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Shed Ideas: Make the Most of Your Outbuilding

Shed Ideas: Make the Most of Your Outbuilding
By Roofing Megastore Team 6 months ago 656 Views No comments

Do you have an old summer house in your garden or do you want to use your shed for more than just a storage unit? Or perhaps you’ve just moved to a new house and found that your new property comes blessed with a little outbuilding or two?

There’re hundreds of ways that you could use your summerhouse but here’s just a few shed ideas to get your creative juices going.

Play Room

A perfect solution if you’ve got some little ones that are desperate to get outside but the weathers just not playing ball. You can easily change a garden shed or a garden summer house into a play room by just adding a few accessories.

Make sure it’s nice and cosy. Whilst kids tend to get hotter than adults simply because they’re running around a lot more than us, if your shed or summerhouse doesn’t have any insulation it’s a good idea to add some rugs and cushions across the floor. This will help to cushion any falls and provide a nice snug area for reading and doing homework too.

Pop some posters up on the wall. It’s incredibly easy to make somewhere feel more like home with just a few pictures. Choose some images of their favourite TV characters, animals or pop stars or perhaps some family pics or photos of their friends. Curtains and other soft furnishings (like the cushions) will also add that homely appeal. Depending on how big your shed is it might be nice to add a sofa or chair in as well, or perhaps a beanbag or two.

Add an arts and craft area. Depending on the size of the shed, a desk would be a wonderful addition to make it easier for the kids to draw or write. But don’t worry if you don’t have the space – they will probably be just as happy sat on some snuggly cushions on the floor.

Now you just need to add some toys, pens and paper to keep them occupied. Plastic storage boxes or wicker baskets are great for storing toys in, and quick and easy for them (or you..) to pop them back into once they’ve finished playing.

This can work just as well with an older child or teenager who perhaps wants somewhere where they can have their own space, perhaps away from younger siblings.


Perhaps the most popular use for an outdoor space, and a very easy one to recreate. Fantastic if you have a busy family house and want some peace and quiet to concentrate, be that on work things or your own creative hobby.

Perhaps you have an interest in something that you’ve just not been able to spend any time on and having somewhere that you can go and shut yourself away from the busy world outside will help you to focus. Or maybe it’s the other way around and you need somewhere to do your day job, but you want to be able to close the door on it at the end of the day.

Include some nice calming décor. Curtains and a rug will make you feel comfortable (even if you never draw the curtains!) and a nice big desk where you can fit everything you need will be essential.

Add some inspiring images. Inspiring figures or motivating quotes on the wall could be a nice touch to keep you motivated. Also don’t underestimate the power of a colour scheme to change your mood. Green will make you feel calmer which is great if your job is stressful. Red can make you feel energetic and revved up – wonderful if you have a lot of work to do but not so good if you want to feel calm and inspired!

Bring power in. If you’re using your garden shed as an office space, you’re more than likely going to need some electricity for lighting and a power source for a computer. You can get around this by using a lap top and charging it up indoors, especially now when the days are long and its light well into the evening.

However, depending on how far away your office shed is from your house, running an electricity cable down and a socket or two doesn’t have to be incredibly expensive. It is essential that this is done by a qualified electrician as they will need to add an outdoor breaker and hardwearing, waterproof cables.

Connect to the web. You’ll also more than likely need WIFI, this can be as easy as buying a plug in WIFI extender and popping it into your house. Quite often this will be all you need to get WIFI signal down to your office.


If your hobby or job is more workshop based than office, than your priorities are likely to be a good, sturdy workbench, storage space, good lighting and electricity.

Add a stury workbench. You have a few options for a workbench, you could build one yourself or find a skilled carpenter to build one for you, or, you could create one from recycled cabinets.

Salvage warehouses are great places to look for an old unit or two that could make a good cabinet. Or try a charity shop like the British Red Cross or The Salvation Army who quite often have dedicated furniture shops.

Create an outdoor work area. You might want to have an extended work area outside too giving you more space and more fresh air. This is brilliant if you’re sawing wood or painting - by being outside the sawdust or fumes won’t be consolidated into one small space. An excellent way to create this is by adding some decking to the front or side of your shed.

We have a great range of decking available, including solid and hollow composite decking. For a workshop area the solid decking would be ideal as it would provide strength whilst requiring minimal maintenance.

A decking area might also be a great way of adding extra storage, some composite boarding (which, unlike wooden decking won’t need oiling every year) and a storage box on top may allow you to store big bulky items outside giving you more space inside your shed.

Another nice little idea is to keep a small area, even if it’s just a stool, reserved for a flask of tea and a packet of biscuits. Of course, if you’ve added electricity you could also pop in a little beer fridge for at the end of the day once you’ve finished the hard work!

Social Area

An excuse to get some friends round is always welcome and a shed is a great place to provide shelter and comfy seating.

Build your own BBQ. You may even want to consider adding some decking around the shed which could make a fantastic area to add a BBQ! Also, if you want to save some money without compromising on style (quite the opposite!) why not make your own BBQ area?

A brick BBQ can be as simple as you want it to be and doesn’t have to take long to create. If you have left over bricks from a building project then they would be perfect, if not you should be able to find some on Facebook Marketplace, Freecycle or the Neighbourhood app.

Create an outdoor cinema. Another fantastic trick is to recreate a cinema in your garden by hanging a sheet against a fence, wall or the side of the shed and directing a projector at it. Suddenly you have all the ingredients for a perfect summer evening!

Want More Shed Ideas?

If you’re still not sure what to do with your shed have a look at the TV programme ‘Amazing Spaces’ with George Clarke. It’s an endless source of inspiration, as is Pinterest which is full of inspiring ideas!

Plus they’re just about to announce the winner of the Shed of the Year Competition – have a look to see what other people have done. Maybe you could apply for next year’s award!

Share Your Shed Ideas

If you have revitalised the space in your shed, we’d love to see a picture of it. You can share a photo with us on Facebook, and follow us for more inspiring DIY ideas.

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