Tiny homes are becoming more and more popular these days, and if you’re looking for an inexpensive option, consider converting your shed into a small house.
Whether you already have a shed in your backyard, are building your own, or are purchasing a shed shell, it’s an easier and more affordable option than buying a tiny home outright. This article will give tips on:
How you can convert your shed into the perfect tiny home:
1. Plan it Out
First things first, you need a plan. Every shed is different, so take measurements of the square footage to see what you will be able to fit. Go with the essential items first, then add in desired items as space allows.
Once you have your plan mapped out, you can create a good design.
2. Get Installation and Seal Cracks
Insulating the space is key to making it feel more like a home than a shed. This also makes it easier to regulate the temperature and keep out sound.
Drywall the walls if necessary, to make the space more comfortable. Seal up any cracks to prevent dust, bugs, and other debris from getting in.
3. Install Counters for Mini Kitchen Appliances
Though the shed may be too small for a full kitchen setup, install counter space to put essential appliances such as a microwave, small sink, and portable stove. Installing a sink and kitchen faucet requires much more preparation and time, as you need to set up some plumbing sources.
The most practical option for a tiny house is to install a tank and use a water pump to circulate the water. A water tank can be stored outside or hidden underneath your kitchen storage, depending on the size of the tank and the amount of space you have available.
Stick to a smaller sink and single handle kitchen faucet to make the most out of your tiny kitchen area. Put this on one side of the room to leave space for furniture and other needed features.
4. Install Windows or a Skylight
Installing windows can instantly make the shed feel more open. No windows or lack of outside light can be uncomfortable.
Windows can allow fresh air to flow in the space to prevent it from feeling stuffy. Natural light also makes space feel larger than it is and creates an inviting atmosphere.
5. Install Flooring
If possible, add some new flooring to complete the look and feel of the space. This helps add character to your tiny home. Each flooring option comes with its pros and cons. Once you know what you are going for, it will be easier to decide what choice to go with.
Make sure it is durable and sustainable. Hardwood and tile are hard wearing and require less work to maintain than carpet, but typically cost more.
If you’re looking for a more cost-effective option, consider rubber or foam tile flooring or a large area rug.
6. Light it Up
Sheds usually come equipped with only a single light bulb, which will not be enough to light up space sufficiently.
Add overhead lights or lamps to help light the space up. Consider getting a desk lamp to add extra light in those hard to reach corners.
Add lighting to the outsides of the shed as well if you plan to use it in the evening. Door lights with motion sensors can make it easier for people to approach when it’s dark.
7. Get Furniture
Be as minimal as possible when it comes to furniture. Because it is a tiny home, there won’t be a lot of space to begin with.
You want to choose pieces of furniture that can have multiple uses. For example, a table can be used as a desk and a dining table. Consider getting a daybed or futon to allow for practical use.
When planned and executed correctly, your shed can be the perfect additional living space for you or your family members. Use the tips in this article to turn your storage area to a peaceful tiny getaway.