How to Build a Lean To Shed

How to Build a Lean To Shed


Ever since setting up shop in my basement, I’ve been wanting to move my air compressor into a shed. In this video, I’m going to show you how easy it is to build this lean to shed. This is the perfect solution to house an air compressor outside of your shop, but it can also be used for anything from storing sports equipment to gardening tools and supplies. In my plans, I show how to modify this shed to be the right size for whatever you might need! I also show you how to frame a wood foundation if you don’t want to pour a concrete slab.

All of the materials and tools I used for the projects are linked below along with The Home Depot’s Mobile App and Tool Rental resources!

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Gravel –
quikrete 5000 –
2x4s –
PT 2x4s –
T1-11 –
1/2″ OSB –
1×6 Hardie trim – Special Order
1×4 Hardie trim –
3-1/4″ framing nails –
2″ framing nails –
3-1/2″ construction screws –
2″ trim screws –
2-1/2″ pocket hole screws –
Roofing nails –
Collated roofing nails (optional) –
Drip edge –
Tar paper –
Shingles –
Caulk –
Primer –
Paint –
Hinge –
Handle –
Door hasp –

➤Tools: (affiliate)

Respirator –
Miter saw –
Tamp –
Hardback rake –
Shovel –
Magnesium float –
Steel Trowel –
Shop Vac –
Drill / Driver set –
Jigsaw –
jigsaw blades –
Circular Saw –
Diablo plywood blade –
Diablo Hardie Board blade –
Kreg 520 pocket hole jig –
Level –
Framing Square –
Tin snips –
Utility knife –
Caulk gun –
Sash brush –
Roller frame –
Roller –
Paint bucket –
Paint tray –

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Carhartt Rigby Work Short –
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Disclaimer: DIY is inherently dangerous. If you are uncomfortable with any of the cuts/methods shown in this video use an alternative approach. Woodshop Mike, LLC and its associates are not liable for any damages or injuries incurred.


  1. Bruce LaVerdiere on July 19, 2022 at 10:50 pm

    Very nice. Frost heaving? I am in New England. Will your slab be adequate to compensate for any possible frost heaving or would a different method need to be used? Thanks

  2. tcroc74 on July 19, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    That was an awesome video and you did a beautiful job !!! What size did the lean to end up being? On your plans do you offer any custom sizing ? I have a existing shed a 10 x 20 gym shed and I wanted to add space to my shed keeping a tall wall on one end to allow tall equipment. Is this something you would be able to custom size in plans? Just curious

  3. Nadja Holtkamp on July 19, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    *I love the thurough collection of information on building a tiny house **** the does and don’t will help keep from learning the hard way.*

  4. jorge garcia on July 19, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    Thank you! 😊

  5. SoTex Lawn on July 19, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    Turned out great. Just curious, it looked like you could have gone bigger where the shed is located. What was your thoughts on determining that size shed to build?

  6. Clem Griffiths on July 19, 2022 at 10:58 pm

    Great video I want to do something similar about 7ft x3ft but place the door on the 3ft end and enter from my yard .The exterior 7 ft side replaces fensing. Hold off on the advance stuff like track saws and use more of the basic tools that will encourage the average you to do his/ her DIY project. Again great job.

  7. Sergii Real Estate on July 19, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    Very good! I wish it was helpful to me since I need the same but attached to the house lol from your thumbnail it looked like that 😁

  8. I Enjoy Creating Videos on July 19, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    Nice work on the shed Mike! Thanks for sharing the video with us!💖👌👍😎JP

  9. Woodshop Mike on July 19, 2022 at 11:00 pm

  10. N H on July 19, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    Downpipe running into the back of the shed no storm drain and no damp course membrane between the slab and the timber?
    Now very smartie🤣

  11. Two Moose Design on July 19, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    Great video! It looks awesome

  12. Arslan Ahmed on July 19, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    Nice shed but NOT a lean-to shed

  13. Dean Hall on July 19, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    Nice but a bit little.

  14. Terri Frakes on July 19, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    Do you have a plan for a 3 X 6 lean to that the door opening is on the 3 side?

  15. Chief Russ J on July 19, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    Looks like I’ll just get a Rubbermaid shed lol

  16. Cyka Blyat on July 19, 2022 at 11:11 pm


  17. TRY to HELP you on July 19, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    It’s a shame they don’t sell those 9ah batteries for Ridgid anymore :/

  18. Lizard Man on July 19, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    Looks nice but useless for most people since how small u needed it especially since u made it to just fit your compressor

  19. Bellagio on July 19, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    How many inches is the shed from the main house ?

  20. Willing and Able on July 19, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    Excellent video, Mike. What door height did you use here? I couldn’t find the general dimensions on your plans to see if they will work for my project. I’m trying to keep the back wall height below a window.

  21. Noah Torres on July 19, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    I have an exterior water heater, that compressor looks like the same dimensions as my heaters do you think this would be a good shed to store a water heater in?

