Man Shed Accessories

By Enda McLarnon / a couple of years ago
photo of a padlock
(Last Updated On: August 28, 2016)

So what accessories should a man in the shed actually have in there? I could just as easily ask, how long is a piece of string? The answer of course will always depend on the kind of man who owns the shed. One thing I reckon is pretty certain though is that they will have some tools. These will probably have been gathered up over the years and they could be just about anything.

If the guy is into woodworking, DIY or has a hobby of any kind, then there is no doubt that there will be a lot of tools in there that reflect all of those. The question is I think, what type of accessories should a man in the shed have as almost mandatory items?

Let’s cover off the basics and then we can take it from there. The number one thing I think that is not only mandatory but a big necessity is a lock. Now let’s face it there are hundreds of these available and I think it just depends on a number of things:

  • How many tools are in there?
  • What value is in there?
  • Does it hold gardening equipment?
  • A set of golf clubs maybe?
  • Is there a lot of electrical equipment?

Accessory No 1 – Lock Your Shed

photo of a padlockIt is about value both in terms of worth, cost of replacement and sentimental value. Whatever the reason, a shed or garage needs to have a good locking system in place. That could range from a simple padlock to a full blown system.

I know when I worked out of my garage I used to have a lot of woodworking gear in there and it was worth a lot of money. That made me go for a really secure system. It cost a lot back then and I don’t have all that equipment now but the system is still in place and works great.

We all know that there are thieves out there and there is a lot of break ins in the UK. Sheds that are not properly protected do make easy targets, so I would recommend a good lock up system. Even a good padlock can deter burglars and keep your shed safe. Think also of windows and make sure that they are locked as well.

We have done a full article on reviewing the best shed locks.

Accessory No 2 – Fit An Alarm

best man shed alarmsAs well as a lock, we would also recommend fitting some type of basic alarm system. These used to be priced at crazy money, but thankfully things have changed a lot. You an now pick up a good basic system for well under £20. These are also easy to fit and most of them are wireless.

It does not take long to fit them and it will certainly give you a great deal of peace of mind. As I mentioned above shed break ins are on the increase. Thieves are stealing power tools, children’s bikes and also using the tools in your shed to break into the house.

There are plenty of choices on the market and all from very good brands.

I have done a full article on the best shed alarms which you can read by clicking here.

Accessory No 3 – Lighting In Your Shed

photo of lightingWe now have the shed secured and we are inside. I can not stress enough the importance of really good lighting. I have been in any number of sheds and see a feeble bulb dangling from around the centre of the shed. That is poor for a whole lot of reasons.

Now I know some guys just use their shed as a dumping ground, but call it storage. For serious shed users though, you are going to be in there for longer periods and most likely fiddling around on some project.

Use a good fluorescent light as the main light. These are simple to install and last for ages. When the time comes it will just need a new bulb, or maybe a small starter. Otherwise these lights are maintenance free, economical and throw out a good deal of light. If your shed is large, then you may need 2 or 3 of these, depending on the size.

If you have a workbench then it will need separate lighting and there are many options available for that.

Accessory No 4 – Heating Your Shed

photo of a stoveWe have now secured and provided sources of lighting in your shed and now we need to think about heating the shed. As I live in the UK from about May through until October I don’t worry too much about heating my own shed.

A good jumper, fleece etc will take care of any chills and I see no point in heating during those times. However over the late Autumn and certainly through the winter months (November-April) which is 6 months, you will need something.

In my opinion you need two types of heating. The first is a low constant heat especially if you have good quality tools and equipment. The second is heating for when you are actually working in the shed. Any shed or garage will be cold in those months and the air is very moist.

That in turns causes dampness and it will cause mould as well. That is why you need some form of constant heat that is cheap to run. Under floor heating is best for that and it is not as expensive as you may think to get that done. I did my own and it works a treat.

For other heating when you are using it, there are a ton of options.

Other Shed Accessories

Those for me are the basic accessories. If your shed is safe, well lit up and warm then everything else is a bonus. After that you are looking at items like:

  • Shelving
  • Storage
  • Signs
  • Seating
  • Entertainment
  • Workbenches
  • Tools
  • Tea & Coffee Making

A shed can be just about anything you want it to be. In my opinion most of all it has to reflect the person who owns it and likes to be in there. For example I could not imagine my shed without a coffee machine, radio and a dust extraction system. I cut a lot of wood and without my dust extractor I would be in trouble.

I also need a great workbench and I do drink a lot of coffee. Now to do all that and to do it safely I buried a cable underground for my electric, and then fitted a separate fuse box. That made sure my garage was safe. The one thing I didn’t do, but will some day is to kit it out with a sink and water. That is on my “to do list” and may form my summer project this year.

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Enda McLarnon