Materials Needed to Build a Shed

Materials Needed to Build a Shed
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If you are planning to build your own shed, you will of course require certain tools and materials. Today we want to go over a quick list of all the possible materials needed to build a shed.

What You Need to Build a Shed 

The following is a comprehensive list of all the materials and tools which you will need, and may possibly need, to build your own shed from scratch.


First, you will need to gather some basic lumber, such as 2x4’s, 4x4’s, and 2x6’s. Of course, exactly what kind of boards you purchase is going to depend on the specific size of the shed you plan on building. This is most likely going to be your biggest expense. You will need lumber to build the legs of your shed, the frame and wall posts, and the frame of the roof. You may also need boards to create a frame for a ramp for easy access, plus you’ll need a door header too.

Plywood Panels

The next thing you will need to build your shed is some plywood. Plywood is fairly cheap, so this should not cost you too much. Plywood, if you are going a less expensive way, will be used to form the floor, the walls, and the roof, as well as the surface of the ramp, and potentially even a door. That said, if you are planning on building a high-quality and very nice-looking shed, you may choose to go for real lumber, although it will cost you more.


This is optional, but if you would rather have a concrete floor that will last longer than any wooden floor, this is an option. Moreover, if you are building a shed for the long term, you may want to start by pouring a cement foundation, just to ensure a stable base. This is something you might want to consider for a shed that is designed to hold a lot of heavy equipment, as it may prevent the shed from sinking into the ground over time.


Something you may want to consider doing is creating a solid base for your shed. For this, you may want to dig a hole, a square hole with the width and length of the shed, and then fill that with around 2 to 3 inches of compacted gravel. Now, this is more about providing your shed with good drainage, so water can drain below it, thus preserving the integrity and stability of the shed. This will go a long way in preventing wood posts from getting wet, soggy, and eventually rotting.

Materials Needed to Build a Shed


Once again, this is another optional thing you can do. If you want your shed to be very well protected against the elements, not only should you use pressure-treated wood to build it, but you should also seal it with weather-resistant varnish, especially the exterior of the shed. If you want to take things one step further, to really make your shed pop, you could also paint it. In this case, you will need paint brushes, rollers, paint trays, and of course paint.


Something you will want to purchase for your DIY shed are shingles. Whatever the case, you should not leave the roof unprotected. Some high-quality shingles will help to keep moisture from penetrating the roof, and they will help protect the shed against the elements in general. Some choose not to add shingles, but if you are going to build your own shed, you may as well do the best job possible.


Adding insulation to the walls of your shed is purely optional, and for most people it is probably not necessary. However, if you are building a shed large enough to do some small work in, the shed is designed to house expensive equipment and tools, and you live in a place where it often gets cold, adding insulation is wise. Simply put, it will help keep the interior a bit warmer than it would otherwise be.

Tools and Hardware

The final thing or things you will need to build your shed are the required tools and hardware. This may include saws, power drills, hammers, screwdrivers, cement mixing utensils, painting tools, screws, nails, bolts, washers, and anything else of the sort.


The final tip we would like to give you is that the old adage is always true, you get what you pay for. It’s always recommended to invest a bit extra into high-quality materials that will last a long time. Going the cheapest way possible may save you money in the short run, but the finished result will be lackluster at best.