12×12 Shed Plans – Gable Shed
12×12 shed plans, with gable roof. Plans include drawings, measurements, shopping list, and cutting list.
12×12 Shed Plans – Gable Shed – Material List
2 – pressure treated 2×6 – 12′
10 – pressure treated 2×6 – 12′
4 – pressure treated 4×4 – 12′
81 – 2×4 – 8′
22 – 2×4 – 12′
4 – 2×6 – 8′
10 – 1×4 – 8′
5 – 3/4″ tongue and groove plywood – 4’x8′ sheets
15 – t1-11 exterior siding plywood – 4’x8′ sheets
8 – 1/2″ plywood – 4’x8′ sheets
3 1/2″ galvanized nails
1 1/4″ galvanized finishing nails
2″ galvanized nails
2″ deck screws
6 – door hinges
2 – door handles
2 – pressure treated 2×6 – 12′
10 – pressure treated 2×6 – 11′ 9″
4 – pressure treated 4×4 – 12′
16 – 2×4 – 12′
6 – 2×4 – 11′ 5″
48 – 2×4 – 7′ 6″
20 – 2×4 – 7′ 8 11/16″
10 – 2×4 – 2′ 8 3/8″
16 – 2×4 – 2′ 1 3/4″
4 – 2×6 – 7′ 8 11/16″
10 – 1×4 – 8′ ( cut to size )
5 – 3/4″ tongue and groove plywood – 4’x8′ sheets ( cut to size )
15 – t1-11 exterior siding plywood – 4’x8′ sheets ( cut to size )
8 – 1/2″ plywood – 4’x8′ sheets ( cut to size )
The shed floor is built with pressure treated 2×6’s and pressure treated 4×4’s.
Cut two 2×6’s to 12′ long for the band. Cut ten 2×6’s to 11′ 9″ long for the floor joist. Nail 3 1/2″ nails through the 2×6 band and into the floor joist. Floor joist 16″ O.C.
Attach the 12′ long 4×4 pressure treated skids to the bottom of the floor frame. Square out the floor frame by measuring diagonally until both sides measure the same. Secure the 4×4 skids by nailing 3 1/2″ nails through the floor frame and into the 4×4 skids.
Cut to size and install the 3/4″ tongue and groove plywood. Secure the floor plywood with 2″ deck screws.
The front and back wall frame is built using 2×4 lumber.
The wall studs are 16″ O.C.
Assemble the back wall frame as shown on illustration above ( see illustration below for close up view ).
The front wall frame will have a door and window, for instructions on framing the door and window see the pages below:
Assemble the front and back wall frame using 3 1/2″ nails.
Here is a close up look of the front and back wall frame ends.
Cut the 2×4’s as shown on illustration above for the side walls.
Wall studs are 16″ O.C.
If you will be adding a double door to the side wall of the shed see this page for details: Shed Door Plans
Assemble the side wall frame using 3 1/2″ nails.
See illustration above for truss details.
The truss is built using 2×4’s.
Cut the 2×4’s as shown on illustration above. The truss are assembled using 1/2″ plywood gussets. Nail 2″ nails through the gusset and into the truss.
Attach the truss to the shed 16″ O.C. Toenail 3 1/2″ nails through the truss and into the wall frame.
To build the 1′ overhand cut 2×4’s to 2′ 1 3/4″ long for the outriggers. Notch as shown on illustration above and install the outriggers using 3 1/2″ nails.
Once the outriggers have been installed cut to size the 2×6 roof trim as shown above and install with 3 1/2″ nails.
Install siding using 1 1/4″ finishing nails.
Install doors, and windows.
Cut 2×4’s to size and install between the rafters with 3 1/2″ nails.
Cut t1-11 siding to size and install between the rafters. Use 1 1/4″ finishing nails to install.
Measure, cut, and install the 1/2″ plywood for the roof deck.
Install roofing felt, drip edge, and shingles.
Install 1×4 trim.
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Our 12x12 shed plan library offers a variety of shed styles and plans that are designed to make your shed building project easy to complete. With instructions describing how to build each major part of the shed such as the floor, foundation, walls and roof you will have all the information you need to complete your shed building project. The shed materials list that is included with each plan helps you to get competitive pricing for the materials and also helps you keep track of where the different materials go on the shed. Pick your favorite shed design from the many styles of 12x12 sheds, download it to your computer and get busy building your new shed!
12x12 shed plans have a 144 square foot foot print. An 12x12 storage shed is large enough to drive a riding lawn mower in to or set up a office shed or studio shed to have a home office. If you just want extra storage space there is plenty of room for that too. There are many styles of 12x12 garden sheds including 12x12 shed plans with steeper roofs, tall sheds that have full sized pre-built doors, modern sheds which are most often used as an office shed, and the ever popular regular storage shed.
The shed plans in our collection of shed designs include most of the popular 12x12 shed plan styles. If you have an idea for a 12x12 shed plan and do not see it here send us an email and let us know what you want. We may be able to draw up the shed design for you.
Shed Designs Using The 12x12 Shed Plan Size
Our 12x12 backyard storage shed plans and horse barns include several styles of sheds including a simple gable shed, the popular lean to shed style, a beautiful gambrel shed with storage loft, a shed with a garage door and even a run in shed for your horses.
