"She Shed" or Craft Room: Pros and Cons

Updated on December 17, 2018
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The "She Shed" is one of the most popular ideas for anyone with a hobby
The "She Shed" is one of the most popular ideas for anyone with a hobby

You see them everywhere! It is the newest craft craze! It is the "She Shed!"

The "She Shed" is widely popular. From a simple design to a designer's dream, these decked out craft spaces are the newest craze. It can be a place where you relax to get away from the bustle of your life. It can be a place where you paint, craft, read or relax.

The first step in deciding if a "She Shed" or a craft room is right for you, is to define the purpose of the space. What will you use it for? Is it a space where you will do crafts, or just spend quiet time reading? Think about what the space means to you.

Then the next question is how much space will you need? Measure the furniture, bookcases, materials, etc. Really give thought to how much space will you need.

Common Features in a "She Shed"

What are most ladies looking for in a "She Shed?"

  • A big screen TV: 43% said they need one
  • Mini Fridge: 34 % have one
  • Houseplants: 20% wanted them
  • Sound system: 20%
  • Desk: 19%
  • Vanity: 18%

While I might agree if the "She Shed" was used as a retreat, the priorities would not be the same if it was going to be used as a craft space


Get That Permit

If you are adding a door, a room or a "She Shed," it is important to check with your building department to make sure that you do not need a permit. Do not trust any builder who tells you that you do not need one.

"She Shed" or Craft Room

OK so you know you need space for your craft or hobby. Now the question is should you use an existing space or build an external shed?

Make A Craft Room

So if you have a space that you can use, like a spare room or a basement or even an enclosed porch, can you convert that to a craft room?

First assuming that you have a space, how big is the space and will it accommodate your needs?

If you have a spare bedroom that will work, could you or would you put permanent shelving or closets in that space? The reason that you need to consider it is the fact that someday if you sell that house, the use of that spare bedroom could affect the sale. Or could you use things like bookcases and storage units, that in effect would and could revert the room back to a bedroom in the future?

Of course, the ideal situation is that you have a third bedroom, an attic, cellar or home office that could be recast to be your hobby room. In that case, there actually would be an enhancement to your home.

With this idea in mind, you could do a lot with your budget. First, paint the room. A fresh coat of paint works wonders with any space. You could add shelving or cabinets. If your husband is handy with tools, you could get a lot done with a minimal budget.

The best thing about this type of craft space is that there is already air conditioning. heat and running water.

The "She Shed"

The idea of the "She Shed" has been a craze for about a year now. There are some beautiful spaces decked out like a designer room for just about any hobby.

But constructing such a space has its pros and cons. On the pro side, you are going to get the space that you want as big as your budget will allow. You can design it or get one already made. You will also enhance your property with a shed that can be used later on for just about anything. You will also create a very special private space where you can enjoy your time and hobbies.

The flip side of that is that by the time you are completed, your budget will take a hit of about $2000 or more. Unless you place it in, you will not have heat, air conditioning or electric. And of course, no bathroom or sink.

Consider the weather where you live. Determine if heat or cold is a problem to the supplies and materials that you are going to store in your "She Shed" or craft room.

Craft rooms are generally a makeover of a current unused space
Craft rooms are generally a makeover of a current unused space

Make sure to hire a qualified electrician to do any electrical work you may have in either your craft room or you're "She Shed."

Find out from your insurance agent if your "She Shed" would be covered under your insurance policy. If not be sure to add insurance to cover your shed and the contents.

Start With Your Budget

As with any project, your decision which way to go has to start with your budget. How much are you willing to spend and how much bang will you get for your buck?

If you decide to go the "She Shed" route, your cost will depend on the size of the shed and the materials that you want to use.

Metal Sheds

There are of course the prefab metal sheds. Some companies will put these together for you, but most of them are a kit that you put together. If you are not handy, then you would have to consider the cost of installing it. Depending on the size of the shed, they could run between $300-$2000 as the kit.

Wood Sheds

Wood sheds are the most popular option. That is because they enhance the beauty of your property. But the more practical reason for wood is because you can add creative options like skylights, shelves, windows, and features.

Wooden "She Sheds" are more expensive. You can figure anything from $600 to $3000 just for the base unit.

Vinyl Sheds

What sells the vinyl shed id the durability of the shed. They do not become worn by rot, insects or decay. The other pro on this shed is that they stand up to extreme weather elements. They are considered the most maintenance-free options.

The average price on one of these averages from $500-$5000.

Redoing A Craft Room

Depending on the room or space that you have, the actual redo budget will depend on the size of the space and how handy you or your family may be.

Possible costs could include paint, flooring, cabinets, desk or workspace, lighting, etc.

Pros and Cons on "She Sheds" and Craft Rooms

Craft Room
She Sheds
Cost for redo on craft space could be less
More private space
Already has heat/air and bathroom and electric
Can size the way you want
No permits needed
Easy to customize to your taste
Part of a permanent structure
Can add a lot of value to your property
While the cost of redo in an existing room may be less, the she shed is still more economical than a new addition to your home

Give it a coat of paint to refresh an old shed. Pastel paint can be a calming idea.

Using an Unused Shed

You may have a start to your she shed if you have a shed on your property that has very little use. Consider where you may be able to put materials that are in a partially used shed. You may have a resource right in your view.

Purge the materials -throw any unused or broken items. Donate what you can. Discard what you can. Remember to follow community guidelines for disposing of things like paint or solvents.

Once you clean out the shed, start planning the renovations that might be possible.

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