20 Free DIY Storage Shed Plans You Can Build This Week (With Pictures)
If you’ve got a big yard, you need a shed—a place where you can store the tools needed to take care of your lawn and garden. You can find them at any big box store, but these sheds are one size /one look fits all. Is your yard one size / one look fits all? No, it’s an extension of your personality.
We looked at plans across the Internet and offer the following ideas for you to peruse. These sheds come in various shapes and sizes. One thing they all have in common is that teach you how to build a shed with ease.
The 20 DIY Storage Shed Plans
1. Dream shed plan from The Family Handyman
This dream shed from The Family Handyman isn’t just a storage place; its porch is a place to kick back and relax once the work is done. Or, to escape a rain that starts to fall while you’re working. You might even want to give up on it as a storage place and turn it into a kid’s playhouse or a small guest cottage.
2. Garden shed plan from Mother Earth News
This attractive tool storage shed from Mother Earth News will be a great focal point for guests who visit your backyard or garden. It’s perfect for storing tools or lawn furniture and maybe even a badminton set. The lattice on the outside is perfect for allowing vining plants to flourish, providing an even better effect.
3. Pallet shed plan from Summerville-Nova Scotia
If you like upcycling, this shed built from pallet wood is a perfect DIY project. The materials are basically lying around waiting to get used, and the door is big enough that you can store a riding lawnmower in it. It also comes with a ramp, making access a lot easier.
4. Drive-thru backyard shed plan from Extreme How To
Designed to store big things—from lawnmowers to ATVs to a big collection of chainsaws—this drive-thru shed will help you take care of your property. It’s sized perfectly for a small folding workbench so that you can also perform light maintenance on your equipment.
5. Gabled garden shed plan from DIY Garden Plans
This gabled garden shed from DIY Garden Plans isn’t fancy, it’s just a basic design with a basic construction. It is, however, perfect for giving you a nice-looking place to store your tools, hoses, and lawn furniture. Its foundation excels if you live in a high-moisture environment.
6. Outdoor storage locker plan from The Family Handyman
This outdoor storage locker from The Family Handyman delivers big things in small packages. It packs your tools into a small, compact space that frees up room in your garage. It’s loaded with shelves and hooks for hanging tools. It’s also relatively easy to build if you follow the plans.
7. Board and batten shed plan from Build Eazy
This is a pretty straightforward simple garden shed from Build Eazy that provides an attractive, low-key space for organizing and getting your garden tools out of the way. It does permit some options for customization, and it’s big enough for an interior shelf.
8. Lean-to shed plan from Home Tips
Designed to sit up next to a structure and provide out-of-sight, out-of-mind storage, this lean-to shed from Home Tips gives you a tasteful looking way to organize your tools and keep them out of the weather. As long as you get the angles cut right, it’s also pretty simple to build.
9. Pallet shed plan from Rural Routes
From the outside, this shed plan from Rural Routes looks like a vinyl-sided building similar to your house. The inside frame, however, is all upcycled pallet wood. It’s cheap to build but won’t look like nailed-together driftwood. Plus, it’s got sliding glass doors in case what you really want is a clubhouse for the kids.
10. Basic backyard shed plan from Rona
This is a great shed for storing tools, but it’s also suitable as a clubhouse for your kids. This basic backyard shed from Rona has windows to let in light so you can see what you’re looking for, or to let your kids know when it’s stopped raining and they can go back outside to play.
11. Garden tool shed plan from Extreme How To
This basic tool shed from Extreme How To is a great supplemental storage space to have in your garage or alongside its exterior. It’s simple enough that you can build a bunch of them if your storage needs expand.
12. Wood drying house plan from Burn Dry Firewood
This isn’t a shed for storing tools or getting your mowers out of the weather. But it is a place to keep cut wood dry so that you can use it to heat your house come winter. It comes complete with an elevated floor to keep your wood off the wet ground when it rains or snows.
13. Firewood shed plan from Ana White
This firewood drying shed from Ana White is another great option for you to get your cut wood off the wet ground and out from under the elements. It’s a simple design with a simple construction because, at the end of the day, you’re just drying wood in it.
14. Cute Garden Shed by Pretty Handy Girl
If you are looking to strike the fine balance between aesthetic appeal and a large door, you should consider trying out this plan. The obvious choice of a large entry is usually a garage door. However, it tends to ruin the aesthetics of a garden setting. This particular design comes with sliding doors to allow you a wider opening without ruining the ambiance.
15. The Potting Shed by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Man
The potting shed is an excellent option for gardeners. It is divided into three sections, with the first being for storing gardening tools, the second for storing pots and trays thanks to its overhead shelves, while the third acts as a greenhouse. Its dimensions are large enough to allow for a worktable. Here are the plans.
16. 8×7 Tudor-Style Garden Shed by BuildEazy
This small 8×7 shed is ideal for storing seasonal tools, such as the snowblower. We appreciated how well BuildEazy broke down the plan to ensure that even an amateur woodworker can tackle this project. It also comes with detailed graphics for better understanding.
17. The Red-Hot Workshop by FamilyHandyman
This shed is perfect for those looking for a workshop with lots of space and ventilation. This project was featured in the Family Handyman magazine in 2008. The plan goes into detail to ensure that everything is clear.
18. The Ultimate Shed by FamilyHandyman
If you are constantly squeezing your motorbike or lawnmower in all kinds of awkward spaces, you are going to appreciate this shed immensely. This shed’s design resembles that of a garage. As such, you can use it as one. However, make sure that it blends with your house. Here are the plans.
19. The Ultimate Garden Shed
This incredibly cozy shed was the FamilyHandyman’s ultimate garden shed of 2014. Its tiered roof and exposed wood façade blend into a garden setting seamlessly. If you are up for it, here are the plans.
20. The Double-Duty Pub Shed by FamilyHandyman
How about this one? Instead of storing items, you store memories. Learn how to build a garden shed like this one – it is an ideal lounging spot that you can use to entertain your loved ones. The plans are also remarkably easy to follow.
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