If you’d like a quiet place to work from home, a portable shed may be just the answer! These buildings also serve as great studios and hobby centers. While you could use the shed just as it comes, some people prefer to go above and beyond, creating a truly ideal workspace for their needs.
It’s important to note that this should ONLY be done if you own your shed! Rent-to-own programs will not allow such modifications to their buildings while still under a contractual/rental agreement.
Own a shed? Here are 10 basic steps for converting your shed into an office or studio:
- Replace Doors or Windows
If you’d like to replace the doors or windows of your shed to give it more of an office feel, that should be done first. If you do replace these pieces, be sure that your new door has a secure lock and the windows are well insulated. With Cook portable buildings, you can add extra doors or windows with our custom options available.
- Add Electricity
Wiring electricity is not something to take lightly. You should hire a professional electrician for this part. Most electricians are certified and offer a guarantee on their work, which will help to give you peace of mind.
In fact, if your building is going to be used as a business location, the electrical work will be inspected and must be completed by a licensed electrician. This part of the electrical process only consists of rough-in work, including installation of wires and cables for basic power, lighting, Internet access, phone lines, and cable television.
To keep your shed warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, insulation is a must. If you’ve worked with insulation before, you know how itchy it can be! It’s best to make sure all parts of your body are covered before beginning this process. Also be sure to fill the entire wall and ceiling cavities with this material. That includes the space behind electrical boxes. This will help keep air from getting through.
- Put Up Drywall or Wallboard
The next step is to begin hanging your choice of wall covering, whether that be drywall or wallboard. You’ll also want to cover the ceiling of your portable warehouse in drywall. A good tip is to choose a drywall length that best suits your building.
Finishing the walls will be a lot easier when you have as few butt joints as possible. After your wall covering has been put up, you’ll need to go back and smooth over the edges by filling them with compound and sanding the resulting rough patches.
- Install Trim Work
Now, you’ll want to start installing trim work within your shed. That includes baseboards, crown molding, and window casing. These simple elements will really help add a refined look to your new building.
- Paint the Walls and Trim
After finishing your drywall, you’ll continue by painting the walls, ceiling and trim work. Begin with a primer. Then, add a base coat and top coat of paint.
- Finish Electrical Work
Now that your walls and ceiling are ready, it’s time to go back and do some finishing electrical work. This consists of adding receptacle covers, switches and light fixtures.
- Install Floor Covering
Complete your renovation by laying carpet, tile, hardwood or laminate flooring in your new shed.
- Fill It Up
Begin filling your shed with office/studio essentials. These may include a desk, chairs, a computer, an office phone, filing racks, etc. This would also be the time to bring in a window unit for heating and air conditioning.
Space heaters and fans can help to provide additional heating and cooling if you like. If you would prefer to have central heating and air in your building, this should be installed by a professional before drywall or wallboard goes up.
Continue to make the space your own with elements that display your unique style. You could add curtains to the windows, hang up photographs, bring in a dry erase board, lay down a rug or set up lamps.
For more decorating ideas, check out this blog post titled “10 Pinterest-Inspired Ideas to Help Enhance the Look of Your Shed”.
The amount of effort you put into transforming your shed will really show once it’s complete. Who knows, you may never want to leave this place!
One aspect we didn’t mention is proper ventilation. This is something that should actually be installed during the construction of the shed itself. Luckily, Cook Portable Warehouses come equipped with vented ridge roofing, so that’s one less thing you’ll have to worry about.
Learn more about the special construction features of Cook Portable Warehouses and see why our sheds make excellent office and studio buildings! If you want more ideas on how to create an office or even start a business in your portable building then download our free guide below!