The term “man cave” was first popularized in the early 1990s, while “she shed” appeared around 2015 and became a household phrase after being used in a well-known insurance commercial. Since growing in popularity, you may be asking yourself how to turn your space into a man cave or she shed; the answer is easier than you think. Check out these ideas to upgrade or get started on a new oasis.
Things to keep in mind when planning your she shed or man cave
- Set a budget before purchasing your shed or buying things to update a space you already have.
- Determine what you want your hideout to feel like and buy pieces to match.
- If you decide to paint, lean towards lighter colors, this will help open up the space and make it feel larger.
- Consider if you want or need plumbing. If so, plan accordingly prior to decorating.
- Think about what size you want your man cave or she shed to be; this will allow you to plan what is needed and what’s not when planning.
Whether adding a lamp or installing permanent lighting fixtures, having good lighting is a fantastic way to make a room look bigger. Plus, lighting is a way to transform the look of a space without putting in a ton of extra work. Check out this article on how to use light fixtures and wall sconces without permanently attaching them: 8 Easy Way to Update Your Home
Create your ideal workbench
Whether you’re starting a DIY undertaking, doing a puzzle, or taking on your next woodworking project, having a workbench is perfect for any she shed or man cave. Purchase a prebuilt workbench or build your own with plans by clicking here.
A workbench with storage is perfect for minimizing clutter and organizing.
Pick the perfect flooring
Flooring can alter any man cave or she shed and bring the room together. Think about the intended use of your space and what you need from your flooring. Do you want to spend your time in a cozy home away from home? Maybe carpet or rugs work best for you. Are you planning to do a lot of do-it-yourself projects? An easy-to-clean option might be your best option. Right now, laminate and vinyl plank flooring is all the rage, plus it’s pretty simple to install yourself. Check out So That’s How You Do That! for a how-to on laminate and vinyl flooring installation by clicking here.
Think about a home bar
A home bar is a perfect solution if you like to have a drink or two but want to avoid crowds. It’s also a wonderful way to entertain your friends and family without ushering everyone to the nearest hangout spot. If you have limited space, consider picking up a bar cart. It’s still a great way to store everything you need to make your favorite cocktails without committing to a whole home bar. Simplify your routine with the Bev by Black and Decker. Check out all you need to know about the robotic bartender here.
Save space with storage
Man caves and she sheds typically have limited space, so it’s essential to use the most of it. There are many excellent storage options from wall cabinets like the Rubbermaid 24in Wall Cabinet to floor-standing storage such as the SUNCAST Mega Tall Storage Cabinet to multi-use choices including the SJOBERGS Storage Cabinet Workbench, and so many options in between.
Add heating options
If you plan on using your personal getaway in the colder months, ensure you have good insulation and heating options. To keep a relaxing aesthetic, install an electric fireplace. Electric fireplaces can even offer additional storage. If you’re looking for something smaller or don’t live in an area where heating is necessary for many months of the year, a space heater is a terrific alternative.
Ideas for decorating the interior
- Pizza oven or popcorn maker
- Game or card table
- TV with cable or gaming system
- Workout equipment
- Comfortable seating options
- Mini fridge
However you decide to design and furnish your man cave or she shed, make sure that it fits your personality and has everything you need to create a comfortable area.