Is your shed looking a little rough? How about being so crowded and unorganized that you can barely walk around or find anything? It is common to have these conditions in sheds due to the fact that most people are not spending enough time in them to diligently care for them. This may be a sign that it is time for some shed upgrades.
People often let their sheds get rusty and worn down before they do any repairs or updates, but regular shed upgrades can prolong the lifespan and improve the appearance and functionality of the shed.
Here are six shed upgrades to take your shed to the next level:
1. Add Windows
Adding natural light to any space is a sure way to improve its appearance. Windows let that natural light in can make the space feel bigger than it really is. Sheds are generally a smaller space (the most common size being 8×6 ft) with very few windows, which means they can feel small and cramped. Adding even one window to a shed can really open and lighten the space, which will make it feel bigger.
2. Fresh Coat of Paint
A fresh coat of paint can transform a space in just a few hours and is one of the easiest shed upgrades. Paint on the exterior of a shed is one of the most defining characteristics of its appearance. Paint can wear away after several years, which makes the shed look worse than it really is. Simply repainting the shed can make it look like a brand new shed!
If you are painting the shed yourself, be sure to do the necessary preparations to make the process of painting easier. You should clean the surface thoroughly before any paint is applied, along with choosing the correct type of paint for the surface. You may also need to prime the surface first if it has not been primed before to ensure the paint will stick.
If you would rather avoid the hassle of painting your shed yourself, consider hiring Wilson’s Paint & Flooring. We offer the best painting services available that will transform your space in no time. Contact us today to get started.
3. Add Heat and Air Conditioning
Sheds have a tendency to get very hot in the summer months and very cold in the winter months, which can be extremely uncomfortable. Even if you are in and out of the shed and don’t spend significant time in it, the extreme temperatures can be unpleasant and potentially cause damage.
You will have to assess your shed’s insulation. Well-insulated sheds are easier to heat and cool, so you may need to add some insulation to the walls and roof if it lacks a proper amount. You will also have to choose appropriate AC and heating units for your shed. The shed should also have an adequate electrical supply to support the AC and heating units. If you are not confident about the electricity, you should hire an electrician to install the required wiring and outlets.
4. Declutter the Shed
Sheds can quickly become a cluttered area to place random objects that don’t have a designated spot in the home. The number of items can pile up especially after years of collecting items and not organizing the shed. A simple shed upgrade is to declutter the space. It may take some time, but it will be worth it to have a clear walkway and be able to find what you are looking for.
Start by removing everything from the shed so you can reach it easily and see what you are working with. After you have removed all your items from the shed, work on creating three piles based on what you want to keep, donate, or throw away. Once you have decided on what you are keeping, you can put the items back in the shed in an orderly fashion.
5. Add Storage Shelves for Easy Shed Upgrades
Speaking of organization, adding shelves to your shed can make the shed much more organized and aesthetically pleasing. There are so many options to choose from when it comes to shelving, so you can find what works best for your shed and style preference. Some common options include london brackets, metal racking, adjustable shelves, and wooden shelves. You can even choose a variety of storage options to fit your specific needs.
6. Add Lights and Electricity
Adding additional lights or electricity to a shed is another way to upgrade your shed. Adding lights to the shed can help improve it especially if you are using the shed at night or times of day with limited daylight. Simply replacing any light bulbs with new LED bulbs can instantly lighten the room.
If you need to add more lights to the shed, you will have to find a way to power the new lights. The most common options to choose from are a generator, solar panels, or permanent wiring the shed to your main electrical panel. Due to the nature of electricity, it may be necessary to hire a professional to handle the dangers that come with electricity.