12x12 Gable Shed Design: This is the most common backyard shed style because of its simplicity and utility. Our 12x12 gable shed plans come with the option to install the doors on the gable end or the eve sides of the shed.
12x12 Lean To Shed Plans: The lean to shed is one of our easiest sheds to build. The single plane roof makes the roof easy to build. It also keeps the roof height lower than the gable designs. The lean to plan includes plans to install the doors on any of the shed sides. This allows you many different options for placing and orienting the shed. The roof has a 6 inch overhang on all sides of the shed. The roof rafters can be shortened if you want to build the shed up against another structure, some builders even remove the wall up against the other structure and attach the rafters to the existing wall.
12x12 Gambrel Roof Shed Plans: The gambrel shed roof is unique in that it has 4 roof planes and 3 roof ridges. This opens up the inside area to allow for more storage space. The gambrel roof small barn shed plan includeds plans for a loft area up in the roof rafters. This loft adds an additional 84 square feet of storage. There is over 5' of clearance at the peak of the roof. See our shed heights page, see link at the bottom of this page, to see the interior heights. The storage space is accessible from inside the shed where the loft floor is open on one end of the shed.
12x12 Shed With Garage Door: If you are looking to have a large roll up garage door installed on your shed to make it easier to move large items in and out of the shed our 12x12 garage door shed is the solution. It is specially designed to accomodate larger equipment like riding lawn mowers or 4 wheelers. The shed plans come with details showing the framing opening for a 8' wide and 7' tall roll up garage door.
12x12 Run In Shed Plans: The standard size for a horse stall in large horse barns and stables is 12x12. This allows plenty of room for medium sized to large horses to move around. Our 12x12 run in shed is designed to accomodate a larger horse or several smaller horses as well as other livestock. Our run in shed design is designed with a wood skid foundation and steel tow skids so the shed can be moved around the field if necessary.
Planning Your 12x12 Shed Build
There are several steps that should be followed to help you get ready to build a shed. The following steps are great place to start when building your shed:
- Understand Your Storage Needs
- Get Shed Building Requirements From Your Local Building Department
- Determine The Best Place To Build Your Shed
- Pick The Style Of Shed To Build
- Figure Out The Cost To Build The Shed
- Build The Shed
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iCreatables.com is a wonderful resource to help you plan and build your shed construction project. Our 12x12 shed plans library is a great resource with all the popular shed styles including a gable shed with a 4/12 slope roof, a gambrel roof barn style shed, a lean to shed, a run in shed for livestock and a shed with a garage door.
We have several instructional resources to help you build your shed. Our eBook entitled How To Build A Shedcomes free with every shed plan order. In it you will find information on how to build a shed. It includes information on all of the shed styles shown on our website. We also have a Shed Building Video series that documents a complete shed build. iCreatables also has a How To Build A Shed web based instruction manual that takes you step by step through the same shed build shown in the video series.
iCreatables has your 12x12 shed plan to help you build your backyard shed building project. Review the shed plans shown at the top of this page and click on the link to find more information about the different sheds. Then pick the shed you want to build and start building your 12x12 shed today!
10x12 Sheds: What You Should Know
Weighing the pros and cons of any purchase is important. When considering an investment like a 10x12 storage shed, you need to know what your best options are. We’re laying it all out for you in this article.
We’ll talk about how much you can realistically store in a 10x12 shed. We’ll break down the cost of building your own 10x12 shed from scratch versus investing in a prefabricated 10x12 shed that’s ready to go. And we’ll look at what kind of permits you may need in order to have a 10x12 shed on your property.
How many square feet is a 10x12 shed?
You might think 120 sq ft would be the obvious answer but you could be wrong! In some cases, the real inside dimensions of a 10x12 shed can be 107 sq ft or less! Here’s how…
Some companies use “nominal size” when advertising their building dimensions. Nominal size measurements are taken from roof-edge to roof-edge instead of from the building corners, which would give you a more accurate idea of much square footage the shed is providing. That means a shed with 5” eave overhangs could be advertised as 10’ wide while only having a real corner to corner measurement of 9’2”. Make sure to ask your shed company how their buildings are measured! (Here at Gold Star Buildings, we measure all our buildings from corner to corner. You can read more about "nominal size" vs true dimensions in this article.)
The other thing to remember is that outside-to-outside corner measurements are not taking into account the space lost from the thickness of the walls. If your outside corner-to-corner dimensions are a true 10x12, you still need to do a little math to figure out how much inside storage space you have to work with. If your shed is framed with 2x4s, you’ll lose about ¾” from the plywood/siding and another 3½” from the studs. That’s over a 4” difference from outside to inside on each wall, meaning your shed’s interior measurements are about 9’4” x 11’4”. In the end, the actual storage space inside a 10x12 shed with 2x4 walls is often closer to 107 sq ft.
Is a 10x12 shed big enough?
The beauty of 10x12 sheds is that they provide a lot of extra room while still fitting into smaller yards. But does a 10x12 storage shed provide enough storage space to fit your needs?
Well, it depends what your storage needs are! For example, a 10x12 shed is big enough for a riding lawnmower, a push lawnmower, a snowblower, a wheelbarrow, and several stacks of storage boxes. Obviously, your specific storage needs will vary, so this just gives you a general idea.
