This step by step diy project is about 10×16 shed plans. I have designed this compact garden shed, so you can both store a lot of items (tools, furniture), while having space for your creative pursuits (woodworking, crafts). Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration. Remember that you need to select the site for the shed with attention and that you have to comply with a few legal regulations.
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.
Projects made from these plans
10×16 Garden Shed Plans
Cut & Shopping Lists
- A – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 192″ long SKIDS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 192″ long, 13 pieces – 117″long FLOOR FRAME
- C – 4 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long, 4 pieces – 24″x48″ long FLOOR
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 120″ long, 2 pieces – 113″ long, 2 pieces – 20 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 86″ long, 4 pieces – 91 1/2″ long, 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 75″ long FRONT WALL
- E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 192″ long, 1 piece – 185″ long, 11 pieces – 91 1/2″ long SIDE WALL
- F – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 185″ long, 1 piece – 192″ long, 1 piece – 152″ long, 1 piece – 8″ long, 13 pieces – 91 1/2″ long, 3 pieces – 37″ long, 5 pieces – 7 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 78 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 36″ long, 4 pieces – 39″ long, 2 pieces – 35″ long SIDE WALL WITH WINDOW
- G – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 113″ long, 1 piece – 120″ long, 6 pieces – 91 1/2″ long BACK WALL
- H – 8 pieces of T1-11 siding – 48″x96″ long, 4 pieces – 48″x94 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 24″x94 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 7″x24″ long SIDING
- 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 8′
- 13 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 10′
- 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 16′
- 5 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″
- 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 16′
- 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 10′
- 42 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 5 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′
- 13 pieces of T1-11 5/8″ siding – 4’x8′
- 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
- 4d nails, 16d nails, 6d nails
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
How to build a 10×16 shed
The first step of the project is to build the floor frame for the 10×16 shed. Cut the joists from 2×6 lumber at the right dimensions. Drill pilot holes through the rim joists and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular joists. Place the joists every 16″ on center. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges flush.
Use 4×4 lumber for the skids. Choose the location for the shed and then level it properly. Compact a layer of gravel before laying the skids, equally spaced. Lay the floor frame to the skids, making sure the corners are square. Measure the diagonals for the floor frame and make adjustments until they are perfectly equal. Use rafter ties to secure the skids to the floor frame.
Fit the 3/4″ plywood sheets to the floor frame.
Build the side wall for the shed from 2×4 lumber. Mark the cut lines on the beams and then get the job done with a saw. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs every 24″ on center. Make sure the corners are square and leave no gaps between the components.
Continue the project by assembling the front wall for the 10×16 shed. Cut the components at the right dimensions and then drill pilot holes through the plates. Insert 3 1/2″ screws through the plates into the studs. Use 2×6 lumber for the door double header. Fit a piece of 1/2″ plywood between the 2×6 headers. Add glue to the joints, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock everything together tightly. You can adjust the size of the door opening to suit your needs.
Build the back wall for the shed in the same manner described above. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs every 24″ on center for a professional result.
Fit the wall frames to the floor of the shed and align the edges flush. Use a spirit level to plumb the walls vertically and then drill pilot holes through the bottom plates. Insert 3 1/2″ screws through the bottom plates into the floor. Moreover, you need to lock the adjacent walls together tightly with 3 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square and leave no gaps between them.
Attach the T1-11 siding panels to the back of the shed. As you can easily notice in the plans, you need to inset the sheets 1 1/2″ screws from the top plate. Use 6-8d nails to lock the sheets into place. Insert the nails every 8″ along the framing for a professional result.
Fit the T1-11 siding sheets to the sides of the shed, as well. Leave no gaps between the sheets and align the edges flush with the edges.
Fit the siding sheets to the opposite size of the shed. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to make a few cuts around the window and door opening. Align the edges flush and insert 6-8d nails, every 8″, so you can lock them into place tightly.
Cut the sheets for the front of the shed. Align the sheets and then lock them into place with 6-8d nails, as shown in the diagram.
Don’t forget to take a look over PART 2 to learn how to build the roof for the shed, as well as over PART 3 to learn how to frame the front door. If you want to download this plan as a single PDF file, with one single Cut list and one single Shopping list, check out the GET PDF PLANS button bellow.
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