8×8 Short Barn Shed Plans

This step by step diy project is about 8×8 short shed plans. I have designed this short barn shed so you can store items in your backyard and doing that with style. This 8×8 short shed has a gambrel roof, so if you like the old school design, this project is ideal for your needs.  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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8×8 Short Barn Shed Plans




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  • A – 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 96″ long SKIDS
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 96″ long, 7 pieces – 93″ long FLOOR FRAME
  • C – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long FLOOR
  • D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 7 pieces – 45″ long 2xSIDE WALL
  • E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 21 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 19 3/4″ long, 2 pieces – 45″ long, 7 pieces – 46 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 79″ long, 7 pieces – 81″ long FRONT WALL
  • F – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 89″ long, 2 pieces – 45″ long, 2 pieces – 81″ long, 1 piece – 79 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 19 3/4″ long BACK WALL

  • 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 8′
  • 9 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 8′
  • 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″
  • 24 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
  • 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
  • 16d nails
  • wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint

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 Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level

 Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander

 Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses

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 One day

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Building a 8×8 Gambrel Shed



The first step of the project is to build the frame for the short barn shed. Cut the joists from 2×4 or 2×6 lumber. Cut the joists at the right dimensions and drill pilot holes through the rim joists. Insert 3 1/2″ screws to lock everything tightly, after aligning the edges flush.


Fitting the skids

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.


Fitting the floor

Lay the 3/4″ plywood sheets to the floor frame. Align the edges flush, leave no gaps between the components and then insert 1 5/8″ screws to lock them into place tightly.



Build the side walls from 2×4 lumber. Cut the studs and the plates at the right dimensions. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs every 24″ or 16″ for a neat result. Make sure the corners are right angled and align the edges flush.


Fitting the side walls

Fit the side walls to the floor of the shed. Use a spirit level and plumb it properly. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor. Use should use 2×4 temporarily braces to lock the wall frames into place tightly.



Assemble the back wall for the barn shed using 2×4 lumber. Cut the components at the right angled and then drill pilot holes through the top plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Make sure the edges are flush and check if the corners are right angled.



Assemble the front wall for the barn shed in the same manner described above. Cut the components at the proper dimensions, making sure you frame the door opening in a proper manner. Use the same techniques described above.


Assembling the frame of the shed

Fit the front and the back wall frame to the floor of the shed. Make sure you lock the adjacent walls together with 2 1/2″ screws, after aligning the edges. Drill pilot holes through the bottom edges and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor of the shed.


8×8 short barn shed plans

If you want to get this project done, you need to check out PART 2 of the plans to learn how to build the roof and frame the front door.



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 frame for the barn shed.



This woodworking project was about 8×8 barn 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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