Measuring and Building Sturdy Shed Doors

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  • 2-3 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 40-60
What You'll Need
Tape measure
Table saw
1/2 to 3/4-inch Plywood
Natural bristle paintbrush
Bolts or metal pins

You can make your own shed doors that are functional and less expensive than those available in stores. Not only will this save you money, but they will be made to your specifications.

Step 1 — Measure the Shed Door Opening

Use the tape measure to obtain the length and width measurement of the shed’s opening. You will need these measurements to properly cut and fit the new shed door securely in place. Be as exact as possible and measure everything twice.

Step 2 — Cut the Plywood

Using the table saw, cut the plywood to size. If you are making a single door, your cut will be the entire length and width dimension that you measured. For double doors, divide your measurements in half and make 2 cuts.

To make your doors sturdier, use thicker plywood. 1/2 to 3/4-inch plywood is desirable for a project of this type.

Step 3 — Prepare the Plywood Doors

Apply a coat of primer and paint to the doors that match the color of your shed. Use a weather-resistant sealant to cover the shed and protect it from the elements. Allow the paint to dry before applying the sealant. You should use a natural bristle brush in order to reduce streaking when applying the paint.

Allow the doors to dry completely before attaching the handles and hinges. Use a sawhorse to rest the doors on so that they make minimal contact with the ground or attract any dust or dirt.

Step 4 — Attach the Handles and Hinges

Place a handle on each of the shed doors. The handles should be placed in a location on the edge that is easy to reach. Place two hinges on the opposite edge of the doors, set at about one foot from the top and one foot from the bottom.

You may also wish to attach a hinge with a locking arm above the handles. The locking arm will give you a security element because it provides a place for a padlock.

Step 5 — Attach the Hinges to the Shed

Align the doors and hinges with the shed opening and drill holes into the shed in order to screw the hinges into place. Do this for each of the door hinges. Upon installation, pull the doors open to make sure that they swing freely without obstruction.

Step 6 — Create a Door Stop

You can drill a hole in the floor of the shed next to the outside edge of your door, or two holes next to the center of the floor for the double doors. Place a bolt or large metal pin into the hole to create a door jam. This will help prevent the door from swinging open and can easily be removed when you need to open the door wide.

Now you have your own custom shed door that you can be proud of. This door is sure to rival anything you will find in the store!