A 10x12 shed is a great option for storing a single large item like a mower, ATV, or motorcycle, along with smaller tools and items. It’s a great idea to get rough measurements of the larger items you’re hoping to store so you can plan their placement in the shed. (See the next section for more on this.) Adding shelves and/or a loft to your 10x12 shed will allow you to go vertical with storage of your smaller items, leaving more room on the floor for larger equipment.
10x12 storage sheds can even be big enough to convert into (very small) private getaway spots. Thanks in part to State Farm’s clever “She Shed” commercial, it’s become a trend to convert traditional storage sheds into creative spaces for leisure, art, or carpentry projects. In fact, some folks are even turning storage sheds into office spaces (for example, this insurance agency's office shed in PA). There’s really no limit to what you can do with the space 10x12 storage sheds provide!
What can you fit in a 10x12 shed?
You can fit quite a lot into a 10x12 storage shed! As covered in the last section, 10x12 sheds are good for storing at least one very large item along with a lot of smaller items.
Standard riding mowers usually measure approximately 6’ in length by 4’ in width. That means your riding mower will probably only take up 24 sq ft of the available 120 sq ft (we’re going to assume that you have a true 120 sq ft to work with). After storing your riding mower, you will still have over 90 sq ft to use for other things. You could install a work bench along one wall and hang all of your gardening tools on another and still have plenty of space to move around and store other items. The diagram below gives an example of one possible 10x12 storage shed layout.
Maybe you’re not looking for a place to store tools and vehicles. Maybe you’re looking for a secret getaway, a place to relax and decompress. A standard 3-seat sofa will take up 21 sq ft and a standard armchair will take up 9 sq ft. You could have a secret leisure room in your own backyard, complete with a full-sized sofa and armchair and still have 90 sq ft left to add other things like a TV, coffee table, area rug, and love seat.
Is it cheaper to build a 10x12 shed or buy a 10x12 shed?
As might be expected, you could potentially save money by building your own 10x12 shed. It is usually a bit cheaper to build your own 10x12 shed (if you do not factor in your time.) The big question is whether you’ll save enough money to justify the time and trouble of doing it yourself!
If you have the necessary tools and skills, you can purchase the materials to build your own 10x12 storage shed for a bit under $3,000 (in 2021). The tradeoff is the time and energy it will take you to build your own shed from scratch instead of purchasing a prefabricated one.
How much does it cost to build a 10x12 shed?
To calculate the cost to build a 10x12 shed, we added up the materials cost for a shed based on these drawings. We discovered the cost to build a 10x12 shed is about $2,630 for materials only (if purchased from a big-box home improvement store). The table below gives the breakdown of these materials costs.
|2x Pressure-treated 2×6 – 12′||$27.00||8x 1/2″ plywood – 4’x8′ sheet||$336.00|
|10x Pressure-treated 2×6 – 10′||$117.00||Hardware|
|3x Pressure-treated 4×4 – 12′||$57.00||3-1/2″ galvanized nails||$35.00|
|4x 3/4″ Tongue-and-groove plywood – 4’x8′ sheet||$188.00||2″ deck screws||$90.00|
|Wall Framing||2″ galvanized nails||$25.00|
|6x 2×4 – 12′||$61.00||1 1/4″ galvanized finishing nails||$25.00|
|6x 2×4 – 10′||$45.00||Shingles||$160.00|
|46x 2×4 – 8′||$230.00||Roof tacks||$15.00|
|Roof Framing||Roofing felt||$40.00|
|28x 2×4 – 8′||$140.00||Staples||$5.00|
|10x 2×4 – 10′||$75.00||Drip edge||$25.00|
|13x 5/8″ t1-11 exterior siding – 4’x8′ sheet||$500.00||4x 2×4 – 8′||$20.00|
|Corner Trim||2x 5/8″ t1-11 exterior siding – 4’x8′ sheet||$80.00|
|4x 1×4 – 8′||$10.00||Shed Windows|
|4x 1×4 – 10′||$87.75||2x 35x35 - slide window||$200.00|
|4x 2×6 – 8′||$35.00|
The other important factor is labor - the time it actually takes to build the shed. The cost calculated for labor depends on whether you’re building your shed as a hobby project or using time that could otherwise be spent in normal wage-earning activity. Depending on your skill level and the tools you have available it could take anywhere from 10-40 hours to construct a 10x12 shed. (It will usually take about twice as long as you estimate! 😜) If you normally earn $15/hr, a 25-hour shed project will require $375 worth of your labor; at $25/hr, labor will be worth $625.
How much does it cost to buy a 10x12 shed?
Prefab 10x12 sheds cost $2500-$3800 depending on style, local market, and what features are included.
To compare “apples to apples”, we sell prefab 10x12 sheds similar to the DIY design featured above for about $3280 (in 2021). That means you would spend about $650 more for a prefab shed than you would spend on just the materials to build it yourself.
If a pre-built 10x12 shed costs only slightly more than the materials to build it yourself, the shed companies must be cutting corners somewhere, right? Not necessarily…
Professional shed builders save money in several major ways:
Buying materials in bulk
Most shed companies purchase lumber by the truckload. By purchasing wholesale quantities, we’re able to spend much less than a DIYer buying the same materials at a retail home improvement store.
