10 x 16 Storage Shed Plan


This shed provides plenty of room and natural light for your hobbies, an extra living space, or lots of room for extensive storage. It has two windows on each side and fresh air ventilation to keep the air healthy for you and the shed's contents. The doors are double and the ramp leading into the shed make it convenient to roll things inside and out, instead of lifting or carrying them.
The shed has a finished plywood floor and walls. If you plan on using it as a year-round building, you easily place insulation between the joists and studs to stay comfortable. Finishing the ceiling with insulation and plywood, panels, or drywall will enhance your comfort and make it quieter.

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 recommended times.

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

Step 2 – Framing The Floor

2.1 Assemble the frame using treated lumber. You will need 12 boards for the floor joists.

2.2 Use flat head Phillips wood screws to secure the joists.

2.3 Check the corners with a square to make sure they are 90°.

10x16 gable storage shed floor framing

Step 3 – Assemble Front Wall Frame

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

3.2 Join the beams with flat head Phillips wood screws.

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

10x16 gable storage shed front wall framing

Step 4 – Assemble Back Wall Frame

4.1 Using pressure-treated lumber, build the back wall frame using the illustration below as a guide.

4.2 Use wood screws to connect the beams.

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

10x16 gable storage shed back wall framing

Step 5 – Assemble Left and Right Wall Frames

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

5.2 Connect the beams with wood screws.

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

110x16 gable storage shed side walls framing

Step 6 – Assemble the Roof Frame

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

6.2 Using pressure-treated lumber, cut twelve collar ties.

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

6.4 Connect the beams with Phillips flat head wood screws.

10x16 gable storage shed roof framing

Step 7 – Assemble and Install Shed Doors

7.1 Build the door frames for the shed using treated lumber and secure with 5″ Phillips wood screws. You will need two boards for the vertical girts and two boards for the horizontal girts.

7.2 Cut the plywood sheet for the doors as the drawing indicates.

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

7.4 Using pressure-treated lumber, cut and install a starter course.

7.5 For the exterior siding on the door, use wood siding boards. Refer to the illustration below as a guide.

7.6 Assemble siding shields using galvanized nails.

7.7 Install door hinges using wood screws. Finish the installation of the doors by attaching surface bolts and door pulls.

10x16 gable storage shed door

Step 8 – Roof Sheathing Installation

8.1 You will need 300 square feet of asphalt shingle roofing.

8.2 Add the metal drip edge to the fascias.

8.3 Cover the plywood with roofing paper.

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

10x16 gable storage shed roof sheathing

Step 9 – Decorate the Shed

Congratulations on finishing your shed. It’s now ready to preserve the exterior any way you want by using paint, stain, or wood preservatives.
10x16 gable storage shed

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