How to Turn a Shed into an Airbnb

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In the past several years, Airbnb has become a popular alternative to traditional hotels and guesthouses. They are often cheaper and provide guests with extra spaces not usually available in hotels such as a kitchen. The increase in demand for Airbnb rental options means that it can be a great way to make a little extra money. Any buildings or even rooms can fairly easily be converted a space to rent out. But what if you don’t have any extra space right now but are still interested in making some money on Airbnb?

A great, affordable option is a shed. If you don’t believe us, see for yourself. Here is a link to an Airbnb rental that is a tool shed converted into a tiny home. Tons of people have converted sheds into tiny homes. It’s nothing new. In this article, we’ll describe the process for converting a storage shed into a tiny home you can rent out on Airbnb

Important Note

Before starting the process of converting a shed into an Airbnb, it is very important that you stop by your county building and codes office to see what permits and building requirements they expect. Depending on your area, this may be nothing or it may be quite a lot. Rather than waiting to do this further down road, it is best to get everything taken care of up front.

Choosing a Shed

One of your important first steps in starting Airbnb guesthouse from a shed is to pick out a shed if you don’t already have one. This means choosing the right style, size, and add-on features.

As far as shed styles go, there isn’t really one right option. Cabin sheds can be a great choice because they have porches that can be a great addition to your tiny home. Dutch barns and Classic workshop sheds can also be good options. Ultimately it is a matter of personal taste and what looks good on your property. Do a little bit of shopping around to make sure you find one that suits you.

Choosing a Shed Size

When choosing a shed size, you need to make sure you get something that is big enough to hold a kitchen and bathroom. We wouldn’t recommend getting anything smaller than a 14×20. It really depends on how much you want to include in your tiny home. If you want to add more than just the bare essentials, we would recommend a shed that is 14×28 or larger.

Choosing Add-On Options

There are a few add-on options that should definitely be included in your tiny home. One is a loft. Lofts are a great way to make some extra space for storage or sleeping. Another add-on that should be included is an electrical package. This can make your work in finishing out your shed much easier. Other add-ons that you can include are extra windows, insulated doors, and even flower boxes.

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Converting Your Shed Into an Airbnb

Now comes the fun part: actually converting your shed into a tiny home. This is going to be the most time consuming and difficult part of the process. If you have absolutely no experience in carpentry, it might be worth hiring someone to help you or doing some study before starting on this part. There are lots of YouTube videos that provide lots of helpful information.

This section will lay out the steps necessary for converting your shed into a tiny house. However, rather than describing how to do each step, we’ll link out to various resources that will walk you through each step.

1. Create floor plans.

Draw out very detailed floor plans including every room in your tiny house. Make sure you include even minor details such as an AC, heating, etc. You may want to open up an area in a wall for an AC or you might just want to put it in a window. You’ll think through every detail in advance so you don’t end up skipping a step and having to undo work.

2. Install electrical & plumbing.

This can be a fairly difficult job so it may be worth hiring a professional. But if you prefer DIY, here are a few videos to get you going.

Electrical

Plumbing

3. Install wall insulation.

4. Add walls framing for extra rooms.

Adding a bathroom

5. Install drywall or plywood to interior.

Drywall

Plywood

6. Paint the shed interior.

This part is fairly easy so no videos. Feel free to Google search though.

7. Install cabinets and counters.

Cabinets

Counters

8. Add kitchen, bathroom, and other house appliances.

Toilet

Sink

9. Lay flooring

10. Add heating and AC

We would recommend simply adding a window AC and electric heater because it is much simpler. However, feel free to use your own methods.

11. Add furniture and interior decor.

Now is the time to really make your shed shine. Bring in furniture, decorations, and whatever makes your new Airbnb feel like a home. You can use websites like Pinterest or Home & Gardens to get inspiration.

