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Build Your Own Garden Shed Kit

Updated on September 8, 2014
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Deciding On Your Garden Shed Kit

You have decided to get a Garden Shed Kit rather than buying a pre-made one - it's going to be fun!

Before you decide which Garden Shed Kit to buy you need to think about what you want your Garden Shed for!

Garden sheds are a very handy accessory to have, particularly if you have a large yard or garden area. They do come in a wide variety of sizes and styles these days too though, so it's possible to find one which fits almost any need, design preference, and space limitations too.

Some garden sheds are quite small and might be considered nothing more than a potting bench or storage box. These small garden sheds can be useful though, if you have very little available space around your home, and if you do very little gardening throughout the year.

Medium sized garden sheds tend to be similar to storage sheds, but even these can range in size drastically. Some might have room for all of your lawn and garden equipment for instance: The larger hoes and rakes, smaller hand tools, extra gardening soil, extra containers and pots, and maybe even your lawnmower or edge trimmer too.

So as you can see there is a lot to consider when you are looking at Garden Shed Kits!

Garden Shed Kit 2x4basics, Peak Style Roof

What Are You Going To Do With Your Garden Shed?

Choosing The Right One From The Many Garden Shed Kits

As I mentioned there is a lot to consider when looking at the various Garden Shed Kits that are available. So let's look at what you are likely to use your Garden Shed for.

Smaller versions of the "medium" sized garden sheds might not be large enough to fit your lawn mower in though, and some aren't even made to store larger hand gardening tools either.

Larger garden sheds can sometimes be quite large, and many of them are quite elaborate these days too. Not only can the larger sheds accomodate your larger hand tools and extra gardening supplies, but often these sheds have plenty of room for you to set up a full fledged potting bench. Some of them also have room for you to set up a small greenhouse area too, so that you're able to get your seeds started even before the ground thaws each spring.

Elaborately designed garden sheds come in a wide variety of designs, which are meant to help you fit the shed nicely into your personal landscape and garden areas. Some of these for instance, are made to look like small English Cottages. There are even places where you can buy garden sheds which look like a miniature version of your own home too.

When buying a garden shed, try to take into account what garden tools and supplies you already have, and what types of things you're likely to buy in the next several years. With that information on hand, you should choose a shed that's large enough to accomodate both your existing supplies as well as those you'll be buying later.

Carpentry Skills For Your Garden Shed Kit

Many people interested in having a garden shed enjoy the prospect not only of using it, but of building it, too. Unless you purchase both the shed and all its contents, you'll have to have some carpentry skills.

Many garden sheds have wooden floors. Relatively simple to construct, they can be made with 2 x 4's or 1 x 6's attached in a grid onto 4 x 4's that sit on the ground. Spaced a half-inch apart, that can allow drainage. Weeds that tend to grow between the slats can be kept under control with any commercial spray. Even the average do-it-yourself'er can easily make a good garden shed floor in a day.

From that point, the skills level goes up a bit. Constructing garden shed walls is a little tougher than it looks. Building a wall perpendicular to the floor isn't too difficult these days, especially using laser levels. But proper bracing requires a well thought out plan. You'll need a design and materials that can support a roof and stay sturdy for several years.

One way to develop that plan is either to buy one from any of the many sites online that offer garden shed plans, or study a shed under construction. The same principles apply. Either you'll need regular-spaced 2 x 4's (usually 16 inches apart) and/or a large number of L-braces (4 inches per leg or longer).

After you have the plans and/or the actual garden shed built, the fun starts for those who prefer to exercise their carpentry skills on furniture.

Any moderate-sized or larger garden shed will need one or more good tabletops. Many types are available for purchase, which is fine for those who want to go that route. Do-it-yourself'ers will enjoy making their own.

Here again you need to draw out what design you want before pulling out the hammer and nails or screws and drill-screwdriver. 4 x 4's make excellent sturdy legs. Be sure to buy or cut ones that have perfectly perpendicular ends to support the top.

One excellent and simple design involves laying a flat top (say a series of 1 x 12's with cross supports or a flat, sturdy piece of plywood) onto the legs. Nail or screw the top down onto the legs so you have something level and fairly sturdy. Then use some L-braces to increase the support in the horizontal direction.

Cap it by using plywood strips or 1 x 6's perpendicular to the top. Connect them to both the legs and the top with L-braces. Rock solid and attractive. Stain when complete to keep moisture from corroding the table.

You can use the same method to build benches for holding rows of plants or to sit on. Or you can use a trio of 2 x 4's attached to short 4 x 4's or crossed 2 x 4's, supported by a 1 x 10 running vertically down the middle and attached with L-braces.

You'll want some simple shelves, but you may want or need them to be free standing. Sometimes, purchasing a couple of small, plastic sheds is preferable to building your own. After all, there's a limit to what even do-it-yourself'ers want to make.

Are You Thinking Of Building A Garden Shed This Year?

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      johnny66 lm 4 years ago

      I like steel garden shed kits. I think they are easier to assemble. Some good info thanks mate.

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      sunchaser 5 years ago

      I like the kit idea! Thanks.

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      Hadn't thought of getting a kit for a garden shed. Great idea.

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      deckdesign 5 years ago

      Nice information on carpentry skills for building a garden shed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've seen people make these, isn't as hard as it may look to people when they see the finished product, good instructions here on your lens, appreciated it.

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      Ilona E 6 years ago from Ohio

      I think you did a great job on your lens. I definitely would like one of your garden sheds :)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Very nice alternatives to building a shed from scratch. There are lots of nice options out there!

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      On a Bus tour of Gardening, my hubby is building decking just now out the back , he inspired me to visit this neighbourhood, he will love to this page!

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      rmstouffer 7 years ago

      I agree with you totally agree with you. One of the greatest reasons to build a shed is actually building it. To stand back and look upon what you have created is a wonderful feeling. By following a shed blueprint, you can build the shed that will make you proud.