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Up and down the UK,  almost all of us have a shed in the garden.

A recent survey of 1, 600 Brits found that a shed is considered more British than a traditional fry-up, and is in the top 5 British icons along with the Queen, a cup of tea, fish & chips and a Sunday roast!

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So there you have it. The shed is a British staple.

But what starts off as a sensible shed inevitably ends up crammed, with a lawnmower stacked on top of wellie boots on top of the strimmer, then the kids’ bikes, toys, Christmas decorations, even the golf clubs shoved in.

A shed is in fact a mini outdoor room that we are just using for storage. With a little imagination you can create an awful lot out of this little space, turning something that is purely functional and inanimate into an amazing, interactive feature of the garden – something you can relax in and enjoy.

Yes, it is time to Pimp Your Shed.

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I’ve been fortunate enough to work with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on ITV’s This Morning programme for the last 8 years or more, and for Father’s Day I created an amazing shed for an amazing dad who is passionate about Minis.

I thought I’d give you some hints and tips on how you can pimp up your own shed.

  • The first step is clearing out what’s already there. Remove everything from shed and spread it over the lawn, grouping it into areas. Valuable things like bikes and golf clubs are safer stored in the house or garage if you can find room. Can the Christmas decorations go in the attic? Do you really need that old stack of lumber? Use your head, and be brutal.
  • Add shelves or shelving units to your shed. Get stuff off the floor and out of the way, and suddenly you will see that your shed is making much more use of the space – leaving room to create something for you.
  • Check that the waterproofing is in place. Best way is to cover the windows, get inside and look for anywhere you can see light coming through. This is the ideal time to put up some more roof felting or use silicon to fill the holes.
  • Stain or paint your shed, not just on the outside but on the inside too. You’ll find it’s no longer just a series of slats with some cobwebs in the corner – it feels like a room rather than just a shed.
  • It’s also great personalise it with a few pictures, but best to print them onto canvas or laminate in case of any water damage. With a few pictures of the kids or of a great holiday, it will really start to warm up.
  • Add a workbench so that you can work inside the shed. And, if you can, run an exterior cable for electricity. Once you have your desk with a lamp and your radio, it starts to feel very homey. If you really want to create a little escape you can add in a little fridge and a kettle too. And maybe even a heater!

 

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  • On the outside you can create a unique façade. You can turn your shed into almost anything: an automobile, a Caribbean bar, or a Vegas casino!
  • Horticultural embellishment goes a long way too. If your shed has windows, it’s perfect for window boxes. Add a hanging basket beside the door, or even go for a more classical feel with bay plants with lollipop shapes beside the door.
  • Inside the shed look at the flooring. If you’re using your shed as an escape with a sofa, then a little rug often helps, and you can roll it up and take it off the ground in the winter. Children’s play mats can also be picked up for cheap, or a variety of different cheap lino flooring will go a long way. Flooring really makes a difference.

Shed’s are just sitting there in all of our gardens, and we are not making the most of them. If you go down to an allotment and look in the sheds, you’d be surprised how many don’t have any tools. Instead they have a sofa, perhaps a couple of beer bottles, and some magazines and so on. Often people use these spaces as place to go to escape the daily pressures of home life, and perhaps your shed can do that too.

I say to you, Pimp Your Shed.

 

 

With thanks to:-

Personalised Table by www.chippysworkshop.co.uk

Bespoke Metal Construction by sgbriggs.co.uk

Mini Parts by www.minispares-online.co.uk

Malvern Timber Framed Buildings by www.malverntimberframebuildings.co.uk

Paints and Stains by www.protekwoodstain.co.uk

Fountain Supplies – www.egardenshop.co.uk

Compost and Landscaping supplies – www.green-tech.co.uk

Plants – Lovania.co.uk

Scalextrix by www.scalextric.com

Bespoke Printing by www.carricksigns.co.uk

Union Jack Flooring by www.murafloor.com

TM PIMP MY SHED LOGO[2]

Up and down the UK, almost all of us have a shed in the garden.

