4 x 6 Bike Shed Plan

Introduction

This compact shed frees up space in your home or garage for bicycle storage. It's made with 2 x 4s, exterior-grade plywood and the same roofing materials that keep homes across the country dry. Add a sturdy lock to the entrance door and your bicycles will be safe and dry. Vents in the side walls will keep heat from building inside the shed.
This shed easily holds two bicycles with the vinyl-coated hooks installed high enough off the floor so the rear wheels don't touch. The tires won't bear any weight in storage and wheel-holders to keep the bike stable. There's no need to store your gear in the house or garage. The plan calls for five corner shelves to hold the helmets, shoes, water bottles or a hydration pack. Your bike tools and air pump will be easy to grab.

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
  • Screw-in Bicycle Hooks

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 foot wide and 1 foot 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 curing times.

1.4 Once the concrete has cured, use standard-sized bricks and lay them across the foundation. You will need roughly 75 bricks for this step.
4x6 gable bike shed foundation preparation

Step 2 – Framing The Floor

2.1 Assemble the frame using 1 1/2″ x 7 1/4″ pressure-treated lumber. You will need two boards cut to 6′-2″ that will be the rim joist and two boards cut to 3′-9″ that will be the joist.

2.2 Secure the beams with 8×5″ wood screws.

2.3 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90°.
4x6 bike shed floor framing

Step 3 – Install the Plywood Floor

3.1 Prepare the 9/16″ plywood for the floor sheathing according to the drawing. You will need one 4′ x 6′-2″ sheet.

3.2 Secure the plywood with 2″ wood screws.
4x6 bike shed plywood installation

Step 4 – Assemble Front Wall Frame

4.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber, construct front wall frame using the drawing below as a reference. You will need three boards cut to 11″ that will be the cripple studs, one board cut to 5′-4″ that will be the door header, four boards cut to 6′-11″ that will be the studs, two boards cut to 5″ that will be the bottom plates and one board cut to 6′-2′ that will be the top plate.

4.2 Connect the beams with 2×4″ wood screws.

4.3 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90°.
4x6 gable bike shed front wall framing

Step 5 – Assemble Back Wall Frame

5.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber, construct back wall frame using the drawing below as a reference. You will need six boards cut to 6′-11″ that will be the studs and two boards cut to 6′-2″ that will be the top and bottom plates.

5.2 Connect the beams with 2×4″ wood screws.

5.3 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90°.
4x6 gable bike shed back wall framing

Step 6 – Assemble Side Wall Frames

6.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber, construct wall frames using the drawing below as a reference. You will need four boards cut to 6′-11″ that will be the studs and two boards cut to 3′-5″ that will be the top and bottom plates.

6.2 Connect the beams with 2×4″ wood screws.

6.3 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90°.
4x6 gable bike shed side walls framing

Step 7 – Assemble the Roof Frame

7.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber, cut twelve rafters 3′-11 1/4″ long according to the dimensions.

7.2 Using 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber, cut four collar ties 3′ long according to the dimensions.

7.3 Using 3/4″ x 7 1/4″ pressure-treated board, cut the ridge board 6′-2″ long according to the illustration below.

7.4 Connect the beams with 2×3″ wood screws.
4x6 gable bike shed roof framing

Step 8 – Install Plywood for the Roof

8.1 Cut sheets of 9/16″ plywood for the roof sheathing using the drawing below as a guide. You will need two 4′ x 6′-10″ sheets.

8.2 Secure the plywood with 2″ wood screws.
4x6 gable bike shed plywood roofing

Step 9 – Install Shed Door

9.1 Build the door frames for the shed using 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber and secure with 5″ wood screws. You will need two boards cut to 5′-11 3/4″ that will be the vertical girts and two boards cut to 2′-3/4″ that will be the horizontal girts.

9.2 Prepare the 9/16″ plywood sheet with dimensions 2′-7 3/4″ x 5′-11 3/4″ for the doors according to the drawing.

9.3 Use 2 1/2″ x 3/4″ pressure-treated lumber for the door trim and fasten with 2″ wood screws. You will need two boards cut to 2′-2 3/4″ and two boards cut to 5′-11 3/4″.

9.4 Using 1/4″ x 3/4″ pressure-treated lumber, cut and install a starter course 2′-2 3/4″ long.

9.5 For the exterior siding on the door, use 1/2″ x 6″ wood siding boards and the illustration below as a reference.

9.6 Assemble siding shields with 2″ galvanized nails.

9.7 Install three 3″ door hinges using 6×1″ wood screws. Finish the installation of the door by attaching 4″ surface bolts and 6″ door pulls.
4x6 bike shed door

Step 10 – Shed’s Wall Ventilation

10.1 Install 12″ x 12″ wood square louver gable vent in the openings of side walls.

10.2 Secure with 4×3″ wood screws.
4x6 bike shed side wall ventilation

Step 11 – Roof Sheathing Installation

11.1 You will need 60 Sq Ft of asphalt shingle roofing.

11.2 Add the metal drip edge to the fascias.

11.3 Cover the plywood with building paper.

11.4 Install asphalt shingle roofing using an industrial stapler.
4x6 bike shed roof sheathing

Step 12 – Assemble Bicycle Storage Area

12.1 Assemble bicycle storage area on the back wall studs. You will need two 25 lb. Screw-in Bicycle Hook with Vinyl Coating. Install them on the
studs according to the length of your bike.

12.2 Cut sheets of 9/16″ plywood for the bottom wheel holders. You will need four 1′-5″ x 8 3/4″ sheets.

12.3 Secure the plywood with 2″ wood screws.
4x6 bike shed storage area

Step 13 – Decorate the Shed

Now that you’ve finished the shed, you are ready to paint it or finish with a wood stain or preservative.

4x6 gable bike shed

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