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Alternative Uses For Sheds

Storing old gardening equipment is certainly one use for your  shed, but if you’re as excited about these humble outbuildings as we are, you might consider some of the following alternate uses for this part of the home which is often overlooked.

Games room

What better way to unwind  after a long day at work than to come home and play on your own pool table, games console or darts board? Winter is a great time of the year to create new ways of spending your time that don’t involve being outside in the cold, and a cosy shed could be just the place.

If you’ve got teenage children or relatives, it could also mean they can have friends round, or practice their instruments, without disturbing the peace and quiet of your home.


A simple idea, and perhaps one more suited to the summer, but a good way of transforming your shed into a social hub for when you spend more time in the garden. You could add a table or two, and keep soft drinks and snacks in there so it can be used by the whole family.

You could also create a theme for your new bar, add some neon lights, a television, or just keep it simple with a relaxed colour scheme and comfortable seats.

Summer house

Along a similar train of thought, spending the lighter summer evenings in your newly-established summer house can be a great excuse to invite friends and family over. For later in the night when it does eventually get dark, you could get creative with the décor – including strings of fairy lights, colourful rugs and wall hangings for a truly summery vibe.


If the study in your house isn’t quite providing the backdrop you need for working at home, sorting paperwork or reading, perhaps you could relocate to the shed. You could put a carpet down, bring in your desk and any books or items that particularly inspire you, but leave any distractions or extra clutter back in the house.

Also, if you wanted to sell your property in the future, a home office can add 5 – 10% onto the previous value of your home, making it a worthwhile long-term investment.


Is there anyone in your family who is a budding creative? Perhaps relocating them out of the spare bedroom and into the shed will provide them space for inspiration and encourage more artistic exploration.

It’ll also free up space in your house – meaning you can finally create that guest or AirBnb bedroom you’ve been wanting, or make space for a new arrival in the family. As an added bonus, it’ll save your carpets from any messy art materials, like paints and glues.

Hot tub

If sitting in a hot tub outside in January doesn’t sound like a particularly relaxing way to spend an evening, why not put one in your shed? With the shed walls to keep the cold winds out and warmth in, you can enjoy the benefits of your hot tub all year round. For overlooked gardens, it’ll also provide privacy, so you can relax in peace.

When you’ve chosen your favourite way to use your new shed, you could even enter it into a Shed of the Year competition – here are some creative examples from 2017!


Barnard Fencing offers the expert supply and installation of high quality sheds for customers across Nottingham. We cater for customers who need both garden sheds and wooden sheds, using only the finest quality materials. We can help with each step of the way, ensuring you are left with a shed that perfectly suits you and your property. To find out what we can do to help realise your shed aspirations, get in touch with us today.


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