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How To Use a Backyard Shed as Your Home Office

The rise of remote work has redefined the American workspace. 

Even if you have a separate room in your house for your office, you know that being “at home” makes it easier for family members and pets to interrupt you throughout your work day. 

There’s something undeniably special about having a dedicated space to call your own – a place to get your work done that’s more private and separated from the main house. 

So if you’re lucky enough to have a backyard shed or are looking to purchase one to use as your home office, here are some tips on how to use a storage shed as an office.

Home Office Shed Models

Studio Shed Style 1 of 3

The Studio features a contemporary design with plenty of space for windows, making it an ideal choice for a home office, artist’s studio, or work area.

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Colonial Sheds Style 2 of 3

An upgrade package on our popular Garden Shed style, the Colonial Shed features the steeper roofline of our larger New England Shed and a wider 12-inch eave with decorative braces.

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Garden Sheds Style 3 of 3

The Garden Shed, with its suburban look, is a popular choice and has a steeper roof pitch than the standard A-frame building. The higher roof allows room for a loft with considerable overhead storage.

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Essential Prep Work

Before diving into aesthetics, let’s first address a few practical steps you should take.

Permits & Zoning: Depending on your shed’s size and your local zoning laws, you may need a permit. For projects in the greater Sacramento area, our team will handle every step of the permitting process.

Insulation & Weatherproofing: Backyard sheds aren’t built for year-round use, so proper insulation and weatherproofing are crucial. Consider adding weather stripping to doors and windows, sealing cracks, and installing insulation in walls, floors, and ceilings.

Electrical: Running electricity to your shed is essential for lighting, equipment, and creature comforts like a mini-fridge or space heater. Consult a qualified electrician for safe and code-compliant installation.

Office Shed FAQs

What is the best style of shed to use as an office?
While most shed styles can work as a home office, our Studio Shed is a popular choice. Its transom window above the door and multiple windows allow in plenty of natural sunlight. The Studio is available in sizes ranging from 8’x12’ up to 14’x48’.

What is a good size shed for an office?
The ideal size for your shed office depends on your work style and equipment needs. Here are a few example scenarios:

  • Minimalist: An 8′ x 12′ shed can comfortably fit a desk, chair, and small shelf for basic work tasks.
  • Moderate: A 10′ x 12′ shed offers space for a desk, chair, storage cabinets, and even a small sofa for breaks.
  • Extensive: For multiple desks, equipment like printers or scanners, and additional furniture, consider a 12′ x 16′ or larger shed.

What is the best foundation for a shed office?
Three foundation options are suitable for a shed office: Gravel pad, concrete footers, or a concrete slab. Our team can help you decide which foundation option is right for you. Contact us if you have any questions about site preparation or foundations.

Budget Considerations

While each home office shed is unique, a typical budget for a 10×16 Studio or Colonial shed ranges from $20,000 – $40,000 with standard features.

Furnishings for Your Shed Office

Once you have the practical items checked off your list, you can move on to more fun aspects of planning a shed office, like choosing office furniture and lighting fixtures.

Desk & Chair: Invest in a comfortable and ergonomically designed desk and chair. Adjustable heights and back support are key for preventing aches and pains during long work days. [Wirecutter’s Top Chairs for 2024]

Storage: Keep clutter at bay with shelves, cabinets, or pegboards. Utilize vertical space with wall-mounted options to maximize floor area.

Lounge Area: Add a comfy armchair or futon for breaks and lunchtime relaxation. Throw pillows and a cozy blanket make it extra inviting.

Lighting for an Office Shed

Natural light is a game-changer, so maximize windows and skylights. You can choose the style, type, and position of your shed’s windows in our 3D Shed Builder.

For darker days or evening work, opt for adjustable task lighting and warm ambient lighting to create a calming atmosphere. String lights or fairy lights can add a touch of whimsy.


Durable and easy-to-clean flooring is essential. Our sheds come standard with 5/8″ plywood flooring. Floor covering options include wood laminate and luxury vinyl plank.

An area rug can add warmth and define separate areas within your shed office too.

Wall Decor & Plants

Don’t let the walls be bare! Pin up inspirational quotes, artwork, or photos that motivate you.

Chalkboards or whiteboards are great for brainstorming and to-do lists. Plants not only add a touch of life but also purify the air. You can install hooks from the roof joists for hanging plants or have small potted plants displayed on shelving to make your office feel more like home.

Extra Touches

Air Purifier

Keep the air fresh and free of allergens, especially if your backyard is pollen-prone.

Mini Fridge & Coffee Maker

Fuel your workday with quick and convenient access to refreshments.

Sound System

Play your favorite tunes or calming nature sounds to boost focus or create a relaxing ambiance.

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‘We love this shed! Far exceeding our expectations. The crew who installed our shed were professional and efficient. Quality is outstanding! From our first call with Backyard Unlimited to the time the shed was installed, finished with this beautiful color, our experience was exceptional.”

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