Whether you are trying to get electricity into a new or existing garden room, keep reading. This article will tell you all you need to know.

How to Connect a Garden Room with Electricity

The process of installing electricity in a garden room (or any building) can be divided into two aspects. 

Internal wiring

The first aspect is internal wiring. It involves installing outlets, sockets and switches inside the garden room. The average garden room installer usually includes this in their installation package. They just need to know the number of sockets, outlets, and switches you want. Then, the installer will add them while designing and installing the garden room.

Internal wiring

Establishing a connection to the main power supply

The second aspect of connecting a garden room with electricity is establishing a connection to the main power supply. This is the actual process of “getting electricity into a garden room.”

To establish this connection, a (qualified) electrician will tap the electrical current from your mains power supply. Then, feed it to a consumer unit in your garden room. The consumer unit will supply electrical power throughout the garden room and provide protection.

The wire that carries electricity from the mains to the garden room must be an armoured cable. It is also better to run the cable underground using a 500mm to 600 mm deep trench. However, you can also run it above ground. As for the consumer unit, a 33A 30mA RCD circuit breaker will do just fine.

Establishing a connection to the main power supply

The regulations on supplying electricity to a garden room

The Part P Electrical Safety regulation is the regulation for connecting a garden room with electricity. The same regulation governs electricity supply to other types of buildings. Part P requires electrical connections to have protection against electric shock and fires.

An authorised inspector must inspect the electrical connection and issue a certificate. Without this certificate, the authorities can make you remove electrical connections or pay a fine of up to £5,000.

The regulations on supplying electricity to a garden room

How much does it cost to connect a garden room with electricity?

It can cost between £350 to £1,300 to get electricity into a garden room. However, the cost could be higher depending on the scale of the project. Most of the expenses will be on the materials. Electricians charge £35 to £50 per hour. You will also need someone to dig a trench so you can run the electrical cable underneath. 

How can I reduce the cost of getting electricity into a garden room?

You can reduce costs by digging the trench yourself or running the cable above ground. Trench digging doesn’t require specialised labour. Plus, it can blow up your budget depending on the terrain and the distance between the garden room and the main power.

Therefore, digging the trench yourself is a great way to save money when installing electricity in a garden room. Another option is to run the cable above ground, removing the need for a trench.

Don’t try to save cost by doing the job yourself. It’s always better to hire a qualified electrician. Amateur work can cause trouble and make you spend more money in the long run.

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Should I run electricity above-ground or underground?

We recommend running the cables underground. You will have to dig a trench, which will add to the total cost of the project. The process will also be more disruptive. After all, it involves digging.

However, running electricity underground is more secure and efficient. You also won’t have to worry about visible wires affecting the aesthetic appeal of your garden space.

Should I run electricity above-ground or underground?


There you have it. Now you know how to get electricity into your garden room. Remember that it’s not just about getting electricity from the mains to the garden room. You need to install internal wiring, too.

Fortunately, your garden room installer will likely handle internal wiring. As for connecting the garden room to a main power supply, some installers don’t offer this service. However, they might be able to recommend a reputable electrician who does. So, ask for help.

Then, keep reading. We understand your curiosity. We’ve had this same conversation with several other clients. So, we’ve created a little blog post that will tell you all the basics you need to know about garden rooms.

Here is a sneak peek- garden rooms are worth the investment. You’ll agree with us soon enough. So, let’s not rush things. Let’s start at the very beginning with the most crucial question of all.

What is a garden room?

A garden room is an outbuilding that is attached to a garden. Hence the name “garden room.” It is designed to fit in with the rest of the garden space. Wood fits in well with nature. Therefore, most garden rooms have a timber frame. However, there is nothing wrong with using other building materials. Other common garden room building materials are UPVC, composite and metal.

A garden room isn’t just an average outbuilding (in a garden). If it were, it wouldn’t be any different from a shed. Instead, a garden room is an outbuilding designed to function like a traditional extension or room. It can even function as an extra living space, but you’d have to get planning permission.

Garden rooms have the amenities and features you’d expect to find in a regular room. Such amenities include heating, electricity, insulation, plumbing, data cables, etc. The point is to create a space that serves your needs and can be used year-round. That’s what a garden room is.

Do You Need Planning Permission For A Garden Room?

What is a garden room used for?

You can use a garden room for pretty much anything. It’s designed to function like a regular extension or room. So, you can use a garden room for any function you would use a regular extension or room for. You just need to include the right features and amenities. Here are the four examples of what a garden room can be used for.

Leisure space

A garden room is a great spot to kick back and have fun with loved ones. For this purpose, you can use it as a game room, reading nook, bar, gym or lounge. You and your loved ones can escape there at any time, day or season. 

Leisure space

Home office or studio

A garden room is a great way to build a home office or studio. Think about it. You get privacy and the inspiring effect of being in a garden environment. What’s not to like? If you work remotely, a garden room office would be perfect.

Multifunctional space

A garden room can also be multifunctional. It doesn’t have to be for just work or leisure alone. To create this multifunctional space, you might need to get a relatively large garden room or furnish it creatively. 

Multifunctional space

Additional living space

A garden room can serve as a self-contained unit of accommodation. Some people even use it as a granny annexe or rental property. However, you need planning permission to use a garden room as a living space. Also, there are tax ramifications for renting out a garden room. 

Additional living space

What are the benefits of a garden room?

We have answered your main question, “What is a garden room?” Let’s move on to other matters. Here are six benefits of garden rooms.

Makes the most of their outdoor space

A garden room is an excellent way to add functionality and aesthetic appeal to your outdoor space. It also allows you to tap into the powerful effect that nature has on the human body and mind. Whether you are trying to work or relax, being around a garden will help. Humans evolved to react positively to nature. 


