Sheds transformed into spaces for entertaining
When is a shed not a shed? When it’s made over to create a flexible outdoor space for spending time with all kinds of guests, both large and small!
Entertain both sun-worshippers and shade-lovers
This smart olive green number is a basic garden shed turned cool summer house. A coat of paint, a neat set of folding doors and a DIY cushioned bench make this the perfect hang out for a heatwave.
And if you decide you need the storage space during the winter? Just pull out those cushions, rug and lampshade to return the outbuilding to its former use.
Tip: Check your local charity shops to furnish your summer house cheaply
Entertain some foodies
Eating is generally better when you can see what’s on your plate(!), so take inspiration from this cute shed makeover and set up some lighting for your alfresco dining.
Go for LED lighting for the greatest energy savings, or steer clear of plastic shenanigans altogether by opting for clean-burning soy or beeswax tea lights in reused jam jars.
Tip: Window boxes can add valuable growing space to small gardens
Entertain some party people
If you only realised how many of the nation’s sheds live a double life as private bars and pubs in the evening… well, we imagine you’d want one of your own!
Tip: Look on eBay for a rich selection of second-hand pub paraphernalia
Entertain some fruit and vegetables
From one extreme to the other.
Here’s a very different kind of submission from the Reader’s Sheds site… a very hard-working shed indeed. Not content with squeezing a sound-proofed music practice space, artist studio and bike workshop into his shed, Joel from London decided to crown this achievement with a bloomin’ allotment!
Previous shed-top crops have included potatoes, courgettes, leaks, beetroot, onions, carrots, corn, broad beans, peas, mange tout, garlic, asparagus, tomatoes, rhubarb, strawberries, and he’s even managed to cram in a decent herb garden.
Entertain some pollinators
We couldn't end without showing you... drum roll... the current reigning Shed of the Year. Created by beekeeper George Smallwood, this place is a pollinator's dream. With one wall devoted to a giant bee and bug hotel, a spiral staircase takes human visitors past sunflowers, a grape vine, bean plants and wildflowers up to a pair of beehives on the roof.
George has harvested more than 14 litres of honey from his bees so far and plans to give each of the attendees at his upcoming wedding a small jar of shed honey as a gift.
Tip: Help out wildlife by attaching bird feeders or bug hotels to your shed