Not sure what type of wood is best for your shed project? You have a few different options, but not all types of wood will work. There are some woods that won’t stand up to the elements and should definitely be avoided. Don’t worry—in this video, landscape contractor Benjamin Hansen explains which woods should (and shouldn’t) be used to build a shed.

Key Takeaways

  • Use softwood dimensional lumber, like cedar or redwood, to build a shed.
  • Avoid using framing wood, like Douglas fir, since it won’t stand up to the elements.

Video Transcript

The best wood type for a shed would be what we call softwood dimensional lumber, such as cedar or redwood. You would never want to use framing wood such as Douglas fir. It can't really tolerate the weather well. So cedar or redwood. My favorite is probably redwood.