An unkempt garden shed can be a blight upon your backyard. We often tend to ignore our sheds because, after all, what use are they to us other than holding gardening equipment that doesn’t see much light of day – to the point that it has issues starting when you need it to work! This was my opinion too until one of my friends showed me the renovation project they did for their garden shed. I felt motivated to do my own digging about some shed transformation ideas, and these are the ones that I liked most:
Fresh paint job
This is the cheapest and quickest way to radically transform the outward appearance of your garden shed. Head on over to the local hardware shop and grab a couple of buckets of bright paint – I would recommend at least two different shades that complement each other well.
For instance, a cream white shade applied to the walls with windows painted a deep red, blue or indigo will go very well with a lawn that features several different flower-beds. For lawns that are used primarily for growing fresh fruits and vegetables, a more subtle approach such as dull gray walls with brown window sills might be a better choice.
Besides painting, you could throw in small touches such as a weathervane, or a few climbers that add an organic touch to the building.
Flowerbeds and patio chairs
If you’re willing to get your hands dirty and have spare timber and time on your hands, you could construct a platform attached to your existing garden shed on which you could set up a couple of patio chairs where you can sit and bask in the sunlight. A side table in the middle could be used to hold your drinks – perfect for the summer vacations.
Another exterior décor idea (that would require significantly less work) is to build an attached flower bed next to the garden shed. This would make for a dainty little addition to your yard and would give your shed a looked after feel.
If you’re a book lover, you’ll know that it can be a challenge to find a quiet spot in the house to settle down and enjoy a good read. Someone from your household will always find a way to break your tempo, so why not convert your garden shed into a small, cozy, secluded library to hold all your favorite books.
If your garden shed only has bare wooden walls in the interior, you may want to give it a termite treatment beforehand to prevent damage to your precious books. Of course, you’ll also need to put up some shelves to hold your books in the first place. Alternatively, if you’ve got spare shelves lying around in your house already, you could move them to the shed.
Thrown in a few comfortable reclining seats or a couple of single seating couches, and you’ve got the perfect reading spot to enjoy your books at leisure.
Another cool idea, especially if you frequently have guests over, is to convert your idle garden shed into a game room. Naturally, it’ll need to be moderately spacious at the very least for this to work well, but if you’ve got such a shed at your disposal, it can be utilized effectively to entertain guests without disturbing the rest of the household.
If you’ve got the budget for it, set it up with a pool table, a dartboard, a few board games, and a large sofa – this is the traditional definition of a game room. However, if you want to take a more modern route, I would recommend a flat-screen TV, a gaming console, a surround sound system – the perfect way to spend the weekend with friends. In both cases, a refrigerator to hold drinks and snacks would come in handy.
Note that these ideas aren’t strict – feel free to mix and match, and if you’ve got vintage items lying around in your attic – baseball cards, old gaming systems, bobbleheads etc. – feel free to get creative with the décor.
Unless you have really big windows (and possibly a sunroof) in your garden shed, you’re going to need to make some modifications to make this one work. If you get lots of inclement weather in your part of the world, it can be difficult to make your garden plants thrive in the bare outdoors. Your garden shed can be converted into a greenhouse to provide them some shelter against the elements, provided that it can still supply the plants with enough sunlight on a daily basis.
It is up to you to plant whatever you want – just make sure that your chosen plants are able to survive in a greenhouse environment beforehand. If you’ve got the dough, you could invest in an automated greenhouse control system that manages the minute processes (ventilation, sunlight supply, irrigation, etc.) without your explicit input.
Hopefully, these ideas will have gotten your creative juices flowing. If you are able to execute such an idea successfully, remember to perform light maintenance on your garden shed from time to time – so that the fruits of your labor don’t get wasted away by the continued action of the elements (and you’re back to square one!).