Female version of man caves have skyrocketed in popularity
The emergence of the she shed has been phenomenal. For some, the concept of the she shed didn’t surface until the Allstate Insurance commercial featuring Cheryl’s she shed.
The media began paying attention to she sheds – a woman’s version of the man cave – in 2015, mostly because of the popularity the concept was gaining on Pinterest. Now, four years later, it seems every magazine or home improvement website is still talking about how to create the perfect she shed.
So, what exactly is a she shed?
The she shed is in the eyes of the creator. It can originate as a backyard potting shed or storage shed. It can be contained in a screened-in room in the back of a house. Empty nesters can transform a child’s play house into one. Basically, a she shed is a cozy space for women to call their own, where they can relax and enjoy … whatever they want.
Some home-improvement retailers sell she shed kits. According to Houselogic.com, a basic wood shed kit that measures 10 feet by 10 feet will cost at least $900. That’s just for the building, and doesn’t include pouring the foundation, installing windows, insulating the walls and putting in drywall, wiring the shed for electricity – and don’t forget the permits if your municipality requires them.
Lowe’s gives prospective she shed owners a glimpse into what is involved in turning a shed (or building one) into a personal retreat. The video at lowes.com/projects/utility-and-storage/she-shed/article is less than four minutes long, but much of the construction is shown in fast-forward mode.
Customization, such as French doors, skylights, drywall and painting requires the viewer to click on other videos to see how those bells and whistles are installed. At the end of the video, the narrator said the price tag for the customized shed came in at $5,000.
Still interested in building a backyard getaway? The website that started it all has a page dedicated to the she shed. Visit pinterest.com/twalk2pin/she-sheds/ and take a look at some of the creative ideas and over-the-top designs for she sheds.
Want one delivered to your front door? Online retailers ranging from Wayfair and Amazon to Walmart and Frontgate Sheds will ship sheds to your home. Prices ranged from Walmart’s 7-foot by 7-foot shed for $799 to a 9-by-9-foot cedar storage shed from Wayfair for $2,607.
She sheds have even attained the status of a Make-A-Wish goal. This month an 8-year-old Lynchburg, Ohio, girl who is battling leukemia got her very own teal, purple and pink she shed. Make-A-Wish presented her with a refuge of her own that came equipped with a comfortable chair, a dog bed and a desk.
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