Keep this in mind: professional shed builders build sheds for 40+ hours a week…so we’re pretty fast at it! Shed manufacturing shops are set up to maximize efficiency, too. We have professional-grade tools within easy reach, and we know how to use them! A professional builder can construct a 10x12 prefab shed in 4-5 hours!
Most shed companies (including Gold Star Buildings) pass some of these savings on to customers, while still making enough profit on each shed to pay the workforce and cover other overhead expenses.
In the end, the cost to buy a 10x12 prefab shed is surprisingly close to the cost of building a 10x12 shed yourself.
Do I need a permit for a 10x12 shed?
Maybe.Size is a key factor. In Pennsylvania, for example, a storage shed of less than 200 sq ft only requires a zoning permit, but a shed that exceeds 200 sq ft usually requires a zoning permit and a building permit.
Different states and townships vary on what permits they require you to have for your shed or detached out-building. It’s best to check with your local government office to see what the requirements for your area are. It could cause a lot of frustration and time if you choose not to check on the permit requirements for a 10x12 shed in your township and you end up being forced to relocate or take it down all together. Play it safe and contact your local government first.
To sum it up…
10x12 sheds hit that sweet spot of being small enough to fit in most backyards, large enough for many average storage needs, and cheap enough for most budgets to handle.
There are a wide variety of 10x12 shed styles out there, so do your research before settling on one design. In fact, here at Gold Star Buildings alone, we offer six different styles of 10x12 sheds:
10x12 sheds in the Barn model feature a gambrel roof and are one of the most affordable options for simple storage.
The Lofted Barn is a highly functional 10x12 shed, with overhead storage and double doors on the end.
The Garden Shed is an A-frame design. 10x12 sheds in this style have double doors on the side.
Lofted Garden Shed
The Lofted Garden Shed has double doors on the side and overhead loft storage space for maximum storage space in a 10x12.
The Utility Shed is our most straightforward A-frame design and offers great functionality, even at 10x12.
With a "saltbox" roof style, 10x12 Cottage Sheds check the boxes for both form and function.
Feel free to browse all our shed styles to start getting ideas for your own 10x12 shed, whether you buy it or build it yourself! If you're in western PA or eastern OH, feel free to request a quote or browse our inventory to get the most up-to-date 10x12 shed prices.
Good luck with your 10x12 shed planning!
You’ve been thinking of buying that extra storage space for the backyard and have settled on an 8×12 small storage shed as the possible size. But before you place the order, let’s look at a few things to be sure you won’t wish you had ordered a larger one when it arrives (or three months later after it’s full and overflowing!) or find ways to get more storage space out of the 8×12 shed you hope to purchase.
8X12 STORAGE SHED: 96 SQUARE FEET OR 85 SQUARE FEET?
Here’s the deal, an 8×12 storage shed is 96 square feet small. But consider that a shed is built with 2×4 framing which will intrude into your interior space making your useable space even less. A standard 2×4 measures 3 ½ inches which means you will lose 7 inches of interior space all around on an 8×12 shed.
Not that all that space needs to be wasted. It may be useful as a place to hang garden tools or create tiny shelves between the studs for storing small things, but it is something to keep in mind as you shop for a shed.
All that to say, if you buy an 8×12 storage shed, you end up with around 85 square feet of space inside the framing.
IS 96 SQUARE FEET ENOUGH OF SPACE?
That is a question only you can answer
You want to begin by asking what all you hope to store in the 8×12 portable shed. Since the shed offers 96 square feet of interior space (minus the space taken up by the framing), you want to be sure it will do the job.
It’s much easier to go bigger before you order the portable shed, than wish you had a week later!
The best way to figure out if an 8×12 Shed is large enough for you is as follows:
- Get a piece of sidewalk chalk
- Measure out an area 8×12, the size your shed will be
- Then go gather your stuff and set it inside that area
If you have boxes you want to store, stack them on top of each other, park the lawnmower inside, grab your wheelbarrow or whatever else you hope to fit into the 8×12 shed, and place it inside the box you drew with the chalk.
Don’t forget to leave floor space to walk around. You don’t want a storage shed that is packed tight and no room to walk around (trust me, I’ve been there!).
How to get more Space out of your 8×12 Shed
So, you have your stuff inside the box you drew but there are all those small items that you need a place for. The Christmas décor, pool cleaning equipment, leftover materials from the update you made to the house… And the shed is full…
You can either order a 10×12 backyard shed or a 10×20 building and make more space…
Or ask the question: “How can I get more space in an 8×12 storage shed?”
There are ways to expand the interior space of your 8×12 shed and get more inside. We’re going to discuss a few of those here.
1. INCREASE THE WALL HEIGHT
The easiest way to get more interior space inside the new shed you want to buy is going higher. Let’s begin by talking about wall height.
The 8×12 Mini Barn Shed in the photo here has a very low wall. The wall is around 4’ tall but the roof design gives you the interior height. But even with that roof design, this 8×12 portable building gives you the least amount of cubic space on the interior of almost any shed on the market.
Keep in mind, you will not be able to use the side walls to hang your garden hoe or your garden rake vertically. If you want the best use of the wall space, consider going with a shed that has a higher wall space with another roof style or a Maxi Barn that has this same roof design but walls that are 2 ft higher.
Bottom line: You will greatly increase the amount of interior space of your 8×12 shed with higher walls.
2. CONSIDER YOUR 8X12 SHED ROOF DESIGN
The design of your roof has a lot to do with how much headroom your 8×12 storage shed will have.
