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.

turn shed in workshop
This is the perfect workshop. Plenty of natural light and workspace. The drawers conserve space and keep tools organized. Photo Credit: www.garagejournal.com

1. Accessible Lighting and Power

workshop lighting
Proper lighting makes all the difference. Especially if you work late nights and there is no natural light. Photo Credit: www.gelighting.com

Prefabricated sheds 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
Adding a workbench, pegboard and shelves is a great start to making the perfect workshop.

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.

Man cutting wood in his workshop shed
Photo Credit: www.66us.com

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

window for workshop
A window gives a building its own view of the world. It also invites natural light inside and makes a shed look more like home. Lastly, on a warm summer day it will let fresh air inside to help keep you cool. 

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
A dirty shed really sucks. Get a Shop Vac like this one to suck up all that dirt in no time. Photo Credit: www.amazon.com

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
Adding a loft to a shed is sure way to maximize your storage potential.
gardening shop shed
If you plan on using a shed for gardening, check out our solar/greenhouse shed. A gardener’s true delight.


garage workshops building
If you need lots of extra space, be sure to check out garage buildings like this one. With sizes ranging from 16×16 to 16×24, you will have plenty of room for work and play.

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

10 responses to “10 Ways to Turn Your Shed into the Perfect Workshop

Posted by Gloria Hyde

I am searching for a 24 x 30 workshop/garage.

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Posted by bdeitsch

Good Morning Gloria,

Thank you for visiting our blog. We do not have a 24 x 30 shed available. The largest sheds we have available is 16×24. Click here to see our selection of garage buildings. Please let me know if you have any other questions!

Brennan Deitsch
Online Marketing Manager

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 8:24 am

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Posted by Sheila Thomas

truly a gardeners dream shed and the work shop is perfect!

Posted on February 3, 2017 at 10:14 am

Posted by Joey in SC

I’m going to purchase a 12 x 24 shed in the near future and have questions about obtaining power too it. I don’t want to run up my power bill from my residence and am wondering what cheap, reliable sources you could recommend for such use.

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Posted on February 13, 2018 at 4:50 pm

Posted by Marty

We are adding solar panels to the roof of our home. They’ve been designed to provide 95% of our average electrical usage (last 12months used for reference). How “far away” are back up batteries from being useful and economical, considering their main purpose is to provide backup power during outages.
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Posted on August 4, 2018 at 2:58 pm

Posted by Pam Pryor

I have a barn that is 60” long and 30” Wide with dirt floor. It is not seal inside . I want to turn half of it into a beauty shop and leave the other half as a barn. Need so help

Posted on April 6, 2019 at 11:08 am

Posted by Peter Lawson

Hello. If one lives in a first floor flat, and your new shed workshop is some distance from it,
Are there portable re- chargeable devices on the market for charging inside and then carrying to your shed/ workshop for using hand held electric tool. Like drills and sanders etc.
Obviously not lathes and pillar drills or bandsaws but more lightweight gear ?
Very grateful if you could recommend such a device.
I am resident in the UK. THANK YOU PETER

Posted on June 6, 2019 at 7:17 pm

Posted by Eli Richardson

What a fantastic idea to turn your shed into a workshop. I just moved into a new home that has a decent shed on the side of the house. I will take your idea into making it a garage or maybe a workshop too.

Posted on July 10, 2019 at 4:48 pm

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