How to turn your shed into the perfect storage space

Most sheds are big enough for your needs. Honest. It's just they are crammed with broken garden furniture, antique paint cans and a miscellany of plastic sacks. Not to mention those pieces of random off cuts of wood that will come in handy one day. No, they won't – so tidy up, go to the recycling centre, offer things on giveaway sites or even hire a skip to see what you've really got.

Get rid of the old junk

Once the rubbish is away from the scene, it is highly rewarding to take everything out of the shed and plan the reconstruction carefully. It's also a great chance to repair all those holes and that leaky roof. The resident mouse won't thank you but your shed will be better for it.

Add some shelving

Right – you need some shelving. Every shed needs shelving to store the various containers of 'stuff' for the garden. It's simple to put shelves up in a wooden shed, a bit trickier in metal bodied structures but still possible. Suddenly things are off the floor and it’s already looking tidier.

Adding benching to your shed

The next piece of kit you need is a bench or benching. Run this along one side of your shed and you have a place to put all those everyday objects – jam jars of nails and screws, screwdrivers, plant labels, insulation tape (why this falls into 'everyday' I don't know but it always a comfort to see a roll of it on my own benching). You’ll also end up with some great space below the benching to store long-handled tools or downright dangerous ones like loppers or chainsaws.

Protecting your storage

Hanging things up of the floor such as your trusty spade will make things tidier and ensure key items don't get damaged. I've stood on a spring tine rake before and bent the tines. If you can see it the chances are you will keep things clean – mud on forks and spades, dead pieces of hedges in your shears will be cleaned.

Safety first

It's also a good idea to keep dangerous items such as chemicals and petrol for the mower (and spare blades) up and away from accidental spillages or inquisitive hands. Once that is done, stand back and admit it – the shed was big enough. It is big enough. All you have to do is to keep it tidy so it stays big enough.

Make the most of your garden shed by turning it into the perfect storage space. Cleverly fitted shelves and benches can make the most of the shed space so you can fit as much in as you need, the possibilities are endless...

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