Listing Your Shed on Airbnb

Now it’s time to get your new shed onto Airbnb. Airbnb’s website already does a great job of explaining the process. Visit this page to see how it’s done. Happy listing!

90+ Storage Shed Ideas

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There are tons of creative shed ideas out there. There’s she sheds, man caves, garden sheds, and game rooms. Then there’s the really cool shed ideas like shed cars, ice fishing sheds, and getaway cabins. The point is, there’s a lot of different ideas out there. This can be overwhelming. That’s why we put together this list of 90+ Storage Shed Ideas. Some of these you’ve already thought of and some of them we’re pretty sure you haven’t. 🙂  If you’re looking for the next cool project to spend some time on, give one of these ideas a try.

Backyard Creativity

1. Camping Shed

Keep your camping gear dry, save it from the rodents, and be ready for that next outdoor adventure. You can even add a lean-to and sleep at home under the shed roof. Clear roof panels will allow you to see the stars, while you stay protected from any rain that may threaten your cozy adventure.

2. Bathroom

Instead of spending $$$$$ on an addition to the house, consider purchasing a custom storage building and finishing it out as a bathroom. One of our customers saved over $16,000 by purchasing a 5×6 custom building from Fisher Barns and then finishing the interior themselves. It turned out beautifully!

3. Outhouse

In contrast to the modern bathroom, the outhouse can be used as a cute garden feature. If you are a fan of the “good old days,” this is a must-have for your backyard. Use it for storage or finish it out as the real deal.

4. Pumphouse

Build a rustic pump house and use it for your hobbies. Or, cover a real pump with an attractive structure to add some zest to your backyard.

5. Game Room

Add a pool table, a foosball table, a card table, and a mini fridge and invite your friends over for a game night.

6. Man Cave Shed

Relax from the stress of work-life and be anti-social or host parties all day every day. Whatever floats your boat. Just add a sofa, mini fridge, and some A/C for the ultimate hangout.

7. She Shed

A She She is place with no rules where you can make your perfect paradise. Let your creativity flow in your own judgement free zone.

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8. Greenhouse Shed

An affordable, sturdy plant-growing environment. Add windows (or buy a greenhouse kit complete with instructions) and “Let The Sunshine In!”

9. Playhouse

Imaginations run wild. Dreams take shape in reality. Get them away from the video games, and let them explore and imagine in real life. No batteries required.

10. Pool Shed

Hide the pool pump. Have a place to change, and keep the water out of the house. Add benches, a toilet, and even a shower for complete poolside convenience.

11. Garden Shed

Whether you actually enjoy gardening or not, a garden shed may be just the thing to add some pizazz to your backyard. There are so many attractive designs and styles of sheds to choose from. Do your research, get your green thumb ready, then go for it!

12. Tree House

Be unique. Build your shed as a tree house and make it into the ultimate man cave, she shed, guest room, rental bedroom, children’s playhouse, etc. Dream on…. Oh, and don’t fall out of bed; it’s a long way to the ground.

13. Off-Grid Cabin

Are you into solar and wind energy, reusing rainwater, and being efficient with resources? Convert a storage shed into your own off-the-grid paradise.

14. Fairytale Cabin

Make your backyard look like it’s directly from a fairytale. Add elegant details, out-of-square walls, a curved roof – whatever features will enhance the look that you dream of.

15. Underground Bunker

Whether you think an apocalypse is coming, or if you just want a sleek underground hideout, you’ll be captivated by a bunker. Hide your escape route under a trap door in a storage building for clever concealment.

16. Repurposed Shed

Old pallet lumber. Doors from a house from the 1800s. Redesign and repurpose old building materials into an environmentally friendly building that will serve you for years to come.

17. Bus Stop

The children need a protected place to wait for the bus. Use a small 3 sided shed to protect them from the wind and rain. Benches allow them to sit and keep their backpacks off the ground.

18. BBQ Shed

You’re their favorite chef. You barbecue like a pro. Get a custom storage shed, and tease the tastebuds of friends and family.

