How to Build a Potting Shed

Construct a sturdy shed with ample space to store your gardening gear and work on projects.

Rough-sawn 1x8 shiplap cedar siding is rot-resistant and weathers well. 
Photo by David Stiles 

Ask a dozen shed owners what they keep in their sheds, and you’ll probably get a dozen different answers. But a shed doesn’t have to be a catchall for storing extra household items. It can have a special use and provide a pleasant space in which to work on hobbies.

This 10-by-11-foot structure is the perfect size for a potting shed. It’s big enough to store all the necessary garden equipment and still provide ample room. It features a 4-by-6-foot skylight, which floods the interior space with natural light, and it has an overhang in back for additional storage.

A 10-by-11-foot shed is small enough to fit comfortably in a backyard, but large enough to accommodate most projects. 
Diagrams by David Stiles

The directions specify using cedar timber framing with simple lap joints; however, they can be easily adapted for 2x4 construction. The walls are built with 1x8 shiplap cedar, but any siding, including board and batten, can be used. Similarly, any roofing material can be used.

Diagram by David Stiles



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