Create Your Very Own She Shed
Hop on the she shed trend with the right supplies, decor, and more
If you’re searching for unique ways to bring more comfort and personality to your property, you’ve likely come across “she sheds.” Growing in popularity, she sheds are a haven for relaxation, hobbies, and destressing. The she shed is a fairly recent response to the man cave, as women and men across the country are realizing they can transform areas formerly set aside for storage, such as backyard or garden sheds, into usable living spaces that better suit their lifestyle.
Whether it’s a cozy crafting room, a gardening sanctuary, or a hangout spot for friends, your she shed can be anything you want. Here are some supplies and decor ideas that will take your she shed to the next level. Plus, we share some affordable ways to furnish it with a few flea market finds.
Consider Using a Storage Shed Kit
If you light up at the thought of having a fresh new space to call your own, but you don’t already have an existing backyard or garden shed to work with, pick up an easy-to-build kit that contains everything you need to assemble a shed. Choose a kit that includes charming details such as shutters, decorative trim, skylights, and a floor. If you’re all about easy maintenance, get one made with high-density polyethylene, a heavy-duty, weather-resistant polymer. Starting with a kit also gives you the opportunity to place it exactly where you want on your property, whether that’s under a shady tree or near a soothing water feature.
Refresh an Existing Space
If you already have a usable space, like a gardening shed, then let the tranformation begin. First, give your she shed a facelift with a fresh coat of paint.
For a wooden shed, you’ll need:
Outdoor cleaner (made for exterior siding)
- Paint scraper
- Sanding block
- Paint tray and liner
- Paint roller and cover
- Paint brush
- Exterior primer* and acrylic-latex paint
*For aluminum sheds, use exterior latex acrylic metal bonding prime.
To prepare the outside of your shed for paint, wash the exterior and let it dry for 24 hours. Next, use the paint scraper to remove flaking or chipping paint, then go over it with a sanding block. Apply a coat of primer and allow it to dry for three hours. You can then apply two coats of paint. Acrylic-latex paint can withstand inclimate weather and works well for wooden sheds. For an aluminum shed, apply exterior latex acrylic metal bonding primer, followed by an exterior acrylic-latex paint.
You can boost the character of your she shed by painting with two contrasting colors: a bold base color, such as yellow, red, or green, and a neutral contrasting color for the trim, such as white, black, or tan.
Make Room For Rugs
The right flooring can make all the difference in giving your she shed a fresh vibe. Put down an outdoor area rug that’s made to withstand exposure to sunlight, heat, and cold. Choose colors or patterns that help you achieve the theme or look you have in mind. Some ideas to get you inspired are coastal, modernist, vintage, and bright and happy. And to keep from tracking dirt into your she shed, add a cheery welcome mat at the door.
Choose Versatile Furniture for Your She Shed
Since she sheds are typically comfortable, but smaller than living rooms or dens, pick furniture pieces that have more than one use. For instance, consider a pullout couch or futon that can turn into a comfy resting spot. Or choose a rustic desk that can also serve as a table for eating or crafting. Pick an ottoman that can provide an additional place to sit when you have company. Stack wooden crates on their side to use as shelving, or turn them upside down and they instantly become a seat or table.
Scope Out Unique Finds and Accents
Flea markets are a fantastic place to find vintage, eclectic, and fun touches with which to decorate your she shed without breaking the bank. Here are some suggestions:
- Use old shutters to create a charming fence around your space.
- Use a solid wood door on cinder blocks topped with patio furniture cushions to create a bench.
- Stand a wooden ladder up against the interior wall and drape each rung with a quilt to wrap around you and your guests during cooler months.
- Vintage glass bottles in a variety of shapes and sizes can make for unique decorations and flower vases.
- Use strings of lights along the ceiling and beams to add charm and ambiance.
While the options are endless, it’s a good idea to limit decor to a few special items to keep your she shed from feeling overcrowded.