Surprising Uses for the Humble Garden Shed

In this post, David Coton from GardenSite takes a look at some standard, unusual and more unorthodox ways of getting the most out of your garden shed this summer.

Created by David Coton on Thursday, 24th of July, 2014.
Updated on Friday, 13th of December, 2019.


Rowlinson Shed

Some people can do truly incredible things with their garden shed, as we'll see tonight on Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year on Channel 4 with George Clarke. However, you don't need to build the Titanic in your back garden to get more use than you'd expect out of a garden shed.

In fact, if you're one of the 35% of Britons who doesn't have a garden shed, now might be the time to think about getting one. Many people look at sheds as simply as a storage space, but they have far more potential than that. Let's look at a few things that you could do - there are a surprising amount!

Supercharge Your Shed

Here are some possibilities for a garden shed you probably haven't considered, and are a little further outside the box. The key point here is that you're able to erect a new shed without applying for planning permission, so with a little effort, you can essentially extend your house without having to go through the stress, trouble and cost of applying for planning permission and getting a full extension built. With that said, let's have a look at a few ways you can make a home improvement by supercharging your garden shed:

Don't have a spare room? If you've found yourself unable to let guests stay over, or with your sofa used as a bed more times than you'd like, maybe it's time to think about building a shed into a guest outhouse - with power and some internal decoration, you could make the perfect place for someone to stay the night, without breaking the bank.

On the same trajectory, you could build your shed into home office space, game room, den, or even a garage - the possibilities are actually endless. 

Classic But Proven

Inside of a potting storeSecondly, let's recap the more standard uses - a garden shed is a great place to store your garden tools, lawnmower, or wheelbarrow - especially if you've been using your garage for this job. By purchasing and erecting a garden shed, you could potentially reclaim your garage for your car, or to use as an extra room.

Another great use that doesn't take much work to set up is to convert your existing shed into a potting shed (provided there's enough light), or perhaps get a purpose-built potting shed, and nurture your plants throughout the year while still having access to great storage options. 

If you need a place to work on a project you've started, or maybe just repair broken appliances, a garden shed is perfect for you to get away from the house and focus on what you're doing, and be able to do dirtier work with shelter from the elements in the more inclement months.

Looking for a Garden Shed?

If you're looking for a shed, take a look at our range of garden sheds from many manufacturers, such as Halls, Forest, and Rowlinson timber sheds, and Yardmaster and Shed Baron metal sheds, and most importantly, have fun getting the most out of your shed this summer.

Related Articles

Forest Sheds Receive Upgrade to Superior Better Sheds

Forest Sheds Receive Upgrade to Superior Better Sheds

After quizzing themselves with the question "How can we make better sheds?" Forest Garden have been busy over the last 12 months upgrading and improving their existing shed range so that they now offer higher quality, cost-effective and better designed sheds for every gardener. David Coton visited their factory last week, and here is what he discovered about the relaunched Better Shed range.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 14th of September, 2020.

Henri Studio Water Features Arrive At GardenSite

Henri Studio Water Features Arrive At GardenSite

It's been quite a while since the last delivery of the highly popular Henri Studio cast stone water features was unloaded at our garden centre, that's why the fully laden truck that arrived recently was so well received as it was packed full of these best selling products.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Tuesday, 7th of April, 2020.

Review of Rubbermaid Plastic Sheds

Review of Rubbermaid Plastic Sheds

New products are the lifeblood of many industries and it’s no different in the gardening sector and most of us above a certain age will know the Rubbermaid brand well, particularly if you have ever been in the cleaning industry.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Monday, 16th of September, 2019.

David Coton's Review Of Glee 2019

David Coton's Review Of Glee 2019

GLEE is the garden retail industry's annual show at the NEC in Birmingham. David Coton took the opportunity to visit this year's event to catch up on the news, visit current/potential suppliers and evaluate new products we would like to offer on GardenSite in the coming year.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 12th of September, 2019.

comments powered by Disqus

Author

David Coton

Partner at GardenSite

View Profile

RSS

View RSS Feed

Follow Us!

Recent Articles

Zest4Leisure Win Best New Product Award At GLEE

Zest4Leisure Win Best New Product Award At GLEE

It was all change this year for GLEE, the garden retail industry's annual show that is usually held at the NEC in Birmingham. Due to pandemic restrictions, a virtual show took its place with product launches, presentations and awards all happening online.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Wednesday, 23rd of September, 2020.

Forest Sheds Receive Upgrade to Superior Better Sheds

Forest Sheds Receive Upgrade to Superior Better Sheds

After quizzing themselves with the question "How can we make better sheds?" Forest Garden have been busy over the last 12 months upgrading and improving their existing shed range so that they now offer higher quality, cost-effective and better designed sheds for every gardener. David Coton visited their factory last week, and here is what he discovered about the relaunched Better Shed range.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 14th of September, 2020.

What To Do In The Garden In September

What To Do In The Garden In September

Although the growing season is slowly coming to an end, David Coton can suggest quite a few jobs that need to be done over the next few weeks, helping you make the most of what's left of summer and preparing for the arrival of autumn.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Tuesday, 29th of August, 2017.

Our Challenges Through Covid-19 and What Our Customers Should Know

Our Challenges Through Covid-19 and What Our Customers Should Know

GardenSite's senior partner Robert Hall explains the actions we're taking in order to beat the challenges surrounding Covid-19 as well as handy information for customers who are still awaiting the delivery of their order during these unprecedented times.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Friday, 24th of July, 2020.