Garden shed plans

The door and window

You are viewing the imperial (feet, inches) version of this plan, original measurements have been converted to feet and inches with 1/32'' precision. See also Garden shed plans : Metric (millimetres/centimetres).

The door

The door design is relatively straight forward. However, to stop excessive drafts, or a door that won't close, you should pay particular attention to measurements.

Use dressed 2'' by 2'' timber for the door frame, as shown in the right hand diagram in Figure 5.1.

Our plan uses 1'' by 4'' boards to complete the door. Nailing these boards to the frame will give it extra strength. Make sure the frame is straight before you do this.  Due to this plan being designed for metric measurements you may have to trim some off the last bord, a plane will be handy for this job.

Of course you may choose your own finishing material for the door. Plywood would work well.

Use heavy stainless steel or galvanized hinges to hang the door.

Our plan leaves a gap around the edge of the door to ensure it opens and closes properly. Once the door is in place you can attach lengths of 25mm by 75mm timber on the interior side of the door frame frame. This timber will give the door something to close against and will cut down on draughts.

The window

The window is essentially optional. If you are planning to use the shed solely for storage you may wish to leave out the window and save on costs. However, a window will let more light into your shed. The window will also enhance the look of your shed.

If you have been working through this plan from the beginning, you should have already created an opening in your frame for the window to fit in. Windows are actually quite easy to install.

Ideally the frame of the window itself should be at least 3'' deep. This depth will be more than enough to sit in your frame and the window itself will be flush, or near flush, with the cladding.

The back of the window frame screws into the shed frame. Holes may have been pre-drilled but, if not, you can drill your own.

The cladding will need to fit around the edge of the window so having a gap behind the rim of the window and the shed frame at this point is a good thing.