Cost to Build a Metal Yard Shed – 2021

| Last Updated: August 24, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 875

$ 745

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 60% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

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The average price to Build a Metal Yard Shed noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much does it cost to build a metal yard shed? The contractor cost to build a metal or steel storage shed is $875 vs. doing it yourself for $745.

For an economical solution to storing a hodgepodge of lawn and garden tools and kid’s play equipment, you can’t beat a steel storage shed. Granted, a steel shed isn’t going to win a beauty contest, but its usefulness will conquer the clutter of a backyard in disarray and provide storage space for out-of-season lawn furniture.

Steel sheds are sold at home and lawn and garden centers as well as online. The units are designed for do-it-yourself construction and made of pre-cut parts with all fastening hardware included. The walls, roof and door parts are designed for on-location assembly, but the number of parts and hardware fasteners can be intimidating. Spend time studying the assembly instructions so you understand how it goes together and in what order.

You can buy a 6-by-8-foot steel shed and have it assembled by a handyman for $875. But you can build it yourself for $745, the cost of the shed, floor kit, plywood and anchors, and pocket a 15 percent saving. Have someone on hand to help holding the parts and putting them in position, and wear work gloves to protect your hands from sharp edges during assembly. The only tool needed is a screwdriver because the fasteners are screws, nuts and bolts.

The wall, roof and door parts are rust-resistant galvanized steel with a baked enamel finish. Swing-open, factory-assembled, core-backed doors are pre-hinged and include a key-locking handle.

Check with your local building department to find out if a permit or a concrete floor is required. If that’s the case, add an additional $35 for a concrete anchor kit plus the cost of a concrete slab. offers a free collection of 50 outdoor shed plans you can download at Free Shed Plans so take a look.

Enjoy Your Garden has this advice about Choosing a Metal Shed.

The average price to build a metal yard shed noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. 

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