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Turn Your Shed into a Workshop!

Have you always dreamed of having your very own workshop? A place where you can spend hours beavering away at whatever creative project you desire? Well, rather than turning your living room into a smaller version of Santa’s elves workshop, you could transform your humble garden shed into one instead. Not only does this keep any mess you make confined to one place, but you will have full control over where all your tools are kept, as well as a quiet space to concentrate on your work.

Whilst this makeover may seem time consuming and labour intensive, with just a few simple changes you can make a big difference.

Here are our 3 easy steps to turn your shed into a workshop:

Clear Out the Clutter 

Ideally, a larger shed is more suited to becoming a workshop however, if that’s not the case you’ll need to make sure to make the most of your existing space by having a clear out. Sheds tend to become the homes’ dumping ground, where broken items and unwanted Christmas presents collect dust for years on end. Go through every single thing in the shed and decide what you need to keep and what you can live without.

In all likeliness, there will be a fair few things that you need to keep, and this is where superb storage solutions come into play. Storage will also be needed to help keep your workshop items organised, tidy and easy to access. (For some great ideas take a look at our blog on how to organise your garden shed).

Install A Work Surface

A good, sturdy work surface is integral to a workshop. Before choosing one you need to make sure it is the right size for the type of projects you undertake. To utilise the space, you might also want to consider building storage, such as cupboards or drawers, underneath the worktop. This means that all your tools are near to hand when you need them.

Power Up

To have a fully functional workshop you need electricity. Even if you are not using power tools, good lighting is a must, allowing you to see clearly, as well as giving you the flexibility to work at night if you wish.

Regardless of your DIY skills, hiring a professional, registered electrician is the safest option. They will then connect the shed to the mains electricity in your home by running wiring (via a trench) from your house.

On the subject of electricity, you need to decide what type of lighting and heating you require. As with all things, there are a number of options you can choose. Your choice will most probably be dictated by budget and function.

Lighting:

  • Florescent overheads are energy efficient, and give a bright light across the entire space.
  • Halogen work well with spotlights or moving track lights. These are great for intricate, detailed projects as they provide bright light that can be directed to a precise spot.
  • Lamps are cheap and can moved around the workshop easily. However, they can be cumbersome, taking up a lot of space.
  • LED Lighting is cheap and flexible. They are most effective for machinery work.

Heating:

  • Insulating your shed doesn’t cost too much and will keep the workshop protected from damp. However, you will find that the space won’t be kept toasty warm in the cold weather with this approach alone.
  • Tube heaters are plugged into wall sockets making them a less intrusive and cheap option.
  • Portable heaters are an easy way to heat your workshop. They can be plugged into any socket, and moved around the area easily. However, they may not be suitable for larger spaces as they tend to heat small areas.
  • Electric radiators are safe and cheap to run. However, as they are mounted onto walls, they can take up a lot of room in an already busy environment.

And there you have it, your old garden shed has been transformed into a wonderful workshop, ready for you to get going! Enjoy!

Posted by Matt Jordan

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