How To Turn A Shed Into A Bedroom

Sheds can be used in so many ways. Some people use them for extra space, while others like to think big and turn them into a full bedroom. Maybe you have an elderly parent who’s moving in with you or one of your kids is getting older, and they want their own space to live. Turning your shed into a bedroom or a garage conversion is the perfect solution and is fully achievable with a strong plan and the proper knowledge.

If you have sufficient space and want to transform your shed into a bedroom, you’ve come to the right place. Put on your thinking hat and gather the gear and materials because we’re going to show you how to do it!

Here at GreatBuildz, a free service that connects homeowners in Los Angeles, Ventura, and Orange Counties with reliable general contractors, we help homeowners navigate their garage conversion projects every day.

Project Scope

Establishing your project’s scope and objectives will give you a better idea of what you hope to gain from turning your shed into a bedroom.

You should factor in the following considerations so you don’t fall into any confusion mid-construction:

  • Budget: Determining how much you want to spend on the project.
  • Furniture: What furnishings do you want to be placed inside, like beds, couches, tables, etc?
  • Electricity: Will a power source be needed for the bedroom?
  • Insulation: If someone is sleeping in the room, it must be insulated to keep them warm.
  • Paint: The walls will need to be protected to ensure longevity, and it will give the room a better look.

Features for the Bedroom

Since you’re going to be converting a standard shed into a bedroom, you’ll want it to turn out amazing. Adding some unique features to the space will make the person sleeping there comfortable and give them all the amenities they need.

Here are some cool features you can add to the bedroom conversion:

  • Shelves: There are tons of shed shelving ideas you can use to enhance the look of your space, including storage drawers and floating shelves.
  • Windows: Single-hung, double-hung, casement, sliding, and awning.
  • Beds: Double beds, single beds, and bunk beds.
  • Doors: Sliding doors, ledged doors, double doors, and personal access doors.
  • Decor: Modern, minimalist, rustic, industrial, and chic.

Materials and Tools

You’ll need to know what materials and tools you need to change your shed into a bedroom. 

A great way to approach this is by putting together a list to give you a clearer picture of everything required. Some of the stuff you might already have at home, but for other bits, you might have to look elsewhere. If this is a one-time project, there’s no point in buying a whole set of tools; plenty of companies offer equipment for hire for a fraction of the price.

Some of the tools you could use include hammers, screwdrivers, drills, saws, levels, and much more. In the end, it will depend on the scope of the project. As for materials, some examples include insulation, drywall, nails, and ventilation.

Installing Electricity

Wooden Shed Bedroom conversion

You must install electricity if someone wants to live in the newly developed bedroom. There are so many reasons why the room should have electricity, from providing lighting to heating or cooling, depending on the season.

If you’re going to set up electricity in the shed, you’ll have two options: either traditional electricity or solar power electricity, which is an environmentally friendly power source. Both can be set up by yourself. However, if you don’t have any electrical experience, we highly recommend hiring a professional to carry out the work.

Hiring someone to install electricity into your shed is the more expensive option, but it shouldn’t be too pricey since it’s only room. You can expect to pay $600 – $2,000, depending on the job’s complexity.

Anyone who wants to take on the challenge of fitting the electrics into their shed on their own can do so affordably. It costs between $100-$600, but it will vary based on how much power you want to run to the shed and the wiring length.

Fitting Insulation

No shed-to-bedroom transformation should be carried out without fitting insulation into the structure. 

Insulation helps with thermal control and decreases the chance of having any future moisture or insect infestation problems. Another great benefit of insulating your shed is that it will bring down your heating costs because it slows conductive heat flow.

Like electricity, you should know how to insulate a shed before taking on the challenge. Some types of insulation contain toxic chemicals that affect your lungs and unprotected skin. So, without knowledge of how to work with insulation, it’s probably best to seek help from a professional.

Plus, if the insulation isn’t installed correctly, air gaps can form, causing a lot of air movement and impacting the structure. 

If you want to fit your insulation on your shed by yourself, some typical methods you can adopt include foam board, spray foam, and loose-fill insulation.

Reviewing Local Regulations

No matter where you live, there will be some type of laws in place that outline what you can and can’t use your shed for. For example, some states have legislation that outlines a person cannot use a shed for commercial purposes to gain a profit. So, if you were to offer the bedroom as a rental property to someone, a law like this could prohibit you from doing so.

It’s essential that you make yourself aware of the laws in your area before you turn your shed into a bedroom. Or else you risk being faced with a fine or a prison sentence.

The Time Has Come to Turn Your Shed Into a Bedroom!

Turning a shed into a bedroom is an exciting project that adds value and functionality to your property. It means you always have extra space if someone close to you wants to stay overnight or you need somewhere to escape the chaos that comes with your kids.

You may think you have the skills to pull off the transformation on your own, or you could need help from a professional. Regardless, you’ll have made a well-needed, cozy addition to your humble abode when the conversion is finished.

When it comes to planning and building a cozy new bedroom or a garage conversion, you shouldn’t have to go it alone. GreatBuildz is a free service that connects homeowners in Los Angeles, Ventura, and Orange County with reliable, thoroughly screened general contractors and provides project support from start to finish. Give us a call to get started – 818.317.3567

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