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How to build my garden shed and organize all your garden tools

Updated on February 18, 2015

How to build my garden shed and organize all your garden tools

Why Build a Shed

1. Because it is rewarding and saves a lot of money too use on upgraded materials and features.

2. Building myself allows me to take my time, build at my own pace sort of speak.

3. Gives me the opportunity to tweak the shed design as I remember special needs I want to take care of. Most importantly I really do not want to have to take part of my wood privacy fence down just to have one of those prefab  storage sheds delivered to my backyard.

How to build my garden shed and organize all your garden tools

What Will I Need to Build a shed

1. A set of shed plans like those purchased from an online source like Amazon. A complete set of shed plans must include a step by step set of instructions and a list of all the materials needed for a successful project.

A good tip to remember, avoid the free shed plans, it is the ole bate and switch trick...

2. A good source to supply my materials, none of the cheep knotty twisted up stuff you get with one of the economy price kits on the market. With the money I save on somebody else labor building it, I will buy the top quality materials: doors, windows and roofing shingles.

3. Most of the tools I will need I already have, but according to my wife of 14 years I look for reasons to purchase a new shiny one every chance I get. All jokes aside, basic carpentry tools are all that you will need a claw hammer, speed square, level if you only want one get four footer and a 10-inch sliding compound miter saw. You will also need a couple step or A frame ladders tall enough to build the roof framing and put the decking and shingles on.

How to build my garden shed and organize all your garden tools

How to Build a Storage Shed

1. I Start by ensuring that the location is level and well drained. Believe me, there is nothing worse than your building standing in the middle of a large puddle of water and you want to get something out of it. Muddy feet aside, setting in water is bad for the building.

2. With the site level and well drained the next step is to build the foundation. For this project I am going to build a portable structure, a shed on skids, in my area this design does not require a building permit, which saves me money and the hassles of filling out all the paper work that is, required in the process.

3. I am using treated lumber skids that consist of 4 by 6 timbers 16 feet long as my foundation. I want a big shed, Portable yes, but small no, size really dose matter. I want and need storage space and a work area for all my other woodworking projects I have the plans to build.

4. Once I have the skids in place by following the step by step instructions that are included in my set of building plans, and specifications, the next step is to attach the floor joists to the skids. For my floor joists I am using 2 by 10 yellow pine boards that are 12 feet long.

5. After all the floor joists are in place the next step is to install the flooring material. To ensure a sturdy floor that dose not flex under the weight of a heavy item. I use 4 by 8 sheets of plywood, 3/4 inch tongue and groove that locks the sheets together preventing, any up and down movement between the sheets where they butt together.

6. Upon completion of the floor, the constructions of the walls are next. Build the walls as a unit; laying on the flat surface of the floor makes it easy to assemble all the wall frame components. The walls consist of a bottom plate, top plate, wall studs and headers for the windows and doors.

7. After the walls are constructed and standing on the floor the roof truss framing is the next step in the process. Refer to your set of plans for the proper angles you will need to cut for your rafters. This is the part of the project where a good miter saw is a time saving tool that makes cutting the angles for the rafters unbelievably easy.

8. With the rafters built and standing tall, the next step is to attach the roof. I prefer to match the look of my house, so to do that I use the same shingles on the house. First attach the plywood decking to the rafters, followed by a layer of felt paper then the shingles.

9. With the major building portion of my storage shed project completed it is time to get started with all the finishing touches; painting, attaching gutters to control the rainwater run off, and installing cabinets, shelving and all those special little projects I have plans for.

How to build my garden shed and organize all your garden tools

Renting an air powered roofing nailer saves a lot of time and energy however, with a compressor and hose included, you can expect to spend a little less than $100 to rent the tools, plus the additional cost of the special nails that fit the tool.

Now you see it really is easy to build a shed full of storage solutions, and then make spring cleaning fun, rewarding and end the embarrassing storage problems.

How to build my garden shed and organize all your garden tools

Rare thinking people such as yourself probably know this already; but, the Key to organizing your garden tools is Garden Shed storage space. Imagine what you could get done if you didn’t waste so much time looking for your small pruners, gloves or trowel. As you read more of this article you will discover it is unbelievably easy to organize all your garden stuff after you build a shed.

