If you’re building a shed, you’re probably going to want some shed doors. Of course, you can have an open shed if you’d like, but most sheds are used for purposes that require doors, even if it’s only to keep out water and weather. Single shed doors are certainly an option, but if you’d like the ability and convenience of having more space to move anything in and out of your shed, consider building double shed doors. If you want to store large items in your shed, double doors are a must. However, the best choice for you is the one you make.
Build The Door Frame
A good choice for the frame is 2x4 lumber. It’s light, but it’s also strong enough to support the shed door panels. When you’ve got the slats in place, use finish nails, driving them through the trim into the siding. This keeps the wood from splitting.
Install The Door Stop
Attach a 2x2 to the door header, making sure that it is flush with the header. Align it at both ends, then drill pilot holes and attach it securely with galvanized screws.
Install The Exterior Door Trim
Using 1 ¼” nails, attach 1x4 lumber to form the exterior trim. You can make these fit exactly or you can extend them inches out on both sides for a nicer look.
Build Your Doors
The easiest way to build a shed door or doors, especially if the shed is being built at the same time, is to use your leftover plywood. These are the pieces of siding that were removed to make the hold for the shed door. You’re just putting them back as shed doors.
Cut the plywood pieces in half and then try it with the trim. Everything should be flush, but use the square to make sure that you have right angles.
Attach The Doors To The Trim
Once you’re sure everything fits properly, attach the doors to the trim with 1 ¼” nails.
Align The Hinges
Before you commit to attaching the hinges, you want to make sure they’re aligned and symmetrical. Not only is this better for your hinges, as they will have an equal load, but it also just looks better.
Attach The Hinges
Once you’ve got them aligned, screw in the hinges.
Test The Doors
Do they open and close smoothly? If not, then you should sand the edges.
Attach The Latch
This isn’t a must, unless you want to be able to lock your shed. Once you’ve got the edges smooth and everything opens and closes as it should, secure the latch.
Take The Final Steps
If there are any holes, fill them with wood putty. After it’s dry, you can use fine-grit sandpaper to smooth the surface of the shed doors. If you’re painting the shed doors, you’ll want to make sure to grab a dry cloth and wipe off the shed doors before you put on primer. Then you can paint the doors as you wish.
This is not a task for beginners, obviously. However, if you have carpentry experience, enough to where you’re comfortable that you can produce a professional look, this shouldn’t be too much of a challenge. Building a sturdy shed door makes your shed more convenient and secure. In addition, it can really lend a sharp look to your yard.