Garden rooms cost just a fraction of what you’d need to build a traditional extension. Even converting a loft costs more than building a garden room. Garden rooms are more cost-efficient because of their simpler design. They also don’t require planning permission.

Increase property value

A garden room will increase the market value of your property. According to experts, the property’s value will increase by 150% of the cost of the garden room. That’s a pretty good investment.

Year-round use

Garden rooms have heating and insulation, among other amenities. So, you can use your garden room throughout the year, including hot summers and cold winters. You can even choose between multiple insulating and heating methods.

Quick install

Garden room installers use prefab units. A prefab unit usually includes a timber frame, windows, doors, insulation, roofing, flooring, cladding and some electrical outlets. So, installers just need to customise these prefab units to meet your taste. As a result, garden room installation is fast. It is also relatively easy. As a result, people sometimes decide to install their garden rooms by themselves. 

Bespoke & Versatile

Garden rooms are highly customisable and versatile. Any good installer can create a bespoke garden room to suit your unique taste, style or needs. Garden rooms are also compatible with every property type.

Why choose Garden Living Co for your garden room?

At Garden Living Co, we pride ourselves on building bespoke timber garden rooms. Our primary goal is to create the perfect garden rooms for each client’s unique taste, style and needs. This usually involves a lot of collaboration.

Our team of well-trained professional garden room installers listen to you. They make recommendations. Then, we build, deliver and install the garden room of your dreams. The entire process is swift.

We have several years of experience and coverage that spans most of the UK. We have a decent idea of what most people want. They come to us for high-quality timber garden rooms that meet their needs and stand the test of time.

What kind of garden room do you want? Have you checked out our catalogue? Which of our prefab units and optional upgrades appeal to you?

What is a Garden room? FAQs

How is a garden room different from a shed?

A garden room is a featured packed outbuilding that has amenities you would find in a traditional extension. Meanwhile, a shed is just a storage space. It doesn’t have any of these essential amenities of modern life. Such amenities include heating, electricity, insulation, plumbing etc.

Do I need planning permission for a garden room?

No, you don’t need planning permission for a garden room. Garden rooms are classified as permitted development as long as they don’t break the following regulations.

You need planning permission for garden rooms that break these rules. The application is time-consuming and stressful, but we can help with that. We can help with anything that concerns garden rooms. Just reach out to our customer care at Garden Living Co.

Do I need planning permission for a garden room?

How long does it take to build a garden room?

It takes 3 to 7 days to install a garden room. If you include the time it takes to customise the prefab unit (to your needs and taste), everything takes just a few weeks.

There are many good reasons to consider garden room air conditioning. You just need to choose the right air conditioner. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about garden room air conditioning. This will include:

Let’s get started.

Why should you install air conditioning in your garden room?

Consider garden room air conditioning for the same reason you would consider using an air conditioner in any other room. An air conditioner is very effective and efficient for keeping a room cool in summer. This is invaluable because British summers seem to be getting hotter and hotter.

Most garden rooms have insulation and thermal cladding. However, these two are not enough to keep heat out (and cool garden rooms in) hot summers. You still need an additional measure. Air conditioners are more than capable of being that extra measure.

Heating is another good reason to consider garden room air conditioning. Modern air conditioners are more than capable of being a garden room's primary heating system.

Garden rooms are relatively small. So, an air conditioner can easily provide enough heating coverage. Besides, air conditioners are more energy efficient than some popular garden room heating systems. At the very least, an air conditioning unit can be a secondary heating system for any garden room.

You should also consider garden office air conditioning because of dehumidification. Some air conditioners have a dehumidifier mode that is useful during winter. Air conditioners that can also heat and dehumidify are usually more expensive. However, they are worth investing in.

Why should you install air conditioning in your garden room?

Choosing the right air conditioning system for your garden room

Here are a couple of factors to consider when selecting garden room air conditioning.

Room Size

Obviously, you want an air conditioner that is powerful enough to cool your garden room. You don’t want an air conditioner that is not powerful enough or too powerful.

If an air conditioner is not powerful enough, it won’t be able to cool the garden room. It will have to work too hard, affecting its durability. On the other hand, an overpowered AC will be a waste of money. You’d be spending more money than necessary on installation and running costs. An overpowered air conditioner will also have to start and stop more often, affecting its durability.

Here is a simple way to calculate the air conditioner size for a garden room. Multiply the square footage of the garden room by 25. That’s the capacity of the air conditioner needed for that garden room. This value is measured in BTU (British Thermal Unit).

Energy Efficiency

You also don’t want a garden room air conditioning unit that will drive up your energy bills. So, consider energy efficiency. Fortunately, modern air conditioners are very energy efficient. Still, you should compare energy efficiency between models and brands before buying. It’s good for your wallet. It’s also good for the environment.


Most garden room is insulated. Insulation and thermal cladding are two of the basic features of garden rooms. However, insulation methods and materials are not equal. Some are better than others.

Also, some garden rooms might not be adequately insulated. For example, there might be spaces between doors and windows for heat to pass through. The roof and flooring may also be poorly insulated.

All these affect heat exchange between the garden room and its environment. It also affects the capacity of the garden room air conditioning unit that’s required. For example, a well-insulated garden room can make do with a smaller air conditioner. Meanwhile, a poorly installed one can’t.

Content of the garden room

Let’s use garden office air conditioning to explain this factor. An office has machines like computers, printers, scanners etc. These machines produce heat. Therefore, you’ll need a more powerful air conditioning unit.

This same logic applies to the number of occupants inside the garden room. The human body gives off heat. So, consider the number of people usually inside the garden room. If there are more people, you need a garden room air conditioning that has a higher capacity.

Your budget

Budget is also important. Garden room air conditioning costs between £200 and £2,000 depending on the type and size of the air conditioner. However, this is just the installation cost.

