Bikes left outside to the harsh elements of the weather can soon show the signs of neglect if not properly cared for. Housing them inside a purpose-built bicycle shed will mean they are kept dry and protected as well as offering storage facilities for your tools and spare equipment. To learn how to build a bicycle storage shed read the guide below.
Foundations or base
Any shed requires a good solid foundation upon which it should be set. Construct a base of concrete, slightly larger than the shed to give yourself a flat and level surface. Once it is set firmly, you can begin to build your bike shelter.
Self build or a kit
If you are building a wooden bike shed, then the first decision is whether to use a self-assembly kit with the floor walls and roof already constructed in panels and you just have to secure them together. The other option is to buy the timber required and totally assemble the shed yourself. The kit option is far easier especially for an inexperienced DIY enthusiast. Moreover, self-assembly kits are the cheaper option as well.
Building your bike shelter
The floor panel should be secured to the base with nails or pins which are able to penetrate the concrete of the base to hold it firmly in position.
It is always advisable for two people to work together when constructing any type of wooden bike shelter as one can hold each piece in place while the other secures it with nails or screws. Many self assembly kits will provide these and have pre-drilled holes at the attachment points as a guide to assist you. Secure the first two walls together before fixing them to the floor.
Completing your walls
Add the third and fourth walls ensuring they are secured to each other and the floor panel. Use a spirit level or plumb line to ensure everything is square. Many self assembly sheds have the door already fitted to one of the end panels saving you from the task of having to fit hinges and hang the door. If glass is to be added to the windows, this should be completed once the wall is erected. Roof
Firstly, attach joists or rafters to the tops of the walls to hold and attach the roof panels in place. Once these are all fitted, cover these with the roof panels ensuring you have a good seal with no spaces throughout. Once the roof is on, it should be covered with roofing felt to ensure you have a good waterproof building to act as a cycle storage area.