7 Inventions that begun life in a shed

7 Inventions that begun life in a shed

The perfect hideaway, tucked away at the bottom of the garden . . . . Your shed

For most holding garden tools and the odd tin of paint but for some holds the beginning of their dreams!
Sounds cheesy but check out some of these great ideas that all started in that little hideaway . . .

1) Harley Davidson Motorcycles

Harley Davison Bikes
Would you beleave the famous Harley Davidson with designed in a Shed

Amazingly, the beautifully crafted Harley Davidson started life in a 10 x 15ft shed! William Harley met Arthur Davidson while working for a metal fabrication company in Wisconsin. Arthur’s dad had a shed in his back garden and in 1901, Arthur and William built their first motorcycle. The rest as they say, is history.

2) Marie Curie’s Groundbreaking Research

Marie Curie Garden Shed
Marie Curie Started in a Garden Shed



Known for her research in radioactivity which lead to astonishing medical advancements. Madam Curie was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1903 and 1911 along with her husband and what kind of building was the duo’s laboratory of choice for their scientific research in the very beginning? You guessed it! An abandoned shed that had formerly been used as a medical school dissecting room.

3) Instant Noodles 

Instant Noodles
The Idea for noodles was invented in a shed


In 1958, Momofuku Ando invented the instant noodle in his garden shed in Ikeda, Japan. The instant noodles we now see today, in hundreds of different brands, began with Momofuku’s intensive research in his back garden. They became an instant ‘just add water’ sensation globally!

4) Hewlett-Packard Computers

Hewlett-Packard Computers


In 1939, when Stanford University classmates Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard made their company’s first product (a device that measured audio frequency) in a disused shed in the gardens of their university, they never would have predicted their little project would turn into one of the biggest companies in the world. The HP shed, in California, has now become a very expensive piece of real estate!

5) The Dyson Bagless Cleaner 

The Dyson Bagless Cleaner
The now famous Dyson Bagless Cleaner was developed in a shed

With his garden shed acting as a workshop, and with a debt of almost a million pounds, during the 1980’s British inventor Sir James Dyson had a bagless obsession to overcome the current trend of vacuum cleaners with his high-suction bagless variety. Despite having to launch his product in Japan initially, it eventually caught on in the UK too, destroying the dust bag market and becoming an instantly recognisable brand!

6) The World’s First Aircraft (The Wright Brothers)

The World’s First Aircraft
Some of our first Aircraft where thought up in back yard sheds


If it wasn’t for their hand-built workshop shed in the middle of a field, Orville and Wilbur Wright may have never invented the world’s first aircraft. The brothers decided to construct the shed to use for the building, testing and storage of their famous glider. Between 1900 and 1903, they were the first to make a successful human flight with a craft that was powered by an engine, and it would go on to impact transportation throughout the world. Hurrah for garden sheds!

7) The Workmate Bench

The Workmate Bench
The Famous B+D Workmate – Designed in a Shed


After sawing through an expensive chair while using it as a makeshift workbench, Ron Hickman decided that DIY had something missing. Despite being told by one UK company that his garden shed invention would never catch on when Black and Decker eventually took it on, the Workmate sold ten million units in just nine years following its release in 1972!