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What Are the Best Tips for Framing a Shed?

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  • Written By: Dan Cavallari
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  • Last Modified Date: 18 October 2014
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When framing a shed, it is important to consider both the strength and accessibility of the shed. Sheds are made to be versatile spaces: they can be used for storage or as a work space, which means every shed is going to differ from another depending on its purpose. Some sheds may need large doors to accept big pieces of equipment; other sheds may need windows for ventilation, or a skylight for natural lighting. When framing a shed, one should be sure to consider what kinds of features the finished product will have, and what jobs it can accommodate.

Before framing a shed, it is vital that the builder draw up a plan for the finished product. Consider the angles at which sunlight will hit the shed and plan windows and doors accordingly. The builder should ensure that the shed is built square and all measurements and angles have been double checked. Studs should be placed at an even distance from each other; a good rule of thumb is to place the studs 16 inches (40 centimeters) on center from each other. This rule will affect the overall dimensions of the shed, so it is important to double check the shed plans.

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One of the most important considerations when framing a shed is the method by which the roof will be framed. Prefabricated trusses can be purchased at many hardware stores or lumber yards, and while they may cost more than simply purchasing lumber and cutting it on site, prefabricated trusses are simpler and quicker to install. If the builder chooses to build his or her own trusses when framing a shed, the advantages include being able to customize the roof to preference, and cutting costs on the overall project. If the builder has decided to build a gambrel shed, which looks similar to a barn but on a much smaller scale, prefabricated trusses may be the best option to save on time and effort.

Consider what type of door is being installed when framing a shed. A larger door will need more space in the frame, while a smaller door will need framing above and to the sides of the door. Consider the placement of windows and skylights as well. If the shed will feature electricity, be sure to include areas in the frame where wires can be run and outlet boxes can be attached. Consider placing outlets at regular intervals throughout the walls.

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