When you think of a shed, what comes to mind? For most, probably nothing more than a boring and neglected storage unit that sits at the bottom of the garden. It’s true that a shed in itself isn’t particularly inspiring, however, they are undoubtedly essential to many households. So, how can we better utilise these invaluable garden storage units? Below you will find 5 easy (and inexpensive) ways to transform your garden shed from eyesore to epic.
1. Give it a lick of paint
Whether you want your shed to stand out or fit in, painting it will allow you to do either effectively. If you’re hoping to give your existing shed a facelift, consider painting it white to make it look bigger and feel more spacious.
Conversely, if your shed is old, tired and not particularly pleasant to look at, consider painting it a neutral tone to camouflage in with its surroundings – think wood-effect shades if positioned amongst trees or darker green olive tones if situated amongst overgrown shrubbery.
2. Grow plants on it
If you’ve already got a decent size shed in your garden, you probably don’t have much more space for what gardens are actually made for – growing flowers and plants! Put your shed to good use by using the walls you can access to create additional growing space. Hang pots or growing bags on the sides and fill them with your favourite seasonal seeds and bulbs – they
will be sure to reward you with beautifully vibrant and temptingly fragrant displays as the seasons pass.
3. Collect rainwater from it
On the topic of creating an environment in which your plants have the best chance of thriving, why not attach waterbutts to the downpipes connected to the roof’s guttering? This will help to catch precious rainwater, which keen gardeners will know plants prefer in comparison to tap water as it is much richer in minerals and nutrients whilst also containing more oxygen which helps them to grow full and lush. Furthermore, recycling water is better for both the environment and your wallet – it will help you to save a few pennies here and there on your monthly water bill!
4. Use it for extra storage
So far we’ve only talked about how to improve the outside of a shed, but there are ways that we can transform it from the inside too. Don’t allow your shed to get to the stage where it becomes a messy dumping ground – instead, create extra storage space by putting up shelves on the walls and drilling hooks and nails into the walls to hang tools off, leaving more ground space for heavier items, such as compost or fertiliser. This will add dimension to your shed whilst helping to keep it neat, tidy and decluttered.
5. Transform it into your own private sanctuary
It goes without saying that, every now and again, we all enjoy having some precious ‘me time’. Whether you want to create a calm and serene space that you can sneak off to be alone with your thoughts or more simply enjoy reading a good book without the usual distractions of day-to-day life, this can be easily achieved by adding a window, skylight and a few pieces of furniture to a standard shed to cosy it up.
We hope this article has given you some inspiration on how to breathe life into your old garden shed both quickly and inexpensively. If you are looking for a new shed, GardenSite is a UK supplier that has a massive selection of garden sheds to choose from. Once this has been updated payment will be made. Please confirm when the change has been implemented.