Have you ever considered building a garden workshop? According to statistics people in the US can spend up to six hours a day on hobbies, personal interests and leisure activities. So if your hobby is making jewellry or painting, there’s every reason you need a dedicated space to truly express yourself. If you work from home and what you create is how you earn a crust, there’s even more reason to have a workshop in your garden. According to recent predictions made using data collection, around half of the UK workforce will be working remotely within the next few years. So garden workshops and offices are certainly likely to become much more common in property development and home improvements.
Painting is self discovery, every good artist paints what he is – Jackson Pollock
When it comes to making things, there is a specific need for a contained space. Workshops utilise specialist tools, need ventilation and it is a set space to be as messy and noisy as you like. A space to express yourself however you see fit, all without annoying your family and destroying the family home!
Unsure where to start? Take a look at these tips and ideas for creating a garden workshop, and hopefully you’ll feel inspired to gift yourself with the creative space you’ve always wanted:
Where Should Your Workshop Go?
Where in the garden is best for your garden workshop? It depends on many factors including:
- The size – where will it fit?
- The noise – are you soundproofing? If you’re not, you may want to choose the part of the garden furthest from other buildings.
- The amenities you need – do you need electricity from your house? Do you require easy access to an outdoor tap?
- The aesthetics – just because it will work best practically in the middle of the lawn doesn’t mean it will look good there.
Think carefully about what you want and need from the workshop space and that will help you figure out where it can be placed.
Should You Make It Yourself, Or Buy Ready-Made?
Are you a bit of a handyman/woman and love a DIY project? If that is the case, then this could be an amazing weekend project for you! This 3 part YouTube tutorial on building a shed from salvaged materials is a really great place to start gathering ideas. If you don’t feel up to the challenge, you could consider buying a new or second hand shed and customising it yourself. If you have a big budget, there is always the option of hiring a company that will do everything for you, from design to build.
Who Will Do The Electrics?
The likelihood is you will want some sort of electric supply going into your workshop. If you do not need power constantly, seeking out generators for sale could be a great option for you. If you do need a constant supply of electricity, unless you are a qualified electrician you should hire a professional to do the job right. There are various different options available for you depending on how permanent and professional you want the setup to be.
Storage And Furniture Is Important
Storage is so important in a workshop because it is where you are keeping all your tools and equipment. This is a part of workshop planning you should spend a lot of time on because you want to be able to access everything easily. These videos and articles are really great starting points for workshop storage ideas:
- https://youtu.be/ovFBGKop4Sw (Video on wood workshop storage ideas)
- https://youtu.be/oy1EcvBca8M (Video on organising your workshop)
- https://youtu.be/_x9YtpLExyw (Video on workshop organisation tips and ideas)
- https://lifehacker.com/organize-your-messy-workbench-with-these-10-tricks-493745933 (Article on organising a workbench)
As you are working alone, safety should be really important on your list of priorities. If you have a painting studio, then basic safety is important but your risks aren’t high. Whereas with a workshop that uses tools like saws, angle grinders and drills, the risk factor shoots up. Common workshop injuries are: severing a finger, burns and scalds, getting knocked out by blunt trauma and getting skewered by wood or metal. So, you not only need to try and prevent these kinds of injuries, but you need to have measures in place for if they happen. A basic first aid kit is a good idea, along with direct phone access to call for help, and access to cold water to rinse wounds and soothe scalds.
I love the freedom of having my own space and my own place and doing things on my terms, and not really having to think about anybody else’s schedule. – Danielle Fishel
Creating a workshop in your garden is a great idea if you do have a hobby or job that uses space and storage. It will also provide you with your own expressive space to enjoy your hobby, and to let loose and enjoy unleashing your creativity. Plan it well, prioritise safety, and enlist the help of professionals if you need to, the result will be your own private garden haven, fit for total creative expression and productivity on your terms.