338 Shed & Studio Design Photos And Ideas

Architect Beverly Choe was “inspired by the infinite capacities of light” as she transformed a small, dark garage in San Francisco into a bright, skylit studio.
Rose’s pottery studio opens right up to the back lawn to let the sunlight (or curious pups) inside.
The screened porch "added even more flexibility to how [the clients] would be spending time there," says Shaw, and immerses them in the forest setting with providing protection from the bugs, including Maine’s notorious black flies.
A pair of double doors leads to the large screened porch. At the ceiling, rafters underscore the skylight, casting shadows that mark the passage of the sun.
Brenda’s collage cuttings find a resting place by a vignette of clay figurines the artist bought in Mexico. The blue glass vase was given to the artist’s parents as a wedding gift years ago.
A glimpse into artist Brenda Bogart’s studio .
Large wood beams frame the sauna’s deck and outdoor shower area.
The sauna structure includes a small deck.
The sauna offers a “Scandinavian spa circuit of hot, cold, relax” with a shower and hammocks.
Down the hill from the main house, a tiny structure houses a sauna.
Color experimentations in progress downstairs, with the Backdrop colors ‘Shy Boys’ and ‘Kismet.’
At the lower level, the family dog Winston sits on the The Sofa by Floyd in Mist.
The meditation studio features a view of the property through black-stained slats.
The simple finishes provide a backdrop for the homeowners’ collection of carefully curated furnishings, many of which are vintage (and, yes, cozy). One partner is a graphic designer, and she brought her own strong design sensibilities to the project. “She likes contrast, black and white, and bold color,” says Cuppett.
The owners’ choice of a white wood stove influenced the architect’s decision to dye the cement floor electric blue.
The desk window is positioned downwards to frame the field.
The bench extends beyond French doors onto a deck, blurring the line between outside and in.
When not in use, the ladder hangs in front of a closet that stores the family’s camping gear.
Douglas fir boards follow the angle of the roof, exaggerating the cabin’s form.
Veiled skylights allow filtered natural light into the studio. Large, glazed doors and windows can be opened to provide cross ventilation, as both the studio and the house rely entirely on passive heating and cooling.
The studio features polished concrete floors. “It is the same as the flooring used in parking lots and gas stations,” says architect Rodrigo Simão. “It’s very durable, and I thought this would be suitable for a home located closely within nature.”
"We were eager to find design solutions that would make the Loft Library functional and cost-conscious," says Colas. That can-do attitude, combined with a contractor that came in below budget, helped to keep costs down.
Colas sits in the loft area.
The study area has a sofa, reading chair, bar cart, and TV. The biggest challenge was customizing the store-bought library ladder to fit the compact space.
"[The bookshelf] is the centerpiece of the loft," says Colas. "From the moment you enter, you are surrounded by books, and given every opportunity to stay and get lost in one of them."
While the bookshelf is "the heart of the project," the loft library also serves as a cozy guest room for visitors.
A ladder leads from the open first floor to the lofted sleeping area in Den's Bunk Cabin.
The Bunk Cabin's mini kitchen is designed for 24-inch cabinets.
In the Bunk Cabin's lofted area sleeps two.
A skylight floods the second-story loft space with natural light.
The glass addition includes a custom-designed mechanism for the hanging plants to be watered.
Architect Rob Maddox and Designer Karie Reinartson of Shelter Design Studio enjoy tea in the Tea Lost. The tea caddy features an extra long handle, so that when placed on a special shelf in the kitchen below it can be lifted easily into the loft.
A baby-blue George Mulhauser Plycraft lounge chair and plants make this a cozy nook for reading and relaxing.
In the sunroom, Clara designed a custom bookcase to span the length of the space.
Tucked away in a corner is the Relax Zone, which promotes well-being in the home through light therapy and aromatherapy. The student-designed seating and pillows simulate the experience of being hugged.
A bathroom is tucked beside the new sunroom behind the sliding barn door, which was found at Albany Architectural Salvage.
The rooms hidden behind the floor-to-ceiling bookshelves give the studio a whimsical quality.
The interior of the studio is outfitted with floors made of oak reclaimed from vintage whiskey barrels. Carnahan arranged the space with lounge chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller and a table by Blu Dot.
A minibar and storage area are hidden behind another section of the floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.
One section of the floor-to-ceiling bookshelves pivots open to reveal a concealed bathroom.
Built-in floor-to-ceiling bookshelves filled with Carnahan’s favorite titles create a library-like atmosphere in the work studio.
The NanaWall doors on the corners of the front facade fold open, joining the interior and the wooded landscape.
The basement screening room.
"I really needed a space for my workshop," says Bryan. "The garage was too small to actually park a modern car in, so it’s our storage, bike parking, and my workshop. It's nice to have a space for me to do my woodwork and leather work."
The family is able to share their love for music thanks to an in-home performance space.
A Wellington, New Zealand, couple loved their neighborhood of Berhampore, but found that with two young sons, they were running out of space. They called on Parsonson Architects to devise a solution, which came in the form of a 183-square-foot studio in the backyard of their two-bedroom Victorian cottage.
Although the pint-sized sauna has a footprint of 62 square feet, tiered benches maximize space.
Inside benches were constructed out of western red cedar.
The interiors of Iglucraft’s saunas are wrapped in aspen, and they’re available with electric or wood-burning heaters.
Now, there’s an office space and a sauna inside a small backyard shed, which delivers privacy to occupants. The materials and oversized window visually connect the smaller structure to the new facade of the main building.
The walls of the nest room "are custom-designed panels with a linear stitch pattern (to mimic the groove patterns in some of the millwork) that follow the curvature of the wall," says Thomas. The cozy spot suits many different needs: it can act as dressing room, clothes storage, media room, and extra sleepover space. A custom-made felt curtain allows for privacy or connection as needed.
This nook was also engineered to function as a mini-singing hall so the grandparents can engage in vocal practice. The rammed-earth wall extends to the bedroom to soundproof this area, and the ceiling was tilted for acoustic purposes. "The narrow space gains a perfect effect of reverberation," says the firm.

If you have ever considered building a modern shed or studio in the backyard, you'll appreciate the projects below, which prove that small spaces can deliver a big impact. Transform this often dormant space into a family room, hobby studio, or meditation room. Give the humble backyard shed a chance to shine—forge an opportunity for better living or enhanced storage.