Shed Uses - 45 Unique Ways to Use a Shed
Updated: Nov 16, 2022
Lots of people have one in the backyard, but sheds are used for a myriad of things, rather than the more traditional purpose which is storage.
You can find sheds in a wide range of shapes, sizes, colors, and styles, but most commonly, they tend to be small wooden storage sheds that resemble a barn. Some of them are just a simple lean-to.
But what if you haven’t got a ride-on mower, gardening tools, outdoor furniture, bicycles, and various other things you need to store? Surely you don’t need a storage shed? Believe it or not, there are many ways to use a shed. You can use a shed for a whole host of things, from just a backyard shed or a potting shed to an art studio, pool house, man cave, or home office.
What Can a Shed be Used For?
There are many ways to use a shed. If you know you want a shed but aren’t quite sure what to use it for, let’s share some suggestions.
Using your shed for storage is one of the most obvious ways to use a backyard shed. You can use it for storing all kinds of things, freeing up space in your garage or home at the same time. While it might not be as secure as a brick-built garage or a room in your home, you can put a lock on the shed door to deter any thieves. However, most important of all is that a shed can protect things from the weather.
Garden Tools Storage Shed
A garden tool storage shed is just what you need for your garden equipment and tools. Include shelving, hooks, and various types of containers to increase the garden shed’s versatility.
Protection from the elements
Keeps your tools near and handy
Safe from any unwelcome attention
Bicycle & Motorcycle Storage Shed
A garden shed is the perfect storage shed if you want to keep your bikes (pedal and motorized) safe from thieves or prying eyes. In addition, a garden shed will provide some protection from the elements.
Choose a bike shed that is the perfect size for your wheeled equipment
Extra security measures may be necessary
Free up space in your garage
Lawnmower Storage Shed
You can keep your lawnmower close to where you need it, safe and secure in a lawn mower storage shed.
Double doors are an option if you’ve got a ride-on mower
You’ll have space for all your other garden tools and equipment
Safe, secure, and weatherproof storage option
You might only need a tiny amount of space and a lean-to shed is an answer.
Can fit in the smallest of gardens
No planning permission required
A place for storing your trash cans out of sight
Firewood Storage Shed
You won’t get to enjoy a roaring fire if your firewood is soggy. Keep your wood dry in a garden shed built for the purpose.
Sit it on footings to keep the logs off the damp ground
It should be open on one side as this will allow the air to circulate and dry the wood
Choose a shed with a sloped roof to ensure the best drainage of snow and rain
Safe Storage for Chemicals & Other Dangerous Items
If you’ve got young children or pets there might be things you need to keep out of their reach. Garden sheds can be made very secure.
A metal shed is fireproof
Easy to make secure
Provides protection from the weather
Canoe Storage Shed
When you get home from your canoeing trip you’ve got a soaked and muddy canoe to deal with. With a storage shed you can make sure your kayak, boat or canoe is already ready for your next adventure.
Your boating equipment will always be ready
Your canoe stays dry and clean
Garage Come Workshop Shed
If you need more room to work on your cars consider a double garage. Use the whole space or park your car on one side while you work and store your tools on the other.
Double doors for easy access
Room to move your projects around
If you’re looking for a hangout spot why not have one in your own backyard? Decorate it according to your own taste and simply invite people around.
You can make it comfortable and cozy
Fabulous place to enjoy some chill time
You have the option of renting it out if you want a passive income
Kids can get a little noisy when they’re playing in the house, but a shed in the backyard will get them out from under your feet.
Let your imagination run wild and create a castle, den, or even a train or boat
Keeps all your kid's toys in one place
Your kids get to enjoy some fresh air
More and more people have the option of working from home nowadays, but not everyone has the space in their home. You don’t need to worry if this is the case because you can quickly and easily transform storage sheds into an office shed. If you want to add some customization, consider adding solar power, solar lighting, and perhaps a portable heater to keep you warm in the winter.
The perfect option when you want to work from home but don’t have the space indoors
Provides a quiet place with no distractions
You can use it all year round
You can use storage sheds for all kinds of workshop projects, saving the surfaces in your home from damage. Your shed can be a tranquil spot where you can let your creative juices flow. Use your shed for the following, and much more:
a place to store cleaning tools
If you need an efficient space for your next woodworking project you can easily revamp a garden storage shed.