Take a look at the two examples here. The Standard Economy Workshop roof (left) has limited storage space in the roof area. Even if you add a loft to your 8×12 Standard Shed, the benefit will be minimal.
However, if you upgrade to a Premier Garden Shed (right), you’ll get a good bit more interior cubic feet inside your shed. The steeper roof pitch gives you much more space to stack things or to add a loft and store things above.
Get even more cubic feet of interior space with the 8×12 MaxiBarn, Gambrel, or Dutch Barn. The barn roof design gives you plenty of space to add a loft in the shed and has space to store boxes, décor, and any kind of knick-knack you can think of off the floor and in the loft. Imagine how much more open the floor space on your 8×12 portable shed will be if you could store things in the roof area!
3. Add Shelves to your 8×12 Shed
So, now we have the height thing figured out, let’s consider more things we can do to help make more space in a small 8×12 portable shed.
Shelving is the next thing you can do to keep the floor area of your 8×12 shed open and accessible. You know how it is (or you’ll soon find out), even if you have a much larger shed like a 12×16 storage shed or a 10×20 shed before you know it, the floor is utterly cluttered with stuff here and there (I’ve been there…or should I say, I am there?)
Adding shelves along the wall takes away some of the interior space, but it gives you much more than it takes away. You can add narrow 12” shelves along one wall at 16” intervals and really increase the organization of your 8×12 storage shed. If you’re going with a larger shed, you might even consider a full second floor like you will find in the Legacy Two Story Sheds here.
Alright, now we figured out what we can fit inside an 8×12 backyard shed and we discussed how to increase the interior space in the building with higher walls, a roof design with more interior space and shelving.
Lastly, I’d like to introduce you to four of my favorite 8×12 sheds that have been built by Sheds Unlimited.
Are you ready?
8X12 PREMIER GARDEN SHED: QUITE UNLIKE THE REST
We love this little 8×12 Premier Garden Shed and think it adds a very nice touch to this backyard. The shed includes a 4’ shed dormer which (besides adding a bit more space), just makes it look like…well, amazing! Another brilliant idea this customer had was to add more windows. Notice the windows above the 4’ Doors? They bring in extra light. BTW: The Premier Garden Sheds actually include four of those windows as a standard feature. Check out the interior of this shed so well organized with a loft and even garden tools hanging from the rafters (I guess we missed that as an idea of adding more space to your 8×12 shed!). The 4’ doors on the gable end make this shed very accessible and the abundance of windows give it a bright interior.
8X12 DUTCH BARN: MORE SPACE UP TOP
Ok, I tried to find a photo of an 8×12 Premier Dutch Barn but was not successful. So I settled for this 10×12 Portable Barn that towers above almost any other 8×12 shed at Sheds Unlimited! Notice the high walls combined with a very high roofline. This means you will have a lot of interior space to store stuff so you can keep the floor area of your 8×12 shed clear. If you chose to buy the 8×12 Dutch Barn, I would highly recommend adding a 4’ loft with a step ladder so you can make more space and keep access to the area easy.
8X12 MODERN SHED: THE FUTURE…NOW
Can we even call this a shed? Truly, an 8×12 Modern Shed is an edgy idea! It takes the typical lean-to-shed idea and creates a uniquely contemporary shed that you can look at with delight. Don’t miss other examples of Modern Sheds including our modern pool houses, modern office spaces, and much more.
Ok, now that we’ve talked about what you can expect from your 8×12 storage shed, go ahead and find the one that pleases you most.
Or shop the discounted sheds and you might be lucky to find the one that will fit your taste and style perfectly!
Interior 12x12 shed
As any gardener knows, it takes a host of specialized tools and gear—spades, trowels, shears, gloves, and the like—to do the cultivating, weeding, transplanting, and pruning that plants require. A garden shed offers a dedicated place to keep it all, plus lawn-care equipment and supplies, away from the unrelated clutter in most garages.
But a shed can be much more than a mere storage locker. It can serve as a focal point on your property, adding a defining element to your garden. It offers a pleasant space for puttering and potting, starting seeds, propagating cuttings, and dividing plants to share with friends. And it can be a snug, peaceful escape from the demands of a schedule-crammed life, and a place to commune with the outdoors.
In order to function at its full potential, no matter its size, a garden shed needs a few key features: at least one window—operable, ideally—to let in light and views and fresh air; enough floor space and headroom to allow you to stand up and walk around; and a worktable of some kind, for tinkering with plants or doing garden-tool maintenance.
Beyond providing for those basics, let your imagination be your guide. As you’ll see in the following pages, these houses-in-miniature inspire outsize creative expression. “Sheds are truly intimate spaces,” says designer Ken Smith, owner of Gardensheds.com. “That’s why we see people going to great lengths to personalize them, trick them out, and make them suit their individual needs.”
Read on for our guide to all things garden shed, from choosing the right size to picking the best place to put it.
8-by-8-foot prefab Zenith Garden Tower, from $7,000; Homestead Structures
Questions to Ask Before Investing
How Much Does It Cost?
Plastic resin sheds start at about $500 for a 4-by-7-footer. You can get a basic 8-by-10-foot, all-wood kit for around $1,800. Prices escalate rapidly from there with bigger sizes and added features. Custom-designed-and-built sheds run the gamut from $50 to $200 (and more) per square foot.
