Garden Shed Plans - 8x8 - Step-By-Step - Construct101 (2024)

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Garden shed plans, 8’x8′, plans include free PDF download (link at bottom of blog post), step-by-step illustrations, shopping list, and cutting list.

Garden Shed Plans – 8×8 – Overview

Garden Shed Plans – 8×8 – Material List

Shopping List

Shopping List

(material for door & window not included below)

Floor

9– 2×6 (pressure treated) – 8′

Floor Deck

2 – 3/4″ tongue and groove plywood – 4’x8′ sheet

Right & Left Wall Frame

14 – 2×4 – 8′

Front & Back Wall Frame

14 – 2×4 – 8′

Top Roof Ridge

1 – 2×4 – 8′

Rafters

5– 2×4 – 10′

T1-11 Exterior Siding

8 – t1-11 exterior siding – 4’x8′ sheet

Roof Deck

3 – 1/2 plywood – 4’x8′ sheet

Trim

2 – 2×6 – 10′

2 – 1×6 – 10′

8 – 1×4 – 8′

Hardware

3 1/2″ galvanized nails

2″ deck screws

2″ galvanized nails

1 1/4″ galvanized finishing nails

shingles

roof tacks

roofing felt

staples

drip edge

Cutting List

Cutting List

(material for door & window not included below)

Floor

2 – 2×6 (pressure treated) – 8′

7 – 2×6 (pressure treated) – 7′ 9″

Floor Deck

2 – 3/4″ tongue and groove plywood – 4’x8′ sheet

Right & Left Wall Frame

4 – 2×4 – 8′

10 – 2×4 – 6′ 5/8″

Front & Back Wall Frame

4 – 2×4 – 7′ 5″

10 – 2×4 – 6′ 5/8″

Top Roof Ridge

2 – 2×4 – 1′ 2 3/8″

1 – 2×4 – 8′

Rafters

10 – 2×4 – 4′ 2 7/16″

T1-11 Exterior Siding

8 – t1-11 exterior siding – 4’x8′ sheet

Roof Deck

3 – 1/2 plywood – 4’x8′ sheet

Trim

2 – 2×6 – 10′ (cut to size)

2 – 1×6 – 10′ (cut to size)

8 – 1×4 – 8′ (cut to size)

Floor

The floor is built using pressure treated lumber.

Cut two 2×6’s to 8′ long for the floor bands, and seven 2×6’s to 7′ 9″ for the floor joist.

Nail 3 1/2″ nails through the floor bands and into the floor joist. The floor joist are spaced out 16″ O.C.

Attach the8′ long 4×4 pressure treated skids to the bottom of the floor frame. Square out the floor frame by measuring diagonally until both sides measure the same. Secure the 4×4 skids by nailing 3 1/2″ nails through the floor frame and into the 4×4 floor skids.

Floor Deck

Install the 3/4″ tongue and groove plywood. Secure the floorplywood with 2″ deck screws.

Right & Left Wall Frame

The walls are framed using 2×4 lumber.

Cut four 2×4’s to 8′ long for the top and bottom plates. Cut ten 2×4’s to 6 5/8″ long for the wall studs.

For instructions on framing the dooror window see the pages below:

  • Shed Door Plans
  • Wall Framing – Adding a Shed Window

Assemble the right and left wall as shown on illustration above. Wall studs are spaced out 2′ O.C.

Nail 3 1/2″ nails through the top and bottom plates and into the wall studs.

Front & Back Wall Frame

Cut four 2×4’s to 7′ 5″ long for the top and bottom plates. Cut ten 2×4’s to 6′ 5/8″ long for the wall studs.

For instructions on framing the dooror window see the pages below:

  • Shed Door Plans
  • Wall Framing – Adding a Shed Window

Nail 3 1/2″ nails through the top and bottom plates and into the wall studs.

Top Roof Ridge

Cut two 2×4’s to 1′ 2 3/8″ long and one 2×4 to 8′ long.

Install as shown on illustration above using 3 1/2″ nails.

Rafters

2×4 lumber is used for the rafters.

Cut ten 2×4’s as shown on illustration above for the roof rafters.

Install the roof rafters, rafters are spaced out 2′ O.C.

Nail 3 1/2″ nails through the rafters and into the wall frame and ridge board.

T1-11 Exterior Siding

Install the 4’x8′ exterior siding sheets using 1 1/4″ finishing nails.

Once the siding has been installed cut the front and back siding along the rafters.

Roof Deck

Cut the 1/2″ plywood for the roof deck, install using 2″ nails.

Install the 2×6 roof trim and 1×4 corner trim as shown on illustration above.

Install the roofing felt, shingles, and drip edge.

