Once upon a time the backyard shed was simply the go-to spot for storing gardening supplies, or it was often used as a place to construct, build, and repair furniture and other odds and ends. While these are still great uses, with square footage coming at a premium these days and spaces growing smaller, people are coming up with amazing new ways to use their sheds to add valuable room to their homes and gardens.
1. The Man Cave/She Shed
Want the ultimate personal getaway that is only footsteps away? Consider building yourself your very own “man cave” or “she shed.” From a plush, quiet spot to curl up with a good book to a bright open space for drawing and painting, to having a closed-off spot decked out with leather couches, a big flat screen TV, surround sound system, and filled with video games and salty snacks, what you choose to do with this space is entirely up to you.
2. The “Shedcation” Hot Spot
“Shedcations” are now a “thing” thanks to Airbnb. Launched in the UK, people can now book a stay in some of what the website calls some of United Kingdom’s “most spectacular sheds.”
Some of the most popular sheds include:
- A 1940 Corrugated Cottage built for land girls who worked in Britain’s agriculture industry
- A “Boatel” created from an upcycled boat
- The “Maid of Dekkin,” a floating shed
Not only may people be willing to pay to stay a night in your shed, but you can create your own getaway that will be like a home away from home and on your very own property. As a bonus, it doubles as a very nice guestroom for friends and family too.
3. The Garden Office
Don’t have room for an office? Or maybe the noise inside of the house makes it difficult to focus and get down to business. Whatever the reason may be for needing an office outside of the home, an office shed is the perfect way to house all of your business essentials—and still be close enough to have a strong Wi-Fi signal!
An office set in your garden is not only functional, but being in the midst of nature can help calm the mind while also encouraging creativity and making you happier. And for that extra special touch, make sure your garden office has plenty of windows, so that you can optimize the amount of daylight that streams in.
4. The Backyard Pub
Forget heading out to the bars and paying for expensive taxi rides home. You can construct your very own backyard “shed pub” that is literally less than a minute away from the comfort of your home. With a few neon lights, a mini fridge, and some bar stools, you can create that very same pub-like atmosphere that will have your friends begging to pay you a visit.
5. A Meditation Sanctuary
Meditation is about peace, restoration, and connection. What better way is there to center yourself than to do so in your own private sanctuary in the middle of your beautiful garden?
When building your very own mini meditation retreat, accessorize and choose colors with intention.
- Select calming colors that recede rather than demand your attention (think blues and pastel shades)
- Never underestimate the lighting. Have dimmer switches installed or lamps with three-way switches in the space
- Remove items that do not serve the purpose or the design of your space.
6. The Small Farm House
Check your local by-laws, as believe it or not, a growing number of communities are allowing homeowners in suburban areas to have smaller livestock like chickens, goats, and pigs reside on their property. A customized farm house shed provides the perfect spot to keep your animals safely sheltered from the elements without you ever needing to allow them to set claw or hoof into your home.
7. The Beach House
This innovative idea works incredibly well if you have a pool in your backyard, though any backyard can be transformed into a cool and funky getaway with a beach house. Stock the refrigerator up with your favorite drinks and snacks, and build out a counter so you can enjoy a pint on a barstool when you get home after a long day at the office.
All-in-all, there are so many unique and interesting ways people are using their backyard sheds these days. But despite the differences, they all have one thing in common—these mini-hideouts are the perfect way to escape from the daily grind.
If you’ve got an interesting way you’re using your backyard shed we’d love to hear about it. Post in the comments below and be sure to include pictures!