Recently you’ve probably be hearing the term “She Shed”, and maybe you’ve wondered what all of the fuss is about. In a nutshell, a She Shed is a shed or garage that’s been spruced up to use as a reading area, crafting area, or just a place for a gal to relax and unwind. It’s the feminine equivalent of the Man Cave. Sounds like heaven, doesn’t it?
She Sheds have grown in popularity as women continue to explore their crafty sides, and they can be a fun way to make over an otherwise dull or unused space. If a She Shed sounds like something you would like (I mean, who wouldn’t!), look below at some helpful tips on how to make your own She Shed!1. Find the perfect space.
A She Shed can be made out of an unused garage, a potting or utility shed, or unused backhouse. Remember that a She Shed doesn’t need to be huge, and most are quite compact in size. Take a look around and decide what the ideal space for your She Shed is, then claim it for yourself!
If you don’t already have a usable space, you can buy premade or even shed kits at most home and garden centers. These are typically designed to be used as storage sheds, but they can be made to be adorable She Sheds.
2. Make a list of what needs to be done.
Before you start slapping up decor, make a list of what needs to be done in your shed. Does the electricity need to be checked out? Does it have drafty windows? Does it need a good cleaning? Perhaps some new flooring? Make a thorough list of the work that needs to be done to the space to make it usable and most important of all, SAFE.
3. Decide how you will use the space.
How will you use this space? This may help you decide what needs to be done to it. If you love to read but only plan on using it during the day, electricity may not be necessary. Will you need space for guests? Does your dog need her own spot? There are many uses for the She Shed: napping, crafting, morning coffee, gardening, and more. So decide how you will use it to help guide your plans.
I see my She Shed as a place where I can read a book in peace, do a little work on my laptop, and take an afternoon nap with my dogs. I’ll need a couch or futon, a desk and chair, and a comfy reading chair.
4. Start on the most important aspects of the She Shed.
Safety should always come first. Make sure your She Shed has a smoke detector, proper electrical wiring, safe ceilings, walls, and floors, and is an overall safe space to hang out. Before you decorate, this should be your number one goal.
5. Get busy!
Once your She Shed is safe, you can start decorating, which I know is super exciting! You can really get creative and add touched to make this space more cozy. Try a floor rug, some paint, fresh plants, wall hangings, chairs, throw pillows, and other elements to make it a welcoming space. Thrift stores and garage sales are great places to look for furniture and decor for your She Shed.
6. Don’t be afraid to make changes.
Once you get settled in, you might find you use the She Shed more or less than you imagined. In this case, don’t be afraid make changes to the shed so it best suits your needs. This might mean adding or subtracting certain elements.
A She Shed is a wonderful way to create more space for yourself and unleash your creative, expressive side. Consider these tips on how to make your own She Shed, and see how much fun it can be. Do you have your own She Shed? Tell me about it in a comment below or come join the conversation on my Facebook page!