If you are looking to build your own shed, the whole process is really not that hard. Moreover, building your own shed can not only help you save money, but it also lets you customize something that will suit your needs to a “T,” not to mention that you get a huge sense of accomplishment from it.
Now that you have built your shed from scratch, you probably need an easy way to get into it. Most shed doors are not going to be flush with the ground, which is ideal because the floor of the shed shouldn’t be right on the ground anyway.
Keeping the shed off the ground means added protection from the elements and from moisture below. However, seeing as your shed is raised a bit, it means that you now need a ramp, something to walk up to easily get into your shed, especially with something like a wheelbarrow. How to build a ramp for a shed is what we are going to discuss.
Required Materials and Tools
Before you get started, you will first have to gather all of the required materials and tools to build your own DIY shed ramp.
- 1 x pressure treated 2x6”
- 9 x pressure treated 2x4”
- 5 lag screws
- 5 washers
- Paver base
- 7 concrete blocks
- Galvanized screws
- 5/4 deck boards
- Concrete screws
- String line
- Bubble level
- Tape measure
- .Miter saw
- Circular saw
- Speed square
- Power actuated nail gun
Building a Shed Ramp: Step-By-Step Tutorial
Here is one of the simplest ways to build a shed ramp at home. There are only a few steps to follow, yet the end result is of a very high quality.
Attaching a Ledger Board
The first step is to attach a ledger board to your shed. You should will have a little lip under the door, so here you need to rip a 2x4” to size and shape, so you can mount it flush to the underside of that lip. Once this is attached, you will want to cut the 2x6” to shape (according to the size/width of the ramp you wish to build), and use screws/washers to attach it to the 2x4”. You can pre-drill the holes to make it easier, then use the lag screws and washers to secure everything into place.
Next, you will want to create a solid base for the ramp where it starts and comes to the ground. For this, you will place 6 concrete blocks side by side. Before you place the blocks, you can use a 2x4” or any other method to estimate what the slope of the ramp should be.
We would recommend not making it very steep. Once you have estimated the angle of your ramp, and therefore the distance to where the concrete blocks should be, dig a 4” deep hole, wide enough for all 6 blocks. Use some paver base to ensure that the concrete blocks are totally level and tight with each other.
Making and Attaching a Support Board
Measure and cut a 2x4’ to size, which you will screw into the bottom of the ledger board which you attached in the first step. This is where the stringers will sit, the angled boards leading from the shed door to the ground.
Measuring and Cutting Stringers
To get the length of the stringers right, measure the diagonal distance from the top of the ledger board to the far end of the concrete blocks. With the stringers sitting on the ledger board, use any preferred method to scribe the line for the angle where the stringers will be attached to the concrete blocks.
You can use a speed square to mark a plumb line. Now cut the appropriate angle into each stringer so they all sit flush on the concrete blocks. Use some basic screws to secure the stringers in to the ledger board, on top of the support board.
Spacing the Stringers
Here, just cut a 2x4” to size so you can fit a small block in between each stringer, especially on the concrete blocks, as this will help to maintain an even distance between them and prevent them from moving around. You can then use the power actuated nail gun to nail the blocks to the concrete, thus preventing any movement. The stringers do not need to be nailed into the concrete.
Cutting, Placing and Screwing Ramp Boards
Now you should cut the deck boards to length and screw them into the stringers, making sure they are tight. You can then use the actuated nail gun to nail the last few into the concrete blocks to prevent movement. The bottom board should extend a few inches past the concrete blocks, just to ensure that the boards are as close to the ground as possible.
If you choose, you can also paint and varnish the whole ramp to create a nice look, match your shed, or add some extra weather protection.