And that’s the story of she-sheds, women’s answer to the man cave. She-sheds are very quickly coming into vogue and it’s easy to see why, as they provide a place of rest, relaxation, and balance to help women get through the day.
We’re going to take you through the basic components of a she-shed and how to build one, and show some examples of fantastic she-sheds for inspiration so you can make your very own she-shed for a little bit of rest and relaxation away from the house...
How do I make a she-shed?
Well, it really depends on what your space is like and what you plan to be using the she-shed for. However, there are a couple of best practice rules that will help you hit the ground running and create a she-shed and personal space that allows you to relax and be creative in peace.
- Choose your shed carefully
Make sure you go with one that suits both your budget and personality. While living rooms, basements, and attics are also great rooms for this sort of thing, the distance of a shed from the rest of the house makes it perfect for the job.
- Choose a theme
Ask yourself lots of questions and brainstorm carefully while finding a theme. What are your hobbies? How do you like to unwind? What activities would you need to make space for in the she-shed? Take all of these ideas and whims into consideration when settling upon a theme. Of course a theme is never necessary, but it does help to tie in the whole space together well.
- Head to the shops
Now that you’ve got your theme, you wanna outfit the she-shed to make it a space you wouldn’t mind spending hours in. Be as thrifty as you like, this is a great opportunity to save some money by picking up items from places like second hand shops, antique stores, craft fairs, and garage sales.
- Choose a colour palette
Going for a consistent colour palette will really make this space seem as though it’s yours and help you to enjoy your personal she-shed. So make sure the colour palette is consistent and in keeping with what you want the space to be.
- Get to work
Now that all the planning is out of the way it’s time to get to work! Consider getting some friends around to help you with this part of the process. Of course, this will be your own personal space to get away from the world, but sometimes it helps to have someone around to bounce your ideas off.
Now you know the basic components required for a she-shed, it’s time to get some inspiration and see just how creative you can get. We’ve included some of our favourite examples of she-sheds that we’ve found on the web, to prove that when it comes to creating this fun personal space, the only limit is your imagination.
- Tool shed to arts and crafts room
Blogger Kelli wasn’t happy with the amount of space for arts and crafts in her home, so she decided to convert her garden shed into a dedicated arts and crafts room. As we can see from the image above (click through to the source for more), the transformation is truly amazing and she should be proud! The shed has been given a complete overhaul to reflect her own tastes and personality.
- Garden shed to garden retreat
As a wedding gift, lucky Heather Cameron’s husband turned an old garden shed into an adorably romantic garden retreat. As we can see from the photo above, he did a damn good job with the work, and we bet she’s not regretting saying “I do” at all.
- Vintage potting shed makeover
Here’s another she-shed worth checking out! This was constructed in conjunction with an American shed company, and as you can see they’ve done quite well with what was formerly a bleak, uninspired spot.
- From playhouse to crafthouse
After graduating school, blogger Daisy Mae Belle decided to turn her daughters’ playhouse into a craft house with consummate style. Featuring a number of handy she-shed design features, including a ladder converted into multi-tier storage device, this is a great she-shed to get some ideas.
- Revamped potting shed
And one of our favourites for very last, Judy Walters Weiss completely revamped her potting shed and turned it into an inspiring, creative place for arts and crafts. It just goes to show the potential of a range of areas to be converted into she-sheds when you put your mind to it.
Just as man caves have come and made their presence known, she-sheds are here to stay. And when we see some of the amazing, creative designs that have been made it’s easy to see why.
So if you’ve got a neglected space in your yard or a spare room that you’re not taking advantage of and you feel as though you could benefit from a place to get some personal me-time, why not start planning the design of your own personal she-shed? It’s an investment in time and energy, but one that will reap some serious dividends when it comes to your overall sense of wellbeing.