Photos, Plans, and Ideas of the Coolest Workshops and Sheds

Updated on March 7, 2018

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

This is my kind of hangout!
This is my kind of hangout! | Source

Shed Building Videos

Shed Craft Studio


Fairytale Cabin - Outside

OK, I think we have a winner...this shed was built from scratch and has stained glass windows!
OK, I think we have a winner...this shed was built from scratch and has stained glass windows! | Source

Fairytale Shed - Inside

...And then it got better...
...And then it got better... | Source

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:

Artistic Retreat


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        Underrated 4 years ago

        Great lens

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        snowbunnies2008 5 years ago

        I think this is my most favorite lens so far!!! I WOULD LOVE THE ARTISTS RETREAT SHED!!

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Awesome lens! I never had a shed before or knew people were doing such amazing things with them. I love the variety you show here - the Sewing Studio Shed is my favorite!

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        JosephRo 5 years ago

        Some of the coolest shed I have seen. Where would I find the shed plans for these sheds?

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        aksem 5 years ago

        Very intrigue photos. It will be interesting to read full article.