Every hard-working homeowner deserves a private retreat to pursue hobbies or just get away from it all. This is why so-called “She Sheds” and “Man Caves” have recently become all the rage in property improvement options.
It’s true that there are lots of creative uses for backyard sheds that allow you to add purpose-built space beyond the walls of your home for whatever activities you enjoy. However, She Sheds, Man Caves, and art or music studios are some of the most popular custom uses for our sheds here at Backyard Unlimited because they promote relaxation for busy adults.
Today we’re taking a closer look at these “big 3” options to inspire you to build your own and claim a little fun and personal space in your own life!
If you frequent Pinterest or other social media hubs for creative home improvement ideas, you’re undoubtedly familiar with She Sheds (aka Lady Lairs, Lady Lounges, or Femme Dens).
The She Shed is the feminine equivalent of the Man Cave (more on those in a moment) and gives busy women their own private space on their property that’s separate from the shared family living areas inside the house. This physical separation of spaces is the whole point, which offers overworked moms, grandmas, and all other women in need of a little “me time” a place where they can let their hair down and enjoy some peace.
The She Shed is a sanctuary, and there are plenty of great ways to customize! Some of our favorites include:
Add stylish lighting
Do you ever see a lamp or light fixture that you just love, but you know it won’t fit the style of your home’s interior, or you know that you just don’t have space for it? Your She Shed is the perfect place to add these lighting options in any way you want! Choose a power package from our extensive list of construction options for your new shed, and you’ll be all set to design a lighting scheme you’ll love.
Create a reading nook with a comfy sofa or chair
If you enjoy reading for fun, you know how distracting it can be to attempt to settle in with a book in your home’s living room. Children, pets, your spouse, and others all seem to demand your attention while you’re trying to relax. Escaping to the cozy couch or recliner in your She Shed (and maybe locking the door behind you) will certainly afford you a little peace and quiet while you enjoy your book.
Make a friendly entertaining space
Looking for a space to entertain friends that’s not your home’s kitchen or messy family room? She Sheds are perfect for Girls Night! Incorporate lots of seating, a wine fridge, and a shelf for board games or craft supplies and gather together for fun! And if the laughter gets too loud late into the night, you don’t have to worry about waking the kids or bothering anyone else who lives in your house!
Who doesn’t love crafting in one way or another? From sewing to scrapbooking and floral design to jewelry-making, you know that your favorite craft hobby has outgrown the spare bedroom in your house. Imagine having space for all of your tools and supplies, plus room to spread out! And, since your She Shed is just for you (as opposed to that poorly lit corner of your basement rec room), you don’t have to worry about cleaning everything up between work sessions!
You’ve heard of converting your basement or den into a Man Cave, but what if you don’t like to hang out underground (or in the house at all)! Transforming a new, well-built backyard shed into your own personal manly space is a much better idea.
First of all, you don’t have to deal with an interior remodeling project that will likely be dirty, loud, and inconvenient to everyone in the house. (And let’s be honest – if you plan to do a DIY basement remodel, how many years is that project actually going to take?)
With a Man Cave located elsewhere on your property, you will have space to make as much noise as you want, use dangerous tools (if that’s your thing) without the risk of them getting into the wrong hands, or hang out with your buddies in a “judgment-free zone.” Just like the She Sheds that the women in your life all have their eyes on, you can customize your Man Cave in nearly infinite ways to make it your own.
A few ideas we love include:
Set up your dream workbench
If you’re a woodworker or just enjoy doing DIY projects around your property, you probably already have a workbench in the basement or garage. Of course, you may not be able to see the bench top anymore under the layer of clutter. Even if you are a hyper-organized sort of person, you probably would do things a bit differently if you were building a new workbench from scratch. So why not do that in your new Man Cave? We can build a variety of storage options into the structure of your shed, or you can add the perfect free-standing bench later.
Create the ultimate game room
Whether you’re a video gamer, a tabletop/board gamer, or just like to throw darts at a dartboard, your shed-turned-Man Cave is an excellent place to set up the games you most prefer. Trick out the space with all the latest electronic equipment for online or console games, or add a pool table and invite the guys over for tournaments. You’ll never have to worry about playing late into the night and disturbing your family in the house!
Bring your favorite bar home
Do you spend too much time at the neighborhood bar? Or maybe your favorite establishment closed down years ago, and you still have an empty place in your heart for the old watering hole. Why not recreate this hangout spot on your property? All your buddies will love having a comfortable place to put their feet up with their favorite beverages. And you’ll be a local legend for having the coolest Man Cave around!
Art and Music Studios
If you’re an artist or a musician, you know how much physical space your hobby or “side gig” takes up. Whether you develop your own photos or record your own albums, creative pursuits are usually difficult to properly set up at home since certain aspects of those spaces (like lighting or sound-proofing) need to be carefully controlled. And renting space elsewhere can be cost-prohibitive, especially if art or music is something you do “just for fun.”
Here at Backyard Unlimited, we meet the needs of specific studio building projects by offering our Studio style sheds, which are designed to optimize light and usable floor space in ways that other styles can’t.
Choose the right shed style for your unique requirements
When designing your new She Shed, Man Cave, creative studio, or any other creative shed building project, finding the right style that meets all of your expectations is key. As we discussed previously here on the blog, the right shed style for you and your property has plenty to do with personal taste and aesthetic preferences, but there are distinct advantages to each style’s functionality, too.
Browse our shed gallery to discover all of our high-quality and unique, Amish-constructed sheds. Then, get in touch with the shed experts at Backyard Unlimited to bring the backyard oasis of your dreams to life.