DIY or Hire a Pro?
Unless you have a prefab trucked in fully assembled, your shed will have to be built from a kit or from scratch. A seasoned DIYer could handle either, given enough time, though extra hands are a big help. A crew from a home center or manufacturer can erect a kit shed in a day or two. It’s your responsibility to prepare the shed’s base.
Where to Buy One?
Home centers and lumberyards sell kits in a range of styles, materials, and sizes. Or go online to explore a wider world of kit- and prefab-shed makers. Some ship anywhere; others deliver only within their region.
Are Permits Required?
Regulations vary; consult your town’s building and zoning departments before you buy. A small shed, around 100 square feet, may not need a building permit, but could require one for zoning.
Building a Garden Shed
What’s best depends on your available time, budget, patience—and level of building skill.
Parts are cut and partially assembled in a factory for easy delivery on a flatbed truck. Shed kits come in many sizes, styles, and materials, including wood, composite lumber, and steel-framed plastic (shown).
PROS: Kits speed assembly compared with building from scratch. Their purchase prices and transportation costs tend to be lower than those for prefab sheds of similar size.
CONS: Assembling a kit does take time, tools, and basic DIY know-how. If you’re lacking any of those, you’ll want to hire a crew from the manufacturer or home center supplying the kit to build it on-site, adding to the cost.
Kit shed: Oakland 759, Keter
Sheds built in a factory benefit from a level of consistency and quality control that’s hard to achieve in the field. Just make sure there’s a clear path for a forklift to carry the shed from truck to base (as shown).
PROS: There’s next to no wait time. As soon as the shed is placed, you can start using it.
CONS: Fewer companies offer this option. Transportation costs can be substantial, depending on the size of the shed and how many miles it has to be trucked. A shed that’s more than 8½ feet wide will qualify as an oversize load. Anything wider than 12 feet may require escort vehicles.
Prefab shed: Classic Workshop Shed, Sheds Unlimited
Building a shed from scratch (as shown) gives you control over the design, offering the chance to create a custom structure that stands out from the rest.
PROS: It feels good to say “I built that,” and doing the work yourself is a good way to save money and improve your skills. You can create a shed that echoes your house, and outfit the inside to your exact specs.
CONS: Without the requisite tools and acumen, it can be hard to get this DIY project off the ground—or finish it. The cost of a custom-designed, pro-built shed can easily soar past the price of a kit or prefab.
Sheds come in so many sizes, it can be hard to know which one will meet your needs. Use the tip and sketches to figure out which footprint will work best. Also factor in wall and roof heights: Six-foot walls are typical, but taller ones are also available. Having more headroom helps a small space feel less confining and adds to its storage capacity. Don’t dismiss sizes that seem bigger than necessary. Interiors have a way of shrinking as stuff accumulates.
To see what will fit inside, lay out a footprint using four stakes and string a mason line between them. Adjust the stakes as needed to accommodate your items. Don’t forget to account for the door, and leave at least 24 to 36 inches in front of a potting bench and beside equipment for you to move around comfortably.
A shed’s roof shape defines its style—and interior volume.
This simple, familiar style is formed by two equal roof planes sloping down on either side of a straight ridge. High-peaked roofs, like this one, offer more headroom and the possibility of extra overhead storage.
Shown: 8’ x 12' Quivett Cape kit, starting at $3,700; Pine Harbor Wood Products
A defining feature of colonial-era saltboxes in New England, the back side of this roof slopes down to within a few feet of the ground. This design offers more floor space than a gable roof of the same height, but not the headroom to go with it.
Shown: 9' x 12' custom shed, about $6,000; Norm’s Homework Inc.
A single plane sloped toward the front leaves a high back side that begs to be nestled against a taller wall, forming a lean-to. This simplest of shed designs is well suited to storing lots of garden gear within a compact footprint.
Shown: 6' x 12' Cuttyhunk kit (no windows), $2,700; Walpole Outdoors
Hips on both sides of a gable roof form the classic barn-roof profile that adds lots of volume up top—often enough for a storage loft—without the need for a taller building.
Shown: 12' x 16' Pro Series Tall Barn kit, $6,166; Tuff Shed
A roof with little or no pitch, set over four rectilinear walls, is the hallmark of a modern shed and a good way to maximize interior headroom. Here, the clerestory windows leave uninterrupted wall space inside for workbenches and storage.
Shown: 10' x 12' custom design, about $25,000; Buchanan Custom Builders
Four triangular planes, extending from the peak to each wall, form a pyramidal cap that’s stronger and more wind resistant than other roof types. Its low profile also means less room for overhead storage. A cupola, like this dovecote design, offers a stylish way to vent hot air.
Shown: 10' x 10' Williamsburg Classic kit, $13,150; Gardensheds, Inc.
Before you plunk a shed down on your property, keep these practical concerns in mind.
1. SETBACKS: Most towns limit how close a shed can be to property lines, your house, wetlands, and so on. Its height may be restricted too. Check with your local zoning department.
2. COVERAGE: If the shed’s footprint pushes the total square footage of all structures on your lot above a certain percent of the lot size, you may have to seek a zoning variance.
3. UTILITIES: Call 811 to ensure that no buried water, gas, or electrical lines lie in the shed’s vicinity. If you’re on a well, stay clear of its head and supply pipe.
