A well placed, well decorated and well maintained garden shed is an attractive focal point for a garden, and one that’s as functional as it is fashionable. Moreover, with the amount of time many spend at home pottering around in the garden and in their sheds, they’re also a great place to spend time outdoors, and if you have the space to spare, a great place to entertain friends. Enjoy outdoor flooring ideas as well.
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Home potting sheds needn’t take up a great deal of space, though the more space you have to potter about the better most home gardeners would say. Regardless of much space you have to work with, it can’t be denied that the key to possessing a comfortable home garden shed lies in the way that it’s arranged and organised, so whether you’re renovating your current shed or looking to buy one new, take these helpful design ideas into account and make the most of your time gardening at home.
Contemporary Garden Shed Designs
If you’re in possession of a modern home then chances are you’ll be looking for a modern or contemporary garden shed to match your house. Fortunately with the range of modern garden sheds available you’ll find yourself spoiled for choice and these include everything from simple lean-tos that fit flush against the walls of your home, to large galvanised steel structures that can accommodate far more than a bench or two for potting plants and storing gardening tools.
Rustic Garden Shed Designs
For those with an old garden shed they’d like to renovate and give a new lease of life, rustic designs often offer the most possibilities, plus there’s something stylishly inimitable about rustic sheds when set in the right location, usually when surrounded by plants, trees and flowers. Renovating a rustic style garden shed can prove to be a very rewarding experience and it’s truly amazing what can be achieved on a small budget, especially if you know where to pick up secondhand bits and pieces to add an inimitable charm to your project.
In recent times we’ve seen more and more home gardeners opting for green garden sheds, also known as ‘hidden garden sheds’. The roofs of these sheds have been covered with low maintenance plants like turf or sedum which aids biodiversity, keeps the shed cool in summer and helps it to blend into the landscape, and even more so when the sides of the shed have been painted a dark brown or similar colour to help it blend in further.
Depending on the amount of equipment and tools you’ll be storing in your garden shed, you’ll need to ensure you have adequate space to store it all, and don’t forget to leave ample space for your collection of gardening equipment and tools to grow. Shelving is all some home gardeners require, but don’t overlook the benefits that creating your own storage solutions offers since there’s so much you can achieve with a small financial outlay, plus you can recycle what you find when clearing out your old gardening shed.
Selecting a Garden Shed
If you’re not yet in possession of a garden shed and you’re looking to buy one new you’ll find that you have a number of options at your disposal. Most garden sheds are of two main varieties, galvanised steel or wood, both of which come in flat packs ready for you to assemble at home. Depending on the size of the shed you’ve purchased for your garden assembling a new shed is usually quite straightforward but you might need an extra pair of hands to assist you assembling it.
Small sheds of 1.2 x 1.8 metres are the most common sheds you’ll see in gardens around the country but bear in mind that this size is best suited for storage only or potting only, so if you’re looking for a shed to store your garden tools and pot about in you’ll need to look at something a little bigger. Fortunately there are numerous sheds for sale to select from, so give some thought to your gardening and storage needs, as well as the amount of space you have in your garden, before selecting a new garden shed.
Madeline Varley is a freelance writer for Yourshed, an Australia-based company that offers a range of sheds for sale. Their products can serve as covered patios and more.