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This step by step woodworking project is about free 12×16 garden¬†shed¬†plans. This storage shed is large enough to provide storage space for the needs of a family. The shed features double front doors and a side man door, for an easy access to the interior. Remember that you need to read the local building codes before selecting the right location for the shed and before building the shed. See my other DIY projects HERE.

We recommend you to invest in the best materials you could afford. Therefore, you should buy weather-resistant lumber, such as pine or cedar. Always take accurate measurements before adjusting the size of the components at the proper size. Drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the wood screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.

 

 

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Free 12×16 Garden Shed Plans

Building a for 1 last update 2020/06/04 12×16 shedBuilding a 12×16 shed

 

Materials

  • A¬†– 4¬†pieces of 4×4 lumber – 192″ long¬†SKIDS
  • B¬†– 2¬†pieces of 2×6 lumber¬†– 192″ long, 13¬†pieces – 141″long¬†JOISTS
  • C¬†– 5¬†pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x96″ long, 2¬†pieces – 48″x48″ long¬†FLOOR
  • D – 1¬†piece of 2×4 lumber – 144″ long, 1 piece – 137″ long, 2 pieces – 20 1/2″ long, 6¬†pieces – 91 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 82¬†1/2″ long, 10 pieces – 3 1/2″ long, 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber¬†– 99″ long¬†Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for FRONT WALL
  • Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for E¬†– 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 144″ long, 1 piece – 137″ long, 10¬†pieces – 91 1/2″ long¬†BACK the 1 last update 2020/06/04 WALLBACK WALL
  • F¬†– 2¬†pieces of 2×4 lumber¬†– 192″ long, 1¬†pieces – 185″long, 15 pieces – 91 1/2″ long SIDE WALL
  • G – 1¬†piece of 2×4 lumber¬†– 192″ long, 1¬†pieces – 185″long, 1 piece – 11 3/4″ long, 1 piece – 136″ long, 2 pieces – 82 1/2″ long, 5 pieces – 3 1/2″ long, 4 pieces – 15 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 36″ long, 4 pieces – 29″ long, 2¬†pieces – 35″ long, 4 pieces – 36″ long, 15 pieces – 91 1/2″ long ¬†SIDE WALL
  • H – 12 pieces of¬†T1-11 – 48″x96″ long, 1¬†piece – 12″x48″ long¬†WALL SIDING

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Building a 12×16 storage shed

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Assembling the floor frame

The first step of the project is to build the floor of the shed from 2×6 joists. Cut the joists at the right dimensions and then lay them on a level surface. Drill pilot holes through the side joists and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the perpendicular components. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges flush.

Fitting the skids

Select the location for the shed, making sure you comply with the local codes. Fit the 4×4 skids equally spaced and then attach the floor frame. Use screws or rafter ties to for 1 last update 2020/06/04 lock the skids to the frame together tightly.Select the location for the shed, making sure you comply with the local codes. Fit the 4×4 skids equally spaced and then attach the floor frame. Use screws or rafter ties to lock the skids to the frame together tightly.

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Fitting the floor sheets

Fit the 3/4″ plywood sheets to the floor of the shed. Cut the sheets at the right dimensions and then align the edges flush. Leave no gaps between the sheets and then secure them to the joists, every 8″. Insert 1 5/8″ screws to secure the sheets into place tightly.

Building the side wall

Build the plain side wall from 2×4 lumber.¬†Drill pilot through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs every 16″ on center. Place double studs to both ends of the walls and make sure the corners are square.

Back wall – frame

Build the back wall for the shed in the same manner described above. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs every 16″ on center.

Front wall – Frame

Frame the front wall from 2×4 lumber. As you can easily notice in the plans, you need to leave enough space for double door opening, which you can adjust to suit your needs. Use 2×6 lumber for the double header. Fit 1/2″ plywood between the beams and then sandwich them together with 2 1/2″ screws.

