DIY Small Storage Shed Ideas (You Can Build)

If you have a small home, chances are you have a small yard… and have extra stuff to store! Finding small sheds that don’t look like they ate up all the space in your little slice of paradise is a chore. But there are solutions that fit in a small yard, and these DIY small storage shed ideas have step by step tutorials, so you can make them yourself. You know, instead of spending big bucks at the big box store? Also, building your own DIY small shed lets you customize both the size and the look, to match your home or garden style. Yes, that’s a thing. 🙂 So choose your shed plan, pick a paint or stain, and get to creating the best thing your garden space has seen since… well, for some of us, ever?


DIY Small Storage Shed Ideas (You Can Build)


DIY Storage Shed Ideas & Projects


DIY Small Garden Storage Shed Idea

From ‘Dunn Lumber‘, this shed plan calls for simple power tools, a bit of lumber, and this easy to follow tutorial. We love these DIY small garden storage shed ideas! The fold out table, for potting up? Hand tool storage, shelves, and it’s simple and inexpensive to make? We’re pretty sure you could fit this shed into the tiniest of backyard spaces.


DIY Wood Lean To Shed Kit

Our next project is a small storage shed by ‘The Cavender Diary‘. This one is from a wood lean to shed kit, which is a good option if you don’t want to go entirely DIY, but do want to save some cash. Lots of photos! Check out a few ideas for where to find DIY shed kits at the end of the post.

Small Storage Sheds • Ideas & Projects!


Toy & Bike DIY Small Shed

When my kids were little, I would have traded one of them for this toy & bike DIY small shed. (Ok, maybe not trade…)  Just the right size to keep the lawn free of dropped bikes and abandoned scooters! Find out how to build this little organization gem over at ‘3×3 Custom‘.


DIY Modern Storage Shed

Joseph Sandy created this amazing reclaimed wood DIY modern storage shed, and it has a great write up on ‘Houzz‘. Love the way the windows light up the inside! Tons of storage with pegboard walls, and we love how it looks. I mean, visitors will wonder if it’s a shed, or a little casita for vacationing guests, it’s got such charm.




Ana White / Lady Goats Storage Shed

Another great project is this DIY small storage shed with free plans at ‘Ana White‘ . This Lady Goats lean to storage shed is a pretty straight forward project. No shelves, nothing complicated at all. But the perfect place for the lawn mower and hanging garden tools! Now if you just need to learn how to build a fence, find it at TGG!


Tall & Small Storage Shed

From ‘A Cultivated Nest‘, this cute DIY small storage shed was made from an old door. This is an amazing project! Lots of photos and a sweet Moms Day story at the site… If you are looking for a tall AND small storage shed, this one could double for one of those ultra awesome English phone booths, with the right paint job! And, it repurposes, which is great for the planet.



Family Handyman Storage Shed Plans

Need plans for a good, basic storage shed? ‘Family Handyman‘ has them for you. Full instructions and downloadable directions for this project. You can customize these small storage shed plans to be just the right size for your outdoor space.


Popular Mechanics Small Storage Shed Plans

We love this tutorial for this simple Popular Mechanics small storage shed, with complete downloadable plans, photos and instructions from, well of course, ‘Popular Mechanics‘. DIY away! If you are looking for a to keep the trash cans under wraps, check out DIY Garbage Can Storage Ideas over at TGG…



DIY Shed Kits (You Can Buy)

If you don’t want to have to hunt for all the right supplies, but still want to save some money, try picking up a DIY shed kit.  This solid wood lean to storage shed [You Can Buy @ Wayfair] has tons of great reviews, free shipping and comes with a one year warranty. Plus, it’s the perfect size for a teeny backyard or patio space.


If you need just a little more room to get your outdoor things organized, try this wood lean to shed kit. [Buy This @ Wayfair]. It’s made of cedar, so it’s naturally rot resistant, comes with a warranty, and has tons of storage. Shelves, hanging hooks and wind rated for up to 50 MPH winds. Oh, and free shipping!


Ok, this DIY shed kit is so cute, we almost want it for indoor, Ok, maybe not quite, but almost! It has a main storage area in front, then side doors that open up more spaces for organizing tools, potting supplies, or even toys. And a fold down table! [Buy This @ Wayfair].

So have you picked out which one of these small sheds you are going to DIY? We think you will want to jump right over to our posts on How to Hide Ugly Outdoor Eyesores, and DIY Kitchen Islands! Also check out Garage Storage on a Budget over at TBD, and DIY Vertical Vegetable Garden Ideas and DIY Backyard Playhouse over at TGG, and save even more space!

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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs:, and

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.


  1. Suecan47
    April 1, 2016 / 10:34 am

    I want to build something similar to store my bikes, but I want to build it with a green roof. Any ideas?

  2. Phae
    January 24, 2016 / 9:21 am

    I love the use of recycled palettes in construction, a resource that seems to be gaining traction.

  3. January 22, 2016 / 6:34 pm

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  4. Corinne
    October 22, 2015 / 1:30 am

    Does anyone have any advice on how to keep pegboard hooks from coming out of the holes when the item it’s holding is removed? Very frustrating !

    • January 3, 2016 / 6:15 am

      Your pegboard hook problem is very frustrating indeed, and totally fixable!
      Get some zip ties and fish them thru the holes adjacent to the lower part of the hook. Trap the hook when you zip the tie, snip off the excess, TADA!
      If you have access to the backside of the pegboard, that makes the neatest looking application because you can hide the zip part of the tie. If not, you may wish to put the zip part off to the side rather than in the way right at the hook.

      • December 29, 2016 / 5:35 pm

        Home Depot sells hook locks that are simple to use. They cross over the hook laterally and lock into holes on each side. Ask for pegboard hook locks.

  5. Jarrett
    August 5, 2015 / 7:29 am

    I like the stain .. Does anyone know the stain ? I have about $700 in material but, mine is about 2ft wider

  6. Tony
    May 2, 2015 / 4:58 pm

    How much does materials cost for storage shed

  7. Julie Lopez
    January 23, 2015 / 6:27 am

    Great ideas thank you.

  8. Bea
    September 27, 2014 / 3:40 pm

    Me again- I would lone the one with all the glass but I think it is beyond my capabilities. At my age I settle for simple . The purple is very straight forward. Could be shortened as I’m slightly height diminished. And tall is not all that necessary.

  9. Bea
    September 27, 2014 / 3:32 pm

    The purple one is of what I speak. Nice color too. Wouldn’t need to peak the roof- just a slant for water & snow to slide off. Couple holes for ventilation- shouldn’t need more . Owners may complain but can’t get much better or smaller. What do you thank.?

  10. Bea
    September 27, 2014 / 3:26 pm

    Small shed is about the right size. Got items stored under steps leading to up stairs apt. Small but size I need. Now to see instructions for the one shown- so I don’t use all my growing space to house building.

  11. ChrisW
    May 8, 2014 / 1:48 pm

    Love it! Thanks for sharing!!

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