Several great inventions have been brought to life in a backyard shed. Arthur Davidson worked with William Harley in his dad’s garden shed and built the very first Harley Davidson motorcycle. Madame Curie’s groundbreaking Nobel Prize winning research on radioactivity was also done in an abandoned shed.
Almost any goal can be accomplished in a properly outfitted shed. With the right tools and materials, your shed can be transformed into a useful home workshop that will inspire invention, indulge your curiosity, and allow you to escape from life’s daily stresses.
Practical Reasons for Turning a Shed into a Workshop
A shed transformed into a backyard workshop adds value to your quality of life. Here’s how:
- Building additional work space means that you have space to bring your entrepreneurial dreams to life.
- Having a workshop footsteps away from your home saves valuable time and leaves you with no excuses not to work on important projects.
- Using your shed as a workshop rather than the garage frees up valuable space so you can finally park your car indoors, build that gym you always wanted, or use the garage for storage.
- Having a detached work space means fewer interruptions which will boost your productivity and creativity.
Backyard workshops also help you improve the aesthetic appeal of your home and garden by helping you manage your tools, equipment, and other items that would otherwise be cluttering up your garage, backyard, or elsewhere inside of your home.
How to Turn Your Shed into a Home Workshop
Interested in fabricating the perfect backyard workshop? Here are a few pointers to keep in mind:
1. Decide What It Will Be Used For
How you plan to use the shed will determine its layout, storing options and the square footage. A workshop used for woodworking, for example, will look quite a bit different than one which will be used primarily for gardening and yard projects.
2. Make Lighting and Power Accessible
Most projects will require some level of lighting and power. Maximize the amount of daylight that floods into your shed by having plenty of large windows installed. If you need electricity, you can look into options such as:
- Hiring an electrician (if that is in your budget)
- Include an electrical package at time of purchase (if this is available)
- Installing your own wiring (if permitted in your local by-laws)
- Using a generator, solar, or battery-operated power source
3. Create a Smooth and Even Floor
A lumpy, bumpy floor can destroy your project and result in injury. If you have a bumpy floor, grab some concrete filler and smooth it out before you begin to build.
4. Build the Right Work Surface
Construct a work surface that will allow you to get your work done. The space should be large enough for your projects but it should also not take up so much room that there is not any square footage left for storing your tools and supplies.
Many of those with shed workshops will buy or construct rolling work shelves. These units not only provide you with extra work surface, but they can be used as additional storage space.
5. Have the Right Storing Options
Take time to plan out your storage space. Not only should you have enough storage for your tools and supplies, but these items should also be so accessible that you can easily reach over and grab them while you work.
Most workshops will have:
- Drawers (you may be able to find recycled cabinetry at salvage warehouses)
- Open shelves
- Peg board with hooks (for smaller tools)
6. Set Aside a Spot to Relax
While this may sound contradictory to the purpose of having a workshop, it’s important to have space where you can take a break and rest. Resting is not only physically necessary, but giving yourself a mental break can help you solve problems and come up with creative ideas.
Regardless of interest, craft, or desire, a well-built, well-organized, and well-placed shed is the ideal at-home workshop. From having your own space to plot and design to being able to enter into a sanctuary that is truly your own, a home workshop in your backyard offers unparalleled peace and freedom so that you can focus on creating your next big project.