If you struggle to fit your tools in the garage, boxes in the attic, and toys in the bedrooms then you would appreciate the extra space a backyard shed offers to store and organise essential items and eliminate clutter.
Even so, once you have your shed there are simple ways to ensure that the items for which you are looking for in your shed can be quickly located. Below are some tips to make the most of your shed space:
Making the Most of Wall Space
Look at opportunities to use wall space, including space behind the shed door. Rubber coated hooks can be used to hang coiled garden hoses, extension cords, and even larger items such as a ladder or whipper snipper. Flat items such as folding chairs can be placed in the space behind the door, and bicycles can be hung by their frames on brackets attached to any unused wall space.
Creating Custom Cabinetry
Vintage wine crates from auctions or flea markets can be used in your garden shed to create custom cabinetry. The crates can be stacked vertically and horizontally, at varying heights. Once you have designed the layout, the crates can be connected with wood screws and corner collars. Small items such as scissors, funnels and towels can be hung on small hooks and the system can easily be reconfigured if your storage needs to grow.
Design a Tool Wall
Because tools typically take up a substantial amount of space, try placing your tools on hooks or other devices. It can be much more practical than storing them in bulky boxes or containers. Hanging tools ensures that they are in plain sight the moment you open your shed door, making it easy to select what you want. You can also design an entire tool wall. Sectioning off a specific area of the wall on which to hang items of this kind is almost always beneficial. Simply create a space for each tool by drawing an outline of the object on the pegboard above your workbench or in another convenient area. With each tool in its place, a hammer, saw, screwdriver or any other item you may need is easily found.
Organising With Baskets
If you have old baskets, such as those that were once attached to bicycle handlebars, they can be used to great advantage to organise essential items such as string, gardening gloves, seed packages and other items that are easily misplaced. Secure the basket in a convenient space, such as at the end of a workbench or on the back of the shed door. Such baskets also make great storage areas for items you use on a daily basis. They also make objects of this kind easily accessible, without creating clutter.
Practical Garden Hose Storage
A galvanised paint bucket is ideal for a garden hose and sprinkler caddy. Not only is it both practical and inexpensive, it is easy to make. Simply drill three holes in its bottom, using a triangular pattern. After this, screw the bucket to the wall where it can act as a convenient and practical storage area in which to place a recently used sprinkler or garden hose. The holes will act as drainage and prevent water filling up in the bucket.
Storing Paint Brushes
If you are looking for a way to preserve paintbrushes, visit a kitchen supply store and invest in a few magnetic knife holders. These devices can be mounted to the wall of your shed with a few light screws and they will prevent paint brush bristles from being pressed together. This will keep the bristles in proper alignment and make it easier to use the brushes next time they are needed.
Eliminating Unnecessary Items
As time goes on, you will likely come up with new storage solutions for your shed. A great way to keep things neat and tidy is to eliminate unnecessary objects on a regular basis. You will probably be surprised at the number of useless items that accumulate in your shed over time. Every few months have a thorough clean up and donate or discard any items for which you no longer have use. Store any hazardous materials you plan to keep in a locked cabinet. Garden sheds and backyard sheds are handy structures for virtually any homeowner. If you work out the storage system that works for you then your shed will provide convenience and will save you substantial amounts of time and energy when completing your daily chores.
If you are looking for extra storage ideas and are still planning to build your outdoor shed have a chat to your Steeline Sheds consultant about storage possibilities. Your shed can be custom made to suit your needs and requirements including our commercial shed solutions.