3 Reasons to Build a Garden Shed

  1. You spend more time looking for your garden tools than it takes to do what it was you started out to get accomplished in the first place.
  2. The garage looks and smells more like a lawn and garden center than a place to park the car, all the chemicals and planting materials scattered everywhere in your unorganized mess contributing to your grief and frustration.
  3. You want and more importantly, deserve additional space to accommodate a potting bench and greenhouse feature.

What do I Need to Get Started Building My Shed?

  1. First things first, start with a plan. Get your dreams, wants and needs organized in your minds eye, create a plan of action centered on your vision of what your garden shed should be.
  2. Use your vision to choose and purchase the set of shed plans that comes closest to satisfying your vision, remember you can make any modifications necessary to a basic set of building plans.
  3. Now is the time to give some thought to who is going to build your shed if you haven’t already. Decide who is going to build your dream garden storage shed, yourself or a contractor. Keep in mind, contractors bid on a job baized on the blue prints. Deviating from or modifying them during the building process will cost you time and a lot of extra money.
  4. When you decide a contractor is your best option try to get 3 different contractors to submit a quote.
  5. Keep in mind that the cheapest contractor quote is not always the best overall option. Experienced contractors with your best interest, satisfaction and happiness as their goal is worth the extra cost sometimes, but not always. Ask for references and most definitely check them out.

Things You Need to Consider

  1. Purchasing a quality set of shed plans will save you valuable time and money when used properly. A quality set of building plans will include; step by step building instructions, a list of materials you will need that includes the lumber, nails, screws, door hinges and roofing materials. Use this list to get quotes from your local building supply stores. Include the delivery charges and anything else you may need tools landscaping materials and so on.
  2. For those custom design elements included in your vision be prepared to make modifications to a basic shed plan design. Selecting the basic size, shape and appearance makes modifying to accommodate your custom features easy.
  3. Using a little of your creativity. You will easily be able to combine elements of a green house with a potting bench. Into a basic shed plan creating your own one of a kind garden storage shed.

Have fun, be careful and build your own storage shed using a good set of shed plans.

Best wishes Mike

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    • Teddletonmr profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Teddleton 

      6 years ago from Midwest USA

      @antonrosa, thanks for stoping by and leaving your comment on this Hub.


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      6 years ago from USA

      Great hub, thanks!

    • Teddletonmr profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Teddleton 

      8 years ago from Midwest USA

      hubpageswriter, thanks for taking the time to read my hub, Build a Garden Shed and Organize all your Garden Tools.

      It really is easy to build your own garden storage shed and organize all your clutter in the house, and garage once you have a good set of plans to follow.

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      8 years ago

      I've always wanted my own shed to store my never ending things which are cluttering already. Great tips here, good hub.:)

    • liswilliams profile image


      8 years ago from South Africa

      This is awesome. Looks to good just to store your tools :)

    • Teddletonmr profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Teddleton 

      8 years ago from Midwest USA

      Dolores, you are so right, a shed can be used for any type of storage, or work and play space.

      Thanks for stoping by, I enjoy reading your hubs and your comments...

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Ted - I have seen cute garden sheds like the one in the picture used to create a guest house, studio, or small camp cabin. My kids used our old huge garden shed as a play house!

    • Teddletonmr profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Teddleton 

      8 years ago from Midwest USA

      Katie, thanks for the comment. Sounds like your garden supplies need a good garden shed to call home. Put your handyman to work and pick up a set of garden shed plans, build a shed and injoy all the new found storage solutions.

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      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      WOW this is a lot of great stuff. Thanks for sharing all this wonderful information. I Still WANT one! Thanks I love this build a garden shed hub. I do love to garden and have a lot of garden tools in my garage, my basement...oh heck there everywhere. Thanks and Peace :)

    • Teddletonmr profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Teddleton 

      8 years ago from Midwest USA

      Sandyspider, you are welcome. What information did you find most helpful?

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks for this information hub on building a garden shed.


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