Move over Man Caves. These Are Made for Women.
We’ve all heard about man caves: places where the fellas can entertain friends, watch the big game, show off nerdy toy collections, or bang on a drum set to their heart’s content. And while there’s nothing wrong with man caves, we want to know – why should the guys get to have all the fun?
It should come as no surprise that women need their own private spaces, too, and if you’re even thinking of making some chauvinistic crack about the kitchen, don’t even bother.
No, we’re talking about she sheds. What’s a she shed, you ask? It’s a must-have hideaway for ladies who need a getaway that’s not too far from home. Think tiny house or man-cave, but less permanent than the former, and far more chichi than the latter.
She Shed How-To
Ladies, the good news is that there’s more than one-way to create a great she-shed. If you’re the DIY-type, you can order a prefabricated building and put it together yourself, or if you’re really crafty, you can draw up plans, purchase some lumber, and get out the power tools and your hammer.
Or if you’d rather just handle the decorating part, you can order a shed from a manufacturer such as Tuff-Shed, and spend some time decorating it however you’d like.
When you hear the word “shed,” you might think of corrugated aluminum or particle board, but the fact is that you can make the inside of your shed every bit as luxurious as you’d like. Textured walls, French doors, exotic wood floors, electric lighting, and indoor plumbing; if you can dream it, you can do it. Just because it’s technically a shed doesn’t mean it can’t have all of the comforts of home.
What’s in Your She Shed?
Once you’ve got the construction done, it’s time to decide what you’re going to do with your new private sanctuary.
Fitness enthusiasts sometimes prefer to use their she-sheds as private gyms, with fitness bands, yoga mats, and free weights adorning the space. After all, there’s something nice about being able to do your workout in seclusion. That way, you don’t have to listen to someone else watch TV or deal with the cat ruining your down-dog with its cat poses.
Artistic types tend to enjoy having a secluded creative space to work on new projects, or to keep supplies neat and organized. We’ve seen she-sheds set up as scrapbooking havens, photo darkrooms, writing workshops, painting studios, and even as miniature welding shops. Just make sure you fireproof the floors and walls for that last one; welding torches get really hot!
For socialites, a she-shed needn’t be so practical. All the she-shed needs to do is provide a comfortable and cheery place to socialize, enjoy a snack, or entertain friends over a frosty drink. So think furniture, décor, windows and lighting when you plan to socialize inside.
If you’re more of an introvert, then your she-shed can be your own private world, where you’re free to escape the hustle and bustle of life, and curl up with your newest best seller, or catch up on your favorite TV series.
It’s Your She-Shed: Let Your Inspiration Run Wild
When you’re creating a she-shed, there’s no need to be as reserved as you might be when decorating the rooms inside your home. After all, if you decide you don’t like the color or the style of décor, it doesn’t take much to redo everything in such a compact space.
Maybe you live in a craftsman bungalow, but have always had a secret crush on mid-century minimalism? Deck out your she-shed with some Eames chairs and Frank Stella prints. Or maybe you’re wishing you could visit Paris again, but just can’t find the time? Create your own little Parisian province, complete with café curtains, cheery colors, antique sconces, and a cobblestone walkway. No matter what your fancy, you can have it all with a she-shed!