Step By Step Guide

Step 1: Removing the Windows and Doors

To start taking down your garden shed, you’ll need to remove the windows and the doors. To make sure no glass is broken, remove the glass first before starting to take out the window frames or door frames.

Removing the windows should be an easy process, the material used is perspex, a strong plastic and an alternative to glass. This can be removed easily by slipping them out of the window frames. Once the windows are removed, make sure you take them away from the area you’re working in to prevent them from getting broken.

To remove the windows and doors, it’s best to use a drill or screwdriver to remove them. This is because they’ll have hinges and screws attaching them to the building.

TIP: Make sure to place all the screws in one place when removing them so you don’t lose any.

Timber Wall

Step 3: Removing the Walls

The last step is to remove the walls. Depending on the style of shed you have, you may be able to pry the wood panels off.

If your shed is an overlap style, this will likely need a hammer to remove the nails, then you can take each piece of wood off. To do this, take your claw hammer and with the back of it, lift the nail off the wood until it’s been completely removed. Repeat this until you’re able to take down each wall.

If your shed is tongue and groove, this may require a hammer or crowbar to lift the wooden panels off. Fewer nails should need to be removed here. Place your crowbar in between the wooden panels, then gently lift each piece of wood until you’re able to take it off and place it to one side. Repeat this process until you’ve removed each piece of wood.

During this process, you may need a temporary timber support to hold up standing walls whilst you take the others down.

Remember to start from the outside of the shed, removing the nails one by one using and placing the nails and screws in a safe spot away from where you’re working.

If you’re dismantling an old shed, you could tear down the walls using a crowbar. However, if you’re just taking down your shed to move it, undoing the fixtures and fittings one by one is the best option for you.

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Yes! Although every garden building is different, as long as you follow these simple steps, dismantling your garden shed can be done with ease!

If you're looking to keep the same shed, it's best to take apart the shed carefully piece by piece. Undo all of the fixtures and fittings and don't pull at any wood.

To dismantle a shed you'll need:

  • A claw hammer
  • A crowbar
  • Somewhere to store nails and screws
  • A friend or family member willing to get stuck in with you!


You can recycle:

  • Metal - This includes any hinges or screws
  • Glass -  Just be careful in case any of it is broken
  • Wood or timber - This can be taken to your local recycling centre.


You cannot recycle:

  • Perspex - A great alternative would be to use this on a DIY project because of its long durability

The best and only way to move a shed by hand is to dismantle it first. By doing this, you'll be reducing the risk of any damage and moving a shed by hand just isn't possible in one go!

This depends on how many people are taking apart the shed and how large your garden shed is, but it should take you less than a day, especially if you have an extra pair of hands!

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