A woman cave or a she-shed would be the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day. Check out our list of ideas and inspirations to create the perfect space for you!
A woman cave shouldn’t be an office. It’s tempting to make a space that’s only for you and then go in there to get work done, but a woman cave is meant to be a sanctuary from work, kids, spouses, and the world. The only question is, what are you supposed to do in there? A woman cave is supposed to be a place where you surround yourself with peace, hobbies, or fun. After all, if a man cave can have playboy calendars and neon beer signs, you can hang pictures of NCIS’s Shemar Moore if that’s what your heart desires.
To make a woman cave that’s truly you, the first thing you need to do is figure out the purpose of the space and go wild from there. Is it to craft? To watch TV in your undies? To eat that carton of Bluebell you’ve been hiding in the garage freezer? All of these things and more are at your fingertips with a woman cave designed especially for you.
5 Small Space Woman Cave Ideas
It’s unfair, but not everyone has the space to dedicate an entire room to their lady cave. If that’s you, but you’re desperate for someplace to call your own, try these 5 space-saving ideas.
Folding Screen Cubicle
Use folding screens in your existing space to block out space just for you. Folding screens can be tall enough to exceed head height, giving you the privacy you crave while adding a little bit of character to the room. Creating your own walls also gives the illusion of a forbidden area to some of the more persistent family members.
Cozy Reading Nook
Make a reading nook in your bedroom designed to your taste. Just one area rug, a squishy chair, and a bookshelf can make the space feel completely different than the rest of the room. If you really want the area to feel like it stands alone, add a free-standing bookshelf or a couch in between your space and the rest.
Privacy Curtain Separator
Hang curtains to make yourself a free-flowing cubicle (that you actually like). If you’ve got a desk in the corner, and that’s the only space you can afford, hang a sliding curtain rod that you can use to open up or close off your space at will.
Vertical Storage Wall
Make your space vertical instead of horizontal. If you’ve just got the one wall to put your desk against, utilize your existing space by building up instead of across. Hang pictures, shelves, maybe even mount a TV. Heck, you’ve got around 8 feet of space to pack with your design ideas.
Closet Cave Getaway
Transfer your clothes to a portable clothing rack and use that closet for your own. Obviously, if you don’t have a walk-in closet, this won’t work well, but if you do, then it’s the perfect spot to escape from the rest of the house, get some quiet, and decorate. It’s probably got plenty of storage, too!
5 Low-Budget Woman Cave Ideas
You can’t afford an entire she-shed, but that doesn’t mean you can spruce up your space with some accessories that make it feel more like your own. Using some interior design tricks, you can make your room a beautiful space that really does feel like a retreat.
Stand-Out Light Fixture
Pick a unique light fixture to give the area life and make it different. If you’ve only got that corner of the bedroom to do your thing, make it bright and welcoming using a fixture that screams, “Mine.” Hanging fixtures are a great way to do this, but if you don’t have an overhead light to work with, standing lamps come in every style and finish, and they can really set your corner apart.
Tone-Setting Art Wall
Hang art to set the tone of the area. It could be your children’s art, your own, or prints from the internet, but they don’t have to be costly. Utilize your Walgreens printer and Walmart frames, measure out the space with purpose, so the end result is something that makes a statement you’re happy with.
Mini-Bar Relaxation Corner
Use a mini-bar or wine rack as a divider or as the trademark piece. Drag a futon in there with a few throw pillows, and you’ve got a place to relax, forget, and have a drink. As a plus, wine racks can be beautiful pieces of furniture at low costs. A small bar area won’t cost much, and it’ll be fun to fill up with supplies.
Make Your Own Pillows
Print your own pillow designs. Fluffy pillows are a great way to make any couch feel more welcoming and personal, but why not take it up a notch with a picture, drawing, or saying that’s really you? Websites like Vistaprint and CanvasPrints do custom orders that can make setting the tone completely within your control.
Art Supplies Color Splash
Use your existing craft supplies as decoration. You’ve got every color in the rainbow already; you just need a way to display it. Through cheap shelves at Walmart, you can make a craft cubby where your supplies do all the talking.
5 She Shed Woman Cave Decorating Ideas
Ah, you fortunate ladies. You’ve got a whole shed with AC and maybe even a working bathroom to decorate how you see fit. Maybe the task feels daunting, now that you think about it. What are you going to do with all of that space? Luckily, we’ve got your back. Here are five ideas to make that space the right space for you.
Decorative Flowers and Plants
Use potted plants and fresh flowers to add color and life. Hopefully, given that you’ve got nine square feet of space and a window, you’ll have plenty of natural light to make it work. Since a she-shed is a mixture between outdoor space and indoor space, make the two live in harmony with some good-smelling, life-giving plants.
Paint Splatter Chic
Make the floors finished concrete, so you can have a shame-free art studio. Paint spills are meant to happen here. They only add character with each new blotch! In woman caves, DIY projects don’t have limits, so decorate the space in a way that it’s meant to get dirty. If you’re really daring, you can pre-splatter paint them.
