Monday, February 22, 2016 / by Kimo Quance
Don't women deserve a refuge of their own as well?
The She Shed
More women have decided to create dedicated 'chill spots' of their own; enter the 'She Shed.' We've discussed how resourceful homeowners are using their sheds as home office spaces a.k.a the Shedquarters.
Well, the she shed is the female version of the man cave; a backyard getaway constructed with a distinctively feminine touch. When they are taken over by the woman of the house, these old outbuildings can be transformed into everything from a reading nook, a craft space to a place one can take a nap with the kids out of earshot.
Some women use their she sheds as a retreat, strewn with throw pillows; somewhere to curl up with a good book. Others transform their sheds into mini-yoga studios, a private wine bar, mini art studios etc. The She shed trend has planted its roots firmly among choice home improvements, allowing women get some space from their family whenever it's needed.
There's no rule regarding what a she shed should be, but the general idea is to give a 'rough' shed a much softer side. Whether you choose to 'pretty it up' with fabric walls or just a fresh coat of paint, anything goes. What you do to transform your garden shed to the perfect getaway is totally up to you.
She Shed Design Tips
Here are some tips to consider when converting that old shed to your personal oasis:
- Paint the Walls in Bright Colors -Whitewashing will make the small space feel even bigger, and can give it a 'breath of fresh life.'
- Make it Comfortable - Your she shed is supposed to be your oasis of calm, so surround yourself with pieces that make it feel cozy and serene. To create a place where you feel relaxed, add a a daybed, lots of comfy pillows, a throw to snuggle under.
- Decorate it YOUR way - Love floral prints? Go on and splash it everywhere. Prefer muted colors? Go crazy with them; your she shed is your space to do as you please with.
- Bring some of the Outside In - You can add live plants inside the space, or simply hang window boxes with flowers and vines.
If you don't have an existing shed to convert, many big-box hardware stores sell she sheds in kit form. These are easy to build and install in your backyard. Still stumped for ideas for your oasis of relaxation? Visit Pinterest and get inspired by thousands of other women and their sheds.
One thing to note: before you place a shed in your yard, be sure to contact the City of San Diego's Development Services Department here. In some counties, you may require a foundation for a structure smaller than 200 square feet; or even a special permit to 'install' your shed.
This spring, create your own 'happy' place, with a she shed that is unique to you. Whether you use an aluminum-sided shed or a faux wood structure, create your space and get away from everyone – right in your own backyard!