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Make the most of available space: Use your shed as a studio

Posted on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 11:01AM by Artful Lodger
The uses for sheds have developed over the last few years, as people no longer have them in the garden simply as places to put their tools and deck chairs away in the winter. Increasingly men and women are using them as places of Zen where they can enjoy some solitude - or in some cases the TV in peace.

Indeed, long gone are the days in which sheds were damp, decrepit pieces in the garden, they are now getaways for people to enjoy the finer things in life or to take a hobby a little more seriously and cheap sheds are now available in abundance. Many artists and writers have famously used sheds as places of solace to let their creative juices flow and you could do the same with your garden shed quite easily. There are plenty of reasons to keep your work out of the home and here we will go through them.

A place of Zen starts with the design

http://www.artfullodger.co.uk/images/shed.jpgIf you want to have a hideaway in the garden where you can create your best work, then getting the design of the shed right is absolutely key. I don't think that having wild, vibrant colours is going to do much for productivity in the slightest, so try to keep things on an even keel. A demure colour scheme would be a good way to start as it will help to concentrate you on your task by not getting distracted.

The seating arrangements should take some consideration and I would recommend not placing any comfortable sofas in the shed as these would be far too tempting to laze about on when you should be creating. I would suggest a solid desk design as a good way to go in this respect, as it will give you the flexibility of changing the room around when you are not hiding away. A lamp may also be useful if you are hibernating away in the winter.

Sheds help to provide solace 

You know what it's like when you want to get some time to yourself in the house - there is nowhere to go, with the kids running around and your partner watching the TV. You try out the living room and somewhere there is shouting and screaming at the TV when the football is on. Think about using the bedroom and then your partner will decide that it is the perfect time for a lie down. Getting a shed can solve all of these problems and it doesn't need to take out a large chunk of your garden.

Indeed, they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes these days so you can really get one that fits your lifestyle, as well as your garden.

Don't just take my word for it!
If you want some more encouragement about the positive impact that having a garden shed as a studio can have, then look at some of the celebrity examples. For instance, Roald Dahl wrote most of his famous children's books in his own little 'writing hut', which he told his children and grandchildren had wolves in to keep them out.

Philip Pullman famously used to write his novels in a wooden shed in his garden in Oxford. He had such an attachment to the shed that when he moved house he left the building to illustrator Ted Dewan on the strict understanding that it would only be used for his creative work.