How to Build a Plant Shed


If you have a garden, you likely need a place to hold tools, materials, and sometimes a workbench. This can be accomplished by having a plant shed. The best way to get a plant shed that fits your needs is to build a plant shed custom fit for yourself. Most plant sheds take up to three days to construct and will require help from a friend or family member. This plan is to build an 8-foot-by-10-foot plant shed.

Step 1

Use the two 2-by-6-by-96 inch boards and two of the 2-by-6-by-120 inch boards to create a temporary frame to set the gravel and corner posts. Place the ends of the long boards butting against the inside edges of the short boards to create the 8-by-10 foot frame. Nail this frame together using one wood nail per corner. Square the frame with the speed square on the location where the plant shed is going.

Step 2

Mark the location of the corners. Lay a 3-inch layer of gravel to match the inside of the frame. Take the frame apart and set the wood aside for later use. Dig four holes 2-foot deep at the corners with the post hole digger. Mix the concrete in the bucket. Pour a 2-inch layer of gravel into each hole. Stand a post in the center of each hole. Pour the concrete into the holes until half way up. Allow the concrete to set. Fill the remaining half with gravel.

Step 3

Measure up the sides of the posts 3 inches from the ground. Mark the spot on each outer side of each post. Set the boards used for the initial frame along the exterior sides of the posts at these marks. Level off the boards before attaching them to the posts. The boards should butt against each other as they did in step 1. Drill a screw into the upper end of the facing side for the long boards; drill a screw into the lower end of the facing side for the short boards. Hammer two nails through the short boards into the ends of the long boards between the screws.

Step 4

Measure and mark 2 inches along the long boards from the inside face of the front post to the opposite post. Do this for both 10-foot sides. Attach the 2-by-4-by-96 inch boards across the frame at these marks. Level off each board as you hammer them into the frame. Lay out plywood sheets across the boards. Drill screws through the plywood into the frame to set the floor.

Step 5

Build the walls flat on the floor. Frame out each wall using the four 2-by-4-inch boards. Place the vertical boards every 16 inches. Frame out the rough openings for the windows by cutting a section of a 2-by-4 inch board the height of the window. Place a 2-by-4 inch board the width of this opening at the top and bottom. Frame the door using the same methods, cutting through two of the 2-by-4 inch boards in the center of the front wall. Stand up the wall when finished. Fit the frame snug in between the posts. Nail the wall into place using two nails between each vertical beam and a nail every 4 inches up the sides of the posts. Have someone help hold the wall as you attach it to the posts. Install the windows according to manufacturer's directions.

Step 6

Set the 2-by-6-120 inch beam at the center top of the front and back walls with the 2-inch side facing up. Drill 3-inch screws through the beam into the frame below at a downward angle on both sides of the beam. Set the 2-by-6-by-96 inch boards into place every 16 inches along the beam with the 2-inch side facing up. Cut off the corners of these boards to match the top wall beam and the rafter beam. Drill 3-inch screws through them to fix the rafters in place.

Step 7

Lay out and attach plywood sheets over the roof. Use the roofing nails, hammering nails every 4 inches through the plywood into the rafter. Apply the roofing paper over the plywood. Start at the top and work to the bottom. Nail the paper into place with nails. Apply the roofing shingles over the paper from the bottom to the top; overlap each layer of shingles to avoid moisture buildup.

Step 8

Attach the siding to the frame with the 4-foot side at the top and bottom. Use the extra from the sides over the doorway. Hammer nails every 4 inches up the frame.

Step 9

Build a 24-by-72 inch frame using the 2-by-4 inch boards with the 4-inch side facing up. Cut out a section of T-111 siding to match the frame. Lay the siding face down and place the frame on it. Nail the frame to the siding. Set two 2-by-4-by-16 inch boards inside the frame butting against the long side of the frame. Place the boards 24 inches from the top and bottom of the frame. Nail through the frame into the cross beams. This is one of the doors.

Step 10

Repeat this process to build the other door.

Step 11

Set the hinge half of the "I" hinges at these cross beams so the rings are at the edge of the door. Drill screws into the hinges to attach them. Measure and mark 24 inches from the top and bottom of the door frame. Place the pin support for the hinges at those marks. Line up the door with the frame to make sure the hinge and supports meet. Place the pin and test the door. Adjust as needed. Repeat this with the other door.

Step 12

Attach the "I" bolt across the doors with screws on the outside for the lock.

Things You'll Need

  • (2) 2-by-4-by-112 inch boards
  • (2) 2-by-4-by-88 inch boards
  • 2-by-4-by-96 inch board
  • (4) 6-by-6-by-96 inch posts
  • (2) 80 pound bags of cement
  • (18) 2-by-6-by-120 inch boards
  • (2) 2-by-6-by-96 inch boards
  • (2) 2-by-8-by-120 inch boards
  • (12) 4-by-8 foot sheets T-111 siding
  • (10) 4-by-8 foot ¾ inch treated plywood sheets
  • Gravel
  • Measuring tape
  • Speed square
  • Level
  • Circular saw
  • Hammer
  • Drill with drill bits
  • (2) pre-hung windows
  • Roofing paper
  • Roofing nails
  • 3-inch screws
  • (4) "I" hinges
  • Latch bolt


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William A. Swan is a Pennsylvania-based freelance writer who has written hundreds of articles relating to business, finance, travel, history and health. His current focus is on pets, gardens, personal finance and business management.