How To Build A Ramp For Shed? (STEP BY STEP)

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There are many “how - to” guides out there for many different projects, but when it comes to “how to build your own shed ramp” we have the answers all right here. For the perfect at home project with an easy to follow a guide, finishing your ramp shed will be easier than you think!

We’ll show you the best tools to use and the steps to follow to get you to your finished shed ramp.

Tools You Need

This is an important section. This is all the tools you will need for our shed ramp plans. The ramp takes no time at all to build, but first, you must make sure you have the right tools.

Idea for Your Shed Ramp

Band Saw

Shed Ramp Materials

Building You Shed Ramp

We know this is the part you’ve been waiting for. Here are the steps to building your own shed ramp. Make sure to wear your safety gear when working with your saws and any power tools.

Gloves will keep your hands safe, goggles will keep your eyes safe, and a mask will prevent any dust or debris from entering your lungs.

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First Step: Ledger Board

You need to attach a ledger board, you don’t have to, but this gives added support and helps your ramp last longer over multiple uses and time. To do this, attach a board that is 2 inches in width and the correct length of your ramp, to the base of the shed, below the entrance.

Attach this ledger board with the lag screws and washers to securely hold in place and to help with the weight added to the ramp.

Second Step: If Using Concrete Blocks

Mark your area where the shed ramp will end and dig a place for the concrete blocks to sit in. Depending on your slope, make sure the blocks will be the base for your wooden ramp and give added support. Make sure these are level and straight.

Third Step: Prepare the Ramp Boards

For this task, you will need to lay the ramp boards across the ledger and on the concrete blocks (if using). Using a smaller piece of wood, lay it beside the ramp angled wood and mark the ramp wood to be cut. This will give you more of a slope when you cut the angle.

Do this to all the board for the desired width of your shed ramp. When finished, lay the boards about 5-6” apart. Nail into place on the ledger board. Place blocks of wood between each stringer wood (ramp wood) and this will keep the stringers equally placed.

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Fourth Step: Anchor into Place

Using the powder actuated nailer, anchor the spacer boards into place to prevent any movement and to give a firm base to your ramp. This will allow for any vehicles, riding lawnmowers, bikes, and wheelchairs to be able to go up the ramp securely without movement or shifting.

Fifth Step: Cut and Lay the Boards or Metal

Cut the boards or metal to fit across the ramp boards in the correct length. You can choose to lay your boards vertical or horizontal, depending on how you like the look. Make sure to move around the wood to get the exact look you want for your shed ramp.

Sixth Step: Nail or Staple into Place

Finally, nail or staple your wood or metal into place. Securely use the nails or staples to make sure the top of your ramp is connected to the stringers and stay in place. Each wood will have anywhere from 12-24 nails, depending on the length and width of your ramp.

Final Step: Finishing

This isn’t necessary but very helpful in finishing your shed ramp. If using the chicken wire or metal sheet over the boards, you are finished. However, for those using wood, you have more options.

You can pour concrete over the boards and create a herringbone design. This will allow for a non-slip surface for tires and allow water to drain.

You can also use anti-slip paint that opts for a gritty texture to provide anti-slipping. You can also make a version yourself with exterior paint and coarse sand.

You can take a look at this video to see how to make a ramp for shed also:

Final Thoughts

This project is time-consuming but easily do-able in the afternoon. Building a ramp shed can be fun and easy, not hard. It can be a great bonding experience with your kids as well as helping them learn how to make things.

Either way, you build your ramp shed, it’s important that it’s functional for your family’s needs. If you need wheelchair accessibility or place bikes or motorcycle sin the shed, then ramps help you from injuring yourself by lifting these heavy objects.

Putting tools away and riding lawn mowers away will be much safer. Ramps are made to allow for ease of mobility and access, and your ramp will provide you with ease of putting tools away, easy storage for bikes and mowers, as well as helping with any trouble walking up steps or lifting heavy objects over a large dip.

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