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12×16 Shed Plans – Gable Design

12×16 shed plans, with gable roof. Plans include drawings, measurements, shopping list, and cutting list.

12×16 Shed Plans – Gable Design – Material List

Shopping List

Shopping List

2 – pressure treated 2×6 – 16′

13 – pressure treated 2×6 – 12′

4 – pressure treated 4×4 – 16′

6 – 2×4 – 16′

93 – 2×4 – 8′

19 – 2×4 – 12′

4 – 2×6 – 8′

10 – 1×4 – 8′

6 – 3/4″ tongue and groove plywood – 4’x8′ sheets

17 –  t1-11 exterior siding plywood – 4’x8′ sheets

10 – 1/2″ plywood – 4’x8′ sheets


roof tacks

roofing felt


drip edge

3 1/2″ galvanized nails

1 1/4″ galvanized finishing nails

2″ galvanized nails

2″ deck screws

6 – door hinges

2 – door handles

Cutting List

Cutting List

2 – pressure treated 2×6 – 16′

13 – pressure treated 2×6 – 11′ 9″

4 – pressure treated 4×4 – 16′

4 – 2×4 – 16′

2 – 2×4 – 15′ 5″

54 – 2×4 – 7′ 6″

15 – 2×4 – 12′

4 – 2×4 – 11′ 5″

26 – 2×4 – 7′ 8 11/16″

13 – 2×4 – 2′ 8 3/8″

16 – 2×4 – 2′ 1 3/4″

4 – 2×6 – 7′ 8 11/16″

10 – 1×4 – 8′ ( cut to size )

6 – 3/4″ tongue and groove plywood – 4’x8′ sheets ( cut to size )

17 –  t1-11 exterior siding plywood – 4’x8′ sheets ( cut to size )

10 – 1/2″ plywood – 4’x8′ sheets ( cut to size )

12x16 shed plans - floor frame

The shed floor is built with pressure treated 2×6’s and pressure treated 4×4’s.

Cut two 2×6’s to 16′ long for the band. Cut thirteen 2×6’s to 11′ 9″ long for the floor joist. Nail 3 1/2″ nails through the 2×6 band and into the floor joist. Floor joist 16″ O.C.

Attach the 16′ long 4×4 pressure treated skids to the bottom of the floor frame. Square out the floor frame by measuring diagonally until both sides measure the same. Secure the 4×4 skids by nailing 3 1/2″ nails through the floor frame and into the 4×4 skids.


12x16 shed plans - floor deck

Cut to size and install the 3/4″ tongue and groove plywood. Secure the floor plywood with 2″ deck screws.

12x16 shed plans - front back wall frame

The front and back wall frame is built using 2×4 lumber.

The wall studs are 16″ O.C.

Assemble the back wall frame as shown on illustration above ( see illustration below for close up view ).

The front wall frame will have a door and window, for instructions on framing the door and window see the pages below:

Assemble the front and back wall frame using 3 1/2″ nails.

12x16 shed plans - front back wall frame close up

Here is a close up look of the front and back wall frame ends.



Cut the 2×4’s as shown on illustration above for the side walls.

Wall studs are 16″ O.C.

If you will be adding a double door to the side wall of the shed see this page for details: Shed Door Plans

Assemble the side wall frame using 3 1/2″ nails.

12x16 shed plans - truss frame

See illustration above for truss details.

12x16 shed plans - truss measurements

The truss is built using 2×4’s.

Cut the 2×4’s as shown on illustration above. The truss are assembled using 1/2″ plywood gussets. Nail 2″ nails through the gusset and into the truss.

12x16 shed plans - truss rafters outriggers

Attach the truss to the shed 16″ O.C. Toenail 3 1/2″ nails through the truss and into the wall frame.

To build the 1′ overhand cut 2×4’s to 2′ 1 3/4″ long for the outriggers. Notch as shown on illustration above and install the outriggers using 3 1/2″ nails.

Once the outriggers have been installed cut to size the 2×6 roof trim as shown above and install with 3 1/2″ nails.

Install siding using 1 1/4″ finishing nails.

Install doors, and windows.

12x16 shed plans - wall frame bock

Cut 2×4’s to size and install between the rafters with 3 1/2″ nails.

12x16 shed plans - rafter block siding

Cut t1-11 siding to size and install between the rafters. Use 1 1/4″ finishing nails to install.

12x16 shed plans - roof deck

Measure, cut, and install the 1/2″ plywood for the roof deck.

12x16 shed plans - shingles - corner trim

Install roofing felt, drip edge, and shingles.

Install 1×4 trim.

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  1. Can’t wait to get started. Thank you for a wonderful step by step plans.

  2. I have built several. 12X16 sheds this looks about. The best. I like a gambrel roof so I’d like to see that as plans the shed is great, just change the roof line to a second floor.

  3. I would like a copy of 12X16 shed plans
    Also catalog of other plans

  4. This is the 12×16 shed plan that my husband would like a copy of

  5. Thanks. Good information. I can’t wait to start. I would get the materials estimate.

  6. It is a great step by step plan. I did mine just like that. Looking forward to seeing more from you.

  7. In process of building and plans are working nicely. But I can only count 8-10 of the 1×4’s (used on the corners and around window). Why did the shopping list have me buy 28? Thanks

    This looks like a use able plan. Thank you for the plan of making a shed! Very great plan.Click Here!

  9. What do you do about the open space between the trusses between the top plate and the lower side of the roof decking?

  10. What would you estimate the cost of this project to be?

  11. I would love a copy of the 12×16 shed plans.

  12. If you guys needing $$ then take the material list provided to any box store, and they will give you an exact cost.

  13. I would like a copy of the 12 x 16 shed plans with the gable roof.
    Let me know when to expect it.
    Thank you,

  14. Great plans, not sure what size I will build but these are super helpful. After doing a shed kit in the past, I will design my next shed and choose better material.

