How To Build Shed Walls

Let me show you how to build storage shed walls the best way and the right way.

You can use the surface of your shed floor to build either wall first.

First, measure and cut your top and bottom plates. 

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Now place them together and mark off locations for your wall studs and door stud location. Cut your wall studs and door studs (door studs if you are building a saltbox shed) and lay them in between your top and bottom plates and nail into place.

Now go ahead and cut all needed siding for your walls to the specified length. 

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Starting with the left side of your newly assembled wall line up the first piece of siding so that the top plate and left wall stud are flush with your siding. This will square up your wall perfectly. Remember to lay your siding down so that the laps fall correctly.

Nail the siding into place using 8d galvanized box nails. Nail every 8" on top and bottom plates and on inside studs. Don’t nail the inside lap yet until you’ve laid your next panel into place. You should have at least 1-1/2” of siding extending below your bottom plate as shown in the picture above. Finish nailing the rest of your siding panels into place, remembering to keep your top edge of your siding flush with your top plate. Always nail your top plate to your siding first then line up your seam perfectly next and then nail it, then continue nailing the rest of the panel. This will keep your wall square.

You can now nail your wall into place by standing it up. 

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It is a good idea to have a 2x4 already nailed onto your wall that you can use for nailing to your floor to keep your wall in place while you nail the bottom plate to the floor using galvanized 16d box nail. Nail by each wall stud into your floor joists making sure that your wall ends line up with the edges of your floor.

You can assemble your other wall next in the same manner. Start with the left panel first, then your 2 door panels next (if you are building a saltbox shed) making sure to once again keep the top edge of your panels perfectly flush with your top plate.

Stand this wall up and nail into place just the way you did your back wall. 

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Using scrap 2x4s, temporarily brace up your walls good to your floor so that they are good and sturdy and will not move one way or the other.

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