Craving a space to call your own? Create a one-of-a-kind she shed designed with both function and fashion in mind.

shed exterior with open door

Everyone longs for a place to get away from it all, a serene space where you can read, make a mess, get creative, and gather with friends. Stop daydreaming and start living the dream—with your own she shed. 

She sheds—outdoor garden sheds designed with relaxation and creativity in mind—continue to grow in popularity, and the possibilities for customization are endless. With the right upgrades, nearly any outdoor shed can become a she shed.

Build your own cheery retreat just a few steps away from home. This backyard getaway features a welcoming landscaped exterior, breeze-loving windows, comfy seating, and space-saving yet functional interior details to promote relaxation and creativity. An empty garden shed can easily become a pretty oasis by adding a paver patio, installing lights both inside and out, and embellishing doors with metal sheeting.

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Built in collaboration with Classic Buildings, a custom shed builder based in Kansas City, Missouri, this DIY design was customized to fit the homeowner's lot. Door and window placements were adjusted, and ceiling, wall, and floor materials were upgraded. 

Once you've completed your custom shed design, it's time to add some personality. Create an interior focal wall by hanging moisture-resistant gypsum board and applying a dreamy painted watercolor effect. In this stylish she shed, the graphic wall treatment highlights DIY accents like embroidered artwork, a cozy hanging rattan chair, and party essentials stowed on a portable bar cart.

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A she shed would be replete without the necessary storage. Utillize the nooks and crannies of your custom shed to display accents, photographs, and plants. Custom bookshelves, which can be removed and adjusted to fit the height of your favorite accessories, play a part in transforming this 10x12 she shed into a playful yet practical getaway.

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You don't need to be an expert craftsman to turn your ordinary garden shed into a creative outdoor room. The projects featured in this shed—including an industrial bar cart, no-sew valances, go-anywhere seating, and a collapsible desk—rely on basic home center staples like paint, drywall, iron pipe, and nominal lumber. A few splurges, like patterned outdoor fabrics, make the space feel like a home away from home.

shed exterior with open door

Boost your she shed's versatility by developing the surrounding yard as additional living space. A paver-and-pebble patio, borders and steps made of Belgian pavers, and metal tubs filled with flowers and edibles complete the look. Time to gather a few friends and celebrate!

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Comments (2)

Better Homes & Gardens Member
January 14, 2019
LOVE these!
Better Homes & Gardens Member
June 17, 2018
I want one!