  15. Would you please send us a copy of the 12 x 16 shed plans with the gable roof? Thank you!

  16. Great plans and thank you.

  17. Julian Hernandez

    even though I can design the plans this will save me lots of time plus the experience and detail of some one that knows…

  18. Looks like great plans do you have any that come with the barn style?

  19. I would a love a set of the 12×16 shed plan please. I plan to put in a/c. I live in the south. 😉

  20. Please send me a copy of the plans thanks for your time

  21. I want to build this shed, Please send a copy of plans, thanks in advanced

  22. Thank you so much!!!! I have been looking for this for some time. Can you please send plans for the 12×16

  23. Richard Kingham

    Thank you for this great resource. I’m planning on building this shed here real soon. I have a maybe dumb question, whats the purpose of cutting the wall studs down to 7’6″ vs just using them at 8′?

    • pretty sure the walls would end up 3 inches too tall for using a 4×8 sheet of siding? top board plus bottom board is 3″ then siding hangs down a couple inch also

  24. Nice plans… I would like to make a 12×16 shed with the gables on the 16 foot side. That would work best for my space. Having a hard time finding plans for this style… Any ideas where to look would be great!

  25. question… when you have a measurement of a truss board that has an angled end. lets say a 7 foot board with a 40degree cut where are you measuring from? the end to the longest end ,or the end to the start of the cut? thanks

  26. Just downloaded the plans and going to be getting started soon. Question though: On your materials list/cut list, did you take into account the extra lumber used for the door and window framing and also building the door? Or will I have to add to the list?

  27. Is there a cost for the plans for the 12 by 16 shed ?

  28. Need price for 12 X 12 gambrel ……

  29. price for 12′ x 12′ Gambrel….

  30. Thank you for helping us who are novices and wanting to get to the next level.

    Can you tell me the changes necessary to make the sidewalls 10 to 12 feet tall? I’m probably gonna put hardy board siding on top of the t11 siding because I just hate that stuff. Any other recommendations?

  31. How do I download the plans

  32. Great plans! I just wondered what kind of snow load the roof is rated for? Up here in Maine we need a 80 pounds per square foot rated roof


    Excellent presentation, ease-of-use, attention to detail, and function!

  34. Everyone I talk with is telling me to use 2×6 for the rafters??
    Any thoughts

    • Maybe if you are building a house……

    • Richard (I Wood if I Could)

      I did my wall studs and roof rafters at 24″ on center, so I used 2 x 6’s for the roof. Also, I made loft storage in the rafters of the front and back 5′ or so and left the middle 6′ or so open for access to the lofts and better lighting. I left the lower cords out in the middle trusses and reinforced them with hurricane ties and extra blocking. To better support the front and back loft floors I doubled up the lower cords on the front and back truss and on the two on either side of the opening and then floored the lofts with 2/4″ plywood. I also put four 14″ x 14″ plastic skylights in tht roof over the center open area to let additional light in.

  35. Would love to see plans for a small deck and ramp for this shed. maybe an eight by eight deck.

  36. Have you had wind loads done on this shed? If so can you provide those also?

  37. If anyone has had wind loads done can you please email me a pdf file

    Yoter4x4 at hotmail dot com

  38. might be a dumb question, but do you just put the shed on the ground? I understand leveling and flattening your space, but what then?

  39. Love the shed. Is there a way of getting the plans? I need to submit a drawing to the city for a permit.

  40. This is great, thank you for sharing. Can you please send plans for the 12×16 with gable roof?

  41. Wow, I hope I can make the barn door on the same side as the man door. Please send plans for 12×16 thanks.

  42. I’m installing a rollup door on one of the ends. How much should I beef up the wall framing to accommodate this?

  43. by any chance do you have plans for adding a six or eight foot everhang on this shed? I wand to add one to each end of the 12 foot sides

  44. Any problem with making the truss / roof design a 7 / 12 or 8 / 12 instead of the 6 / 12 as shown?
    Looking to modify plan to store a 14′ canoe (32″ wide and 20″ stern height) within truss via an exterior door.

  45. Do have plans to make this without the truss roof? I’d like to be able to store things up above

  46. Excellent plans, thank you!

  47. Rick P. ("I Wood if I Could")

    See my reply to William Ramche (above) for an idea you mightblike.

  48. Do you have any problem with no facia board on gable side

  49. I made a donation and received the plans i was interested in but I was only able to see the plans on line, i wasn’t able to print them out. Any tips?

    • I would like to apologize, i did get the complete download, I just couldn’t find it but I did now. My bad.
      Plans look good. Thanks

  50. How do you download the PDF version

  51. I purchased 10 plans and my cart turned up empty when I went to down load them, what’s the deal?

  52. Anyone have a ballpark figure on what it cost to build this?

  53. Seeking plans for 12 x 24 shed, lean-to style roof

  54. These are an outstanding source to build your shed. Thank you for taking the time for us novices. I truly appreciate this site. So helpful

  55. How soon after you make the donation for the 12’x16′ shed will I receive the plans? I was expecting it to give me a confirmation or transfer me to a different site.

  56. This is great, thank you for sharing. Can you please send plans for the 12×16 with gable roof? This looks to be a great tool and help for a novice. This will be my first big project like this.

  57. 12×16 gable plans?

  58. i like this plan, i am planning on build a she shed on concrete slab how can i convert this for that with supplies, doing hardy board for sides. any information would be appreciated.

  59. I would like a copy of the 12×16 shed plans please

  60. Love this one – Perfect for the lake

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