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A Simple Guide to Designing and Building a Shed Door

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Now that your shed is finally installed, it’s time to work on the finishing touches, the most prominent of which is your shed door. Shed doors are probably the most vital part of your shed, as they can keep the items in your shed secured and protected. 

Though you want your shed door to be functional, you probably want it to be pleasing to look at as well. If that’s the case, then here are some tips when choosing a design and installing shed doors: 


The first thing that you need to consider when building a shed door is to consider its size. How big do you want it? Measure the top and bottom of the opening to get the right size. Keep in mind that the opening should have the same length and your shed door.

If you need larger openings, you can make sliding or bifold doors. For this, an excellent way to save money is to use second-hand doors, as you can find plenty of options for second-hand doors online. 

Design Plans

A single shed door is the simplest one to build, and as such, is the most common choice. You can also go for a double door, which means a bigger door for your shed. If you want to save space, then sliding doors are ideal. However, a sliding door may be a little tricky to build for a first-timer due to the sliding mechanism involved. 

Lock Style

A shed door lock is crucial to keep your shed secure. You’ll find that there are a wide range of lock styles to choose from for your shed door. You can get a standard lock or you can purchase security bars. The style of your lock will depend on your location. However, if you are only doing some gardening and using the shed to store some basic tools, then a shed door latch should do the trick. 

Other locks that you can choose from:

  • Padlock – this is usually used with the hasp and staple latch, and acts as additional security for the items in your shed. 
  • Rim lock – this is fitted to the door surface and it comes with a matching box, which is then fitted into the door jamb. 

Installation of Shed Doors

Now that the design is ready, it’s time to install your shed door. Follow these simple steps to get your shed door up and ready to use:

  1. Install a ledger board – before you install your door, install a ledger board an inch below the floor of your shed first. It should be parallel to and level with the floor. The ledger board will help you position the door easily. 
  2. Install the hinges – place the hinges in the right location, which is usually 7 inches from the top of the door frame and the other approximately 11 inches from the bottom of the frame. Cut a portion of the wood in the shape of the hinge and install the hinges. 
  3. Install the shed door itself – start with the left door and place it on the ledger board. Screw the hinges to the outside, doing the same process for the right door. 


These are the basic steps for installing a shed door. However, not all shed doors are the same. Use this as a basic guide to get an understanding of how you can design and install shed doors. 

In case you’re still undecided on which shed door to choose, there are various resources online that you can use that provide design plans for shed doors. All you need is to do is find the right provider and design for your shed. 

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