Turn Your Backyard Shed Into A Cycle Store

If you take your cycling seriously, like so many people do, then you need a good place to store your bike when you’re not using it. Not only do you need a safe place for your bike but you need somewhere to keep the rest of the equipment as well. One of the best storage places you could ever find for your bike would be in a backyard shed. However, you don’t want it to take up all of the space so your best option is to install a bicycle rack inside your building.

You can turn any outdoor building into a bike storage shed by using these easy steps:

  • Gather up the tools you’ll need. These include sturdy utility hooks, saw, screw gun and lumber. 2 X 4’s usually work the best.
  • You’ll need to use the saw and cut the lumber into five different sections. Make two of them three feet long and three of them six feet long.
  • Screw the two three foot long 2 X 4’s onto the center of two of the six foot long 2 X 4’s to form “T”s and the three foot sections will become the base of the rack
  • Turn upside down and attach the remaining six foot section to the ends of the base (the 3 foot 2 X 4’s) with screws creating a secure base.
  • Secure the base to the ceiling in the backyard shed and screw the utility hooks into the bottom portion (the two 6 foot 2 X 4’s), placing them about two feet apart.
  • Now all you have to do is hang the front wheel over one of the hooks and your bike is up out of the way and secure.

This rack design will easily hold up to six bikes at one time. Using this type of bicycle rack is fast and easy so you don’t have to spend lots of time fumbling around trying to put the bikes up when not in use. Getting them back down again when you’re ready to ride won’t be a problem either.

By installing a bicycle rack in your backyard shed, you’ll have an excellent place to store your bike and all of your accessories. It will be out of the weather so, it won’t rust or be damaged by any of the other elements and it will be out of the way as well. It’s the perfect solution for storing your bicycle when not in use.

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How To Turn Your Shed Into A Playroom

 If you want to try something new and interesting with your shed or do something nice for the kids, you might turn it into a playhouse. This can be done best with wooden storage sheds but any shed will do with the right creativity.

What kid doesn’t want their own playhouse? When you think about it, this is one of the most popular and most requested things from any child growing up. If you can’t afford one of those fabulous playhouses you see on TV or in the magazines but you want to find a special alternative for your children, consider a shed playhouse.

You can either transform an existing shed or you can purchase a shed just for this purpose. If you do the former, it’s very important that you clean the shed properly. You need to be sure you can fully remove anything that might be dangerous to children playing.

If you do the latter, you will not have to worry so much about anything that was in the shed before, only about getting the right size and style for your needs and getting it all set up for your child or children. Either way you go, you might decide to make a family event out of this.

Everyone can work together to help make the shed a playhouse and it will be a fun family bonding experience while also giving the children a chance to have a say and to be hands-on with their future playhouse.

Once you have decided what you’re going to do, you will need to have a plan. Your plan should include things such as a complete materials list for your project, step by step instructions to how you will complete this project, design illustrations and more. If there is a theme to the playhouse, you’ll want to know it ahead of time so you can plan accordingly.

When all of this is set up and the playhouse is complete, you can work on decorating it, bringing in toys and other items and making it feel like home to your children. Happy building and decorating!

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Turn Your Garden Shed Into A Workshop

Did you know that there are many different uses for your garden shed? You can use your garden shed as a workshop or a craft room to keep your supplies in and to keep them out of the house. This gives you your own special place to do your work and crafts.

You can make a garden shed a great workshop for small furniture or other items that you like to craft. You can also use it for a craft room and build your craft projects inside.

You might want the appearance of your shed (inside and out) to reflect your personality a bit and to reflect what you’re using the shed for. This is a great way to personalize it so it feels like more than just an old storage shed. It can become your own home away from home. It will be a retreat where you go to do the things you love in solace or even as a family or a group.

The first step to getting the right storage shed is always to know what you will use it for. This is why if you’re going to use it as a workshop or craft room, it helps to know this before you make your purchase or build your own. Then you can be sure you choose a shed that properly meets your specifications.

Now that you know how you can use your garden shed as a workshop or craft room, you can begin setting your own up for your personal needs. There are no specific rules when it comes to making a workshop fit your needs. You have creative freedom to do whatever you want in your own garden shed or storage shed. This is part of the fun in it.

For some really cool craft rooms, take a look at these cedar sheds: they are beautiful, spacious, and oh, so desirable!

