5 Uses for a Garden Building

5 Uses for a Garden Building

When COVID-19 forced many employers to send their workforce home to work remotely, the sales of garden buildings rocketed. People without the space indoors to work looked outdoors, visualising themselves happily ensconced in a summer house tapping away on a laptop, while in the background birds sang as a light breeze rippled through trees whose branches lightly brushed against the window. 

Perhaps your reality isn’t so serene and you hear more builders than birds from your garden but, whatever your outside space is like, if you can fit in a garden building/summer house/shed/cabin/whatever-you-want-to-call-it, you’ll find a use for it. 

Before you get too excited though, remember garden buildings come in all manner of shapes and sizes with ranges to suit all budgets but you’ll need to factor into the amount you want to spend any extras such as electrics, wifi, insulation, flooring, etc. that you’ll need. 

We’re sure you already know what you’d use a garden building for, but here are five of our favourite uses. 

Home office

Let’s get the most obvious one out of the way first. 

There are loads of reasons why a home office at the end of the garden is a good idea. Firstly, unless you live on your own, there’s a good chance you’re living with someone who also got sent home to work remotely during the pandemic. And unless you’ve got a huge house with many spare rooms, this probably means you’re either both cramped up in the spare room or you’re fighting over who gets the spare room and who gets the dining table. Admittedly, if you install a home office in the garden, you’re going to be fighting over who gets that but perhaps you can timeshare it. Or get divorced. The choice is yours. 

A home office also means you can literally leave work at the end of the day, just as if you were working outside the home, but with a much easier commute. You can also leave your garden office desk in a mess if you want to, unlike your dining table that you’ll want to eat from later. 

Sewing studio

Every sewer needs their own studio. What starts off as a small hobby needing only a few basic tools and a bit of fabric turns into a full-blown habit with sewers hoarding heaps of fabric and requiring space for cutting tables (height adjustable desks like these ones from HADO make perfect cutting tables), sewing machines, overlockers, ironing boards, irons, tool boxes, storage trolleys, scissors, rotary cutters, tape measures, zips, buttons, thread and… let’s leave it there, shall we? You get the picture. 

Home gym

Gym equipment isn’t small. Okay, so you could get away with a few weights that don’t take up much room and can be tucked away behind the sofa when they’re not being used. But for a real gym experience with the added bonus of not having strangers sweating and grunting next to you, you need equipment. Big equipment. You probably don’t have room or strong enough foundations inside your house for a treadmill, cross-trainer, rowing machine and spin bike but guess what’s perfect for these machines? You got it, a garden building. 

Writing shed

You remember in the first paragraph where we said, ‘happily ensconced in a summer house tapping away on a laptop, while in the background birds sang as a light breeze rippled through trees whose branches lightly brushed against the window’? 

Now then, wouldn’t that help you write that novel you’ve been meaning to write for the last twenty years? We rest our case.  

Chill out zone

If you’re saying to yourself, ‘I don’t work from home, I hate sewing, I don’t even read books let alone write them and the only exercise I do is walk to the fridge for more chocolate,’ then you can get a garden building and deck it out with the right lighting, sofas, rugs, bean bags, TV, stereo, fully-stocked fridge and whatever else makes you relaxed and happy and have your very own chill out area away from the main house. 

Now you’ve got a few ideas of how to use a garden building, what will you use yours for? 


Rachel McAllister