You also have to consider running costs. This also depends on the type and size of the AC, alongside other factors. However, it usually costs around 10 to 25 pence per hour to run garden room air conditioners.

Personal preference

Some people prefer portable air conditioners. Others prefer permanent units like split systems. Both have their pros and cons. They also vary in price and capacity, with split system air conditioners being more expensive and higher capacity. Both portable and split air conditions are excellent for garden room air conditioning. So, let’s look at the features, benefits and cons.

Types of Garden Room Air Conditioning Systems

Most garden room air conditioning units are either portable or split systems. Let’s talk about them.

Split System Air Conditioners

A split system comprises two units: a fan and a compressor. The fan is installed inside the room while the compressor is outdoors. Both units are connected by a copper tube.

Split system air conditioners are mounted to a wall. They need to be installed by an F-Gas engineer, adding more to the installation cost. Split system air conditioning costs around £500 to £2,500.

However, they have better cooling capacity, energy efficiency, and noise levels. Better cooling means you can cool a larger space. Better energy efficiency means a lower running cost, a valuable long-term benefit. Finally, there is their lower noise level. Who doesn’t like a quiet air conditioner?

Split System Air Conditioners

Portable Air Conditioners

Portable air conditioners are also great for garden rooms. They are more affordable than split systems. Portable garden office air conditioning costs just £200 to £400.

You also don’t need a professional installer. Just place the portable air conditioners anywhere, then lead the exhaust pipe outdoors. Because they are portable, you can relocate this air conditioner at will. You can even shuffle it between the garden room and the main house.

However, this does mean that portable air conditioners take up floor space. Spilt systems are mounted on walls. Therefore, they don’t take up precious floor space.

Portable air conditioners also have lower heating capacity. In fact, you should only use them for spaces that aren’t bigger than 20 square metres. Finally, portable air conditioners are also noisier than split systems.

Portable Air Conditioners

The costs of garden room air conditioning

Let’s discuss how much it costs to install or run garden room air conditioning.

How much does it cost to install air conditioning in a garden room?

Installing garden room air conditioning costs £200 to £2000, depending on the type and size. We just talked about the types of air conditioners commonly used in garden rooms. The main ones are split systems (£500 to £2,500) and portable ACs (£200 to £400).

As for size, that’s easy to understand. A bigger air conditioning unit will cost more. However, this doesn’t mean you should get the smallest available air conditioner. Garden rooms are relatively small. So you don’t need a high-capacity air conditioner. You just need an air conditioner with the right BTU (aka capacity).    

How much does it cost to run an air conditioner in a garden room?

The running cost of garden room air conditioning is usually around 10-25 pence per hour. However, this will depend on factors like the air conditioner’s power consumption rating and your electricity rate.  You can find the former on the air conditioner’s manual and the latter on your utility bill.

Multiply the air conditioner’s power consumption rating by your electricity rate. That’s how much it costs to run that garden room air conditioning unit. Here is an example.

Let’s assume the air conditioner’s power consumption rate is 0.5 kW and your electricity rate is 24.50 pence per hour. Running that garden room air conditioning unit will cost 12.25P per hour (0.5 ×24.50).

An air conditioner’s power consumption rating will vary depending on its function. For example, it might consume more energy when heating (a room) than when cooling (it).  

How to maintain and care for a garden room air conditioning unit

There are a few things you can do to ensure the longevity and optimal performance of a garden room's air conditioner. Here they are.

Regular Cleaning

Essentially, you need to clean the coil, filter and vent of your garden room’s air conditioner. An air conditioner needs coils to transfer heat, a filter to remove dist and debris, and vents to circulate air. Problems with any of these affect the air conditioner’s performance and air quality.

Such problems usually occur because of the buildup of debris and dirt. They accumulate over time until the filer, vent and coil get clogged. Remove those buildups regularly. Clean the coil, filter and vent of your garden rooms or conditioning regularly.

For split air conditioning systems, you should also clear the area around the compressor. Remove loads, debris, and other items around the unit. Give the compressor at least 24 inches of clearance space on all sides.

Thirdly, close doors and windows when using air conditioning. If you don’t, the garden room won’t be adequately insulated. As a result, the air conditioner will have to overwork itself to keep the room cool. This is not energy efficient. It also affects the air conditioner’s longevity.

Regular Cleaning

Professional Servicing

Aside from regular cleaning, a garden room air conditioner also needs annual professional services. You can do this alongside other air conditioning units in your home.

Hire a trained professional to inspect the air conditioner, fix what needs fixing, and ensure everything works correctly. You should also call the professionals when you notice issues. Don’t wait until the problem gets worse. Call a qualified F-Gas engineer if you notice strange sounds or poor performance.

Professional Servicing


An air conditioner could be your one-stop tool for creating the desired environment in your garden room. Modern air conditioners don’t just cool a room. They provide general heat and moisture regulation. They can heat, cool and dehumidify. So, upon installing garden room air conditioning, you may no longer need a separate heater or dehumidifier. This might not be ideal for every scenario, but it’s still worth considering.

Whatever you decide to do, it’s crucial to pick the right air conditioner. As we discussed, this involves considering factors like room size, energy efficiency, insulation, content of the room, budget and personal preferences. You should also remember that both split systems and portable air conditioners have their strengths and weaknesses.

Here is everything you need to know about whether you can live in a garden room.

Can you live in a garden room?

Yes, you can live in a garden room, but only if you have planning permission and the garden room meets building regulations.

Garden rooms aren’t designed or intended to be self-contained living spaces. One of the primary rules of pre-approved planning permission is that the garden room must not be used as living/sleeping accommodation. Other rules include size (no larger than 50% of total garden space) and height restrictions (no taller than 2.5 metres).

Breaking these rules triggers the planning process. So, you can live in a garden room only after getting planning permission.

