A Simple Guide to Assembling and Organising a Storage Shed
A storage shed is an ideal solution for people looking for extra outdoor storage space. These are maintenance-free buildings that are capable of standing up to the elements, and assembling them can be very simple provided that you have a few basic tools. But before you start assembling your shed, check the local homeowners’ association for relevant restrictions or permissions necessary to add an outdoor building to your property. If you’ve got a green light, here’s what you need to do to successfully assemble your shed.
How to Assemble a Storage Shed?
First and foremost, you’re going to need a level and flat spot with decent drainage to install your storage shed on. There are a few different options you can use for a storage shed foundations, and the most common ones are concrete, treated-wood or a patio. For smaller sheds, you can level the ground using gravel or pavers. There are also kits for premade shed platforms that you can look up online and in home improvement stores, and you can find instructions on how to build the platform online. Make sure that the ground is level and dry before you layer the foundation.
Next, you need to ensure the floor base is set up properly. It will generally come with recessed anchor points that you can use to anchor the shed floor to the foundation. Spread the base out of the floor over the foundation, and with the help of a screwdriver and rubber mallet, punch out the screw holes in the floor before knocking out the tabs for the door hinge. Place the anchors if needed, and on the front floor, drill pilot holes through the surface before installing all the screws into the pilot holes.
Then, use the screwdriver to punch out the screw holes at the top of the panels before aligning the panels with the floor and snapping the panel into position. Repeat the process for the next wall panel, and punch some more holes and align the panel over the floor. Repeat the process with all wall panels, but keep in mind that you’ll have to also align the dovetails and the lap joints. Basically, all of the walls should fit like a puzzle. If the panels aren’t sliding into place freely, use some dish soap or lubrication to assist that.
Next, install the wall connectors. Wall connectors usually have an up sign on them indicating which way they need to be installed. This will ensure they click into place and connect the left-back and right-back panels. There should be around 5 wall connectors, but the number will vary depending on the size of the storage shed. Follow the instructions and insert the connectors by sliding them down until they “click”.
Further, the front wall panels will need pilot holes drilled in them when inserting the wall. There are usually about 8 pilot holes that are used to secure the walls to the floor. Once the walls are all put up, you need to ensure the pilot holes are clear for screws. The screws should be screwed in last, in case anything needs to be slightly shifted after the door and roof are attached.
Then, align the roof panel over the shed. Some storage sheds have more than one roof panel, which means that you need to attach them one at a time and repeat the steps as necessary. The overlapping edge of the roof should be pointed towards the back of the shed. You’ll also need to align the tongues of the walls to fit them into the grooves of the roof panel. Make sure the roof brace is properly aligned in place with the wall and then put the roof into place. Then, hold the edge of the roof down and install the screws, work your way up from the corners to the alternating sides. Once you’ve done that, step inside the shed and place the roof screws in the roof brace and in the interior. Remember not to tighten all the screws yet, since you’ll want to place the door first.
The door should fit securely into the hinge openings located on the front floor. Align the sides and slowly place the door at the hinge sockets. Raise the front edge of the roof in order to install the door hinge pins, then tighten the roof screws. Go back to tightening all the screws throughout the roof and floor, and ensure each is flush with the storage shed. The lock clasp and door handle will screw into the holes at the door. And that’s it! You’ve got a storage shed.
How to Organise Storage Sheds?
Once you’ve assembled your storage shed kit, you need to make sure you organise it properly from the get-go, otherwise, you won’t be getting that sweet storage space for all of your belongings you need so badly. Luckily, nowadays, there are many different solutions to organising your shed, and most of them are simple and inexpensive. These solutions will help you walk around in the shed without tripping over random items like lawnmowers, tools, shovels, rakes, etc. That being said, here are some of the most popular storage shed organisation solutions.
- Magnetic Bar – Magnetic bars have been used for a long time to store gardening and standard hand tools. Magnetic bars are affordable, but you need to make sure the one you get is big and strong enough to hold the tools you want to be organised.
- Pegboard – Pegboards are one of the most underutilised storage shed organisation ideas. Not only do they allow each item to be easily accessed and found, but they free up a lot of floor space while taking up virtually no extra space.
- Open Shelving – Open shelving allows you to make the most out of the space inside your shed. By modifying the walls with shelves, you can utilise more space to free up the floor. Cut plywood to fit the designated surface area, and make the shelves as deep as you want them to be, or just construct them from the ceiling to the floor.
- Workbench – Having a place to work inside the shed can help keep it organised. Workbenches are similar in function to kitchen counters – they provide you with an area that you can stand and work on. You can get a reclaimed lumber bench, a reused piece of antique furniture or pallets.