If the shed door on your outdoor storage shed is damaged or missing, you probably won't be able to find a new replacement door; you'll have to build your own replacement shed door and install it yourself. However, building and replacing a shed door is a relatively simple project that many do-it-yourself enthusiasts can do. Here is a quick how-to guide to build and replace your shed door.
Measuring for Your Door
Use a tape measure and measure the height and width of your door opening.
Building the Frame for Your Door
From one piece of 2x4 lumber, cut two pieces of wood that are about half an inch shorter than the width measurement of your door opening. Then, cut the remaining four pieces of 2x4 lumber to a length that is about half an inch shorter than the height of your door opening. Finally, cut the piece of three-quarter-inch plywood to the width and length that is approximately 1/2 an inch shorter in width and height than the measurements your door opening.
Next, nail the two shorter pieces of 2x4 to the ends of two of the longer 2x4 pieces. You should also apply some strong wood glue between the joints as well. Then, insert the two remaining longer pieces of 2x4 into the frame and position them so that the two pieces of 2 x 4 actually create three open areas that are identical in width. You'll need to use your tape measure to constantly check the measurements and make sure that the 2x4 pieces are spaced evenly. After you position the 2x4 pieces, use wood glue and 16 penny nails to secure them firmly.
Next, nail the piece of 3/4-inch plywood to the frame and make sure that the frame and the plywood are flush on all sides. If you made mistakes while cutting, you may need to use a belt sander to sand off the uneven edges so that they are even.
Install Hinges and Hasp
Install the three hinges on the proper side of your new door. You should install the hinges so that they line up evenly to where the hinges that were installed on the old shed door were. If the hinges are particularly thick, you may need to use a chisel to chisel out a small area before screwing your hinges into place. Next, install your lock hasp.
Hang the Door
For this part, you need some help as the door will probably be quite heavy. So grab a buddy and have them help you line up the door so that the new hinges line up with the old hinge marks. Then use heavy-duty wood screws to make sure that you secure the door to the door opening frame.
Finally, paint or finish your door using paint or wood sealer.
Replacing your shed door is as easy as these five steps. You don't have to lose your outside storage now, nor do you have to buy a new one.
Replace a Shed Door FAQ
Are shed doors standard size?
The size of shed doors varies greatly, so there really is no standard size. Shed doors can be as small as five feet tall or over seven feet tall.
Can I replace an exterior door myself?
While it is not a simple DIY task, you can replace an exterior door on your own. You will need to take exact measurements and you will need some basic hand tools, including a screwdriver or maybe a drill.
You will also need a fair amount of strength to move the door and you will want to check it often as you work to ensure it is level and straight. If anything on the door is off just a little, the door may not swing freely or close securely.
Do you need planning permission to replace a door?
If you are replacing an existing door with a new door of the same size and you are not replacing the frame or changing the size of the door, no permit or permission will be needed. The only case where you may need to obtain permission is if you live in a neighborhood with a homeowner's association that maintains specific rules about door colors and styles.
If you are changing the size of the door in any way or installing a brand-new door frame and all, a building permit may be required. Check with your local government housing authority to find out about permit requirements, as the laws vary by city, county, and state.
Do I need 2 or 3 hinges on shed door?
Generally speaking, door hinges should be placed every 30 inches along the height of the door. Doors that are 60 inches tall (five feet), for example, will need only two hinges
Doors that are over 60 inches tall need to have three hinges.
Can I replace a door without replacing the frame?
If you are replacing a door with one of the same size and the door frame is undamaged, you can replace only the door and leave the frame. But if the frame is cracked or damaged, warped or dented, you should replace the frame along with the door.