10 Creative Ways To Use A Workshop Shed (other than storage!)

We all are looking for ways to maximize the space we have without breaking the bank! 

Workshop sheds are a great way to add more space to your home and yard without an expensive addition. 

Unfortunately, they often end up stuffed with sports equipment, lawn care tools, and old bicycles. 

But it doesn’t have to be that way!

Your workshop shed can be used for more than just storage. It can become a  space where you and your family can work, create, and relax. 

Whether you already have a workshop shed or are considering buying one, there are endless possibilities for your workshop shed! 

In this article, we’ll cover the top 10 ways to use your shed other than storage. Ready to start learning? Let’s go!

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    1. What Is A Workshop Shed?
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    2. Ten Creative Ways To Use A Workshop Shed
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    3. Getting Started With Your Workshop Shed

What Is A Workshop Shed?

A workshop shed is a traditional style of shed with a slightly pitched, A-frame roof.  

Workshop sheds usually have one or two doors, multiple windows, and an unfinished interior. 

They come in a variety of sizes, and the most common sizes are: 

  • 10x12 (small)
  • 10x16 (medium)
  • 12x24 (large) 

But, that’s just a starting point. You can choose whatever size works best for you.  

From there, the options are endless! 

At Pequea, we offer many styles and customization options for workshops, including shutters, picture frame windows, transom glass doors, trim, detachable ramps, and shelving! 

And of course, a workshop shed is just one style of storage shed. Other styles of storage sheds include carriage, high wall barn, cape cod, lean-to, mini barn, cabana, garage, and pool house.

a workshop shed has a traditional a-frame roof

10 Creative Ways To Use A Workshop Shed

You know you don't want to invest in a shed only to see it fill up with clutter. 

So, how can you keep that from happening? 

Here are ten creative ways to use your workshop shed! 

The Ideal Tool Shed

Imagine all of your tools organized and easy to find! No more digging around the garage or basement to find what you need when it’s project time; just grab your tools and get started! 

You can take it to the next level by adding shelving, pegboards, and workbenches inside of your workshop shed. You’ll be knocking out the projects in no time!

Gardening and Potting Shed

If you love working outdoors in your yard or caring for houseplants, you’ll want a space where you can store flower pots and transplant your plants without making your house or garage dirty.

Thankfully, a workshop shed can work perfectly for this. 

And transforming your workshop shed into a beautiful and practical potting shed is incredibly easy. Keep all your garden supplies tidy and within easy reach: potting soils, fertilizers, watering cans, sprays, gloves, tools, and pots. 

Let the growing begin! 

keep all your garden supplies tidy with a workshop shed

Crafting or Studio Shed 

You love your hobby, artwork, or writing -- but it's tiring to get out all your supplies each time you want to work. Sometimes it feels like you spend more time getting ready and cleaning up than actually working! 

With a crafting or studio shed, you can start and stop your work whenever without set up or clean up. You’ll also have a quiet place to focus on your art, whether it's video editing, painting, or sculpting. 

Whatever your hobby or form of art is; sewing, leathercraft, paper crafting, candlemaking, or wood carving, you won’t regret having a peaceful space dedicated to your hobby! 

Woodworking Shed

If you’re already a woodworker, your tools might be crammed into your garage or basement. 

Let’s be honest: it's no fun moving vehicles and mowers and out of your garage before starting a project. 

And it's definitely not fun when your family moves your tools and projects out of their way. 

Create a space that’s just for your woodworking projects -- so you can keep your things where you want and access them when you need them! 

You’ll be able to enjoy relaxing evenings and weekends working on your wood projects! 

Check out this great list of layout tips as you plan your woodshop.

a workshop shed can be used as a woodworking area

Backyard Office

There’s a good chance you’ve recently started to work from home - and if the indicators are correct it doesn’t look like this trend is going away. 

While working from home can be a huge benefit, sometimes the noise level gets a little unbearable in your house. 

Or, perhaps you have a side business (like a YouTube channel or podcast), and it's getting a little crazy trying to manage it from your home office!

Before you spend big dollars on an addition (or moving to a larger home!), consider a backyard office shed. 

You’ll be able to plan and customize your workshop shed for your needs (like extra windows), and you’ll finally have an organized, quiet place where you can get to work!

Guesthouse or guest room 

If you have friends or family that live far away and enjoy visiting you, a guest house or guest room is a perfect way to transform your shed!

Not only will this give your guests a little more space of their own, but you’ll have the opportunity to give this small house some fun cottage, beach house, or cabin vibes! Your guests might even feel like they are on vacation. 

Check out this shed to guest house transformation for some inspiration!

decorate a workshop shed in your style to create a guest room

She Shed or Man Cave

If you want to get away from it all, a workshop shed is the perfect place to create a personal retreat! 

She sheds and man caves are personal retreats and often include comfortable seating, cozy lighting, small refrigerators, TVs, and bookshelves. The decor style is personalized and reflects the owner, such as a favorite sports team's jerseys. 

Relax in your she shed or man cave after a busy day of work or enjoy some alone time on a Sunday afternoon. 

Kids Playroom or Art Room 

We know it's important for children to be creative through art and imaginative play, but it sure is messy! 

Use your workshop shed as a child-only play space where they can make noise and messes without destroying your living room. 

Whether they are playing firefighter, chef, or artist, they’ll become more independent and imaginative in their very own space! 

And the best part? 

They won’t have to worry about spilling paint on your carpet! 

how to turn a workshop shed into a playroom

Garden Gym or Workout Shed

Raise your hand if you have a treadmill or elliptical in your home that never gets used. 

Many of us are guilty! 

Of course, lack of discipline may be to blame, but many people don’t exercise because their equipment is inaccessible.

Make your exercise equipment more accessible by moving it to an outdoor workshop shed! 

With a dedicated space for exercise, you’ll be able to keep your mats, exercise bands, and dumbbells out and ready to use. 

Add a Bluetooth speaker for your favorite workout playlist and a mini-fridge stocked with water to stay hydrated! 

Hangout Space for Teens

We’ve covered ideas for adults (home offices) and children (playrooms), but what about teenagers? 

You may not be able to convince your teen to hang out in your living room with the family, but they can still spend time at home. 

With a shed of their own, they’ll have a space to do their homework, practice a musical instrument, or spend time with their friends while still being close to your family. 

Add comfy chairs, fun lighting, and their favorite snacks, and turn your workshop shed into your teenager’s favorite space! 

creative ways to use a workshop shed

Getting Started On Your Workshop Shed

Are you ready to maximize the space you have? 

Whether you need a quiet office, a new exercise room, or space for a small business or hobby, we hope this list has given you some inspiring ways to create more space and time for the things --and people -- you love! 

If you’re interested in a workshop shed, don’t hesitate to contact us! 

At Pequea, we’ve been building storage sheds for over 40 years, and we’d love to put our years of experience to work so you can get a shed that is perfect for you. 

And if you’re looking for something a little different? Check out our outdoor living structures like pergolas, pavilions, and gazebos, or explore our prefab garages.   

Contact us today, or find a dealer near you. We look forward to hearing from you!