Maximizing your Shed’s Versatility
To create the perfect workspace in your yard or garden, you need to ensure that you are always thinking of the bigger picture. For example, it’s probably not enough to simply stick a desk in your shed – as this will not create a perfect working environment. Here are some ways you can go about maximizing your shed’s versatility.
Stay connected. One of the most essential steps towards converting a simple shed into a creative, productive workplace is ensuring that you remain connected to the outside world. For example, you should ensure that you can still connect to your wifi or purchase a router – especially if you don’t want to miss any zoom meetings. Furthermore, you also need to make sure that your shed is connected to electricity. Our design options mean that all of our sheds come electric-ready with a switch, outlet, and light.
Stay focused. Working from home often means working with distractions – but that shouldn’t be the case in your new custom-built office. Therefore, you should ensure that you design your space carefully to create a space where you can remain focused. For example, adding windows to your shed will allow natural light to pour in, heightening both productivity and focus within the workplace. You could also add sound installation to the shed if you’re interested in maximizing your shed’s versatility.
Stay inspired. If you aren’t sure where to get started with your shed design, conversion, or installation – check out our previous work or reviews for some inspiration. Furthemore, don’t hesitate to get in touch should you have any questions. We’ll work closely with you to create the shed workspace of your dreams.
HOW TO PROPERLY VENTILATE YOUR SHED: 6 TIPS YOU NEED TO KNOW
At Frank’s sheds, we know how important it is to have proper shed ventilation. Today we are sharing 6 ways that you can better ventilate your shed and avoid damp and mould.
- Install vents
The easiest way to ventilate a small shed is to install vents in the walls. A small vent at the north and south points of your shed allows airflow and will keep the shed ventilated.
- Install roof windows
For proper shed ventilation as well as light, install a roof window. This will not only bring ventilation but will also brighten up the shed and give you a lovely view of the sky.
- Install a whirligig
A whirligig is more than a funny word: it’s the key to proper shed ventilation. For medium and large sheds, installing a whirligig on the roof will draw air up and through the shed to keep it ventilated.
- Install an electric fan
For larger shed’s an electric fan will push air around and ensure your shed doesn’t become too humid.
- Allow the sunlight in
Sunlight is a great help for proper shed ventilation as it will reduce humidity in the air. By allowing sunlight through windows, you are less likely to suffer from damp.
- Install a heat source
For larger sheds, a heat source may be needed to reduce humidity. This will ensure the air stays dry and will keep your shed strong for longer.
How to Turn a Shed into a Playhouse
There are many great reasons to have a playhouse in your garden. Most of all, it is a place to be able to spend some real quality time with your kids. If you already have a shed, you can easily turn it into a playhouse in the following manner with custom shed designs.
- Draw Up Your Plan
It’s always best to start with a plan. Think about what kind of design it should have, what activities your kids will want to do inside it, and what kind of furniture it should have. The more you know on this front, the more complete your plan can be.
2. Choose Your Layout
Next up, you can think about what kind of layout you want the playhouse to have. Again, it is wise to consult the people who will actually use it – your kids! Think about what custom shed designs will be best for your purposes here.
3. Protect It From The Elements
Make sure you next protect the playhouse from the elements by damp-proofing it and insulating it. That will keep everyone safe and warm no matter what, and make it a much more promising playhouse indeed.
4. Consider Utilities
You might decide that it’s a good idea to have some utilities in there, such as water and electricity. It’s up to you, but if you do want to have those, you will need to get that set up as soon as possible too. Again, you should include these factors in any custom shed designs you might have.
Finally, make it yours – or make it suitable for your children, anyway. They could actually help you with this part, if they are old enough. The important thing is that everyone is happy with how the playhouse looks.
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7 Advantages of Metal Sheds You Need to Consider
Choosing the right material when buying a shed is crucial. Although many people opt for wood metal is often the best choice. These are some of the big advantages of metal sheds.
If budget is your main concern, a metal shed is the way to go. They are almost always cheaper than a wooden shed, which means you can get a larger building for the same price.
Easy To Move And Assemble
Metal sheds tend to be very lightweight, which means that getting them into your garden is simple. When it comes to actual construction and moving the shed into place, you’ll find it easier too. Most metal sheds come with everything you need to build them so all you have to do is follow the instruction booklet.