You need to meet building regulations to live in a garden room

Then, there is building regulation. A garden room must also pass this before you can legally use it as living space.

The requirements are different when a structure becomes a self-contained living space or accommodation. The authorities will inspect it for fire precautions, ventilation, insulation, draft, electricity, drainage, etc.

Building inspection must confirm that the garden room is a safe and adequate self-contained accommodation. The good news is that many modern garden rooms already have these features to meet this requirement.

You can live in the garden room after meeting the requirements for planning permission and building regulations.

Applying for planning permission

The easiest way to apply for planning permission to live in a garden room is to hire a professional to handle the process on your behalf. The application process is often time-consuming and expensive. It usually takes weeks.

Hiring a professional can save you from some of this stress. It could also make the process run more smoothly. Why? Because a professional understands the rules and process much better than you do.

However, whether you do the application yourself or outsource it to a professional, applying for planning permission takes time and costs money.

Here is how to get planning permission to live in a garden room.

planning permission

How to use a garden room as a living space without planning permission 

The rules say you can’t turn a garden room into a full-time living space without planning permission. However, they don’t say you can’t use the garden room as an occasional guest room or spot for sleepovers.

Therefore, you can technically sleep in a garden room without getting planning permission. It’s just that you can only do this occasionally. You need planning permission and building regulations to make it official.

However, there are tax implications for turning a garden room into a self-contained living space. For example, if you rent out the garden room, the proceeds will be taxed.


Once again, you can live in your garden room if planning permission and building regulations sign off on it. However, this is only worth it if the garden room has amenities that make it fit for use as an independent living space.

So, choose an installer who can build a garden room that’s fit for living in. Better yet, choose an installer who can help you pass planning permission and building regulations. Choose us at Garden Living Co. Start now by checking out our bespoke, high-quality garden rooms. 

Here is the best part - you don’t need to break the bank to make this happen. Just look at these 10 garden room lighting ideas.

Go for portable lights

They will add flexibility and a chic aesthetic to your garden room. Portable lights could be table lamps or floor lamps. They could be wired or battery-operated. They could be remote-controlled or otherwise.

You get the point. There are a variety of options at your disposal. Whatever choice you make, this garden room lighting idea will yield intriguing results.

Go for portable lights

Take advantage of natural light

No light source is more powerful or elegant. Natural light is one of the first things to consider when lighting any space. In fact, the most efficient way to light is to make artificial lighting complement the available natural light.

So, don’t let natural light go to waste. Fit your garden room with enough windows, mini blinds, a sun tunnel, a skylight, and a sliding or bi-fold door.

Take advantage of natural light

Get Dimmers

They will make the lighting in your garden room multifunctional. Here is a hypothetical scenario.

You work from home (in your garden room office) and have a big deadline. So, you need bright lights. Then, you complete the job and decide to relax with your loved ones. So, you dim the lights to create a relaxing atmosphere. 

Multifunctional, right? 

Here is the best part. You can integrate dimmers into your current lighting setup at a low cost. 

Get Dimmers

LED downlights

Low ceilings are a major shortcoming of many garden rooms. Downlights are a classy way to mitigate this. We recommend choosing LED downlights for their energy efficiency.

You can use this garden room lighting idea for general and accent lighting. Plus, the lights themselves come in a variety of shapes, sizes, designs and features.

LED downlights

String fairy lights around the room

Bring in some magic with this garden room lighting idea. We love fairy lights. They are cheap, cool, cute, beautiful and perfect for setting the mood.

Many of them are also energy efficient. Some even run on a battery. What’s not to like? So, get some fairy lights or any other type of string light. Then, drape them around the garden room.

String fairy lights around the room

Use accent lights

Accent lights aren’t just stylish. They are also more economical than general lighting fixtures. That’s why this garden room lighting idea is fantastic.

Use accent lights to create pockets of light and dark spots inside your garden room. Use them (accent lights) to highlight certain spots or balance general lighting.

Light the exteriors

The surroundings of a garden room are an extension of it, just as the garden room is an extension of the entire garden space. Therefore, a good list of garden room lighting ideas should include tips for adding lights outdoors.

Let the exterior lights be both functional and decorative. Use lighting to highlight and create a mood in your garden room’s outdoor sitting area. If your garden room has no outdoor sitting area, consider building one. You’ll thank us later.

Light the exteriors

Solar-powered lighting

Here is a great way to make your garden room energy-efficient and green. Consider running the entire structure on solar power. The installation will be expensive, but solar power will reduce energy bills and benefit the environment.

However, that’s a conversation for another day. For now, let’s focus on lighting alone. Modern solar-powered lights aren’t just energy efficient. They can also be stylish and sophisticated. Consider using them in your garden room.

Solar-powered lighting

Wall washers

Here is another garden room lighting idea for low ceilings. Wall washers make a room look taller. They also create even lighting distribution and can be used to draw attention to specific spots.

Combine lighting with heating or cooling

The word multifunctional has been used a few times in this article. But no other garden room lighting idea on this list embodies that word like the one we are about to discuss.

Doubtful? Imagine a lighting fixture that doubles as a heater or cooling device or even the other way around (aka, the heating or cooling device doubles as a light source). Either way, this is awesome.

It's the perfect garden room lighting idea for rounding up this article.

Combine lighting with heating or cooling


The right garden room lighting idea (for you) depends on your intentions for the space. For example, the lighting needs of someone who wants a garden room office are entirely different from those of another person who wants their garden room to be a relaxing lounge.

Also, a good garden room lighting idea must work with other design elements to create your desired garden room. Conversely, you should also consider lighting when choosing other design elements.

Either way, some of these 10 garden room lighting ideas might be perfect for you.

From small corners of cosy lounging to vibrant areas for dining, these 15 garden room furniture ideas will spark your creativity and make your outdoor oasis more inviting.

