“Shed of the Year” Competition Showcases Big Creativity Packed into Small Spaces

When you picture a shed, you might be thinking of a small shack full of dusty gardening tools. But as the Cuprinol’s Shed of the Year competition shows, the creative possibilities for this type of building are endless. The finalists for their 2016 round were recently announced and showcase designs in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

Sheds range in styles from sleek to rustic to downright wacky. Some finalists, like The Shed, have graceful forms that speak to a tranquil, minimalist aesthetic. Others prefer a quirkier approach—the Sci-fi Shed looks like a spaceship from Star Wars, while The Maggie Ewing is a renovated ex-boat wheelhouse. There are even buildings on wheels and ones with rotating floors! Although each submission is drastically different, one thing is clear: these sheds are synonymous with spectacular.

The 32 finalists were whittled down from 2,825 entries. Now, they’re all vying for the top prize, which will be announced on the TV show Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year. The competition still needs your help in choosing a winner—they’ve opened up voting on the Shed of the Year website until June 8, 2016.

Above: The Shed

Old Garden Shed

The Party Shed

The Maggie Ewing

Sci-fi Shed

Love Shack

Fastest Shed

Tranquility Saloon

The Cob Shed

Art Studio PEG

Austin Camper Shed

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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