A recent survey of 1,600 Brits found that a shed is considered more British than a traditional fry-up, and is in the top 5 British icons along with the Queen, a cup of tea, fish & chips and a Sunday roast!

So there you have it. The shed is a British staple.

But what starts off as a sensible shed inevitably ends up crammed, with a lawnmower stacked on top of wellie boots on top of the strimmer, then the kids’ bikes, toys, Christmas decorations, even the golf clubs shoved in.

A shed is in fact a mini outdoor room that we are just using for storage. With a little imagination you can create an awful lot out of this little space, turning something that is purely functional and inanimate into an amazing, interactive feature of the garden – something you can relax in and enjoy.

Yes, it is time to Pimp Your Shed.

PImp your Shed image of Shed.jpg.crdownload

I’ve been fortunate enough to work with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on ITV’s This Morning programme for the last 8 years or more, and for Father’s Day I created an amazing shed for an amazing dad who is passionate about Minis.

I thought I’d give you some hints and tips on how you can pimp up your own shed.

  • The first step is clearing out what’s already there. Remove everything from shed and spread it over the lawn, grouping it into areas. Valuable things like bikes and golf clubs are safer stored in the house or garage if you can find room. Can the Christmas decorations go in the attic? Do you really need that old stack of lumber? Use your head, and be brutal.
  • Add shelves or shelving units to your shed. Get stuff off the floor and out of the way, and suddenly you will see that your shed is making much more use of the space – leaving room to create something for you.
  • Check that the waterproofing is in place. Best way is to cover the windows, get inside and look for anywhere you can see light coming through. This is the ideal time to put up some more roof felting or use silicon to fill the holes.
  • Stain or paint your shed, not just on the outside but on the inside too. You’ll find it’s no longer just a series of slats with some cobwebs in the corner – it feels like a room rather than just a shed.
  • It’s also great personalise it with a few pictures, but best to print them onto canvas or laminate in case of any water damage. With a few pictures of the kids or of a great holiday, it will really start to warm up.
  • Add a workbench so that you can work inside the shed. And, if you can, run an exterior cable for electricity. Once you have your desk with a lamp and your radio, it starts to feel very homey. If you really want to create a little escape you can add in a little fridge and a kettle too. And maybe even a heater!

 

inside shed a

  • On the outside you can create a unique façade. You can turn your shed into almost anything: an automobile, a Caribbean bar, or a Vegas casino!
  • Horticultural embellishment goes a long way too. If your shed has windows, it’s perfect for window boxes. Add a hanging basket beside the door, or even go for a more classical feel with bay plants with lollipop shapes beside the door.
  • Inside the shed look at the flooring. If you’re using your shed as an escape with a sofa, then a little rug often helps, and you can roll it up and take it off the ground in the winter. Children’s play mats can also be picked up for cheap, or a variety of different cheap lino flooring will go a long way. Flooring really makes a difference.

Shed’s are just sitting there in all of our gardens, and we are not making the most of them. If you go down to an allotment and look in the sheds, you’d be surprised how many don’t have any tools. Instead they have a sofa, perhaps a couple of beer bottles, and some magazines and so on. Often people use these spaces as place to go to escape the daily pressures of home life, and perhaps your shed can do that too.

I say to you, Pimp Your Shed.

 

 

With thanks to:-

Personalised Table by www.chippysworkshop.co.uk

Bespoke Metal Construction by sgbriggs.co.uk

Mini Parts by www.minispares-online.co.uk

Malvern Timber Framed Buildings by www.malverntimberframebuildings.co.uk

Paints and Stains by www.protekwoodstain.co.uk

Fountain Supplies – www.egardenshop.co.uk

Compost and Landscaping supplies – www.green-tech.co.uk

Plants – Lovania.co.uk

Scalextrix by www.scalextric.com

Bespoke Printing by www.carricksigns.co.uk

Union Jack Flooring by www.murafloor.com