50 FREE DIY Shed Plans To Help You Build Your Shed
TRYING TO BUILD a shed without a set of comprehensive plans is like trying to drive from L.A. to New York without a map.
However, trying to find the perfect shed plan can be very challenging, believe me.
I spent countless hours searching for the shed plans for the one I now have in my backyard.
So, to make your search much easier than mine, I have created this amazing list of 50 FREE, yes that’s right FREE comprehensive DIY shed plans.
#1 Simple Gable Roof Shed
This is an easy to build 8 x 12 wooden shed with a gable roof, windows in the side and rear wall, and double door entry.
Thanks to the full height door and walls, there is plenty of room for just about anything.
Plans include an optional ramp for bikes or riding lawn mowers. Get your detailed plans here.
#2 Timber Framed Traditional Shed
Rough cut timbers give this shed plenty of strength and old-world beauty on the inside and tons of strength on the outside.
The detailed plans show you how to build an 8 x 10 shed with a single door and a homemade skylight and one large window in the side.
You can download the easy to read plans here.
#3 Playhouse Style Shed
You can use this 7 1/2 x 8 shed as a playhouse for your kids until they no longer need it and then convert it into a handy workshop.
Plans include an option to finish the entire inside in 1/4" plywood and has a built in porch. The wooden skid foundation makes moving this shed around a breeze.
Download the detailed plans and step-by-step instructions here.
# 4 Simple Firewood/Garbage Shed
This simple to build shed can be used for a number of things such as keeping your firewood dry or creating a convenient place to hide your garbage and recycling containers out of the weather.
Plans include two designs, one with no back or doors for firewood and one with both for added security. You can download both free plans here.
#5 Quick and Easy Lean-To Tool Shed
This free standing lean-to style shed is mounted on a wooden skid foundation, making it easy to move around.
The rear wall is 8-feet tall giving you plenty of room for storage shelves. The front door is 65-inches tall offering plenty of access to the 18 square feet of storage space.
Get your free copy of these easy to follow plans right here.
#6 8-Sided Gazebo
Be bold, be different with this traditional octagonal gazebo, not so much a shed as a great place for you and your family to hang out on a warm summer day.
The open sided design lets the cool breezes flow through, making it a great addition to your backyard.
Thanks to the high number of angle cuts, this is a great reason to finally buy that compound miter saw. You can get your free copy of the plans here.
#7 Simple 6 x 4 Storage Shed
If you are looking for an easy to build 6 x 4 storage shed with one door and a small window, this may be just what you need.
Single door/window design mounted on a skid type foundation makes this a great shed for anyone. The plans are highly detailed and will walk you through construction.
You can download your own free set right here.
#8 Build Your Own 8 x 10 Storage Shed
The plans for this shed are written with both standard and metric dimensions and include a single entry door and one window.
Plans include a materials list, how to build the door, detailed instructions, and more. Like many smaller sheds this one is also built on a skid type foundation so that you can move it around.
These handy plans are available by visiting here.
#9 The Perfect Tiny Shed
This 4 x 4 shed is ideal for anyone looking to build a tiny shed for storing things like pool equipment or garden tools.
Built out of 2 x 4s and plywood exterior grade siding, you can have the entire shed built and ready to use in one day.
This shed has a pitched roof and a single entry door. Read more about it here.
#10 10 x 8 Solid Shed with Sloping Roof
If you are looking for a 10 x 8 storage shed that is perfect for areas with high snow loads, this might be it.
These highly detailed plans and instructions will walk you through the entire construction process of building this shed complete with a single entry door and one window in the front wall.
You can download your own free copy of the plans here.
#11 Versatile Low Maintenance 8 x 5 Shed
This fun to build design with multiple windows and a single entry door is the perfect project for someone who has good carpentry skills.
It may not be suited to the beginner, but can be completed over the course of 3 to 4 weekends. Learn more about this shed, complete with free plans here.
