10×16 Saltbox Shed – Free DIY Plans

This step by step diy project is about diy 10×16 gable shed plans. I have designed this 10×16 garden shed with a saltbox roof so you can store lots of items and organize your home. This shed features double front doors and a large window, so you can have a lot of light inside the structure. 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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10×16 Saltbox Shed – Free DIY Plans




Cut List

  • A – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 192″ long, 13 pieces – 117″ long JOISTS
  • B – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 16″ long JOISTS
  • C – 3 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long, 2 pieces – 48″x48″ long, 2 pieces – 24″x96″ long FLOOR
  • D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 192″ long, 1 piece – 36″ long, 1 piece – 84″ long, 12 pieces – 91 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 78 1/2″ long, 3 pieces – 27″ long, 2 pieces – 48″ long, 3 pieces – 9 1/2″ long, 6 pieces – 7 1/2″ long 4 pieces – 35″ long FRONT WALL 
  • E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 192″ long, 1 piece – 185″ long, 15 pieces – 67 1/2″ long BACK WALL
  • F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 113″ long, 1 piece – 116 1/2″ long, 9 pieces – 67 1/2″ long 2xSIDE WALL
  • G – 4 pieces of T1-11 – 48″x72″ long, 3 pieces – 48″x96″ long, 1 piece – 16″x48″ long, 4 pieces – 48″x70 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 24″x70 1/2″ long SIDING

Shopping List

  • 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 16′
  • 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 16′
  • 13 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 10′
  • 5 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 16′
  • 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 10′
  • 53 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
  • 5 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″
  • 12 pieces of T1-11 – 48″x96″
  • 1 piece of 1/2″ plywood – 48″x96″
  • 8d nails, 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws
  • 1 5/8″ screws
  • rafter ties, joist hangers
  • shed anchors
  • 200 pieces of 2” nails
  • 1 box of 1 ½” structural screws
  • 55 ft of drip edges
  • wood filler, wood glue, stain/paint


 Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level

 Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander

 Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses


 One week




How to build a 10×16 saltbox shed



The first step of the project is to build the floor for the 10×16 garden shed. . Read the local building codes so you make sure these plans comply with your legal regulations! Use 2×6 lumber for the floor frame. Lay the joists on a level surface and align the edges flush. Make sure the corners are square. Drill pilot holes through the rim joists and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components.

Fitting the skids

Fitting the skids

After assembling the floor frame, you need to attach the 4×4 skids. Use metal connectors to secure the skids to the joists, after aligning them or toenail them.

Fitting the floor sheets

Fitting the floor sheets

Continue the project by attaching the 3/4″ plywood sheets to the floor frame. Leave no gaps between the floor sheets and secure them into place with 1 5/8″ screws, every 8″ along the joists. Invest in pressure treated plywood, because the plywood will be exposed to moisture.


Building the shed wall framing

Back wall frame

Back wall frame

Assemble the back wall from 2×4 lumber. Cut the studs and the plates at the right dimensions, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the top plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs every 16″ on center. Alternatively, you can use a framing gun and nails. Make sure the corners are square for a professional result.

Wall Studs

Wall Studs

As you can see in the plans, you need to fit 1/2″ plywood fillings to the double end studs.



Continue the project by assembling the front wall. As you can notice in the diagram, you need to leave enough space for the door opening. You can easily adjust the size of the door to suit your nails. As you can see in the plans, you need to install the jack studs to reinforce the structure of the shed.

You also need to frame a 32″x48″ window opening to the front wall. You can adjust the size of the window to suit your needs. Use 2×4 lumber for the double headers. 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′

Use 2×6 lumber and 1/2″ plywood for the double header. Drill pilot holes through the beams and insert 2 1/2″ screws to assemble the header together tightly.



Build the side walls for the saltbox shed, using 2×4 lumber and 3 1/2″ screws. You should also notice the double plates that will add more rigidity to the walls and to the overall framing.


Assembling the shed framing



Fit the walls to the shed floor and lock them to the adjacent walls with 3 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square and insert screws through the bottom plates into the floor, as well. Lock the adjacent wall frames together with screws to enhance the rigidity of the shed frame.

Side wall siding sheets - saltbox shed

Side wall siding sheets – saltbox shed

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 6-8d galvanized nails to secure the sheets to the wall frames. Align everything with attention and insert the nails every 8″ along the framing.

Back wall siding sheets

Back wall siding sheets

Cut the siding sheets for the back of the shed, to 72″. Fit the siding sheets to the back wall frame of the shed. Leave no gaps between the sheets and align them to the top plates. Insert 6d nails to lock them into place tightly.

Front wall siding sheets

Front wall siding sheets

Attach the rest of the sheets to the front wall of the shed. Align the edges with attention and secure them to the wall studs with 6-8d nails or screws. Make sure you leave no gaps between the sheets for a professional result. Use a saw to make the cuts around the window and door openings.


Finishing touches

10x16 saltbox shed plans

10×16 saltbox shed plans

This 10×16 shed would make for the ideal workshop, if you like to build some projects in your free time. Moreover, this shed provides lots of storage space and you have a very easy access to the interior.




10x16 saltbox shed plans overall dimensions

10×16 saltbox shed plans overall dimensions

Make sure you check out the rest of the project, so you learn how to frame the roof and how to attach the doors, the window 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. See The full list of projects HERE. If you want to get this project as a PDF file with 1 full Cut list and 1 full Shopping list, please take a look over the GET PDF PLANS button bellow.


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