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The Varied Uses of Garden Sheds

Updated on March 9, 2014

Maintaining a beautiful garden is more than just putting your green thumb in action. Apart from having the prettiest flowers, it also involves putting your plants and gardening tools in the right places. Where exactly, though? Two words: garden sheds.

What's a garden shed?

A garden shed is a single-storey structure that is usually situated at the garden or the backyard. Also known as backyard storage shed, this structure is able to provide its owner a myriad of functions and benefits:

A+ Organisation

A garden shed is very useful in keeping all your supplies and tools organized in a flash. If you are in a hurry to get them out of other people's sight, you can quickly place them inside your shed and put them in their appropriate containers on a later time. On top of that, a shed can also hold such massive tools as lawnmowers and other equipment that can pose danger to children who are playing around your garden. In some cases, shed owners store their bicycles and old pieces of furniture in it, too, to create space inside their homes.

Increased Productivity

Is your shed big in size? Some garden shed designs allow for an entirely different function -- like a neat home office. Working or running a business from home is challenging, especially when you’ve got a very busy household. Similarly, the noise from inside the house can always take your concentration away, and such interruptions as doorbell rings, television sound and unexpected guests can keep you from beating deadlines. If you need a secluded place to maximize your productivity, a shed is a practical option for you to take. Just make sure that is well-lit and well-ventilated.

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Extra Party Space

So you don’t feel comfortable holding parties and receiving guests in your living room – no problem! Turn your shed into a party space so you need not worry about broken furniture, stained couches and damaged floor tiles. These things are more likely to happen in the absence of enough floor area, so having a party space will give them the freedom to enjoy drinking, dancing, and doing all sorts of party stuff without any worries. If you are able to design your shed in a sophisticated manner, you can also use it for business presentations or gatherings for prospect clients.

Gardening Hobby = Business

Take your love for plants to a higher level by making a business out of your gardening hobby -- particularly if you’re producing vegetables, fruits or ornamental plants. Growing them in a secured place like a shed and not in the open is advisable. Why? Because the latter will leave them exposed to the dangers of the ever-changing weather, presence of pests and untoward acts of some people. A shed can serve a perfect greenhouse where the temperature is monitored and reliable irrigation system is implemented. In here, the growth of healthy plants is assured – which means your income will also be assured.

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BONUS: Buying Tips!

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, it’s high time that we addressed another important matter: buying the right shed for your garden and storage needs. There are key factors, which you must not neglect when it comes to choosing the right shed. While it may take much of your time and money, it’s all worth it – given all the benefits that come along with it.

Size

It is smart to choose the biggest available size. A big shed can allow you to do more with the space inside. For example, you need a place that can both serve as a home office and an indoor garden. With a little creativity and careful planning, you can convert one side of a huge shed into an office and the other side into a garden.

Material

Think about the material of the garden shed you want to purchase. Be sure to buy only from trusted manufacturers. Their sheds usually cost higher but they can provide you bigger savings in the end.

Style

There is a wide range of styles offered by different manufacturers out there. The roof of the shed is the determining factor that sets one style from the other. This explains why the general types of shed sold in stores are called gable roof, flat roof and extra height roof sheds.

Design x Color

Choose a shed with design and color that complements your house. This will make your shed look like an extension of your house and not just an odd-looking structure in the backyard or garden.

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When looking to prettify your garden, it's always best to consider not just the flowers and plants you're going to grow, but also the overall organisation of the area -- and while needs among households vary, a garden shed might just help you get started on that.

Ready to find the right garden shed? Then let's get to work!

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    • Suhail and my dog profile image

      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      I love those garden sheds. I currently don't have it, because the space in the backyard is taken over by a gazebo and a doghouse, in addition to a deck. When I change home for a country type, which I am going to in next two years, then I will surely buy a good quality one.

      I liked the various purposes you mentioned. I am going to have mine with office space to work in late spring, summer and early fall.

      Thanks for sharing a very useful hub.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      We can't have one at this home, but we have had a storage shed at others. They are quite handy and its nice to have a place to store away those yard items that don't fit in the garage. Nice post and very informative.

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      Genna East 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This s a welcome hub in light of the spring that waits just around corner. You have given us some interesting ideas and info...I really like that shed captured in the photo, "shedworking."

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      kidscrafts 

      4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I have no space for a garden shed but it can be practical to store all the tools and supplies for the garden. I use my garage for that :-) Thanks for sharing!

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      Wish I had space for a garden shed in my home. I love their flexibility.

    • breakfastpop profile image

      breakfastpop 

      4 years ago

      I have a garden shed that sits right next to my pool and looks just like my house. I just love looking at it and we keep our towels and pool stuff inside, so it's also quite useful.

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