Published on July 24, 2020

The ideal work-from-home setup looks a bit different for everyone. For some, it’s a corner of the bedroom that gets a good deal of natural light. For others, it’s a newly repurposed portion of the living room. And for an increasing number of people, it’s a backyard structure that now operates as an office: Prefabricated sheds are having a moment.

As The New York Times reports, many prefab companies, such as Modern Shed and Studio Shed, have seen increases in orders and interest since April, as people search for social distancing–friendly solutions to their day-to-day needs. Sheds offer plenty of functions, after all. A number of homeowners find benefit in a short commute across the yard to have a quiet place to get some work done. Others enjoy them simply for the extra space: room to exercise, practice music, do a craft, or get some much-needed alone time.

A shed can feel as comfortable and inviting as the rest of your home, too—it just involves a bit more strategy when you’re designing a small space. Here are three ways to get the backyard office of your dreams, whether you’re starting from scratch or amping up a prefab option.

Go All White to Open Up the Space

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Courtesy of Courtney Adamo

With just 200 square feet to work with, Courtney Adamo decided to paint her entire shed—walls, floors, and ceiling. To create the perfect neutral palette, she accessorized with warm wood accents and natural textiles. In spite of its size, the resulting space is bright and airy.

Never Underestimate Built-ins

Bookshelf-lined interior of shedPin It
Photography by Trevor Smith

In Heidi Merrick‘s charming California cabin, wall-to-wall bookshelves create a cozy vibe without sacrificing floor space that can be used for lounging, gathering, or even working out. That’s a win-win for style and storage.

Go the DIY Route

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Courtesy of Maya Blue

While an elevated prefab shed might make your yard feel like a luxurious escape, it can also come at a steep, five-figure cost. If you’re up for the task, you can follow Megan Leihgeber‘s lead and use YouTube tutorials to make your own small space for about $5,000.

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