Turn Your Backyard Shed Into A Small Space Oasis With These Ideas
Chances are, you could use some more space. But instead of searching for extra square footage indoors, why not consider your backyard shed? Whether it’s an extra family room, a home office or simply a place to relax, these shed ideas are packed with function and creativity to get your small (outdoor) space ideas flowing.
Though covered in black-painted larch wood, this backyard shed is anything but dark and ominous. Its asymmetrical design makes it an interesting focal point, while large windows let lots of light in.
Inside, this gorgeous small space fits a double bed and built-in wardrobe, perfect for guests. A high, slanted roof with skylights makes the interior feel spacious while the wooden ceiling, floors and walls add warmth.
H&H senior design editor Stacey Smithers’ shed is the ultimate dual purpose space. It has ample storage for gardening tools and it’s a hub for entertaining. The oversized stagecoach-style lanterns add a soft glow to the table for evening dinner parties.
Inside, a rolling storage cart acts as a work surface for potting plants by day, and a mini bar for entertaining by night. A metal tub filled with ice keeps drinks chilled, and guests can help themselves to the drinks on top. A pegboard wall keeps tools organized and off the ground, while also making a graphic statement.
A space-starved Toronto family turned this shipping container into an outdoor office and place to relax during the evenings. The black exterior is sleek and modern, while glass windows line the front to create an extension of the outdoors.
Inside, there’s a built-in desk with ample storage that’s tucked away so it doesn’t take away from the family room. The feature wall (which is made from strips of plywood) reaches all the way to the ceiling to make the space feel taller than it actually is.
Just a few steps from this property’s main house is a fully kitted out yoga studio. Skylights let natural light flood in and the walls are painted white to create a relaxing, neutral retreat. A sisal rug brings natural texture, while large floor lights that reach to the ceiling add a soft glow for an evening practice.
This small tin roof shed was completely transformed into a colorful and wildly fun backyard playhouse. The exterior is painted a minty green, and has a large wraparound porch that’s the perfect spot for the kids to put on plays. The hanging chair makes a perfect reading spot.
Pink triangle decals add a fun, artsy pop to the white walls behind the pink play kitchen, complete with a pegboard backsplash.
This greenhouse mixes mid-century modern furniture with natural elements like jute rugs and woven baskets, making it feel like a Scandi country home. Rustic white-painted pine planks were laid on top of the dirt floor and the interior brick walls were also painted white, making the space feel bright and airy. A tree was planted in the dirt before the floor went down — the perfect mix of indoors and out.
Old and new is mixed in the kitchen area, with salvaged wood lining the cast iron sink area and a rope shelf hanging from the ceiling. A linen throw was cut to size to create a rustic sink skirt.
A lounge area is created by layering textures and patterns in pinks, creams and whites, which helps warm up all the tones of white that could start to feel stark.
Packed high with books and filled with knitted throws and beadboard walls, this shed was turned into a cozy living room space with ceiling beams and a vintage chandelier. Pretty curtains add privacy while still letting in the breeze.
By storing books in the gable roof, otherwise unused space has a purpose. Turning the spines of the books in keeps the look minimal. The stained beams add depth and warmth to the all-white space.
This gorgeous shed is filled with personality and is perfect for hosting guests or a family night in. An all-glass front lets in natural light and smart design choices like a loft bed maximize space.
Built-in shelves hold books and games for entertaining, and a day bed with bottom drawer storage is both stylish and functional. Ceiling wallpaper makes the room feel bigger and adds a playful, modern touch.
A loft bed is hidden over the living space and acts as an extra sleeping area. The wood ladder is collapsible when it’s not in use.
The large, double glass doors of this shed can be left open or closed and still let the natural light in to this art studio. For even more light, small windows line the top of the shed to create the illusion of a higher ceiling.
Inside, a long work table fills the space, while an artistic chandelier hangs above. A cement floor is practical for an art studio and the wood accents throughout the shed keep it from feeling cold and stark.
This sleek black shed has shelves made from salvaged wood attached to its exterior. By day, an old table is used for potting; in the evenings, the area becomes a makeshift bar, complete with drinks from a glass carafe and a two-tier cake stand filled with fruit.
This potting shed is layered with cozy elements such as an oriental rug, art on the walls and a textured bench for potting or seating. The owner’s gardening hats are stored high on the wall but also act as decoration.
Hung on a wall-to-wall pegboard, gardening tools become an artistic display and stand out against the all-white backdrop.
At the side of the shed, there’s an outdoor lounge area. A custom bench doubles as a couch with upholstered cushions, while string lights hang above to create cozy ambiance.
This gorgeous shed is the ultimate craft zone. It’s organized, has ample storage, but is also a comfy and stylish space to lounge in. The interior is painted white to create a lofty, airy feel and an patterned rug warms up the concrete floors. The shed is also used as a video studio — when filming is in progress, the white curtain can be drawn to hide shelves of spray paint and other art supplies.
Pops of color appear throughout the space through textiles and furniture, which helps bring in warmth. Hanging wire baskets keep supplies close at hand.
A gorgeous green tool chest keeps paint supplies and hardware tucked away, while adding a bold pop of color to the space.
If you don’t have a shed or a garage, it’s easy to turn your carport into a functional space, like a dining area. This one was painted jet black (to hide imperfections in the wood) and paired with woven furniture and accessories to blur the lines between indoor/outdoor dining. A gorgeous woven pendant ties the space together and makes it feel like a sophisticated dining room.
White billowy curtains and tall, planted honeysuckle create privacy from neighbors.
When entertaining, a potting shelf holds cocktail necessities. A gold watering can is both functional and beautiful.
This shed doubles as a poolhouse with ample storage. Floor to ceiling built-ins hold towels and other pool accessories. The walls are covered in beadboard for a coastal feel and the floor is stone, which is easy to clean.