Gone are the days of cookie cutter sheds and garages that are simply used as a dumping ground for tools and unwanted belongings. Today, the humble household shed or garage can be turned into a multipurpose room you can use for almost anything you want. Man caves and she sheds are becoming hugely popular, although there are many creative ways you can transform a simple backyard shed or family garage.
If you work from home, you know the struggle of focusing on your work while distracted by a million duties at home. Your work day never truly ends, but despite this, it may seem like you can’t get much done at home. Shedworking is an increasingly popular solution to this problem, which involves repurposing your backyard shed to turn into a home office.
The benefits of this are manifold. By designating a specific area of your home as your office space, you get yourself into the right mindset for work. When trying to work in your bedroom or living room, on the other hand, there are simply too many distractions. Shed offices allow you to step outside of the home to work, but still benefit from all the conveniences of home and be able to take breaks with your family.
2) Backyard Bar
The ultimate idea for entertaining friends and family is setting up a backyard bar. You may already have a patio and BBQ area, but stocking your backyard bar takes entertaining to the next level.
Fit out the interior of your shed with some basic shelving and a mini fridge, and set up stools on the outside so that your guests can relax. To create an open and inviting entertaining space, leave the doors of your shed open, so that guests can easily serve themselves.
3) Private Retreat
We all need somewhere to escape and to destress. Unfortunately, taking a holiday every time we feel stressed isn’t within most people’s budgets or schedules. Building a private retreat in your very own backyard, on the other hand? Very doable.
You may decide that you just need bean bags, books and a kettle to boil some tea in your private retreat. Others may want some candles and a yoga mat to unwind after a long day.
Growing your own plants is one of the most fulfilling things you can do in your own home. Just ensure that your shed has a transparent roof, and you can begin growing your own plants. Enabling temperature control will take your backyard greenhouse to the next level.
5) Home Gym
We all have good intentions to go to the gym. However, a trip to the gym seems completely unappealing when you’re groggy first thing on the morning, or when you come home exhausted from work. Meanwhile, your monthly gym memberships just keep on adding up.
An ideal solution to this is to build your own home gym in your garage! Adding weights, yoga mats, a treadmill, medicine balls and the like will help you get in a solid workout, without the hassle of travelling to a gym. Now there’s no excuse not to work out!
6) Art Studio
Creative spirits may find that their arts and crafts supplies have completely taken over their living or dining room. To manage your supplies and work in an environment conducive to creativity, consider using your shed as an art studio.
Having your own art studio allows you to work peacefully outside of the home, but still close enough to pop in and look for extra supplies. Art studio sheds are also great to entertain your children, allowing them to make a mess in their own space.
7) Home Business
Instead of just having your office based in a shed, you could go to the next level and base your entire home business from your shed or garage. This works particularly well for businesses like salons and day cares, or as a space to showcase your handmade works. Clients and customers will be charmed by your unique setting, and you will have a far more convenient and affordable working environment than renting a shopfront elsewhere in your city.
Whether you have an unused shed or garage, or are looking for a way to add value to your property, try using one of the above creative ideas to get the most out of your shed or garage.