I’ll be honest. I didn’t know how to initially feel about the “She-Shed” concept. She-Sheds are the female equivalent of a Man-Cave.
Women, mostly living in rural areas with that unknown quantity called land, create gendered spaces where they can engage in womanly pursuits like scrapbooking, quilting, or maybe birthing some children. I blame Red from Orange is the New Black. Besides using her shed to traffic prison contraband, she tended herbs and met with her girlfriends, all very appropriate She-Shed activities. A quick Instagram and Pinterest briefing showed large amounts of fairy lights, china, and miniatures, all arrayed in the softest pastels.
I’m pretty girly but it seemed a little kitsch and, let’s be real, who has a shed? Also, I don’t have any kids and, since my husband works a lot, I don’t feel the need to escape him when he’s home. However, I decided to try and create one of these spaces for myself, supplementing shed with corner, because most people have corners!
Here’s How to DIY a She-Corner
1. Determine its main function - She-Sheds are used for yoga, sewing, tea-time, or any other domesticated art. I decided to use mine for writing, reading, and feminine reflection.
2. Find a corner - I picked one in our living room, nicely sandwiched between our TV and broken air conditioning wall unit (in our household, we live in fear that “SUMMER. IS. COMING.”).
3. Create a base - This will vary depending on how you will use your She-Corner. I needed a comfy place to read and write so I wanted to emulate a window seat. I wrapped a pretty blanket around two couch cushions and nestled them into my corner.
4. Decorate! - Just keep it soft and pretty, as per the She-Shed ways.
Miniatures are encouraged, in addition to teacups. I added some throw pillows, ladylike art, and a hanging mirror.
5. Join the #Sheshed movement
Then it was time to try it out:
I settled into my little She-Corner and started to write. And it was blissful. Maybe it was how cozy everything felt or how comfy it all was but I was basically experiencing my childhood dream of living in a dollhouse. I stayed in my She-Corner all evening and when Mark, my husband, asked,
“What’s the difference between sitting on couch cushions on the floor and just sitting on the couch?”
“YOU KNOW NOTHING.”
It was nice to have a specific place to work. It was much better than my plastic lap desk and old, gray couch. But I think I partially enjoyed it because it wasn’t hidden away from my home. Instead, it was an extension of it.
I talked to Mark, read him passages I’d wrote and parts of We Have Always Lived in the Castle. I didn’t want to be off by myself—nor would I want him to go off by himself in a Man-Cave. And when a friend stopped by, I welcomed her into my corner and it was the perfect backdrop for our conversation. As far as She-Corners go, I’m all about them!