3 Things To Do With A Garden Shed (Other Than Storing Rakes!)

Out of all the items of furniture, and assorted home and garden accessories you could possibly own, few are quite as iconic as the garden shed. Virtually every garden has one, and every garden could do with an even bigger and better one.

While you may just think of a garden shed as a place for storing your collection of old, rusty rakes, birdfeed, and various other implements for keeping the lawn tidy and the atmosphere idyllic, there is a near-infinite number of practical uses for a garden shed and just as many compelling reasons why you should have one.

So, read on, for a list of fun, useful and meaningful things you can do with a garden shed. By the end of this post, you may just feel like contacting or a similar service, to arrange for a special delivery.

Do some writing

Beloved children’s author Roald Dahl famously did his writing in a shed at the end of his garden. “Roald Dahl’s shed” has become one of those iconic elements of literary culture that you can read entire articles and exposes about, in all different corners of the internet.

Roald Dahl in his writing shed.

But Roald Dahl wasn’t just being strange and quirky by using a shed to do his writing. He was employing a deeply important rule that many of the most successful and well-regarded writers of history have observed.

In the words of Stephen King, you should always “write with the door closed.”

The idea here is that when you’re writing, you shut yourself off from the outside world and all the distractions it contains. You don’t show your work to anyone while still on the first draft. You don’t surf the web or play video games during writing breaks. You just write.

Using a shed for your writing could significantly improve the quality of your literary efforts, by putting you in “the zone,” literally and metaphorically.

Set up a playhouse for the kids

If you want your kids to get involved in imaginative play that doesn’t involve the TV, internet, or any digital devices in general, you might want to consider turning a garden shed into a playhouse for them, filled with toys, pens and paper and other artistic implements.

A friend’s softplay shed!

Or, if you’re not too worried about them playing video games, you could put a games console in there.

Whatever the case, children generally love the idea of having a special play area all their own, set apart from the rest of the house.

Set up a DIY room

If you want to get involved in proper DIY, one of the best things you can do is to turn a garden shed into a work-area, complete with the necessary tools, so that you can dedicate yourself to a given project and turn out results, without covering the house in paint splatters, sawdust, and whatever else.

With a dedicated shed-as-DIY-room, you can work on everything from assembling bookcases from scratch to carving figurines out of wood, to working on the repair of damaged household appliances and goods.

Not only is this the kind of hobby that can be deeply fulfilling, but it’s useful, too.


Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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