More than enough room for storing all your woodworking equipment
You won’t waste time looking for things when you need them
No need to travel anywhere
Whatever your hobby, it likely takes up a lot of space, probably in your home. With a simple garden shed, you’ve got the perfect space you can transform into whatever you want. Design a shed that’s the perfect fit for your hobby.
A space for hobbies that’s so much more than just four walls
Decorate the interior to match your style and taste
Include cabinets, shelves, hooks, and various colorful containers
Wall space for displaying your work
Insulate and finish it correctly on the inside and you can create the perfect recording studio.
No rental fees to pay for a recording studio
It’s possible to create the perfect acoustics
You can make your recording studio just how you want it
With a shed, you can take advantage of natural light and turn it into an art studio. In the backyard, you can enjoy some peace and quiet so you can concentrate on your next creative venture.
Move your clutter from your home
A peaceful environment that encourages creativity
Wall space for displaying your artwork
High Tech Design Studio
You can include all the technical equipment you need in a garden shed. A place to be creative and be comfortable doing it.
Customize the shed according to your needs
Add a second story for extra space
It can complement your backyard
You can let your creativity flow when you’re in the right space. You can create the perfect environment for those times when you need to focus.
You can focus on projects without stressing about cleaning up after a productive session
It can be a space for contemplation
With no distractions, you can be more productive
Are you running out of space in your home for your massive collection of books? Transport all your novels or non-fiction books to a library shed and you won’t have to stress about discarding them.
Allows you to free up some space in your home
Add some comfy chairs and you’ll have a quiet space where you can enjoy your book collection
It will keep your books safe and dry
Modern Backyard Home
Why not join the tiny house movement and transform your shed into a living space. It’ll just need a few alterations inside and a touch of luxury to add the finishing touch.
Less space to keep clean and tidy
No room for clutter
Minimal living is very liberating
If you are interested in learning more, check our guide on living in a shed and regulations to know.
If you’re looking for a place you can relax with the ladies, consider a she shed. You can include all kinds of extras such as a spa and bathhouse.
It’s easy to create a space that’s perfect for relaxation
You can make it a fun or functional space
Somewhere to get away all year round
It won’t take much work, just a few finishing skills and you’ll soon have a man cave where you can party with your friends.
Include a bar or games area
Consider installing a home movie screen
It’s a place to chill out after a hard day
If your parents are getting on in years and you’d like to keep them close, use a shed as a granny flat. This is the perfect solution if you haven’t got space in your home., and it’ll stop them feeling lonely and isolated.
Elderly parents can feel independent
Close enough to keep an eye on them
You can provide all the comforts of home
Cozy Sleeping Room
Does your partner keep you awake at night with their tossing and turning and constant snoring? Do your kids need more space of their own rather than sharing with siblings?
Creates room for an expanding family
You’ll be able to invite friends and family to stay
You can let your imagination run wild
If you’re looking for a way to get a passive income, why not open up your garden to paying guests? You’ll be able to make them feel right at home.
Sheds can be large enough to include sleeping, living, cooking, and shower areas
Rent it out for passive income
Invite friends and family to stay
Stops your home from getting overcrowded
Getaway & Hangout Space
Sometimes you just need a space where you can get away from everyone else and center yourself. A storage shed is an answer and it can take many forms. Turn a storage shed into a summer cabin, retreat space, or even somewhere to hide out.
You can make a storage shed as simple or luxurious as you please
It’s easy to create a place of tranquillity
Just being outdoors can be very refreshing
Home movie theater
This is quite an unusual use for a garden shed but no less doable than any of the other shed ideas. You will need a source of power, but there’s no reason why you can’t use a solar power station. Alternatively, you can call in a qualified electrician to connect you up to the mains.
If you’ve got expensive equipment you’ll need the best shed security
With a surround sound system, you could be sat in a real movie theater
Include a wi-fi connection and you’ll be able to stream the latest movies
Pet Grooming Parlour
There are lots of people who love to pamper their pets, but renting the space can be expensive.
