Conservatories have become an increasingly popular feature in UK households as they are extremely versatile and can increase property value. Your conservatory can serve a multitude of purposes, so to help you decide what you want yours to be, we have devised a list of the most popular uses for a conservatory.
What are the most common uses for a conservatory?
Conservatories can provide you with the ideal space you desire and effectively bring the outside in. Many people assume that conservatories are an extortionate addition to your home, but it is a much cheaper alternative than upgrading to a larger property. Once installed, a conservatory can add value to your home which makes it a beneficial financial investment if you are planning to sell your property in the future. In comparison to a traditional extension, it is also considerably quicker to build a conservatory and obtain planning permission. There are a variety of conservatories you can choose from, including:
- P, L, T or U-shaped
- Off the wall
Each conservatory style has its own distinct features, which you can read about here. Once you have chosen what style you want, you can now focus on what you will use your conservatory as.
A dining room
Many people opt to transform their conservatory into a functional dining room as it offers excellent views of your landscape while you eat. Having a designated space for dining with friends and family creates the perfect setting to host dinner parties as well as day-to-day evening meals. By turning your conservatory into a dining room, you can also enjoy watching the sunrise as you eat breakfast or soak up the glorious sun as you tuck into your lunch. As an excellent social space for eating, drinking and enjoying your garden, you can feel confident that your dining room will be used daily, and the expense of installation will certainly be worthwhile.
For the optimal sheltered, alfresco dining experience, you must invest in the correct furniture. To do this, you need to take into consideration the size of your new room and the number of people you want to cater for. For example, if your conservatory isn’t the most spacious, you may want to avoid buying a 10 seater dining table as this would take up the majority of the room and make it feel uncomfortably cramped. Moreover, if you do not have a large family, you will not need an exceptionally large table as it will not be used to its full potential. Instead, we suggest opting for a collapsible table which can be extended depending on the number of people you are hosting dinner for. This Trimble folding dining table from Wayfair is an excellent choice as it boasts a stylish, modern design and can seat 6-8 people. If you are unsure of what size table will be most appropriate for your conservatory, read this handy article.
When it comes to furnishing the rest of the room, many people struggle to find effective lighting, but the large amount of natural light a conservatory offers eliminates this problem. If you need interior design inspiration, Ideal Home has devised a list of the 10 best conservatory dining ideas, so take a look and begin creating your dream dining room.
A playroom or games room
Are tired of walking into your living room and stepping on a piece of lego, or tripping over a board game? If so, turning your conservatory into a playroom is an absolute must. While buying your children all those toys for Christmas and birthdays may have seemed like a good idea at the time, now they are scattered all over the house, you are probably trying to think of a solution to make your home feel less cluttered. When you make your conservatory a playroom, you are providing effective storage space for the plethora of toys and games your children own. Furthermore, we all remember how much we wanted to be treated like a grown up when we were young, and a playroom is a perfect way to do this as you are giving your children the responsibility of maintaining a room of their own.
It goes without saying that your children will have endless amounts of fun playing in their playroom, but you can have just as much fun decorating it! With so many quirky storage solutions and ergonomically designed furniture just for kids, you can create the ultimate child-centred space. This multi-purpose bench is a great addition for any playroom as not only does it offer a comfortable place to sit and read a book, but you can also store items inside it. Bean bags, teepees and visually stimulating storage cubes are all classic features of a playroom so you can try incorpoarte these into the design.
Lounge area/family room
If your family has grown since moving into your home, or you tend to have a lot of guests over, it may be worth using your conservatory as a second living room. The light and airy surroundings a conservatory provides effortlessly creates the perfect atmosphere for a living room as you can relax in peace and solitude. As well as offering a significant amount of natural light during the day, if you have a glass roof, you can make the most of this in the evenings, snuggled under a blanket and watching the stars. The most important feature of any living room is, of course, the seating arrangement. You want your new lounge area to provide the ultimate comfort, so taking the time to find the perfect sofa/chairs is essential. John Lewis, Next and Dunelm all have a huge variety of sofas and chairs which would look amazing in your new living room.
With conservatories being inherently open and quite exposed, to make the space feel more homely, we suggest focusing on the finishing touches. Simply adding some cushions, throws and plants can completely change the room’s ambience and create a pleasant and intimate environment.
A utility room is an important space in any home as it provides you with a designated area to complete household chores, such as washing. It is also great for storing practical equipment such as hoovers and ironing boards. Due to conservatories being susceptible to extreme temperatures, many people opt to use theirs as a utility room as they do not have to spend prolonged periods of time using it. What you choose to include in your utility room is entirely your choice, but typically it will feature the following:
- Washing machine
- Tumble dryer
- Cleaning cupboard
- Some work surface
- Stoarge for shoes and coats
To assist you in designing your utility room, use this article by Freshhome which gives you innovative ideas to create a practical, but nonetheless luxurious, utility room.
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No matter what you decide to use your conservatory for, you can feel confident that it will be the perfect addition to your home. Our years of experience installing conservatories in Milton Keynes means we are the perfect team for the job and high-quality results are guaranteed.