How Do I Create a Shed in SketchUp?

Creating a shed in SketchUp is a fun and rewarding project that allows you to unleash your creativity while honing your 3D modeling skills. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced user, this tutorial will guide you through the step-by-step process of creating a shed that fits your needs. So let’s dive in and get started!

Step 1: Setting up the workspace

Before we begin designing our shed, let’s take a moment to set up the workspace in SketchUp. Open SketchUp and create a new project by clicking on “File” > “New”. Once the project is created, we can now customize our workspace.

Customizing the toolbar

To make our workflow easier, we can customize the toolbar by adding frequently used tools. Go to “View” > “Toolbars” and select the tools you want to add or remove from the toolbar. This will help streamline your design process.

Changing default settings

By default, SketchUp uses meters as its unit of measurement. However, for this tutorial, we’ll change it to feet and inches. Go to “Window” > “Model Info”, select the “Units” tab, and choose “Feet” from the drop-down menu.

Step 2: Drawing the shed’s base

Now that our workspace is set up, it’s time to start drawing our shed. We’ll begin by creating its base using the Rectangle tool.

Tip: To activate any tool quickly, press its shortcut key mentioned beside it (e.g., R for Rectangle tool).

  • Select the Rectangle tool from the toolbar or press R.
  • Click once on any point in your workspace to define one corner of the rectangle.
  • Move your cursor to define the opposite corner of the rectangle and click again to complete the shape.

Once you’ve created the base, use the Push/Pull tool (P) to give it some height. Click on the top face of the rectangle, move your cursor up or down, and click again to extrude it.

Step 3: Adding walls and roof

Now that we have our shed’s base, let’s add walls and a roof to complete its structure.

Drawing walls

To draw a wall, select the Line tool (L) from the toolbar. Click on one corner of your base, move your cursor to another corner, and click again. Repeat this process for each side of your base until you’ve enclosed it with walls.

Tip: You can use guides (View > Guides > New Guide) to ensure accurate measurements while drawing walls.

Add thickness to the walls

To give our walls depth, we’ll use the Push/Pull tool again. Select one of the wall surfaces, click on it with the Push/Pull tool (P), and move your cursor inwards or outwards to adjust its thickness.

Create a roof

To create a roof for our shed, we’ll use either a simple triangular shape or a more complex design based on your preference. You can create a triangular roof by drawing two diagonal lines connecting opposite corners of your shed’s base and using them as references for creating faces using the Line tool (L).

Alternatively, you can also create a more complex roof design using additional 2D shapes like rectangles or polygons. Extrude these shapes using the Push/Pull tool (P) to achieve different roof styles.

Step 4: Adding details

Now that we have our shed’s basic structure in place, let’s add some details to make it look more realistic.

Doors and windows

To create doors and windows, you can use the Rectangle tool (R) to draw their outlines on the walls. Then, use the Push/Pull tool (P) to extrude them inwards or outwards, depending on whether they are openings or solid elements.

Texturing and coloring

To add texture and color to your shed, you can use SketchUp’s built-in materials library. Simply select a face or group of faces, click on the Paint Bucket tool (B), and choose a material from the library.

Tip: You can download additional materials from SketchUp’s Extension Warehouse for more variety.

Step 5: Final touches

Congratulations! You’ve successfully created a shed in SketchUp. Before wrapping up our design process, let’s add some finishing touches.

  • Use the Eraser tool (E) to remove any unnecessary lines or edges.
  • Add landscaping elements such as trees, shrubs, or fences to enhance the overall look of your shed.
  • If desired, you can also apply shadows and lighting effects using SketchUp’s rendering options.


Creating a shed in SketchUp is an exciting endeavor that allows you to explore your creativity while developing your modeling skills. By following this step-by-step tutorial and utilizing various tools and features in SketchUp, you’ll be able to design sheds that suit your specific needs. So go ahead, unleash your imagination, and start building amazing sheds in SketchUp today!