1. Adirondack Chairs for Timeless Comfort

Adirondack chairs were made with relaxation in mind, and they bring an ageless look to any garden room. The design is ergonomic and wide armrests offer comfort that other chairs simply can’t. So if reading a book or watching the sunset is on the agenda, don’t hesitate to sink into one of these bad boys. More than anything though, they’re symbols of ease and leisure.

The classic design pulls on nostalgia while its sturdy build guarantees that it’ll be in one piece for years to come. With wide armrests, any drink or snack can sit restfully as you get lost in the beauty of nature itself. You could place them anywhere like patios, among flowers, or near a calming pond and they’d still scream elegance.

Adirondack Chairs for Timeless Comfort

2. Hanging Swing Seats For Playful Whimsy

Adding some joy into your garden room isn’t hard with hanging swing seats at your disposal. As long as there’s a sturdy beam or tree branch nearby, you’ll find yourself swaying blissfully in no time at all while enjoying the view around you! If you want to find more purpose out of them though, know that they also work as whimsical decor too! 

Picture gently rocking back and forth with loved ones by your side as you take in all the sights and sounds around you — memories are guaranteed to flood through each and every one of those moments. With their charming look and relaxing sway, hanging swing seats can bring the magic that your garden retreat needs.

Hanging Swing Seats For Playful Whimsy

3. Rustic Wooden Benches For An Earthy Look

In terms of finding something to blend with the natural landscape of your garden, you can’t go wrong with rustic wooden benches. They’re most commonly made from weather-resistant hardwoods such as teak or cedar so they’ll stay in prime condition for years to come. Not only do these benches give off a comforting vibe, but they also make it easy for you to admire the beauty around you without strain on your back! 

A simple bench under a shaded canopy of trees is all you need to create the perfect seating arrangement for some peace and quiet alone time. Or if you’d rather use them as gathering spots for socialising with friends and family, then be ready to add some warmth and character into your garden room!

Rustic Wooden Benches For An Earthy Look

4. Cosy Hammocks For Maximum Relaxation

Throw a hammock in your garden room and allow yourself to be transported to a peaceful paradise. Whether you hang them inside or outside, the swaying motion that comes with laying in one of these will help you unwind from all the worries life has given you. They are more than a comfortable place to lay. Hammocks offer a place to relax and rejuvenate your soul. 

Imagine cocooning yourself in this soft fabric, rocking gently back and forth with the sounds of leaves rustling above your head. This oasis will become the focal point of your garden retreat, offering moments of peace and tranquillity most beautifully.

Cosy Hammocks For Maximum Relaxation

5. Bistro Sets for Intimate Dining

Outdoor dining just got cuter with bistro sets! These small and stylish sets are perfect for intimate gatherings or enjoying a nice breakfast outside early in the morning while admiring your garden. Their cosy appeal and elegant design take any outdoor dining experience up ten notches. 

Can’t you just taste it? Picture yourself eating your favourite meal under open skies, and watching nature bloom right before your eyes; this is what living is about. From romantic dinners for two to brunches with friends, having one of these sets out there sets up memories waiting to be made.

Bistro Sets for Intimate Dining

6. Modular Sofas for Versatile Seating

Make things easier on yourself by getting modular sofas that can be rearranged without much effort! I know they’re meant for indoors but trust me when I say they’re practical enough to survive outdoors too. Don't worry about inclement weather or other damage because if you opt for weather-resistant materials like rattan or synthetic wicker, everything should hold up pretty well! 

Not only do these sofas offer plenty of seating space but also allow endless configurations; meaning no matter how many people show up or how weirdly shaped they arrange seats, everyone will have somewhere comfortable to sit.

Modular Sofas for Versatile Seating

7. Fire Pit Tables for Cosy Evenings

It gets chilly in the evening, so why not extend your garden room's use with a fire pit table? Gather up the family and roast marshmallows while you share stories late into the night. Fire pit tables are perfect for moments like these. Imagine looking out at the stars while sitting around the cosy flames that glow warmly on your face. It sounds like heaven! Every night is an opportunity to create memories and bond deeper with loved ones if you just take this simple step.

Fire Pit Tables for Cosy Evenings

8. Daybeds for Luxurious Lounging

Allow yourself to indulge in luxury by purchasing a beautiful daybed for yourself! Whether tucked beneath some trees or placed in a sun-drenched corner of your garden room, a daybed will add something special to your space. Take time out of every day to lay down on these plush cushions and relax as much as possible because that’s what they were made for! 

Picture yourself surrounded by lush foliage, feeling the gentle breeze kiss your cheek as you sink into deep relaxation; this could be you!

9. Outdoor Rugs for Comfort and Style

Define the seating area of your garden room with an outdoor rug that adds warmth and style. Choose a material like polypropylene or jute for easy maintenance and long-lasting beauty.

Outdoor Rugs for Comfort and Style

10. Hanging Egg Chairs for Bohemian Charm

Bohemian flair enters your garden room with a hanging egg chair. These iconic chairs are suspended from stands or ceiling hooks, and they wrap around you like a cosy cocoon, perfect for reading, meditating, or daydreaming.

Hanging Egg Chairs for Bohemian Charm

11. Foldable Tables and Chairs for Space-Saving Solutions

Foldable tables and chairs help you make the most of limited space in your garden room. When not in use, they can be stowed away easily so you can adapt your outdoor space to suit any occasion.

Foldable Tables and Chairs for Space-Saving Solutions

12. Built-In Benches for Seamless Integration

Built-in benches allow you to optimise your garden room's layout by providing seating options while seamlessly blending into the architecture. Add cushions and throw pillows to create a welcoming nook for relaxation.