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Simple Firewood Shed Plans – An Ideal Beginners Project

On of  the easiest shed constructions to build is a firewood shed, that’s why I recommend it as a great project for newbie DIY’ers. In this post, I’ve included some simple firewood shed plans to help you get started. The end result should be a simple but robust shed that will be able to store up to 5 cord of wood which should be enough to last most people through the winter months. The raw materials are cheap and readily available and the whole project doesn’t really require any expensive or specialist tools or techniques so, as I have said, its the ideal project for a DIY beginner or new homesteader.  Of course. you should always seek advice regarding local local building codes to make sure you don’t fall foul of any planing violations and, it goes without saying that I recommend you invest in the proper safety gear and follow best working practices – its always safety first right?

I you don’t fancy tackling this project on your own, then it should be pretty cheap for an experienced contractor to build and, of course, it always pays to have a good set of shed plans 😉

As with any building project, you should invest in the best materials you can afford, especially if you are building these structures in harsh climates or exposed locations. Remember to treat the timber as well – I cant stress the importance of that as most untreated timber will start to show signs of wear and tear after just a few weeks in most circumstances.

Pro Tip: Always pre drill pilot holes, especially if your wood is damp to avoid it splitting.

Ok, on with the build…..

Here’s what you will need to build a simple firewood shed:

  • firewood-storage-shed-designs-firewood-storage-plansA – 4 x Breeze blocks to raise the structure
  • B – 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 108″ long, 3 pieces – 89 3/4″ long POSTS
  • C – 4 pieces of 2×6 – 90 3/4″ long SUPPORT BEAMS
  • I – 9 pieces of 2×4 – 94 1/2″ long RAFTERS
  • N – 10 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 72″ long, 10 pieces – 96″ long SLATS
  • J – 14 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 96″ long ROOFING SUPPORTS
  • M – corrugated metal sheets – 140 sq ft ROOFING
  • P – 4 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 96″ long TRIMS

Luckily, you don’t need much in the way of tools:

  • Miter Saw
  • Electric Jig Saw
  • Tape Measure
  • Spirit Level
  • Drill & Wooden drill bits
  • Safety gloves, glasses

you should be able to build this structure in a few days – weather permitting – and its best to have a helper especially when adding the roof.

Step 1: Lay the foundations. Mark out the boundaries to the required size using string and a set square

Step 2: Install the posts. Dig 4-6 holes that are between 2 and 3 feet deep for the support posts. Use tube forms and install the posts, making sure they are plumb (a spirit level or plumb bob will be fine for this) and, once secured mix and pour post concrete into the holes. leave overnight to set.


More coming soon….


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Why Every Good Gardener Needs A Garden Shed

One of my favorite hobbies is trying to grow things in my garden every year. I believe my love for gardening began when I was a little boy, helping her take care of her vegetable and flower plots and spending summers just pottering around with her outdoors. I adore the sensation of getting dirt under my fingernails and, of course, of seeing vegetables and beautiful flowers grow from the tiniest of seeds. My grandmother taught me a great deal about gardening and about life during those long, hot summers. One of the most important things I remember her teaching me, though, was that each and every good gardener really needed a backyard shed.

I thought that this advice regarding the humble garden shed was a bit odd in the beginning and I would often question my grandmother asking why she thought this was the case. A backyard shed? Sure, they are great, but can one really be needed by every gardener, surely not? That was my question to my grandma.

She answered my questions concerning the actual need for a wooden shed in the most magical and memorable way. She walked me over to her garden shed and ushered me inside. Once inside, she began explaining all the various tools, seeds and fertilizers which she had in her potting shed. I was very amazed at everything my granny had in that shed, I can tell you! It was really well organized and she seemed to have a reason for every single item she had in there. She said that if they have a garden shed full of everything they need, that most gardeners will simply take  more pride in their own gardens. I have since become convinced that my grandmother’s words are true about owning a garden shed and, whats more, the more I have gotten into gardening, the more I have seen the fact that it requires a whole shedload (literally!) of things and tools to create a successful garden. I have also become convinced that my backyard shed is the best place to store everything for my own garden. Each year it feels like I grow my garden a little bit bigger and my garden shed gets a little more crammed with all the right products and tools for each of my new attempts.

So if you’re of if you’re thinking about starting a garden for the first time a gardener, then I suggest you invest in a garden shed. If its good enough for my grandma, its good enough for anyone.

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Pool Sheds – Not Just a Luxury Item

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This week I would like to discuss something close to my heart, namely, elegant Pool Sheds.

We tend to do a lot of living around our pool shed. From the obvious such as a place for pool toy storage, to a secure dry place for pool equipment and supplies that come with owning and operating an outdoor pool. From electric or gas heaters requiring venting, to a place for storing pool towels, we have allot to think about before even considering the interior.

