This step by step diy project is about free 8×16 run in shed plans. I have designed this large run in shelter so you can build it in a few days with basic tools and materials. This is a small and compact shed with a super access on the front side. You can adjust the slope of the roof to suit your needs. 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.
Projects made from these plans
8×16 Run In Shelter Plans
- A – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 96″ long, 2 pieces – 192″ long BASE
- B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 89″ long, 1 piece – 92 1/2″ long, 7 pieces – 79 1/2″ long 2xSIDE WALL
- C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 192″ long, 1 piece – 185″ long, 15 pieces – 79 1/2″ long BACK WALL
- D – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 107″ long, 2 pieces – 83″ long, 1 piece – 185″ long, 3 pieces – 20 1/2″ long, 3 pieces – 34″ long, 1 piece of 2×8 lumber – 192″ long POSTS
- PART 1: 8×16 Run in shed plans
- PART 2: 8×16 Run in roof shed plans
Building a 8×16 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 run in lean to 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. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges with attention.
Use 4×4 lumber for the front posts. Mark the cut lines on the top of the posts and then get the job done with a circular saw. Make 1 1/2″ deep parallel cuts inside the marked area and then get the job done with a chisel. Smooth the recess with sandpaper, for a professional result.
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.
Fit the posts to the front of the shed. Align the edges with attention and then drill pilot holes. Insert 5″ screws to lock them to the side wall properly. Use a spirit level to plumb the posts properly.
Fit the 2×8 support beam to the top of the posts. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges with attention. Drill pilot through the beam and posts and then insert 4″ carriage bolts. Use at least 3 bolts for each side.
Build the middle supports as well, using the information in the diagram. Use a circular saw to make the notch. Make parallel cuts and then remove the excess with a chisel. Smooth the surface with sandpaper.
Fit the 4×4 supports between the vertical posts, as shown in the diagram. Drill pilot holes at both ends and then insert 5″ screws to lock them into place tightly. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges with attention. Fit the middle supports to the front wall.
This 8×16 loafing shed is easy to build and it can shelter a different variety of items. You can make modifications to my design to suit your needs.
This is a simple project you should be able to build in a few days without much effort. This 8×16 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 roof for the shed.
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