The usage of portable buildings has changed a lot since we started building sheds more than 20 years ago. Nowadays a backyard shed that used to be purchased only for storage space is now being sold to be converted into anything from a gallery shed to a home office to a man cave to a… yup! you guessed it – She Shed.
Let’s talk about that.
Until recent years, backyard sheds were often considered the realm of the male. A shed in the backyard usually conjured up mental images of “masculine” scenes: A cluttered woodworking shed with layers of sawdust on the floor and on the man, who is slaving over his workbench; or a man and his pals hanging out in a rustic man cave watching a football game with animal mounts eyeing them from the wall.
But tides are turning in the shed world and layers of shed bias are being pulled back. Society has advanced to the point of realizing that sheds are not inherently male. The era of She Sheds has arrived.
What is a She Shed?
She Sheds are, quite simply, backyard sheds that are finished out and used specifically for a lady’s personal space. This usage can be for anything from a home office to a hobby shed, workout room, private lounge, or hosting space.
Why Are She Sheds Becoming So Popular?
While people have occasionally been using sheds as She Sheds for many years, it wasn’t until recent years that She Sheds have become a popular shed usage. This popularity is likely due to a variety of societal influences but this State Farm Commercial definitely has had a large role to play.
But, we won’t let this commercial take all the credit for this trend. The ease of information sharing and social media has definitely had a large impact on the popularity of the she shed also. Creative shed ideas are very sharable and likeable. Because of this, she sheds have become a very popular item on Pinterest and other social media platforms. The more they are shared, the more people’s imaginations are captured, and VOILA! a trend is started. A quick search on Pinterest for “she sheds” shows how much this platform has helped the popularity of She Sheds.
How Are People Using Sheds as She Sheds?
It really is inspiring to see how other people are using their sheds. Browsing through Pinterest or YouTube’s collection of She Shed content quickly highlights the wide variety of ways that ladies are using their she shed for a personal retreat or workspace. We’ll highlight just a few here.
Eryn Logan bought a shed from us here at Lone Star Structures and did an absolutely stellar job of turning it into her own personal office and retreat area. What she did caught the attention of the local news station, KVUE News, and they did a tv feature of her she shed. We’re proud of you, Eryn!
Seaside Retreat Space
Danielle Driscoll from findingsilverpennies.com did an incredible job of turning a prefab shed into a beautiful retreat space where she relaxes, writes, thinks, and dreams. She did an incredible job of finishing out the interior of this shed, using shiplap wall siding and bead board for the ceiling. This shed has a very airy and relaxing feel to it. A big shout out to your design skills, Danielle!
Backyard Hangout Space
Liz from hoosierhomemade.com and her husband Tim created a wonderful backyard hangout she shed. One of the intents of this she shed was for spending time with family and friends. The added a beautiful table to the space for eating space and playing games. The shed has a welcoming feel with delightful decorating touches. Thanks for sharing this Liz.
Craft Room She Shed
Kelli from craftshackchronicles.com has her own twist on a she shed. Instead of using it for just a relaxing space, she uses her shed for relaxing through doing crafts. Looking inside this shed will definitely get you inspired. A local news station caught wind of Kelli’s craft shack and did a featured video of the shed.
Gardening She Shed
Mariette, from Good Acres Life purchased a prefab shed with a porch and turned into a beautiful multi-purpose gardening shed. She did so well at making it her own that it has now become her favorite hangout space and personal retreat area. Read more about her shed project here
7 Simple Steps to a She Shed
Alright, so after seeing all these inspiring sheds maybe it is time to start thinking about your own she shed. If so, here are our 7 simple steps to help direct the process.
- Find A Local Shed Company
- Order a Custom Shed.
- Run electricity, internet cables, and plumbing (if necessary)
- Insulate and finish out the interior walls and ceiling
- Paint walls and ceiling
- Add Flooring
- Make it your own with furnishings
Ahem! Yup, we are a local shed company in Texas. If you’re not from Texas, our sympathies are with you (for numerous reasons.) Our advice is simply to stay local and find a hometown shed builder that you can trust. No matter where you are located, buying cheaper sheds from large companies (like Home Depot, Lowes, etc…) might be easy on the short-term budget but isn’t advisable for a long-term investment.
Don’t just settle for an inventory shed if you want something specific for your shed. Think through the details and order a custom shed that has what you need it to have. If you are going to be spending a lot of time in your shed be sure to order details for your shed that will make your space comfortable, like insulated windows and doors, reflective roof material, etc…
After your shed is delivered, the first step will be to run any necessary wires and plumbing that will be needed in your shed.
Again, if you will be spending a lot of time in the shed you will likely want to plan to insulate the building well so it doesn’t gather as much heat in the summer and cold in the winter. Your heater, A/C, and wallet will thank you in the long run. Once your walls and ceiling are insulated you can add on siding or ceiling boards as you desire.
This is where it really starts to get fun. Choose your colors (or stain varieties if you are staining wood) and turn your walls and ceiling into a beautiful piece of art.
After painting is finished, it is time to add your flooring to finish out the interior design.
Of course, outside of using your shed after you are finished, this is the most fun stage of all. It is time to bring in your furnishings and personal touches with decoration. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy your she shed.