Set Up Your Own Small Animal Shed

Stack timbers to shelter your animals from the elements with this simple and practical design.

| June/July 2020


If you built forts with Legos or Lincoln Logs when you were a kid, or if you’ve built retaining walls with landscape timbers as an adult, the building technique described in this article will be familiar. It involves stacking 4x6 landscape timbers “log cabin style” to create a small — and sturdy — animal shelter. This shelter is just the right size for a few goats, pigs, sheep, or chickens.

Some features of this building style make it unique:

  • All you’ll have to worry about is the framework of the structure. You won’t have to install exterior or interior sheathing, siding, or paneling.
  • It’s easy to modify the size. To make a larger structure, use longer or additional timbers; to make a taller structure, stack the timbers higher.
  • The wall timbers and roof boards are screwed in place. You’ll just need a drill, a circular saw, and some basic hand tools.
  • It’s sturdy. Even the most ornery critter won’t be able to butt, kick, or chew a hole into or out of this shed.
  • It’s versatile. Don’t need a small animal shed? How about a playhouse, or a shed for storage, potting, or wood?

Tools and Materials

  • Circular saw
  • Speed square
  • Drill with hex bit
  • 4-foot level
  • Hand tamper
  • Sledgehammer
  • 10-inch timber screws (200)
  • 4-inch timber screws (100)
  • Window
  • 10-foot Style D roof edge (4)
  • Rolled roofing
  • Sliding door hardware
  • Sliding door lumber

Cut List


  • 4x6 treated landscape timbers,
  • 8 feet long (45)

Door and Window Frame

  • 2x4 treated lumber, 8 feet long (4 or 5)


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