Garden/Tool Shed




Since the old (extremely cheap kit structure placed by former owner of garden) garden shed was on the verge of collapsing, I decided to build a sturdy new one that would last a long while. Rough dimensions: layout 2 x 3 meter, height 2.5 meter.

Teacher Notes

Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.

Step 1: Preparation

- remove (tear down, torch or otherwise) old shed
- Q: where do I leave all my tools during building of new shed?
- A: in temporarily relocated old shed (I managed to save some parts of the old shed, dragged them to another corner of the garden, reassembled and added a makeshift tarp roof) (this will not work if you've torched the old shed).

Also, make a nice sketch/drawing of general dimensions and construction details (I used Autocad to do this, but pencil and paper will work just fine of course).

In the course of building the shed, I altered many things and never looked at the drawing again, but you can solve a lot of problems beforehand if you make a sketch first.

Step 2: Materials

Materials needed:

- Sand: since the floor will be paved and the construction partially rests on paved tiles, about 2 cubic meters of yellow building sand is needed.
- wood: 4 hardwood poles, wxbxh 6x6x300cm, I used hardwood because one third of the poles will be cast in concrete. Less durable wood would rot just above ground level. Of course this is FSC-approved hardwood!
4 hardwood beams, twice 4x6x300cm and twice 4x6x200cm, for the lowest part of the basic frame that rests close to the ground.
For the rest of the frame I used pine, which is commonly used for construction in northern Europe and relatively cheap. 11 Beams of 4x6x200cm, and 7 beams of 4x6x300cm.
The planking is impregnated Pine (made durable in an environmentally-friendly way). It is profiled so the planks interconnect and fewer screws are needed.
- Hardware: about 30 steel corner angles to connect the frame together, many 5cm screws and some 10cm screws,hinges and a lock for the door.
- Enough concrete for the 4 corner poles
- The door was reclaimed from a dumpster, as was the window.
- For the roof I used underlayment plating. Roof covering is not finished yet, I am considering aluminium beercan shingles(!): (
- The floor is paved with 30 by 30cm sidewalk tiles. These can often be picked up for free where I live. You can use any heavy tiles, or bricks.

In all, I probably spent about 800 Euros. You can build it for much less if you can find some cheaper wood that has been used before.

Step 3: Basic Frame

- Dig holes for the corner posts, about 1 meter deep
- Make sure posts are straight (fixate them, see photos)and that the tops of the poles are level (!) and pour concrete.
- Determine floor height and Pave between the posts, together with the concrete this will form the foundation of the shed.
- Fix the 4 hardwood beams between the corner poles using the steel corner angles.

Make sure everything is as level, square and straight as possible!

Step 4: Frame Completion

Complete the frame, using the rest of the beams. Position the upright beams so that you make the door- and windowframes. Add a couple of diagonals to keep the frame square. Screw on the diagonal roof-support beams with the long screws (pre-drill holes!)

Step 5: Planking

Plank the thing! Start at the bottom and work upwards, keep checking if everything is still straight and level, and calculate in advance where the last (highest) plank will end. Saw off all the protruding ends.

Step 6: Roof

Nail or screw on the roof plates, and finish with shingles or any other watertight covering as soon as possible. I haven't done this yet, but am considering the aluminium Beercan shingles solution:


It proves to be a problem to acquire a sufficient amount of beercans in a short period of time (ohh.. the hangovers...) so I decided to use bitumen-based shingles with an underlayer of roofing
paper (-ish stuff) which comes on rolls. I used a stapler to attach the roofing paper. The shingles will be nailed.

Step 7: Finish

Install door, window, door lock, door handle, workbench, tool hooks, jacuzzi, flatscreen TV, bar and other necessities.
Maybe paint the outside.


Epilog Challenge

Participated in the
Epilog Challenge

Be the First to Share


    • Book Character Costume Challenge

      Book Character Costume Challenge
    • Made with Math Contest

      Made with Math Contest
    • Cardboard Speed Challenge

      Cardboard Speed Challenge

    15 Discussions


    1 year ago

    Hi Joris, I like your shed. Is it posible to post the Autodesk file, so I can use it as starting point for a shed based on your design?


    5 years ago

    Wow!! I love it. Have a half (quarter) finished shed that I tried to make with my ex. Now I am left to do it myself!! You make it look sooooo simple :))


    5 years ago on Introduction

    OK, it's official....I'm jealous :p
    That's a really nice shed!! I can only wish I had that kind of skill...

    TY for sharing Sir. :)


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Indeed, very nice!

    But, I must remind folks to check with their local authorities on building permits and such...some places get VERY picky!

    1 reply

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    True! This particular shed partly looks the way it does (especially sizewise) because of local regulations.


    9 years ago on Step 7

    Just what I've been looking for :)) what a great shed and looks strong and sturdy..I hope mine turns out as well ..thank you


    10 years ago on Step 1

    i would torch, but we are in a burn ban


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Beautiful job! I love how your siding looks, both inside and outside. Have you considered a sealer instead of paint? Your recycled door and window are great, keep up the good wook!

    2 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I'm not quite sure what is the difference between sealer and paint, but I would think that the wood, being a natural material, would have to be able to "breathe" somewhat, instead of completely "sealing" it off (?).


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Sealers are used on wood exposed to sun and rain. They keep the wood from oxidizing and turning gray. It is commonly used on decks to preserve their beautiful wood color. Paint is also a sealer, but has pigmentation mixed in so all you see is the color of the pigment.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for your kind remarks, everyone. In all, I probably spent about 800 Euros. You can build it for much less if you can find some cheaper wood that has been used before


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Wow, it looks really cool. I want to build one. Thanks!