Surround Sound System
Install a speaker system, so you can listen to your music the way it was meant to be experienced. If you don’t have much space, lots of speaker systems can be hung from or even installed in the ceiling. It’ll be like living in your own boombox where quiet time is only a requirement if you want it to be.
Utilize the area above your head for storage. You want the ground floor to be a place for movement and creativity. To have enough space, you might need to utilize the z-axis for storing all the things you might need, but don’t use every day. Slide a few planks or boards on top of the rafters to separate your work space from your stuff.
Light Colored Walls, Open Space
Paint the walls a light color. Bright colors open up the space to feel more roomy and breathable. In order to make this a place you actually want to spend time, it should feel inviting, not claustrophobic.
5 Garage Woman Cave Decorating Ideas
Probably the main issues with decorating a garage are temperature regulation, dust, and darkness. To make this a great space where you’ll want to spend free time every season, you might want to devote some brain power toward making it comfortable, first.
Cozy Area Rug
Try a big, fluffy rug to soften up the hard floors. It also ought to keep your toes warm during the winter weather when concrete won’t be the best material for warmth and comfort.
Vinyl Tile Color Splash
Cover the concrete with bright, vinyl tiles. Vinyl won’t be as hard to warm up as regular stone or porcelain tiles, and it will make the space feel like a room and not a dirty carport.
Hang curtains on the walls. Not only can the curtains create instant color and a feeling of softness, but they can also help to insulate the room from hot and cold. If you’re extra concerned with those hot summer days, some curtains come with insulating panels that might add an extra layer against the heat or cold.
Hang an abundance of Christmas or curtain lights to set the mood for relaxation. This kind of lighting is not only cheap, but it’s great for lighting the entire area enough for comfort without altering the mood. If you need additional lighting for a workspace, that’s where standing lamps come in extra handy.
Air Filtering and Decorative
Use low-light hanging plants and air filters to keep it clean. No one wants to feel like they just rolled in dust when they leave their personal space. Some air filters are pretty sleek-looking, so you won’t have to sacrifice style for utility. Also, some plants require little to no light, so a little bit of research about plants that can survive on water alone might help you freshen up the area for your nose’s benefit.
5 Basement Woman Cave Decorating Ideas
Depending on the house, the basement could already be a pretty great place, carpeted and insulated. It could also be a step down from the garage and in great danger of cockroaches. Making this the perfect place for me-time might be a major project or a small undertaking, but either way, you’ll need some ideas of what to do with it when you get it in livable condition.
Reading Nook Enclosed Office
Many women use their woman caves for work, but when you’re tired of working, where can you go except for back to the main house? If you have to have the office, use the reading nook shelves to close it off from your space. That way, you have a designated work area that you can still get away from without going back to the house.
Backsplash To Claim Your Space
Separate your wall or corner with a tile backsplash or wallpaper. Many people use their basement for storage or laundry, so it may not be possible for the entire basement to be filled with your things, but with some well-placed tile and an area rug, you can at least have a corner to escape to.
Beautiful Home Gym
Instead of letting the equipment make your room feel like a prison gym, add some flair to make this a private mini-gym. Colorful mats, wall art, and some tasteful separators can make this a multi-purpose room that’s still fun to look at.
Have a coffee bar, because you deserve it. For the discerning woman, the smell of coffee is both the productivity and relaxation cure. It wouldn’t take much to get that on-demand latte. A sofa table will do, to hold the Nespresso machine and a mug rack.
Chalkboard Paint Wall
Try a chalkboard paint wall for an ever-changing space dictated by your creativity. As one of the cheapest, most versatile ways to decorate a space, chalkboard paint can completely transform a room over and over again. To create a mood that changes with you, all you’ll need is some chalk or chalk paint pens to create the perfect woman cave every day.
5 Spare Bedroom Woman Cave Ideas
Having a woman cave in the house can be asking for trouble. Unlike the she-shed which has actual outside air separating it from the family, this one is just a door away from everything you’re hoping to escape. If the most important thing is refreshing alone time, these spare bedroom ideas can help you keep the space separate.
Try some soundproofing panels, at least where the walls connect to other rooms. You don’t have to sacrifice the beauty of the room with panels like these. An added bonus? You don’t have to be afraid to blast your music.
Keep Out the Riff Raff
Hang an open sign. Make it blatantly clear when and if you can be disturbed. Either go the handwritten route with a foam or chalkboard sign or go the extra mile with a neon sign that blinks, so it can’t be misinterpreted.
Table For the Kids
Have a table in the front part of the room for the family. This is the line they do not cross. If you have to have a kid in there while you’re working or relaxing, this is the compromise zone where they can work and play, and you can have five square feet of space without someone in it. Get up from that table, face the wrath of God.
One More Barrier
Create an extra partition. A bead curtain, folding separator, or a few shelves will give the room some extra security against a wandering teenager or two. At least they have to think about it a little more if they decide to breach the entryway.
A Room Within A Room
Make a she-shed within the room itself. Is this too extra? There’s only one way to find out. Whether it’s converting a children’s playhouse to accommodate a full-sized adult, or building a separate area with an additional door, there’s no reason why you can’t make a room within a room that is easier to control and that can move with you from house to house. If all else fails, you are not too old for a teepee room.