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10 Awesome She Shed Ideas And Decorating Inspiration

Morgan McBride7-Minute Read
October 15, 2020

She sheds might sound like a joke, but they serve a real purpose. If you have space on your property and not in your house, but wish that you had more indoor space for yourself, then adding a she shed to your home might be the perfect solution.

What Is A She Shed?

She sheds are a concept created in response to the man cave – they’re a space for women to retreat to outside of their own home, decorated and tailored just for themselves and their hobbies. This could include gardening, crafting, reading, working, exercising or even drinking wine. It is truly a place of privacy and escape from the world.

She sheds are typically converted sheds that act as a backyard and are quickly becoming a wish list item for house hunters. Women who need a break from work and family are building and renovating sheds to be their perfect escape. Here are some she shed ideas to help get you inspired to create your own.

How To Create A She Shed

There are two ways to go about creating a she Shed: fixing up an old shed or building a new one. Both options have pros and cons, but either can result in beautiful, useful retreats.

Fix Up An Old Shed

One option to get your she shed is to fix up an old structure. For this to work, obviously, you need an old shed. This could be a shed that is sitting neglected and unused on your property. Or, it could be a shed that you purchase secondhand on a site such as Facebook Marketplace and rehabilitate to meet your needs.

When fixing up an old shed, first you need to completely empty it. Purge as much as possible and implement these storage ideas to help organize what you need to keep. Clean the shed thoroughly, then assess the structural integrity. Are there leaks? How is the airflow? Is the paint peeling or stained? Come up with a plan to get the structure beyond a “just livable” state and into nice enough that spending time there feels like a retreat!

Build Your Own

If you don’t have an existing shed to work with, you’ll need to build one. The easiest way to do this is with a kit. Be sure to measure out the dimensions of the finished shed to check that it will fit in your outdoor space and provide enough interior space for your needs. If you just want a spot to work on your laptop, a small shed might work, but if you want to do yoga, you’ll need more floor space.

Finally, make sure your shed has any architectural elements that you are looking for. Windows go a long way in making a space feel light, bright, and inviting. Interesting exterior architecture like gables make it look less like a tool shed and more like a mini-house.

Just because you buy a shed kit doesn’t mean you can’t personalize it. Consider painting the exterior your favorite color, upgrading the flooring to something that feels more homey, or even adding window boxes and planters to the outside. Your she shed is a place just for you – make it feel that way!

She Shed Ideas And Decor

Your she shed should be as unique as you are. Whether you update an old shed or build a new one, you can really customize it with decor. It is important to gather ideas and inspiration in creating a space that you love. Here are some ideas for ways to decorate and use your she shed. For most of these ideas, and any others that you can come up with, you’ll most likely need electricity. Ensure that you have a licensed electrician run wiring to your shed to accommodate any needs you’ll have for each of these ideas.

Reading Room

woman reading with feet up

If reading is your favorite way to relax, you might want to use your she shed as a stand alone home library. First, add bookshelves - as many as you can comfortably fit in your shed. Stock them with all of your favorite books, including guilty pleasures. Next, add comfortable seating. You’ll want a cozy chair or couch and preferably an ottoman or pouf to put your feet up on. Finally, think about lighting. A reading lamp is a great option so you don’t have to read in the dark.

Artist Studio

artist painting in bright studio

If you find painting or drawing relaxing, you might want to turn your she shed into an art studio. First, assess what materials you want to use and create storage for them. This could be bins, shelves, or a cabinet. Stock the shelves with supplies such as paper, canvas, paint, pens, brushes and jars. Then, determine what work surface you need – an easel or desk are the most common options. Decide on the seating that would work best for you. Pair it with plenty of lighting so you can make art at all times of day and night whenever inspiration strikes.

Meditation Sanctuary

woman with legs crossed meditating

If meditation keeps you calm, then you might want to turn your shed into a meditation space. Consider how you prefer to meditate. You might want a comfy chair, or you may prefer floor pillows. Add other elements to help calm you – this could include essential oils and a diffuser, a speaker to play music, or blinds or curtains to create darkness. Be sure that your decor is all calming and soothing to be most conducive to relaxation.