#12 Solid Secure 8 x 12 Value Shed
This is a project that starts out as an 8 x 12 shed but thanks to the way the plans have been designed, you can easily expand the size to meet your needs.
The plans cover every aspect of building a strong secure shed with double doors for easy access. Check out the plans here and download them for free.
#13 Moveable 8 x 6 Storage Shed
If you need an easy to build storage shed that can be moved around your property, then this shed is the perfect match.
The simple design features a skid foundation, one door, and a window in the side for more natural light. The easy to follow plans are available for free here.
#14 10 x 12 Backyard Shed
These plans offer plenty of options, you can build your shed with either 7'7" or 8'1" inch walls depending on your needs.
You can also build your own door using the included information or add a factory-built pre-hung door. Along with this you can put the door wherever you want, on the side, front, or even the back.
#15 12 x 12 Cool Cape Cod Style Shed
Traditional Cape Cod design features a pitched roof with both a single side entry door and a double door on one end.
The 10/12 pitch roof is great for areas where it snows a lot. Plans include instructions for five different types of foundation.
The plans are simple enough for beginners to follow and can be easily downloaded from here.
#16 Step-by-Step 4 x 8 Shed Plans
These easy to follow plans walk you through every step from building the skid style foundation to installing the pitched roof.
This simple shed features a home-built door on one end and can be completed in a weekend. You can view the plans or download them in pdf format here.
#17 Easy to Build Gabled Shed
This is a portable shed built on a skid foundation that measures 8 x 8 feet.
The simple design features home built double doors on one end and a pitched gable style roof, making it an excellent choice in areas with lots of rain or snow.
You can see the simple to follow plans here.
#18 Tudor Style 8 x 7 Shed
This is the perfect garden shed for someone who wants a stylish shed that looks a little different than the norm. The plans include measurements in both standard and metric for ease of construction.
Unlike most wooden sheds where the cladding is on the outside, with this one it is attached to the inside for that "Tudor" look.
You can download a free set of these plans here.
#19 7 x 8 Board and Batten Shed
This is a simple to build shed with a framed in floor for added strength. It features a pair of DIY swinging doors up front and a nicely sloped roof.
You can view a free copy of the plans here or if you prefer to have a print friendly version, you can also buy a set.
The well thought out design and high roofline offer you plenty of storage or workspace.
#20 10 x 10 Tudor Style Shed
No one says your shed can't be stylish. This 10 x 10 Tudor style shed puts the frame on the outside giving it that "Tudor" look that is sure to fit in with your home and yard.
Maximum inside height is 8'8", inside floor space measurements are 8' wide by 10' long providing plenty of space for just about anything.
Visit here to see the full plans and comprehensive construction instructions.
#21 6 x 6 Playhouse
These plans can be used to build a nice sturdy playhouse that looks a lot like a real house.
Not only can your kids use it to play in when they are young, but when they have outgrown it, you can easily turn it into a convenient storage shed with a single door and four windows for maximum ventilation.
Learn more about this playhouse and get your free plans here.
#22 Excellent Narrow Backyard Shed
This 4-foot-deep shed is 7 feet wide and perfect for those with limited space.
The design features a pitched roof and double doors, making it a great choice for a number of storage purposes such as garden tools or bicycles.
You can see the plans and detailed construction information here.
#23 Simple Versatile 6 x 6 Shed
From garden tools, to a place for your bikes, this simple shed design has a 7/12 pitch roof and a single DIY door.
The roof is designed to extend over the door to help keep rain and snow out. You can see the plans here or download them as a pdf if you prefer to print them.
#24 DIY Lean to Shed
When you have limited space to work with, this handy freestanding lean-to style shed is the perfect option.
The sloped roof keeps the rain and snow at bay, while the large double doors make it easy to get in and out of. See the simple and easy to follow plans here.
#25 8 x 6 DIY Garden Shed
Everyone needs somewhere to get away from it all, this 8 x 6 DIY garden shed can give you all of that and more.
