A Guide to Turning Your Shed into a Garden Workshop
You may already house all your garden and power tools in your good old garden shed, but the space could easily be converted from a storage area into a functional workshop. It needn't be a damp, cold place to work, with a little planning you can make an inviting place to carry out those niggling DIY jobs,which you've always wanted too.
If you don't already have a shed you could get a purpose built sheds to use as a workshop. These wooden workshop sheds provide ample space (up to 12'x8') at a reasonable price. Several of our Metal sheds are also expandable to you can increase the size of your workshop as you need to.
Many of these workshop sheds are large enough to house a motorbike, so you can work on your prized motorbike out of the unpredictable British weather.
Making your shed habitable:
You needn't put up with a dark, cold space because with a little effort you can transform your old shed into a warm, light and airy space ideal for working on your latest DIY project or interest in peace and quiet.
There are many electric underfloor heating options to choose from. These systems are practical as they maximise your floor space whilst efficiently heating your new workshop. The system runs at a much lower temperature than your home radiator system, yet still creates a comfortable working environment. Such a system is energy efficient and will save you money on your bills.
If you're seriously thinking of installing a heating system its worth noting that around 70 % of the heat lost from a wooden garden workshop is through the roof and floor. By installing shed insulation you can make sure that your workshop rapidly becomes warm and remains so, even after turning off your heating system.
You also need to think about light. If buying a new shed/workshop you need to choose a design which will maximise natural light. But, if you're retrofitting your old shed, you may want to replace one of the roof panels with a insulating, opaque plastic sheet. This will act as an efficient sky light, whilst retaining privacy and hiding your expensive power tools from view.
Powering those power tools:
If you're making a workshop, you'll eventually need to install electric points. If you've never done this before, it's in the interest of safety it is probably best to get a qualified electrician to install what you need. You may also want to consider installing a solar system to make your workshop sustainably powered.
Other considerations for your garden workshop:
Never overlook security, you will need a good padlock and opaque windows to protect your valuable materials and equipment. It might also be a good idea to install a motion sensor attached to security lights and an alarm, as this will deter most thieves.
If you don't fancy creating your own garden workshop then take a look at the workshops we have to offer here