The rise of the She Shed and how to create one in your garden this bank holiday
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Ladies, it’s time to create a Hen Den in the garden and make it your own little home from home
cosy cabin at the bottom of the garden, a summer house with wine cooler and sofa, an office filled with peace and quiet; whatever your image of an ideal She Shed, you’re not the only one hankering after a ‘me-time’ space in the garden to rival the Man Cave shed.
And an amazing She Shed could win you an award or a shed load of publicity too.
Chrissy Brown was looking for extra space for her crafting business in St Neots, and a She Shed seemed the perfect solution.
The result? Her Crafty Monkey at the Beach coastal inspired She Shed won the Garden Office Category in the 2015 Shed of the Year.
The rise of the She Shed
Mikaela Jones, Shed Buyer at Homebase says: “It’s no secret that women love having a space to call their own and a She Shed is an ideal space to create a pop-up office or a sanctuary for reading or crafts.”
In recent research by Hillarys of more than 1500 UK couples, when asked which areas in the home they would consider a ‘female domain’ 14% of women said a shed, compared to 13% of men who considered it a ‘male domain’.
Could the desire for a She Shed be spreading amongst the female population?
Picky property hunters
Adding to this bank of evidence, a recent survey by Cuprinol discovered that 56% of the women they asked said they would be put off buying a new house if there wasn’t a shed, or at least a garden big enough to house one.
The company found that, on average, women are now spending £377.38 on their sheds, up from £310.42 in 2015.
Business empire or Hobby hot spot
The rise in the choice of sheds and summer houses on offer coupled with the desire to find a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of family life seems to have resulted in the She Shed being planted firmly as a growing garden trend.
Sarah Qulliam, head of product design at Hillarys says: “Research shows that more women are starting businesses and working from home so that could account for the swing in popularity.
“Sheds or garden rooms can have so many different uses from hobby rooms and home offices to gym’s or just a relaxing space to escape to!”
Mikaela agrees that the ability for a woman to turn a shed into her own personal space is very appealing, she says: “Having a She Shed gives women a creative licence to decorate as they wish, be it country chic or bold botanical – women should let their She Sheds do the talking and make sure they are a reflection of their personality.”
A shed load of advice
So, if a She Shed is something that appeals to you, here are some tips to creating your perfect Hen Den in the garden.
If possible, position the shed where you’ll get an attractive view of the garden and also the most light.
Natural daylight is so much better than artificial so putting in windows is the best option, but as with any room in the house also think about light control – do you want your shed bathed in direct sunlight all day, or partly shady?
Think about what times of the day you will actually be using your She Shed and this will help you decide the best position for your shed and the direction of windows and doors.
Do some serious measuring of the chosen space to ensure you don’t purchase a Hen Den that’s too big.
Next consider what you are using your She Shed for and therefore what furniture you will want and need inside.
This is also the time to think about a theme. Will it be a beach hut, a glamorous and sumptuous afternoon boudoir, a retro retreat or a cool and contemporary pad?
Whether you go all white, pastel or totally bold, make a mood board of images and themes that inspire you and this will help you to successfully deliver your interior design scheme.
Power and heat
Don’t forget to consider fully insulating the shed, think about heating sources and get a qualified electrician to safely install electricity in your She Shed.
Plan where you will need electric points; just where are you going to put that mini bar?
A carpet will add a touch of luxury and will also make it feel like a proper room and help to keep it warm.
Consider adding a log burner to make it an all year round cosy and usable space, but do remember your shed is made of timber or plastic, so research how to keep it fire safe.
If you are working in your She Shed, investigate if your Wi-Fi extends to the end of the garden.
Think about versatile window treatments. As curtains may take up more room, think about blinds or shutters at the windows to control direct sunlight and also provide privacy.
Lighting should be appropriate to the functions of your shed but table lamps will provide task lighting and floor lamps will add to the atmosphere of the room.
The lovely added extras that will make your She Shed an extension of you; cushions, artwork and ornaments. Enjoy.
Blend your shed
Lastly, don’t forget the outside of your She Shed. Landscaping that flows with the rest of the garden makes the shed a seamless part of the property.
Paint the She Shed to suit your personality and your shed theme. There are so many colours on the market to choose from, so consider the mood you want to create in the shed, how the external colour will look within your garden setting and also consider using a palette of colours to create interest.
Add flowers, planting and bunting to create an overall scheme, like the pretty shabby chic design above.