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A painted timber garden shed with a bike and garden furniture in a backyard
Create a work-from-home space that’s completely separate from the family home. This simple cedar shed can easily be converted into the study of your dreams.

 

Work from home, away from home

Think a separate home office is a luxury? It could actually be within reach – in your backyard or garden. Welcome the work day with this serene and focused space that is entirely your own; at the end of the day, lock up your workday cares and leave them behind in a space that is entirely separate from your home. A beach-chic colour scheme offers a calming environment to aid focus, while the built-in desk and D.I.Y. shelf unit cover the practicalities and keep everything in order. (We revamped this Stilla ‘Willow’ cedar shed.)

A cedar shed beside a large tree in a grassed area

A D.I.Y. desk

A D.I.Y. built-in desk like this one looks great and can be customised to create a work space that works for you. Build it to the size or style you need, or you can choose a freestanding desk. By facing it towards the door, you can admire the garden view and keep an eye out for incoming visitors.

A painted timber desk, wire frame chair and plant in a home office painted in pastel shades

Make it yours

Creating a space that speaks to you fuels inspiration. This shed office has been decorated with a seaside theme: natural textures, beachy art and accessories and walls in Dulux Tiamo. Choose a look that you love, and select colours and décor to suit.

Embrace order

A messy space makes for a messy mind, so clear the clutter to maximise your productivity. A shelf unit stores work essentials (along with a couple of pretty plants, which help reduce stress), while hooks can hold bags or a practical umbrella for the post-work commute across the garden. Aim to keep all unnecessary and distracting objects out of the space – no kids’ toys or storage stuff!

A dowel shelving unit with books and plants in a home office

Breakout space

Give yourself permission to step away from the computer screen by setting up your home office with a breakout space. This shed has been extended to include a small deck, which is ideal for sitting in the sun with a coffee, or taking a five-minute time out to listen to the birdsong.

Into gardening?

Opt for a potting shed style makeover instead – for some serious inspiration, take a look at ours.

 

Photo credit: Louise Roche

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.