First, there were actual caves. Then came man caves. So what’s the next hot thing in gender-specific sanctuaries? Meet the “she shed,” a backyard haven for busy women seeking a quiet reprieve from the world.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorites, from the humble aluminum-sided storage shed to the tricked-out den retreat.

Get inspired, then get away from everyone.

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First, define the purpose of your She Shed

Whether it’s for reading, crafting or indulging a fave hobby, like gardening.

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Or simply make it about chilling out

No dirt allowed in this elegant hideaway.

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Make it fancy

Ever say, "This is why we can't have nice things"? Solution: Put all your nice things in your own private place (hello, crystal chandelier collection).

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Sometimes, a gal just needs a moment to herself

And a 45-minute nap in a padlocked hut finished with coordinating throw pillows.

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Serenity Now

Bedeck your bungalow with ivy and practically disappear into nature.

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Treehouse chic

Just add lights, a daybed and a glass of wine.

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A Fresh Coat of Paint Goes a Long Way

The secret to transforming any shed into a personal reprieve.

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As Does a Trip to the Salvage Yard

This guy is made from recycled glass doors and windows.

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Hang a hammock for a lazy day

Um, is that an outdoor shower?

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What makes you feel relaxed?

For some, it’s about blurring the line between indoor and outdoor space…

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And for others...

It’s about creating a glorified bunker that says, “leave me be.”

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Keep it contemporary

With minimalist accessories and clean, modern lines.

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Or really own your theme

Like this quirky Zen den fit for a yoga goddess.

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And for that rare time you're feeling neighborly

Throw open the door, add bar stools and a few bottles. The backyard pub is open for business.

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