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Move Aside Man Cave, I Want a She Shed!

Men have ‘man caves,’ so what do women have? Smart arses would likely say ‘the whole house,’ to which I would respond with, ‘to clean?’

A couple of years ago when I was reading one of my favourite magazines, Country Style, I saw a little dwelling that I could easily see as my ‘she shed’.

A ‘she shed’, a place to escape, dream, relax…the ultimate woman’s sanctuary.

I’m not talking anything huge here, not the size of a typical man cave that requires a bar, a pool table, couches, television with video games etc. I’m talking a tiny space big enough for a comfy chair, a little desk, power points for some mood lighting, some shelves for my favourite bits and pieces and just enough floor space for a gorgeous rug.  As a writer, it’s likely this is also where I’ll escape for something a bit different to my regular home office.

So, if this sounds as good to you as it does to me, I’ve done a bit of research into how you can create one of these little beauties for yourself.  It’s easier than it sounds!

Claim your current backyard shed

OK, so it’s likely that if you have a backyard shed, you are also likely to have some sort of garage or another area where the things in the shed can be stored? Make a compromise with your partner and snatch up that shed any way you can. If you don’t have a shed you can convert, there are actually heaps of places that sell reasonable shed kits or why not claim an old cubby house that the kids don’t use anymore?

The Londoner She Shed Before

An example of an old shed from The Londoner

Which can then be turned into something like this…

Beach house vintage she shed

Image via House to Home

Add your own touches to your she shed

Most sheds don’t really look that fancy or inviting but it’s easy to put your mark on it simply, with a quick coat of paint in your preferred colour. If you really want to go all out, you could add some fancy trims, flower boxes, you name it. It’s all up to your imagination and a quick visit to Bunnings.

she shed cottage

Image via Hometalk

Work out what your she shed will be for

Working out the purpose of your she shed will make it easier for you to decorate it. You may use it to pursue your hobby or simply use it as a relaxing getaway.

She shed interior

Image via SF Girl by Bay

She Shed

Via Maison & Demeure on Instagram

Deck out your she shed

There’s no need to deck out your she shed with brand new furniture, the fun is in sourcing quirky and unique finds from flea markets and second-hand shops like Vinnies. The whole idea around a ‘she shed’ (and convincing your partner you need one) is that it’s not going to cost a lot.

Inside a she shed

Image via Country Living Mag on Instagram

Be one with nature

Seclusion is one of the things that attract me to the idea of a ‘she shed’, but if I look at my backyard, I’m not sure there are many secluded areas. I love the idea of introducing climbing vines around the shed and planting grassy plants, flowers and climbers around the shed to create that sense of seclusion and calm. Landscaping services in Perth and other major cities are the perfect go-to people if you wouldn’t have a clue how to turn a blank canvas into something amazing like these images.

She shed greenery

Image via Aliceandnana on Instagram

She Shed Reading Nook

Image via House Beautiful

Move aside man cave, i want a she shed!

If you could have a she shed, what would you use it for?

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)
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  1. June 16, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    Love She Sheds and I’d love to have one, although there is no space in the backyard, but if I could have one, I’d make my resin jewellery and read and craft and well whatever the heck I wanted and kids would not be allowed in there!

  2. June 18, 2016 / 5:46 am

    These are all gorgeous! I would love the space to have a she shed, somewhere I could hide away from the repetition of everyday! A big comfy chair for reading and a space for making tea, (now that I know how to make it :)) and an ice bucket for wine. Happy days!

  3. June 19, 2016 / 2:47 pm

    Looking at these makes my heart sing! All are beautifully decorated to capture the purpose and personality of the owner, with no regard needed for other householders’ taste or the overall decorating theme of a house. Hmmm, something to think about……