Monday, October 14, 2013

Guest Blogger, Leslie Kramer shares her shed ideas with us . . .

Amazing Alternative Uses For A Boring Old Shed

The garden shed. Not the most exciting part of a home. It doesn't have the sunny, prettiness of a conservatory, or the hi tech joy of your media room. It is, however, a space that can be turned into endless really useful things that you and your family can enjoy. The majority of these humble wooden structures, aside from those that belong to very keen gardeners, end up full of general detritus, and become almost unusable for anything but storage as you have to be a yoga master to curve yourself past the mowers and garden forks to get to any empty space. However, if you clear out your shed or organize these things better to free up a usable area, the shed can become almost anything you want it to be! Think about it – it is a dry, indoor place that is outside the noise and bustle of your home.
Here are some of the things you could turn your shed into:

A Gym

If you have always wanted to get in better shape, but don't like the idea of paying for and going out to a gym, or filling your house with fitness equipment that won't go with your décor, then why not consider the shed as a mini workout room? You may not have room for a full suite of cardio gear and resistance machines, but a good multi gym, or even some free weights and a yoga mat or Pilates ball can be all you need to get a good workout. You can download lots of apps and instructional videos to help you work out using minimal equipment like this, and use your gym as your personal exercise haven!

An Art Room

Whether you enjoy painting or sculpture yourself, or have kids who love to draw and paint, converting your shed into an art room can be a great way to allow whoever is doing the art work to get some peace and quiet to concentrate, as well as keeping mess and paint fumes out of your home. It can also be a really good place to do other kinds of crafts, because these can often involve lots of tools and bits and pieces that can look messy in your house – so whether you are into jewelry making or carpentry, your shed could be the ideal place to get really into it!

An Office

While it may seem unconventional to use your shed as an office, it actually makes more sense than you might think. Sheds have traditionally been places people go to escape the house and get some peace, so doesn't this sound perfect for a study room or working area? You will need a good power extension cord so you can run your computer out there, assuming you don't have a super fancy shed with its own electricity, but other than that fit a nice desk and office chair and some places for books and files and you have a cozy, peaceful place to work or study.

Leslie Kramer, the author of this article, is a freelance blogger who is currently writing for Over The Top Shelters, dealers of portable garages and shelters. She enjoys engaging in sports, especially hockey and basketball.


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