13. Plant Stands for Greenery Galore

Plant stands bring the beauty of nature indoors by showcasing your favourite greenery inside your garden room. They add botanical charm whether filled with leafy plants or colourful flowers.

Plant Stands for Greenery Galore

14. Outdoor Bar Carts for Refreshing Beverages

Take outside entertaining up a notch with an outdoor bar cart stocked with refreshing beverages and stylish glassware. Roll it out onto the patio on sunny days for cocktails or keep it indoors during gatherings so drinks are always within reach.

15. Meditation Cushions for Zen Retreats

Create a serene sanctuary in your garden room using meditation cushions that invite moments of mindfulness and reflection. Arrange them around a low table or place them directly on the floor when sitting on them alone to meditate amidst nature's best sights.

Meditation Cushions for Zen Retreats


Creating a garden room retreat takes time and patience but is ultimately very rewarding once finished! No matter what style you lean towards there are always furniture options available to match your taste and style preferences. Incorporate any combination of these 15 garden room furniture ideas into your own outdoor space to finally create that tranquil oasis where you’ll be able to relax, unwind, and reconnect with the natural world around you no matter what time of year it is.

In this article, we will explore the ins and outs of planning permission for garden rooms, helping you navigate the regulations and requirements seamlessly.

Planning Permission for a Garden Room: Do I Need It? And Why?

So, you're thinking of adding a cool garden room to your place – but here's the kicker: Do you need to deal with all that planning permission stuff in the UK? Well, not necessarily. It all comes down to a few factors, and size is a biggie.

Generally, if your garden room falls within a certain size limit, you're in the clear – no planning permission required. These size limits can vary, usually somewhere in the ballpark of 15 to 25 square metres. They call this "permitted development," which means you can develop your garden room without jumping through planning hoops.

  1. Size Matters, But in a Good Way

Size restrictions are the name of the game when it comes to planning permission. Keep your garden room within those size limits, and you can sidestep the planning process. It's a bit like finding a shortcut on your GPS – no need to take the long and winding road.

  1. Check Local Rules: It's a Local Thing

But, hold on, before you start hammering away, remember, those size limits might vary depending on your local council. They have their own say in this, so it's always a good idea to give them a shout or check their website for specifics in your area. You don't want to hit a roadblock because you missed an important detail.

  1. Get Some Pro Tips

If all this planning stuff is giving you a headache, don't fret. There are pros out there who can make your life easier. Architects or builders experienced with garden rooms can guide you through this maze. Their expertise will help you wade through the red tape and ensure your garden room project is on point.

How Big Can I Build a Garden Room Without Planning Permission?

How Big Can I Build a Garden Room Without Planning Permission?

Alright, let's dive deeper into the nitty-gritty of size limits for your awesome garden room project. Thanks to something called "permitted development rights," homeowners can often bypass the whole planning permission dance. Usually, garden rooms can be up to 15 to 25 square metres in size without triggering the planning process.

But, and it's a big but, these numbers aren't set in stone. Your local council could have its own spin on things. That's why it's essential to have a chat with them. They'll be the ultimate authority on what flies in your neck of the woods. So, whether you're dreaming of a cosy hideaway or a spacious studio, check with your council to ensure you're on the right side of the size rules.

Other Requirements Your Garden Room Must Comply With

Now, let's talk about some other boxes your garden room needs to tick for a smooth ride through the planning permission maze. First off, it has to be in your garden, not plonked in the front of your house. No room with a view from the street!

Balconies? They're usually a no-go if you want to stay under permitted development rules. And remember, these garden rooms are all about creating extra space, not full-on living spaces. So, don't set up your new pad in the garden room; it's meant to be an extension, not a replacement!

Other Requirements Your Garden Room Must Comply With

Specific Restrictions Regarding Your Particular Property You Need to Know

Now, here's where things get a bit more intricate. Besides the standard guidelines, specific restrictions might apply based on your property type. If you're living in a listed building, nestled within a conservation area, or surrounded by the natural beauty of a designated spot like a national park, extra rules come into play. These restrictions are there to safeguard the unique character and heritage of these areas, ensuring that any new structures harmonise with the existing surroundings.

To avoid any surprises, it's vital to reach out to your local council or planning authority. They can shed light on the specialised regulations that pertain to your property. Understanding these intricacies ensures that your garden room project aligns perfectly with the distinctive features of your location, preserving both its charm and historical significance.

Final Thoughts

Embracing the idea of a garden room is undeniably exciting, but before you roll up your sleeves, familiarise yourself with the planning permission landscape in your area. Knowledge of the rules and regulations empowers you to dive into your project with confidence. Being well-informed ensures that your garden room not only enhances your living space but does so within the bounds of the law.

So, take the time to research, consult local authorities, and perhaps seek professional advice if needed. Armed with the right information, your garden room venture can unfold smoothly, becoming the perfect addition to your home – a harmonious blend of creativity, functionality, and adherence to legal requirements. 

That’s why you can only find out how much it costs to build a garden room after discussing the specifics with a professional installer. So, we will not bother with exact figures. Instead, we will focus on breaking down garden room costs. So, you know what to expect financially.

How Much Does It Cost to Build A Garden Room?

Garden Room Price Guide:

Garden room sizePrice rangeAverage price
2.5m x 1.8m£5,000-£25,000£15,000
3m x 2.5m£8,000-£30,000£19,000
4m x 3m£15,000-£35,000£25,000
5m x 4m£20,000-£44,000£32,000

Quality of finish will massively influence the cost per square meter.

What’s Included In The Price Of A Garden Room?

The prices above should be enough to build a garden room of those sizes. However, that’s not always the case for garden room prices on official websites. Here is a way to look at it. The process of building it yourself can be divided into three aspects.

Most of the garden room prices on the official websites won’t cover all three aspects. For example, bare-bone garden room costs will probably only provide the following.