Durability is another of the big advantages of metal sheds. They will stand up to the weather much better than wood and usually last at least ten years.
Wooden sheds require a lot of upkeep (staining and repairing etc) to protect them from the weather. You don’t have to deal with this when using a metal shed.
No Foundations Needed
Installing a foundation is incredibly expensive. Luckily, one of the big advantages of metal sheds is that you don’t need one, in most cases.
Sheds are often used for storing valuable tools, so security is a key concern. When compared with a wooden shed, metal sheds are much harder to break into.
Reduced Fire Hazard
Wood is a very flammable material, making your wooden shed a fire hazard. Metal, on the other hand, is far less likely to catch fire.
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These are just some of the many advantages of metal sheds. They’re cheaper, more durable, easier to set up, and more secure than any of the alternatives on the market, so if you’re looking for a new shed, make sure it’s a metal one. Frank’s Sheds is here to help you find the right shed. Contact us today!
Pros and Cons of A Steel Shed
You may assume that wood sheds are the best option for your yard. However, steel or metal sheds are making a come-back and are becoming increasingly more popular these days. There are pros and cons of steel shed that you should know but generally speaking, the coatings and build quality are better than ever. The following lists will help you better determine if it’s the right choice for you.
Pros of A Steel Shed
There are a few upsides to choosing and owning a steel shed. They include:
- Great Value for the Money: They’re affordable.
- Long-Lasting: Can expect it to last for 10+ years.
- Little to No Maintenance: No painting, sanding, or pest control required.
- Resists Extreme Temperatures: Holds up against heat, cold, and strong winds.
- Easy to Assemble: Installation is fairly easy.
- Small Sheds are Easy to Move: Can move it around as you please.
Cons of A Steel Shed
There are also a few things that may concern you when it comes to owning a steel shed. They include:
- Steel is Tough to Modify: You need serious tools to modify it.
- Prone to Rust and Corrosion: Although long-lasting, they are susceptible to rust and corrosion.
- Can be Flimsy: Quality is questionable as can be thin and flimsy.
- Appearance can be Off-Putting: Are clean looking but not that attractive to look at.
You now know more about the pros and cons of a steel shed. Looking for a better shed at a better price? Then get in touch with us today.
Preventing Rust On Your Steel Shed
Rust on a Steel Shed can spread like wildfire. Many homes with a Steel Shed will have it, at the far end of the garden, away from any shelter. So rust can easily gain a foothold on your Steel Shed and damage the structure greatly.
Formation of rust
In short, it’s when your shed doesn’t dry after it rains and stays moist for a long period of time. The moist air inside might also play a role, which is why good ventilation is required.
It’s quite easy to prevent rust. You need…
- Good ground drainage to get rid of rainwater.
- Place gravel or pebbles on the floor to aid this process
- Insulate the shed for better temperature control
Make sure there is good airflow throughout the shed. Don’t just throw things in there to pile them up. Stack your things alongside each other, not on top if you can help it. Keep them a few inches away from the shed to allow droplets to fall away or condensation to not build.
It may also be a good idea to leave two small windows open at all times, to allow air in and out. Wrap up metal tools if possible; i.e. put a cloth over your spade or rake when done using it. Every few months check for leaks in the ceiling and plug them.
If you have any more questions about preventing rust in your steel shed, feel free to contact us any time and we’ll be happy to help.
Why Replace Your Wood Shed With A Steel Shed
A shed is an important part of any garden. If you want to make sure that yours is doing its part for the garden, you need to take care in choosing it right. More and more people are replacing their wood shed with a steel shed in recent years. In this post, we will take a look at some of the possible reasons why.
Give New Life To A Shed
If your old wood shed has started to lean over to the point where it looks set to collapse, you might find that replacing it with a steel shed is the best way to ensure you don’t have to replace it again too soon in the future.
Get Rid Of Pests
There are many pests that can end up in your wood shed, and over time you might find that it has become a home to rodents and other animals. That is much less likely to happen with a steel shed.
Improve The Smell
You might have noticed that a wooden shed can start to smell a little mushroomy, which is the result of the wood decaying over time. Of course, that’s a problem that can be avoided entirely with a steel shed, which is unable to rot.
