22 Wood Shed Designs & Ideas You Can Build Yourself
WE HAVE BEEN building structures from wood since time in memorial.
If you are looking for an affordable way to build your own shed, wood makes the perfect material to use.
Do you need somewhere to store your firewood? How about a secure place for your motorcycle, family bikes, garden tools, or maybe an art studio or she shed?
Here are some great quality, solid shed designs and ideas to help you sort out the one that is a perfect fit for your needs and your backyard. I hope you enjoy the images and get some really cool ideas from them.
1. The Farm Storage Shed
A Miniature Log House in Your Yard
From storing garden tools to a cool place to hang out in the heat of summer, nothing beats a good old fashioned log-built shed.
As long as you use mud to chink the gaps between the logs and put a roof with a steep pitch on top, you have a shed that is cool in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Easy to build and made to last forever.
2. The Mini House Storage
Looks Just like Your House Only Smaller
Why not create a miniature version of your house for your backyard? The design of your house must have appealed to you when you purchased it so take that and shrink it to fit.
You can use this wood shed design for storage, as a garden shed, a studio, or just about anything that comes to mind. Better yet, your neighbors are sure to love it.
3. Clean and Simple
A No Stress Approach to Shed Building
Sometimes it is the simple things in life that please us the most. This simple open style shed has no glass in the windows and no door to lock the world out.
It makes a great place for you or the kids to hide away from the world and read your favorite books. It also doubles as a convenient place for your lawn mower or garden tools.
4. The Artwork Shed
An All-New Approach to Showcasing Your Artwork
Rather than creating art on a canvas that only a few people are ever likely to see, why not add a mural or large painting to one end of your shed.
What a great way to personalize your wood shed and give the neighbors something to look at. If you get tired of your artwork, all you have to do is paint over it and start with a blank canvas.
5. The Big Wooden Shed
Super-Size Our Wooden Shed
There are times when the typical small garden shed simply won't do. This monstrous big wooden shed is big enough to provide storage for everything you own and still leave enough room to create a workshop.
You can add shuttered windows, roof ventilation, and a garage size door to make the shed a multipurpose place for everything your family needs and more.
6. The Community Wooden Shed
Give Your Backyard an Old-World Look
If you are lucky enough to live in an area with a rich history dating back a couple of hundred years, you have probably already seen wooden sheds like this in your community.
They are built from materials that are readily available and made to stand the test of time. Thatching the roof to make it watertight may take some time, but the results are well-worth the effort.
7. The Cute Old Shed
Simple Old World Charm
When you live in an older home, why would you want a modern style shed that stands out like a sore thumb?
Wood shed designs like this one with cedar shakes on the roof and on the walls offer plenty of weatherproofing and long life. But most importantly of all, this style of shed will look great in just about any backyard.
8. The Forest Log House
Add an Alpine Look to Your Backyard
If you are lucky enough to live on property with lots of trees, you might consider building your shed to look like an old forest log house.
This one uses logs for the walls, split logs for the porch and doors, and cedar shakes for the roof to create a warm dry place to work or for storage. What a great way to build a garden shed that blends into your surroundings.
9. Mini House Shed
Seems Like Mini Houses are All the Rage
No matter where you live or what you plan to use your shed for, nothing looks cuter than a shed built to look like a miniature house.
Wood siding and cedar shakes on the roof can give your shed a rustic charm that is hard to beat. More importantly, this type of shed is perfect for use as a workshop or art studio complete with a porch to relax on in the evening or heat of the day.
10. Relaxing Garden Shed
When You Need Somewhere to Get Away From It All
While many people use their garden shed as nothing more than a place to store garden and lawn tools, the right shed design can be used to create a place to get away from it all and relax.
Providing you have plenty of room in your backyard, choose a shed design that incorporates room to store everything, and then has extra space to create a workshop, studio, or even a place to sit back and relax with your favorite book.
11. The Log Cabin
Rustic Charm and Solid Construction
Once again making use of all that Mother Nature has to offer, starting with log walls.
In this particular shed design, the builder used split logs for the wall instead of whole logs such as are used in traditional log cabin construction.
You can cover the roof with tin, steel, or shingles to seal the weather out and count on the logs to provide plenty of insulation and protection from the elements.
12. Out in the Cold
Keep the Cold Outside Where it Belongs
Your garden shed does not need to be fancy, it just has to be capable of keeping the cold, rain, and snow at bay. This simple wooden shed with a tin or shingle roof is more than capable of doing just that.
