The she shed is a new trend offering a female counterpart to the traditional man cave. Cigars and video games might make up a man cave, but she sheds create a different type of retreat that include features designed specifically for women. While man caves might be more mainstream, the she shed is growing in popularity and has recently grabbed our attention at Joybird. We wanted to know what the biggest trends are for these getaway rooms, so we surveyed 600 American women to find out. Check out the results below.
The Most Important She Shed Features
When it comes to the most important feature of a she shed, women aren’t so different from men. Over 23% of women said that the most important feature of their she shed would be a big screen TV. The same percentage of men said that multiple TV’s would be a crucial man cave feature during our man cave study. Function was prioritized over decor for most women. The least important feature of a she shed was a large chandelier for 16.67% of women.
One of the most common she shed features currently includes mini fridges. Around a third of women chose to stock a fridge in their getaway room. Other common features include houseplants and flowers, sound systems, desks, and vanities.
Men vs. Women
While man caves are more common, she sheds are quickly catching up in popularity. Of our male respondents, 65% currently have a man cave. Not too far behind are 59% of our female respondents who currently have a she shed.
Both men and women value entertainment in their getaway rooms, but their seating preferences vary. When asked which type of seating they would choose for their she shed, 29% of women chose a lounge chair or chaise. Men favored a more traditional option for their man cave with 34.67% of respondents choosing sectionals.
Men are also more likely to spend time in their man cave than women. Of our male respondents, 42.17% say they spend time in their man cave daily. Only 37.17% of women retreat to their she shed on a daily basis.
No Boys Allowed
As it turns out, women really value their privacy. Over 60% of women say they would banish their spouse from their getaway room. Men appear to be a little more lenient, with only 52% saying that their spouse isn’t allowed in their man cave.
So who would be invited into most women’s she sheds? The top celebrity guest to hang out with is Ellen Degeneres, who came out on top with 23.17% of respondent’s votes. For the female athlete category, Serena Williams was the top pick, earning 28.5% of the votes.
The runner-ups were split by generation. Millenials had the most love for Beyonce, Generation X-ers wanted to hang out with Oprah, and Reese Witherspoon was the pick for Baby Boomers.
Bites and Sips
Of course one of the key features of a getaway room is going to be a well-stocked fridge. While men are 6.3 times more likely to choose beer as their beverage of choice, women are 5.5 times more likely to favor wine.
Overall, the most popular she shed drinks were wine, coffee or tea, and soda.
Health food is not welcome in a women’s getaway room according to our results. The three most popular foods to stock in a she shed were chocolate, cheese and crackers, and pizza. Women were 4.8 times more likely to stock pizza than a veggie tray and 2.26 times more likely to choose chips and dip over smoothies. Perhaps an inner sanctum means ditching superfoods and enjoying some well-deserved treats.
So How Are Women Unwinding?
Once the she shed is designed and well stocked, what are women most likely to use it for? The most popular way women want to destress is by drinking a glass of wine and decompressing- a classic option. Coming in second was soaking in a bubble bath, followed by taking a nap and watching a favorite television show.
Overall, it’s clear that she sheds are meant for relaxation, whether that’s by taking some alone time without spouses, taking a luxurious bubble bath, or downing a glass or two of wine. However, one of the least popular ways to de-stress is by exercising, with only 4.85% of respondents saying they use their she shed for exercising.
While she sheds aren’t quite as well known as man caves, more and more women are creating a space focused on relaxation and privacy. Maybe it’s time to add a she shed to your home. Whether you’re looking to revamp your existing space or create a brand new retreat, the possibilities are endless! Share your thoughts and dream space ideas in the comments below.