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12×16 Storage shed plan

  • Uses: storage, workshop, studio, office, pool house
  • Full list of materials and hardware
  • Cut list for wooden components
  • Beginner-friendly instructions
  • Color diagrams to enhance written directions
  • Details on how to site and install the foundation
  • Instructions for building a lean-to roof
  • Plans for building your own barn doors
  • Diagrams for building a louvered vent system


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Build Your Own Cozy Shed for Sports Equipment, Tools, Hobbies, and More

Building yourself a storage shed can be a perfect solution if you have more stuff than your garage can hold or are just looking to declutter your life and reclaim your home for rest. This 12 x 16 storage shed offers a lot of room where you can neatly keep lawnmowers, bikes, rototillers, power tools, and more. You can add hooks to the tall wall to hand your rakes, shovels, garden hoes, and other long-handled items.

Depending on your storage needs, you may want to personalize the spacious interior with a few shelves and drawers. The shed’s 8′ – 7 1/4″ height wooden walls allow for easy customization, no matter what elements you want to add.

Thanks to its functional design, the shed is also perfectly suited for a home office, tiny house, pool house, massage therapy office, or studio for music lessons.

The shed comes with a 5′ – 4″ width opening that allows easy access and hassle-free movement, even when carrying bulky items and supplies. A sturdy ramp has been included to allow you to wheel bulky items into place easily.

For those keen on aesthetics, the shed is majorly wooden, so you can paint it to match your house or other outbuildings.

3 Reasons to Build Your Own 12x16 Lean-to Storage Shed


DIY and Save Up to $2.500

Hiring a carpenter to build a custom shed is costly. Building a shed yourself? You keep an extra $2.500 in your pocket.


192 sq. ft. Extra Space

Declutter your life with a storage shed that can free up to 192 sq. ft. in your house. Then relax and enjoy your home again.


Increase Property Value

Future homebuyers will love your wooden shed as much as you do. A great shed boosts your overall property value.

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12x16 Storage shed facts and figures

12x16 storage shed
12'-1 1/2" W x 16'-1 1/2" L x 9'-9" H
Materials Cost:
$17-$24 per square foot
Plywood sheathing, clapboard siding, asphalt shingles
Roof type:
192 square feet
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Plywood sheathing
Choice of paint or stain

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Based on 23 reviews.
A nice set of plans to give us an idea… A nice set of plans to give us an idea of what it costs to build on site vs buying a prefab structure, and the quality differences between them. This set of plans is "bomb proof" according to my local lumberyard guy. 2x6 joists on 12" centers, compared to 2x4s on 24" centers for the prefab models. A real foundation, not just some 4x4 skids. It looks like a major amount of work, but the result could be a really nice garden shed sturdy enough to house our commercial-grade chipper as well as the big mower.
Getting my plans was so easy. Getting my plans was so easy, I picked the plan I wanted I paid for it I downloaded it instantly.
James Isbrandt
James Isbrandt
The price for plans is way too high The price for plans is way too high, but the plans are fairly decent. You DO have to know a little something about construction and adjustments of measurements, but for the most part, not too bad.
Excellent detail of materials list and… Excellent detail of materials list and constructions specifications
Rey davis
Rey davis
Excellent Excellent plans and customer support
Chad Davis
Chad Davis
Concise and Detailed The plans were concise and contained everything I needed. The images were extremely helpful as well as the cut list.
A little hard to follow in some places A little hard to follow in some places
A+++++++++++ A+++++++++++
John Turgeon
John Turgeon
The plans are missing a critical step The plans were missing a critical step, and my original message to Shedplans wasn't received. I received a message from them after posting my problem here, and they subsequently sent me the revised instructions. Very grateful for their follow-up. Now if lumber prices would just return to normal....
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