COVID-19 has forced many of us to get inventive with home working – and some of our home ‘studies’ may be less than ideal for productivity and performance. That’s not all – home working is predicted to continue in some capacity long into the future, even after the pandemic is over. As such, it’s wise to create a permanent and dedicated home office – and a shed could be an easy answer on your doorstep, without taking up any space inside your home. So, let’s explore some key steps to convert a shed into a home office.
Overwhelmed with where to start? A plan will set your mind straight. Write down everything that you want and need from your shed office, including decoration, space, colour schemes, layout etc. Consider if there’s anything special your particular space will need, for example, a whiteboard, coffee station or space for multiple computers. Get them all down on paper, and if you’re DIY-savvy enough, start making some drawings with measurements. Also, most sheds will not require planning permission if they stick to certain guidelines – check with your local council if you’re unsure.
- Choose a design
It’s at this stage the fun can begin – choosing a design. You may prefer a sleek, modern Scandi look or a more traditional, log cabin vibe. Before you convert, you may wish to browse what’s available on the market to get inspired. You’ll also want to consider how much space you will need, and design around this consideration. Even the tiniest shed can become a home office, providing you don’t want to add too much storage, seating or other facilities. You may wish to consider knocking a wall through and extending your current shed to make it bigger.
- Assess the shed’s condition
Your brand new office will need to be a comfortable place to work that promotes productivity and concentration. Therefore a drafty old shed with cobwebs in the corners and a wobbly table just won’t cut it. Be realistic about its current state. If there are lots of repairs or touch-ups that need doing, it might be preferable and more cost-effective to simply get a new shed. This way, you can start with a blank slate rather than adapting what you currently have.
However, if you would rather convert what you’ve got, consider what needs to be done to bring it to dwellable standards. This might involve replacing panels that are suffering from damp, mildew or mould, or weatherproofing the roof, or putting down more comfortable flooring.