Which Shed Plans?

Which Plans Should You Buy For Your New Shed Project?

Are you thinking about buying some shed plans but are confused and don’t know which ones to buy?

I will explain the similarities and difference between my 4 shed plans to help you in deciding which one is best for your new shed project.

The Main Differences Between These Plans Are

  • Roof line
  • Roof pitch
  • Roofing materials used
  • Eave overhang
  • Maximum length & width
  • And the degree of difficulty to build

Roof Line

The most obvious difference in these plans is the roof lines. 2 of the plans are gable style roof, 1 is barn style or gambrel roof line and one is the single slope, lean-to style or flat roof.

Roof Pitch

The regular gable shed plans have 3 roof pitch options; 3:12, 4:12 and 5:12. The deluxe shed plans also have 3 roof pitch options of 3:12, 6:12 and 12:12. So the deluxe plans are good if you need a steep pitch for snow or leave fall off.

The barn roof pitch is fixed for the upper and lower half of the roof. The lean style roof is fixed at 1.5:12. So it’s good in low clearance situations or where the overall heigh is an issue.

Roof Materials

All the shed plans except the lean to style use shingles on the roof. The advantage of shingles is that they’re relatively easy to install, economical and come in a wide variety of colors and textures and have a lifespan of up to 30 years. And you can easily match the roof on your home if necessary.

The lean to style sheds have too shallow of a roof pitch for shingles so they use either rolled mineral roofing or metal. Metal is a little more expensive but it’s fast and easy to install and has a life span of 50+ years.

Eave Overhang

There are 2 types of eave overhangs available in these plans. The simple 2-6 inch overhang and the full 12+ inch overhang. The 2 inch overhang is just the trim and a small overhang on the OSB. The 4 to 6 inch version is a 2×4 or 2×6 turned on edge.

The regular gable roof plans only offer the simple 2-6 inch overhang but the lean to and barn plans can be build with the either the 2-6 inch overhang or a full 12 inch overhang. The deluxe shed plans only offer the full 12 inch overhang.

Maximum Length

With the regular gable and the lean to style plans the longest shed you can build is 20 ft. This is because they use a single top plate and 20 feet is the longest 2×4 you can buy. And with the single top plate it can’t be spliced to make longer. If you want a shed thats over 20 ft long then you can use either the tall barn style plans or the deluxe plans. Both of these can go up to 32 ft in length. But you can make it as long as you like.

Maximum Width

The gable roof and lean to style plans are limited to 12 ft in width because they use a simple truss or rafter design. If you want to build over 12 ft wide then the tall barn and deluxe plans go up to 16 ft in width because they use a stronger but more complicated truss design.

Degree Of Difficulty To Build

The regular gable roof shed plans are the easiest and most economical to build because the walls are symmetrical and there are no complicated trusses to build or fancy overhang options. Trusses and overhang can are very time consuming in the shed building process.

The lean to sheds aren’t symmetrical but the rafters are strait without any cut outs and you can build it with either the simple 2-6 inch overhang or the more complicated full 12+ inch overhang.

Barn style trusses are easy to build but the added difficulty is working on the roof because of the increased pitch and greater overall working height. But you can build it with either overhang option.

The Deluxe shed is the most difficult to build because it doesn’t offer the simple overhang option, only the full 12 inch overhang. And the the trusses are more complicated because of the increased pitch and the 14 and 16 ft width options. And like the tall barn style shed, working on the deluxe roof is more difficult because of the steeper pitch and greater overall working height.

What They Have In Common

Now lets talk about what the plans have in common.

  • Floor
  • Wall Stud And Truss Spacing
  • Doors
  • Ramp
  • Estimate Cost To Build
  • Instant Download

Floor

All of the sheds can be built on either a wood floor or concrete slab. For wood floors I have recommend 2×4’s at 16 inch on center for floors up to 8 ft wide, and 2×6’s 16 inch on center for floor over 8 ft wide. But you can make a stronger floor by using 12 inch centers and or 2×8’s floor joists.

Wall Stud And Truss Spacing

I recommend 2×4’s at 16 inch on center in the walls but you can use 24 inch centers for smaller sheds. I recommend trusses and rafters to be placed at 24 inch on center for sheds up to 12 ft wide, and 16 inch centers for sheds over 12 ft wide.

Doors

All sheds include instructions to frame for prehung doors and windows, or to build your own single or double door in any width or height and in any location, or build multiple doors.

Ramp

All plans include instructions to build a ramp.

Estimate Cost To Build

All plans come with a materials list so you can calculate the cost to build it before you make that final commitment and start buying materials.

Instant Download

All plans are available in PDF format by instant download. When you click on the buy-now link you’ll be taken to a payment page. After paying you will almost instantly receive a download link in the email address associated with your paypal account or your credit card.

If you’re thinking about buying any of my shed plans and want more information then I’ve included an even more detailed comparison here…

Detailed Shed Plan Comparison

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Lean To Plans

Option for a full size porch

Lean To With Porch

  • 1.5:12 roof pitch
  • 2, 4-6, 12 inch overhang options
  • 45 sizes from 4×4 to 12×20
  • 4 height options from 60 inches to 12 ft
  • Any custom length, width or height
  • Single and double doors
  • Floor studs 16 inch O.C.
  • Wall studs 16 inch O.C.
  • Rafters 16 inch O.C.
  • Single top plates
  • Instructions and details to build a porch
  • Bike shed ideas
  • Frame for pre hung doors and windows
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    $11.95

    Gable Shed Plans

    Includes 3:12, 4:12 & 5:12 roof pitches

    Gable Shed Front View

  • 3:12, 4:12, 5:12 roof pitch options
  • 2, 3 1/2, 5 1/2 inch overhang
  • 21 sizes from 8×4 to 12×20
  • Single and double doors
  • Single top plates
  • Wall studs and roof trusses 24 inch O.C.
  • One of the cheapest and easiest to build
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    $7.95

    Deluxe Shed Plans

    Includes 3:12, 6:12 & 12:12 roof pitches with full 12 inch overhang

    Deluxe Shed Front View

  • 3:12, 6:12 and 12:12 roof pitch options
  • 12 inch overhang
  • 31 sizes from 8×4 to 16×32
  • 8, 10, 12, 14 & 16 ft widths
  • Single and double doors
  • Floor studs 12 inch O.C.
  • Wall studs 16 inch O.C.
  • Roof trusses 16 inch O.C.
  • Double top plates
  • Includes 48 inch loft the length of the shed with an optional gable end door
  • Frame for pre hung doors and windows
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    $9.95

    Tall Barn Shed Plans

    Also includes original version without overhang

    Tall Barn Without Optional Overhang

  • Gambrel style barn roof
  • 12 inch overhang (option)
  • 31 sizes from 8×4 to 16×32
  • 8, 10, 12, 14 & 16 ft widths
  • Crows Beak (option)
  • Single and double doors
  • Floor studs 12 inch O.C.
  • Wall studs 16 inch O.C.
  • Roof trusses 16
    or 24 inch O.C.
  • Double top plates
  • Includes full width loft
  • Frame for pre hung doors and windows
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    $9.97

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