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How to turn a garden shed into an office

How to turn a garden shed into an office

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Working from home.

Sounds great, right? 

Until you’re on an important call and the vacuum starts up…

Or you need to pack everything up because someone else needs to use the dining table.


With more of us working from home than ever before, 2020 has seen a dramatic increase in backyard home offices. 


Why a shed office in the backyard? 

  • It’s separate from the rest of the home
  • It’s easier to maintain work/life balance 
  • You can escape from distractions, interruptions and background noise.
  • Enjoy increased focus & productivity
  • A quiet, private room for your Zoom meetings & conferences.


Here’s how to turn a garden shed into an office, and make working from home effective & enjoyable.

Because you’ve never needed this advice more than now:


First things first – paint the outside

Whether you’re starting with a brand new shed, or making over an old one, a fresh coat of paint on the outside is the best place to start.

Not only will it look great, it’ll be protected from the (ahem, harsh) Aussie weather.

Dulux Weathershield is a great exterior paint option if you’re not sure where to start, and choosing a similar colour to your home will create a consistent look on your property. Here’s a handy paint calculator to help you work out how much you’ll need.


melwood home office and outside office shed

This garden office has been painted to match the home perfectly, which adds value to the property. (5.4m x 3.2m Melwood Workshed)


Connect Services (electrical, data cabling etc…)

Once your shed is painted outside, it’s time to get your tradies along and connect up the services you need.

You’ll need an electrician to wire up your lights, aircon and a couple of powerpoints.

It’s a good idea to get data cabling too if you can (or at least a wifi extender for your home wifi). 

You could even add plumbing to your shed however, we recommend checking with your local plumber if this is possible. 


melwood home office mod cabana no.18 inside the shed office

Once your shed / office is painted outside, it’s time to get your tradies along and connect up the services you need. This is inside a 5.4m x 3.2m Mod design – a design popular for the natural light it lets in.



Wall linings

Once the services are in, it’s time to line your walls!

You can add extra insulation at this step as well. This will keep your office more comfortable & reduce heating/cooling costs.

There are many options for lining the walls of your new office, but the two most popular ones are traditional plaster & wall panels.

Traditional plaster will require a plasterer (unless you’re very handy!), and creates a fair bit of mess but means you’ll have a sleek finish just like the inside of your home.

For a quicker, easier option, wall panels (such as these) are easy to DIY and provide a smooth wall lining that can be painted just like plaster.


melwood home office easycraft wall panel

These wall panels (available from Bunnings) are a great way to line the walls of your home office. (7.2m x 2.6m Melwood Verandah design)


Paint the inside of the outdoor office shed

The colour your paint the inside of your new home office can have a great effect on how you feel when you’re working, and how much work you end up doing! 

We have a lot of customers paint their office all-white, for a crisp & clean look (that also doubles as a professional background for Zoom meetings!)

However, you could also choose a colour that’s going to make you feel calm, productive or focused. This article covers the best paint colours for your office


melwood home office. Workspace inside the outdoor office shed

All-white makes for a nice crisp home office, and creates a professional background for your Zoom meetings. These customers also kept the original floor that their Melwood came with – a very cost-effective option. (3.6m x 3.2m Melwood Mod design).



Add functional furniture & decorate the outside office shed!

Last, but not least, it’s time to add furniture to your new home office. 

Home offices are typically somewhere we spend a lot of time, so it’s a good idea to invest in a good-quality, comfortable chair and a functional desk. 

Sit/stand desks are not just for the elite anymore. You can pick one up at IKEA for a reasonable price. Your back (and health) will thank you!

This IKEA sit/stand desk is a good place to start.


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This Melwood Home Office has been lined with wall panels, and the timber floor that comes with the Melwood, was stained – a quick, easy and cost-effective DIY. (5.4m x 3.2m Melwood Workshed).


home office melwood cabana

Jamie has transformed her Melwood into the perfect home office/studio with decorations, rugs & furniture. (6.3m x 3.2m Melwood).













Get all your Home Office Questions Answered

Putting in a home office is fast & easy when you start with a Melwood.
We realise you might have a few questions about how to get the right Home Office for your property.

If you’d love to start 2021 off right with a home office, now is the time to get started.

At the time of writing, we’re taking orders for mid-January, and we don’t want you to miss out.


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