Simple Living // Making use of your garden room…

unsplash shed door

Those of us who have a house, with a garden, will most probably have a beaten up looking shed hiding down the bottom.  A place where things go when we no longer want them, a dumping ground, a home for insects and broken plant pots.

But it doesn’t need to be like that. That little wooden hut can be more than just a place to house your hose, with some clever updates it can become a place for creativity or solitude.  Think workshop, tea house or outdoors cinema even!

unsplash garden shed

In my own home, storage is vital. A tiny Victorian terrace with a growing family, space is at a premium. The cupboard under the stairs is bulging so much that at times we can’t close the door, and the pile on the stairs to be taken up, never seems to disappear.  We all do it, don’t we?

Recently, we knocked down our tiny (useless) shed to make way for a large garden room. Gone with the old concrete structure was all the items we no longer used, broken garden chairs and plastic sand pit that boys hadn’t played with since they were toddlers.

With a blank garden, we designed a garden room, a place for Dan to use as a workshop, to build furniture and craft things out of wood. The shed with it’s stylish interior is a dream for him, a large work bench houses all of his equipment like a circular saw, chopping saw etc, and above he has built in racking to store his other tools, and useful things.

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Dan is delighted with the transformation, finally he has a space to go, create and play to his hearts content.  Me, well, as part of the shed being remodelled, we had the opportunity to redesign the garden. I am over the moon with the new look. Pots of white flowering plants line either side of the shed, and I have made a pretty sitting area in front for us to enjoy a drink or two.

With a few small changes our once dilapidated old shed has been transformed into a useable garden room – a space for us all to enjoy.  Here are a few tips on how to make some simple changes:

  • Paint. Bored of the ‘spray tanned’ orange wood of your shed? Why not paint it in a colour you will love. Ours is now black, which provides a great back drop to the plants.
  • Clear it out.  Yes get rid of everything you no longer use. Be ruthless.
  • Use. How will you use it?  A studio, workshop, reading room. Decorate it with things you love.
  • Inspiration.  Have you watched shed of the year?

You can have a look at Lidget‘s superior quality garden rooms if you are as well planning on getting rid of your old garden shed for a brand new one

So what will you use your garden room for?

Collaboration Note:  This post was written in collaboration with Lidget.  All words and thoughts are my own. Images are via Unsplash.  Thank you for supporting the posts that make this blog possible.