The Anatomy of She Sheds

The men have their man caves, and now you can have your very own she shed! In the last few years, she sheds have been popping up in backyards around the world. They are functional spaces for women to getaway and have some time to themselves. There are many different styles and uses for she sheds. You can use it as an art studio, a gardening hut, a meditation space, and more. Here are some of the basics from She Sheds.



No matter what the style and function, a shed is constructed with essential components. You can think of it like a stripped-down version of a small home.

Foundation. This is where it all begins. Your foundation supports the entire shed and keeps it firmly in one place. You’ll find more information on foundations in Chapter 7, but there are three types to consider: skid, slab, and raised (or pier).

  • A skid foundation rests on a gravel bed and consists of two or more 4×4 beams with the floor frame built on top.
  • A slab foundation is a level platform made of concrete that is poured into a wood frame about 6 inches in depth. The slab rests directly on top of the ground and can be used as flooring, or you can build a floor on top of it.
  • A raised foundation rests on four piers—concrete cylinders dug partially into the ground for stability. The piers support the floor frame of the structure.

Which one is right for you? First check with local building codes to see if there are any rules for outbuilding foundations. Then you might seek the advice of a knowledgeable builder in the area. Slab and skid foundations are probably the easiest and least expensive to build, but raised foundations provide better protection from ground moisture and are good options on a sloped site.

A floor plan. Most she sheds are single rooms of a square or rectangular shape. They have no interior walls; half walls and other partitions can be added to conceal a storage area.

Walls. Walls consist of framing lumber, usually sheathed with an exterior-grade plywood panel. Most sheds do not have insulation or drywall. Instead, the stick wood framing is left exposed, providing rustic charm and ad hoc shelving on the nailers (horizontal studs).

Doors. Since they are designed to house large items, sheds are often designed with wide or double doors. Kit sheds usually come with simple swing-out doors, hung with heavy-duty metal hinges. Custom sheds often incorporate doors with glass, either single-pane or French style. Another fun option is a Dutch door, which is divided in half horizontally so you can open just the top for light and air.

Windows. Larger kit sheds (8×10 feet or more) will usually have at least one window in their design. The “glass” may be actual glass or acrylic. Most she shed owners will add or modify their windows, and it’s not difficult to do. Pay attention to window placement for optimal light, ventilation, and privacy.

A well-built shed is sturdy, watertight, and comfortable. A she shed should be tall enough for comfortable standing, roomy enough for simple furnishings, and equipped with windows for light and ventilation.

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They’ve got their man caves, and it’s time for you to have a space of your own. She Sheds shows you how to create cozy getaways with inspiration from across the country. Start by defining the goal and purpose of your space. Will you use it for entertaining, crafting, or alone time? Then, use the gallery of over 100 photos as inspiration for your decor, paint colors, and landscaping. You’ll even find fun upcycling ideas to personalize your space. Get inspired, and get started on your very own tricked-out retreat!