Side wall with window – frame

Framing the other side wall for the storage shed is a little bit more complex, as you need to frame a window opening and a door opening. Use 2×6 lumber and 1/2″ plywood for the headers. Moreover, you can adjust the size of the the 1 last update 04 Jun 2020 openings to suit your needs. Drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws to lock everything together tightly.Framing the other side wall for the storage shed is a little bit more complex, as you need to frame a window opening and a door opening. Use 2×6 lumber and 1/2″ plywood for the headers. Moreover, you can adjust the size of the openings to suit your needs. Drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws to lock everything together tightly.

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Assembling the shed frame

Fit the wall frames to the floor of the shed. Align the edges flush and drill pilot holes through the bottom plates. Insert 3 1/2″ screws to secure the walls to the floor frame. Moreover, you need to lock the adjacent walls together tightly. Make sure the corners are square, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws.

Side wall siding

Attach the 4’x8′ T1-11 siding to the side wall of the shed. Align the edges flush with the top and insert 6-8d nails, every 8″ along the framing. Leave no gaps between the sheets, for a professional result.

Side wall – siding

Fit the panels to the opposite side wall, as shown in the diagrams. Use a saw to make cuts so you can fit the sheets around the openings.

Back wall – siding

Fit the siding sheets to the back of the shed. Use 6-8d nails to lock the sheets into place. Leave no gaps between the sheets for a professional result.

Front wall – siding

Fit the panels to the front wall of the shed. Make the cuts so the panels fit around the double door opening.

Free 12×16 shed plans – Side view

This garden shed is ideal for any backyard, as it provides storage space and an easy access to the interior, due to the double front doors and to the side man door.

Free 12×16 shed plans

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for If you want to build the gable roof for this large storage¬†shed, you should check out PART 2 of the project. Check out PART 3 of the project, so you learn how to build the double doors and the side door for the shed. If you like my project, don’t forget to SHARE it on Facebook and Pinterest.

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12 Comments

  1. Rick Sudol

    Building a 12 x 16 for 1 last update 2020/06/04 with a gable roof would measure how high to the ridge if built directly on ground. I can calculate if I build it up.Building a 12 x 16 with a gable roof would measure how high to the ridge if built directly on ground. I can calculate if I build it up.

    • Jack the 1 last update 2020/06/04 SanderJack Sander

      The shed is about 12′ high.

  2. Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Kent Bredbenner for 1 last update 2020/06/04

    I’d like to modify this plan to be used on a concrete slab. What would I need to attach it to the slab, since there will be no wood floor?

    • Jack Sander

      Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for You need to use threaded rods under the bottom wall plates, Set the rods about 4″ in concrete. Fit a rod between every other stud space and at each corner for a nice support.

  3. the 1 last update 2020/06/04 CodyCody for 1 last update 2020/06/04

    Hey man, love the plans, super thorough. Quick question though, for the front wall and the second side wall when you say “sandwich” the plywood between two 2×6 boards, what exactly do you mean by that?

    • Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Jack Sander the 1 last update 2020/06/04

      For the double headers you need to fit a piece of 1/2″ plywood between the 2×6 boards so you get an overall thickness of 3 1/2″: 1 1/2″ + 1 1/2″ + 1/2″

  4. Kelly

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and plans! What kind of insulation would you recommend? And are there any plan modifications need to accommodate the insulation? I would be building this in a very sunny, snowy, and windy place, and using it to store paintings and other art.

    • Jack Sander

      I would use spray foam. That is the most efficient from what I know.

  5. JIm

    Although there were ‘letters’ (I, J, K, L, M) for the roof components/materials on the first drawing, I didn’t see any info on the roof (materials list & construction). Did you leave it off on purpose?
    Also, I will be putting the shed on a concrete pad. What size (3/8″, 1/2″ diameter) bolts should I use to anchor the shed?

    • Jack Sander

      You have PART 2 of the project for that. 1/2″ in diameter with 7″-8″ in length

  6. Norm Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for
    for 1 last update 2020/06/04

    How would you start if you are building with a dirt floor

    • Jack Sander

      Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for I would use 4×4 skids under the wall frames, on all sides. And then I would anchor the shed to the ground.

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