Create a home from home: Transform your shed into a traditional British beach hut


IN this article, Nicky Roeber, Online Horticultural Expert at Wyevale Garden Centres, explains how you can turn your garden shed into a traditional British beach hut.

The great British beach hut dates back to the Edwardian era. These quirky and colourful huts lined promenades of the UK’s beaches, providing the perfect base for British families travelling to the coast for their summer holiday.

Today, the beach hut is coming back into fashion across the UK. If you’re an ex-patriate, then redecorating your shed to resemble this seaside staple is a wonderful way to create a home from home. Follow these simple steps to recreate this British classic in your garden.


Before you crack open the paint, it is important to take the time to prep your shed by sanding every surface. The more time you invest at this stage, the better the end result is going to be, so don’t be afraid to put in a bit of elbow grease.

The Family Handyman recommends you use three grits of sandpaper to sand wood: 80, 120, and 220. Load up a sanding block with a sheet of 80 (which is the coarsest of the three) and sand every inch inside and out. This won’t take off all the paint or varnish or leave a smooth finish, but it will take off the rough of it.

Once you’re done, go over the surfaces again with the 120 and then 220 grit sandpaper for a smooth, paint-free finish. As you can imagine, using an electric sander will make for much speedier work – if you’re thinking of buying one before you start the job, read Den Garden’s tips for choosing the perfect handheld power sander.

Once you’ve finished sanding, wash your shed inside and out with soapy water and leave it to dry.

Renovate the roof

If you really want your shed to resemble a beach hut, it’s important you spruce up the roof. A great way to do so is to cover that faded old felt with some attractive wood shingles. Shed Building has a great video tutorial that talks you through installing a shingle roof on a shed – follow this and your roof will soon look the part.

After you’ve covered the roof in shingles, you’re ready to apply the paint and bring some seaside joy to your garden.

Applying the paint

Once your shed has dried, it’s time to apply the paint. Start with the interior, propping the door open so it stays well ventilated. For a traditional look, go for a hard-wearing matte white paint.

For the outside, the world is your oyster. You can go for blue and white stripes for a traditional look, while pastel colours are also a classic choice. If you’re looking to make a big statement with your beach hut, pick a vibrant colour or even two contrasting tones — painting the roof and door one colour and the rest of the outside another can create a great effect. Beach huts are supposed to be fun rather than sophisticated so, if you like it, go for it.

There you have it: our simple guide to transforming your shed into a traditional British beach hut. All you need now is an old-fashioned lifesaver and some red and white striped deck chairs to complete the look.

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