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36 comments

  1. Garden Shed Plans - 8x8 - Step-By-Step - Construct101 (26)

    Tom

    December 21, 2016 at 5:18 am

    Thank you. I love your plans and will use all of them.

    Reply

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      butch bug-os

      November 5, 2018 at 6:05 pm

      Now You Can Build ANY Shed In A Weekend Even If You’ve Zero Woodworking Experience!

      Reply

      • Garden Shed Plans - 8x8 - Step-By-Step - Construct101 (28)

        Joe

        July 21, 2020 at 5:59 pm

        I bought your plans and built a garden shed it’s the talk of the town thanks

        Reply

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    Danny Cardona

    December 21, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Danny Thank you I will use the plans to build one for my son he has been wanting one and thanks

    Reply

  3. Garden Shed Plans - 8x8 - Step-By-Step - Construct101 (30)

    Rodger

    June 5, 2018 at 12:10 am

    This is really great. I’m looking to build a 8 X 16 shed. I was going to use the plans for the 8 X 8 shed and double the size to make it longer unless you have plans for a 8 X 16. Thank you

    Reply

    • Garden Shed Plans - 8x8 - Step-By-Step - Construct101 (31)

      George DeVirgilio

      April 29, 2021 at 5:20 am

      The plan calls for 2×6 roof trim, just making sure it wasn’t supposed to be 1×6.
      Thank you

      Reply

  4. Garden Shed Plans - 8x8 - Step-By-Step - Construct101 (32)

    Neil Harrington

    June 12, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    The shed walls.. Why 6′ 5/8″ , would be less wastage if i used 6′ even. Just wondering why the extra 5/8th of an inch matters?

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    • Garden Shed Plans - 8x8 - Step-By-Step - Construct101 (33)

      cary henry

      January 17, 2019 at 1:14 pm

      because then the front uses exactly a full 8′ sheet of siding. If you cut it 5/8″ shorter, you’ll have to trim the 8′ panel.

      Reply

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    Plasido Cortez

    December 3, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Not a carpenter but decided to build an 8 by 8 shed. Everything was going great until measurements were not given about window and door. Looking at only pictures from your site. The frame for the door on the “Click Here” is different than what appears on the front and back wall instructions. I have to utilize other sites to generalize or approximate measurements. Left me hanging.

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    • Garden Shed Plans - 8x8 - Step-By-Step - Construct101 (35)

      Mr M A Hackett

      April 1, 2019 at 4:58 am

      The plans are simple to follow in my opinion, the window and doors are whatever you decide I suppose

    • Garden Shed Plans - 8x8 - Step-By-Step - Construct101 (36)

      Mike

      March 6, 2020 at 9:16 am

      There are two links in the section regarding the front and back walls. One for the window and one for a door.

      Reply

    • Garden Shed Plans - 8x8 - Step-By-Step - Construct101 (37)

      Joe Siegman

      June 9, 2020 at 1:32 pm

      Do u have plans for 8×10 shed or can u tell me how to convert to10′

      Reply

    • Garden Shed Plans - 8x8 - Step-By-Step - Construct101 (38)

      Tom H`

      November 10, 2023 at 10:08 am

      How is the author of these plans to know what size door and window you are putting in. Use some common sense hear, Idiot…

      Reply

  6. Garden Shed Plans - 8x8 - Step-By-Step - Construct101 (39)

    Andrew

    October 30, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    So, um, the rafters are 4’ 2-7/16”….plus 1- 1/2” for the width of the ridge board. How then, with 3 sheets of plywood does this plan cover the full square footage of the roof if cut as shown?

    48” wide plywood is shorter in width than the length of the rafters….you’d need 4 sheets to cover the full space if you are placing the cheers vertically with the center seam in the roof as shown….am I missing something?

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    • Garden Shed Plans - 8x8 - Step-By-Step - Construct101 (40)

      Andrew

      October 30, 2019 at 4:17 pm

      Sheets* not “cheers”

      Reply

      • Garden Shed Plans - 8x8 - Step-By-Step - Construct101 (41)

        Hector

        February 6, 2020 at 6:13 am

        The rafter are 4′ 2 7/16 end to end. The deck surface of the rafters once installed is 48″.

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        • Garden Shed Plans - 8x8 - Step-By-Step - Construct101 (42)

          Keith

          April 4, 2020 at 8:48 am

          I’m confused too… if the deck size is 4′ 2 7/16 x 96″ on each size of the ridge beam… isn’t that 4 sections of 50 7/16″ x 48″ ? How do you get that out of 3 sheets?

