Photos, Plans, and Ideas of the Coolest Workshops and Sheds
Shed & Garden Studio Inspiration
I've always wanted my own outside retreat, although I was briefly put off when I slept in a friend's summerhouse as a child and there were rather a lot of spiders! But seeing the possibilities, I have gotten over the fear and really want my own outdoor haven again.
I have listed the best shed and studio examples below to hopefully inspire you to at least decorate the interior of your shed with a bit more flair even if you aren't going to build the whole thing from scratch. (Although if you do want to build a shed yourself, I have included free plans too :)
I hope you find this page fun and inspiring.
The Carpenter's Workshop
The Traditional Man's Retreat?
Sheds have long been seen as a peaceful garden haven to allow men to escape the house and potter around in their shed, as well as indulging in manly pleasures like watching TV, drinking beer and just generally chilling out.
But then something happened....
The shed has become elevated to a new level; some people have done away with the usual wooden sheds with resident spiders and muddy floors, and they've flung out the old scruffy chair and the TV with a dodgy aerial. Instead, a new breed of shed fans have decided to upgrade and get creative.
This can be seen in the form of sheds which double as pubs or cocktail bars, have allotments on the roof, are covered with amazing decoration like broken pottery pieces, or are made to look like castles or even Greek Temples!
There's no limit to the imagination, and both men and women have joined in the craze to create their own personal and customized garden paradise, with some even turning their shed into a fully working office, or a functional craft workshop. If you can dream it up, you can build it :)
Outside The Shed Workshop
Inside The Shed Workshop
Shed Building Videos
Shed Craft Studio
Fairytale Cabin - Outside
Fairytale Shed - Inside
Inspiring Shed Photos & Ideas
- Orla Kiely Shed
A designer garden retreat at Chelsea Flower Show.
- Leather Workshop
A small but stylish shed where leather bags are restored.
- Mosaic Shed
Creative idea for making your shed truly unique.
- Shed of the Year Entries
Hundreds of shed photos entered into the 'Shed of the Year' competition.
- Shed of the Year 2013 - Top Picks
I love the one in the shape of a ship!
- Shed Photo Gallery
Pages of shed décor and design pictures to browse.
- Unusual Designs
Including a pub and Jabba the Hut!
- Classy Sheds
More like little cottages than houses, these are really top class sheds.
- Pinterest Picks
A great collection of favourite photos from around the web.
- Backyard Oasis
Not the most practical, but I love the stained glass version!
- Shed of the Year 2014
Pictures of the best entries including pub and allotment sheds.
Lovely Purple Shed
Luxury Garden Hangout
Sewing Studio Shed
Shed Building Plans & Designs
Building your own shed is not for everyone, but for those who like practical work it's a perfect project. It's fun, satisfying and you can design it completely to suit your needs and taste. Just be sure to get planning permission if you need it!
Painted Beach Sheds
Shed Building Books & Plans
To gather all of the information, advice and woodworking plans you need to build your own shed at home, books are a fantastic resource. They provide the details you require all in one place, together with expert tips and photos to help you along the way. Here are a few books that rate highly on Amazon: