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Grey and white shed in a backyard with lawn
Your garden shed should be more than a musty place to stash the mower. This inspiring transformation turns a backyard storage space into a gardener’s dream retreat.

A place to plan, plant and propagate

If your garden is your happy place, you deserve a dedicated potting shed. Create a tidy and serene space that has workbenches for pottering and propagating, plus a myriad of storage options (shelves, hooks, pegboards, tubs and bins) for optimal organisation. This not only keeps things neat and tidy, but it helps to quiet the mind. We used this Stilla ‘Willow’ cedar shed as our foundation.

Plain Stilla ‘Willow’ cedar shed

Storage matters

The wonderful thing about gardens is that there is always a job that needs doing, and fun tools to help you do that job. Make your potting shed an organisational dream with clever storage for every item. A solid shelving unit is handy for holding all sorts of things. Large bins can store bags of potting mix, keeping any mess corralled. Make use of vertical space and keep everything within reach by hanging hooks for large garden tools, and storing hand tools on a pegboard above the workbench.

Outdoor potting shed featuring a workbench, stool, industrial style shelving and a pegboard

Create space to work

From potting up seed trays to propagating cuttings, sorting seeds and oiling tools, a good workbench at an ergonomic height (900mm, similar to a kitchen bench, works for most people) is endlessly useful, and will save your back and will make potting a pleasure. A bench with built-in pegboard ticks off both a working surface and easy-to-reach storage.

A timber workbench and pegboard holding garden tools in a potting shed

A place to relax

Your potting shed can – and should – be a relaxing place to spend time. A small deck has been added to this shed, to encourage gardeners to pause for a moment and enjoy their handiwork. Add a garden bench and a little birdbath to create your own personal oasis in your backyard.

Interior of a charcoal potting shed featuring hanging storage, lawn mower and a workbench

Prefer a yoga or exercise studio over a potting shed?

We transformed this same shed into a Scandi-style home gym. Check it out!


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.