These alone aren’t enough to build a garden room. The following are missing.

There are two reasons that companies don’t include these five in their starting garden room prices. Firstly, they might offer them as optional packages. Secondly, they might not offer them at all. If it's a case of reason two, you can simply hire another person or company for those particular tasks.

This is why you should always ask what a package includes. Whatever the project, get written quotes. Confirm the specifications of the garden room and find out if those garden room costs include delivery, installation and VAT.

Specification determines what costs cover. A garden room is either low, medium or high spec. Garden building costs will be higher as you move up these categories. However, so will the amount and sophistication of features.

In a way, this is where you will find an accurate answer to the question of how much doesn’t it cost to build a garden room. Here is a table comparing two garden rooms. Garden room A is low spec, while B is more sophisticated.  

Materials Used:

FeatureGarden room A (Low spec)Garden room B (High Spec)
InsulationNo insulation or mineral wood and cavity slab insulationPIR insulation
Building materialuPVC or aluminiumHardwood
HeatingPanel heaters and digital electric radiatorsUnderfloor heating
Roof typeSolid roofRoof lantern
External claddingThermowoodHardwood
Interior liningMDF boardsGraphite grey wall tiles
Roof coveringAsphalt finishesEPDM rubber or insulated steel panels
FlooringSkirting boards or laminate flooringHardwood
Data cablingNot includedIncluded

Garden room B is high spec. It is more sophisticated and feature-packed. However, it will also result in higher room costs. Do note that both garden rooms A and B are mere examples. They are not replicas of units by any specific garden room company. 

However, most garden room companies do have similar units on offer. Most companies will also have options for upgrading and customising their basic units. Obviously, this will naturally result in higher garden room costs.

This part of our conversation brings up the matter of custom-built vs bespoke garden rooms. Most companies will offer both. However, garden room costs will usually be higher for bespoke units. Still, bespoke garden rooms are cost-efficient for people with specific needs.

For example, your installer can design a garden room that suits the dimensions of a garden space or your specific needs. For example, imagine you want the garden room as an extra kitchen. In this case, your installer could fit the garden room with kitchenettes, worktops, sinks, plumbing, etc.

The options are limitless. Other examples include asking your installer to add internal partitions or more windows and doors, etc. Don’t forget that these will increase garden room costs. 

Additional Garden Room Costs To Consider

Here are the most common additional costs of building a garden room.

Building Regulations and Planning Permissions

Garden rooms are permitted developments. Therefore, you don’t need planning permission. However, this only applies if you adhere to rules about the garden room’s size, placement and functionality. 

For example, the garden room can’t be bigger than 30 square metres, taller than 2.5 metres or used as a separate living space. Breaking these rules requires planning permissions and building regulation approval.


There are two jobs in this category: site levelling and survey. You can’t build a garden room on uneven grounds. It will cause cracking, wrapping and shifting. Your garden room’s site must be level to at least 200mm.

Soil surveys help you and your installer determine the ideal garden base for a site. Surveys are crucial when using a ground screw garden room base. Both site levelling and surveys will increase costs.

The foundation is important, where is the garden building going to be placed? If there is an existing concrete foundation that will be adequate this will bring the costs down.

Electrical Connection

We have talked about this job earlier. It’s common for garden office installers to leave this out of their quotes and starting prices. So, you will probably have to hire an electrician separately. This increases garden room costs. 

DIY Garden Room On A Budget

Installation alone makes up 20-25% of garden room costs. So, DIY installation is a great way to save money. It’s also not that difficult if you get a prefabricated garden room and let someone else build the base. You can even save more by building the garden room from scratch. You just need the right experience, tools and time.

However, professional garden room installers have their benefits. They will likely do the job faster and better. They will also offer warranties. So, professional installation is worth every penny, even if it's just to save you some time and stress.

Why You Should Invest In A Garden Room

Here are four reasons to get a garden room.

A Cost-efficient Alternative to Traditional Home Extensions

Garden rooms cost £5,000 to £44,000, while traditional extensions cost £75,000 and £250,000. Yet, a garden room can serve most of the same functions. It will also last for a minimum of 30 years. Most garden room companies will even offer a warranty of 10 years.

Compared to a typical extension adding a garden room is much more cost-effective. A garden building could even be a fully insulated annex, subject to planning approval. A loft conversion will potentially put off older buyers, for example.

Quick Installation 

It takes just 1-3 days to install a garden room. Meanwhile, it could take weeks or months to build a traditional extension. 

Allows You to Make the Most of Your Garden Space

Garden rooms let you enjoy your garden year-round. Only orangeries and conservatories have similar benefits. However, this is only possible if the garden building has insulation and heating.

Improves Value To Your Home

A garden room adds 1.5 times its cost to a property’s value. It can also attract buyers when you put that property on the market. Not only does it add value, it allows flexibility for new families looking at your home.

For example, if you have a garden gym, or a garden office, or even just the flexibility of extra space to have both. This will make your property appeal to more people.


In the UK, garden rooms cost around £5,000 and £44,000, depending on their sizes and specifications. Specification, especially, is crucial. It’s the difference between getting the perfect garden room or one that barely serves your needs.

So, focus on the specifics when talking to a garden room company. This won’t just help you get the best possible garden room. It will also help you detect hidden and additional costs. These two add a lot to garden room prices. 

In this article, we'll explore the practicalities, costs, regulations, and ideal garden room types for incorporating a toilet, so you can make an informed decision about creating the perfect garden retreat.

Do You Need Planning Permission?

The great news is that, in the majority of cases, you won't have to worry about navigating a maze of paperwork and permits when adding a toilet to your garden room. Thanks to Permitted Development Rights, which are applicable in many countries, you can make minor home improvements, including adding a toilet, without the headache of lengthy and expensive permission processes. 

