Have you always dreamed of adding a she-shed to your home? Just imagine, a place where you can escape the demands of everyday life, perhaps write that story you’ve always wanted to get on paper or just unwind for a few precious moments.
Although there is no exact number for how many she-sheds are in existence, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports the growing popularity of the trend. With so many people working from home due to the pandemic and travel restrictions, turning a shed into an upscale escape and office area seems like a natural transition to more space without the headache of adding an addition on the home.
If you’re ready to turn an ordinary shed into an extraordinary feminine escape, here are the top must-have items to add.
1. Wall Coverings
Most sheds look pretty bland on the inside. They may not be insulated or have drywall. If you plan to spend a lot of time in your she-shed and even work out there, you’ll need to insulate it at a minimum.
Add insulation to the outside walls, the ceiling and under the floor. Cover the insulation with either drywall or plywood. You can easily cover plywood with pegboards and create an opportunity for hanging items. Paint whatever the covering is in any color you love.
2. Heating and Cooling Source
Another thing to consider for your backyard escape is how you’ll stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. You can go with temporary options such as a space heater or a portable air conditioner. Just remember to turn it off before you leave or go with a model with automatic shutoff. The last thing you want to do is burn down “Cheryl’s” she-shed.
3. Light Fixtures
Many she-sheds don’t include windows. If the weather is nice, you can fling open the doors to let in light. However, you’ll need some light fixtures for when there is a rainy day or the weather isn’t perfect and you need to shut things up.
Consider how bright the lighting might be. You must find a balance between aesthetics of the lighting and how functional it is. Adding a few floor lamps gives you some additional brightness while offering a more homey look to the space.
4. Shelves and Storage
No matter what you’re using the she-shed for, you’ll need places to hang things and tuck things away. Think about the various purposes of the space. Do you want to have your friends over and have a tea party in your female getaway? You’ll need a cabinet with cups and supplies and maybe even a small hot plate or electric tea pot.
If you plan to use the shed for a second office, then you’ll need to add a desk and some file cabinets. What do you typically use in a work day and how can you tuck those items away when you’re finished?
The funnest part of a she-shed is giving it your unique personal touch. You can go as feminine or neutral as you want with this space. It should reflect your personality and preferences rather than taking everyone in the home’s into consideration.
Add some curtains, even if you don’t have a window. You can always create a faux window. Hang photos you love or make your own artwork and place it around your space. Set out fresh flowers in a unique bowl or jar. Put your personal stamp on the shed.
6. Throw Pillows and Blankets
If you plan to spend lots of time in your she-shed, you’ll need a comfortable place to sit and plenty of throw pillows and blankets. You might even opt for a floor couch that folds out or big floor pillows for lounging.
Choose what speaks to your heart. Don’t go with the pillows you’ve always used inside your home. Now is the time to try something you’d never buy for the rest of the household. Invest in that body pillow, so you can take a quick nap on your break.
Most adults don’t have a space that is just theirs. Once you’re married, or even if you just have a roommate, you have to consider the other people in your household. You might not be able to hang up that velvet painting of a rock star you secretly love and everyone else hates.
However, in your she-shed,the space is all about you and what you adore. Hang up anything you’d like. Add touches that warm your soul. Tie function, comfort and memories into one package and escape whenever the world gets to be a little too much.