Garden sheds aren’t just meant to store lawn equipment and tools. Today, home owners are utilising their backyard sheds to create more living space. Just imagine turning your shed into a creative oasis, where you can brainstorm new ideas, escape from life’s daily stresses, and of course, create many works of art. Whether your creative side involves writing, painting, photography or songwriting, here’s how you can transform your shed into a haven for creativity.
Clear the Clutter
Before you can turn your garden shed into the ultimate she shed, you’ll need to clean out everything that’s currently in there. What’s your shed being used for at the moment? Is it the home for your gardening tools and lawn equipment? Or, perhaps it’s used for holiday storage. No matter, you’ll need to find a new home for these items. Clear some extra space in your garage or basement. Some homeowners like the idea of having two sheds to add some symmetry to their backyard, and use one for storage and the other as a studio. Once everything has been cleaned out, sweep and dust the shed so you have a clean slate for step two.
Add Insulation & Electricity
If you’re going to be using your shed as a studio, you’ll want to add insulation and electricity, if you haven’t already. First, replace old windows and doors, and add caulking to seal any drafts. Then insulate the walls and ceiling with a quality insulating material. Adding insulation will create a more comfortable environment and protect your artwork from damage. Cover the insulation with drywall to make the interior more attractive. Installing insulation and drywall requires special equipment, so it’s best to hire a professional to make sure the job is done right.
Along with insulation, have the shed wired for electricity. With electricity, you can install lighting and use the shed as a workspace at any time, day or night. You can also plug in a fan or space heater if it’s too hot or cold. Have the electrician install plenty of outlets for all your workspace essentials.
Time to Decorate!
Once that’s all taken care of, it’s time to decorate. Think about your style and the type of atmosphere you want to create. Decide what type of flooring, paint colour, furniture and décor you want for the interior design. If carpet or laminate flooring exceeds your budget, choose a cute outdoor rug to add some personality and pizazz to the space. Showcase your unique style by adding curtains to the windows, displaying your paintings, photographs, or musical instruments, and setting up lamps, comfy seating and a functional workspace. Turn to Pinterest for some great and inexpensive decorating ideas.
With these tips, you can transform your ordinary garden shed into the ultimate creative oasis!
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Fair Dinkum Sheds is a leading distributor of residential garages and carports, barns, farm sheds, industrial and commercial buildings and is widely acknowledged as one of the largest networks of Cold Formed Steel Building distributors in Australia.