Keeping Your Garden Shed Cool This Summer

Summer is approaching even if Spring is a little far behind this year, which means your thoughts may have turned to the garden and how you can keep your plants and flowers going over the season. One of the best things that you can do is to make sure that you have a garden shed that’s cool enough to keep your power tools in one piece and – if you store plants here – keep them safe! 

Sheds in the garden can get extremely hot on the inside but with the right air circulation with shed bases installed that have good airflow, you can keep the shed much cooler. Excessive heat can mean that you don’t want to work in the shed through the summer but if you want to be able to make your garden look good you need to be in the shed!

It could be damaging to your chemicals, paints, plants and tools if they are sitting in extreme heat all the time and during the summer it’s definitely a danger. So, what could you be doing? Let’s take a look:

Keep the doors open.

Your shed doors are going to be your saving grace for keeping the space cool. Keeping them open throughout the day will prevent the shed from overheating and it will help you to keep that air moving. Put bug nets over the door to stop bugs from coming through. 

Plant some large trees beside the shed.

Coverage is so important for cooling environments and a good way to ensure that your shed is cooler is to keep it out of the sunlight where possible. If you can’t place it away from the sunshine in the garden, plant trees that will grow around it. You’ll give your shed more shade and you’ll block out the penetrating hot sun!

Keeping Your Garden Shed Cool This Summer

Add some windows.

A totally wooden shed may look nice but it may not be the most comfortable. You could add some windows and prevent the interior of the shed from becoming far too stuffy in the summer months. Again, add screens to prevent mosquitoes and other bugs. You need the fresh air, especially if you don’t want the door to stand open.

Hose it down!

Spraying cold water all over the shed during the summer can cool the shed immediately and it will help you to feel like you are working in a cooler environment. It’s an easy way to cool the structure down and it’ll also remove any additional heat energy permeating through the space.

Add a vent.

You could also add a vent into the roof of the shed. It’s a good way to allow rising heat to escape and it’s especially effective with the help of an open door or window. Your shed will cool down quickly when you do this and you can enjoy working in it through the summer when you do it, too. 

Keeping the shed a comfortable place is important if you plan to work through the summer!

Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an the author of "Getting Laid" and "Getting Baked". A sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky, when she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s making tea and writing about country living and artisan culture.
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