Wine Bar

wine bar with glasses and bottles

If slowly sipping a glass of wine in silence is your idea of relaxation, you might want to set up your She Shed as a wine bar. Ideally, you will want the space to feel like a luxurious lounge. This could mean armchairs and a coffee table or barstools and a high-top table. Select lighting that is not too bright – sconces, lamps, or even twinkle lights can help add to the ambiance.

On a more practical note, you will want wine racks or shelving, storage for glasses, and space for any additional items you might use, such as bar tools if you want to be able to make mixed drinks, too. It would be great to be able to have a wine fridge to keep your bottles at an ideal temperature so you can grab a glass at any time of day.

Potting Paradise

plant potting shed

It might be a little silly to get a shed, call it a she shed, and then use it more like a garden shed. But if gardening is your passion, that is the perfect use for this space. Take it up a notch from the traditional storage unit and make it into a rustic potting shed. You can include an antique table to do your potting. Don’t forget rustic shelves and storage baskets to store and display pots and watering cans. For the ultimate upgrade, include an outdoor sink to make watering and clean up a breeze.

Home Office

home office shed with fiddle leaf fig

It might not be relaxing, but if you really need a quiet place to retreat to work, a home office might be the perfect use of your she shed. Keep the space bright and cozy by making sure there is plenty of natural light.

The most important part of any home office is the desk and chair. Select a desk big enough for your work. If you just need a laptop, you can have a smaller desk. If you need more of a work surface, you will need to have a larger desk. Pair that with storage such as bookshelves or a cabinet for office supplies. Don’t forget to select a chair that is comfortable for sitting in for a long time.

Sewing Shed

sewing room with model dummy

If crafting is your passion, then turn your she shed into a crafter’s paradise! Think of the projects that you like to do and set it up to meet those needs. Most crafters want a large work table to spread their projects out on. Opt for a table with a fold-down top so you can expand the work surface as needed.

Craft rooms also need good storage. Assess the tools and supplies that you want to keep in stock. You might need shelves or a cabinet to store them. Sort similar supplies together in bins or baskets for the best organization.

Finally, be sure that you have plenty of lighting so you can see your sewing or crafting project without squinting. This could be natural light but could also be lamps and overhead lighting.

Writing Retreat

woman writing in shed with coffee

If you are working on writing a novel, or just like writing poems, set your she shed up like a writer's cabin. Keep the space cozy but simple so it doesn’t distract from your work. Add plush rugs, comfortable seating, and extra pillows. Select a small desk and comfortable chair to be your workstation. Try to eliminate as many distractions as possible so you can make the most of your writing time.

Serene Guest House

guest house shed

Though it isn’t necessarily in the spirit of the she shed, it might make sense to turn this bonus space into a guest house. For a bed, you might find that a daybed or murphy bed is your most space-efficient option. Consider having a small dresser double as a side table so you have storage space for extra blankets, pillows, and other simple guest amenities. If you decide to use this as a guest space, spend a night there yourself to be sure it is comfortable for visitors.

Yoga Studio

woman doing yoga in studio shed

Love yoga? Turn your she shed into a yoga studio. Make sure there is plenty of space to roll out your mat. Add storage for mats, blocks, bands, or any other tools that you use. You may want to add a fan to stay at a comfortable temperature. Make sure you have a speaker to play your music. Add floor pillows or a cozy rug for meditating on, too.

The Bottom Line On She Sheds

She sheds are a great way for women to have a place to retreat to at the end of the day. Whether you want to upgrade an old shed or build a new one from a kit, adding a she shed to your property can be a great way to make an extra space for your hobbies or just to relax. Be sure to check out more tips in our homeowner guide.

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Morgan McBride

Morgan McBride is a DIY-lover and home decor enthusiast living in Charleston, South Carolina. She has been blogging at CharlestonCrafted.com alongside her husband since 2012, where they empower their readers to craft their current home into their dream home through the power of DIY.