Build A Small Shed For Washers And Dryers

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  • 16-40 hours
  • Beginner
  • 450-3,000
What You'll Need
6 X 8 inch lumber
Measuring Tape
Circular Saw
Door Hinges
Metal Shingles

A small shed is the ideal housing for a washer and dryer. The shed hides the washer and dryer and provides protection against damage during the times that they are not in use. Your shed can be a simple enclosure with walls and a door or can be a more elaborate structure that also houses cleaning materials like detergents.

These steps will help you design and build the ideal small shed to house your washer and dryer, or perhaps a bunch of your other stuff.

Step 1: Prepare Shed Area

Level the area where the shed will be built to house the washer and dryer. You can use boards, bricks or sand to level the area. This should be done before any construction takes place.

Step 2: Cut and Assemble the Wood Base

Cut the 6 X 8 lumber for the shed’s base. You will need two 8-foot, 6 X 8 boards, and four 5-foot long pieces.
Use nails to assemble the frame in the leveled area. Nail the two of 5-foot long 6 X 8 lumber between the 8-foot, 6 X 8 pieces at each end and space the other two 6 X 8, 5-foot long pieces between for floor support.

Step 3: Cut and Assemble the Floor

Cut two 3-foot pieces of 3/4-inch plywood and nail to form the shed’s floor. Lay the piece between the 6 X 8 frame to complete the flooring for the shed.

Step 4: Create the Shed’s Walls and Roof

Use the plywood to create walls for the exposed frame. Attach the plywood to the frames, using nails.

You can add a roof to the frame using the metal shingles. Frame the top of the shed with lumber to create a raised roof and cover with the remaining plywood. Cover the plywood on top of the shed with tar paper and shingles, attaching the singles using roofing nails. Be sure to cut a vent into the back of the plywood and a vent ridge at the top of the roof in order to allow heat to vent and escape the shed.

Step 5: Finish the Walls of the Shed

Apply an external protective sealant to the walls of the shed. This will protect the plywood and keep it from rotting due to rain and moisture in the air.

Step 6: Enclose the Shed
Create an opening in the front of the shed and frame it for a door. The door frame should be large enough to allow you access to the washer and dryer for repair and servicing, as well as for access to wash and dry clothes. Attach the door to the frame using the door hinges.