Engaging in a hobby is a great way to relax and stimulate your mind, and no matter whether you work or are retired, they can help to provide a healthy escape from day-to-day life. In fact, studies have shown that spending time on an activity you enjoy can improve your mental health and wellbeing. By taking time out of each day to practice your hobby, you are less likely to suffer from stress, a low mood or depression, which is something we all would benefit from now more than ever.
While it is good having a hobby to occupy your time and engage your brain, some hobbies require lots of space. This can be difficult to find if you do not have a spare room in your home, as you can end up imposing on other members of your family. If this sounds familiar, you may want to consider taking your hobby outside by having a dedicated hobby room installed in your garden.
Not only will a garden hobby room give you the space you require, but you will be able to shut yourself away and practice your hobby to your heart’s content without being interrupted. Whether you would call it a she shed, a man cave shed, a workshop or craft room, having a garden building as your hobby room will offer a dedicated area that you can tailor to exactly how you want it, with the equipment you need to help you master it.
If you are considering an outside hobby room, we are here to offer some interior decoration inspiration and to share our expertise on the best garden hobby rooms to boost your wellbeing.
Painting is a popular hobby as it allows people to express their inner most thoughts through their work. If painting is your passion, you could benefit from having a room with plenty of glazing as it will help light up your work and accentuate finer details and texture within your creations. With this in mind, you may want to consider our Salthouse with a fully glazed front elevation to use as your art room.
If you like to work on large canvases, our Burnham Studio may be the perfect fit as it has an apex roof, giving you plenty of height inside. An additional benefit of having this building as an art room is that, as well as the fully glazed front elevation, you can also have Velux® windows installed in the roof, offering even more natural light.
Whether you require a knitting room, crochet corner or a bolt hole you can work on calligraphy and scrapbooking, a garden building for crafting will offer you a dedicated space to indulge in your hobby from. You can equip your crafty cabin with a large table where you can spread out with everything you need and a basket storage unit to store all your supplies. The beauty of having your own craft space is that you can leave everything out that you are working on as there is no reason to pack everything away.
Our Binham Studio could be a great option for a craft room as it fully equipped for use throughout the year. It is fully lined and insulated with double glazed desk height windows, so you will be able to craft and remain comfortable inside no matter what the weather is like outside.
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We think one of our Superior Sheds would be ideal for a whole host of hobbies; whether you’re a train or plane enthusiast looking for somewhere to permanently display your models, a metal worker who likes to spend time honing your skills, or a woodworker in need of a space where you can whittle away on your latest masterpiece.
A shed-turned-workshop can be fully lined and insulated allowing you to practice your hobby in comfort. We can also add electrics so you can plug in any equipment you need and a workbench giving you plenty of space to spread out and work on your projects.
Wildlife Watching Den
According to mental health charity Mind, spending time in nature has been found to help mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. As there is a link between spending time in the calm of nature and your mental wellbeing, many people have taken up wildlife watching as a hobby.
For those of you who enjoy nothing more than being on the lookout for birds, insects and other wildlife inhabiting your garden, a building with windows in multiple sides would make the ideal outdoor den. Our Wiveton Summerhouse is octagonal in shape and has windows in four out of its eight sides, as well as in the double doors, meaning you can sit comfortably inside and have unhindered views of the wildlife surrounding you.
A garden building with a veranda, like our Morston Summerhouse, would be good for watching wildlife as you can sit outside on warmer days, providing you with a sheltered spot to document your sightings.
If you find that you relax best by having a game to focus on, perhaps a garden building filled with all your favourite games would be your ultimate hobby room. You could add a pool table for you to try-out some trick shots, a dart board so you can practice hitting doubles and scoring 180s, or even a table tennis table so you can ace your serve.
The beauty of using a garden building to play games is that it can be used as both a solitary and social space. You can spend time alone in your games room trying to improve on the skills required to perfect your hobby, but then you can also invite friends and family inside to join you for a game.
When you engage in physical activity your body releases endorphins, giving you more energy and making you feel better in yourself, so it’s no wonder that many people consider exercise and keeping fit their hobby. You could hang a punching bag from the roof of your garden building if boxing is your thing, or if you prefer cardio workouts, you will want to kit it out with a treadmill, rowing machine, and exercise bike.
In this Holt Studio, a large mirror has been fitted to the wall, mats have been placed on the floor, and shelving has been added for equipment storage, transforming it into a fully functioning Yoga room.
Whatever your hobby is, you will want to make sure your new hobby room has all the features needed to allow you to perform it to your best. Here at Crane Garden Buildings, we can tailor your building to include features such as insulation, power, lighting, and heating. We also offer a choice of paint systems, window options, roof coverings, and cladding options, to customise your hobby room to your style.
If you would like some advice on which hobby room design would be best suited to you, our friendly advisors are always happy to help. You can get in touch with us to discuss your project by emailing email@example.com or phoning 01760 444229.