Enter the Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition

If you’ve turned your garden shed into an amazing space, it's time to show off your design

Colourful painted garden shed with open double doors and chair outside

If you think that the humble garden shed is only good for storing lawnmowers, tools, kids’ outdoor toys and any other garden paraphernalia that might be lying around, it’s time to think again. 

That small, unremarkable building at the bottom of the garden could be transformed into an exciting space that’s perfect for taking up a new hobby or even as the location for a business venture.  

This year’s Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition aims to shine a light on some of the UK’s most innovative small space designs, and with latest research suggesting that using your shed as a place to run a small-scale business could generate £5,000 a year, it might be time to put your garden building to better use.  

Designer working in her colourful garden studio

Rachael Taylor's garden shed is now a colourful studio space for her pattern and design business 

‘Since the Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition started 12 years ago we’ve seen some amazing and inventive uses of sheds from all over the UK,’ says Andrew Wilcox, founder of Cuprinol’s Shed of the Year competition. 

‘We’ve always had a lot of hobbyists and workshops shed entries, but in the last few years there has been so many more start-ups and small businesses using their sheds to make a little extra money or start a new career.’  

One such entrepreneur is Liverpool-based Rachael Taylor, who has successfully turned her shed into a colourful studio for her pattern and design business. With its bold flooring, colourful storage, statement accessories and painted exterior, it shows just what can be achieved with a little creative vision.  

Woman drawing a design at a desk in a shed studio

Turning her shed into a light-filled garden studio has given Rachael Taylor the creative workspace she needed

More than half of Brits (55%) use their sheds for their hobbies, and it’s a great way to create a space where you can escape the stresses of everyday life. 

Inspired by his passion for wildlife, George Smallwood has transformed his humble shed into a wildlife-inspired design, with space for bee keeping, a bug house, vegetable growing and flowers on the roof.  

Man in beekeeping clothes outside his converted shed

George Smallwood's garden shed has been designed to attract local wildlife

‘As more people make the most of their home’s space, we have seen a trend towards people turning to the garden as an extension of their day-to-day living and more people are finding amazing uses for their sheds beyond storage and DIY,’ says Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director at Cuprinol.  

Man playing a guitar on the steps of a garden shed music studio

Musician Sam Fender created his first single in his garden-shed-turned-music-studio

So whether you’re looking for a space to indulge your favourite hobby, or somewhere to inspire a new business venture, the answer may already be at the bottom of your garden.  

If you’ve completed a shed makeover that’s worthy of an award, online entries for the Cuprinol Shed of the Year are now open.