Everyone needs a space all to themselves sometimes. If men have their man caves, women have she sheds which are cozy little hideaways that ladies can call their own. Whether it is for gardening, reading, crafting or any other hobbies, a she-shed is a perfect space that women will love.
Here are five easy tips to help you create your very own she shed:
1. Find the right shed
The first thing you need to do to make your dream she-shed a reality is to find the right shed and the right space for it. There are many ways you can go about finding the right she shed for you. One way is to work with what you have. If you have an unused garage, utility shed, or unused backhouse, you can transform these into the ideal she shed for you.
Don’t worry if you do not have existing usable spaces. Most home and garden centers offer premade she sheds or easy-to-build shed kits these days, or you can also check what is available online. Even Amazon has “tiny houses” in its catalog which could work as well.
The great thing about purchasing a premade shed is that you can choose the size, shape and design that you want. If you want a charming she shed that gives off a cottage-in-the-woods vibe, buy a premade shed with a gable roof and pretty lattice windows without having to worry about the construction part at all.
Once you have a structure in place, you can get started with personalizing it and making it into a space of your own.
2. Define the purpose
One essential question that you need to answer is "What will you do in your she-shed?" You can use a she-shed for all sorts of hobbies and activities, but it’s a good idea to have one main function in mind when starting. An overarching purpose will guide you in your decorating decisions so that you achieve a cohesive design.
Some of the most popular uses for a she shed is to use it as a hobby room or a crafts room. It can also be a perfect spot for napping or curling up with a good book. The point of a she shed is to have a quiet space that allows you to embrace a hobby that is important to you. It is a place where you can relax and enjoy some well-deserved “me” time.
Set up the space in a way that makes it easy for you to indulge in your hobbies. Consider practicalities such as electricity, Wi-Fi, lighting fixtures that you might need. Think about furniture and appliances as well. Will you need a work desk, a mini-refrigerator or a few cushions and throw pillows here and there? Remember that you do not need to have everything. Just design your space according to how you intend to use it.
3. Prioritize safety
Another tip when creating your very own she-shed is to ensure that it is safe for you to stay in since you will be spending a lot of time inside it. If you need electricity, make sure you have proper electrical wiring. Install a smoke detector and make sure that you have safe ceilings, walls and floors.
Before you go any further with your decoration, prioritize safety first.
4. Create an appealing exterior
A great she shed is pretty both inside and outside. If you do not want people to mistake your she-shed for a shack, spend some time and effort to make the exterior appealing as well. Give your shed a fresh coat of paint, throw in some fairy lights and hanging lanterns or even install windows to give it a homier look and feel.
A she shed also looks its best when surrounded by nature. Try to place your shed in a secluded spot with grassy plants, vines or flowers to create a tranquil vibe.
5. Get busy with decorating
Once you have all the essential elements in place, get ready for the fun part. Look for design inspirations that will go with your she-shed’s overall theme and feel free to get creative.
You can put in indoor plants, floor rugs, wall hangings, chairs and other design pieces to make your she-shed a welcoming space. Visit thrift stores and garage sales to discover treasures that will fit perfectly with your decor.
Whatever you do, keep in mind that this space is for you. Grab this opportunity to build your very own private haven.
Author: Holly Clark is a freelance lifestyle writer. Her focus now is to help readers update their interior decor.
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