Coming from Mother Earth News, these plans have been created just for those with nothing more than basic carpentry skills.
You can follow the detailed construction instructions and plans here.
#26 The Traditional 12 x 16 Shed
This set of shed plans lets you decide how many doors and windows you want and what style. You could have double doors on one end and a single door on the side or any one of several other options.
The plans are available here and include 6 different foundation options to choose from.
#27 Colonial Style 8 x 12 Shed with Porch
Sheds are not just for storage, this 8 x 12 shed features a covered front porch making it the perfect style to turn into an art studio or workshop.
The plans include comprehensive instructions that will walk you through building this shed on a tight budget. View detailed instructions and see the plans here.
#28 Cute 8 x 10 Cape Cod Shed
Add real New England Charm to your backyard with this 8 x 10 Cape Cod style shed. It features board and batten construction, a divided window, and a single door.
You can build your own door or thanks to the generous 7'8" wall height, use a factory built pre-hung door. The 10/12 pitch roof keeps snow at bay.
#29 Handy 8 x 8 Cape Cod Shed
A smaller version of the above shed with a steep roof and a porch. The same Cape Cod board and batten style is sure to make this the perfect shed to store your garden tools and supplies, your bikes, or just about anything.
Plans also include instructions to add a side door for easier access. Take a look at the plans here.
#30 2-Door 8 x 12 Cape Cod Shed
When you need a little more room but still want Cape Cod styling this 8 x 12 shed is just what you need. It features two doors, one on the end and one on the side.
The 6'7" side height lets you use pre-hung doors or build your own. The 10/12 pitch roof is ideal for snowy regions.
Read more about this shed and order your plans here.
#31 8 x 12 Value Shed with Double Doors
If you are comfortable around woodworking tools, this 8 x 12 value shed may be just what you are looking for.
It features a fully framed floor for added strength and can be set on a concrete slab foundation or multiple 4 x 4s. Plans include instructions for building double doors.
#32 DIY 12 x 12 Gambrel Shed
If your idea of a beautiful shed is one that looks like a small red barn, this Gambrel style shed is just what you need.
The easy to follow plans will walk you right through building it from the ground up including the skid style foundation for ease of movement. Download free plans and materials lists here.
#33 DIY 12 x 10 Gambrel Shed
The double slope of this barn style shed is perfect for areas where it tends to snow a lot. You can use the added height to build in a loft for added storage.
The shed features do-it- yourself double doors giving you plenty of room to drive your riding lawnmower in and out. Free plans can be downloaded here.
#34 DIY 10 x 12 Gambrel Shed
Double door goodness for those who want plenty of storage space in their backyard. The fully framed floor is covered with plywood for added structural strength and to ensure you can store virtually anything inside.
Plans include everything you need to build this great shed. You can download your free plans here.
#35 DIY 10 x 12 Gambrel Shed
The 6'5" door height gives you plenty of room to put just about anything in your shed and ensures that even taller people won't smack their head going in and out.
This shed measures a full 10 x 12 without the siding, giving you plenty of room for garden tools, bikes, and just about anything else you need to store out of the way.
Free plans are available here along with complete materials lists.
#36 DIY Salt Box Shed
This unusual shed features a dual slope roof and double doors set in the front wall. Interior measurements are 10 x 8 without the siding.
Frame is all 2 x 4 for superior strength and the plans include instructions for building the double barn style doors. Skid mounted for ease of movement.
#37 8 x 8 Gable Shed
The steep pitch of this roof makes the 8 x 8 Gable shed an ideal addition to any yard where heavy snow and rains are common. The skid foundation makes moving your shed into place simple.
These easy to follow plans include a list of all materials needed and include plans for the double barn style doors. Seethe free plans here.
#38 8 x 8 Gambrel Shed
Great set of easy to follow plans for building an 8 x 8 Gambrel style shed complete with double pitch roof. This shed features a fully framed floor mounted on skids making it easily portable.
