Tips for Building Your First Outdoor Storage Shed


I built my first shed from the ground up and it turned out great! I’m not a professional, but I learned some lessons along the way that will save you time and money. Here’s what you need to know before building your own outdoor storage shed.

Measure the space where you will build.

The first step to building your outdoor storage shed is measuring the space where you will build. Your shed needs to fit in the space and allow for easy access to the back of it when you want to open a door or pull out some equipment. It’s also important that the shed isn’t too big for your property, as this can cause problems with zoning laws and other regulations.

You’ll need:

  • measuring tape
  • level (optional)

To get started, measure the length and width of your yard or backyard where you want your shed to go. Use sharpie markers or chalk marks on the ground if necessary so that all measurements are accurate—you don’t want an uneven shed! Once they’re done, measure them again just to be sure they’re right before moving onto Step 2!

Decide what type of foundation you want to build.

Now that you’ve decided how large and what type of shed you want to build, you need to decide on your foundation. There are a few different options:

  • Concrete slab
  • Cinder blocks
  • Concrete blocks
  • Wooden frame with wood flooring or plywood flooring (with an optional concrete pad beneath)
  • Bricks (usually only for small sheds, as it can be difficult to get into and out of)

Consider how you will use your shed.

When considering your storage shed, you must ask yourself a few questions:

  • What do I need to store in my shed?
  • How much space do I need?
  • How much space do I have available?
  • Where will I put it?
  • How will I get the shed to the site? Will someone help me with that or do I have to do it alone? If so, am i strong enough for this task alone. Can i lift heavy things (the walls, roof panels etc). Do i know what tools are needed and how to use them properly. How can i save money on transport costs if needed by dismantling some parts before delivery or buying materials locally minimizing shipping costs etc.. Remember that you may also need transport after building depending on where you live e.g. if building near an airport then deliver by aircraft would be cheaper than road transport but more expensive if building further away from an airport e.g more than 30 miles away from airport because maybe only one route is available for transporting materials which could increase cost

Choose cheap, durable materials and keep it simple.

  • Use cheap, durable materials.
  • Keep it simple.

Make a plan for your shed.

  • Where to put the shed

The first step in planning your outdoor storage shed is deciding where exactly you want it. The best location will be both practical and aesthetically pleasing, as well as easy to access. The area should have good drainage so that any rainwater can flow through without pooling or flooding nearby areas. You should also have easy access from the road without too many obstacles impeding your path, such as bushes or trees.

  • How to arrange the shed

Once you’ve decided on a suitable location for your storage unit, it’s time to start thinking about how you want it arranged inside. You’ll want enough room for all of your items but not so much space that it becomes overwhelming – this depends on what kinds of things you plan on keeping in there! If possible, try drawing out an approximate floor plan beforehand so that everything fits together smoothly when construction begins and there aren’t any unpleasant surprises later down the line (like having half an extra foot sticking out into an already-crowded driveway).

Shop around for bargains on the supplies you need.

There are many ways to save money on your storage shed supplies and materials. First, shop around for bargains on the supplies you need. If you can find a discount store or an online supplier that has lower prices than what’s offered at your local hardware store, buy in bulk from them. You can also save money by buying items during their off season—for example, if you want to build in winter but are worried about getting frostbite while working outside, consider waiting until springtime when everything will be cheaper because it isn’t seasonal yet!

Second: buy from places like the Internet where there is more competition among sellers who are trying to undercut one another with better deals for consumers like yourself (if only we had this option back then). Third: purchase items in bulk directly from stores such as Costco or Sam’s Club so that it will be cheaper per unit compared with buying smaller quantities elsewhere because they usually offer discounts for doing so.”

Building a shed yourself can save you money and be rewarding too.

Building a shed yourself can save you money and be rewarding too. It’s also a great way to get some exercise, spend time with family and friends, and learn new skills.

You may love your home, but if you have limited space for storage in the garage or basement, building an outdoor shed could put an end to your clutter problems! A well-built storage shed will provide convenient secure storage without taking up valuable space inside the house.


Building your own storage shed can be a rewarding experience. It’s also cheaper than buying one, and it gives you control over how much space you need and what it looks like. You can build one from scratch or use an existing structure as the base of your new shed. Either way, it will take some planning and hard work but the end result will be worth all your efforts!

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