000.

Should I Use Free Shed Plans?

If the free plans come with a complete material list and cutting list, with detailed drawings of all elevations and the shed footprint, along with detailed drawings and photos with accurate dimensions for the important stages of the shed build – including foundations, floor joists, wall framing, rafters, window and door installation… Then Free Shed Plans are just as good as Paid Shed Plans, though the list of shed types you can choose from is often limited unless you go to paid plans

Accurate Shed Blueprints

accurate easy to follow shed blueprints
Among other things, the shed blueprints will give you

  • Views from all angles. This will help you visualize the finished shed before you start building it.
  • Step-by-step instructions. so detailed you’ll know exactly what to do every step of the way.
  • Lists for materials and cutting lists, so you know what materials to order.
  • Instructions on how to cut the materials.
  • Cutting lists that include accurate measurements.
  • 3D drawings
  • CAD designed drawings
  • “Used For” labels to help you know what each material is used for and where you will need it.

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