Finally, a steel shed generally looks better, and you can keep it looking great for longer than a wood shed. You won’t have to worry about paint flaking off or anything of the sort.
To find out more about steel sheds, contact Frank’s Sheds today.
Relax In Your New Shed
Having a backyard and a garden is a great way to relax and unwind, but more recently people have loved the idea of having a shed. Not just any shed for storing items, tools, and garden furniture, a Steel shed that they can relax in. Whether you want a shed for your work, to be creative, to exercise, or just to escape for a while, you may be wondering how you can make your shed the best it can be. Here are some suggestions.
Make your shed comfortable all year round
You might have plans to be able to use your stell shed not just in the summer but also in the winter. So to ensure that it stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer, make sure you insulate it. If you want to invest further you could add a heating system or air conditioning unit.
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Keep it lit even at night
Sometimes you might want to escape and relax in your shed in the evening or at night, so you will want to ensure that you can create ambiance and install excellent light fixtures there. Natural light is great during the day, but some light fittings or a lamp can help to create some great lighting at night.
Make sure you have some comfortable furniture in there
If you are looking to relax in your stell shed then there is only one thing for it, comfortable furniture. This could be a lovely sofa, a chair, and even a footrest if you have space. Sheds often don’t have much space so you may have to be creative with your choices. Looking online might help you to find one-off pieces rather than having to buy a full suite for sofas and chairs. Don’t forget to use cushions and blankets to really make the space nice and cozy.
Make it your own
Last, of all, you might want to think about adding some greenery, plants, and other features that make the shed a relaxing space for you. If that is comfortable furniture and lovely pictures on the walls, a shelf full of your favorite books, or a desk area to work from, think about how you can utilize the space and make it work for you.
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Your Guide To Buying A Shed
If you have a lot of tools or gardening equipment to find a home for, then you’re probably already considering buying a shed.
Having a shed that meets your needs in terms of style, size, and quality will mean that you will use it for many years to come.
Here are a few things that you should consider when buying a shed.
The size is one of the most important considerations that you will need to make when buying a shed. The size of your shed will determine how much you can store. Typically though, the bigger the shed, the more it will cost. This is why you need a shed that is big enough to meet your needs, but not so big you’re paying for space that you don’t need.
You will hopefully be using this shed for many years to come, so you need to like the way that it looks.
There are a few styles that are very popular. High wall barns provide the benefit of more loft space. This is great if you have a lot that needs to be stored. A-Frame sheds are quintessential in their design, they are also reasonably priced.
The most popular materials for sheds are vinyl, wood, and metal. Vinyl sheds are some of the best on the market because they are built to last for up to 30 years. A wooden shed maybe a little cheaper, however, this is because the lifespan is not as good. Metal sheds are very cheap. They are not secure and they are prone to rust.
4 Creative Shed Ideas
Your shed can be a lot of things. From micro offices to fishing shacks, Frank’s Shed has collated some of the coolest shed ideas to spark your creative ideas.
Sheds don’t just have to be for storing bikes; they can be a purposeful place with a range of fixtures and fittings to boot.
Floating Fishing Cabin
If you love fishing, then think about having a portable fishing cabin built! If you attach the right flotation devices to your cabin, it will happily float on the water while you fish.
Children’s Playhouse of Hunting Blind
Build high up on beams; this super cool space provides a great view of the surrounding area. A stilted base takes the shed off the floor and into the sky. For children, it feels amazing to have a little place to climb up to and feel like you’re high up in the treetops.
Add in 360 windows, and you have an ideal hunting blind instead.
Lean-to Style Shed
If you have a little space, you can have a lean-to. These are functional, and these are simple and can be used for a range of things. If you add a ramp, it makes it easy to access for wheelchairs, heavy equipment, and other wheels. You can also choose a discrete lean-to that is built closer to the house and is small enough to store just a few items in it.
Snack Shack Stand
Love to cook for others? Turn your shed into a snack stand and kit it out inside with some cooking apparatus. Some simple sliding windows will enable you to have your food out, and there you have it! If you want to run this as a business, then you’ll need licenses and permits first, though!
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