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10×12 Short Shed – Free DIY Plans

by Ovidiu


This step by step diy project is about diy 10×12 short shed plans. This shed is built on a 2×4 framing and it features a gable roof and double front doors. This shed’s overall height is 8 ft, therefore it complies with most local regulations. Moreover, I have designed sheds with many sizes so check them out, as well. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.

When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day. See all my Premium Plans HERE.



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10×12 Shed Plans




Cut & Shopping Lists

  • A – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 144″ long, 10 pieces – 117″long FLOOR
  • B – 3 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long, 3 pieces – 24″x48″ long FLOORING
  • C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 144″ long, 1 piece – 137″ long, 12 pieces – 72 1/2″ long 2xSIDE WALL
  • D – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 120″ long, 1 piece – 113″ long, 2 pieces – 20 1/2″ long, 6 pieces – 72 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 69″ long, 2 pieces – 75″ long FRONT WALL
  • E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 113″ long, 1 piece – 120″ long, 9 pieces – 72 1/2″ long BACK WALL
  • F – 4 pieces of T1-11 – 48″x77 3/4″ long, 2 pieces – 24″x77 3/4″ long SIDING


 Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level

 Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander

 Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses


 One day




Building a free 10×12 short shed



The first step of the project is to frame the floor for the 10×12 short shed. Cut the floor joists from 2×6 lumber at the right dimensions using a good saw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper and align the components with attention. Make sure the corners are right-angled and drill pilot holes through the rim joists. Insert 3 1/2″ screws to lock everything together tightly. Place the joists every 16″ on center.

Fitting the floor sheets

Fitting the floor sheets

Next, attach the 3/4″ tongue and groove plywood sheets to the joists. Align the sheets with attention and insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock them into place tightly. Leave no gaps between the sheets for a neat result.

Select the location for the shed and level it thoroughly. Lay and compact a 4″ thick layer of gravel. If you want to build the shed on a concrete slab, the shed will be even shorter than 8 ft.



Assemble the side walls from 2x4s. Make sure you cut the studs and the plates at the right dimensions. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs every 16″ on center, making sure the corners are square and the edges flush. Use double plates at both ends of the wall. Fit a piece of 1/2″ plywood between the double studs.



Continue the project by assembling the front wall for the gable shed. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to frame the door opening. Use 2×4 lumber for the double header. Sandwich a piece of 1/2″ plywood between the 2x4s for the header.

Back wall frame

Back wall frame

Next, frame the back wall for the 10×12 short shed. Assemble the walls on the shed floor, making sure the corners are square and that all joints are rigid.



Fit the side walls to the shed, as shown in the diagram. Insert 3 1/2″ the screws through the bottom plates into the floor of the shed. Lock the adjacent walls together tightly with 3 1/2″ screws, after drilling pilot holes. Check if the walls are perfectly plumb and if the corners are square.

Side siding panels

Side siding panels

Build the exterior walls from 5/8″ T1-11 siding. As you can notice in the diagram, you need to make some cuts to the sheets so you cover the whole surface. Use 8d galvanized nails to secure the sheets to the wall frames. Align everything with attention and insert the nails every 8″ along the studs. Leave no gaps between the sheets.

10x12 Shed 8 ft high - Plans

10×12 Shed 8 ft high – Plans


8 ft high Shed - Back view

8 ft high Shed – Back view




Make sure you check out the rest of the project, so you learn how to frame the roof and how to attach the door and the trims to the shed. In addition, I have lots of other shed projects on the site so I recommend you to browse through all alternatives before starting the building project.

If you want to download this project as a PDF file with 1 full Cut list and 1 full Shopping list, check out the GET PDF PLANS button bellow.



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eastcommune -

awesome plans, thinking of picking up this project once it warms up a bit!
would you be able to build this on 3 pieces of 4×4 skids? id have concerns about mice, not sure if 4′ gravel compacted around would keep them out

Korina -

I love this website, as a single mom running a small animal sanctuary, I can’t thank you enough for your work. Thank you 🙂
May I ask if there are any plans for a short shed with a gambrel roof available? 10×20 is what I’m looking for, we have height restrictions for outbuildings here, and 7 feet for greenhouses, sheds, etc is all that is allowed.


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