Potting sheds are the heart of any garden. It’s where new plants start, where you store tools, and a place where memories are made. Converting a storage shed into a potting shed can help provide you with the space you need to keep all of your gardening supplies, as well as a work area to help bring life to new plants. But there are a few necessary steps you should take when considering the conversion.
For example, do you already have a large enough shed? What are the design requirements for converting a potting shed? And, do you have enough storage space, or should you expand? Once you know the answers to these questions, you’ll have what you need to make your potting shed uniquely your own with ample space to perform your gardening tasks.
Start with a Quality Shed
Turning a storage shed into a garden shed begins with having a quality storage shed, like the ones for sale at Sun Rise Sheds. You’ll want to make sure it’s in good quality condition as well as large enough to hold plants, materials, supplies, and a workspace. You should also consider whether or not it will have to double as a storage shed for more extensive lawn and garden equipment, like a lawnmower. If your shed has previously been used, check for leaks in the roof, loose boards or hardware, or any spaces that critters may have taken shelter. Perform some general maintenance and cleaning on your garden shed to prepare for its transformation.
Sketch a Design
Before you begin physically changing your garden shed into a potting shed, it’s a good idea to start sketching out the shed’s design and where you’ll want things to go. Consider the following elements of the potting shed when sketching your design:
- Lighting – Does your shed already have sufficient natural light through windows? If not, you may want to consider adding some windows to increase light in your potting shed. If windows aren’t an option, considering purchasing an inexpensive fluorescent light for over your work table.
- Shelving – How many shelves do you want? Consider space for gardening books, pots, seed packets, fertilizer, birdseed, and other supplies. For tools, consider purchasing baskets or plastic bins to place your smaller hand tools, like pruners and knives.
- Potting Bench or Work Table – At the heart of the potting shed is the potting bench or work table. You’ll want to make sure it’s counter-height so you can comfortably work there standing up. Or, if you prefer to sit, make sure it’s at the right height to sit in a chair.
- Peg Board – For large gardening tools like shovels, rakes, and hoes, consider adding a pegboard with pegs to hold them. This helps to keep your tools nice and organized and gives you more counter space.
- Storage – You’ll also need to consider adding space to store your pots, potting soil, buckets, and watering cans. Think about the placement of things and where you want to put things—cabinets and bins can be a great solution.
- Drawers – Drawers can hold everything from scissors, necessary tools, pens, pencils, labels, and seed packets. Consider space for some drawers to store those smaller, miscellaneous items.
Now that you know what you need and where everything needs to go, you can start building your potting shed to your specifications!
Begin by cutting the materials you need for your potting bench, shelves, and storage areas. Once you cut your materials, begin assembling your potting shed based on your design. Install the necessary lighting; you’ll need to be able to see small seeds clearly, as well as separate roots easily. Put up the shelves and install the pegboards and hooks. Once everything is in its place, see if there are any adjustments you need to make before moving in all of your gardening supplies and tools.
Make Your Potting Shed Your Own
Potting sheds are as unique as each person. No two will look alike. Now that your potting shed is assembled, you can consider painting it to give it your individual touch or leaving it as it is. Bring in your gardening supplies and place them in their proper place—get organized with their placement to make everything easy to find. Also, keep in mind the flow of your gardening tasks, so assemble your items in a way that makes sense. Perhaps also consider space for a trash can, broom, dustpan, and mop to keep your potting shed clean and tidy.
Get Started on Your Transformation Today
Converting a storage shed into a potting shed requires planning, building, and organizing, but it all begins with a quality shed. Visit Sun Rise Shed’s showroom today to pick out the right shed to convert to your potting shed. We offer a variety of styles and sizes to suit your needs.
Whether you need a smaller shed for some tools and small planting jobs or a larger, more elaborate potting shed to enhance your gardening experience, Sun Rise Sheds has just the product for you. Contact us to get started on the potting shed of your dreams!