A summer garden party is about relaxing with friends and family, fixing up the perfect tipple and eating al fresco. But what if all you’ve got is a lonely dusty old shed at the bottom of the garden? Forest have got you covered with top tips on how to turn your shed into a sensational summer house for the perfect garden party.

SUMMER HOUSESet the scene

Clear the clutter in your shed – sweep out all the cobwebs and do a bit of dusting.  Clean any windows, make up any repairs and just generally clear the space around the structure so you can get to work and make full use of the space. 

Lighten up

Summer houses are all about allowing light in so you can look out on to your garden. If your shed doesn’t have any windows, you need to add some! Perhaps the easiest way to do this would be to remove the old door and substitute for one with windows already installed – an old French door would make the perfect addition if you can find a second hand one that can be supported by the existing structure.

Add some colour

SUMMER HOUSEPainting your shed inside and out will create something cool and unique.  There are some fantastic summer colours available for this purpose – why not buy extra for your fences, planters and other timber garden features to really tie the garden together. We love a duck egg blue!
Forest’s sheds come with premium tongue and groove flooring, or chipboard – either way, consider painting yours and laying a rug or carpet for extra comfort.  Create a pretty village fate feel by installing a line of bunting around the roof, or even some solar fairy lights for when the night closes in.

Furnish to finish

Now for some quality nesting action! Depending on space, try and install a cosy chair or a table set with comfy cushions. Hang up a few pictures and a book shelf to make it feel even more like home!