She-Shed Ideas: Ways for Women to Use a Garden Workshop

A she-shed is perfect for women to make their own personal space out of a garden building. If you’re seeking a personal space for creative pursuits and much-needed me time, this one is for you. In this guide, we’ve curated our favourite ideas to inspire your own sanctuary. Read on and see what you can make out of your garden room.

1. Backyard spa

An interior of a wooden sauna, featuring light wooden benches and walls. A glass door is partially open, and a metal bowl on a chain hangs above the sauna heater filled with charcoals.

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Booking a spa session can be as easy as taking a trip to your backyard. Whether it’s a shed or a log cabin, you can turn the building structure into your ultimate relaxation haven. Fit into a hot tub and sauna inside, and choose light cladding to achieve a simple yet modern interior.

Tip: Invest in an inflatable hot tub to enjoy a relaxing dip with nature as your backdrop.

2. Art studio

An artist’s studio filled with various paintings and art supplies - some are displayed on easels, and others are leaning against the wall.

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Your artworks deserve a dedicated room other than your spare bedroom or attic. A small garden workshop that receives ample natural light will suffice. Decorate the interior to your liking with all the essentials you’ll need to get creative in peace. Also, consider insulation and ventilation for proper airflow and soundproofing.

3. Reading room

A cosy garden room with a large window overlooking a lawn, a white beanbag, and a bookshelf filled with books.

If you love reading, treat yourself to a mini-retreat, a.k.a. your reading room, where you can disappear with a book. A glass roof, or at least a section of it, would be a dream, and it invites more sunlight and makes the room bright and airy. Place plant pots throughout the space, with a comfy sofa in the middle. Don’t forget shelves for your to-be-read (TBR) book series!

Tip: Apply cooling film on the glass roof to avoid heat build-up. Open windows to increase ventilation and keep the air flowing throughout the room.

4. Potting shed

BillyOh Planthouse Tongue and Groove Apex Potting Shed
BillyOh Planthouse Tongue and Groove Apex Potting Shed

A potting shed is a must-have if you’re a gardener or want to improve your green thumb. It offers storage for your garden tools and potted plants, along with a space for a potting bench. Read our guide, ‘How Do You Turn a Shed Into a Potting Shed?’ for step-by-step instructions.

5. Private garden gym

BillyOh Cove Multiroom Log Cabin
BillyOh Cove Multiroom Log Cabin

Now might be the perfect time to create a garden gym and stay on top of your fitness regimen. This she-shed idea works even better if your structure is large enough to accommodate a variety of garden gym equipment. But even if it’s not, adding a massive wall mirror can make the room feel bigger than it is.

6. Breakfast nook

Oh, to have your breakfast to the sound of birds chirping, breathing in the fresh morning air while sipping your hot coffee. That’s what a breakfast nook is for — what a luxury way to enjoy slow mornings, indeed! Even better, it provides a more informal eating area for hosting mini-get-togethers.

7. Yoga shed

A woman practising yoga, stretching forward with her forehead touching the floor, arms extended, and legs folded beneath her

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Welcome the sun and soak in essential vitamin D every morning with a storage shed turned into a yoga hub. Consider installing French doors or big windows to enjoy plenty of fresh air. Paint the walls a soft blue, add storage for the mats, and a table for the speaker to play meditation sounds.

8. Home office

BillyOh Canvas Insulated Garden Room
BillyOh Canvas Insulated Garden Room

It’s not just about escape and relaxation with she-sheds. A garden office is also a fantastic idea if you’re working from home. Get work done without distraction while in place you decorated to increase productivity.

Tip: Lighting plays a major role. Check out these shed lighting ideas for more information.

9. Writing retreat

This she-shed idea is similar to a reading nook, except it’s dedicated to writing down your thoughts. It’s perfect if you’re a writer or simply want to have a retreat to reflect and keep your mind occupied. You can also turn the other corner of the room into a reading nook to maximise the space.

10. Quilting cottage

A bright sewing room with a white table, pink chairs, and a sewing machine. Shelves hold fabric and books, and a wicker basket sits on another table.

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Sewing can be therapeutic, especially when you can focus without distractions. Create a sewing area in your shed for peace of mind and the freedom to immerse yourself in your latest project. Pull in a cosy sofa for those well-deserved breaks.


She shed ideas are endless, but we hope this list can serve as a great starting point for you. May your chosen purpose for your outdoor building come to life! Read our shed makeover ideas next for more creative ways to perk up your garden room.