Forget the Man Cave, Here's 5 Stylish She Sheds |
Forget the Man Cave, It’s All About the She Shed

Forget the Man Cave, It’s All About the She Shed

How else can you escape from home without leaving home?

Written by –
Jess Ng
on July 21st 2018
Born and raised in the UK, Jess is NONAGON’s resident historian turned marketer turned writer, drawn to Hong Kong by the lure of dim sum breakfasts and bustling city life. A foodie who loves to cook, food occupies 70% of her brain 90% of the time. When not eating, Jess can typically be found buried in a book or obsessing over making NONAGON’s Instagram #feedgoals.

If you’re an avid reader of, then you’ll be well versed in the modern man cave, but have you ever heard of the she shed? It’s become a mainstay of Pinterest in recent years, gaining traction as the perfect garden getaway for those craving a little place to call their own. I’m not personally the biggest fan of its gendered name, I am intrigued by the idea of giving the humble backyard shed a new lease of life. Especially when the spaces turn out to be as beautiful as this curated collection of she shed inspirations. Keep scrolling to see more!

The Country Shed

Out of all the she shed inspirations in this round up, this vintage getaway is probably the most shed-like.

Stylish She Sheds: Rustic shabby chic shed with glass tempered roof and wood details |
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Surrounded by peach trees and grapevines, this rustic shed comes with a tempered glass roof to create a greenhouse effect. The glass window panes were rescued from a salvage yard, lending a shabby chic feel to the whole aesthetic.

Stylish She Sheds: Rustic shabby chic shed interior with glass chandelier and upcycled furniture |
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Inside, ditsy floral pillows, upcycled furnishings, and a collection of green jadeite and milk glass vases continue the country-themed aesthetic. The chandelier detail is unexpected, yet I love how it juxtaposes with the simplicity of the wood finishes.

Stylish She Sheds: Rustic shed interior with tempered glass roof and shabby chic aesthetic |
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Originally a potting shed, this space now functions as a glorious escape. It’s without doubt the perfect place to paint, catch up with friends, or just nap.

The Fashionista’s Shed

Part coastal barn, part tropical resort, blogger Charlotte’s backyard office will make you rethink everything you ever thought about the modest shed.

Stylish She Sheds: Modern coastal shed interior with tropical rattan accents and hanging swing chair |
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Blessed with a supersize canvas, Charlotte really made the most of the space by approaching the interior design the same as any other room in the home.

Stylish She Sheds: Bright tropical home office with geometric rug and rattan accents |
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White-washed walls and a plethora of windows make this escape feel bright and spacious. It’s a far cry from the dingy sheds of the past. Meanwhile, thoughtful decorative touches, such as the artwork and layered rugs, help to create a polished overall look.

Stylish She Sheds: Bright white living room with hanging rattan swing chair and geometric rug |
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I’m a huge fan of summery rattan textures, so this shed gets an instant thumbs up from me. The hanging swing chair is a beauty! Someone transport me here STAT so I can spend an afternoon curled up with my favorite book.

The Americana Shed

From the island tropics to the great US of A, this shed is an ode to all things Americana. And while I typically don’t like themed decor, this may be the space that changes my mind.

Stylish She Sheds: Vibrant pastel blue shed exterior with American flag detail |
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A playful baby blue exterior is the first way this tiny space makes its mark. Because if you’re going to go to the trouble of creating a shed of your own, you might as well make a statement with it.

Stylish She Sheds: Rustic Americana interior with sleeping nook, American flag and wood details |
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When it comes to the interior, my favorite thing about this shed has to be the play on levels. The sleeping loft above introduces a real club house feel to the space. The vibrancy of the red, white and blue color scheme is nicely balanced by the neutral cork and wood accents.

Stylish She Sheds: Rustic pastel blue shed exterior with wood servery bar and firewood rack |
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If you’re lucky enough to have good weather on the reg, then why not think about utilizing the exterior of your shed? Here, a built in plank of wood over a firewood rack doubles as a handy bar or servery ledge. A great idea for when (and if) you ever feel like sharing your shed with others.

The Cottage She Shed

If a charming country cottage is your idea of a dream home, then prepare to fall head over heels for the Cotton Stem shed.

Stylish She Sheds: Charming cottage shed exterior |
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I especially love the fact that Erin’s shed was created within a small budget. Most of the details in here, such as the open shelves and distressed desk, were DIY projects. It just goes to show how far thrift and creativity can get you.

Stylish She Sheds: Cottage shed exterior with arm chair and wood panel walls |
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To complete the look, don’t forget about greenery! More than simply a sweet throwback to your shed’s modest beginnings, indoor plants will instantly bring life to your shed.

Stylish She Sheds: Rustic shed interior with distressed white desk and open shelving |
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If you’re unsure what to go for, make like Erin and opt for a whimsical hanging vine. Or for the gardening novices, how about a box planter full of succulents instead? For more plant ideas, make sure to check out our definitive guide to indoor house plants!

The Kinfolk Shed

With its rustic Wabi Sabi-inspired aesthetic, Jeska’s ‘Tea Shed’ has a distinct kinfolk feel to it.

Stylish She Sheds: Rustic kinfolk shed with low height antique dining table and shiplap walls |
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The star of this small space has to be that hardy vintage wood dining table. Here, Jeska took a saw to its legs to create the perfect low-height piece to accommodate her bohemian vision of a picnic style afternoon tea.

Stylish She Sheds: Rustic kinfolk shed interior with wood panel walls and eclectic framed wall art |
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Every detail in this delightful space invites an exclamation of joy and wonder. Be it the weathered wood paneling or the eclectic collection of framed prints.

Stylish She Sheds: Rustic kinfolk shed interior with window and potted plants |
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The kinfolk philosophy of going back to basics is ideal for small space design. Here, for instance, the small size of the shed helps the overall aesthetic of pared back simplicity look visually striking. Anything more, and the look may have wandered into cluttered chaos territory.

What are your thoughts on the she shed? Do you want one? Let us know in the comments!


For more garden design ideas, make sure to check out our guide to preparing your outdoor space for summer. No garden? No worries – take a look at our balcony styling tips and tricks.


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