What is a garden without a shed?
A hugely important factor when designing your garden is space. This is something that people often consider when allocating areas for pathways, flower beds, clotheslines, etc., but many people tend to forget about their garden shed.
Garden sheds are vital for your storage needs! Without a shed everything will be left lying around your garden from tools to lawnmowers and toys to sun loungers. This is unsightly and will detract from the aesthetics of the outdoor space that you are trying to achieve. Not only that, but in our English weather, many of these items would rust and be constantly degraded. This makes it super important to have the right storage solution.
A lot of people use their garage for this, but for those of us who do not have the luxury of such space, sheds are the way to go to keep clutter out of sight and safely stowed out of harm’s way.
And don’t be fooled into thinking that they are only to be used for storage – they can often be used as hobby rooms, mini-gyms, places for children to play in or to make a quirky little get-away for the other half!
Choosing Your Shed’s Aesthetic
Now that you realise the importance of your shed’s functionality, you need to focus on its visuals. Visually, sheds are made from timber so they always fit in seamlessly with the natural feel that gardens provide. You do however, need to make sure that your shed’s colours match that of your fences and garden furniture – 3 different shades of timber does not a pretty garden make!
Asides from their generally pleasing aesthetics, you can sometimes bring your shed out from the background and blend it in with your exterior colour scheme turning the everyday into the perfect mancave or she-shed. Something as simple as painting the door of your shed and some other highlighting features, such as the edge of the roof, can really integrate it into your garden and can make it a pretty focal point whilst munching on your BBQ and sipping some wine on your patio.
Cleanliness is next to godliness
Buying a new shed provides the ideal opportunity to have a clear out but tidying your existing shed should be an annual event. Organising your shed will prevent repurchase of items and materials you already have, makes finding items that much quicker and means you’re getting the maximum usage out of the available space.
Have an idea of what items you have to store, what space is available and how you want things organized. If the item is something you’ll reach for often, then put it in a place that’s easy to get to. Right?
Shovels, brushes, rakes, and other long-handle tools are all items we use often, so be sure they are placed in easy reach. A rack or hooks on the wall make for a great easy-access solution.
Keep extension cords and hoses neatly coiled and out of the way. Lining the back wall of the shed with a pegboard make it easy to stow and find smaller tools like trowels, hammers, and drills easily. A workbench at the back of the shed is useful for those small odd jobs and can double as a potting table.
All these things will help you make the most of your shed – English weather permitting of course!