19. Telephone Booth

If you can find an old telephone booth, it will make a cute shed for garden tools, or for adornment with your backyard landscaping.

20. Cliff Hanger

Live on the edge of a cliff? Build a cliff dwelling to use as a quiet space, to rent out, or to just sit and watch nature.

Hobby Havens

music room in storage shed

21. Music Studio

Wear the headphones. Spend time alone or with the band. Make the space yours, and then let the music roll. No need to tear down the equipment when you’re done. Lock up, then return soon for more sounds.

22. Craft Workshop

Have your own little craft workshop. Store supplies in chic bins, organize larger items on shelves, and set up a work table. Then look forward to seeing the product of your talents!

23. Collector’s Den

Store your prized collection in your own little building. Display each item so you can easily take inventory of your valuables. Then as opportunity arises, escape to admire and add to your collection.

24. Hunting Lounge

Have your own little hunting man cave to show off trophies, practice your skills on hunting games, and store your valuable equipment so it’s ready for your next adventure. You can even use storage buildings as hunting!

25. Classic Car Storage

If you have a classic car, you know how much time, effort, and money it took to preserve or restore the vehicle. When you want it safe from dust, dents, and storms, get a portable garage.

26. Fishing Equipment Storage

Fishing is a very popular outdoor sport in the US. If you need a secure place to store your rods, nets, and tackle, think no further than a quality storage building. You can even store the boat in a portable garage.

27. Ice Fishing Shed

Ice fishing can be lots of fun but let’s face it. It’s freezing cold. A small portable shed can be a great solution to this problem. It will provide protection from the wind, hold heat, and a make for a much more comfortable experience. You can even set up a heater in the corner for maximum warmth.

28. Gym

Have your own workout spot right at home. If your house is too small for an exercise room, buy a storage shed and convert it into a gym. If you’re really ambitious, you can even offer workout classes to neighbors for some side income.

29. Dog Kennel

Dogs need room to run, but they also need a for protection (and to keep them out of trouble). You can even add a run around the back for more space and fresh air.

30. Chicken Coop

Add some nesting boxes and roosting rods to give your chickens a comfy home away from foxes and other predators. Some people even add curtains for some extra appeal.

31. Horse Stable

Whether you get a small storage shed and convert it into a horse stable, or you purchase a larger horse barn, ease your mind with the knowledge that your horses are protected and comfortable at all times. Also, as an added bonus, you now no longer have to pay boarding fees. You can walk out your back door and go riding whenever you want to.

32. Goat Barn

Add some ramps, a loft, and a seesaw, and watch your goats take over their new home.

33. Duck House

Ducks need a place for shelter from the sun and wind. A small storage building can be used for protection, feeding, and nesting.

34. Model Trains

Purchase a storage building for your own model train station, and finish it out with your favorite railroad themes. Enjoy a quiet place to update your favorite trains, show your friends your favorite models, and enjoy the freedom of your own hobby happy place.

hobby shed

35. Flower Show Shed

Show off your beautifully arranged bouquets, enjoy the company of other flower lovers, make some money, then go home with the knowledge that you had the most attractive booth at the show.

36. Observatory

Do you enjoy looking at the stars and searching out the wonders of space? How would you like your own observatory? Install a retractable roof for some intriguing night sky fun.

37. Reindeer Watching

Admittedly, this is for the privileged few who live where the reindeer roam. But it’s fun to dream about having such luxuries, even if it requires moving to Norway. Note: if you decide to do this, please send us pictures 🙂

38. Carpenter’s Workshop

Whether you’re a pro carpenter or a hobby builder, an adequately sized storage building can provide an efficient, comfortable environment to work in. Stay out of the wind and rain, keep your building climate controlled, and build to your heart’s content.

39. Diner

Let’s go back to the days of classic diners. Add some chrome and red, and get ready for some juicy burgers.

