She Shed or Potting Shed?

Which would you rather have? A she shed or a potting shed? Our side yard is big enough that we can add another shed on our property. Well, actually the side yard is an empty lot that we own and I’m toying with the idea of either a she shed or a potting shed. When I need inspiration I often turn to Houzz (click on the photos to see more of that project on Houzz).

This luxurious she shed at Houzz made me do a double-take. It looks so serene and beautiful and I would love sleeping out here on starry summer nights. In the morning it’d be sweet to enjoy a cup of coffee and a croissant on the patio.

Elegant She Shed with Bed and PatioPhoto by ScavulloDesign Interiors


The great thing about having a she shed, is that you can really make it anything that suits your fancy. For example, this shed serves as an artist’s studio. I could really use a crafting shed for all my projects that I make on the blog.

Shed turned artist's studio.Photo by Corynne Pless


Here’s an inside photo of the same shed. The owner makes ceramic projects in here.

Inside an Artist's Shed where ceramics are made.By Corynne Pless Brooklyn


You’ve probably seen this adorable little she shed before. It’s all over the internet and I’m certain I’ve seen it in a magazine or two.

Shabby Chic Style She ShedPhoto by Sandy Foster 


Inside, you’ll find plenty of white, shabby chic charm. Crystals suspend from a painted wood slat ceiling while yards of ruffled white fabric adorn windows ad furniture. This little she shed is worthy of any Rachel Ashwell fan.

Shabby Chic White Living RoomPhoto by Sandy Foster


My daughter would like this yoga shed. She’s studying to be a yoga instructor and this is right up her alley.

Yoga Shed for the yoga enthusiastPhoto by Backyard Buildings


I like the door to this little shed. Handy hooks provide a convenient place to hang your hat or garden gloves.

Charming Shed DoorPhoto by Theresa Fine


Moving on – you’ll find that potting sheds can be just as charming as she sheds. I love the garden space surrounding this farmhouse style garden shed. Whether you choose a she shed or potting shed, you can cultivate a garden like this one to enhance your shed.

Farmhouse Style Garden ShedPhoto by Robin Amorello, CKD CAPS – Atmoscaper Design


I just want to sit inside this potting shed and read a book or just reflect on my thoughts. It’s so peaceful and beautiful. Love the brick floor!

Potting ShedPhoto by Historical Concepts


And then there’s this pretty potting shed with ample windows for growing plants and flowers from seed.

Bright and Airy Potting Shed with Multiple WindowsPhoto by Dujardin Design Associates, Inc.


A rustic potting shed would also be wonderful to have in the yard.

Rustic Potting ShedPhoto by Greenworld Pictures Inc 

What would you choose?  A she shed or a potting shed?  I think I’d like to combine them into a potting she shed!


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  1. I like both, but given that you live in northern Illinois, a she shed makes more sense I think.

  2. Definitely a combo. Have a corner to craft, a corner to read or relax, and maybe a counter attached to the outside for potting. I would love one!

  3. I live in Minnesota, where the long winter renders my shed useless to me for 6 months of the year. So mine is a combination: potting/garden/hang-out spring through fall, and then during winter it provides critical storage for patio furniture. It’s still a pretty little building to look at out my kitchen window when the landscape is snowy.

  4. I agree with your last statement. If you have the room and the budget, do both! The “She Grows” Shed. It’ll be an internet sensation!

  5. I choose the potting shed. All of them are so nice, but for my own personal use, it’s the potting shed.

  6. Linda Manuel says

    No doubt about it, I would choose a she shed!

  7. My grandmothers was called a Hot House. I haven’t thought of that in years. She Shed’s/Potting Sheds aren’t new. HeHe.
    Thanks for bring back some lovely memories. I loved your post.
    I hope you’ll come over to the new Fabulous Party. We are celebrating Spring and Easter. Your post is perfect to share! The party is over here:
    Enjoy your week!

  8. Oh, I would combine the two…..why not!!!

    Just a thought, better check your local zoning codes…… us if you have an empty lot with a separate tax number then you have to have a resident structure on it BEFORE you can put up an accessory building………

  9. Marlene Stephenson says

    I think I like your idea of combining them. I could paint and plant, put a comfy chair for when I needed to relax. I have been looking but haven’t found what I want yet. Thanks for the ideas.

  10. What an exciting project to work on! I love the idea of combining them, the opportunity to have a brick floor seems too good to miss!

  11. Marijean Jenson says

    First off, I don’t like the term She Shed, but I dislike Man cave too ! With that said I would prefer a combination of the two, just like you. All of these are very nice.

  12. I love that new book on She Sheds….and I would love both…a potting shed/greenhouse to combine with a she shed!

  13. Make it a combination she’d.

  14. Patricia Gammeter says

    I guess it depends how much space (land/rooms) you have available, and what your priorities are! I realised I stopped pinning she/potting sheds when my son moved out and I took over his room, made it into my office/sewing room! I already have an extensive fibre art studio where once there was a garage. Since I am renting, there is only so much I can do. When I own my own property, I would like 3 distinct areas: a studio, a ‘she area’, and a garden/potting shed. Only this last would need to be a stand alone structure as I would prefer to incorporate the other two areas within my home. Looking forward to seeing what you will decide and how it will all look!

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