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Man Cave or She Shed? Garden sheds and summerhouses to please everyone.

Dubbed the man cave, sheds which are actually escape destinations for men, are a familiar sight in many UK back gardens. They’re often full of tools, a workbench, bike stuff. And it doesn’t stop there, home gyms, microbreweries, you name it, the man cave has it! Functionality and space are key.  Good lighting, decent security and a robust, long-lasting build are what matters.  A shed that makes an ideal man space is the Forest Garden Overlap Pressure Treated 8x10 Double Door Apex Shed. Its double doors allow great access for all kinds of gear. Four windows give great light levels, and the standard Forest Garden security features - windows and doors with hidden hinges - give peace of mind.

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Sheds as Garden Rooms

The garden shed is finding new popularity as a garden room, providing a social space and breakaway hangout for different generations. Sheds with double door options and plenty of glazing work well as affordable garden rooms. Something like the Forest Garden 6x10 Double Door Apex Shed is ideal as a cost-effective option with room for a comfy sofa, even a futon for an impromptu sleepover, a coffee table and some throws for relaxing - a place to take a mug of tea or a tray of drinks when friends come around.

Of course, if you’re serious about your garden room, there are some real beauties available. They’re marketed as summerhouses, have more glazing, including glazed double doors and often have integral verandas and decking. They can cost thousands and are fantastic substantial garden buildings. £500 will get you a great starter garden room but if you can stretch to £1000, you can pick up a lovely little summerhouse complete with veranda and full-length glazed windows.   The  7x5 Forest Garden  Rectangular Bloxham Summerhouse is just delightful. It's got glazed doors and long glazed side windows, so it's flooded with light whatever the time of day.


She Sheds and Hideaways for Women

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Really gaining in popularity are garden shed hideaways for women. The beauty of a she shed is that owners can go wild with colour without worrying about whether it will complement the house interior décor. Themes could vary from botanical to nautical, boudoir to vintage, even Goth to sloth. If shabby chic ticks a box, some upcycled furniture can find a new place in the she shed. Add bunting, throws, rugs, bean bags, lines of lights on battery packs and solar-powered LEDs for atmosphere day and night.  Crafters can put up a hobby table, but lots of “she shed” owners just love to collect and display favourite artwork, pots, books, and all those bits and bobs that just don’t seem to find space in the house anymore.


A great starter She Shed must be the sweet little 6x6 Forest Garden Stroud Summerhouse, and on anyone's bucket list should be a fabulous wooden chalet with integral porch like the Forest Garden Malvern Log Cabin, with room for a day bed, rocking chair, what you will!


Top Tips for Creating Garden Sheds with Appeal

Paint it: choose two colours from the great range of garden paints available, and paint doors and window frames to contrast with the walls. Why not have fun with funky pinks and oranges, or go all coastal with soft blues and greys? The natural shades of shiplap timber are very nice, but hey, let’s be different!

Pave its surrounds: by creating a little outside seating area for sunny days outside your shed, you can extend its usefulness and appeal. You’ll need approximately 3x2m budget paving slabs  like Stonemarket Stretton Utility Garden Paving to achieve a comfortable area for a couple of chairs and a table. Gravel or chippings are easy to put down, but just be aware that garden furniture can be less stable on these kinds of surfaces.

Choose some welcoming pots and planters: soften the approach to your shed with a collection of planters and containers. Fill them with fragrant herbs, or plant up with seasonal bulbs. A few favourites will brighten your day and your heart! We love to take advantage of seasonal plant centre bargains and offers to make sure these pots are full of colour from spring to autumn.

Want More Inspiration?

She Sheds A Room of Your Own book cover

Check out American author Erika Kotite’s book on the She Shed trend! 'She Sheds A Room of Your Own'  contains lots of inspirational “she sheds” and insights into how their owners have created “me” spaces.

For more ideas about how to create your own me space  in the garden, see our wide range of garden sheds, summerhouses and log cabins.