23 Free Storage Shed Plans With Step-by-Step DIY Guides

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If you’ve got a big yard, you need a shed—a place where you can store the tools needed to take care of your lawn and garden. You can find them at any big box store, but these sheds are one size /one look fits all. Is your yard one size / one look fits all? No, it’s an extension of your personality.

We looked at plans across the Internet and offer the following ideas for you to peruse. These sheds come in various shapes and sizes. One thing they all have in common is that they are fun to build.

1. Dream shed plan from The Family Handyman

dream shed plan

From: familyhandyman.com

This dream shed from The Family Handyman isn’t just a storage place; its porch is a place to kick back and relax once the work is done. Or, to escape a rain that starts to fall while you’re working. You might even want to give up on it as a storage place and turn it into a kid’s playhouse or a small guest cottage.

2. Cottage style shed plan from Today’s Plans

cottage style shed plan

From: todaysplans.net

Big enough to serve as a kids’ clubhouse or a rustic overnight guest house, these plans from Today’s Plans aren’t as complicated as they appear. The instructions offer detailed blueprints on how to measure out each wall and how to support it with beams.

3. Garden shed plan from Mother Earth News

garden shed plan

From: motherearthnews.com

This attractive tool storage shed from Mother Earth News will be a great focal point for guests who visit your backyard or garden. It’s perfect for storing tools or lawn furniture and maybe even a badminton set. The lattice on the outside is perfect for allowing vining plants to flourish, providing an even better effect.

4. 6×6 storage shed plan from Plansd

6x6 storage shed plan

From: plansd.com

If you’re looking for a little standalone color, this 6×6 storage shed from Plansd is a great manmade addition to your backyard’s natural decor. It’s big enough that if you really need to, you can store a riding lawnmower and its associated maintenance equipment in it.

5. Colonial-style garden shed plan from Popular Mechanics

colonial-style garden shed plan

From: popularmechanics.com

If you’re looking for something with a rustic look, Popular Mechanics has this plan for a Colonial-style garden shed. It helps accentuate your backyard look with window boxes under glass windows that—while mostly there for show—do provide a little bit of light.

6. Pallet shed plan from Summerville-Nova Scotia

pallet shed plan

From: summerville-novascotia.com

If you like upcycling, this shed built from pallet wood is a perfect DIY project. The materials are basically lying around waiting to get used, and the door is big enough that you can store a riding lawnmower in it. It also comes with a ramp, making access a lot easier.

7. Small storage shed plan from Black and Decker

small storage shed plan

From: blackanddecker.com

Not everyone needs a large, complicated shed. Sometimes what you need is a shed just big enough for a handful of tools or even a couple of coiled hoses. This small shed from Black and Decker is a perfect vertical small shed that lets you organize your tools without taking up a lot of space.

8. Drive-thru backyard shed plan from Extreme How To

drive-thru backyard shed plan

From: extremehowto.com

Designed to store big things—from lawnmowers to ATVs to a big collection of chainsaws—this drive-thru shed will help you take care of your property. It’s sized perfectly for a small folding workbench so that you can also perform light maintenance on your equipment.

9. Gabled garden shed plan from DIY Garden Plans

gabled garden shed plan

From: diygardenplans.com

This gabled garden shed from DIY Garden Plans isn’t fancy, it’s just a basic design with a basic construction. It is, however, perfect for giving you a nice-looking place to store your tools, hoses, and lawn furniture. Its foundation excels if you live in a high-moisture environment.

10. Outdoor storage locker plan from The Family Handyman

outdoor storage locker plan

From: familyhandyman.com

This outdoor storage locker from The Family Handyman delivers big things in small packages. It packs your tools into a small, compact space that frees up room in your garage. It’s loaded with shelves and hooks for hanging tools. It’s also relatively easy to build if you follow the plans.

11. Garden tools shed from This Old House

garden tools shed

From: thisoldhouse.com

This garden tool shed from This Old House has a lot of storage potential for such a small space. It’s also pretty easy to build and has a rustic look about it, so it’ll fit right in with most decor schemes. It’s also small enough to fit easily on a patio or even in a garage.

