You can turn your new, or existing shed into a work shed and today we have 10 great ideas to help you. Having space to *work* helps your creativity, ability to get inspired, and it helps makes those handyman jobs around the house a breeze. For the home hobbyist, you’ll love being able to have your own space.
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Your perfect work shed shouldn’t just look good, it should be functional and practical too. While it will take time, it will be worth it.
- Have accessible lighting and power. Proper lighting makes all the difference especially if you will be working during the night. Call in a local electrician to help set it up properly for you.
- Have a manageable work surface. This is one of the most important spaces in your shed, so it should be both a good size and very sturdy. Make sure your work space is big enough to work on, but that it also has storage areas for your tools. Don’t store your tools on your work surface.
- Good storage is the key to a perfect work shed, make sure you have proper storage for all your tools and supplies. Tools should be kept at easily accessible heights so you can grab what you need while you’re working. Don’t store small tools in a drawer – hang them on a pegboard so you can reach what you need while you are working, it also makes them super easy to put away.
- Rolling work shelves give you an extra work surface which is great if your jobs or projects vary in size. When you need extra surface space – roll them out – and when you’re not using them they can be used for storage
- Don’t paint your work surface. While you want your shed to look great work surfaces take a pounding, staining work surfaces will make it last longer and not look scratched up.
- Ensure your floor is nice and smooth – you don’t want to trip, fall or stumble on an uneven surface.
- Accessories! Add some accessories to brighten your work area. If building new opt for a window and skylight, it brings in some good natural light and if it’s a window that opens, it can stop your shed feeling warm and stuffy. You could even add some *mancave* type signs to the walls.
- Have cleaning supplies on hand – a dirty shed seems messy – you’ve spent so much time getting the shed right, a shop vac will pick up all the dirt in no time.
- Save some space – if you want to work in your shed, leave an open area where you can work on your projects
- Keep some space for yourself. Just have a small space you can sit and relax in – it’s always important to have a place to relax – even if you are working on a project that’s fun.