74" home built double doors offer plenty of room to get in and out while the lofted roof gives you added storage space.Your free plans are available here.
#39 7 x 12 Gable Roof Shed or Playhouse
If you are looking for a shed that can double as a playhouse or workroom, this might be the one.
Features include a single door and two windows in the 12' front wall, but you can modify the plans to add even more windows if you need more light.
If the size is too big, instructions in the free plans available here show you how to make the shed smaller.
#40 Simple Lean-To Shed
When your space to build a shed is limited yet you need storage space for garden tools or bikes, this lean-to shed is perfect for you.
While it is designed to be placed against a wall, you can put this sturdy shed anywhere in your yard.
The only difference is you will need to build a stud rear wall instead of simply covering this area in sheathing. Read more about this nifty shed here.
#41 Long Lasting 8 x 8 Shed
If you are gifted with a high level of carpentry skills, you are ready tackle this 8 x 8 shed.
It features a split level roof design, a single entry door and two windows on the front wall.
The free plans available here are not for beginners, but those who are skilled can complete construction in about seven days.
#42 Build an Affordable Shed
Pre-built shed can cost a fortune, the free plans available here can help you save up to $3000 on your garden shed simply by showing you how to build one yourself.
These plans are for a gable roof style shed with a single door and two windows in the front wall. Detailed build instructions are included with the plans here.
#43 Free Gambrel Shed Plans
While building a gambrel style shed is a little more complex than a gable style one, these easy to follow plans will take some of the confusion out of the job.
The gambrel style gives you room to add a storage loft for smaller items. Free plans cover building a 12 x 8 shed are available here.
#44 8 x 8 Gambrel Shed Plans
From building the foundation to installing the shingles on the gambrel style roof and adding the final coat of paint, these detailed and easy to read plans walk you through building an 8 x 8 shed that is perfect for any backyard storage project.
Your free shed plans are available here.
#45 8 x 8 Lean-To Shed
No one ever said a lean-to shed has to be small in size. This wood and metal 8 x 8 lean-to style shed gives you plenty of storage space on the inside, yet takes up very little room on the outside by virtue of its lean-to styling.
You can get your free plans right here.
#46 Cute Rustic Yard Shed
Not only does this cute rustic shed offer plenty of storage space, a double size sliding side door and plenty of windows, the pitched roof is designed to create a shady place to relax or get your work done.
While not for beginners, those who have some experience in construction should have no problem building this great shed. Read more about it and see the complete plans here.
#47 The Ultimate Garden Shed
If you are ready to take on a serious shed project, this is the one for you. This is more than a shed, with several windows and vents in the gables, this shed makes a great workshop or art studio.
The design is for an 8 x 9 1/2 storage area and a smaller 8 x 5 1/2 room with plenty of windows. The concrete paver floor, cedar siding, and metal roof help you create a shed that will last forever. Read all about this shed here.
#48 7 1/2 x 13 1/2 Multi-Window Shed
While definitely not for beginners, this multi-windowed shed offers plenty of light and would be great for anyone who wants a workroom.
The steeply pitched roof is perfect for snowy regions and the double entry doors are perfect for riding lawn mowers or motorcycles. You can get your free plans right here.
#49 A Shed with a Front Porch
If you are looking for a shed that is more than just a place to store your garden tools and junk, this might be the one for you.
The shed itself measures 8 x 16 with a 3 1/2-foot front door. But the best part of the design is the 8 x 16 foot fully covered front porch.
You can use this area as a shady work space or somewhere to relax in your backyard out of the sun. Complete plans are available here.
#50 6 x 6 Garden Shed Plans and Building Guide
If you are looking for a super easy to build 6 x 6 garden shed, then these plans might be just what you need.
The all-wood construction features a framed in floor sitting on skids for ease of movement. Can be set on cement piers, blocks, or level ground.
Detailed plans include information for building your own door. Download your free plans here.
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