This step by step diy project is about 5×5 short shed plans. I have designed this small square shed with a gable roof, so you can store garden tools and other items. If you have a small space in your backyard, this shed is the right choice. 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.
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5×5 Shed – Free DIY Plans
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- A – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 60″ long SKIDS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 60″ long, 5 pieces – 57″ long FLOOR FRAME
- C – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x60″ long, 1 piece – 12″x60″ long FLOOR
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 60″ long, 1 piece – 53″ long, 7 pieces – 73 1/2″ long 2xSIDE WALL
- E – 2 piece of 2×4 lumber – 8 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 53″ long, 1 piece – 60″ long, 4 pieces – 73 1/2″ long FRONT WALL
- F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 53″ long, 1 piece – 60″ long, 5 pieces – 73 1/2″ long BACK WALL
- G – 2 pieces of T1-11 5/8″ siding – 48″x78 3/4″ long, 2 pieces – 12″x78 3/4″ long SIDING
- 1 piece of 4×4 lumber – 10′
- 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 10′
- 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″
- 23 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
- 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 10′
- 3 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
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
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- PART 1: 5×5 Shed Plans
- PART 2: 5×5 Shed Roof Plans
Building a 5×5 storage shed
The first step of the project is to build the floor frame for the shed. You can use 2×6 lumber or even 2×4 lumber if you are not going to store heavy items. Cut the components at the right dimensions and then drill pilot holes through the rim joists. Insert 3 1/2″ screws to lock the joists together. Align the edges flush and make sure the corners are square.
The next step if to attach 4×4 skids to the floor frame, so you protect the components from moisture. Attach the skids to the floor frame using metal connectors or by inserting screws through the frame into the skids.
Lay the 3/4″ plywood sheets to the floor frame. Cut the sheets at the right dimensions, as shown in the plans. Align the edges flush, leave no gaps between the components and then insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock them into place tightly.
Continue the project by assembling the side walls. Cut the plates and the studs from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws or 16d nails into the studs. Place the studs every 16″. Make sure the edges are flush and check if the corners are square for a neat result.
Fit the side walls to the floor frame of the storage shed and align the edges flush. Use a spirit level to plumb the walls and drill pilot holes through the bottom plates. Insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor of the shed for a neat result. Use temporarily braces to lock the side walls into place tightly.
Assemble the front wall for the 5×5 storage shed using the above instructions. Make sure you leave enough space for the door opening. You can make adjustments to suit your needs. Check if the corners are square and align the edges with attention.
Build the back wall for the shed. Cut the components at the right dimensions and then assemble the wall frame together using 3 1/2″ screws or 16d nails.
Fit the front and the back walls to the 5×5 garden shed floor. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor. In addition, lock the adjacent walls together using 2 1/2″ screws.
Attach the T1-11 siding sheets to the sides of the shed. Align the edges with attention, leave no gaps between the sheets and then insert 4-6d nails, every 8″ along the framing.
Check out the rest of the plan, so you learn how to build the door and the roof for the shed.
Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the holes with wood putty and then smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of paint or stain so you enhance the look of the shed and you protect the components from decay. Don’t forget to take a look over PART 2 to learn how to build the roof for the shed, as well as how to frame the front door.
This woodworking project was about 5×5 shed plans free. If you want to see more outdoor plans, check out the rest of our step by step projects and follow the instructions to obtain a professional result.