There are as many DIY projects online as there are stars in the sky. That’s a fact. But the truth is maybe only a handful are truly useful in the sense that you could actually benefit from them in a real-life situation along with your family. This is one of them. Turning your garden sheds UK into well-stocked pantries with non-perishable foods will not only save a lot of space in your main house but might also save you in a tight spot.
Why Should I Turn My Garden Sheds UK into a Pantry?
That’s a fantastic question and we should start by talking about the whys. Here are some benefits for engaging in this DIY project.
Of course, the main reason is an emergency. This can happen at any moment, as you can well see on the news every season. We’re talking about snowed in roads which cut off the possibility of supermarkets restocking, floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes that will, essentially have the same consequences.
Second of all, it’s the certainty of always having food in the house. Or in your garden shed, for that matter. If it’s not a natural disaster, than think about the possibility of losing your job, a pay decrease, suddenly having to take in an older relative and care for them, and so on. The reasons why you would need a supply of food that you don’t need to pay for are endless.
And thirdly, to save money. That’s because buying food in bulk is always a lot cheaper than buying one item at a time. Supermarkets often have sales for non-perishable goods or offer coupons. When you buy 40 or 50 items, you will notice how big the difference is!
How to Build the New Pantry Shed
First of all, don’t rush into things! It will become overwhelming, very expensive, and it may even stop you from continuing if you believe you have to get everything done immediately. Therefore, take your time and do it all in stages. This process can take up to a few months.
Choosing the Location of the Garden Shed
Since it will be filled with food, the best thing to do is not place it in direct sunlight. If you have trees in your backyard, all the better. This is where your garden shed needs to go. The trees or shrubbery will provide shade and coolness in the summertime as well as protection from wind, rain, and snow in the cold season.
As far as location goes, you will also need to choose a place where humidity will not be a problem. You don’t want to go in there one day and discover that half your boxes are now molded and moist!
And since we’re on the topic, protect your garden sheds UK from rodents, pests, and cockroaches that will inevitably try to get in to all that food. Therefore, the shed needs to be cool, dry, and clean at all times since it is in your backyard as opposed to the main house.
Decide on the Purpose of the Shed
This means whether you want it to be a simple storage space where you keep tins, cans, juice, flour, etc. or if you also want to fit it with a countertop and a small working space as a secondary kitchen.
The decision will depend on your needs, how big your garden shed is and, of course, your budget. If all you need is a large storage space then simply build some shelves and racks. However, if you’re more interested in a secondary kitchen where you can actually prepare food a foldable countertop could be the solution for you.
Always Draw Sketches of Your Plans
Now that you know what your new garden sheds UK are going to look like as a pantry, don’t start blindly. Always draw a sketch that clearly shows where every cabinet, cupboard, and rack needs to go.
This means that you will have to go in and measure everything. If you are handy with a ruler and certain you can do this on your own, go for it! If not, call in a friend or even a designer who can plan your new pantry shed using a VR app. This will show you exactly what type of furniture you need to buy or build. Which brings us to this.
Recycle Wood to Make Your Furniture
Of course, you can buy your cabinets and racks, but you can also make them yourself from recycled wood if you’re on a budget. Or if you want to be environmentally friendly. The furniture for your new pantry can be made out of anything. Think about old doors and windows as well as repurposed cupboards.
Do a Little ‘risk management’
Before starting the project, think about all the things that could go wrong with it. This is what risk management means in business. And there’s no reason why you couldn’t apply this type of critical thinking to your project as well. What could happen that’s unforeseen and that might cause the work to be delayed and maybe even stop?
What could make you go over budget? Plan ahead for every possibility you can think of. In this way, you won’t be caught off guard. Quite the contrary, you will be prepared, you won’t lose money, and the project won’t be stalled until the next warm season when you can start working on it again.
From facing a natural disaster to having a backup plan if you lose your job to simply keeping food in the house when you didn’t have time to shop, a pantry instead of your garden sheds UK is a fantastic idea that more and more people are starting to adopt. What about you? Let us know how you feel about this concept in the comment section below!