6 x 8 Storage Shed Plan

Introduction

This is a fairly standard shed size used to store just about anything, from boxes of unused possessions to the yard or garage tools. The double doors simplify loading and unloading, particularly if you want to keep lawn mowers, snow blowers, or snow machines inside it. This shed has natural fresh air ventilation in the gable ends on both sides, which provides plenty of fresh air so that fumes from any yard equipment you store inside it won't build regardless of outdoor temperatures. Everything about the shed is built onsite except the vents, which are readily available at home improvement centers. Paint the louvered vents the same color as the shed, or use a contrasting trim color to accent this feature.

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 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 storage shed foundation praparation

Step 2 – Framing The Floor

2.1 Assemble the frame using 1 1/2″ x 7 1/4″ pressure-treated lumber. You will need seven 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 storage 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 two 4′ x 6′ sheets.

3.2 Secure the plywood with 2″ wood screws.
6x8 storage 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, 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.

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 storage 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 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.

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 storage shed back wall framing

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 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.

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°.
6x8 storage shed side walls framing

Step 7 – Assemble the Roof Frame

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

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

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

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

Step 8 – Assemble the Rafter Bays

8.1 Cut 14 rafter bays 1′ long using 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ pressure-treated lumber.

8.2 Cut the top edge of each stud to connect them with rafters.

8.3 Connect the beams with 2×4″ wood screws.
6x8 storage shed rafter bays assembly

Step 9 – Install Shed Doors

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 doors by attaching 4″ surface bolts and 6″ door pulls.
6x8 storage shed doors

Step 10 – Shed’s Back 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.
6x8 storage shed back wall ventilation

Step 11 – Roof Sheathing Installation

11.1 You will need 100 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.
6x8 storage shed roof sheathing

Step 12 – Decorate the Shed

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

6x8 gable storage shed

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