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8×8 Small Garden Shed Plans

by Ovidiu


This step by step diy project is about 8×8 small garden shed plans. If you have a small backyard, but you are still looking for a stylish manner to store all of your tools, you should check out these plans. 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 location 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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Small Garden Shed Plans




Cut List

  • – 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 96″ long SKIDS
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 7 piece – 93″ long FLOOR
  • C – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long FLOOR
  • D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 6 pieces – 80″ long, 2 pieces – 36″ long, 3 pieces – 33″ long, 4 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 39″ long SIDE WALL
  • D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 96″ long, 5 pieces – 80″ long SIDE WALL
  • E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 89″ long, 5 pieces – 80″ long BACK WALL 
  • F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 74 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 89″ long, 4 pieces – 80″ long, 2 pieces – 20 1/2″ long, 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 51″ long FRONT WALL
  • G – 8 pieces of T1-11 siding – 48″x83″ long SIDE WALL

Shopping List


 Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level

 Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander

 Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses


 One day




How to build a small garden shed

The first step of the project is to build the floor frame for the 8×8 small garden shed. Cut the joists at the right dimensions and then drill pilot holes through the rim joists. Insert 3 1/2″ screws to lock the components together tightly. Make sure the corners are right angled.

Assembling the floor frame

Assembling the floor frame

Fit the 4×4 skids under the floor frame. Make sure you select the proper location for the small shed and then compact a layer of gravel. Fit the skids, placing them equally spaced. Use rafter ties to secure the floor frame to the skids.

Fitting the plywood floor

Fitting the plywood floor

Attach the 3/4″ plywood to the top of the floor. Align the edges with attention, drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws, every 8″ along the framing. Leave no gaps between the floor sheets.


Building shed wall frames

Build the plain side wall for the 8×8 shed from 2×4 lumber. Cut the components at the right dimensions and then drill pilot holes through the plates. Insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs every  24″ on center. Make sure the corners are square.



Build the opposite side wall frame from 2×4 lumber and 2×6 lumber for the headers. Fit 1/2″ plywood between the headers and lock them together with 2 1/2″ screws and glue. You can easily adjust the size of the windows, so they suit your needs. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs.



Build the front wall for the 8×8 shed using the information from the diagram. Cut the components at the right dimensions and then lock them together with 3 1/2″ screws. Fit 1/2″ plywood between the 2×6 beams, so you create the double header.



Build the back wall in the same manner described above.

Assembling the shed frame

Assembling the shed frame

Fit the wall frames to the floor of the shack. Align the edges flush, drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the floor. Moreover, you need to lock the adjacent walls together tight. Drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws. Check if the corners are square.


Fitting the siding sheets

Back and side wall - siding

Back and side wall – siding

Fit the T1-11 siding to the back and side of the small garden shed. Align the edges flush with the sides of the shelter and insert 6-8d nails every 8″ along the framing. Insert the sheets 1 1/2″ from the top plate.

Side wall with window - Siding

Side wall with window – Siding

Cut the sheets and then attach them to the side with window of the shed. Align the edges flush and insert 6-8d nails to lock into place tightly.

Front wall - Siding

Front wall – Siding

Cut the panels so they can fit around the door opening. Make the cuts and then lock them to the front wall with 6-8d nails. Align everything with attention for a professional result.

Small Garden Shed Plans

Small Garden Shed Plans

You need to check out PART 2 and 3 of the project, so you learn how to build the roof and how to attach the double doors to the front of the shed. Moreover, I show you how to build and fit the trims around the garden shed. If you want to get this project as a PDF file, with 1 full Cut list and 1 full Shopping list, please take a look over the GET PDF PLANS button bellow.



This woodworking project was about 8×8 small garden shed plans. 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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James A -

With the 83″ plywood height, you’re cutting 13″ off the possible height of the sides. Why not build it at the full height of 96″? This would of course result in lengthening all the 2×4 lumber for the wall structure. Is there anything beyond cosmetics to that decision?

Ovidiu -

I didn’t want the shed to be that tall, considering it’s just a 8×8. You can go with full sheets if you want.


Starting to build my shed this week. Reviewing the designs again, why did you go with differing distances between floor joists? Why not 14 1/4 between all the joists?

I’ve also decided to not make it all that tall. I want it to fit under gutters of the my house I’m putting it next to. Thank you for this design.

kodi -

I would like to buy premium plans for 8×8 gable roof shed


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