From Tool Shed to Garden Studio Office in 10 Easy Steps

From Tool Shed to Garden Office in 10 Easy Steps

Many Australian homes have a little garden shed in the back yard. Some sheds might be a nice, dry place to store gardening tools and equipment while others, it is nothing more than an under-utilised den for creepy crawlies and cobwebs.

Instead of dismantling the shed there is a practical alternative, and that is to convert it into a backyard studio. As more and more people are able to work from home in this digital age, they wish to operate from a room free of noise and disturbances. As you can imagine, that can often be a challenge in many homes. especially those with young children. A garden office offers people a secluded outdoor retreat where they can operate from.

No need to lease an office space, no commute to work. Sounds like a win, win to me! So, how can one convert their sheds into garden offices? Believe it or not, the process is simple and can get done in just ten steps. 

  1. Clean the shed

 Assuming your shed is empty, the first thing you need to do is give it a good clean. I recommend using a pressure washer on a low setting.


  1. Replace the door and windows

 You will need a stronger door and windows for weatherproofing and security purposes. Go for double-glazed products, if possible.


  1. Make the roof watertight

 You want to make sure that water won’t leak into your future garden office. Replace any old or worn roofing materials.


  1. Clad the exterior

 You can buy some attractive wood cladding to spruce up the exterior of your shed. It will also help to prevent the wood underneath from rotting.


IMG by Benjamin Chun via Flikr. No changes were made
IMG by Benjamin Chun via Flikr. No changes were made


  1. Insulate the interior

 It’s important for your new garden office to be warm in the winter months of the year. Insulation material, such as what you use in your roof, can get used to line the walls and ceiling.


  1. Line the walls and ceiling with plasterboard

 Once you’ve insulated the interior, seal the walls and ceiling with plasterboard. Be sure to leave holes for electrical sockets and light fittings. You can then cover the plasterboards with fresh plaster.


  1. Add power to your garden office

 You have three options to add electricity to your garden office. The first is to use a generator, which you can buy from any diesel generator supplier. The next is to run electrical wiring from your house. And, the third option is to invest in solar panels and batteries.

Little Cottage Photo by freelancr47 on Flickr
Little Cottage
Photo by freelancr47 on Flickr
  1. Think about your flooring

 Once you’ve got the walls and ceiling sorted out, and you’ve got power, you need to finish the floor. You could go with concrete, tiles, carpet, or wooden floorboards. The choice is yours!

  1. Fit your electrical sockets and lighting

 Once the plaster is dry on your walls and ceiling, you can add power points, lights and switches to your office. I recommend hiring an electrician to do this work for you. Especially if you’re going for the off-grid solar power option in step seven.


  1. Paint the interior and exterior

 Last, but not least, you can now paint inside and out! The colours you choose should be light enough to make your office interior bright. Be sure to use protective paint on the exterior to prevent your cladding from rotting.


Once you’ve done that, you can then install your office furniture and equipment. Good luck!


This post has been contributed by Matty


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