Hobby Space Workbench

Dedicate a spot to your hobbies and projects, and then craft a built-in workbench to manage those creative jobs with ease.

The authors transformed their unused garage into an herb shed that better suits their needs.

If you have a craft or hobby that you work on regularly, then you know how helpful it is to have a designated space where you can create. At our house, we’re passionate about using homegrown herbs to make natural body care products, primarily soaps and steam-distilled floral waters. Both projects can get messy, and we got sick of the materials infringing on our living space.

We needed a designated room where we could store our materials and work on projects in peace. After assessing our basement and our spare bedroom, we ultimately decided to convert our tiny, one-car garage into a hobby space that we now call our “herb shed.” Our herb shed includes a built-in workbench, storage, windows that overlook our garden, and herb-drying racks. Because it’s outdoors, we can use our propane-powered camp stove for distilling and canning, and our garden hose provides water. We absolutely love working in our herb shed, and with a few simple steps, you can also convert an unused room into a creative space.

 If you're building into an existing structure, you may be able to use the room's framework to anchor your workbench, saving you time and lumber.

Define Your Needs

First, you need to be clear about what you want from your space. We needed a ventilated area where we could run our propane stove. For some creative pursuits, you may prioritize having a space indoors where you can work year-round. Either way, think outside the box, and look around your home for a space — even a portion of a room — that you could designate to your hobby.

Many people reserve their spare bedroom for guests. However, in our humble opinion, it’s more important to have a creative space you can use on a regular basis than it is to have a dedicated room for guests who may only visit a few times per year. If you find yourself in this situation, consider trading in your guest bed for a pullout couch, which will help carve out space for a dedicated work nook.

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