Here are some shed loft illustrations and pictures showing different framing options for adding a shed loft to increase your storage space.
A shed loft, or attic in your shed can be used for a multitude of purposes! Of course, the most obvious is using it for increased storage. Another use is for sleeping quarters in tiny houses, cabins, and cottages. Or it can be a play space in a children's playhouse.
Whatever your need is, you'll definitely find that having a loft in your shed will come in very handy!
An important factor to consider is how much weight you are going to have on the floor of your loft. More often than not I see shed loft floors typically framed with 2x6's spaced 24" on center as that is usually what the roof trusses or rafters are framed. So I normally show a loft joists connected or nailed to the end of a roof truss/rafter.
A good deal of my plans show this size joist. Of course the larger the 2x', the less space you are going to have in your loft. But safety should be of primary concern. If you are going to be storing a lot of heavy items in your loft, or it's going to be used for living space, you should use the appropriate size lumber for your floor joist.
Floor joists can be solid lumber such as 2x4's, 2x6's, 2x8's, 2x10's, or 2x12's. They can also be framed with what's known as an 'I-joist'. I would typically not use I-joists in a shed that's up to 12' wide but if I was building say a 16' wide or larger shed I would consider going with them. The spans that I-joists can be used for are greater than regular nominal lumber. For more information on using I-joists here's a link you can follow: Forest Products Supply Company.
The picture above shows a 12' wide shed with TJI floor joists spaced 16" on center.
If you were to go with nominal lumber for the floor joists, using the American Council Wood span calculator, you would have to have for the 12' span spaced 24" on center, 2x8's.
Here's an example of framing for a barn style shed that might be used for a livable shed or a shed to house. The shed walls are framed with 2x4's at 16" on center with a double top plate. Then a floor is framed on top of the walls with nominal 2x10's. This span was figured/calculated using the American Wood Council's span calculator.
A shed with a gambrel style or barn roof offers the most storage space in the attic. This is because of the increased headroom provided with the gambrel truss. Maybe you want to keep the style of your shed roof to match your home which could be a gable style roof.
Depending on the roof pitch, your gable style shed could offer up quite a bit of storage space in it's shed loft also.
A saltbox style shed, and the lean to shed will not offer up as much storage space in the loft area, but there are still possibilities of utilizing some storage space up in their attic area.
The shed pictured above is my wife's 12x16 gable style shed. The attic here doesn't look that big, but the roof pitch is like an 8/12 pitch. You could easily make a tiny house with this shed plan and have a nice sleeping area up in the attic.
The big gambrel roof shed above is being used for a chicken coop. The customer uses his loft for storing supplies for his chickens. You can learn more about these plans here.
Check out all of my gambrel roof shed plans that have nice loft areas.
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