5 alternative uses for garden sheds
If you’re lucky enough to have some garden space where you can place a garden shed, you may be thinking about it purely in terms of storage. And why not? A shed is the perfect way to store your tools, your lawnmower, maybe even garden furniture and toys during the winter months. But in recent years, there is a growing trend of finding new and innovative uses for garden sheds that extends way beyond the obvious. After all, in you don’t usually need a permit to put up a shed. If you have enough space, this means you can practically add another room to your house. But even in places where space is limited, there are many strange and wonderful uses you can find for a quality shed. The following ideas are designed to help you out if you’re looking to add an interesting and useful feature to your garden and have space for even a small shed.
A potting shed or green house
If you have green thumbs, you may want to use your shed for either potting or growing plants. Most sheds come with a solid roof, but you can easily replace it with a transparent roof, making it perfect for growing sensitive plants. When using as a potting shed, use shelving to store your gardening tools and supplies, such as bags of soil, fertiliser, etc. Add a large table for doing the actual potting and other indoor gardening work such as handling seedlings, etc. Why not combine the two and place shelves with plants in a greenhouse-style shed? If you can’t afford the space or costs of having both a greenhouse and a shed in your garden, this can be the perfect solution for having both, or at least some of the benefits of both.
A children’s game room
Why not childproof your shed and turn it into the perfect hangout for your kids? You may not have enough space inside the house to keep all their toys and games, or you may want them to have their own play space in the garden where they can be as loud and messy as they want without impacting the house. Either way, wooden sheds can be easily converted into somewhere fun by painting the walls in bright colours, adding colourful rugs and scattering toys around. You can even use it as a video game room and put a gaming console and large screen TV in there. When not in use, the shed can simply be locked and even alarmed until the kids are ready to play again.
A man cave
But why should children have all the fun? Many men love having their own little space at the end of the garden, where they can chill out, maybe drink, watch some sports or play video games with their friends. Even if you have a spare room in your home that you could turn into a den, you may appreciate the relative seclusion of being at the other end of the garden. It’s not uncommon for guys to put a lot of effort into decorating their den and making it into a unique space that feels like something special just for them. Others just turn their shed into a workshop space where they can come to work on DIY projects.
It’s important to note that women have been catching on to this trend in recent years and claiming their own “she-caves” in gardens around the world. Similarly to the man cave, these are meant as places to hang out with same sex friends or alone, pursuing whatever it is the women in question see as suitable activities. These range from watching movies and playing games to beauty treatments, bars and other more stereotypically “feminine” activities.
Even if you only have space for a tiny shed, you can easily turn it into a little bar or entertainment unit to be enjoyed at garden parties. This creates a focus point even without providing an indoor space and can be just as enjoyable, as long as the weather isn’t too horrible.
An office or studio
Why not keep work out of your house by moving it into the garden? Whether you actually work for home or maintain a hobby or second career, you can create a clear distinction between work and home life by giving yourself a 30 second commute into your newly constructed workspace. While a shed may seem a bit lacking in terms of comfort, there are plenty of things you can do to make it more hospitable. Once insulated, heated (or cooled, depending on the weather) and decorated, it can be the perfect space for doing anything from working and writing to making music or even doing yoga or other forms of exercise. There are many sheds that come with big, bright windows and feel more like a rustic cabin than a garden shed.http://laguarida.org/5-alternative-uses-for-garden-sheds/http://laguarida.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/uses-for-garden-sheds.jpghttp://laguarida.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/uses-for-garden-sheds-300x300.jpgHome & Garden