40. Leatherworking Suite

Leather is so durable and stylish. Belts, purses, laptop bags, and more can be made in a simple, clean leatherworking suite.

41. Photo Studio

Photographers, listen up. You don’t need a huge studio to meet your clients’ needs. Set up an attractive portable studio, and create those beautiful photos in an affordable, compact space.

42. Flight Simulator

Yes, you can install a flight simulator in a portable building. It’s been done in a garage, so why not do it in a storage shed?

43. Scale Model of Well-Known Structure

If you’re the architectural type with a strong work ethic and a lot of patience, you could build a small-scale model of a popular structure of the day. Think the White House, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or (if you’re really good), the Taj Mahal. Yours will be the most elegant storage building in town.

44. Art Studio

Get away from the noise and distractions and express yourself through art. A shed is perfect for use as a backyard art studio.

Relaxing Spaces

45. Getaway cabin

If you have property in a secluded location or by a lake, get a small cabin and decorate it as the perfect little getaway. Whether you make your portable building into a log cabin or a romantic chalet, you’ll enjoy the time spent with those closest to you.

46. Guest House

For those who don’t have enough room for guests, finish out a cabin for them. Usually, you can get log siding, porch options, and the size that will meet your needs.

47. Beach House

Ahhh…. The feel of sand between the toes, a good book, the heat of the sunshine, and a cool dip in the water. What beats time at the beach? Just add a small beach house for a place to store your supplies, as well as a bed or two to rest in. It makes me want to head there this moment.

48. Quiet Space

When you need some time to process life, read some good books, or spend time meditating on Scripture, a quiet backyard building can provide privacy and comfort you need to get away from normal life and be refreshed.

49. Backyard Serving Bar

A serving window on your wood or metal building, along with stools and some good food and drinks, will make hosting a breeze. Ceiling fans, a grill, and great background music provide the environment for relaxed conversations and laughter. (Pro tip: Add a serving window to your pool house for the ultimate party spot.)

50. School Study Room

Whether you are homeschooling your children or doing college work, sometimes it helps to have a designated study spot. A minimally decorated storage building could be just what you need. Turn on the classical music and get studying!

51. Chapel

For a cost-effective worship center, have a custom shed constructed with a steeple. For a small group, this is a good alternative to larger permanent (and more expensive) buildings.

fun shed ideas and inspiration

52. Library

All those books you enjoy and learn from – they need a home too. Keep your valuable resources in a dry, organized environment, and be ready when that next research question comes to mind.

53. Home Spa

Comfort. A place to rest from the stresses of the day. Have your own spa in your backyard. Add an inflatable tub and soft lighting for a cozy atmosphere.

54. Sunroom

Bask in the sunshine in a comfy sun room. Add some durable furniture to design a room you’ll want to go back to again and again.

55. Sauna

If your house doesn’t have that coveted sauna, you can add it with the right building in your backyard. Make sure you finish it out with moisture resistant materials so it lasts for a long time!

56. Park Model RV

Build a finished out building and set it on a frame with wheels for your own tiny house or park model RV. Don’t like your current location? Just hitch up and hit the road in search of greener pastures.

57. Tea House

It’s tea time! Set up a little tea shop, or create a comfortable environment for conversations and tea with your closest friends.

Just for Fun

58. Raft

Float down the river in your raft-turned-storage-building. Take some time off from busy life, and recharge in nature’s beauty.

59. Shed Car (Click here to see it driving)

You didn’t know you could do this with a storage shed, did you?!

Business Ventures

60. Office

The office. A necessary part of every business. Set up a corner desk, finish out the building interior with pine or drywall, decorate to your heart’s content, then tackle that paperwork like a pro.

61. Airbnb

Finish a cabin and list it on Airbnb. It’s a great way to make a little bit of income. If you’re really business minded, you could set up several cabins and start working from home.

