8 x 8 Storage Shed Plan

Introduction

Anyone who wants to build a storage shed from the ground up for the first time can easily undertake this project. It's a simple and functional plan, but you will learn how to make a gable vent and build a double-door entry. Its size of 8'x8' is ample for storing your garden tools or overflow from the garage or basement. It's a good size to store all kinds of garden equipment or keep the bikes safe and out of the weather. Paint and roof to it match your home or use alternative colors to use it as an accent piece.

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′ wide and 1′ 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.

8x8 storage 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 seven boards cut to 7′-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°.

8x8 storage 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°.

8x8 storage 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 eight 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°.

8x8 storage 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 seven boards cut to 6′-11″ that will be the studs and two boards cut to 7′-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°.

8x8 storage 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′-10 1/4″ long according to the dimensions.

6.2 Using 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pressure-treated lumber, cut six collar ties 5′-11 3/4″ 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.

8x8 storage shed roof framing

Step 7 – Install Shed Doors

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 doors installation by attaching 4″ surface bolts and 6″ door pulls.

8x8 storage shed door

Step 8 – Roof Sheathing Installation

8.1 You will need 115 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.

8x8 storage shed roof sheathing

Step 9 – Decorate the Shed

Now that your shed is all done, you are ready to decorate it any way you want using your favorite paint, stain, or preservative.
8x8 gable storage shed

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