Stylish “She Sheds” Are the Relaxing Women’s Version of Man Caves

The “man cave” is a home design trend that's seemingly been around forever. Often confined to a basement or spare bedroom, they offer men a place to retreat from the stresses of everyday life. Since guys have these sanctuaries, it's only fair that women are afforded the same luxury with a special place to call their own. And in fact, these havens do exist–they're known as she sheds!

Unlike the man cave, a she shed is separate from the main house. As the name suggests, they're compact dwellings typically located in the backyard that are roughly the size of a garden hut. Aside from that, however, there are no rules for a she shed and the decor possibilities are endless. Popular uses include craft rooms, reading areas, and yoga studios.

For those that want their own she shed, there are many companies that sell pre-fabricated buildings which can then be accessorized however they like. Many women turn to Pinterest, which has an endless supply of ideas for how to get the most out of this small space. Check out a few refreshing examples, below.

Above Photo credit: StudioShed

Photo credit: StudioShed

Photo credit: Modern Shed

Photo credit: Tia Borg Smidt

Photo credit: Ella Claire

Photo credit: KENJO

Photo source: Lowes

Photo credit: Manuel Villa

Photo credit: Better Homes and Gardens

Photo source: Detail Collective

Photo source: Gardenista

Photo source: The Telegraph

Photo source: Inspired Home Ideas

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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