How to build a Shed or Gazebo


6x4 Wooden Shed

With summer on the horizon, many people’s thoughts will be turning from spring cleaning to preparing the perfect outdoor space in which to enjoy the (hopefully!) sunny weather. However, there’s more to a garden than decking, patios and plants: you may be looking for a garden shed in which to store tools, bikes, BBQs and more; or a gazebo to ensure that you can enjoy even those grey drizzly summer days.

Arden Gazebo

Whether building a new structure from scratch or repairing and maintaining an existing shed or gazebo, our guide will help to ensure that you have all bases covered.

Maintaining existing structures

If your existing shed or gazebo has seen better days, it may be time to undertake a little maintenance work in time for the summer. 

Ideally, any wooden structure such as a shed or gazebo should be treated with a water-resistant treatment once a year, both inside and out. Shed windows should also be checked periodically to ensure that the sealant is still intact, ensuring no moisture can get in. 

The felt roof of your shed should be thoroughly checked to ensure that there are no rips or tears: and if there are, the area should be stripped and re-felted. The video below shows just how easy this is to do.


The hinges of any doors and windows should be checked for rust and treated if needs be, and the base of your structure should also be examined to ensure it’s still stable. 

Starting from scratch

Working out how to build a gazebo or shed may seem tough, but it’s actually fairly straightforward. The best thing to do is focus your efforts on ensuring that the area is fully prepared in advance. 

Choose a location where you will be able to access the structure from all four sides for maintenance or wood treatments, and be sure to check that it is away from any young trees whose roots may disrupt its position in the future. 

When assessing how to build a shed or gazebo, a strong and level foundation is also important ensuring the structure remains dry There are three types of bases that may suit. Concrete foundations are recommended for larger structures, although  paving slabs are also an option. The third choice is a specially designed shed base, which removes the need for concrete and requires minimal DIY abilities. 

Wooden Shed Base

Using the right tools

Putting up a shed or gazebo is a job which can be easily completed in a day by a competent DIYer. Ideally  enlist the help of a friend to help you build the structure. Take a look at the video below for a full step-by-step demonstration on how to build a shed:

Whether building or repairing a garden shed or gazebo, you’ll want to be sure that you have the right tools at hand for the job in question. You’ll be surprised at how few tools are needed to do the job. For the more specialist tools like cement mixers hiring is a great option so take a look at the Bradfords tool hire brochure to find flexible hire terms at affordable prices.

Whether you’re starting from scratch or repairing an existing structure, you’ll find everything you need for your shed or gazebo at Bradfords. Browse our online shop to find what you’re looking for, or follow us on Twitter @Bradfords_Build for some great building tips.