How to Turn a Shed into a Cozy Getaway

For many homeowners, they regret not having gotten a bigger house. This can be very frustrating since your home is left without enough space to accommodate your valuables without feeling too clustered. However, there’s an easy fix—simply convert your shed into a getaway. 

Doing this creates more room in your home since a bunch of your stuff will be moved into the shed, and you’ll get a whole extra space without going through a lot of hassle and breaking the bank like you would if you built on to the house. If this sounds appealing to you, here are some tips to consider: 

  1. Install AC/Heating Unit  

One of the first things you should do to turn your shed into a comfortable space is installing a PTAC unit with a heat pump. Your shed doesn’t have the same insulation and benefits of being in the main house, like having central air, so you’ll have to provide the shed with an HVAC unit of some kind to help regulate the temperature inside.

But, before you can install the unit, the getaway needs to have electricity. If there isn’t any, then the first thing to do is wiring your new shed hideaway. 

  1. Get Furniture 

For your shed to be fully functional, you’ll need to have furniture, including one or two chairs, a table, a couch, and a lampstand. When deciding the right furniture for your shed, you can restore and reclaim old furniture instead of buying new ones to save your hard-earned money

  1. Install Flooring  

You need to install suitable flooring before you can start using your shed. When deciding the type of flooring to go for, you need to assess your needs. It may best if you installed a wooden floor as it’s easier to clean and maintain, and it will hold up better against any moisture or mud that finds its way into the shed. 

  1. Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint 

Set aside some time to paint the interior and exterior of your shed with some fresh paint. You should ideally use different colors for the trims, windows, and doors. In addition, always use unique colors that you love and are unique. 

If your shed is near your house, it’s best to use a similar color to avoid a mismatch. This shouldn’t be a cause of concern if it’s located far from your house as you can pick your desired color scheme. 

  1. Add Improved Lighting  

A bench light or a single bulb would be more than enough in just a shed—but when you intend to spend a lot of time in your getaway shed, installing more lighting is more than necessary. Therefore, you need to get overhead light to ensure you have an easy time studying, reading, and doing any other hobby you love. 

Adding outdoor lights is also ideal if you usually use the outdoor space in the evening. 

  1. Design the Shed’s Entrance  

The external look of your getaway shed matters a lot, especially if you often invite friends over to hang out or with you. A great way you can do this is by beautifully designing the shed’s entrance to be inviting and appealing. Adding LED lights or a homemade lantern is an excellent idea to make your shed look alluring and laidback. 

You should consider some remarkable shed entrance ideas such as getting a new door, painting the door, adding a porch or patio area, and constructing steps. You can also choose to install sliding doors or a screen door that provide the shed’s interior with enough light at all times. An entrance with enough light looks more inviting.  

  1. Add Windows  

Installing windows in your shed is essential as it makes the room airy and improves the room’s overall atmosphere. A shed with adequate windows is a fantastic sunroom and gives you an excellent view of the areas around your home. 

If you want to make your hideaway shed more tranquil and livable, adding a skylight window is a great option. With one, the room will always be well-lit at all times. You can also open these skylight windows to make the room well-ventilated without needing to open the doors, hence never compromising your privacy. 

  1. Add Appropriate Décor and Plants 

Incorporating décor and plants is a superb way to spice up the look of your getaway shed. A popular option to consider is a vine next to the shed’s wall or entrance, which will, over time, start climbing the adjacent surfaces. This makes your shed blend in with the garden. 

Having indoor plants will also give the shed’s interior an appealing green look and ensure the air remains fresh. 


Designing the getaway shed where you can enjoy some peace and tranquility is often a challenge for many people. Hopefully this post has helped provide you with a useful guide on tips to make your shed be homier and more inviting if you have had a similar issue.