Move over man-caves and bachelor pads. The she shed is the latest addition to must-have gender-specific escapes. Essentially, it’s a hideout for the ladies – a dedicated space that’s set up for work or for play.
Exactly what a she shed is depends on its intended use. It could be a relaxing place for the woman of the house to unwind, a spot to socialize with friends, or a room to pursue new hobbies. Most she sheds are incredibly versatile and relatively inexpensive to boot.
While the word ‘shed’ might conjure images of a creaky, cold, cobweb-ridden hole, you can easily turn your she shed into a powerhouse of creativity. All you need is some inspiration and the right set of tools.
Need some help? For starters, let Holland’s Custom Cabinets walk you through eight tips for designing the perfect getaway for your home.
1. Pick a Suitable Theme
The point of a she shed is to have a dedicated space that lets you embrace a hobby. It could be where you curl up with a book, work on crafts, indulge in gardening, or simply meditate. Whatever the case, a cohesive theme will help your she shed feel more organized and suited to its intended purpose.
For example, you could turn a backyard location or unused space in the home into a makeshift music room, complete with instruments, wall mounts, record players, and posters.
She sheds can also double as office spaces. If you need a quiet place to focus on work, consider incorporating a desk/work table in your shed. You can also hang shelves for books, files, and other office materials.
2. Go for Function and Form with Attractive Storage Systems
Most she sheds tend to be small, so it’s crucial to maximize space. This is especially true when combining a functional storage shed and a she shed. Get customized storage systems to tuck away spades, cutters, and other tools so that they do not mess with the overall aesthetic of the space.
Cabinets aside, you can also get shelves, hooks, bins, and baskets to keep your she shed neat and tidy. The goal is to keep everything gathered in one place. Remember, the less clutter, the prettier and more functional the room.
You can also opt for built-in storage systems, such as coffee tables with drawers, storage benches, ottomans, and other multipurpose furniture for your she shed.
3. Give the Walls a Fresh Coat of Paint
Pastel colors, such as lilac and cherry blossom pink, can instantly give a she shed a welcome refresh. To imbue the room with more warmth, gravitate towards browns, greens, and deep-tone reds.
You’ll probably want to paint the exterior walls of the she shed too. Try bold colors such as red, blue, or purple to make it stand out in your backyard. Alternatively, you can use white for a clean, timeless look.
Regardless of what paints you pick for the exterior, keep in mind their primary job is to protect the she shed against the elements.
4. Add Unique Antique Showpieces
There are several reasons why antiques are currently in vogue. For starters, they’re elegant, timeless, and more importantly, they are limited edition. Because antiques aren’t factory-made, there aren’t many in circulation, which means you just might become the sole owner of a vintage collectible.
Antiques are a great way to dress up your she shed with vintage pieces that match your overall theme. You can always look to flea markets and antique shops for unexpected finds. Remember, decorating a space doesn’t have to be expensive, as long as you’re using your imagination!
5. Create an Exciting Entryway
If you’re like us, you want your she shed to be as inviting as possible: a space you’d happily step foot in after a long, hard day. An easy way to achieve this is by decorating the door and creating an exciting entryway. Here are some tips to do this with ease.
- Hang a seasonal wreath or sweet sign to add some character to the entrance
- Place a rug or doormat
- Frame the door with potted plants for a smarter, natural vibe
- You can also set up chairs and a small table outside the shed door for outdoor seating
6. Combine Natural and Artificial Lighting
Now that you have your she shed, it’s time to light it up. After all, the space will hardly feel like home if it isn’t properly illuminated. Whether you’re a fan of romantic dimness or shiny bright lights, there are plenty of ways to go about this. Let’s explore a few.
- Use a bejeweled chandelier to turn your she shed into a mini castle.
- In case you need something a little brighter and more functional, choose overhead hanging lights.
- You can also use fairy lights for a beautiful, dream-like effect.
- Also, don’t rely on artificial lighting alone. Keep the entrance open to let natural sunlight spill inside during the day. You can also add skylights to welcome more natural light.
7. Equip the Place for Guests
Planning a girl’s night? What better spot than your she shed? With a little planning, you can set up the space for intimate parties, friendly binge-watching sessions, or a regular Friday night get-together. But be sure to stock your shed with party essentials (snacks, bottled water, a mini-fridge) well ahead of time.
You can also bring the party outdoors to your patio if you have the space for it. There’s nothing like a backyard barbeque on a summer’s day!
8. Add a Well-Stocked Bar
Even if you don’t plan on entertaining, adding a well-stocked bar to your she shed can be a great idea if you want to enjoy a drink by yourself. Your shed bar setup can be as big as a customized wet bar spanning an entire corner, or as compact as a few glasses and spirits on a bar cart.
Holland’s Can Help Make Your She Shed A Reality
When it comes to she sheds, the choices are practically endless. More importantly, there are no cut-and-dry answers. Your she shed should reflect your personality, no questions asked. We hope these tips have inspired you to create a space you can truly call your own. No matter how you decorate it, be sure to have fun!
Looking for stylish, functional she shed storage? Trust Holland Custom Cabinets to make it happen. Our customized cabinet solutions are tailored to your specific needs. With us, you can expect superior craftsmanship, premium materials, and precise detailing. For more information, contact us today!