A backyard shed can be so much more than a place to keep your lawnmower and some half-empty bags of mulch. With the right approach to design and storage, it can be as stylish and usable as any other room in (or outside of!) your house. Follow these expert tips to create a space that’s equal parts fashion and function, and take your backyard shed to a whole new level.
To build or not to build?
Are you building from scratch or simply upgrading your existing shed? If you’re starting from the ground up, there are countless prefab options to suit any style or space, as well as
Spruce it up
If you’re working from an existing shed, you might be surprised by the potential for a tired and weather-worn outbuilding to add curb appeal to your home with a little bit of polish. Start with a fresh coat of paint inside and out, and then move on to the details, like
Form follows function
What are you using your shed for primarily? And what’s the climate like where you live? The answers to both of these questions will determine what kind of space is right for you, from a weatherproof all-season garden oasis to a kitted-out potting shed and greenhouse.
Whichever route you choose, one key feature to consider is lighting. The first and best choice is to wire your shed with electricity (or even
The best way to avoid your shed becoming a treacherous mess is to create enough storage so that everything can have its own place. For the most part this means doing everything possible to get that stuff off the floor. Walls and the backs of doors are ideal places to mount hooks for hanging rakes, shovels, hoses and other larger tools. While a simple nail will do the trick,
Every avid gardener needs a potting shed, not just to store tools and pots, but also to serve as a workspace. The first thing you’ll need is a potting bench, which is surprisingly easy to make
Jeremy Freed is a freelance writer and editor based in Toronto. His writing about fashion, travel, food and design appears in Sharp, Harry and re:Porter magazines, among many others.