The humble garden shed is coming back into style. So, if you've neglected yours for too long here are 5 tangible tips to bring it back to life.

The British garden shed is undergoing a resurgence in popularity.

With domestic square footage at a premium and the cost of moving home pricier than ever, many of us are starting to see the once-rotting wooden structure stuffed with fold-up chairs and gardening tools in a different light – something that was tapped into by Channel 4’s TV show Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year.

And although, traditionally, the garden shed has been considered a 'male domain', new research from shed suppliers Waltons reveals that women have been behind 51% of purchases so far in 2016, and the most common age bracket is between 25 and 44.

Large Grey shed in a manicured garden

So, how can you transform your simple garden shed into your very own sanctuary? Soft furnishing company, Hillarys teamed up with TV’s interior designer Sophie Robinson to find out.

These are her 5 handy tips:

1. Location is key: If your existing shed isn’t salvageable and you’re starting from scratch, position your new one in a spot of the garden that gets direct sunlight – and choose a design that has plenty of windows. You can always add blinds to control the glare.

2. Be ruthless on storage: By their very nature, sheds are small spaces so be clever about storage. Try wire shelving – as it’s not solid, the eye can travel through it which helps create the illusion of space in a small environment. Wall and ceiling hooks will help keep the floor clutter-free, making the space feel much more relaxing and inspired.

3. Unleash your wild side: When it comes to decorating, the great thing about a shed is that you’re totally free to do the things you might not have the guts for in the main house. Use bright paints on the walls and bold prints for blinds and cushions to fully unleash your creativity.

4. Recycle: When it comes to furniture, your shed is the perfect space to recycle and upcycle.  Grab chairs and tables – foldaway ones are a good idea – from local junk shops and repaint them.  Or collect old food tins, wash them out and cover them in bright wallpaper or wrapping paper.

5. Keep it perennial: If you want to make use of your shed all-year-round, install heaters and throw old thick rugs down on the floor. If you are able to run electricity to the shed and install power points, this will of course help.

See how Sophie worked her magic on this garden shed in the video below. You can even be in with a chance of winning the shed – head here for details of how.

Looking for more shed-spiration? Take a look at these three on Zoopla…  

Small shed with a blue and white striped door

In Lympstone, Devon, this beach-hut inspired shed is a perfect fit for its surroundings as the three-bedroom semi-detached home it comes with is just meters away from the beach. The Edwardian property is up for grabs at £465,000 through Wilkinson Grant & Co.

Yellow cob-built shed with a turf roof

This yellow shed is already famous, being a contender on Channel 4’s Shed of the Year. Built from cob with a turf roof, the eco-friendly space even has its own pizza oven. It belongs to a three-bedroom detached house in Fleggburgh, Norfolk, which is on the market via Move On Properties Limited for £530,000.

Brown shed in an immaculate garden

This sturdy new shed is surely a creative project waiting to happen. The three-bedroom semi-detached house it comes with (on the market for £475,000 with Purplebricks) in Berkshire’s Woodley, is equally immaculate.

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