How to Make a Lean-To Off of a Shed

| December 22, 2010 | Comments (0)

How to Make a Lean-To Off of a Shed

Lean to off a shed can be used as extra space for expansion in case storage space in the old tool shed is at a premium. The lean-to has been a popular option for adding extra space for as long as storage buildings have been around. Sometimes called “wings” in some areas, the lean-to can be enclosed for dry storage or left open as a handy parking space for the tractor or other equipment. These tips below if followed vividly, they can help you to make a lean-to off a shed.

  • Fasten a stud along the top of the shed’s exterior wall where the lean-to will be built. The stud must be placed below the overhanging roof on the shed. Fasten the stud to the shed’s frame using lag bolts.
  • Measure the distance from the shed’s wall to mark the width for the lean-to. Measure the distance from the front corner, the middle, and the back corner of the shed to establish a square.
  • Dig holes for the corner posts at each corner. Holes should be one-quarter as deep as the post is long. A 12-foot post should end up with three feet buried in the hole. Set the corner posts and cement them into place. Secure the posts upright using 2 x 4 studs or something similar. Depending on the length of the lean-to, set intermediate posts between the corners in a straight line. The type and weight of the roofing material to be used will determine how many additional intermediate posts will be needed. Typically a post should be set for every 10 feet. These posts should also be cemented into place.
  • Determine the desired pitch of the roof being placed atop the lean-to. About six inches of drop for every 10 feet is usually adequate for a lean-to. If the width of the lean-to is 10 feet, attach a stud along the outside of the posts, six inches lower than the stud previously attached to the shed’s wall.
  • Cut the rafters from 2 x 4 studs and fasten them in place between the shed and posts to the headers. Evenly space the rafters along the entire length of the lean-to between 16 and 20 inches apart.
  • Attach the metal roof material to the rafters using self-tapping roofing screws with rubber grommets. The rubber grommets will help to prevent leaks. With the roof installed, the lean-to can be left open for parking equipment under, or enclosed to provide a dry storage area.

Things you will need;

  • 2 x 4 studs
  • 2 x 6 studs
  • Post hole digger
  • Tape measure
  • Cement
  • Posts
  • Framing nails
  • Lag bolts
  • Metal roof material


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