Spring is our favorite time of the year. Starting seeds in our greenhouse and planting flowers and vegetables lifts the spirits – especially during these unusual times.
Cleaning and organizing your home is easier when you have a shed to sort and store your things. Whether you’re focused on getting rid of unused items or simply cleaning areas you don’t reach regularly, an outdoor shed is an ideal space to put things temporarily or store items used infrequently.
Are you thinking about investing in an outdoor storage shed? We may be biased, but we think a shed is an effective tool in keeping your home and property organized and clean.
Your shed floor doesn’t’ have to be dirty, dingy and cold. There are many ways to upgrade your shed floor so it looks great and is comfortable to walk on. Your shed flooring needs to be durable, dependable and comfortable., but there is no reason why it can’t look good too.
Common Shed Flooring Problems
A cement slab on the floor will be cold to walk on and will likely make the rest of your shed feel cold as well.
You don’t want a shed floor that is too hard. If you spend hours working in your shed, your feet and back will begin to ache.
A slippery floor. When it rains, painted floors become very slippery and can land you on your back.
A floor that is not level might not seem like a big deal, but wait until your paint cans tip over all over your shed floor.
Here are some flooring options for your shed:
Epoxy Coating The best way to spruce up your shed floor it to use epoxy coating. This is a type of paint, often available in a wide range of colors, that dries to a shiny rock hard finish. They can get slippery, so make sure to buy the non-slip additive prior to plying it to your shed floor.
Timber Flooring Timber flooring can be used in just about any type of shed. It looks good and is very comfortable for your back and feet. The timber does not get as cold as cements to it helps your shed stay warmer in the winter. As wood is susceptible to rot and damage from critter, it is important to keep it sealed.
Carpet No matter what type of existing flooring you have in your shed, carpet is a good option. Scope out the places where you will be spending most of your time and place some old carpet down. This will keep the shed much warmer and will be much more comfortable on your feet. Here are some design inspirations for carpeting your shed
Rubber Mats Rubber mats are very useful in relieving the strain on feet and joints often caused by long hours standing. Rubber mats are easy to clean and extremely durable. Good quality rubber mats can be a little expensive, but they are worth the investment.
Sandpaper A cost effective shed flooring option is sandpaper. You can buy rolls of sandpaper in a range of sizes. All you have to do is unroll the sandpaper, peel off the backing, and stick it to a clean surface. Sandpaper will provide a non-slip surface even when it is wet or oily. Sandpaper can fall apart when wet and has to be replaced more often than other shed flooring options.
Are you ready to upgrade the flooring on your outdoor structure? Let us know what you choose!
There are many benefits to owning a shed including increased storage space, decreased clutter inside your home, and convenient storage of bulky lawn care equipment. However, outdoor sheds can become cluttered and disorganized very quickly. If you are about to purchase a new shed, consider these hacks to maximize space from the very beginning:
Hooks and Pegboards The key to a well organized shed is decreasing the amount of “stuff” on your floor. Hooks and pegboards can be easily installed and used to hang tools, bags, and even lawn trimmers. You can even paint your pegboards different colors to design a color-coded system for each tool or device.
Shelving Shelves can also be attached to your peg boards. They also add more space and free up floor space. Large bins can be labeled with items such as crafts, cleaning supplies, and sporting equipment.
Keep Hand Tools Handy Long-handled tools need to be easily accessible, but out of the way. A sturdy tool hanger to the inside of your shed's door is a great way to free up wall space for other items, while making your larger hand tools easily accessible.
Magnetic Bars magnetic bars have been used by mechanics for years to hold and organize their tools. These strips also work great for metal garden gear such as pruning shears . Choose a bar with a magnet strong enough to hold the weight of your tools and you'll always have them within reach.
Installing a Toilet Paper Holder This storage hack will keep your wires and twine organized. These useful outdoor items often knot up or get easily lost. Install the holder on its side in an area that is easy to access.
