12 Alternative Uses for A Backyard Shed Besides Storage!

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Think your backyard shed is just for storage? Think again! There are a ton of creative uses for a backyard shed that goes beyond simply storing yard tools and equipment. From using it as a home office to turning it into a yoga studio, the possibilities are endless. So, if you’re looking for some new ideas for how to use your backyard shed, read on for 12 alternative ideas.

Pool House

Imagine having your very own pool house right in your backyard! You could relax in the shade after a swim, and host pool parties for all your friends and family. Including a bathroom that will keep wet feet outside. And having a place to store all your pool accessories inside is useful. Add an attached clothesline for hanging wet towels and swimsuits. It would be easy enough to have a little private outdoor shower off to the side for rinsing off chlorine.


If you’re a dog lover, why not turn your shed into the ultimate doghouse? Your four-legged friend will love having their own space to sleep, play, and relax. If you have more than one dog this could be a great summer place to store dog crates, dog toys, and of course some comfy beds for napping. Use a screen door and windows so the dogs can see you outside in your yard. A dog pool or washing station would be ideal for any dog lover.


Kids will love having their very own playhouse in the backyard! It’s the perfect place for them to let their imaginations run wild. Include shelves for books and outdoor toys. Maybe a craft table for messy artwork and tie-dying with a sink station for easy cleanup. You could have a fun window for having a puppet show or pretend fast food style pass through window.

Chicken Coop

Raise your chickens in your backyard with a chicken coop shed! You could have the exterior design match your home with cute chicken-themed decor windows and doors. Not only will you have fresh eggs, but your kids will love helping to take care of the chickens. Don’t forget to top it with a cupola with a rooster weathervane!

Home Gym

Turn your shed into a home gym and get fit in the privacy of your backyard! You could even install a sauna or hot tub for post-workout relaxation. Depending on the size you could have some exercise equipment, yoga mats, and free weights and store your bicycles and helmets. In the last couple of years home gyms have made a comeback and why not have a shed gym if you don’t have the space inside your home?

Garden Shed

If you’re an avid gardener, why not turn your shed into a garden shed? You’ll have plenty of space to store your gardening supplies and tools, and you can even use it as a potting station. Include a makeshift sink that drains outside the shed through PVC piping into a catch drainage area. Store all your potting soils and fertilizers, pots and tools. Having a garden right next to the shed where you could grow herbs and vegetables, install a little covered porch on the door with a Bistro table and chair set for taking iced tea breaks would top the garden shed theme! Grab some fresh mint, enjoy!

Art Studio

Turn your shed into a creative haven with an art studio! It’s the perfect place to let your artistic side shine. Include windows and skylights for ultimate lighting, and places to store drying artwork. A workstation and storage for supplies are important along with a wash-up sink. Have unique lighting to show off custom art on the walls. Or maybe a fun potting studio with a kiln and lots of shelving for pottery.

Entertainment Bar

Transform your shed into the ultimate entertainment space with a bar! You can host game nights, watch sports or just relax with a drink in hand. Maybe a poker table or a pool or Ping-Pong table with overhead lighting and a fridge with an ice maker and a dishwasher would be a plus! You could have double open barn doors that extend to a patio with pub style seating, add some music or karaoke and you’ve got your very own nightclub style entertainment!

Home Office

If you work from home, why not set up your office in the backyard shed? You’ll enjoy the peace and quiet of working outdoors, and you can take a break in your private oasis. Install electric outlets, workstations, and all your supplies in storage cabinets. You may need a hotspot for internet or Wi-Fi. You could include a mini fridge for drinks and snack with a small table and chairs, this could even double as a nice place to have meetings with clients without having to be in your main house.

She Shed

Create a space just for yourself with a she-shed! It’s the perfect place to read, write, craft or just relax. Design a space just for yourself with a she-shed! This is the perfect place to relax and escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Fill your she-shed with things that make you happy and bring you peace. Surround yourself with pretty flowers, cozy blankets, and all your favorite things. Turn your she-shed into a personal oasis and let all your worries fade away.

Guest Room

If you’re looking for a way to add value to your home, consider turning your shed into a guest room. With a few stylish touches, like a daybed, kitchenette, and bathroom you can create a cozy space that will be perfect for visitors. Plus, they’ll be surprised and impressed that you have their private retreat. They’ll love being able to enjoy the outdoors while still having all the comforts of home.

Kitchen Shed

If you love to cook, why not turn your shed into a kitchen shed? You’ll have all the space you need to prepare meals, and you can even host outdoor cooking parties for your friends and family. Imagine how convenient it would be to have an outdoor kitchen with storage for all the outdoor dining needs right in your backyard! Right outside the door you can create a dining area for all your friends and family to enjoy your fabulous cooking!

These are just a few of the many ways you can use a backyard shed.

So, what are you waiting for? If you’re looking for a backyard shed that can do it all (or at least multiple things), contact us today. We would love to help turn your backyard shed dreams into reality. From pool houses to home gyms, there’s no limit to what we can create together.

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