Replace a Shed Door in 6 Steps

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  • 2-4 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 50-100
What You'll Need
5 pieces 2 x 4 lumber
16 penny nails
1 sheet 3/4 inch plywood
Wood Glue
Tape Measure
New Hinges (Optional)
Door lock and hasp
Carpenters Pencil

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 2 x 4 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 2 x 4 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.

Finish Up

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.