Whether you are an avid cyclist or just store too many things in your garage, you may need a place to keep and maintain bicycles. A bike shed offers both storage and workspace and is not difficult to build. The project below creates a basic 5×10-foot shed that can store bikes for the whole family. Build this shed now so bikes are easily accessible for warm-weather rides.
You will need:
• 1 5×10-foot piece of ¾-inch all-weather plywood
• 4 6×8-inch pieces of 10-foot long all-weather lumber
• 7 2×4-inch pieces of 10-foot long all-weather lumber
• 1 4×8-foot piece of ½-inch thick all-weather plywood
• Tin sheets
• Penny nails
• Measuring tape
• Carpenter ruler
Step 1: Look for a sturdy, level area to build a 5×10-foot shed. Remove debris from the area. If the land slopes, make it even by adding wood or bricks.
Step 2: Leave two 6×8-inch lumber pieces 10 feet long but trim the other two to 4 feet long.
Step 3: The shed floor will rest on the frame. Lay out the frame by putting two 4-foot pieces of lumber between the 10-foot pieces. Space the remaining 4-foot pieces evenly in the frame between the two already put in place. Use your carpenter ruler to verify that the frame creates a rectangle and it is even. Use the penny nails and hammer to nail together this frame.
Step 4: Put the 5×10-foot sheet of plywood on top of the newly constructed frame. Use the ruler to evenly align it with the frame and then nail it into place with the hammer and regular nails.
Step 5: This shed features three walls with one side open for easy access to the bikes. Determine which long side will be left open. Nail two of the 2×4-inch, 10-foot long lumber pieces to each short side of the frame, nailing the flat side down. Nail four of the 2×4 inch, 10-foot long lumber pieces to the back of your frame, with the flat side down. Cut the remaining plywood sheet to fit each side and nail each to its respective side. At each corner, nail walls to each other.
Step 6: Trim the tin to fit the shed dimensions, allowing an overhang of one-inch on each covered side and a 2-inch overhand on the opening. Put the tin on top of the shed, creating a roof. Use the carpenter ruler to center it as much as possible. Nail the roof in place.
Step 7: Waterproof or seal the lumber and then stain or paint the shed.