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Do it yourself shed kits - are they worth it?

Do it yourself shed kit

In this article, we explain what a kit shed is, the pros and cons, and how they compare to custom-manufactured sheds. If you’re deciding which type of shed to invest in, this article is for you. 

What is a kit shed?

A kit shed, or DIY shed, is supplied by the manufacturer as a kit, containing all the materials and fixings required. The owner completes the construction process themselves, including getting a building permit, laying foundations, sourcing tools, and assembling the kit. It may also require contractors to complete the more complex parts of the project.

In comparison, a fully erected shed build is overseen by a professional shed builder. This is suited to larger and more complex projects because the builder takes care of everything for you. 

Kit shed

Benefits of a kit shed


Compared to customised shed builds, shed kits are more economical because you don’t have to pay for a builder or shed designer. In most cases, the design is factored into the purchase cost. 

Simple construction

Shed kits come with detailed instructions and pre-cut materials, making the assembly process much more straightforward. This can be particularly helpful if you will be completing the project yourself.

Quicker lead times

Kit sheds are typically available in a shorter timeframe, compared to custom-designed sheds. There's no need to wait for a builder or custom designs so you can get started on your project as soon as the kit arrives.

Drawbacks of a kit shed

Skill requirement

If you’re not comfortable with basic construction tasks, assembling a shed kit could prove challenging. However, the kit will come with clear instructions and all the materials you need.


Building a kit shed can be time-consuming, particularly when you are doing it yourself. If you struggle to find contractors, this will also delay your build.

Kit sheds vs custom manufactured sheds

Custom manufactured shed Australia

Consider the following factors when choosing between a kit shed and a custom-manufactured shed.


Kit sheds are generally a lot more cost-effective than custom sheds because you’ll be saving on design and labour and erection costs. 

Skills and experience

Are you comfortable with basic construction tasks? If so, a kit shed is a logical choice as you can erect it yourself – you may just need a few helping hands! If you lack the skills, time or resources, a fully erected build could be more suitable. 

Quality assurance

Hiring a professional shed builder guarantees that your project is compliant with all building codes. With a kit shed, you will need to ensure your shed meets all local building codes and standards.

Time availability

A kit shed can be time-consuming, especially when you are learning the necessary skills along the way. If you’re short on time, hiring a professional to manage the project could be more efficient. 


If you want a highly customised shed, a fully erected build will be more suitable. However, if you’re happy to work with an existing design, a kit shed will save you on design costs. 


A custom shed can be highly complex and takes time to ensure that you get the right building for your needs. With a shed kit, you pick the design you want and the kit gets delivered leaving you to get on with the fun part – building your shed!

ABC Sheds - the best of both worlds

With ABC Sheds, we supply custom-made sheds and kit sheds so you can get the best option for your project. We’re dedicated to providing a high standard of customer service, reliable workmanship, and long-lasting, high-quality steel sheds. With us, you get a fully fabricated steel shed, at the best rates, with the following advantages:

  • Built to last
  • Fully galvanised frame
  • Easy to install 
  • Australian building standards exceeded
  • 25-year “You’re Covered” guarantee.

Custom sheds

If you have a specific set of requirements, we can design a custom shed with all the features you need. To get started, use our online shed builder tool to adjust the walls, roof, doors, windows, and more to visualise your ideal shed. We can design and build a wide range of sheds for all kinds of applications, including the following:

  • Machinery sheds
  • Grain sheds and hay sheds
  • Yard covers and feedlot shelters
  • Fertiliser sheds
  • Cotton sheds
  • Dressage arenas and horse stables
  • Aircraft hangars
  • Commercial sheds and industrial buildings
  • Workshops
  • COLA shelters.

Ready to get started with your new farm shed? Request a free no-obligation quote today.

Durakit sheds

Durakit kit shed

If you prefer a faster lead time and cost-effective option, we’ve done all the hard work for you with our kit sheds. Durakit structural steel sheds are pre-designed and already approved so, compared to a custom shed, they’re more efficient and predictable.

When we receive your order, we’ll prepare your shed components and deliver the shed kit within 2 to 4 weeks. We have at least 1 of each kit in stock so we can progress your shed straight away, however, they don’t last long! With the Durakit range, our fixed pricing covers the following as standard: 

  • GST
  • Delivery
  • Engineering for Wind Region A 
  • Hot-dip galvanised I-beam columns
  • Hot-dip galvanised open web truss
  • Zincalume cladding
  • Gutters and downpipes to ground level.

When the kit is ready, we’ll deliver it to your site. Please note that you will need to arrange the installation. To browse the full range of Durakit sheds and to get pricing, download our full Durakit brochure.