Accessories to Consider for Your First ShedNovember 19th, 2013 - Posted in Architecture
If you’ve recently acquired a shed for the first time, you’re probably wondering how best to fit it out to make it a usable space. Take a look at my guide to see what you should think about buying when it comes to garden shed accessories.
Good lighting is a must if you plan to do the odd gardening-related job in your shed – especially if it doesn’t have any windows for natural illumination, or only has one small window. There are a few options to consider, but I would recommend investing in both a lamp for close work and a larger ceiling or wall light for general use.
Solar-powered lights are a great option for the latter, and you can buy products that are easy to fit yourself. However, bear in mind that smaller ones will only provide light for a relatively short period of time, even on a fully charged battery.
Let’s face it – lots of people use their sheds by simply throwing all their gardening equipment – and even non-gardening equipment – in them and only entering again to find a particular tool or device (I know I used to!). However, if you intend to make your shed a multiuse space, you will need to think about a more orderly way of doing things.
Firstly, consider how much room you have for storing large pieces of equipment, and keep that part of the shed earmarked for that use only. Then, look at how you want to store smaller things like hand tools, seeds and pots. Hooks, shelves and units with lots of drawers are all popular options for keen gardeners. Wall-mounted storage is perfect if you don’t have much space to play about with.
Workbench and chair
If you’re lucky enough to have room for a table and chair, go for it! It’s great to have somewhere to sit when you want to do small jobs that you would rather not bring into the house, and can also simply offer a quiet place to get away from it all if home life gets too much at times.
The best way to make the most of your space is to fit a workbench along one wall and keep a folding chair and a comfy cushion in your shed. This also offers extra possibilities when it comes to storage, as you could install drawers under the bench, or have small tabletop drawer units on one side.
Don’t be fooled into thinking your new shed will provide sufficient protection from the elements for you to work in comfort – I very nearly froze to death the first time I tried to get an early start in the garden, and that was in the summer! A good heater is essential at most times of the year if you plan to spend extended periods of time in the shed, especially first thing in the morning, at night or during the autumn and winter.
A small, portable heater (such as a radiator or electric-powered fan unit) should do the trick in terms of adequately warming the air inside your shed so you can go about your tasks without shivering. You will need to consider whether to opt for a battery or mains-powered heater, though, depending on how far from the house your shed is located.