Posted: 06/09/2013 at 11:44
I don't have electric in my shed, so most of my must-haves come from that. If you have electric, just ignore my suggestions
I have low level solar lighting that is on from dust til dawn and a really bright motion detector solar light. That way I always have enough light to see, but almost day-bright light if I'm moving around doing something. It's amazing how much pottering about I do in the shed on winter evenings so the lights are crucial.
I have a gas-cylinder camping stove and kettle. I thought I'd bought it for making tea but I find myself going back to the house for that. What it has proven invaluable for is a source of hot water down the bottom of the garden. In the winter its really miserable to do anything with cold water so even being able to add a dash of boiling water makes all the difference to whether or not I do things like clean pots properly and I don't have to lug stuff up to the house OR carry hot water down the garden. Its also very useful for frozen taps on the waterbutts etc...
I have a tiny camping heater that runs on the same little gas cylinders, which is ideal for taking the nip out of the air and, seated on my potting bench, keeps my fingers from dropping off with frostbite as I do bits and pieces. I also have a big paraffin aladdin heater for when I want to spend a while down there.
I have a little bistro table and chairs with a radio permanently tuned to radio 4. A bookshelf filled with my gardening reference books (but be careful because books can get damp if you don't at least partially heat). I have candle lanterns suspended from the ceiling that I put scented tea-lights in. Makes the atmosphere nice, smells nice, and goes out soon enough if you forget to put them out yourself. In the part of the shed that doesn't have windows, I suspend all of my herbs and lavender and such to dry and that, again, adds to the ambience.
I love my potting shed and spend a LOT more time in it than I do in the house, so I made it a really me place. A bit shabby chic and girly and definitely NOT a man-shed