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How To Turn Your Old Storage Shed Into A Hangout Spot

You could be wishing that you had a cool hangout spot at home, and the chances are that you already have the makings of one right there. If you have an older storage shed, all you have to do is follow these steps, and you can turn it into a great place to hang out.

Make Sure It's Safe

If the storage shed is older, then it might have structural issues that you aren't aware of. Since you don't want it tumbling down on top of you when you're using it as a hangout spot, you'll want to make sure that this isn't the case. Carefully inspect the roof and frame for wood rot, termite damage, or other structural issues. If everything seems sturdy, then you're ready to take the next step. If not, you'll need to make structural repairs first. Even though this adds to the cost of the project, it's probably more affordable than building a new building from the ground up.

Have an Electrician Help with the Wiring

Right now, your storage shed might not have electrical wiring. If it does, it might just simply have an overhead light. In your hangout spot, though, you're probably going to want ample lighting and plenty of electrical outlets so that you can plug in your TV, video game systems, stereo, and other things. Even though turning your old storage shed into a hangout spot is something that you can do most of the work on yourself, the electrical wiring installation should be done professionally. An electrician can come out and help with this project so that you'll be ready for the next steps of turning your storage shed into a great place to spend time with friends and family.

Finish It Out 

You don't necessarily have to finish out the walls and floors in your old storage shed before you can start using it for relaxing and entertaining. If you want it to look nice, though, this is probably something you'll want to do. Putting up sheetrock, painting the walls, and adding flooring will make your storage shed seem more like a relaxing place to hang out. You can keep the cost of the project relatively low by looking for carpet remnants, mis-tinted paint, and other cheaper materials at a home improvement store. After all, even though you will want it to look nice, you don't have to use the same higher-grade materials that you might use inside of your home. Adding comfy furniture and cool decor will help you finish off the look when you're done.