Modern sheds are used for a great variety of purposes, even outside their traditional uses, and one great example here is those who turn a shed into a personal workshop. For those who regularly use tools for a number of different projects and need dedicated space to hone this creativity, shed installation can be both practical and aesthetically pleasing.
At A-Shed USA, we can provide you with several great shed options for a home workshop, including YardMaster sheds and several others. What are some of the most important elements you should consider as you plan and build out your personal workshop shed? Here are a few tips we can offer.
Lighting and Surface
Especially if you ever work at night or when there isn’t natural light outside, you’ll want to ensure you have proper lighting capabilities. You have a few options at your disposal here, from battery-operated devices to hooking up a power line. Many modern homeowners are also considering solar-powered devices for their workshop sheds.
Once you have your light set up, you need to ensure proper work space that’s well within lighting range. This space should be free of all tools or equipment, which should have their own dedicated storage areas (more on this in a moment).
Shelves and Storage
One strong recommendation we can make for a specific area of your workshop shed: Use rolling shelves instead of cabinets if you can. These will make your storage somewhat mobile without sacrificing any actual storage capabilities, and you can just roll the shelves back underneath your work surface anytime you need them out of the way.
Beyond this, plan out a basic storage format for your workshop. Tools you use most often should be the easiest to access, with a good idea here being to install hooks on a pegboard to keep your most common pieces of equipment. You might still consider cabinets for higher areas of storage – look for utility here first and foremost, as aesthetics aren’t quite as important in most cases.
Staining, Not Painting
If you do want to prioritize the visual element of your workshop, one piece of advice: Don’t waste your time with painting. While this kind of thing might work great for a man-cave or she-shed, a workshop is different because you’ll be doing lots of heavy work – work that will beat up paint and quickly cause it to scratch and chip.
Unless you’re prepared to re-paint fairly often, we recommend staining instead. This will help hide scratches and marks, and will also help protect your surfaces in general.
Finally, be sure to prioritize some of your own personal style and tastes into the workshop. This is a place to enjoy a hobby or craft, after all, and you should make the space your own in whatever ways you can.
For more on elements to consider with a workshop shed, or to learn about any of our shed services, speak to the staff at A-Shed USA today.