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How to Build a Small All-Purpose Storage Shed: Free Plans and Do-It-Yourself Guides

Do you need a new shed? How big? You can find free plans for small shed designs scattered across the Internet. Here are quick links to ten of the best. Enjoy! Photo:

These free do-it-yourself plans are for small sheds that you can use to store tools, garden supplies and anything else that you need in your backyard. Because they all have footprints of less than 100 square feet, you probably won't need a building permit. But, check that with your building department before you start.

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Lean-To Tool and Garden Shed Plans

Shed Plans, Prefabs and Kits  Build a great shed in your backyard with these project plans, building kits, pre-manufactured sheds, guide books and building resources. Select from basic storage sheds, garden sheds, mini barns, backyard studios and playhouses.

Free Small Shed Building Plans and Guides:

8'x12' Cabana Style Shed  Use this elegant hip roofed building as your pool house, changing room, tool shed, backyard office, studio or guest cottage. Complete building plans and construction details are included on a free seventeen page plan set.

Build a 6'x8' Gable Roof Shed  Have indoor shelter for your outdoor tools with these plans from Popular Mechanics Magazine. This design occupies a modest 6 foot by 8 foot area - enough for a variety of tools, but not so large that it dominates a backyard landscape. The straightforward design is easy to expand - up to about 8'x12'.- to suit your storage needs.

6'x6' Saltbox Shed from Plans Design  Here's a versatile and attractive tool shed that you can build yourself. The free plan set has sixteen pages full of practical building information. Clear isometric drawings show you exactly where every board goes. The plans include step-by-step building instructions, helpful hints, material lists, clear and concise details and rafter cutting templates.

Compact Hip-Roof Shed  How much space do you need for your garden tools? This classic 6x6 storage shed might be big enough fit them all. See for yourself when you print the free, ten page building guide from The Family Handyman Magazine..

Free 8'x10' Shed Plans  As a sample of the quality of their work, offers instant-download plans for a practical 8'x10' all-purpose shed. They also offer a free, 31 page, instant download Shed Construction instruction book, by builder John Bonselaar. The book is a valuable step-by-step guide for anyone who is planning to build any shed.

Small Shed Design from the California Redwood Association  Download Detailed do-it-yourself plans for building your own 3'-6" x 6' Garden Tool Shed. These free, instant download plans include detailed artwork, materials lists and step-by-step building instructions. The attractive and practical shed features a gable roof and concrete block pier foundation.


Lean To Garden Tool Closet or Shed

Backyard Structures offers gazebos, pergolas, arbors, garden tool closets, sheds, playhouses, sunsheds, greenhouses, dog houses, cabanas, garden bridges, trellises, raised garden beds, awnings, canopies and more. You'll find discounts on everything.

More Free Small Shed Building Plans and Guides:

Building Plans for a Timber-Frame Shed or Workshop from Black and Decker  This 8'x10' shed has the same rough-sawn timbers and basic design used in traditional timber-framed barns but with joints that are easy to make.

Build a Cheap, 8'x12'  Storage Shed  Modular construction and inexpensive materials make this shed easy to build and easy to afford. The Family Handyman magazine's editors will show you how to build this shed and provide you with the plans and materials list you need to get started. They use simple construction methods to make the building process as easy as possible.

All-Purpose Storage Shed Plans from Black and Decker  This 8'x12' shed features a simple gable roof, double doors, and side and rear windows for natural lighting. With full-height walls and doors, there's ample room for storing large items or creating a comfortable work space. An optional wood ramp helps in moving lawn mowers and other heavy equipment

8'x10' Shed  Use these online plans, materials list and instructions from to build your own 8'x10' garden tool storage shed. 

The Building Guide at MyStorageShed.Blogspot  This online guide will help you build an attractive 8'x8' gambrel roof storage shed or a similar shed in the size that you need.  The website presents step-by-step instructions, dozens of helpful photographs, building hints and safety tips.


Backyard Studio, Workshop or Shed Plans

Instant Download Shed Building Plans from WOOD Store  Get accurate and easy-to-use do-it-yourself shed building plans in styles and sizes that you won't find anywhere else. WOOD Store provides terrific customer service and a complete money-back guarantee that you'll be happy with your plans.

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Let Angie's List Help You Build Your Shed  Find reliable, reasonable, customer-recommended contractors in your area. Get bids and guidance and get started on any of the plans that you find on this web site. Angie's List makes it easy to find the best builders.

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