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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.


First, define the purpose of your She Shed

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


Or simply make it about chilling out

No dirt allowed in this elegant hideaway.


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).


Sometimes, a gal just needs a moment to herself

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


Serenity Now

Bedeck your bungalow with ivy and practically disappear into nature.


Treehouse chic

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


A Fresh Coat of Paint Goes a Long Way

The secret to transforming any shed into a personal reprieve.


As Does a Trip to the Salvage Yard

This guy is made from recycled glass doors and windows.


Hang a hammock for a lazy day

Um, is that an outdoor shower?


What makes you feel relaxed?

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


And for others...

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


Keep it contemporary

With minimalist accessories and clean, modern lines.


Or really own your theme

Like this quirky Zen den fit for a yoga goddess.


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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