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8×12 Short Shed Plans

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This step by step diy project is about 8×12 short shed plans. I have designed this 6 6″ high shed so you can store a lot of items while keeping the costs as low as possible. 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.



8×12 Short Shed Plans




Cut & Shopping Lists

  • A – 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 144″ long SKIDS
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 144″ long, 10 pieces – 93″ long FLOOR FRAME
  • C – 3 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long FLOOR
  • D – 2 piece of 2×4 lumber – 20 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 89″ long, 4 pieces – 57″ long FRONT WALL
  • E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 144″ long, 9 pieces – 57″ long 2xSIDE WALL
  • F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 89″ long, 5 pieces – 57″ long BACK WALL
  • G – 6 pieces of T1-11 5/8″ siding – 48″x62″ long SIDING


 Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level

 Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander

 Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses


 One day




It’s that simple to build your 12×16 storage shed!



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Building a short shed



The first step of the shed is to build the floor frame. Cut the joists from 2×6 lumber, at the dimensions described in the diagram. Align the edges flush, making sure the corners are right-angled. Insert 3 1/2″ screws to lock the joists into place tightly.



Attach 4×4 skids to the floor of the shed. Align the components with attention, then secure the skids to the joists with metal connectors or with screws.



Attach the 3/4″ plywood sheets to the floor of the shed. Align the edges with attention, leaving no gaps between the components. Insert 1 5/8″ screws every 8″ along the joists, so you lock them tightly into place.



Build the frame of the side walls from 2×4 lumber. Cut the components at the right dimensions and then drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs every 24″ on center. Alternatively you can use a framing gun and 16d nails.



Attach the side walls to the floor of the shed. Use a spirit level to plumb the walls, align the edges flush, drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor.



Build the back wall for the short shed in the same manner described above. Make sure there are no gaps between the components and check if the corners are square.



Assemble the front wall for the shed, using the instructions described above. As you can notice in the plans, you need to enough space for the door opening. A 4′ wide door will allow you to have an easy access to the interior of the shed.



Assemble the frame of the 8×12 shed. Attach the front and the back walls into place. Join the adjacent walls together with 2 1/2″ screws, making sure the corners are right angled. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor of the shed.



Attach the siding panels to the side walls. Align the edges with attention and use 4d nails to lock the sheets to the framing.



Make sure you check out PART 2 of the short shed project, so you learn how to build the roof and how to attach the door to the front of the structure.



This 8×12 short shed with loft provides a lot of storage space, while it is really cheap and simple to build. 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 double front doors.



This woodworking project was about 8×12 short 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.







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Mark -

Have you got the 12×8 short shed roof plans please

Julian -

Of course I have them. I will publish PART 2 of the project that includes the roof plans tomorrow.

Derek -

What do you recommend for a foundation for this and some of the similar sized sheds? I am looking to store a ride on lawnmower, an atv, two push mowers and some weedwackers and possibly some firewood. Do you think this shed wil be large enough?

Julian -

No,this shed will not be roomy enough for those items. For ATV-s and ride on lawnmowers I recommend you a full size shed, at least 12×12 and tall. For foundations you should read the local codes and ask an engineer to help you. The foundation requires some information I don’t have access to, such as the soil structure, frost line and so forth.


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