Kitting Out Your Garden Office Shed
12th March 2019
You’ve built your dream garden office shed and can finally forget about the commute, work the hours that suit you and set up the business you’ve always wanted.
To transform your shed into a fabulous office space may take some careful planning and a little bit of time but once you get there, it will all be so worth it!
Here are some of our top tips for kitting out your garden office shed
Ok, it’s an obvious one to begin with but you want a desk that works for you and the job you do.
The right office furniture can make a huge difference to your outlook on work and your productivity. Shop around and take your time in deciding on this purchase because it has to serve the purpose as well as fit well within the space you have.
Plus you want one that will last you for years to come.
Do you need a large desktop? Perhaps you need plenty of storage? Maybe you would prefer a slanted top? Whatever your needs are, make the new space you have work for you!
Once you are settled on your perfect desk, you need to complete it with the perfect chair.
Our best advice would be to go out and ‘road test’ a few. Your chair is going to be where you’ll probably be spending most of your time (unless you go for a standing desk) so you’ll want comfort all the way.
Also, look for chairs that provide back support, one that will aid your posture and prevent slumping. There are so many options on the market today so you will definitely be spoiled for choice.
Tea and Coffee Maker
This is a total must-have any new garden office!
As you will be spending your working day here, you won’t want to be traipsing back and forth to the house each time you want a refreshment.
You could either have a small space for just a tea and coffee maker or you could install an entire kitchenette so you could also prepare food here.
As this is your space, you will be free to listen to whatever style of music you choose. No generic radio station, no silence and certainly no music that isn’t to your taste, which is why installing a great sound system is a must.
We would definitely recommend speakers that can be used via Bluetooth from your phone as then you won’t ever have to worry about storing CD’s and using up valuable space in your garden office.
If you are into your tech, we have this post dedicated to just those items.
When your garden office shed is built, it will come with standard lighting as part of the package but depending on what work you do, you may want to add extra lighting.
Perhaps you’ll need spotlights to help with a photography project? Or low lighting for counselling? Maybe you’ll want lamps in the corners to add a homely feel?
Another area for consideration is adding outside lighting so you can easily find your way to and from the house if you choose to work in the evening and lighting that can be remotely switched on and off to prevent you from fumbling around in the dark.
Just as it is important to have a desk that works for you, it is also important to have an area to be able to take some time away from your job too; an area where you can sit back and relax, enjoy your cup of tea and just switch off for a while.
When you work from home it can be very easy to forget about breaks and just plough on through, but if you create a dedicated space for them, you will remember to make the time to come away for a bit and take that well-deserved rest.
Placing a comfy chair or small sofa at the opposite end of your shed with cushions, a throw, coffee table and perhaps some books and magazines should be enough to entice you to take a break from all of your work.
The best part of kitting out your garden office shed is going to be choosing the decor. This is your space, it’s got to work for you but also be a pleasing place to be.
You can be as big and bold as you like or perhaps calm and homely or even minimalist and understated.
Think about how you would like this space to feel to you as you work. Do you need your home comforts to make you feel cosy or would this actually make you less productive as it won’t feel like an ‘office environment’?
It may take a little time to get this right as you need this space to motivate you and definitely not distract you!
There are some touches which are always nice in our eyes, such as adding images, photos of your family, cushions for comfort, motivational quotes and interesting notice boards.
Also. think about adding some plants (don’t worry, if you can’t keep real alive, fake will do just the job too!). Using plants in your office will help to tie all of your living areas together by creating a flow from your home to the garden and then to the office. Perfect.
Is there anything else you would add to your garden office shed to make it work for you?
We’d love to hear from you.