If you own your own home – particularly if you don’t have a garage – then you know that a storage shed is almost essential. Most people use their sheds to store lawnmowers and other outdoor equipment, but storage sheds are put to a wide variety of uses. They can be pretty much whatever you want or need them to be. Here are some of the great ways you can use them.
Right behind storage in terms of popularity is the use of a shed as a workshop. If you do wood working, metal working, pottery, or other crafts where you need room for your tools, equipment, and supplies, then a storage shed is tops.
Some people use them as playhouses for kids. With a little paint, maybe some shutters, and some basic landscaping, you may find yourself jealous of their little hideout. And once your children outgrow it, it can easily turn into storage space, or even a guest room.
People with pools will often have customized sheds made for use as pool houses. They’re perfect for storing pool chemicals, pool toys, accessories, and deck furniture.
A storage shed with generous shelving and skylights can become a very handy potting garden shed for those who love gardening. If it’s large enough, it can also serve as storage for gardening tools.
They work great for keeping your firewood dry – a necessity for those who heat their houses with wood stoves in the winter. People with vintage cars that are only taken out a few times a year find storage sheds (fitted with large doors) to be the perfect storage solution.
They can also make terrific mini-barns for your menagerie. They can be divided up as kennels, and with some kennel fencing, can be a great way to give your dogs indoor and outdoor space. Urban and suburban homesteaders find that generously sized sheds can be used not only for dogs, but also for goats, llamas, alpacas, and emus. A small storage shed with strategically placed shelving makes a terrific chicken coop, particularly if you get one with a floor that can be easily hosed off.
If you upgrade the framing, put in some insulation and wall coverings, pop in a heat / air conditioning unit, you can turn a backyard storage shed into a home office and get your dining room (or guest room) back.
Some people use them on their hunting property either as duck blinds or, when upgraded with bunks and a wood stove, as a rustic camping cabin.
If you plan to use your storage shed for storage, consider having two sets of doors, particularly with a larger shed. No doubt the item you want to retrieve will be behind other stuff, and if you have two access points, you’ll make it easier to get to.
And don’t forget, if you plan to store propane for your grill, paint, turpentine, or other flammable things, make sure you provide plenty of ventilation in the form of ridge vents and end vents. These will greatly increase air circulation inside the structure.