In addition to the utilitarian uses for our pool sheds, it also tends to be a central point for socializing poolside. We dry off and change there, make drinks and prepare food (BBQs), and much more. The pool shed is a busy little beaver to say the least. Caroline and Daniel from Winnipeg have definitely made things work. “There’s plenty of room for things like towels, pool toys as well as tools such as the pool vacuum, strainers and other things we need to have handy,” says Caroline. Our whole family absolutely loves living poolside all summer long and I don’t think we would enjoy it quite as much without the pool shed

“Entertaining is one of our biggest pleasures. Outdoor cooking is made much easier with a fully stocked pantry and wet bar.” We had a change room and bathroom installed so there isn’t anymore of the back and forth between the pool area and the house. Organization is key to keeping the pool shed running smoothly.

Keeping Your Pool Shed Organized

Pool Shed or Studio?

Start by figuring out everything that you’re going to want to store in the shed. Then divide the space with partition walls and determine what rooms will be for what. Make sure there’s plenty of shelving everywhere and cupboards with drawers. Use the shelving as well as hooks and keep things off the floor. When you look up, it’s surprising how much room you’ll find.

Despite our best efforts, sometimes it just takes a year of day to day living to realize how we’re going to need the space organized. Temporary curtains will help physically divide the space and inexpensive stackable shelves are a great alternative. Once you’ve got a better idea as to how your going to be using the space, what items you’re using all the time and where you’d like things to be located, you can call back the contractors and have permanent walls, shelving and cupboards installed.

Mind Wasted Space

Depending on the size of your pool shed, you’ll have to be careful how you use your space. If you don’t have room for a walk in closet or cabinet consider sliding compartments with drawers, shelves and hanging polls.  Look around for space you might not normally consider usable. You’d be surprised how much you can store up in the rafters, or in shelves above or below pool equipment such as heaters and filters.  That’s where custom shelving is necessary – it’s hard to find something off the shelf at a home improvement center that’s going to fit in such particular locations.

Get rid of anything that you don’t use on a regular basis, and every spring when the pool is being opened, do a quick inventory of everything in your pool shed. Anything that you didn’t use last year, ditch it and put it somewhere else where you have more room.

If you’re a pack rat and find it hard to get rid of things – give this a whirl (aside from maybe taking medication). Clear everything out and organize it all into boxes labeled keep, don’t keep and maybe. This is a great method to help purge items we’re simply not using enough to justify them taking up valuable space in the pool shed.

Building Another Pool Shed

Dual Pool Sheds

Depending on your budget and property, an option is to just build another pool shed. It helps separate the two uses between the sheds. One is a “working” shed, while the other is for play. Cooking, entertaining, listening to music, making drinks, showering, playing games – all for the play pool shed – while the pool equipment such as pumps, filters, cleaners, chemicals and other utilitarian objects go in the work shed.

Mark & Lisa of Los Angeles added a second pool shed last summer and it’s been well worth the investment. “Now that we’ve had it for awhile, we don’t know how we ever lived without it,” says Lisa. “We both absolutely love it. We spend so much time out here, almost more then in the main house. We entertain friends and family, watch TV, swim of course and sometimes we even sleep out there.”

The advantage of having two sheds are pretty obvious, but beyond the extra space that it provides it adds value to your home, and it creates a great place to hang out and socialize all summer long, and if you have kids in the house still, it’s a great way to keep them close. After all why drive all the way out to the beach when you’ve got your own little personal oasis right in the backyard?

For more information and photos of some great pool sheds, visit Storage and Garden Sheds.

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The Worlds Fastest Shed!

We may like building shed fast here at woodshedplansblog.com but this guy has taken things to whole new level.

According to the BBC, “a gardener has completed an attempt to break the world record for the fastest shed.

Kevin Nicks, from Great Rollright, Oxfordshire, got bored with his Volkswagen Passat and converted it into a shed on wheels.

Earlier, his unusual vehicle was clocked at an average of 70.8mph over two 100m runs during a day of record attempts near York.

Mr Nicks, 50, said he was happy to have achieved his goal.

He will now submit his results to Guinness World Records, which will decide if he has officially broken the previous record of 58.4mph.

Mr Nicks, who is hoping to use the vehicle as advertising space, said: “It’s good to be getting the word out there, which will help as an advertising tool.

“I can say ‘advertise on the side of the world’s fastest shed’.”

It took Mr Nicks seven months to transform his car, using steel beams and timber, and create his shed on wheels.

It is legal to drive on the road and can reach speeds of almost 80mph, he said.”

You can read the whole amazing store here but, if your more interested in building a shed fast as opposed to making your shed go fast, then I suggest you take a look at these great shed plans.


Happy shedding!


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The Importance of Planning Your New Wooden Shed Design

One of the most important aspects of building a new wooden shed is the planning. You know what they say, fail to plan and you plan to fail – and this is certainly the case when it comes to any kind of construction project.

