If you’re thinking of building a garden shed, renovating one you have, or simply love tiny buildings, this gallery is for you.
There’s so many choices for layout, design, windows, doors, and basic building materials. Browse through and save your top picks to Pinterest.
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Garden Shed Fans of the World Unite
These sheds come from several sources:
- My Old Website
I used to have a website called The Garden Shed Hall of Fame. Readers would submit their shed images for inclusion in the gallery. Some of them have been fan favourites for years. I love it when I hear from the shed makers all these years later and it’s really fun to see how they have updated their creations.
- Garden Tours
I visit a lot of gardens each year and try to take a snapshot of any sheds I see. Sometimes it’s on a garden tour and it’s really tricky to get a good shot (they get busy), but I do my best to get the picture without including any people in them. The guiding principle is to always respect privacy first, so I do not identify names or locations in my photos unless specifically requested.
- My Shed
I also have my own shed. It started as quite an eyesore, but it got a paint makeover a couple of summers ago and now I enjoy decorating it with junky treasures.
Shed Building Plans
I often get emails asking for building plans for the sheds. Unfortunately, I’m just the photographer and have no other information. I suggest browsing options on Amazon and see if your library has the book you want or can order it for you.
Gallery of Garden Sheds
This first one is a combination shed and playhouse.
This next one was from the Garden Shed Hall of Fame. The concept of the ‘she-shed’ is popular now but anyone who loves a quiet retreat close to home has known about this idea for years.
How about a little patio area built on the side of the shed? If it’s on the sunny side, I’d be tempted to create a little greenhouse there.
This is one of the most popular sheds I’ve posted. The garden art is wonderful. I also love the double doors. So handy for getting larger equipment in and out.
Related: Creative garden path and walkway ideas.
The tall and narrow design of this next one give it quirky charm. I can imagine a loft sleeping area up top with a skylight for viewing the stars.
Wait a minute, what’s this one doing here? It’s a green roof from the Wizard of Oz! It cracks me up that you can see the sod edges. I guess it was a rush job to build it.
I tell you one smart thing I wish my shed had: windows! Sheds need light inside and it’s so worthwhile to add windows, a door light (window in a door), or skylights for natural light.
This shed was built by mother and son team Olga and Mirko Pidhirsky. They designed it, built it in sections during the winter, and then assembled it in the spring. I think this one is a real work of art.
Empress of Dirt friend Judy transformed her old shed on a frugal budget.
This wood cord shed is so charming!
There are many barn board variations for sheds. For starters, decide if you like the wood placed horizontally or vertically.
This old outbuilding is so charming. I adore the mismatched doors. Plus, the roses along the pathway give it rustic charm.
This next one is more a bunkie than a shed. And how cool would it be to have a little guest house in the garden?
I saw this Dutch door idea on a garden tour. I love the idea of having tools organized by handy like this. You can see more photos of it here.
Here’s another garden tour gem. The gardener had wonderful artistic touches throughout the garden, all conforming to a particular colour scheme (repeating the greens and oranges).This shed is really a shed-greenhouse hybrid. It looks like it’s right out of the pages of Country Living magazine.
Rain barrels! If your shed has a fair amount of rooftop, you’ll probably need eavestroughs so why not add rain barrels too? This photo shows the back of the shed (another garden tour gem) where they’ve made it as interesting as the front.
I love the porch idea. Yes, it costs a few more bucks in materials but look what you get. There’s the bonus of an extra seating area in the shade, and, there’s some shelter if you’re taking things in and out in rainy or snowy weather.
Here’s another view from the side:
Cute alert. The red door sets the tone. The curly iron work on either side of the window says, I’m charming!
Another old favourite from the Garden Shed Hall of Fame. I mentioned that windows are a smart idea on sheds for providing natural light indoors. Might as well have window boxes too then, right?
This garden tour shed has some upscale touches that really kick it up a notch. The scallop shingles are gorgeous. The whole thing really looks like a tiny house and the clematis vines growing up either side are dabombdiggidy.
Back to basics. Although, if you look at this green and white shed closely, you’ll notice a few things. The roof line is varied, which adds a nice touch, and there’s a chimney there indicating either a wood stove or sauna indoors.
One of the biggest battles in home renovations is whether or not wood will be painted. Some feel painting wood is an insult and waste and want nothing to do with it. Others love the beauty of paint colours and prefer something other than plain wood.
This next shed seems like a good compromise to me. It still has the natural wood beauty but it’s quite charming with the design. See, I just saved a marriage!
Another natural wood shed but this time with double doors. Again, these are super handy if you have wide equipment or store larger objects.
Got a lucky colour? This quirky old shed is quite charming with its lucky horseshoe. Gotta catch luck where you can.
And finally, my shed. First we see it dressed up for autumn:
And then for winter. The white lights look really pretty in the snow.
I hope you’ve found some ideas for your garden shed. If you have one to share, send me a pic!
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