14 Easy Steps On How To Build a Ramp For A Shed
Are you one of the unfortunates who got injured while getting heavy stuff from your shed? If your answer is a yes, then it’s time for you to install a ramp. If you said no, don’t wait to hurt yourself or for another to get hurt. Get or in this case, build a ramp.
A ramp is an inclined plane the gives you access from one floor to another, especially on uneven ground. For household, ramps are essential to move heavy objects from furniture to tools and equipment.
We dedicate this post to guide you on the easy steps on how to build a ramp for a shed. It’s cheap. It’s easy. It’s doable in a day.
Get Some Of These Materials:
2x4 Lumber (12 pieces)
These wood pieces will be used as the support and the platform of the ramp. Some do-it-yourselfers may want to use other materials as cement and metal make the ramp. But, we chose to have the lumber material or wood since it is easier and less expensive to construct.
However, if your shed is made from concrete or if you want something sturdier, then you can go for the metal or cement material.
2x4x8 Lumber (4 pieces)
These 4 pieces will be the joists or the base of the platform of the ramp. The 8 inches of his lumber will be the basis of how high the ramp will be.
Depending on your door shed height from the ground you can increase or decrease the lumber height.
2x6 Lumber (1 piece)
This wood piece will 1serve as the base or attachment of the ramp to the shed. Others, however, prefer the metal to attach the ramp. Again, we want to have an easier and simpler ramp for the shed. Hence, we decided to have wood.
3. Nuts & Bolts (Optional)
4. Paint (Optional)
5. Screw (Optional)
Tools You Need
3. Tape Measure or T-square
4. Drill (Optional)
Step by Step Procedure
If you do not have any drill or you chose not to use one in this project, you can proceed to Step 3.
If you have a drill, you need to drill three holes of equal distance on the lower part of the door or opening of your shed.
This part is where you will nail down the lumber to attach the ramp on the opening. You have to make sure that when drilling, the hole is enough to house in the nuts and bolts.
Drill into your 2x6 lumber. Again, you have to make sure that the hole is big enough to fit the bolts and nuts later on.
Important tip! The hole on the 2x6 wood should be of aligned to the holes on Step 1 (shed door or opening).
If you decide to use nails and hammer instead of a drill and nuts and bolt, you can directly nail down the 2x6 wood on the lower part of the opening, where the ramp will be placed.
Tip! To make it easy for you to properly align the lumber, mark the nail points with the use of the pencil, both on the opening shed and the lumber.
Also, be careful with your hands!
Now, you need to work on the base of the platform, we call joists. Using a tape measure or a T-square, you need to trace a diagonal line on the body of the 2x4x8 lumber measuring 85 degrees from the top corner.
For all the four wood pieces, you have to make sure that the lines are the same.
Using your saw, cut down the 2x4x8 lumber on the traced line you’ve done in Step 4.
Repeat the process for the remaining 4 2x4x8 lumber.
Cut the straight end or tip of the 2x4x8 at 45 degrees. This is the part or tip that will be attached to the shed opening.
Using your hammer and nails again, pin the 4 pieces of the 2x4x8 lumber to the lower part or area of the shed door.
If your shed area is placed on dirt ground, you should do Step 8. But, if the shed is on cemented floor, you can proceed to Step 9.
Once the 4 joists are nailed on the shed opening, dig small pathways, where each of the joists is placed.
To make the joists more stable and sturdy, you need to insert blockings in between these joists using the 2x4 lumber.
With the use of measuring tool, measure the space between the joists. Then, cut the 2x4 lumber based on the measured size of the space between the joists to make the blockings. The blockings should fit into the spaces between the joists.
Make 3 pieces of them.
The blockings should be placed on the alternate tips of the joists. On the first pair of joists, place the blocking on the tip. On the second pair or space, place the blocking on the base of the ramp (see image for guide).
Secure the blocking with the use of your preferred tool pairing drill and nuts and bolts or the hammer and nail.
Regardless of which tools you used, make use that it is attached properly and securely.
Now, you are ready to nail the slats of the ramp. With the use of your remaining 2x4 lumber, line them on the joists. You should start from the base (shed opening) down to the tip of the joists.
Be sure to place them properly, so it will be easy to nail or drill them down later.
Again, depending on your preferred tool, nail or drill the slats on the joists. The nail or the drill should be placed on the part where the joists are located. That is, there should be four nails or drilled screw on each slat.
For the finishing touches, you can paint the ramp with your preferred color, or you can simply use the original look for a natural finish.
That was a sweat-inducing activity! But, we wish you had fun as much as we did while guiding you through the process. Now, you are ready to take on the challenging of bringing in or getting out those ultra heavy materials inside or outside your shed.
We’d like to hear what you think of the tutorial in the comments below. You can also share with us your experiences. If you find it useful, we’d love for you to share it with your friends to help them too!