7 Design Ideas to Create the She Shed of Your Dreams

You’ve probably heard of a man cave and, in fact, might even have one in your home. For years, men have had a space where they can sit back, relax and watch the football game with their buddies. And now women have a place to call their own too – the she shed.

This new trend, which has gone viral across all social networks, has women transforming plain, boring backyard sheds into a place where they can get away and unwind after a long day.  Whether it’s for gardening, napping or just somewhere to read a good book, more and more women are revamping sheds and claiming them as their own private hideaways.

The best part about she sheds is that they’re completely customizable to fit your own personal taste. You can decorate and set up your space any which way you want.

In case you want one of these cool getaways in your own backyard (trust us, you do), we’ve gathered 7 she shed ideas that’ll make you wonder why you didn’t build one yesterday.

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1. The Bookworm’s Haven

Is there nothing more relaxing to you than curling up with a good book? Is the highlight of your week attending your book club meeting? If you answered yes to any of those questions, transforming your shed into your own personal library is the way to go.

If you love winding down by reading a few chapters of your favorite book, but just can’t seem to get any peace and quiet inside your home, this is the perfect solution. Fill your new space with ceiling high bookcases and comfy couches to create the ultimate haven for when all you want to do is enjoy a book in solitude.

2. Crafted For Your Needs

Any DIYer can relate to having a lot of arts and crafts supplies, but nowhere to put them. That’s where the she shed comes in to save the day. Not only can you store all of your supplies efficiently, but you can even use the shed as a crafting space.

If you’re the type that destresses by scrapbooking, jewelry making or simply painting, there’s no better way to repurpose your shed than turning it into your own workshop. Furnish your arts and crafts shed with large worktables, comfy chairs, and shelving for all of your supplies.

Decorate your space with beautiful art to help inspire the work you’re trying to create.

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3. Make Your Friends Green with Envy

If you have a green thumb and love to garden, turn your old shed into the greenhouse of your dreams. With a greenhouse-inspired she shed, you’ll have a place where you get to do what you love and escape from everyday life. You can also keep all of your tools, fertilizer, pots and water cans in one convenient place.

Plus, if you just had your home’s windows replaced, save some serious bucks by decking out the shed with your old ones. Repurpose the old windows into the ceiling for a cool, modern look. Since greenhouses need lots of natural lighting, this is a win-win for you!

4. A Photog’s Dream Dark Room

Another great way to utilize this new space is to create a darkroom that would make any photographer jealous.  Nothing beats using an old school camera and developing the pictures on your own. Printing your own photographs can be a rewarding experience and a fun hobby, as well.

However, building a darkroom is a little tricky and setting up the right workspace is crucial. But once you’ve got it down, your she shed will be the perfect place for you to retreat.

5. A Gym You’ll Want to Visit Every Day

We all know it’s hard to get a workout in when life’s distractions get in the way. Ideally, we’d all like to escape to the gym at least an hour every day but the reality of that is slim. While your basement may be sufficient enough, why not create a space to get your exercising in outside your home?

It doesn’t have to cost much money, either. All you’d need to do is clean out your shed and throw in a treadmill and a couple of free weights. Your she shed might not have all of the bells and whistles your local gym does, but it’s convenient and accessible. What’s better than that?

6. Not-in-Your-Home Office

If you’re in need of a home office, but don’t have an extra room to spare, consider moving it to your backyard. There’s no reason to buy a larger house or even to add an addition to your current one. Simply just convert your shed into an office. It’s an affordable and practical way to get your work done without any distractions.

Plus, it’s easy to make the space uniquely yours. Whether you want to stick with a traditional office look or want to use a colorful exercise ball as your chair, it’s completely up to you.


7. Do It All With Your She Shed

Don’t really know what you want to convert your shed into? Not a problem. Just use your she shed for it all!

Throw a comfy couch and table in there and you’re all set. At the end of the day, as long as you have a place to unwind, that’s all that matters.

Your Personal Backyard Bliss

No matter what design idea you go with, the she shed is meant to bring some much-needed quiet time back into your life. It’s the perfect way to escape from the stress of the daily grind. So whether you create a space where you can hobby or a place just to take a nap, the she shed is there to be your own backyard getaway.

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