4. SEPTIC: Make sure your shed won’t be in the way during system maintenance.
Consider placing your shed in view of passersby, who will appreciate such a thoughtful, small-scale addition to the neighborhood. The shed shown above, while not an exact copy of the house, echoes its gambrel roof and paint palette. It also incorporates materials, such as original windows, that were removed from the house when it was remodeled.
A shed needs to rest on a level, stable surface that won’t shift under its weight or in freezing weather. An on-grade wood deck or a patio can serve as the base, but most sheds are shored up by one of the following:
Well-tamped, crushed-stone pads 6 to 8 inches thick can support smaller sheds—those less than 144 square feet—and protect against frost heaves. Space the pads evenly, about 2 feet on center, then top with solid-concrete blocks to elevate the shed’s base (shown). Or build a raised bed of treated beams resting on a thick layer of crushed stone, then fill the frame with more stone.
Larger sheds should be bolted to a reinforced-concrete slab or to concrete piers. Ground anchors aren’t needed, but in cold climates, slabs must be frost-protected, and piers must rest on wide footings dug below the frost line.
An arrowhead-style anchor, driven into firm soil with a rod and sledgehammer, can resist more than a ton of tension. Pull its cable taut to set the metal anchor, then bolt the cable’s eye to the shed’s framing.
A shed sitting on crushed stone can shift or topple in high winds or floods. To prevent that, sink a ground anchor, like those from American Earth Anchors, at each corner and bolt them to the shed’s base.
Garden Shed Doors
Sliding or Swinging
Whether single or double, sliding doors (shown left) cover a wide opening, while rolling to the side with ease. Hinge-hung swinging doors (shown right) are lighter, fit tighter, and don’t need as much wall space, but you’ll have to shovel when snow builds up in front of them. While most lawn equipment can fit through a 3-foot-wide doorway, allow 4 to 6 feet for a lawn tractor.
Sliding door: Custom 1216 Orchard Shed, Wright’s Shed Co.
Swinging doors: 1010 Telluride workshop, Summerwood Products
Entry Steps or Ramps
Like houses, sheds have elevated doorways, requiring either entry steps or ramps. A ramp (shown) is a must for wheeling heavy equipment in and out. A separate entry door with steps allows you to segregate bulky equipment at the ramp end.
Ramp: 1216 Cape Codder, Pine Harbor
Garden Shed Decorating Ideas: Plants
Increase a shed’s appeal by integrating it into the landscape.
Sited between a stand of bamboo and a magnolia, this shed’s weathered shingles help it blend into its deckside location. Potted plants soften the transition and nestle the building into its verdant backdrop.
Window boxes filled with pelargonium and petunias spill into shrub-based foundation plantings, connecting this clapboard structure—painted a garden-friendly blue-green—to the beds that surround it.
With fencing anchored to it at either end, a crisp-white shed becomes part of the framework for this manicured garden. Lady’s mantle, boxwood, and hydrangea grow tidily up close, with more riotous blooms farther out. An apple-tree espalier covers one of the shed’s gable ends, which provides the backbone for the tree’s supports.
Semiformal: Landscape design by Craig Bergmann, Craig Bergmann Landscape Design, Lake Forest, IL
Garden Shed Storage Ideas
A shed’s floor space is quickly claimed by large equipment and a workbench. So look up—walls, rafters, even ceilings offer opportunities for accessible, organized storage.
A discarded pallet hung on an interior—or exterior—wall can provide a convenient and inexpensive surface for hanging essential gardening tools and accessories.
Organize: Hooks, Metal Tubs, Bins & Baskets
Long-handled tools can hang from hooks or stand up in metal tubs, while short-handled ones cluster in wall-hung bins or baskets. Here, a wire rack corrals colorful seed packets, and the swing arms of a dish-towel rack hold bundles of drying herbs. High on the wall, shelves keep fragile pots safe; extra baskets swing from hooks screwed to the ridge beam.
S-Hooks and Pegboards
A rod made for kitchen utensils holds gear on repositionable S-hooks. Outlines on pegboard identify what hand tools go where.
12×12 Shed Plans
This step by step diy woodworking project is about free 12×12 shed plans. This article features detailed instructions for building a 12×12 shed with a gable roof. This article features instructions about building the frame for a 12×12 shed. This is PART 1 of the project, so make sure you also take a look over the rest of the project, to learn how to frame the roof and the door.
The free woodworking plans come with step by step 3D diagrams, instructions, a full cut and shopping list and it is print friendly. As well, the plans are PDF download, so you can take the printed plans with you in the workshop.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.