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            Keith

            April 4, 2020 at 8:52 am

            Unless you run 96×48″ and cut 2 @ 2 7/16 x 96″ strips from the 3rd board… but that’s not what’s shown. Maybe that’s the confusion…

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      John 3:16

      April 4, 2020 at 12:38 pm

      Cut 3 sheets to 4′ x 4′ 2 7/16″, the left over pieces is enough to cover the last 4′ x 4′ 2 7/16″.

      Reply

      • Garden Shed Plans - 8x8 - Step-By-Step - Construct101 (45)

        Ernest Matthews

        September 30, 2022 at 7:09 am

        Can you tell me approximately how much this shed weighs?

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    • Garden Shed Plans - 8x8 - Step-By-Step - Construct101 (46)

      Alissa Muise

      May 7, 2020 at 2:34 pm

      Any tips on how to turn this 8×8 garden shed into a 10×10? How should I adjust measurements?

      Reply

      • Garden Shed Plans - 8x8 - Step-By-Step - Construct101 (47)

        christopher tapp

        December 13, 2020 at 2:23 pm

        buy 10 footers instead of 8

        Reply

      • Garden Shed Plans - 8x8 - Step-By-Step - Construct101 (48)

        Carol Thompson

        July 1, 2021 at 11:41 am

        I’m a 70 yr old trying my best to build this. Got the shed walls done, ready to do the roof. No measures given and I couldn’t download the plans. I can freelance, but it doesn’t look as if there is any roof overhang. Shouldn’t there be?

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  7. Garden Shed Plans - 8x8 - Step-By-Step - Construct101 (49)

    Mindy

    April 25, 2020 at 8:10 am

    I used repurposed 6’ 2x4s as the wall beams from an old treehouse. So my walls are 6’ not 6’ 5/8 does this change the measurements of the roof rafters? I’m guessing so and I have no idea how to figure that out. Any suggestions?

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    • Garden Shed Plans - 8x8 - Step-By-Step - Construct101 (50)

      Nomen Nescio

      May 14, 2020 at 11:36 pm

      Changing the height of the wall will not change the dimensions of the roof and rafters.

      Reply

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    Todd

    May 15, 2020 at 11:58 am

    If I were to change this to a 6 x 6 shed would that change anything regarding the roofing

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    Bryan Kramer

    June 3, 2020 at 5:21 am

    What is the cost to build without the window?

    Reply

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    dave

    June 13, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    There is so much missing.

    Reply

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    H

    June 15, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    I roughly calculated about $750-$800 w/tax down here in TX.. No window…..You could probably build it for less if you recycle some materials.

    Reply

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    Richard Allen

    June 18, 2020 at 11:46 am

    Want to build 8 x 8 shed. Do you have plans for a 10/12 roof pitch. Thanks

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    Rick

    June 28, 2020 at 6:09 am

    In some areas, walls and overall framing, without rafters, I do not see the use of a top plate whereas in the single door area, a top plate is shown. Should I use a top plate?

    Reply

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    Amanda

    July 5, 2020 at 1:34 am

    Do you have a plan for a 7×7 ft shed please. I’m terrible at maths so I’m worried about adapting the 8×8 one. Thank you

    Reply

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    Hammern Nailz

    July 6, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    There is indeed quite a bit missing. Good rule of thumb is to buy an extra sheet or two of plywood for floor, walls and roof, as well as studs for door/window headers, wall braces ( for square/level). Recommend cross blocks between studs for stability when walls go up. Good luck getting a 4x 8 tongue and groove that is milled perfectly. My measurememt was 48 to the tongue edge, so that doesnt account for when the plywood is hammered into lock. I had to heavily modify this plan to make the shed more stable. Also, you should really consider doing double top plates to tie the walls together and add more support. Plywood for walls going horizontal works fine. Tighten up the rafters with collar ties, and if you see fit, bolster the ridge board piers with beveled 2 x 4s on each side.

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      Hammern Nailz

      July 6, 2020 at 6:15 pm

      Allow me to clarify: horizontal plywood applies to the sheathing, if your doing sheathing. T1-11 and other grained siding should go vertical, if thats the orientation.

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    Mary W

    July 25, 2022 at 8:03 am

    I have a question about the roof. It says to cut it, but I can’t see what to cut it to. And I’m trying to understand the need for 3 pieces. Please don’t make fun of me lol

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    Peter Staff

    November 8, 2023 at 10:40 am

    Here is a thought. Why in the hell would you cut your wall studs to 6′ 5/8″? You can get t1-11 siding in 4×9 sheets. Even if you get 4×8 sheets you are wasting wood and space. Im 6’1″ I dont want to duck everytime I enter my shed. Cut you wall studs to 92-5/8″ or just buy them that length and save on cutting. Then you can have a regular door height. I agree with others these plans need tweeking but over all a good plan and material list with some additions such as hurricane clips and extra studs for sound framing practices.

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