There’s a good chance you wouldn’t have searched for shed office ideas in 2019. But then 2020 happened. With work from home arrangements becoming permanent for many during the pandemic, it might be time for a better home office solution.

Enter the shed office, also known as the backyard office or pod office. Whatever you call it, it’s essentially a small building in your yard that you use for work. It can be a retrofitted garden shed, a custom-built unit complete with flooring and windows, or a small do-it-yourself build. The benefits of the office shed are, first, that you set some physical distance between your home and your work, and second, that you don’t have to siphon office space from your home’s existing floorplan.

By Ellie