Sheds of potential

Sheds used to be reserved for rusty lawn mowers, they are still big on storage but now they have style and are being used for all sorts of things.

There’s lots of potential for the common garden shed, perhaps you’re thinking about investing in one or maybe you already have one and are not making the most of it. Here are some of the best ways to use to your shed:

1. The obvious… a potting shed

We went potty when we saw this one – it even has an eco roof!

2. Collections, whether it’s antique glass or model railways, a shed is perfect for almost any collection, however, if your collection is valuable, contact your insurance company; you may need to add additional security to the shed for it to be covered on your policy.

3. Hobby, crafts and art, need space and often make a mess. A shed is the perfect location for glitter and glue and when you’re done you can close the door on your creative mess!

There’s no reason why you have to stay traditional, this oriental design looks great.

4. Bikes and sports equipment always look so unsightly propped up in a hallway, a garden shed is the perfect solution.

5. Time for tea, a well furnished shed is the perfect location for a morning cuppa, throw open the doors and admire your garden.

Image from Design Love

6. Woodhouse, if you like woodwork a shed is the perfect. You’ll need a shed with a window for ventilation and to run power to the shed for tools but this is a small price to pay to keep wood dust out of the house.

7. The garden party pad is a must for any garden party host. The unpredictable English weather means an outdoor bar is a no no, whilst a shed is the perfect way to extend your garden party season.

What could be better than a Tiki Bar shed from Wold Diego?

8. Storing junk and clutter that you can’t bare to throw away – platform boats may have a renaissance – but that you don’t want to keep in your house.

9. Man cave!

You may be surprised to hear that you might need planning permission for a shed. According to, the ‘rule of thumb applies generally to single-storey sheds with a floor space of less than 30 square metres, with an eave height of less than 2.5 metres. Flat roofs have to be under 3 metres high, and the pinnacle of pitched roof under 4 metres. The shed should be sited at least 1 metre from any boundary (e.g. your garden fence) and cannot take up more than 50% of your garden space.’

However you decide to use your shed, it is likely to require some moderations or improvements to make it fit for purpose. Whether it is light, windows or electricity our Rated Tradesmen will be only to happy to bring your shed up to scratch. Post your job, for free, on and we will put you in contact with up to 3 quality, local tradesmen. 

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