This compact 4x6 shed fits into the smallest corner of your yard and will easily store seasonal items, yard or garden tools, or excess tools or toys from the garage. It has a double-door entry, making it easy to load and unload.
Its gable vents keep the temperatures down during the heat of the summer and the air fresh year-round. You can paint and roof it to match the exterior of your home or use a contrasting color to add visual relief to your garden. This storage shed is simple to build making it a starter project for anyone who wants to master basic construction techniques. You'll learn the basics of framing and finishing with this utilitarian storage shed.
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.
Step 2 – Framing The Floor
2.1 Assemble the frame using 1 1/2″ x 7 1/4″ pressure-treated lumber. You will need five 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°.
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.
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°.
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°.
Step 6 – Assemble Side Walls 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°.
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.
Step 8 – Install Shed Doors
8.1 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.
8.2 Prepare the 9/16″ plywood sheet with dimensions 2′-7 3/4″ x 5′-11 3/4″ for the doors according to the drawing.
8.3 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″.
8.4 Using 1/4″ x 3/4″ pressure-treated lumber, cut and install a starter course 2′-2 3/4″ long.
8.5 For the exterior siding on the door, use 1/2″ x 6″ wood siding boards and the illustration below as a reference.
8.6 Assemble siding shields with 2″ galvanized nails.
8.7 Install three 3″ door hinges using 6×1″ wood screws. Finish the installation of the doors by attaching 4″ surface bolts and 6″ door pulls.
Step 9 – Roof Sheathing Installation
9.1 You will need 60 Sq Ft of asphalt shingle roofing.
9.2 Add the metal drip edge to the fascias.
9.3 Cover the plywood with building paper.
9.4 Install asphalt shingle roofing using an industrial stapler.
Step 10 – Decorate the Shed
Now that you’ve finished the shed, you are ready to paint it or finish with a wood stain or preservative.
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