Backyard storage sheds have many and varied uses. Aside from storing gardening supplies and lawnmowers, one can find many interesting and eclectic uses for your backyard storage shed.

17 Innovative Uses for Sheds:

1. Go Green on Top!

Garden your way to a beautiful shed roof. Green roof gardens are all the rage. Why not use your shed roof to add a little more variety to your garden?

shed with garden on the roof


2. Artist’s Studio: Need some space to be creative? Turn your storage shed into some place for inspiration. An artist’s studio is just one innovative use for your shed.

artist shed
Metropolitan shed by Heartland Industries converted as an Artist’s Studio.

3. Basketball Court: Get your basketball game on with a large shed. Even Michael Jordan himself would be proud of this court.

garage sized shed turned into a basketball court
Source: McHugh Steel

4. Firewood storage: Store firewood. With winter coming, a stockpile of firewood will be much appreciated on cold winter nights.

shed used for storing wood
Source: Covenant Builders

5. Build a custom playhouse/playset for your kiddos. We might be able to help you construct something like this considering we design sheds too!

shed turned into a play set with slide
Source: Architecture and Design

6. Musician Studio: Start your first band. Once you’re good enough, you can move from the shed to the garage! Our lineup of gable styled garage buildings would be perfect for this concept.

shed used as a musician studio with guitar and amp
Source: Houzz

7. Spooky Shed: Halloween is coming, use your backyard shed to bewitch and bewilder the neighbors with your haunted house!

halloween themed shed
Source: Blessed Wild Apple Girl

8. Pumpkin Patch: Set up a pumpkin patch.

shed in a pumpkin patch
Source: 500 PX

9. Santa’s Workshop: And in keeping with the holiday theme, set up Santa’s Workshop in your own backyard. This will be a great place to serve hot cocoa to the kids and give the holidays a more magical feel.

santa's workshop christmas shed
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10. Garage: Once you’re finished up for the holidays, your storage shed can be turned into a, a, a, garage! Who needs months of construction to add on to your house when a personalized storage shed can be the perfect way to keep your car safe from the elements. Check our garage sized sheds for inspiration!

shed being used as a garage
Source: Sheds Unlimited

11. Car Shed?: Ok, so say you don’t need to use your shed to store your car, but you want to turn it into a car? Okay. Here ya go. You won’t (oddly enough) be the first.

shed turned into a boxcar
Source: Northamptonshire Guide

12. Portable Building: Speaking of wheels, let’s say you’ve always dreamed of owning an RV, but it’s just out of your budget? Put your shed on wheels and take that dream vacation! Or retirement.

portable wooden shed
Source: Squob

13. One of a Kind Shed: Wheels aren’t the only way to travel with a shed. This boat shaped shed is truly innovative! I don’t think you’re actually supposed to take it out on the water though.

Shed in the shape of a boat
Source: Inspiration Green

14. Boathouse: When it comes to boats, the shed is probably better used as the boat house.

Shed turned into a boathouse
Source: Houzz

15. Shed with a Second Story: Thinking of setting up a campsite? Putting together camps for kids can be a big undertaking. Sheds make great dorm living on big or small scales. Our barn styled garage sheds might be the perfect option for you if you want a second story…

shed being used as a small cabin
Source: Pinterest

16. Space Shed: For the space lover, this “space station in shed” is a dream come true!

space station themed shed
Source: Make

17. Community Garden: Shed’s aren’t exactly big news when it comes to gardening, but add community to the word gardening and you’ve got an innovative neighborhood project. It will need a shed, guaranteed.

Wooden shed in a community garden on Beech Ave
Source: WCPO

Creativity and innovation inspire all shed owners. What’s your favorite way to use your shed?

6 responses to “17 Creative Shed Ideas

Posted by Dee Francis

I like a few of these creative uses for sheds. The idea of having a second story on a shed that can be used as a campsite seems like a great use for it. My kids love camping, but sometimes we can’t leave our home to make the drive up to the mountains. Having a cabin like atmosphere on top of a shed would make a fun and unique camping experience for my kids.

Posted on January 27, 2016 at 7:52 pm

Posted by James Bergman

I will never be able to look at a shed the same way. I was just trying to get some ideas for how to build my shed before I grabbed the materials. However, now I think I need to rethink what I am going to do. I really like the idea of building a shed with a garden on top.

Posted on March 17, 2016 at 12:19 pm

Posted by patricia carter

want to cover hot tub

Posted on May 14, 2016 at 3:18 pm

Posted by judy wilson

Your idea for a spooky shed will be perfect for this Halloween. I love decorating my house for Halloween, but I want to do something really spooky with it this year. The shed in the seventh picture looks perfect because it kind of has an old Gothic look, and the statue next to it is a nice touch. I should do something similar to my old shed to make it the perfect creepy addition to my home.

Posted on October 7, 2016 at 3:24 pm

Posted by Georgia Boothe

I love the idea of turning shed space into a music studio space! My husband has been wanting to get a shed installed in our backyard for a while so that he can work on projects without competing for space with the car in our garage. I might tell him we can do it, as long as we get one big enough for me to have a music space too!

Posted on November 3, 2016 at 2:59 pm

Posted by bdeitsch

Good Morning Georgia,

Transforming a shed into a music studio is always a good idea. My Father was a musician and I remember having to listen to him practice and it was quite loud. A music studio shed would have been the perfect answer… Feel free to give us a call at 855.853.8558 if you need any help finding the right shed to meet your needs. Have a great day!

Posted on December 23, 2016 at 8:44 am

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