62. Custom T-shirts

Printing or embroidering your own t-shirts? Buy a storage building and finish it out perfectly for your business. Whether you have an online store or are a local business, a quality work area and showroom can boost your productivity and sales.

63. Pumpkin Patch Shed

What’s a pumpkin patch without a building to sell them? Decorate your pumpkin patch shed with corn stalks and other autumn decor and get selling.

64. Barber Shop

You cut hair, not corners. That’s why you get a quality building for your barber shop. Get a building that’s large enough for your equipment and will give customers a pleasant experience.

65. Fruit or Vegetable Stand

From small gardens to larger greenhouses and orchards, a roadside stand is one of the best ways to market fruits and vegetables locally. Use a shed for your displays or serving window, and enhance the health of the community. You can also add a small display at the local farmer’s market for additional sales exposure.

66. Ice Cream Shop

Mmmm…Nothing beats ice cream on a warm summer day. Brighten people’s day with your own ice cream stand. Paint it bright colors, and watch those dollars drizzle in.

ice cream stand shed

67. Snow Cone Seller

Maybe not quite as good as ice cream, but snow cones are a wonderfully cool treat. Chill out with a storage shed snow cone stand (say that 5 times fast).

68. Boiled Peanuts Stand

Highly popular in the south, boiled peanuts are a treat for many people. With a little equipment and some work, you can make a decent living with this delicacy.

69. Cute boutique

Sell trendy clothes, handmade items, home decor, or anything else you dream of. Thrill your customers with a cute little shop.

70. Bait Shop

Because fishing is so popular! Make your own bait shop and decorate it with mounted fish, nets, and signs. Sell t-shirts for additional income and advertisement.

71. Beauty Salon

Similar to the barbershop, the beauty salon’s space requirements can be met with a large storage building. Add some flooring, insulation, and drywall for a professional look.

72. Goat Milking Barn

You could try this. It’s been done before. Maybe add a garage door on one or both ends so the goats have easier access. Market the milk and cheese, or eat and drink it yourself.

73. Bee Keeper

Maybe you need a place to keep your beekeeping equipment. Or, you want to convert a small building into a massive bee hive. With some planning and modifications, you can do either of these options. (Note: If you are using a Rent to Own program, be sure you have paid the balance on the building before making modifications.)

Organization

74. Wood Shed

Store your firewood in a safe and dry space. If you have a fireplace or just sell firewood, a wood shed is a must-have.

75. Mini Storage Alternative

Why would you drive across town to a mini storage facility, when you can have your own storage shed in your backyard? With affordable monthly payments, Rent to Own programs offer a great alternative to mini storage. Also, after you rent to own for 3-5 yrs, the building is yours. Don’t pay for mini storage and have nothing to show for it in a few years. Check out Rent to Own options, and own that building!

76. Shelves or Loft Space

Sometimes the yard is too small for a large building, but you need room for all that stuff in the garage. Organize your possessions with additional shelves or lofts in a medium-sized storage building.

77. Workbench

When you’re using your building for more than just storage, add a workbench so you can attack those projects with ease. Need a place for those hand tools? Build a shelf underneath for quick access to the most-used tools.

78. Two-Story Building

With a two-story building, you can store smaller items upstairs, then store a vehicle or ATVs downstairs. Or make the first floor a workshop.

79. Garage

Park your car outside? Get a cost-effective portable garage and protect your transportation investment. Don’t leave your car susceptible to the hail, wind, and rain. Park it inside where it’ll be dry and protected.

80. Tool Shed

Garden tools. Shop tools. Any tools can be organized with the right-sized storage building. And they’re less expensive than you think!

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81. ATV Storage

You’ve invested a lot of money. You enjoy your toys. Take care of them and make sure they are secure in a quality storage building. Don’t let them get stolen.

82. Golf Cart Cover

Get a storage shed with taller doors to allow you to pull the golf cart inside and out of the weather. The seats will be dry the next time you use it, and no birds should have adorned it.

