How to build a shed floor

This step by step diy project is about how to build a shed floor. Building a shed floor is the first step if you want to make a shed by yourself, but it has an essential role for the durability of your project. Therefore, we recommend you to work with attention and to adjust the size of floor to your needs. Use quality lumber when building the joists, as they need to support significant weight.

Building a small shed is a must-have project for any family, as there many things that should be stored and protected from bad weather. The first step of the woodworking project is to build the floor structure. As you will see in project, you need to make a proper planning and to invest in the best quality materials you could use. Make sure you study the building codes, as to get accustomed with the local building codes.

Place 4×4 skids under the floor frame, as to distribute the weight of the construction in a professional manner. In addition, choose a proper location and level the surface until it is perfectly horizontal. Place a few concrete slabs under the skids, as to protect the wooden components from moisture and water damage. Check if the corners are right-angled after adding each component.

 

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Building a shed floor

Building a shed floor

Building a shed floor

 

Materials

  • A – 3 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 120″ long SKIDS
  • B – 9 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 93″ long, 2 pieces – 120″ long JOISTS
  • C – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 48×96″, 1 piece – 24×48″, 1 piece – 48×48″, 1 piece – 48×72″ FLOORING

 

Tools

  • Safety gloves, glasses
  • Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits

 

Tips

  • Use a good miter saw to make the angle cuts
  • Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws

 

Time

  • One Week

 

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How to build a shed floor

Building the floor frame

Building the floor frame

 

The first step of the project is to build the joists for the floor frame. As you can notice in the image, we recommend you to use 2×6 lumber, as the floor should support a lot of weight. Take accurate measurements and get the job done with a good circular saw.

 

Spacing the joists

Spacing the joists

 

It is essential to place the components on a level surface, if you want to get a professional result. Drill pilot holes trough the rim components and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the joists, after making sure the corners are perfectly square. Follow the information shown in the diagram, as you need to leave a certain distance between the joists (16″ on center).

 

Attaching the frame to the skids

Attaching the frame to the skids

 

After building the frame for the shed floor, we recommend you to place them on top of several 4×4 skids. As you can see in the image, you need to align the skids before placing the frame on top of them, as to distribute the weight efficiently.

Smart Tip: In addition, we recommend you to choose a level surface and to fit several concrete slabs under the skids, in order to protect them from excessive moisture. Drill pilot holes trough the joists and insert screws into the skids.

 

Attaching the plywood flooring

Attaching the plywood flooring

 

One of the last steps of the project is to attach the plywood sheets to the flooring. As you can easily see in the image, we recommend you to use 3/4″ tongue and groove plywood and to follow the pattern shown in the image.

Smart Tip: Align the sheets in a professional manner and lock them to the joists with 1 1/4″ screws, every 6″. Make sure there are no gaps between the sheets, if you want to get a professional result.

 

How to build a shed floor

How to build a shed floor

 

Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. In order to get a professional result, fill the holes and the gaps with wood filler and let it dry out for a few hours.  Check if there are protruding screws and fix this issue, if necessary.

Smart Tip: Apply a few coats of stain or exterior paint to the components, in order to protect them from decay and water damage. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the project, if you want to learn how to build a small shed.

 

 

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