This step by step diy project is about free 12×16 run in shed plans. I had a request for a 12×16 run in shed, so I have designed this simple to build structure. This shed has a wide front opening so you can get an easy access inside. Read the local codes before starting the project, so you comply with the legal 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.
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12×16 Run In Shed Plans
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- A – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 144″ long, 2 pieces – 192″ long BASE
- B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 137″ long, 1 piece – 140 1/2″ long, 10 pieces – 91 1/2″ long 2xSIDE WALL
- C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 192″ long, 1 piece – 185″ long, 15 pieces – 91 1/2″ long BACK WALL
- D – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 143 3/4″ long, 2 pieces – 140 1/4″ long, 1 piece – 192″ long, 1 piece – 185″ long, 2 pieces – 48″ long POST
- E – 10 pieces of 5/8″ siding – 48″x96″ long SIDING
- 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 12′
- 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 16″
- 3 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 16′
- 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 12′
- 35 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 12′
- 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 16′
- 1 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 8′
- corner brackets
- 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
- 6d nails
- shed anchor
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
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- PART 1: 12×16 Run in shed
- PART 2: 12×16 Run in roof shed
Building a 12×16 run in shed
The first step of the project is to build the beams for the base of the shed using 4×4 lumber. Cut both ends of the beams, as shown in the diagram. Make parallel cuts to the indicated areas and then remove the excess with a chisel. Smooth the surface with sandpaper.
Select the location for the shed and then remove the vegetation layer. Level the surface with a spirit level and then fit the 4×4 pressure treated beams into place. Assemble the base for the shed using 3 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square, drill pilot holes and then insert the screws to lock the base beams together tightly. Use 2×3 anchors to lock the base into the ground, every 16″. Alternatively, use hurricane anchors if you live an area with strong winds.
The next step of the project is to build the back wall from 2×4 lumber. Cut all the components at the right dimensions, after taking accurate measurements. Make sure the edges are flush and check if the corners are square. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place double studs at both ends of the wall, with 1/2″ plywood between them. Fit the studs every 16″ on center.
Build the side walls for the run in shed. Cut the components at the right dimensions and then assemble the frames using the same techniques described above.
Attach the walls to the base with 3 1/2″ screws. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the base beams. Use a spirit level to plumb the posts vertically and then check if the corners are square. Align everything with attention for a professional result.
Use 4×4 lumber for the front wall. Start with the vertical supports and then attach the top beams. Plumb the vertical supports with a spirit level and secure them to the skids with corner brackets and screws. Make sure the corners are square and align everything with attention.
Use 4×4 lumber for the braces and make 45 degrees at both ends. Fit the braces to the front wall and then secure them into place with 3 1/2″ screws. Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws to prevent the wood from splitting.
Fit the 5/8″ siding sheets to the back of the shed. Align the edges with attention and leave no gaps between them for a professional result. Use 6d nails, every 8″ along the framing, to secure the sheets into place tightly.
This 12×16 loafing shed is extremely versatile when it comes to uses. You can store tools, firewood or even small vehicles, as it has a wide access to the interior. Moreover, the generous overhangs on all sides of the shed will protect the items from bad weather.
This is a simple project you should be able to build in a few days without much effort. This 12×16 run in shed is a multi purpose shelter. You can use this run in shed for storing tools, equipment or even outdoor furniture. Check out PART 2 of the project to learn more on how to build the lean to roof for the shed.
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