  22. x Steel on July 19, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    Great video! Looks so good man. What is the size of this…3×5? You’ve inspired me to pour my own slab. Saw your plans online too. Will they build this one exactly or do they have to be modified? Also, glad you listed the parts and tools on here, especially which Diablo blade you used. Sometimes that confuses me in these types of videos. Thanks.

  23. Steve Larsen on July 19, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    The shed will be used for my air compressor and my shop vacuum with plumbing to my tools. Also for rakes and shovels. Need to insulate it mainly for noise but I also need an air supply system. Air compressor needs clean air and the vacuum needs an exhaust. Air compressor will use outside air but I’m thinking plumbing the vacuum air back into the shop to save heated and cooled air. Any ideas? Thank you very much for your great video.

  24. Tamim on July 19, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    Amazing shed build. I I’m trying to build something around the same size. This is a perfect inspiration video

  25. patricia valencia on July 19, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    Great vid! Great work! I was looking for an easy diy not one for experienced builders lol. Thanks.

  26. Lance Robinson on July 19, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    Great video! what are the current dimensions on this build? In the description above you said in the plans that you can show us how to modify this build to fit our needs. Will it support a 4×4 or 4×6 lean to shed?

  27. Timothy Creasy on July 19, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    Nothing says spring like a well built garden shed. Very nice work.
    I have heard some people say the the drip edge should be tight to the fascia board, some say it should be spaced off. Do you have a opinion on this theory, or have you ever heard of this ?
    Thanks, and God bless

  28. Tioga Fretworks on July 19, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    Shop dust collector (and air compressor too).

  29. John Howard on July 19, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    I do my shopping at Lowe’s because they have a TRUE Veterans’ discount. The Home Depot discount is for active and retired military only. Those of us who served, but did not retire are not considered true "Veterans" by Home depot even though we put our lives in danger in places like Korea, Viet Nam, Afghanistan, Iraq, and a hundred other places.
    Shame on you Home Depot!

  30. Bob Lee on July 19, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    How much space did you leave between the house and the shed?

  31. rere nomad on July 19, 2022 at 11:26 pm

    you built the shed in front of the down spout. wont that be a problem?

  32. Double Dog Dare on July 19, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    Fine job should last you a long time. I may have missed it, but I’d also anchor the sill to the concrete. Keep the winds from blowing it over.

  33. Dan on July 19, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    I mean if you didn’t know what it was, you would make the assumption on what it was. So don’t be surprised if it smells.

  34. Michael Knott on July 19, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    I’m just gearing up to build my first shed. I’ve never done roofing before, can you tell me why you put the top drip edge over the shingles instead of under?

  35. Billy Ward on July 19, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    If it was for the compressor I would have run conduit up through the slab for a clean finish

  36. Rudolph on July 19, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    Perfect for what I need on the small side of my house. Thanks for making the video!

  37. Foodie on July 19, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    Thank you for the great instructions you provide. I really enjoy your videos.

    However, I have a question. How do we weather proof the sides which back up against the back wall. I’m anchoring my shed to the wall of my house. I have a brick veneer house, but the concern would be the same regardless of it being weatherboard or brick veneer. My concern is when it rains directly in that area (back house wall) or when the wind pushes the rain in that direction, it will rot out the back wall. Does anyone here have any ideas or suggestions to deal with this? Thank you guys in advance 🙏

  38. Samuel Adams on July 19, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    This is a less intimidating approach for those of us trying to plan a shed build for the first time. We can see the simplicity of the structure easier.

  39. Jimy Wealth on July 19, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    Since it’s lean to, why did you have large soffit overhang in the back? What’s the smallest soffit overhang needed to have it closest to house? Does a shed need one? Thanks I’m stumped on that

  40. InkB0ttle on July 19, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    How much did it cost to build this?

  41. Blake Pocquette on July 19, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    I was thinking MIL room….

  42. Marc-Bernard Levesque on July 19, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    I’m not lucky like you. My compressor would overheat in such a small place.

  43. Luis Torres on July 19, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    What size air compressor is that? Recently bought a 80 gal compressor and looking to build one for it.

  44. Ann nonomys on July 19, 2022 at 11:45 pm

    I usually fast forward through such videos, but then the audio can become inaudible. Your editing was PERFECT! Wish others would do this too.

  45. Jose Ortega on July 19, 2022 at 11:46 pm

    Muy buen video me gustaría que fuera nunca poco más despacio para poderlo hacer gracias

  46. Haun Day on July 19, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    Great project and explanation!
    I have a question about the water protection. Did you just use the primer over the OSB?

  47. fatboy615 on July 19, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    How many bags of cement did ya have to use

  48. Tag Quasar on July 19, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    goodness me that concrete foundation…im thinking of building a shed 4 times as big not using a foundation like that…Just some slabs of stone…

  49. Hans Gruber on July 19, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    Great video!
    I’m looking to build something just like this on the dock by the lake. Do I need something more weatherproof to clad the walls with it it’s going to be getting the added weather off the lake? Seems like it’s just plywood walls. Should it have more or something specific ?

  50. Bret Lambky on July 19, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    Just leaving my digital footprint… lol I entered your giveaway..