Tips on Finding the Right Shed to Use as a Workshop

Tips on Finding the Right Shed to Use as a Workshop
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    A garden shed can be a brilliant space to use as a workshop; so if you like tinkering with cars, building furniture or are a budding artist, it's worth considering getting your hands on one.

    If you've got a shed already, you might be tempted to transform it into a workshop - but you should make sure it's actually well-suited to the purpose first.


If not, you’ll need to buy one. The advantage of doing so is that you can pick a shed that’s designed to be used in this capacity, which means it’ll have all kinds of handy features added to help you make the most of the space.

So, just how do you go about finding the right shed? Use these tips for a little inspiration…

1) Be Clear on What You’ll Use It For

As you’d expect, there’s little point picking out a workshop if you’re still not sure what exactly you’re going to use it for. Its purpose will define things like the amount of space you need, the level of light and how much height you require, as well as how comfortable it should be.
So, be sure before you look! Decided? Good.

2) Access & Space

The next thing to consider is the level of access you’ll need. For example, if you plan to park your car in there or cart heavy machinery in and out on a regular basis, a narrow single door just won’t do.

Fortunately, most sheds designed to act as workshops come with double doors, which give you a good level of access other garden sheds do not. So, if you were planning to convert an existing outbuilding, it’s definitely worth considering how much space there is to get in and out, and whether this will realistically suit its new function as a workshop.

Plus, you should also think about how much room you’ll need to work in, as well as how much you’ll require for storage, since you’ll probably want a decent amount of both.

3) Wood or Metal?

One of the biggest decisions you will need to make is whether to go for a metal or a wooden workshop. Generally speaking, this’ll come about quite naturally in light of what you intend to use the shed for.

If your shed will be used primarily for storage and just a little bit of working (perhaps making an odd tweak to the car, for example), a metal shed might be best, thanks to its durability and level of security.

If, however, you intend to work in there frequently, a wooden workshop will usually be best. This is because, unlike their metal counterparts, they tend to be more comfortable and feature windows, which gives you the benefit of natural light. This brings us on to our next tip.

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4) Light

Natural light is a crucial tool when you’re working, so you’re bound to need at least some if you plan to use the shed as a space for your hobbies. The key thing is to work out how much light you’ll need and, if you can, whether the level of space and light will work in harmony with your hobby.

Of course, that does mean you’ll need to think about how you’ll lay things out in each potential building. To that end, it’s worth checking out lots of different sheds in person, so you can get a better idea of how each one might work in practice.

5) Garden Size

Garden size is perhaps an obvious point, but it’s easy to get carried away and forget practicalities when you’re shopping – you should always make sure any shed you’re considering buying will fit into your garden. Actually, you should do more than checking you can squeeze it in. In fact, you ought to ensure there is a space for it that is really convenient (i.e. it won’t squash your flowerbeds or block your backdoor) and that it will leave enough room for you to still be able to enjoy your garden.

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