6 x 8 Bike Shed Plan

Introduction

This bike shed provides room for several bikes and your collection of tools and cycling equipment. Best of all, it's easy to access and eliminates the bikes in the living room or filling up the garage. This bike shed has fresh air ventilation but no windows, which means that your bikes and gear will stay safely locked behind the sturdy double doors. Besides vinyl hooks for each of your bikes, the plan calls for plywood wheel guards at the floor to add bike stability. There are also five built-in shelves for storing your tools and bike gear. Having these materials at hand helps you get on the road faster since there's no guessing where they are. Unpacking after a ride will also be effortless.

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 100 bricks for this step.
6x8 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 8′ that will be the rim joist and two boards cut to 5′-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°.
6x8 bike shed floor framing

Step 3 – Assemble Front Wall Frame

3.1 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, six boards cut to 6′-11″ that will be the studs, two boards cut to 1′-4″ that will be the bottom plates and one board cut to 8′ that will be the top plate.

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

3.3 Using a speed square or carpenter’s square, check the corners to make sure they are 90°.
6x8 bike shed front wall framing

Step 4 – Assemble Back Wall Frame

4.1 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 seven boards cut to 6′-11″ that will be the studs and two boards cut to 8′ that will be the top and bottom plates.

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°.
6x8 bike shed back wall framing

Step 5 – Assemble Side Walls Frames

5.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber, construct wall frames using the drawing below as a reference. You will need six boards cut to 6′-11″ that will be the studs and two boards cut to 5′-5″ 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°.
6x8 bike shed side walls framing

Step 6 – Assemble the Roof Frame

6.1 Using 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber, cut sixteen rafters 5′- 5 1/2″ long according to the dimensions.

6.2 Using 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber, cut six collar ties 4′-6″ long according to the dimensions.

6.3 Using 3/4″ x 7 1/4″ pressure-treated board, cut the ridge board 8′ long according to the illustration below.

6.4 Connect the beams with 2×3″ wood screws.
6x8 bike shed roof framing

Step 7 – Install Shed Door

7.1 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.

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

7.3 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″.

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

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

7.6 Assemble siding shields with 2″ galvanized nails.

7.7 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.
6x8 bike shed door

Step 8 – Roof Sheathing Installation

8.1 You will need 100 Sq Ft of asphalt shingle roofing.

8.2 Add the metal drip edge to the fascias.

8.3 Cover the plywood with building paper.

8.4 Install asphalt shingle roofing using an industrial stapler.
6x8 bike shed roof sheathing

Step 9 – Install Bicycle Storage Area

9.1 Assemble bicycle’s 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.

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

9.3 Secure the plywood with 2″ wood screws.
6x8 bike shed storage area installation

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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