Use artificial light and mirrors to make the shed feel less dark.
That’s right—although some sheds have windows, others don’t. There are a few ways to make a shed feel bright, even if it doesn’t have any natural light. The first thing to do is install artificial lighting. We recommend you buy a dimmable light with an internal switch that allows you to choose the level of brightness you want in your shed. Then, hang multiple lights on the house (and/or just trim your shrubs) for good measure. Try to position your lights so they bounce around and give indirect lighting—this way, it’ll appear brighter than it really is and make even more of an impact on the space.
Next, we suggest hanging mirrors in different places around your shed. Mirrors are a great way to put all of your ornaments on display without taking up too much space. Before putting them up though, make sure that you place the mirrors so that light isn’t reflected directly into them from direct (and possibly blinding) spotlights at night—this is bad for your eyesight! Additionally, when hanging mirrors upside down, be sure that they are adjusted correctly: if they aren’t correctly hung upside down and positioned correctly at 24 inches above the floor, they will not reflect enough light into the room and may look dimmer than they’re supposed to be!
To finish off our list of tips for sheds without windows: maintaining artificial lighting can help keep consistency between seasons (you can use it throughout fall and winter) and reduce energy bills since artificial lighting uses less electricity compared with natural sunlight!
Install a skylight or a roof window.
Skylights and roof windows can provide a valuable source of natural light to a shed without windows. A skylight is a window that’s built into the ceiling, or in other words, it’s an alternative to standard flat ceiling lighting. Skylights are available in several types and shapes: rectangular, round, square, octagon-shaped…you name it!
Roof windows are a similar option to skylights. They’re installed on the roof instead of being built into the ceiling like skylights. They come in rectangular and domed varieties, with either manual or motorized opening and closing mechanisms that enable you to control ventilation in your shed without windows.
Add ventilation to keep air flowing through the shed.
Sheds without windows can quickly accumulate a buildup of stale, humid air that makes hanging out inside the shed less than comfortable. If you plan to spend a fair amount of time in your shed doing various activities, you’ll need to make sure that air from outside is constantly making its way inside. One way to do this is to install a vent on the roof or wall of your shed and add an electric fan if needed. This will ensure that fresh air always flows through your shed and keeps the temperature at an ambient level.
Put an outdoor fan in the shed.
When I was growing up, my uncle Jude had a shed and installed a fan in it. It was one of those big old-school fans that looked like a cross between a chandelier and an air hockey table. One day he decided to take me out to see it, but because the outdoor fan was hidden away inside the shed we couldn’t see what it looked like. The next day he went back out, but there was no sign of him or his car. It wasn’t until months later when I asked about him that I discovered how he’d died: by falling off his ladder while trying to hang something on the fan’s wire arms.
There are ways to make sheds without windows more comfortable to use.
We’ve found that it’s a bit easier to make a shed feel more comfortable by using artificial light and mirrors. If your shed is dark, turn on some artificial light and place mirrors along the edges of the doorways and windows. These will bounce back the light to create an illusion of sunshine in your space. It will not only brighten things up but also serve to break up the monotony that accompanies being indoors for too long.
If you have a skylight or a roof window on your shed, don’t forget to add ventilation. The air in these spaces can quickly become stale and uncomfortable if there isn’t enough circulation. A fan mounted near or in the shed will work to circulate this stale air, keeping your space feeling fresh when you’re inside it.If you’ve ever wondered why people would want a shed without windows, you’re not alone. But there are actually plenty of reasons why people choose sheds without windows: they’re often less expensive, they can be easier to maintain, they take up less space, and they can promote a more comfortable environment inside the shed.
That said, there are also some challenges that go along with having a shed without windows. Here are some of our favorite tips for making your shed without windows work for you:
1. Buy a lantern and/or flashlight
The first thing to do is make sure you have a way to see inside your shed when it’s dark outside. This could be as simple as buying an old-school lantern or an LED flashlight. Either way, make sure you always know where it is in case you need to quickly run out to the shed after sunset. If you have kids, consider training them on where the light is located so they can be your go-to if they notice something strange in the yard or get scared at night and need to access the shed so they’re not alone outside in the dark.
2. Use natural lighting as much as possible
If your shed is super close to your home or is located near a fence line that
I’m going to be honest: I’m a bit of a workaholic. I don’t think that’s a bad thing—it’s just the way I am.
If you’re like me, and love to get your hands dirty and make things, then you might be interested in building a shed in your backyard.
The problem is that many home improvement stores sell sheds with windows—which isn’t ideal if you plan on spending time in there.
So here are some tips for making a shed without windows:
1. Get an air conditioner and heater
It might seem counterintuitive to add appliances to a shed that doesn’t have windows, but let me explain! When you don’t have any windows, you need to make sure you can control the temperature in your shed. You don’t want it to get too hot or too cold—that can damage your tools or even cause them to rust! So before you start building the shed, buy an air conditioner and heater. They aren’t expensive, and they will save you money in the long run!
2. Build shelves on one side of the shed
It’s a typical day—you wake up, pour yourself a delicious cup of coffee, and sit down to complete your morning ritual. You open up your laptop to check your email and let out a groan as you see the notification from your shed builder: Your shed is finished! You run outside, take one look at the beautiful building in your backyard, and immediately notice something about it: There are no windows.
This is not an uncommon issue amongst homeowners who build sheds—particularly because most shed builders assume that their customers will want windows. But if you’re looking for a unique way to add some light to your space without sacrificing any privacy (or risking anyone peeking in), you have options! In this blog post, we’ll outline four different ways you can bring light into your windowless shed.
Sheds are great for storing things and hanging out.
You can hang out in a shed all day.
But you might not want to hang out in a shed without windows.
So here are some tips on how to do it anyway!
1. Hang a disco ball from the ceiling of your shed and turn on some tunes!
2. Make sure your shed is filled with comfortable furniture like couches and ottomans.
3. Plug in a lava lamp or three, and bask in the glow! They’re also really soothing to look at, so it’s like therapy for your eyes!
4. Bring your friends into the shed, so you won’t be alone! You could even throw a party (with snacks)!
1. Light it up!
Natural light is best, but if you don’t have any, use artificial light to mimic the effects of a window. Just make sure that your lights aren’t so bright that they hurt your eyes. Use fluorescent lighting and get a timer for the lights, so you can monitor your time spent in the shed without a clock.
2. Keep it cool!
If you’re doing something that requires heat, like baking or making candles, be sure to do it outside or in an area where there is enough ventilation for the heat to escape. If you don’t have a window, consider using a fan to bring air in and out of the shed.
3. Get organized!
Keep all of your supplies—whether gardening supplies, crafting supplies, or building supplies—organized by type and size so that you know exactly where everything is when you need it. For example, if you’re working on painting a piece of furniture and need to find some paint brushes and paint rollers, then make sure they are stored in labeled plastic bins or drawers with labels that say “Paint Brushes” and “Paint Rollers”.
4. Have fun!
The most important thing is to enjoy yourself while working on projects inside
1. Have you considered a skylight?
2. You could also install one or two windows anyway, and just worry about interior window treatments to shield your eyes from the bright light.
3. Consider hanging up a mirror opposite the door to give the illusion of more light and space
4. Add some lights with dimmer switches so you can adjust as needed
1. Add a skylight
2. Add shelving
3. Invest in a generator
4. Grow plants inside