83. Chemical Secure Storage

Follow regulations and contain chemicals, sprays, and other hazardous materials. Add a custom floor and locks for spill containment and extra protection.

84. Sports gear

Know exactly where your bats, gloves, helmets, golf clubs, and other sports equipment is located with an organized storage building.

85. Barn for Tractors & Equipment

Tractors and implements need protection from the weather. A large storage shed, portable garage, or carport can be an affordable way to keep your equipment in great working condition.

86. Motorcycle Garage

Keep those bikes looking shiny and new. Store them for the winter. Add a couch and fridge and turn it into the ultimate hangout.

87. Boathouse

If you live by a lake or the ocean, you probably have boats and other water equipment that you need to store. Get a storage shed to keep everything from surfboards to kayaks to life jackets.

88. Community Garden

Get to know your neighbors, and work productively to feed your families – all while learning about the earth. Store your tools and supplies in a shed, then wait for those nourishing plants to grow.

89. Lean-To Storage

If you need a small amount of storage, build a lean-to structure onto an existing building. Then close in the sides, add a door, and have the compact storage you need.

90. Children’s Toy “Garage”

Teach your children responsibility, and keep their toys out of the main garage with their own little storage shed “garage.” Plus, they will always know where to find their favorite toys – IF they put them away last time.

91. Store Pet Food and Supplies

You can also use a storage building for pet feed and grooming supplies. Keep the feed dry, safe from rodents, and ready for your pet’s next meal.

An Easy Guide to Your Garden Shed

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Owning a garden shed can seem like a big job. But I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be. In fact, being a shed owner can be very easy and rewarding. If you already own a garden shed or are thinking of purchasing one, this garden shed guide is perfect for you.

Choosing a Shed

Choosing the Right Shed Size

Choosing the right size shed can be one of the most difficult decisions in the shed buying process. Here are a few things to consider when choosing a shed size:

  1. What you will be storing
    • If you plan to store tools or other small items, an 8×8 Mini Barn may work just fine. However, if you are planning on storing a boat or a zero turn mower, you’ll need something much bigger. 
  2. Space in your yard or garden
    • Most likely this will not be an issue but if you have a specific place you want to put your shed, you’ll need to consider if there is plenty of space.
  3. Give yourself room to grow
    • You most likely have ideas for what you want to currently use your shed. But who knows? Maybe further down the road you’ll decide that you want to do more. It might be a good idea to give yourself a little more space then you need in anticipation of this.

Choosing the Right Siding

There are several different shed siding options available but the most popular are wood and metal. Neither of them is necessarily any better than the other. Here’s some of the advantages of metal and wood siding.

Wood siding

  1. More easily customized
  2. Generally more attractive
  3. Cheaper

Metal siding

  1. Fire resistant
  2. More durable

Shed Uses

Ok, so now you have a garden shed. But what are you going to do with it? There’s a lot of options and quite honestly, it can be overwhelming. To help fight some of that stress, here’s a few ideas for what you could do with your garden shed.

Storage

This may seem like an obvious option but sheds are actually really good at storing things. Whether you have tools, furniture, or old shoes, a garden shed can hold it all.

Workshop

Garden sheds can also make great workshops. By just adding a workbench or table and some hooks for your tools, you can have a fully outfitted workshop.

She Shed

If you’re looking for a nice place to just get away, consider using your garden shed as a she shed. There’s no specification for how exactly to turn make a she shed. Just let your creativity run free and make a beautiful space.

Shed Decoration

Maybe you’re not as interested in constantly updating your sheds look. In that case, picking a theme and then sticking with it can be a good option. Here’s a few theme ideas:

  1. Rustic
  2. She Shed
  3. Bar
  4. Man Cave
  5. Greenhouse
  6. Summer
  7. Barn

Hopefully you found this garden shed guide helpful! If you’re feeling inspired to buy a garden shed, take a look at our custom and in-stock sheds.

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