Ladies, you have heard about this for a while now, but the timing just wasn’t right. You kept putting it off because you had other priorities due to the world’s health situation, but now it’s time to consider your health and well-being.
It’s time for a She-Shed! A place that is just for you, to do whatever you want to, whether by yourself or with others, the options are up to you and you alone.
A she-shed is a place comparable to what guys call – their “man cave”, which is usually a room found within the home, basement or maybe the garage. A she-shed on the other hand, is a small structure that is not attached but may be found by the home and/or somewhere in the yard.
It is a stand-alone room with windows and a door to bring the outside in or keep unwanted noise and stressors out.
The great thing about she-sheds is they can be anything you want it to be, any size, any design, any color, with any furnishings you desire.
Before jumping in, there are a few things to consider that may help make the whole she-shed business easier.
Whether you already have a little shed on your property or need to build one from scratch, there are a few things to think about that may help make this process less stressful. The first thing to consider is what exactly are you using the she-shed for?
Here are a few possibilities:
Arts and crafts studio
Once you decide on how you are going to use this room, then the second thing to look at is, do you have an existing structure or are you going to have to build one?
Let’s look at what needs to be done if you have to build a she-shed. There are three options:
- Build it yourself
- Buy a DIY shed kit
- Buy a Prefabricated shed
Building it yourself, is the way to go if you have the skills, time and “family” help. However, if you lack any of that, then it could get more expensive if you have to hire out.
A DIY kit usually contains the design plan, instructions and most of the materials needed. It is for those less skilled but who are up to the challenge.
A prefabricated shed comes fully assembled and ready for you to add your personal touches. Believe it or not, you can customize these sheds.
The third thing to consider before you start to decorate your space, is whether you need plumbing and/or electricity.
If you don’t then it’s on to choosing paint, accessories, furnishings, and all the things needed to make your she-shed comfortable and welcoming.
However, if you are interested in plumbing, maybe for a potting area or an outside bathroom, and/or electricity for that mini fridge or keeping the shed cool or warm depending on the seasons; then this would be the time to add it.
This would be the case even if you are renovating an old existing structure as your she-shed. If you do not have any experience in this type of work, then hiring and using a professional may be an added expense but well worth it in the long run.
The Bottom Line
All of the hard work is done, the building is up, with or without plumbing and/or electricity, it’s cleaned, primed and ready for paint. Now is your time to shine! You get to choose the colors, materials, window coverings, furnishings, all the accessories needed to make your she-shed unique to you.
You designed your space, remember to not crowd it but make it feel cozy and warm, whimsical and welcoming and for those OCD individuals, organized and practical. Your she-shed is a reflection of you now, during a specific time period, but be open to change, because there will always be new wants, needs, moods, and even seasons. Let the fun begin … enjoy!