10 x 16 Garden Shed Plan


With 160 square feet of room and plenty of daylight from two generous windows, this shed will give you the options you want for working, playing, or storing your things. It's 10 feet deep and 16 feet long with two ample windows on each side. The garden shed has two ventilation vents for plenty of fresh air when the windows and doors are closed. The doors are trimmed with lattice and the windows have movable shutters.
The ramp leading up to the double doors makes loading and unloading the shed simple. If you use the shed as a livable space, accessibility won't be a problem for anyone. The floor is finished with plywood, as are the walls.

Materials you’ll need

  • Concrete
  • Bricks
  • Pressure-Treated Lumber
  • Pressure-Treated Board
  • Plywood
  • Building paper
  • Asphalt shingles
  • Wood siding boards
  • Door hinges
  • Door Pulls
  • Surface Bolts
  • Galvanized nails
  • Wood screws

Step 1 – Foundation Preparation

1.1 Clear the area where you want to build the shed and layout for the foundation. Use the below illustration as a guide.

1.2 For the foundation, dig the trenches at least 1 ft. wide and 1 ft. deep.

1.3 Fill the trenches to ground level with concrete and let cure, or harden. Since curing times vary between brands, read the packaging for the recommended times.

1.4 Once the concrete has cured, use standard-sized bricks and lay them across the foundation.
10x16 garden shed foundation preparation

Step 2 – Framing The Floor

2.1 Assemble the frame using pressure-treated lumber. You will need 12 boards that will be the joists.

2.2 Secure the beams with wood screws.

2.3 Using a speed or a carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90°.

10x16 garden shed floor framing

Step 3 – Assemble Front Wall Frame

3.1 Using pressure-treated lumber, construct the front wall frame using the drawing below as a guide.

3.2 Join the beams with flat head Phillips wood screws.

3.3 Using a square, check the corners to make sure they all are 90°.

10x16 garden shed front wall framing

Step 4 – Assemble Back Wall Frame

4.1 Using pressure-treated lumber, build the back wall frame for the garden shed using the drawing below as an example.

4.2 Assemble the beams together with Phillips flat head wood screws.

4.3 Using the square of your choice, check the corners to verify that they are 90°.

10x16 garden shed back wall framing

Step 5 – Assemble Left and Right Wall Frames

5.1 Using pressure-treated lumber, construct side wall frames using the drawing below as a reference.

5.2 Connect the beams with Philips flat head wood screws.

5.3 Using the square, verify that all corners are 90°.

10x16 garden shed side walls framing

Step 6 – Assemble the Roof Frame

6.1 Using pressure-treated lumber, cut 28 rafters according to the dimensions shown.

6.2 Using pressure-treated lumber, cut 12 collar ties according to the sizes shown.

6.3 Using pressure-treated board, cut the ridge board as shown below.

6.4 Join the beams with Phillips flat head wood screws.

10x16 garden shed roof framing

Step 7 – Assemble and Install Shed Doors

7.1 Build the door frames for the shed using pressure-treated lumber and secure with flat head Phillips wood screws.

7.2 Cut the plywood sheet into two sections for the doors.

7.3 Use pressure-treated lumber for the door trim and fasten with flat head wood screws.

7.4 Cut and install a starter course.

7.5 Use wood siding boards for the door and use the illustration below as a reference.

7.6 Assemble the siding shields with galvanized nails.

7.7 Install door hinges and fasten to the shed’s door frame using wood screws. Finish the door installation by attaching surface bolts and door pulls.

10x16 garden shed door

Step 8 – Roof Sheathing Installation

8.1 You will need 235 Sq Ft of asphalt shingle roofing using the color and quality of your choice.

8.2 Add the metal drip edge to the fascias.

8.3 Cover the plywood with roofing paper (roofing felt).

8.4 Install asphalt shingle roofing using an industrial stapler or hammer using roofing nails.

10x16 garden shed roof sheathing

Step 9 – Window Installation for Left and Right Walls

This garden shed requires two windows whose instructions are in this section.

9.1 Using pressure-treated lumber, put together the outer frame for the window as shown in the illustration below.

9.2 Make the inner frame and secure with flat head wood screws.

9.3 Prepare the inner frame supports and secure with wood screws. You will need to mill a recess for interconnection.

9.4 Prepare and install glass into inner frame groove and fasten it with window glaze beading on four sides. Use galvanized nails.

9.5 Install hinges and assemble the window. Install a lock on the inner side of the window.

10x16 garden shed window

Step 10 – Assemble and Install Window Shutters

This garden shed plan requires four window shutters.

10.1 Assemble frames using pressure-treated lumber and secure with flat head wood screws.

10.2 Mill a recess along the vertical girts for the slats.

10.3 Use pressure-treated lumber for the shutter slats. You will need 22 boards.

10.4 Install door hinges using wood screws.

10x16 garden shed window shutters

Step 11 – Assemble and Install Pergolas

This plan requires four pergolas.

11.1 Put together the frame using pressure-treated lumber and secure with Phillips wood screws.

11.2 Assemble the back frame using pressure-treated lumber and secure with Phillips wood screws.

11.3 Use pressure-treated lumber to make the lattice. You will need 36 boards.

10x16 garden shed pergolas

Step 12 – Assemble and Install Roof Drainage System

12.1 Assemble roof drainage system on the front fascia board.

12.2 Fasten the round gutter to the fascia with nine round hangers.

12.3 Fasten the vertical pipe section evenly along the wall with the four wall fasteners.

10x16 garden shed roof drainage system

Step 13 – Assemble and Install Door Ramp

13.1 Assemble 5 door ramp frames from treated lumber and secure with Phillips wood screws.

13.2 Connect and secure the frames using wood screws.

13.3 Cut the plywood sheet for the top piece and for the sides.

13.4 Put the siding shields together with galvanized nails.

10x16 garden shed door ramp

Step 14 – Decorate the Shed

Now that your garden or storage shed is finished, you are ready to decorate it how you want using your favorite paint, stain, or wood preservative.
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