Small Cedar Shed

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 04/01/2019 - 21:58
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Build your own cedar shed to store lawn mowers, tools, trash cans, or just extra things.  We love that it's like an outdoor closet.

This cedar shed plan uses fence pickets - so it's much less expensive.  The simple design can be built by most anyone.  Step by step plans with diagrams and shopping and cut list from

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cedar shed inside view
cedar shed front view
hardware for shed

When I first started building projects, I didn't care if I worked in the gravel driveway on a cold day. I didn't care if I had a little spot behind the boat, on the floor in the garage to work. I was so crazy about building, I found a way around anything to work on a project.

But over the years, slowly, tool by tool, I've been working up to a dedicated work space. And boy is it nice.

It's kind of like having a sewing table. Or a potting bench for gardening. Or even a dedicated spot to make coffee in your kitchen. When you do something on a regular basis, it sure makes life easier to have a dedicated work station for it! 

So when my friend Gina from Lady Goats wrote me saying, Help, Ana, I'm building in the rocks and dirt! I had to work with her to come up with a solution.

I hope this solution we came up with works for many of you too!

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How much does this cedar shed cost to build?

Gina sent me a link to a cedar shed with a retail price of $1600.  Okay, that's more than the tools inside! 

She wanted to use cedar, and I thought, what cheaper solution than cedar fence pickets for siding?  At a couple of bucks each, Gina was able to make this shed for $255!  And it's cedar!

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Gina is going to add a few fun things to the inside - like a miter saw cabinet and some door shelves, so stay tuned as we turn this shed into a workshop!

And here's a few notes from Gina:

  • I found it saved about $15-$20 to use this set of hinges & latch, instead of buying them individually. You'll end up with two extra latches, but I'm sure they'll come in handy elsewhere!
  • Every minute I spent on this was timed, and the entire build took almost 8 1/2 hours (including roofing, excluding finishing). So this could definitely be a weekend project! - All of the components, unassembled, take up about 12" of space! Maybe this info will come in handy for some of you! I would have definitely pre-built everything and assembled it after I got my HOA's approval if I'd have known!
  • This was my first roofing project, and this product made it SO EASY. They have videos on their website that explain everything. - The paneled doors were kind of tough to get tight. Use a pipe clamp! If you don't have one, nail one corner of an end board and squeeze the boards together while someone else nails all of 'em.
  • The roof allows you to put the shed about 8" away from a structure (meaning there's an 8" gap between the shed and other structure). If you want to lessen that gap, you'll have to resize the roof.

For lots more photos and tips, please check out Gina's blog post here.


Cedar Storage Shed Plans

This shed plan can be built in panels first and then assembled on site -

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The free step by step plans follow.  Thanks for using our plans.  

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Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List
  • 18 – 2x2 @ 8 feet long
  • 44 – 5 1/2" wide cedar fence pickets
  • 1 – 2x4 @ 8 feet or stud length
  • 4 – 1x3 @ 8 feet long
  • 8 – 1x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 – 4x8 sheet of plywood for attaching roofing shingles (check what your shingles manufacturer recommends)
  • 30 square feet of roofing shingles
  • Roofing nails or glue
  • Heavy duty gate hinges, Handles, Lock or Catch
Cut List


  • 2 – 2x2 @ 66 1/2"
  • 5 – 2x2 @ 77”
  • 16 – 5 1/2" wide x 1/2" thick fence pickets @ 66 1/2" long


  • 2 – 2x2 @ 35 1/2"
  • 2 – 2x2 @ 77 1/2" (longest point, top end cut at 15 degrees off square)
  • 2 – 2x2 @ 72 5/8" (longest point, top end cut at 15 degrees off square)
  • 2 – 2x2 @ 67 1/2" (shortest point, top end cut at 15 degrees off square)
  • 2 – 2x2 @ 36 7/8” (long point to short point, both ends cut at 15 degrees off square, parallel to each other)
  • 32 – 5 1/2" wide x 1/2" thick fence pickets @ 35 1/2" long
  • 2 – 1x3 @ 80 1/2"
  • 2 – 1x3 @ 70 1/4" (short point measurement, top edge beveled at 15 degrees off square)


  • 1 – 2x4 @ 66 1/2"


  • 2 – 1x4 @ 83”
  • 2 – 1x4 @ 46 1/2"
  • 5 – 2x2 @ 46 1/2"
  • 1 – roofing plywood @ 83” x 48”


  • 4 – 1x4 @ 60”
  • 4 – 1x4 @ 33”
  • 2 – 1x4 @ 26”
  • 12 – 5 1/2" wide x 1/2” thick fence pickets @ 67”

*You may wish to build doors slightly shorter to enable easier opening and closing - recommended to build doors to fit finished opening.

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Frame you your back walls. You can use the Kreg Jig or 2 1/2" screws here.

Step 2

Starting at the bottom and working upward, attach the cedar fence pickets, overlapping 1/2" as you go up. Screw or nail and glue on.