There are several things you need to consider when building your own shed. First off all you need to decide on the size of the shed you are wanting to have in your garden. I my case I was looking for a shed where I could withdraw and do some of my own handcraft stuff, but it also needed to be big enough to store a lot of the garden equipment and  the bikes of my wife and children.

Also an important thing to consider is the design of your shed. The best way to get a feel for that is to look at some different wood shed design plans. There are many different styles of wooden sheds and I would advise you to have a good look around before you decide on which shed you are going to be building yourself.

Another thing to keep in mind is if you have all the different tools that you need. It will save you a lot of stress and time when you plan everything first. If you don’t have to appropriate tools, I would recommend buying them or borrowing them from a neighbour or friend. I have made the mistake have not having exactly the right tools. This actually damaged our shed and I had to re-do a whole part.

The great thing is if you have the right wood shed plans that the planning will become alot easier. These plans come with very detailed descriptions and it will tell you exactly what you need and when you need it. It’s very difficult to go wrong with these plans.

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Storage Shed Plans – Picking The Right One Isnt As Easy As You Think

There are a number of storage shed plans to choose from but they basically come down to five basic styles. The style you go for will very much be determined by the space you need form the storage shed, the space you have to work with in your garden and the look you are trying to achieve.

A lean to shed is probably the simplest to construct and takes up the least space because as the name suggests, it is usually constructed next to or attached to an existing building. The design incorporates a single sloping roof running back to the front to encourage the rain to run away from the back of the shed.

A cable roof shed consists of two sloped plains meeting at the top in the traditional triangle shape. Two of the side walls are extended upwards in effect like two triangles standing on the square ends to form what is called the Cable End. A variation of this is the barn roof shed is a cable roof with two slopes or pitches on either side. It’s a little more difficult to construct and frame but offers more head room and height space and is a great look when it’s finished.

You will see salt-box style sheds very frequently in use as it is the most popular type of shed built in the U.S. They are distinguished by the long slope at the rear of the roof. The reason for their popularity is that they are easy to build and offer great space on a small footprint. There are plenty of good storage shed plans for the salt-box style so shop around.

The hip roof shed is similar to the cable end but with four slopes to the roof as opposed to two. Here the slops meet at the ridges producing an attractive feature and giving a more quality look and feel to the shed. This style is also used for making garden seated features like pagodas.

With good storage shed plans you don’t need to compromise the look and attractiveness of your shed to achieve the functionality you desire. And, if it looks good, a quality shed can also add to if not the value but certainly the sales appeal of your home.

At the end of the day, there is no limit to what you can achieve. It just needs a little imagination, planning, money (of course) and a set of good storage shed plans. If you are not an experienced D.I.Y person, it may be better to walk before you run. An idea may be to practice buy building a smaller version of what you ultimately want for a shed as a log store for example. But let’s be clear, this is not rocket science. If you plan the project out well, take your time and work to the plan – there is no reason why t you can’t start the build even with no previous experience.

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The Best Way To Build Your Own Shed

Once I decided to build my own shed, I realized the one thing that I absolutely needed was a good set of wooden shed plans. I looked into the possibility of just buying and making a kit but found them to be way too expensive considering I didn’t have a big budget. Shed kits nowadays are extremely expensive and that just wasn’t an option for me.

Click Here To Check Out The Wooden Shed Plans That I Used

Even if you are quite the handyman, as I would consider myself, a good set of plans is going to be essential and will save you money in the long run. The great thing about the shed plans that I used was that they came with perfectly clear step by step instructions regarding the materials I needed and exactly how to put them together. In the end I was so grateful I found these plans because they provided not only a huge number of plans, but also all the exact step by step help I needed to get the job done right!

As you probably know by now, I had been searching for a website that offered a variety of different plans for a long time, but hadn’t found anything half decent. Either the plans they provided weren’t any good or they were way too expensive (in the $200-$300 range!!) I wasn’t willing to pay that much for shed plans, so I was starting to get quite frustrated and was beginning to think that there weren’t any feasible options other than to buy a kit.

However, I finally  found what I was looking for. The website offered thousands of different plans for, in my opinion, very good value for money. Like I said before, not only were the plans clear and easy to follow, but the extra support offered by the author was also amazing. He told you exactly how to use the plans to construct the exact shed that you are looking for. Not only were the shed plans exactly what I needed but they were also the cheapest that I could find!

You Can Use The Exact Same Shed Plans Through This Link

If I can make this work then so can you. Please take a few minutes to look through my other posts – I’ve tried to be as informative as I can, and feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions.

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