12. Board and batten shed plan from Build Eazy

board and batten shed plan

From: buildeazy.com

This is a pretty straightforward simple garden shed from Build Eazy that provides an attractive, low-key space for organizing and getting your garden tools out of the way. It does permit some options for customization, and it’s big enough for an interior shelf.

13. Simple shed plan from Popular Mechanics

simple shed plan

From: popularmechanics.com

The plans for this shed from Popular Mechanics say it’s simple, but it packs a lot of utility in that simplicity. It’s got feet that keep it out of water, plus a window to provide some interior light when you’re looking for what you need. It’s also tall enough that you won’t bang your head stepping into it.

14. Garden tool shed from Outdoor Life

garden tool shed

From: outdoorlife.com

This no-nonsense garden tool shed from Outdoor Life is all function with a rustic look. It has plenty of space for storing all your lawn maintenance tools, from push mowers to fertilizers to pruning shears hung from the walls. Plus, it’s small enough that it takes up very little space.

15. Lean-to shed plan from Home Tips

lean-to shed plan

From: hometips.com

Designed to sit up next to a structure and provide out-of-sight, out-of-mind storage, this lean-to shed from Home Tips gives you a tasteful looking way to organize your tools and keep them out of the weather. As long as you get the angles cut right, it’s also pretty simple to build.

16. Pallet shed plan from Rural Routes

pallet shed plan

From: ruralroutediaries.weebly.com

From the outside, this shed plan from Rural Routes looks like a vinyl-sided building similar to your house. The inside frame, however, is all upcycled pallet wood. It’s cheap to build but won’t look like nailed-together driftwood. Plus, it’s got sliding glass doors in case what you really want is a clubhouse for the kids.

17. Garden tool shed plan from Calredwood

garden tool shed plan

This simple all-wood garden tool shed plan from Calredwood will fit in with a rustic design for your backyard or garden area. It’s got plenty of space to store your important tools and a roof to keep them dry. Plus, it’s big enough for you to store a wheelbarrow in between seasons.

18. All purpose storage shed plan from Today’s Plans

all purpose storage shed

From: todaysplans.com

This storage shed from Today’s Plans is perfect for storing a riding lawnmower or an ATV that you use to travel around your property to take post-storm inventories. The doors are made for vehicles; they open out of the way so you can get in and drive to where you need to go.

19. Basic backyard shed plan from Rona

basic backyard shed plan

From: rona.ca

This is a great shed for storing tools, but it’s also suitable as a clubhouse for your kids. This basic backyard shed from Rona has windows to let in light so you can see what you’re looking for, or to let your kids know when it’s stopped raining and they can go back outside to play.

20. Garden tool shed plan from Extreme How To

garden tool shed plan

From: extremehowto.com

This basic tool shed from Extreme How To is a great supplemental storage space to have in your garage or alongside its exterior. It’s simple enough that you can build a bunch of them if your storage needs expand.

21. Garden shed plan from NZ Wood

garden shed plan

From: nzwood.co.nz

These shed instructions from NZ Wood aren’t nearly as easy as some of the other shed designs we looked at, so if you’re new to woodworking you might want to look at something less complicated. But if you like complicated, this offers a great, unique option for storing tools.

22. Wood drying house plan from Burn Dry Firewood

wood drying house plan

From: burndryfirewood.com

This isn’t a shed for storing tools or getting your mowers out of the weather. But it is a place to keep cut wood dry so that you can use it to heat your house come winter. It comes complete with an elevated floor to keep your wood off the wet ground when it rains or snows.

23. Firewood shed plan from Ana White

firewood shed plan

From: ana-white.com

This firewood drying shed from Ana White is another great option for you to get your cut wood off the wet ground and out from under the elements. It’s a simple design with a simple construction because, at the end of the day, you’re just drying wood in it.

About the Author Adam Harris

Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!