Step 3

Frame side walls as shown in diagram as you did the back wall. You will need two side walls.

Step 4

And add the cedar siding to back wall as shown in diagram. Do not forget that the sides need to be done in mirror!

Step 5

Build the side walls and attach cedar fence pickets to the side wall.

Step 6

Once your side walls are complete, you can attach back walls. Use 2 1/2" screws or brackets for easy disassembly.

Step 7

Add header to front of shed. Take a minute here to make sure your project is square. The door area especially needs to be square.

Step 8

Frame up roof as shown above.

Step 9

And attach roof to top of storage shed.

Step 10

Add plywood and roofing to top of shed.

Step 11

Frame doors up with pocket holes. Build doors to fit your openings. I like to leave 1/8" gaps.

Step 12

Attach cedar fence pickets to back of doors.

Step 13

And then install doors to shed.

Step 14

I love how Gina added the stop block to keep doors closed. Isn't this shed beautiful!

Step 15

Don't forget the pretty hardware!

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.


Kerry L. Andrus (not verified)

Tue, 04/03/2012 - 23:47

I went looking at this shed wondering if it would be big enough for my home flock like many other readers! I've sadly discovered that the majority of the plans online are for smaller coops. I do hope the coop you are putting together is a bit larger Ana! I can't wait to see it!


Sat, 04/14/2012 - 11:47

I have a tablet of drawings of things we have thought of building with measurements and all (b/c I don't get Sketch Up, yet). This looks almost exactly like one that I was dreaming about but had yet to finalize. I have some fence panels waiting to be repurposed......I wonder if I'll get a garage this year or if I'll end up still needing to make this! Nicely done!

Misty K (not verified)

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 20:59

I am saving this project build for next summer....pool should be going in/up by then and this would make a PERFECT pool shed to keep all that stuff from cluttering up the garage and in reach!

~Misty K


Sat, 05/19/2012 - 05:32

Ana, I would like to download the pdf version of this and the link seemed not to work. Any ideas? Thanks


Sat, 05/19/2012 - 09:55

You can save it as a PDF from the print function.

1. At the bottom of the plan, click on "Printer-Friendly Version"
2. New window will load the plan. Now right click and choose "Print" from the menu.
3. You should see your printer model listed. Click it and a drop down menu appears.
4. Select "Save as PDF".
5. Print away.

Bob Delanki (not verified)

Sat, 06/16/2012 - 23:38

I don't have a place to keep lumber, so I'd like to have a shed very much like this except wide enough to keep some 8' lumber and full sheets of plywood between projects. Any thoughts on how the design would need to be beefed up if it's being made about 50% wider? Thanks!


Wed, 07/18/2012 - 08:04

I'm trying to figure out a similar problem. I believe to make it wider, you would use 8' treated pine pickets. I don't believe the cedar comes in 8' length. After cutting off the dog-ear, you will be 3" or so short, but you should be able to stack them on an angle.

Build a Shed (not verified)

Tue, 06/26/2012 - 22:38

Sheds are confined storage areas found in the backyards of houses, schools, piers etc. Sheds are usually built with wood, but other materials may be used for construction depending on the purpose the shed will serve and the type of shed you want to build. Be sure to find the correct design and plans for your project before you begin.
Required Materials

* waterproof plywood or lumber
* metal frames and sheets
* molded plastic
* metal frames
* adhesives

Required Tools

* sledge hammer
* nails
* tape measure
* pencil
* protective glasses
* drill
* shovel
* wheelbarrow

Instructions to Build the Shed

1. Size and Placement – The purpose of your shed has a direct impact on its size by helping you to determine how much storage space you require. With this knowledge, you can decide where you want to place the shed. Make sure that there are no problems relating to the stagnation of water during rainy seasons.
2. Foundations – The most popular materials for building the foundation of a storage shed are wooden skids or concrete. It is cheaper to construct the foundation with wooden skids, which also makes it easy to transport the shed from one place to another. It is important to build the shed slightly above the ground to prevent water damage.
3. Walls and Roof – Start building the walls by putting together the raw frames. These frames are best made with good quality waterproofed wood. You can use pressed plywood, aluminum or PVC-grade material for the walls – all based on your requirements. If you want a window in your shed, plan it in advance and make the frame accordingly. Make frames or rafters for the roof, using the first rafter as a model for the rest.
4. Framing and Installing Shingles – It is important to install the door on the frame of the front wall before putting up the wall itself. Attach the hinges for the door to the door frame and then to the grooves on the door. Put the locks up and ensure everything fits properly. Once the door is attached to the wall frame, the wall is ready to go up. You can then proceed to attach the shingles to the roof.

Tips and Warnings

* If you intend to use the shed for a long time, be sure to use good quality materials and insect repellant sprays.
* Wear safety glasses and a mask at all times while working.
* Be sure to fix at least one bright light inside the shed and one lamp outside it.

Kaya (not verified)

Sat, 07/07/2012 - 19:41

I can't find the cedar pickets at lowes or home depot? Any ideas? Where did you buy yours?