Projects made from these plans
12×12 Shed Plans – Free DIY Plans
Cut + Shopping Lists
- A – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 144″ long SKIDS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 144″ long, 4 pieces – 141″ long, 7 pieces – 138″ long JOISTS
- C – 3 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long, 3 pieces – 48″x48″ long FLOOR
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 144″ long, 1 piece – 137″ long, 9 pieces – 81″ long 2xSIDE WALL
- D – 1 piece – 144″ long, 1 piece – 137″ long, 2 pieces – 46 3/4″ long, 2 pieces – 75 1/2″ long, 6 pieces – 81″ long, 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 46 1/2″ long FRONT WALL
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 137″ long, 1 piece – 144″ long, 7 pieces – 81″ long BACKWALL
- E – 12 pieces of 5/8″ T1-11 siding – 48″x90″ long SIDING
- 34 piece of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 12 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 12′
- 13 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 12′
- 1 piece of 2×6 lumber – 8′
- 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 12”
- 5 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 12 pieces of 5/8″ T1-11 siding – 4’x8′
- 500 pieces of 1 5/8″ screws
- 200 pieces of 3 1/2″ screws
- 500 pieces of 2 1/2″ screws
- 2″ brad nails
- wood glue, stain/paint
- wood filler
Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level
Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses
Step 1: Building a 12×12 shed floor frame
Shed floor frame
The first step of the project is to assemble the floor for the 12×12 shed. Cut the components from 2×6 lumber. Align the components, drill pilot holes and lock them together with 3 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square for a professional result.
The next step of the shed project is to fit the interior rim joists. Use 2 1/2″ screws to secure the joists to the frame, leaving no gaps between the components.
Next, you need to attach the intermediary joists to the floor frame. Use joist hangers to lock the beams to the frame. Make sure you also insert 2 1/2″ screws through the perimeter beams into the joists.
Fitting the skids
In order to protect the floor of the shed from moisture, we recommend you to attach 4×4 skids under the floor. Align the skids to the floor as shown in the diagram, drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the joists.
Fitting the floor panels
Attach the 3/4″ plywood sheets to the floor, as shown in the diagram. Use 1 5/8″ screws to lock the panels to the frame, every 8″ along the joists.
Step 2: Building the shed wall frames
Assemble the front panel of the shed from 2x4s. Cut the components at the right size, using the instructions in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. Align the edges and make sure the corners are square.
Use 2x6s and 1/2″ plywood to make the header. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws on both sides of the header.
Assemble the back wall frame.
Assemble the side walls for the shed. Cut the 2x4s at the right dimensions and lock the together with 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square and leave no gaps between the components.
Fitting the side walls
Fit the side walls to the floor of the shed. Plumb the walls with a spirit level and secure them temporarily into place with 2×4 braces. Drill pilot oles through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor.
Assembling the shed frame
Next, fit the front and the back walls to the floor of the shed. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor. In addition, you need to lock together the adjacent wall frames and the corresponding top plates.
Step 3: Fitting the outside sheets
Attaching the side panels
Attach the 5/8″ T1-11 siding to the sides of the shed. Leave no gaps between the panels and lock them to the frame with 1 5/8″ nails/screws.
Attaching the back panels
Furthermore, attach the panels to the back of the shed, as well.
Also, attach the siding panels to the front of the shed, as well. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to cut out the opening for the door. Mark the cut lines and use a saw to get the job done.
12×12 shed plans
Last but not least, fill the holes with wood putty and let them dry out for a few hours. Smooth the surface with 100-220 grit sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth.
Top Tip: Apply a few coats of paint or stain to the components, to enhance the look of the project. Take a look over the PART 2 of the project to learn how to build the roof for the shed.
This woodworking project was about 12×12 shed plans free. If you want to see more outdoor plans, check out the rest of our step by step projects and follow the instructions to obtain a professional result.
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Free Shed Plans
How to start building a shed
A successful DIY shed starts with choosing the right shed plans. First, determine how much space you can commit to an outbuilding, and check local codes for setbacks as you decide where to put it. It’s also important to consider what you’d like to store in the shed. Small tools can be hung on walls to save space, but large items like lawnmowers and snow blowers need more square footage.
Next, decide what style roof you prefer: We offer both peaked gable roof sheds and slanted lean-to roof styles. Finally, please take a look at the plan itself to make sure you understand the materials list, measured drawings, and directions before you commit.
How much does it cost to build a shed?
If you’re deciding between building your own backyard shed and hiring a builder, you should know it is cheaper to build your own shed. The exact cost difference depends on builders’ labor rates in your area. When you hire a professional builder, you must pay for labor and materials. When you choose to build the shed yourself, you only have to pay for the cost of the materials and tools. Here are the most common shed building price scenarios:
- 10′ x 10′ shed ~ $2200
- 10′ x 12′ shed ~ $2700
- 12′ x 12′ shed ~ $3200
- 12′ x 20′ shed ~ $5200
You can also use the national expense average for building a shed, which goes from $17 to $24 per sq. ft.
What’s the difference between free and premium shed plans?
They all come with colored diagrams and basic instructions to build your shed. If this isn’t your first rodeo, you may be comfortable using free plans as an outline for building a new shed on your own — especially if you already have some experience building a deck or other outdoor structure.
Our free plans serve as an excellent preview to give you a sense of what it will take to complete your first shed. They are a great place to start to learn about what goes into building a shed, and they’ll be enough for experienced builders to use as a guideline. When you decide on a shed you like, consider upgrading to our premium plans and enjoy the benefits of in-depth directions and easy to understand step-by-step instructions. Premium plans provide extensive detail, including a full materials list and all the tools required to build the shed. They also name each piece and give much detailed information to help first-time DIYers.
Read our FAQ section to get further answers about building a shed.
Joseph Truini is a host on the Today’s Homeowner TV show and co-hosts the weekly Today’s Homeowner Radio Show. He has written three best-selling shed-building books and lives in Roxbury, Connecticut.