10 Ways to Turn Your Shed into the Perfect Workshop

Turn your shed into the perfect workshop and make your shed work for you. Let me give you 10 great ideas designed to inspire you toward fabricating your perfectly unique workshop shed. Make a workshop out of your backyard shed that will aid your creative work and allow you to be inspired.

Your perfect workshop shed should not only be attractive, but it should be practical and functional. Making it that way might take some work, but it will pay off in the end.

1. Accessible Lighting and Power

workshop lighting

workshop lighting



don’t come with electricity, but a functional workshop should have accessible lighting and a good power source.

If an electrician isn’t in your budget, find a way to power up your workshop, whether it be with a handy tutorial for installing your own wiring or using a generator or other battery operated power source in your backyard shed.

2. A Manageable Work Surface

Your work surface is one of the most important pieces of the perfect workshop. Your work surface should be sturdy and it should be a good size for your typical project. Make sure your work surface has enough space on top so that you can work, but also has storage to hold all your tools and supplies. Don’t store your tools on your work surface.

Tip: Find recycled cabinets at salvage warehouses. Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore is also a great place to find inexpensive storage cabinets.

shed workshop conversion

shed workshop conversion

3. Superb Storage Space

Good storage space is key in your perfect workshop. Make sure you have proper storage for all your tools and other supplies. Tools should be kept at easily accessible heights so that you can reach for what you need while you’re working.

Rather than tossing small tools in a drawer, hang them on a pegboard with hooks so you can find them quickly and shelve them quickly when you’re done, making clean up a snap!

Tip: Good storage will include drawers and open shelves.

4. Rolling Work Shelves

Rolling work shelves for extra work surface can be a great advantage if you tend to vary your project sizes. When you need additional surface for working, you can roll out your extra work shelves and when they are not in use, they can be extra storage space.

5. Stain, Don’t Paint Your Work Surface

You may want to make your workshop look beautiful, but your work surface will take lots of abuse. Make sure that it can take it. Staining will keep your work surface last longer without looking scratched up. Save your paint for the walls.

6. Smooth Out Your Floors

Bumpy floors can be detrimental to your perfect workshop. So far we’ve concentrated on the actual work areas but your floors are important too. If you are starting with bumpy floors, get some concrete filler and smooth out your work floors to ensure that you don’t stumble when you’re working.

7. Add Some Accessories

Once all the practical work is done, add some accessories to brighten up your area. Installa window and a skylight. Add some flowers boxes and even hang up a few pieces of artwork to give your workshop a bit of your own personality.

8. Handy Cleaning Supplies

Craftsman XSP Shop Vac 16 Gallon

Craftsman XSP Shop Vac 16 Gallon

Now that you’ve spent all this time making your workshop practical and beautiful, you’ve got to keep it clean! Get a shop vac and other necessary cleaning supplies for your workshop. Making your workshop easy to clean up after each project will ensure that you’ll be raring to go on every new project.

9. Save Some Space

Your workshop is for working so remember to make sure that you’ve got some open space for new projects. If you fill up your workshop with work surfaces and storage closets, you won’t have room to bring in large materials. Make sure you’ve got some open area.

10. Space to Relax

If you can, leave one spot for relaxing in your workshop. This may seem contradictory to the point of a workshop. But it’s important to have some space to rest, even when you’re working on something for fun.

The Perfect Workshop is a Reflection of You

Your workshop should reflect you and your hobby. It should be functional and organized. And it should be a place where you can enjoy yourself. As Anatole France wrote, “Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another. ”

worshop shed with loft

worshop shed with loft

Join us in the conversation and share your workshop ideas @ #workshopshed.

Choose the Best Workshop Shed

There are different options depending on what style and size shed you want for your workshop. We suggest the following for your new workshop:

10×12 Seneca

  • The

    10×12 Seneca

    model has plenty of space, while being an affordable option. It’s the biggest size of our value series so if you want enough room to store all your equipment the 10×12 Seneca is the best bet.
  • All our sheds have LP siding, protecting your shed against rot and decay.

10x12 Seneca model shed in backyard

10×10 Verona

  • The

    10×10 Verona

    model shed is also part of our value series, but has a gambrel style roof. If you are looking for a gambrel shed that is a bit smaller than the 10×12 Seneca, try our Verona models.
  • A storage loft included in our Verona model, providing 40% more overhead space.

10x10 Verona model shed in a backyard

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