The Rise of the ‘She-Shed’ and ‘Lady Log Cabin’
Sheds and garages have long been self-made man forts, a place to escape from the kids or a place to house years of unfinished DIY projects. Those with bigger ideas have even converted their garden sheds into gaming pods or bars complete with a beer pump and pool table. However, the tide seems to be changing as women are starting to realise the potential for these extra spaces, and sales of she-sheds have soared by 50%.
It’s time for the man cave to move over and make way for the she-shed or lady log cabin, as Homebase report a 50% rise in sales to women over the last six months, compared to the same period last year. Women are viewing summer houses or she-sheds as a new interior design project or a place to enjoy their hobbies in peace and quiet – a space to call their own.
So what’s driving this she-shed movement, and how do you go about making your own? Prior Home Improvements magazine decided to investigate…
More and more women are starting their own businesses from home, and many of these are creative businesses. That means they need space to make things and space to run a business – introducing the garden pop-up office! It makes sense to link the rise of female entrepreneurs and mumpreneurs who like to work flexibly from home with the rise of she-sheds and garden offices which double as studios or workshops. These outdoor spaces are also great for creative women who just make things for fun – whether it’s knitting, painting, writing, crafts or card making, a she-shed or lady log cabin is a great place to unwind and get stuck into your favourite hobby.
An All-Year-Round Outdoor Space
It’s official – the British summertime is never going to be an ‘actual’ summer. Yet again this year’s summer has been thoroughly disappointing, meaning many Brits have not spent the amount of time in the garden they had wanted. By introducing a summer house or she-shed, women can read or simply relax with a roof over their heads, and still feel as if they are outdoors. You can wait in your cosy shed until the sun decides to appear from the clouds, and still listen to the birds and get some fresh air. Of course, she-sheds and lady log cabins can also be equipped with heaters so they can be enjoyed all year round.
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