A Garden Carryall Garden Carryalls are useful for holding smaller items such as markers, pens, scissors and clippers. Often, these items get left out on a workbench or even your shed floor. A carryall is a great place for small hand tools and perfect for grab-and-go trips to the garden.
Garden Hoses Hoses are often challenging to keep in place. This DIY project from Martha Stewart is a practical and inexpensive caddy for a garden hose and sprinkler.
Safe Storage Bins Having some bins to store smelly supplies, toxic pesticides, and other items that need to be handled with caution is a great way to prevent unwanted exposure or spills. These bins should be properly labels and kept out of the reach of children.
Even though sheds are a key part of your organizational system, they’re not always given the thought or attention they deserve. If you are ready to give your shed some organizational TLC, SHARE this article!
Many homeowners are tired of looking at an old and depressing shed on their property, but they don’t want to spend a lot of money to fix it up. Window boxes are an inexpensive way to spruce up your outdoor structure and make it the envy of the neighborhood.
Since many sheds are used as a playhouse, reading room, or exercise room, window boxes add that pop of life and color that incorporate the outdoor structure into the entire property. Many homeowners choose a color them to match their home and flowers to compliment their outdoor landscaping.
When adding a flower box to your outdoor structure, it is best that it is made of durable plastic, so it does not rot or crack in the elements. It is easy to find them is several sizes and colors. Grab some flower boxes and start planting your favorite flowers right away!
You can also construct a wooden window box. It might not be as durable, but they are easy and fun to make. They also mean more than buying one from the shop. If you are somewhat handy with a hammer, you can customize your window box to suit your outdoor structure. This article from Gardenista.com will have you on your way to building the perfect window box.
These Three Window Boxes Will Inspire You To Transform Your Outdoor Structure:
On a Potting Shed Even the tiniest spaces can be spruced up by a window box. This potting shed added lots of charm to this tiny workroom
On A She Shed She Sheds are the latest trend for women seeking a little time away from the hubby and kids. It is the female answer to a man cave and the perfect place for window boxes of any style. This article showcases a variety of ways in which window boxes can be used to add some charisma to an ordinary shed
On a Playhouse Even the simplest playhouses can be transformed by adding a simple window box. Adding a window box to your child’s playhouse is a great way to teach them about gardening. This window box is an adorable example
If you are ready to add a window box to your outdoor structure, SHARE this article with friends who might be interested!
Building a space-saving workbench by yourself adds extra storage and workspace to your garage or shed. Many people are creating additional space saving workbenches to work on craft projects or small household repairs. Most are done over the course of a weekend with little to no stress.
Before Starting DIY Workbench
Plan ahead. Before you start building your workbench, jot down what its primary use will be. Will it be mostly for storage? Do you want a large space to work on big projects? Do you want a mixture of functional space and usable storage? Make sure to take proper measurements. A workbench that is too high or too low will be very uncomfortable for its primary user. Also, don’t make your workbench too deep. Many people think that workbenches need great depth. In fact, most projects for space saving workbenches only need about 12 inches of depth. There is no reason that your workbench should be more than 24 inches deep. Always consider your skill level and budget, and get busy!
These 5 Space Saving Workbench ideas should inspire you to start building:
Popular Mechanics This sturdy and professional workbench from popular mechanics also happens to be beautiful. This article includes step-by-step instructions in a .pdf file.
Instructable Workbench. This video tutorial will show you how to build a sturdy workbench quickly and inexpensively in only a few hours work. The workbench presented this video is 80 inches long x 36 inches wide x 34 inches tall, and rock solid.
Anna White. Anna has an eye for design and function. Her workbench has roll away carts with built-in tools. They save space and maximize functionality and storage.
Fold Down Workbench. A fold down workbench is the ideal way to save precious garage space. This workbench can be built in an afternoon and is a major upgrade to what you have piling in the corners of your garage or shed right now.
Pegboard Workbench This article will help you build an organized pegboard tool cabinet and simple workbench. The design and colors are inspiring. This simple workbench also makes for the perfect craft space.
Which of these designs inspires you most? SHARE this article with anyone looking for some workbench inspiration