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Build a ready-to-assemble storage shed

  • Difficulty: hammer
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    Beginner Do-It-Yourselfer - Easy
    Intermediate Do-It-Yourselfer - Moderate
    Experienced Do-It-Yourselfer - Difficult
    Professional - Expert
  • Completion Time : 1 Day

The best thing about a store-bought shed is that it’s relatively easy to assemble. There’s nothing to measure, nothing to cut. Everything you need to add storage to your yard or garden should be right there inside the box—including instructions.
But even a straightforward project like this one can feel complicated, from deciding where to build your shed to how to keep track of all the pieces during the assembly process.
Follow these steps to make building your storage shed a whole lot simpler. With a little time, basic tools, and a few helping hands, you can tackle the job in a day or two.


Tools and materials required


  • 4' or longer level
  • Hammer or rubber mallet
  • Line level
  • Shovel
  • Tape measure
  • Wheelbarrow


  • Landscape fabric
  • Pea gravel
  • Stakes
  • String

Foundation: Concrete pavers:

  • Sand/cement mix
  • Concrete pavers to fit your floor area


Before Assembly

  • Before you begin, read the instruction manual from start to finish. Get a feel for the steps in the assembly process and the parts involved.

  • Identify and inventory the parts and hardware. Was everything included in the box?

  • Your shed is designed to rest on a sturdy, level, well-draining surface. If your building site isn’t level, it may not go together properly.

  • If there’s a floor model at the home store, take a picture of the completed shed so you know exactly what it's supposed to look like when it's done.

  • Keep the instructions in case parts come loose or break. You’ll have the part numbers handy if you need to order replacements.

  • Don’t forget about shelving, hooks, and other storage options for your finished shed. If the door to your shed is higher than the ground, a ramp will make it easier to wheel out large items like lawnmowers, wheelbarrows, or bikes.

  • If at any point you’re unsure of what you’re doing, call a qualified professional. The money you spend will be returned in the benefits of a quality job.


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Build a ready-to-assemble shed.
Build a ready-to-assemble storage shed