Renovation6 min

Tips to Turn Your Outdoor Shed Into the Ultimate Workshop

Make your shed more than a storage building by turning it into a unique workshop where you can relax, get creative and be inspired! LP® Outdoor Building Solutions® products are made from treated engineered wood that is manufactured to deliver a durable, dependable and beautiful material to help your workshop brave the elements, while protecting your valuable machinery and tools. LP products are also designed for impact resistance, taking the bumps and wear that is often a regular occurrence in the daily life of a workshop.

Follow these tips to make your workshop both attractive and functional.

  • Add a workbench, pegboard and shelves. Every workshop needs a workbench or dedicated space to work in, along with options for storage. These can be built to suit or purchased, but you’ll want to make sure that the workbench is made of solid material and will be sturdy enough to handle the projects thrown at it. 
  • Add rolling work shelves to best utilize limited space. When you need extra work surface, rolling work shelves can fit the bill nicely, especially if your project sizes tend to vary. When not in use, the work shelves can double as extra storage.
  • Ensure a sturdy floor. If you have uneven floors, get some filler and smooth out the surface to ensure that you don’t stumble when you’re working. For new sheds, LP® ProStruct® Flooring with SmartFinish® is the only flooring product currently on the market that is treated to resist termite damage and fungal decay, while also delivering a tough, premium appearance.
  • Add accessories like a window or skylight. Adding one or more windows to your shed is a great way to make it feel like a workshop. Another game-changing product is LP® ProStruct® Roof Sheathing with SilverTech®. This product has a radiant barrier overlay which will help to keep a workshop cooler during warm days, while keeping your workspace brighter thanks to its highly reflective surface.

Planning a Shed? Don’t Skimp on Size.

Remember, it’s always best to overestimate the shed size you will need, particularly if you will be using the shed for both storage and as a workshop. “The biggest blunder when choosing a shed is improperly estimating the necessary size for the structure,” advises AJ Keating, Segment Marketing Associate, LP Building Solutions. “Take into account the space required to move about freely between the different components you’ll house in your workshop, as well as the workbench or storage area that you’ll want to dedicate.”

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Trends5 min

Using the Right Siding for a Modern Farmhouse

In recent years, designers have offered new visions of this classic style and have dubbed it the “modern farmhouse.” Chip and Joanna Gaines from the home improvement show Fixer Upper were relentless promoters of the modern farmhouse aesthetic, which helped make it chic and add “shiplap” to more people’s vocabulary. Last year, Builder magazine named the modern farmhouse one of the top 5 trends in floor plans. While craftsman homes still account for about 25 percent of all house plans, the modern farmhouse is rapidly gaining ground and now has about 15 percent market share.

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How to Keep Your Shed Cooler in Summer

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Outdoor Living6 min
6 Ways to Turn Your Backyard into a Summertime Oasis

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Maintenance5 min
Straight from the Pros: Exterior Home Improvement Projects for a Better Investment

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