For many of us, space typically comes at a premium within our homes, especially if you live in one of the country’s larger cities and towns. And as a result, this often means we have to get inventive in how we make the most of any available room. In fact, getting creative in maximising the available space in your home is one of the key ways you can add value to a property.

However, if you don’t have any rooms in your home that you want to convert, and you’re not interested in adding a direct extension to the side of your house, then you might want to consider investing in an external garden room, instead.

Ideal for providing extra space without the need to modify your current home layout, garden rooms are cost-effective and highly versatile in their designs and purpose. Whether you’re in need of a separate outdoor office space or a dedicated garden bar area, the simple addition of an external room could be just what you need.

So, if this is the kind of extension you’re interested in, but you don’t know where to start, here are our top garden room interior ideas – including some of our favourite products from our free downloadable product brochure!




Before we get started, though, let’s first clarify exactly what a garden room extension is.

First and foremost, while a typical extension is one that still connects to your house in some form, a garden room extension is entirely detached. This means you could have it constructed near to the side of your house or at the base of the garden in a concealed nook, so long as it is not physically connected to your residence.

However, a garden room extension is more than just a shed or summer hut. They’re literally an extra room for your home – albeit one that you have to go outside to access. They’re almost always constructed and insulated in the same way as a standard space and can be upgraded to house a variety of garden room décor ideas.

In other words, you have the freedom to design your garden room however you want. From a set of flexible bi-folding doors to simple glass roofing systems, you’re free to get creative in your designs in order to match your preferred home aesthetic.


When it comes to outdoor garden rooms ideas, there are plenty of options to choose from. Some are incredibly niche, and tailored to the needs of the specific individual, while others are great additions to any home.

To help you get started, here are six of our favourite garden room interiors guaranteed to add value to a property.


Perhaps the most common type of extension for any home, orangeries and conservatories are one of the simplest ways to welcome natural light into any space. And in many cases, that’s exactly what you want with an external garden room.

Constructed on a solid foundation of brick or wood, but with varied skylight options available, you can tailor this external room to sit where the light is best and equip it with all manner of roofing solutions to fully capture those morning and evening rays.

Naturally, this also means you can use your orangery for a range of activities, such as catching up with friends over coffee, reading on those lazy Sunday afternoons, or meditating at the start of the day. Orangeries really do give you an incredibly flexible space.


Finding enough time and space to work out properly is becoming increasingly tricky thanks to the hectic modern lives many of us lead, which makes the addition of a dedicated workout space to your home an excellent option.

You can customise your workout space to house the exact kit you need, with weight racks, cardio machines, and even a punch bag if you’re so inclined. Whatever your preference, the simple fact of having this space available to you at home makes finding the time to get fit that bit easier.

And, of course, you also have the added bonus of no longer having to pay a gym membership and travel costs, as well as having the pleasure of working out outside during the summer months and staying cosy inside when it’s winter.

Stunning garden social space complete with bar and bifold casement windows


Everyone needs a social space, especially if you happen to have excitable children, but it’s not always feasible to have this type of room inside a smaller home without disturbing other members of your family or your neighbours.

A garden room circumvents this by providing a space away from the home that is wide enough to accommodate guests in whatever setting you need or to act as a fully soundproofed playroom for noisy kids.

Flexible social spaces such as these can be packed with numerous garden room décor ideas, easily being converted into an at-home cinema, gaming hideout, boardgame nook, or crafts space. And for adults, you could even throw in a bar for when all the relatives are round, or you fancy hosting a summer party.


While an external garden room is not a shed or greenhouse by any means, that doesn’t mean you can’t convert it into a wonderful green space filled with your favourite plants. Much like a conservatory, a green room is the ideal space to unwind and de-stress, surrounded by the sounds and sights of nature.

But there’s also no reason you can’t use your outer garden room for a little potting as well. It takes little effort to convert one side of the room to a dedicated planting space, and the addition of raised beds and pots outside means you have space to grow whatever takes your fancy.


With more and more of us working from home, it’s becoming increasingly essential to create and protect that dedicated workspace we all need – one that’s free from the kinds of distractions we’re often exposed to at home. Close enough to the house that you can quickly pop in for snacks but isolated enough to avoid sudden unwanted disturbances, you can work all year round in undisturbed comfort.

And on top of these benefits, the versatility of doors and windows available for garden rooms means you can get plenty of natural light and fresh air to coast through those long workdays.

Of course, this type of isolated room can readily be used as a hobby studio instead. Writing, artistic work, music creation, and more, convert your outer garden room ideas into the space you need.


Last but not least, an external garden room can make for a cosy and private guest room for anyone visiting. This ensures that everyone can get some space when they need it but doesn’t mean your guests have to pay for a local B&B.

Just be sure that you install the appropriate plumbing needed so your guests don’t need to hurry to the house in winter and be aware that you may require planning permission for this specific conversion.


These are just some of our preferred ideas for garden rooms, but there are plenty more out there that you can take inspiration from. Regardless of which type of style you settle on, though, all garden rooms will likely add value to your home, making them a worthwhile investment for anyone looking to introduce a little extra space.

And if this has inspired you to start building your own external garden room in the future, why not get in touch with the experts at Express to discuss your plans? From sliding doors to aluminium windows, we have everything you need.

Don’t forget to check out our blog for more articles like this one, too, including our roof lanterns buying guide.

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