For many of us, garden sheds provide a convenient space to store away garden tools, accessories - and other household clutter that we can’t fit anywhere else. And yet, garden sheds can be so much more than that.
If your shed is looking worn and gloomy, why not treat it to a makeover? You don’t need to spend a fortune to take a few years off your shed’s perceived age. With a little know-how and elbow grease, we’re confident that you can get your shed looking like new in no time.
What’s more, with a smart-looking shed, you’ll also be boosting the value and kerb appeal of your home. So, you should easily recoup your investment (and then some) should you ever decide to put your home on the market.
But, what can you do to transform your underwhelming shed into something special? We’ve collated a list of eight of our favourite ways to supercharge garden sheds. Ready to see the difference in yours? Let’s get started then …
1. Protect Against the Elements
Your shed goes through a lot. It’s exposed to the elements on a day-to-day basis. Adding a protective coat of black bitumen paint prior to repainting can significantly increase its durability.
By using a good quality Black Bitumen paint to weatherproof your shed, you can significantly extend its lifespan - and help keep it looking great for longer.
2. New Coat of Paint
Now that your shed is primed, it’s time to think about what colour you would like to paint it. There are many options here, including Sage Green, Stony Ground, Dorchester Pink or Ultra Marine Blue to name just a few.
You may decide to opt for a colour that’s in-keeping with the decor of your home. However, if your shed is a fair distance away from the property, most colours should look great, without the risk of ‘clashing’.
3. Have a Cleanout
The next project on our list costs virtually nothing in monetary terms and yet may have the biggest impact of all. Break out those rubber gloves, dig out the bin bags and prepare yourself for an old-school clean-out.
You need to be ruthless here. Throw out any rubbish or clutter that serves no use. Now, it’s time to give the interior and exterior a deep clean. You may need to set aside a few hours or perhaps even a full day, dependent on the size and condition of your shed.
This isn’t an easy job, but once you’re done, we think you’ll agree, it was well worth the endeavour. With all the dirt and grime eliminated, the results should be transformative!
4. Power Up Your Shed
A modern-day shed can offer so much more than a place to sling all your garden tools and clutter.
By adding electricity, you can utilise your shed any time of the day and night, without having to make do with light from your phone or torch. This also opens up a host of new possibilities. A shed with electricity can be used as a garden office, music studio, a workshop - or even a recreation room.
Please bear in mind that you should not attempt to power your shed if you lack the relevant tools, knowledge and experience. In the interest of safety, this work should only be carried out by a fully qualified electrician.
5. Add uPVC Windows and Doors
Want to keep your shed warm in the winter time - and nice and cool during the summer? Installing uPVC windows can help with both.
The addition of a uPVC patio door will provide easy access and increase the level of natural light, too. If you run electricity in your shed, uPVC windows and doors can help you make savings on the running and heating costs. What’s more, they’re considerably more durable and secure than standard shed windows, so you can rest easy knowing that your precious belongings are safe from intruders.
6. Create a Homely Feel with a Carpet
Installing a comfortable, stylish carpet can make your shed feel like a home away from home. You can decorate your shed, just as you would your abode. There are tonnes of options - a modern, traditional or rustic carpet can add character to any shed.
However, whilst a carpet can certainly augment your shed’s looks, it isn’t suitable for all uses. If you use your shed for storing mowers or other garden machinery, it may not be practical to place a carpet, as cleaning oil and grease stains can be a mammoth task.
7. Kit Your Shed Out with Furniture
With the addition of a few pieces of cosy furniture, your shed may begin to rival your living room in the comfort stakes. You don’t necessarily need to break the bank, either. You can kit out your shed with charming, pre-owned furniture for a very modest spend.
Or, if you have household furniture that you no longer use, why not recycle it into something for the shed? The possibilities are practically limitless!
8. Get Your Shed Connected
If you plan to use your shed as a home studio, or a gaming hub, setting up a reliable internet connection is a must.
And, even if you’re not, it’s still useful to have a Wi-fi-enabled shed, as this will allow you to browse and scroll on your phone until your heart’s content - without burning through your precious data.
Sending the signal from your router, through the electricity cable, to your shed is arguably the simplest way to connect your shed to the web. Plug one powerline adaptor unit into a socket inside your house and use an ethernet cable to connect to the WiFi hub. Next, plug another powerline adaptor unit into a socket in your shed and connect to your shed-based Wi-fi router.
Please bear in mind that this method will only work if your shed’s electricity supply comes from the same distribution box you use in your house.
Good Luck - and Happy Renovating!
We hope you found our latest article useful and informative and now have plenty of ideas for how to get the best out of your shed. With just a little imagination and know-how, even the dreariest of garden sheds can be transformed into something special.
No matter what you decide to do, we wish you the very best of luck with your shed renovation efforts!