This step by step diy project is about diy 12×16 lean to storage shed plans. This large backyard shed comes with a base of 12 ft x 16 ft and a lean to roof, with a 4:12 pitch. In addition, this shed has double doors to one side and a man door with a window to the front wall. Read the local codes and make adjustments to comply with your local requirements. 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.
Projects made from these plans
12×16 Lean to Storage Shed Plans – PDF Download
- A – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 16 ft long SKIDS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 16 ft long, 13 pieces – 141″long JOISTS
- C – 5 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long, 2 pieces – 48″x48″ long FLOOR
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 20 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 144″ long, 1 piece – 137″ long, 6 pieces – 91 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 82 1/2″ long, 10 pieces – 3 1/2″ long, 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 99″ long SIDE WALL
- E – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 12 ft long, 2 pieces – 137″ long, 10 pieces – 91 1/2″ long SIDE WALL
- F – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 24″ long, 1 piece – 192″ long, 1 piece – 185″ long, 15 pieces – 91 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 82 1/2″ long, 4 pieces – 29″ long, 2 pieces – 36″ long, 4 pieces – 15 1/2″ long, 4 pieces – 3 1/2″ long, 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 35″ long, 4 pieces – 39″ long FRONT WALL
- G – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 192″ long, 1 piece – 185″ long, 15 pieces – 91 1/2″ long BACK WALL
- H – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 16 ft, 15 pieces – 43 3/4″ long TOP WALL
- 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 16 ft
- 13 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 12 ft
- 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 10 ft
- 3 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8 ft
- 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 16 ft
- 5 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 12 ft
- 8 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 16 ft
- 61 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8 ft
- 6 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″
- 1 piece of 1/2″ plywood – 48″x96″
- 1 shed window – 36″x36″
- 200 pieces of 2 1/2″ screws
- 700 pieces of 3 1/2″ screws
- 8 pieces of rafter ties
- 1 box of 1 1/2″ “structural ties
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
- PART 1: 12×16 Lean to Shed Plans
- PART 2: 12×16 Lean to Shed Roof Plans
- PART 3: 12×16 Lean to Shed Double Doors Plans
How to Build a Lean to Shed 12×16
Build the floor for the shed from lumber. Alternatively, you can pour a concrete floor if you want a permanent construction. Cut the joists from 2×6 lumber using a good saw. Align the beams, making sure the corners are square, drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws to lock them together tightly.
Measure the diagonals and make adjustments until they are perfectly equal. Place the joists every 16″ on center.
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. Use 2 rafter ties and 1 1/2″ structural screws for each skid, one at a time.
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 12″ along the joists.
Building the shed wall frames
Next, we will start assembling the wall frames for the shed. Therefore, cut all the components at the dimensions shown in the diagram, using 2×4 boards. Drill pilot holes through the top plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Align the edges flush and place the studs every 16″ on center. In addition, attach a double plate to the top of the wall frame.
Continue the project by assembling the side wall with the opening for the double doors. 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.
Use 2×6 lumber for the double header. Fit a piece of 1/2″ plywood between the double beams and then add glue to the joints. Align the edges flush and insert 2 1/2″ screws from both sides to assemble the header.
Next, assemble the back wall frame. Use the same techniques described above to assemble the wall frame. However, you should notice the double studs placed at both ends of the wall frame. Fit pieces of 1/2″ plywood between the double studs.
Also, build the front wall frame for the 12×16 lean to shed. Notice the double headers for the door and window openings. Also, notice the double studs placed at both ends of the wall frame. Fit pieces of 1/2″ plywood between the double studs. You can make adjustments, if you want to fit a larger or small window, than the 36″x36″ in my plans.
Assembling the shed framing
Lift the front and back walls and lay them to the floor of the shed. Align the edges with attention and use a spirit level to plumb the walls. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor frame, every 8″. As you can notice in the plans, you need to secure the walls into place temporarily with 2×4 braces.
Fit the side 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 3 1/2″ screws through the bottom plates into the floor, as well.
Next, we need to frame the top wall that will create the lean to shape for this shed. This wall is designed in such a way that it will give this shed a 4:12 pitch. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs every 16″ on center. Notice the double studs at both ends, with 1/2″ plywood pieces between them.
Fit the top wall frame to the front or back walls of the storage shed. Plumb the wall with a spirit level, drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws.
Make sure you check PART 2 of the project, so you learn how to build the roof for this large lean to shed project. In addition, you could check the rest of the shed plans I have on this site for more building ideas.
Last but not least, you should take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the holes with wood putty and let the compound to dry out for several hours. Smooth the surface with medium-grit sandpaper along the wood grain.
Top Tip: Take a look over PART 2 of the project, so you learn how to build the roof and the front double doors for this shed project. If you want to get this project as a PDF file with 1 full cut list and 1 shopping list, please take a look over the GET PDF PLANS button bellow.
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