How to Make a Workshop in a Shed

11 April
What do you do when you don't have a garage or workshop but you like to do woodworking or furniture flip projects?

Well, sometimes you have to get creative. Do you have a basement that could function as a shop? How about an old shed?

Today I'm sharing how I made a workshop in a shed.

How to Make a Workshop in a Shed

How to Make a Workshop in a Shed

I recently purchased a small shed for my yard and garden supplies so that I would have room in this shed for a workshop. You can see the other shed here: Organizing a Garden Shed.

This shed is attached to the house right outside the back door.

Here are some tips for turning an outdoor shed into a workshop:

  • Add a workbench and shelves.
  • Add pegboard to the walls.
  • Create workstations.
  • If possible add a window for ventilation and natural light.
  • Does your shed have power? If not, add a plug strip and extension cord.
  • Get creative with your storage solutions.
  • Get rid of what you don't need!

I started the transformation of my all-purpose shed into a workshop by taking everything out and cleaning the shed. I organized everything that was yard related into the small shed that I purchased.

Then my parents helped me add pegboard to all the walls. I didn't have much floor space so I knew I needed to hang things wherever possible.

Here is the view inside my new shed workshop.

How to Make a Workshop in a Shed

I found a long skinny tabletop at a garage sale for $5 and my dad built a base for it so I could have a long workbench. I made a skirt for it from some cute yellow and red ladybug fabric to hide the stuff that is stored underneath. 😊

We added a window that I found at the Habitat store so I would have some natural light. I am known for trying to add the cute factor to every space in my house so I added a little DIY window valance with some scalloped wood that I also picked up at a garage sale!

How to Make a Workshop in a Shed

I also don't like to let anything go to waste so I put the top half of the hutch I sawed in half for the garden shed on top of the workbench.

How to Make a Workshop in a Shed

I love using vintage containers for creative storage, this vintage canister set is holding things like drawer pulls and rusty parts and pieces.

How to Make a Workshop in a Shed

There were two metal shelving units in the shed when I bought the house. They were very ugly and rusty so I gave them a makeover by spray painting them red and green to match the red, green, and yellow color scheme.

The yellow toolbox my dad gave me last year fits right in!

How to Make a Workshop in a Shed

I already had another workbench for my saws, sander, and shop vac. I placed it close to the door so I could easily add a plug strip for my tools and run an extension cord out to the plug-in on the house when I want to use my tools. 

I painted colorful boxes on the pegboard for fun 😃 Just because it's a shed doesn't mean it has to be boring!

How to Make a Workshop in a Shed

Here is the other painted metal shelf, it holds future trash-to-treasure projects.

How to Make a Workshop in a Shed

I hung larger power saws and handsaws, levels, saw horses, a stock pot that I use for dying fabric, and brooms (and a children's chair that is waiting for its makeover) 😉 on the pegboard wall.

How to Make a Workshop in a Shed

To make use of every inch of space, a little bit of peg board along the ceiling makes handy storage space for lighter objects.

How to Make a Workshop in a Shed

Sometimes you have to get creative with what you have (a shed) to make up for what you don't have (a garage or shop).

Here are a few more shed and/or workshop posts you may like:

I hope that you enjoyed this post and got some ideas! I would love it if you would share it!

How to Make a Workshop in a Shed
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  1. Tania - What a neat and organized shed you have!! Mine is so cram packed I cannot hardly stand it. Must clean it out this summer. I am new to your blog and am your newest follower.



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