You’ve already heard about man caves — a male-only space in a house where the boys go to watch sports, play games, or hang out with friends. It’s one of the most established gender-specific trends in residential building. Here, let’s talk about it’s feminine counterpart: the she shed.
Unlike man caves that are usually fitted in the garage or hidden in the basement, she sheds are built in the backyard. This tiny structure could be anything you want it to be. Set it up and decorate however you like to make it functional and suitable for your every need.
Here’s just a few suggestions:
- Arts and crafts she shed
- Green thumb she shed
- Writing or reading retreat
- Musical studio
- Work from home office she shed
- The pamper or party shed
- The fitness shed
She sheds for fun and relaxation
A she shed can be your little escape haven, a space dedicated to your ‘me time’ in case you don’t have an extra room to spare in the main house. Here’s one that’s made for a person who loves to paint. It has built-in storage for organising her art materials, enough space for doing arts and crafts, a skylight for overhead daylighting, and wide French doors for ventilation.
If your hobby is gardening, then a shed with a working benchtop and sink is perfect for you. Here’s a rustic but organised potting shed constructed using raw timber.
If you desire a place that’s perfect for your writing retreat or for reading a good book, then a cabin-like shed with cosy furniture like this is ideal for you. Here, they built a little bookshelf on the gable, painted the shed with a muted colour scheme, and repurposed their old furniture and decorations to create a chic cottage vibe.
If your hobby is more on the musical side, consider soundproofing your shed. Use acoustic foam panels on the walls and soundproof glass so you can play your favorite musical instruments without bothering your neighbours and record sound without unwanted background noise.
She sheds for work
If you need a dedicated workspace at home, a she shed can provide you with a productive atmosphere. Stepping into a real office in your house can help you get more work done without distractions. Equip yours with a worktable, organized shelves for your office supplies, clerestory windows for bright overhead lighting, and an ergonomic work chair.
She sheds for entertaining guests
Sheds can do double duty as your personal lounge and a guest room too. Take cues from HGTV host Egypt Sherrod’s own she shed below. She used small-scale furniture pieces to save floor space and to make the space feel larger. Substituting a daybed as sofa and installing a floating ledge instead of having a dining table is a really smart space-saving idea.
You can take it up a notch and turn yours into a room of its own. Here, space-saving features of a tiny house were adapted to maximize the space. You and your guests would love this!
She sheds for physical fitness
A shed like this gives you a dedicated place to work out and store all your home gym equipment. Beautify the rest of your outdoor space to make the view more inspiring whenever you exercise.
Tips for creating your own backyard she shed
- If you are renovating or building a new home and you believe there’s space in the backyard for a she shed, do not hesitate to seek design consultation. Speaking with your designer or an expert in shed design is the best way to kick start this part of the project and get the most your of your small space
- Have a clear idea of how you plan to use this area. A she shed can be anything you want: a gym, an office, a hobby room, or a quaint spot to hang out. This will give you an idea of the size and dimensions of your shed, as well as the type of windows and doors to use.
- Invest in good-quality landscaping and hardscaping. Your shed will look more amazing and tranquil when surrounded with greenery.
- Lastly, always equip the space for entertaining. You are most likely going to entertain your girlfriends here in the future. Give it cosy and inviting look and make sure your shed is a reflection of you.
It is nice to have a space in the house that you can call your own. If you have questions or if you need expert advice about designing and building sheds, we are happy to assist you.