‘It’s vitally important that you decide what you want the space to be used for before you get started,’ says Emily. ‘Is it just a quiet place to chill out, a hobby or crafts room, a potting shed or a reading room? Once you’ve decided on the shed’s function, it’ll be a lot easier to plan your decorative scheme and decide how to furnish it.
‘Then clean out your shed of all the junk (be brutal), separating anything you’d like to upcycle from stuff that needs to go to the charity shop,’ she adds. ‘If you’re buying a new shed, head to the shops where a decent one should cost you approximately £350-£550. While you’re there, buy the paints, including any contrasting colours you’d like to use for any shelving or furniture. Finally, build the basic structure and file down any stray splinters so you’re ready to get painting the following day.’
‘I wouldn’t recommend putting plumbing in a shed,’ Emily warns. ‘It’s not necessary – especially if the shed is close to your house – and you may need planning permission. Also I’d use battery-powered solar lights or candles in lanterns to light your shed – it’ll save lots of money on electricity and an electrician.’