If you are going to do more than store a few garden tools inside, you might want to insulate the walls and build stronger doors.
13. Old Log Shed
Sometimes the Old Ways are the Best Ways
Logs are always a great way to build a shed and are a tried and trusted construction method that has been in use for centuries.
This shed uses upright logs instead of horizontal logs for the walls, but the result is the same. Not only do you end up with a completely weatherproof shed, but one that looks really cool and will only improve with time.
14. The Old Wooden Shed
Once Again Old and Eclectic Win the Race
Wood is the perfect material to build your next garden shed from. Not only is wood easy to work with, but it ages beautifully.
If you really want your shed to stand out from the crowd yet blend into your garden landscape use a wide range of different types of wood, sheet, boards, logs, branches, and anything else you can lay your hands on. Just be sure the finished product is weatherproof and will protect anything you put inside of your shed.
15. The Rice Field Shed
Not Just for Rice Paddies
While this simple wooden shed is more likely to be found amongst the rice paddies in Asia, you can build it almost anywhere. Simple wood construction with shakes on the roof make this a quick build.
The overhanging roof was meant to give workers a place to bag the rice out of the rain, but will give you a place to sit out of the sun when you need a rest from working in your garden.
16. The Slanted Roof Shed
Why Build Two Roofs When One Will Do?
Just because it might seem like most shed designs feature a peaked roof with two slopes doesn't make this the only design. As you can see here, it is quite possible to build your shed with a single slope roof.
If you put the peak of the roof high enough, it should give you more than enough space to add in a very usable loft for extra storage.
17. The Painted Shed
Clapboard Siding and Plenty of Your Favorite Color Paints
Not everyone builds a shed in their backyard as nothing more than a place to store garden tools, lawn mowers, and bicycles. Some build a shed as an art studio or workshop space away from the main house.
If you are building your shed for this type of use, consider crafting a shed like this one with durable clapboard siding that can be painted to match or complement your house.
Your neighbors are sure to appreciate the great looking shed that adds to the value of their homes as well as yours.
18. The Nature Log Cabin
Straight Out of the Woods
Here again, we see a shed that has been built with readily available materials that can be brought straight out of the woods.
The solid log construction will help this shed stay standing for generations to come. They also add a ton on natural insulation and in time your shed will simply biodegrade and return to the land from whence it came. In the meantime, enjoy a shed built from the bounty of Mother Nature.
19. Rock and Wood Combi
Rocks and Twigs Can a Shed Build
Mother nature has much to offer when it comes to shed designs such as this one.
Build the lower half of the walls from rocks, you can interlock them or cement them in place. Then add log upper walls and a tin or shingle slanted roof for maximum protection from the elements.
A good shed like this will last for decades with minimal maintenance and keep everything dry inside.
20. Small Wooden Shed
Great Things Come in Small Packages
Your next garden shed doesn't have to be big to be useful. In reality, any shed design you choose simply needs to be big enough to get the job done.
This simple wood shed is big enough to store garden tools or create a nice little potting shed for starting your spring plants in.
The simple wood and tin roof structure is inexpensive to build yet highly functional.
21. Closed in Veranda
Extra protection from the elements
Want some protection from the elements while still being able to enjoy the outdoors. While this shed has seen better days, the window openings in the closed in veranda give you a good idea of what this shed looked like in its hey day.
This is a good option for those who work in their sheds, to give a little more protection from the elements. You could also paint it yellow... just in case you need it to stand out at night.
22. Dug Out Shed
Caveman Style Sheds Are All the Rage
If your property has any kind of small hill on it, you have the perfect place for a dug out shed. Simply dig out a section of the hill to match the size of shed you are looking to build, then add in the walls, roof, and door.
The hill will provide shelter from the wind and weather, it will also help to maintain a more constant temperature in your shed.
Just a Few Really Cool Shed Designs
These are just a few of the dozens of really cool shed designs I came across in my search for the perfect garden shed build. Each has its uses and many of them are made from nothing more than readily available materials courtesy of Mother Nature. All will provide you with a dry place to store just about anything, some are big enough to create a studio or workshop in.
I hope you have enjoyed these cool shed designs I found for you as much as I have enjoyed collecting them and that they have inspired you to go out and create your own amazing and unique shed.
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