What to Consider When Turning Your Shed into a Greenhouse

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A greenhouse is perfect for those who love gardening and would want to do it amidst the changes in weather and temperature. However, not everyone has the opportunity or space to build their own greenhouse.

But what if you can actually build a small greenhouse of your own? Or better yet, what if the structure is already present and just needs a little handiwork? That’s right, your own shed in your backyard can be your greenhouse.

If you are now thinking about turning your shed into a greenhouse, then you should. Just make sure to consider the following factors when it comes to making a greenhouse from a shed:

1. Location

Where the shed is located and where it faces is a very crucial part of the greenhouse. You need to be able to have it located in a place that gets enough sunlight for it. You must also make sure it is in a spacious area on your property to make it easier for you to work on it and to make any structural improvements if necessary.

The surrounding area of the greenhouse is also important. It needs to be accessible and be reached by all resources. It needs to be an area that is safe no matter the season and the weather.

2. Structure

What your shed looks like now is most likely inappropriate for what a greenhouse should be. Chances are it may not be big enough, and you should expand before officially converting.

Next, you need to ensure you have enough headroom to work in. This headroom is also important if you are considering having plants added. It is also recommended that you add an area where there is shade to help cover plants that may not be able to take direct heat in the summer.

For the floor, you may have to remove it. Then underneath it, you will need to add a drainage system. Since you will be watering your plants, you will need a drainage system to let the water out.

3. Light

This is the vital part that makes a greenhouse into a greenhouse. There needs to be a way to let the light in, while maintaining plant protection and material durability.

There are different materials that can be used to let the light in. These three main materials are glass, plastic films, and rigid plastic. Each has their own advantages and disadvantages, detailed below:


This is one common option, and easiest to acquire. Whether it be plain or patterned, you probably have some lying around. While it is easy to cut and quite durable, they are also heavier, making it important to have them held in place. When placing it, it is also necessary to consider that glass expands at different temperatures.

Plastic Films

Plastic films are light and easy to work with—they can even make a perfect fit for your greenhouse. They can also shield off the intense summer heat, but leave the visible light plants need. But these plastic films can only last four years at maximum. 

Rigid Plastics

Like glass, they are easy to cut. However, they are not as flexible. Yet, they are quite strong and durable, making them the perfect choice for your greenhouse.

Choosing which material to use may be difficult, but just make sure to consider your own needs. Select within your budget and what you really need.


Having a greenhouse seems all exciting, but it needs a lot of hard work. Your shed is a great place to start and convert to a greenhouse. Just consider the factors listed above, and you should have a greenhouse in no time.

If you are looking for the cheapest way to build a shed to turn into a greenhouse, Shed Mechanics has the best tips and advice for you. We offer the best guides and shed plans to achieve all your goals for your shed. Contact us today for more information!