12×16 Barn Shed Plans

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This step by step diy woodworking project is about 12×16 barn shed plans. The project features instructions for building a large shed with a gambrel roof, that has a significant storage space. If you want to build a basic storage barn with loft, take a look over these plans. Check out PART 2 of the article to see how to frame the roof of the shed. See the rest of plans for more outdoor projects.

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12×16 Barn Shed Plans

Building a 12x16 barn with loft

Building a 12×16 barn with loft

 

  • A – 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 192″ long SKIDS
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 192″ long, 13 pieces – 141″ long JOISTS
  • B – 5 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long, 2 pieces – 48″x48″ long FLOOR
  • C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 192″ long, 1 piece – 185″ long, 11 pieces – 81 long 2xSIDE WALL
  • D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 137″ long, 1 piece – 144″ long, 7 pieces – 81″ long BACK WALL
  • E – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 144″ long, 1 piece – 137″ long, 2 pieces – 38 1/2″ long, 6 pieces – 81″ long, 2 pieces – 75 1/2″ long, 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 60″ long FRONT WALL
  • I – 14 pieces of T1-11 siding – 48″x88″ long SIDING

  • 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 16′
  • 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 16′
  • 6 piece of 2×4 lumber – 12′
  • 14 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 12′
  • 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 16′
  • 37 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
  • 6 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
  • 14 pieces of T1-11 siding – 4’x8′
  • 200 pieces of 3″ screws
  • 500 pieces of 2 1/2″ screws
  • 500 pieces of 1 5/8″ screws/brad nails

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Building a 12×16 gambrel shed

Building the floor frame

Building the floor frame

The first step of the project is to build the floor frame of the shed. Cut the components from 2×6 lumber and drill pilot holes through the rim joists. Align the edges with attention and check if the corners are square before inserting the 3″ screws.

Attaching the skids

Attaching the skids

Attach 4×4 skids under the floor frame to protect it from moisture.

Attaching the plywood floor

Attaching the plywood floor

Attach the 3/4″ plywood sheets to the floor frame. Align the edges with attention and leave no gaps between the components. Use 1 5/8″ screws to lock the plywood sheets to the joists, every 8″.

Building the side walls

Building the side walls

Build the side walls from 2×4 lumber. Cut the components from 2×4 lumber, after taking accurate measurements. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs every 24″ on center and make sure the corners are square.

Attaching the side walls

Attaching the side walls

Fit the side walls to the floor of the shed. Use a spirit level to plumb the walls and lock them into place with 2×4 braces. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3″ screws into the rim joists.

Building the front wall

Building the front wall

Build the front wall for the barn shed using the instructions described in the diagram. Cut the components from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the studs. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges. In addition, you can adjust the width of the door to suit your needs.

Header

Header

Build the header from 2×6 beams and 1/2″ plywood. Fit the plywood between the beams. Drill pilot holes through the beams and insert 2 1/2″ screws, on both sides of the header.

Back wall

Back wall

Build the back wall from 2×4 lumber, using the information from the plans and following the techniques described above.

Assembling the frame of the 12x16 shed

Assembling the frame of the 12×16 shed

Fit the front and the back walls to the floor of the barn shed. Align the edges with attention and make sure the corners are square. Drill pilot holes and lock the adjacent walls together with 2 1/2″ screws. In addition, connect the double plates together with 2 1/2″ screws.

Fitting the side siding

Fitting the side siding

Attach T1-11 siding to the sides wall, as shown in the diagram. Align the top of the sheets and lock them into place with 1 5/8″ nails, every 8″ along the studs. Leave no gaps between the sheets for a professional result.

Fitting the back wall siding

Fitting the back wall siding

Attach siding sheets to the back of the shed, as well.

Front siding

Front siding

Make a few cuts to the sheets, so that they can fit around the door opening.

Building a large barn shed

Building a large barn shed

Make sure you check PART 2 of the project to lean how to frame the roof for the gambrel shed.

12x16 Barn Shed Plans

12×16 Barn Shed Plans

Fill the holes with wood putty and let them dry out for a few hours. Smooth the surface with 100-200 grit sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth.

Top Tip: Check out the rest of the project, to learn how to build the roof for the shed, as well as the double doors.

 

 

This woodworking project was about 12×16 gambrel shed plans. If you want to see more outdoor plans, check out the rest of our step by step projects and follow the instructions to obtain a professional result.

 

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6 Comments »

  1. tracey at - Reply

    I’m looking for Gambrel shed plans that I can turn into a tiny house. I’m thinking 12×20 or 16×20. I was looking at a gambrel style shed at Home Depot that was 10×16 and I got to thinking that 16′ would be too short. Do you have any plans for a 12×20 or a 16×20?

    • Julian at -

      No. This are the largest gamrel shed plans I have for the time being.

  2. Justin at - Reply

    this is exactly what I have been looking for. My question is, when going through the material list that you have laid out, I can’t figure out exactly what I’m looking at. The first two list I was ok with until I got to the door plan. It calls for 40 more 2x4x8 pieces of lumber. Can you send me the exact list for the lumber needed for this?

    Thanks
    Justin

    • Julian at -

      There were some errors in the doors cut list. I have updated the list with the right numbers. You can print any plans. See more here: http://myoutdoorplans.com/faq/

  3. J P at - Reply

    In looking at the plans, I was baffled by the angle cuts for the trusses? You show a 60 degree and a thirty degree cut in the pictures. Having cut this as the plans suggest, I found that these angles di not work. Have I missed something? The greenhouse plans are the same. A 60 degree cut that is marked thirty and a what looks like a thirty degree cut marked as 60? Again, have I missed something? I would appreciate your feedback.

    • Julian at -

      Yes, you are missing something. When I say cut at 60 degrees it means you need to make a 30 degree cut. When I say to cut at 30 degrees, it means you need to make a 60 degree cut. In other words, when I say to cut at 60 degree, it means that the components should have one end cut at 60 degrees. When I say to make a 30 degree cut, it means the components that is leftover needs to have the angle of 30 degrees. I hope it is more clear now.

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