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Backyard Shed to Home Office: 3M™ Architectural Solutions Provide Style, Comfort, Privacy

Backyard sheds traditionally may have been used to store garden tools or park a lawn mower, but not anymore.

As more people are transitioning to work at home, backyard shed companies are reporting a triple digit increase in the number of people expressing an interest in sheds. Already trending was the concept of “she sheds” and the idea of tiny houses for when in-laws visit. But now people, including the vice president and head of business development at LinkedIn, are turning the common gardening tool shed into a working office.

3M™ Architectural and Glass Finishes offers several possibilities for décor that can transform a common-looking garden shed into a stylish and modern free-standing office – both inside and out.

With so many of us spending more of our workday inside our home offices, perhaps it is time to consider making improvements to our workspace. 3M provides products that are designed to make your home more comfortable, including sun control, architectural finishes and security and privacy enhancements.

Imagine the Possibilities with DI-NOC™ Architectural Finishes

3M™ DI-NOC™ Architectural Finishes provides the look of wood, metal and other textile materials at a fraction of the cost of the actual material. The finish can transform the aesthetics of both the exterior and interior of your project.

For the exterior, this means the wall siding of your shed can be covered with the look of a texture. Looking for a metal siding? Perhaps a walnut or oak surface. There are more than 1,000 options to consider.

Meanwhile, the DI-NOC interior finishes can transform a wall, desk, table or other architectural surface inside. Rather than purchasing new fixtures, transition older equipment to give it a refreshing new look. The ideas are endless.

Embrace Natural Light, Style using Fasara™ Glass Finishes

Fasara™ Glass Finishes adhere to any glass surface and add style and privacy while filtering in the natural light.

Need to add rooms or a storage area within your office? Glass partitions offer flexibility while making a small space seem large. provides five top reasons to use glass as wall partitions rather than traditional drywall, including style, energy savings (through the use of natural light instead of powered light bulbs), easy install and removal, environmentally friendly attributes, and higher overall value.

Cover glass partitions with 3M™ Fasara™ Glass Finishes. These films are available in a variety of patterns and textures, included frost, sand blast, etch and more. The films can block views while adding a flare of style.

However, if you are looking for even more privacy, then 3M™ Privacy Films – including a white matte translucent film or a mirror film – also are an option.

3M™ Sun Control Window Films Can Lower Energy, Prevent Heat

The U.S. Department of Energy reports that heat gain and heat loss through windows cause 25 to 30 percent of residential heating and cooling energy loss. Keep your new office cooler with 3M™ Window Film.

3M’s Prestige Series window films rejects up to 97 percent of the sun’s heat-producing infrared light and up to 60 percent of the heat coming through your windows. This means that your air conditioner does not have to run as hard to keep your home office cool – which can lower your energy costs.

Meanwhile, the films block 99 percent of the sun’s UV rays, which is the leading cause of fading floors and furniture. And while no film can stop fading completely, 3M’s films have proven to dramatically slow the progress of fading.

The films also reduce glare, which can affect your ability to see your computer screen or other devices. This means you can get your work done and relax.

Start Your Project Today

Looking for more ideas to transition a backyard shed into a home office? Real Homes provided several contemporary garden room design ideas. Meanwhile, provided six steps to building your own home office from a garden shed.

Accent Distributing has worked with 3M for more than 25 years. As a 3M™ Authorized Distributor, Accent Distributing has collectively more than 100 years of window film installation experience on staff. The company works with architects, construction managers, interior designers and more to help provide quotes and bids on projects. Accent Distributing can also put you in touch with a window film installer in your community.

Contact Accent Distributing at or at (941) 922-5268.

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