10 Rooms You Wouldn't Suspect Were Actually Sheds

Who among us doesn’t occasionally dream of getting away from it all? Of having our own private spot to relax, to dream, to focus, to let our hair down and just be ourselves? What if you could have such a spot right in your own backyard? A shed can put that dream well within reach—not a broken-down, utilitarian, or spider-infested shed, but rather one that does its owners proud. Let the 10 spectacular sheds shown here, whether used as family hangouts, guest houses, home offices, or she sheds, open your eyes to the amazing potential hidden in the once humble outbuilding.

Creative Inspiration

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Boho chic shed workspace

Blogger Charlotte Smith of At Charlotte’s House took a junk-filled backyard shed and turned it into an amazing, light-filled room that not only serves as an organized storage spot for DIY and craft supplies, but also provides plenty of space to dream and plan, work on projects, or simply relax, cold beverage in hand.

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Hardworking She Shed

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Country cottage she shed

Why put up with a boring, utilitarian home office when you can instead toil away in a not too frilly but decidedly feminine work space that started off as a basic 10x16 backyard shed? Chris and Rachel Joy of the blog Joyful Derivatives answered that question with this practical yet softly welcoming makeover. A cement-tile accent wall is the crowning glory of this inspired project.

Related: The 10 Best Sheds for Your Backyard

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Oh-So-Fresh Home Office

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Home office in shed

This shed turned home office, which appears on the design site Houzz, gives off a serene vibe thanks to the neutral color scheme, but there’s nothing stark or cold about its modern farmhouse style. Created by Home Glow Design and photographed by Sabrina Cole Quinn, the space exudes character and is enhanced by sea grass carpeting, an intriguing light fixture, and soft Roman shades.

Sabrina Cole Quinn Photography; Design: Home Glow Design

A Spot to Dream

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Cute she shed

Who wouldn’t love having lunch with a friend, relaxing with a glass of a favorite beverage, or just sitting and dreaming in this small-but-lovely she shed? Built by A Place to Grow, a specialty contractor that creates outdoor spaces from reclaimed or recycled materials, this shed is awash in personality and shabby-chic charm.

Related: 8 Tiny Backyard Buildings for Work or Play

A Place to Grow

Family Hangout

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Game room in shed

You’d never believe that this cozy family hangout from the bloggers of At Home with the Barkers was once a cluttered backyard shed. Now, with comfortable seating, a large TV, a dining nook, and many entertainment options, it’s the perfect spot for family and friends to get away from it all without having to actually go anywhere.

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Cabin Retreat

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Guest room in shed

A backyard structure can provide not only a much-needed escape, but also an outlet for creativity and self-expression. This cozy, shiplap-lined cottage, built by Santa Barbara Home Design, packs a lot of charm into its compact 10x12 footprint. An artful use of materials, graceful antiques, and carefully chosen decorative pieces create a sense of classic timelessness in this newly constructed shed.

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Garden Shed

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Garden Shed

If the term “potting shed” brings to mind a functional, soil-encrusted lean-to littered with bags of soil and broken pots, then take a look at this garden room from Kathryn J. Lemaster Art & Design. Filled with light and greenery, it’s not only ideal for potting plants, but also a delightful place to sit back and enjoy them. 

Kathryn J. Lemaster Art & Design

Tiny Home

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Tiny home shed

While some sheds provide spots to work or relax, others, such as those designed by SQFT Studios, can serve as actual homes. Set on a property that already has a house, these tiny retreats may not offer much in the way of square footage, but they have everything necessary to live comfortably and happily.

Jason Quigley; Design: SQFT Studios

Modern Farmhouse

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Guest house tiny shed

It's just 110 square feet, but this modern farmhouse guest cottage radiates outsize appeal. This cozy room, from the blogger at Simplicity in the South, even has a small sink, microwave, refrigerator, and coffee bar. Absolutely delightful.

simplicityinthesouth.com

She Shed Extraordinaire

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Mom cave in shed

This tiny “mom cave” from Toni at the blog Design Dazzle absolutely overflows with fun, feminine touches. It's undeniably shabby chic, but without the floral patterns or ruffles that defined the style back in the 1990s. It’s hard to imagine any mom who wouldn’t enjoy an hour or two all by herself in this adorable cottage shed.

Related: 10 Totally Unexpected Uses for a Backyard Shed

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