Have you ever dreamed of creating a man shed that can serve as a place to call your own? Or maybe you’d like to surprise your significant other with this type of space as an unforgettable gift? Whatever the case, it can be hard to think of the perfect idea for a man shed space that will be used day after day for years to come. Read on to discover six of the best man-shed ideas!
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#1 – A Project Space
When you first think of a man shed, you might think about somewhere that you’ll be able to simply sit down, relax, and enjoy some of your favorite passive activities. And, to be sure, that is a great option for this type of space – and there will be some of those types of ideas listed below.
But that’s not the only kind of man-shed idea that is worthy of your consideration. As an alternative, you could build a project space that will serve as a dedicated location for you to take part in your preferred hobby. For example, if you enjoy woodworking, or would like to learn woodworking as a hobby, you could dedicate your man shed to that endeavor. That’s just one of many possibilities, however, as you could use your shed to make room for nearly any kind of building, crafting, or repairing endeavor.
One thing to keep in mind when thinking about developing a project space is that you’ll need to have the right utilities available in the shed to work successfully. If you need electricity, for example, keep that in mind and plan for it as part of the budget for the shed project. You may also need a water supply, depending on what you’ll be doing. These kinds of requirements aren’t deal-breakers for an idea, but remember to consider all elements before diving in and getting started.
#2 – Build a Collection
Do you love to collect items from a specific brand, or within a general category? If you consider yourself a collector, there is nothing better than having an ideal space to gather up all of those things and display them to be enjoyed by yourself and others. It’s often difficult to fit a collection in your home, and others in your house might not share the same enthusiasm for these items. By making your man shed space for the collection, you get to keep the things you love without impacting others in the house negatively.
As you plan out your shed, keep in mind the needs of your collectibles so you can make sure the space is suitable for their display. Some items will be sensitive to dramatic weather changes, for instance, so insulation might be necessary to keep the items in good condition. Also, do what you can to design the shed in such a way that you’ll be able to still get inside and enjoy the collection once inside. If it is so packed that you can hardly walk around, it will be tricky to use it as a relaxing space, and you won’t be able to show anyone else what you’ve accumulated.
#3 – Get Fit
A man shed is a great place to assemble some workout equipment with the goal of getting or staying fit. Whether you have long loved to work out regularly, or if you are hoping to make this a new hobby to improve your physical conditioning, having a space that is used specifically for this purpose will make your fitness goals a little easier to achieve.
The floor is a key component in a workout area, so be sure that yours is ready to handle the punishment that it might take. Even if you aren’t going to be lifting – and dropping – heavy weights inside the gym, there will still be the weight of workout equipment to support, as well as you running or jumping up and down. To make it more likely that you’ll use the shed for as many workouts as possible, consider including some creature comforts like a means of entertainment or some insulation to regulate the temperature.
#4 – Home Base for a Hobby
Our first idea was to use your shed as a workspace where you can engage in a favorite hobby. This time, we are going to focus again on a hobby, but this time it takes place outside of the shed and likely off of your property. So, you’ll be using the shed as something of a storage area where you can keep all of the things that you use for this activity, and while maybe reserving some space to do basic maintenance or cleaning so you are ready to go each time you head out for a new adventure.
Fishing is a great example of the type of hobby that could be served well by such a space. If you love to fish, you already know that there is a lot of gear associated with that activity. You’ll have fishing poles, lines, lures, weights, and much more. You might even have a small personal watercraft like a kayak to get out onto local lakes. With a carefully-designed shed, you can make a home for all of your fishing gear and you’ll always know where it is and be able to access it promptly.
#5 – It’s Game Time
Do you love to play games? A man shed is a wonderful place to make a game space that can be shared with family and friends. The types of games you choose to put into the shed will depend on what you like to play, of course, as well as how much room you have available. A sizeable shed could serve as a nice home to a pool table, while a smaller space can accommodate something like a dart board or a pinball machine.
In addition to the games, you’ll want to design your game shed such that it is a comfortable place to relax and hang out. Some soft chairs and a small fridge, for example, would go a long way toward encouraging you and your friends to use this space as often as possible. Don’t forget to include some decorations to give it a personal touch.
#6 – Slow It Down
In a world that seems to only move faster and faster, finding a place to slow down and relax is not always easy. By dedicating your man shed to a slower way of life, you’ll always have a place to go when you want to cut off the noise of the outside world and take a deep breath. Whether you want to use this space to read some interesting books or just to be alone with your thoughts, intentionally minimal design will help you make this man shed one of your favorite places in the world.
What it means to slow down and find a moment of peace will mean something different to you than everyone else. Think about what it is you would like to do when you have some time to escape to your man shed and how you would like that time to be different from the rest of your day. It would make sense to include a comfortable chair and a small table – but you might not choose to put much else in the shed. You’ll even want to keep the decorations on the minimal side to avoid creating too many modern distractions that will pull your mind away from the relaxed state that you are seeking.
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We hope you enjoyed this guide to the best man shed ideas. By now, we bet your wheels are turning in overdrive with all of the possibilities for this new space. Take some time to sort through your favorite ideas until you develop a finished vision that you just can’t wait to bring to life. For a metal shed that will serve as the home for your new man space, reach out to American Carports, Inc. today! Explore our free Build & Price tool to get started.