You can create a space big enough to meet the needs of any size pet
Easy to keep clean and sanitary
Close to home and no rent to pay
Do you have goats, sheep, or perhaps a horse? You can easily turn a small shed into an animal shelter.
Protects your animals from the rain and cold winds
The animals can take shelter or roam free
Protects their feed from the rain
Does your favorite four-legged friend deserve somewhere special to spend his days out of the heat of the sun? A storage shed can provide very stylish and spacious accommodation for your best friend.
Comfortable living space for your fur baby
Provides protection from the elements
Compliments your garden
Keeping your chickens healthy is important. A happy chicken will lay lots of eggs so keep your ladies safe, secure, warm, and comfortable in a specially designed chicken coop.
Secure enough to keep our predators
You can include windows for adequate ventilation
Choose the right materials and it’s cool in summer and warm in winter
There’s no reason why you can’t start a bakery in your own backyard. You’ll have to make sure it meets the right standards but you’ll soon be baking up a treat.
You can design the perfect baking kitchen space
Cuts cost because there’s no rent to pay
A good business to have in your own home
If you’ve got a potting shed you can give all your young plants the best start in life. As well as growing plants and germinating seeds, it's a place to store all your garden tools in a potting shed so they’re easily accessible.
Creates the perfect environment for early germination
Somewhere warmer in the winter for all those tender plants
Choose a color that compliments your garden
If you’re looking for a concession stand, a ticket office, or a roadside stand where you can sell your produce, a shed might be the right fit.
Customization options are endless
Include windows that open
With a power source, there are countless things you can sell from a shed
Another great idea for any entrepreneurs out there who want their own space.
A great idea if you want to start a barbering business
Create the perfect surroundings for you and your clients
No rent to pay
Massage Therapy Office
Run your massage business from your own backyard and you don’t have to worry about sharing a space.
You can easily create a relaxing environment for clients
It’s your own space to decorate as you please
No rent to pay means more profit
Build a classy and attractive pool house and you’ll have somewhere to store your pool equipment, and toys. In addition, it’ll be somewhere to get changed or shelter from the sun.
Storage space for pool equipment and poolside furniture
An attractive addition to your pool area
Summer Outdoor Kitchen
Are you a fan of organizing summer barbeques? You can streamline the whole food delivery process by turning a garden shed into an outdoor kitchen.
Accessing running water makes this option a bit more challenging
Include countertops for food prep
Cabinets for storage and a small refrigerator
There’s nothing quite like enjoying a glass or two of wine with friends. Turn your shed into a garden bar and all the refreshments and nibbles for your garden parties will be close by.
If you decide to sell drinks from your garden bar, you might need to get a license
A great addition to your summer barbeques
You’ll need power if you want to keep drinks cool in a refrigerator
Use your garden shed as a greenhouse and you’ll have somewhere to go when you want to get away from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
Space where you can let your green fingers go to work
Somewhere to bring your tender plants during the cold winter months
Toughen up your seedlings before you replant them in the garden
Create a space where you can pamper yourself. You’ll be able to enjoy a relaxing soak in a spa without having to get in the car or pay for a weekend spa treatment.
You’ll be able to enjoy a relaxing soak anytime you need it
Save money only costly spa treatments
Decorate the space according to your needs
Personal Home Gym
Why worry about paying exorbitant gym subscription fees when you can have your own personal gym space in your backyard.
You can keep the space warm in the winter and cool in the summer
Install a sturdy floor for any heavy equipment
Use the money you save on gym fees for kitting out your shed
Choose something that blends in with the surroundings. Add some hunting-related decor plus your trophies and you’ve got a secure hunting cabin.
Choose wood to blend in naturally
You can have a secure cabinet for your hunting equipment
A place to chill out with your hunting friends
If you happen to be a fisherman this is an idea you can take with you on your fishing trips. Hook it up to your fishing vehicle and your portable shed will go with you on your next fishing experience.
You can move it anywhere you want
You don’t have to leave it behind if you move
It’s your very own home from home on wheels
We’ve provided this list so you’ve got some inspiration. Choose to work with Urban Sheds and we’ll make your ideas come to life.
Use our 3D configuration tool to design your shed and we’ll do the rest for you. All our sheds come with a 30-year warranty, so you’re not going to be disappointed.