Build a small bike shed,barn style shed plans with loft,how to build a cheap insulated dog house - For Begninners

Published : 09.01.2014 | Author : admin | Categories : Woodwork Project Ideas
This 11 page PDF download includes dimensions for all my bike sheds, including this compact bike shed.
This project will show you how to build a 2 bike capacity compact vertical bicycle storage shed for about $215 dollars in materials. And it’s built out of materials and tools commonly available at almost any home or building supply store. This is a 4×8 shed built with my lean to style plans that will accommodate 2 larger bikes. Let’s begin with the first thing that most people ask of their bike shed, to protect it against theft. If your bike shed is metal like an arrow shed you have no security because someone can just lift the door off the tracks and set it aside. Many sheds are built with screws holding the hinges on so all you would need to get in is a screw driver. If the shed is lit at night this will further deter thieves, as well as locating it under your bedroom window where you can hear if someone is tampering with it during the night. Rain and sunshine can damage your bike so a bike shed should protect against both by simply being enclosed. Having a dedicated bike storage shed will free up space in your garage, under your back porch or from behind your couch so you can use it for other more valuable uses. If you have to dig your bike out every time you need it you will not be so anxious to use it. An ideal bike shed would have enough room to stand up in, so at least 6 to 7 ft vertical clearance. 6 feet wide would do for a bike shed if you store a bike on either wall with walking room between them. Aside from saving lots of money, a small bike shed will be portable so that you can easily move it if you want to change locations.
So our goal is to design a cheap bike shed to store 2 bikes at a minimum cost and with the least amount of effort and complications to build.
Be sure to make the finished floor very close to the dimensions called for in the shed plans because this shed doesn’t use any corner trim to hide your mistakes under. Door sheeting: Cut the door sheeting per the shed plans but double check the measurements against the actual door frame. Because the shed is so small, the heads of the carriage bolts for the hinges and latch will interfere with the studs in the sidewall.


If you want to make this shed modular you will be able to disassemble it and move it in 6 large pieces… the floor and roof and 4 walls. If you don’t need it to be modular then skip this step and use nails to assemble the shed. If you have built your shed carefully to size then your corners will fit tightly and will not need trim. Roof sheeting: After cutting your roof sheeting to size, lay it on top of your shed with the back edge flush with the back wall and even from side to side. Eliminating the overhang on the back wall will allow the shed to sit directly up against the side of your house. Now make sure the shed is square to the roof sheeting by measuring the overhang at the front and back edge of both sides of the shed. If you are not making your shed modular you can nail the roof sheeting into the top plates now.
Modular: If you want to make your bike shed modular, then do not attach the roof sheeting yet. Ramp: To make it easier to roll your bike in, cut out the bottom plate and add a few bricks to make a ramp into the shed.
Once you learn the correct spacing for the back wheels and pedals parking your bike becomes automatic. This is one of the easiest sheds to build because it uses a simple truss design and small but easy to build overhang options.
And the higher roof pitches offer additional overhead storage in an easy to build loft area.
However if you can manage the barn style shed looks great and provides lots of additional storage if you build the optional loft. You can make this shed shorter if necessary by removing the same amount from all vertical cut dimensions. It is short enough to fit under the eave of any house and has a small enough foot print that you can locate it almost anywhere. If your bike is taller than about 44 inches you need to buy my Single Slope Lean To Style Shed Plans. A small person might not have the strength to lift a bike overhead to hang it up on a wall or ceiling hook. Also you don’t want your neighbors complaining about an ugly bike shed so it could be made of similar materials as your house and painted to match.


The bigger the shed the more bikes you can put into it and the more bike related stuff you can store.
And a few feet on either side of the bike so you can walk it in and sit it on it’s kickstand. If you want to park them side by side and walk on either side of both bikes you will need more like 8 ft wide shed. You can do this by parking your bike vertical and storing your accessories on a shelf or hooks.
I mean rolling the front wheel up the rear wall and parking the bike standing on it’s back wheel. And you will have better luck asking your landlord for permission to locate a small bike shed near your apartment than a larger one. But if you follow the plans carefully your completed shed will be very tight and not need trim. If you are going to use your router, make your small cut along the bottom overhang then route the excess from both sides.
You can either attach it with screws to the shed now or remove it and finish the roof on the ground.
Now lift it in place and attach the finished roof to the shed with two 3 inch screws through each block into it’s matching top plate. You can locate your bike shed close to a gate and you will not have to worry about carrying dirt into the house from the tires.
You can store 2 bikes vertically in a space about 4 ft square with plenty of room for accessories. If you sell your house and don’t want to take the shed with you, you can sell it in the paper and someone can easily move it in a pickup truck.
However building a bike shed from wood only takes common hand tools that most people have in their garage or they can borrow from a friend or neighbor. You might also disguise it by putting some vents on it to make it look like a hot water heater shed. You will not be able to get in the shed and service your bike but you can do that under the back porch or in the garage, then return the bike to its shed for the night.



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