These rights grant you the freedom to enhance your space without the bureaucratic hassles, making the idea of having a toilet in your garden room even more appealing. So, you can focus on planning the layout and design, knowing that you have the flexibility to create your dream garden retreat without the red tape.

Do You Need Planning Permission?

Building Regulations for Having a Garden Room with a Toilet

Even though you might have the green light regarding planning permission, it's vital to keep building regulations in mind. These regulations act as guardians, ensuring your garden room not only meets but exceeds essential safety and quality standards.

When it comes to adding a toilet, there are specific regulations related to plumbing, drainage, and insulation that you must adhere to. Ensuring proper compliance not only guarantees the comfort of your space but also safeguards the structural integrity of your garden room. 

To navigate this intricate web of regulations, enlisting the expertise of a professional builder or architect is invaluable. Their knowledge and experience can guide you effectively, ensuring your garden room not only meets the necessary standards but also becomes a safe and inviting haven for relaxation and enjoyment.

Costs Associated with a Garden Room with a Toilet

Now, let's dive into the budget side of things. When it comes to costs, there's a lot on the table. Hiring skilled tradesmen, sourcing the right materials, and acquiring the necessary tools are the fundamental building blocks of your budget.

While the prospect of these expenses might seem a bit overwhelming at first, it's important to view them as an investment rather than a mere expenditure. Think of it this way: the functionality and value that a toilet brings to your garden room are invaluable.

To ensure you're making the most of your investment, it's wise to do some groundwork. Research local tradesmen to find the ones who offer quality work within your budget. Take the time to compare material prices; often, a little comparison shopping can save you a significant amount.

Lastly, plan your budget meticulously, leaving room for unexpected expenses that might crop up during the project. This careful approach will not only keep your finances in check but also guarantee that your garden room with a toilet becomes a valuable and cherished addition to your home.

Costs Associated with a Garden Room with a Toilet

Types of Garden Rooms Ideal for a Toilet

  1. Garden Office

Now, let's talk about one of the most versatile options: the garden office with a toilet. It's the perfect blend of productivity and comfort. Picture this: a serene workspace surrounded by the lush greenery of your garden, and all the essential amenities just a few steps away. It's where you can dive into work, take breaks in the fresh air, and maintain your focus without ever needing to step back into your main house. 

This garden room type not only caters to your professional needs but also creates a tranquil atmosphere, making your work-life balance all the more enjoyable.

  1. Gym Garden Room

For fitness enthusiasts, having a garden room with a toilet is a game-changer. It effortlessly transforms into your private gym, eliminating the need for a crowded fitness centre. Imagine your customised workout space where you can break a sweat, then step into the adjoining restroom to freshen up. No more hassles of sharing communal facilities. 

After your workout, you can relax, knowing you have your own private retreat, all within the soothing ambiance of your garden. It's the epitome of convenience, offering a seamless blend of fitness and relaxation right at your doorstep.

  1. Garden Room Spa

Indulge in the ultimate luxury by transforming your garden room into a spa-like haven. Imagine stepping into your serene garden space, complete with a toilet, shower, and sauna. It's your personal oasis, a tranquil escape where you can unwind, rejuvenate, and pamper yourself. The soothing ambiance, coupled with the convenience of having your own spa facilities, elevates relaxation to a whole new level. 

It's not just a garden room; it's a sanctuary dedicated to self-care, inviting you to leave the stresses of the day behind and immerse yourself in a world of blissful indulgence.


Incorporating a toilet into your garden room is not only possible but also a practical and convenient choice. By understanding the regulations, planning carefully, and choosing the right garden room type, you can create a versatile space that caters to your specific needs. So, whether you're envisioning a peaceful home office, a personal gym, or a spa-like retreat, go ahead and make your garden room dreams a reality. 

With the right approach, your garden room can become a true extension of your home, offering comfort, functionality, and endless possibilities.

1. Create a Green Haven

Why not turn your garden room into a vibrant oasis? Deck it out with an array of potted plants and hanging gardens, bringing in the lively charm of nature. Picture this: lush ferns, vibrant flowers, and adorable succulents adorning every corner. The result? A tranquil haven that not only catches the eye but also calms the soul. 

Let the greenery envelop your space, creating a serene atmosphere that invites you to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Transform your garden room into a soothing retreat where nature reigns supreme.

2. Embrace Natural Light

Let the sunshine in! Infuse your garden room with an abundance of natural light by integrating expansive windows, elegant glass doors, or charming skylights. This clever design choice not only bathes your space in a warm, golden glow but also establishes a direct link to the ever-changing wonders of the great outdoors. 

Imagine waking up to the gentle caress of sunlight, or spending lazy afternoons basking in its glow. Natural light doesn't just brighten your room; it illuminates your soul, forging an unbreakable bond with the beauty of nature that evolves with every passing moment.

3. Install Wooden Flooring

Step onto nature's embrace with wooden flooring that adds a touch of rustic allure to your garden room. Opting for timber floors not only brings the innate warmth of nature underfoot but also infuses your space with an undeniable charm. Picture the gentle creak under your feet, reminiscent of a forest stroll. T

his choice not only enhances the natural ambiance but also provides a comfortable surface, making every step a reminder of the great outdoors. The subtle grain patterns and earthy tones create a harmonious blend, making your garden room an inviting sanctuary where the beauty of nature is not just seen but also felt beneath your toes.

Wooden Flooring

4. Introduce Cozy Outdoor Furniture

Elevate your garden room experience with irresistibly snug outdoor furniture, cocooning you in comfort and style. Imagine sinking into plush cushions, embracing the day in the soft contours of bean bags, or relaxing on wicker chairs that echo the rhythm of nature. These carefully chosen pieces, upholstered in weather-resistant fabrics, are not just seats; they are invitations to unwind and indulge in the symphony of the natural world around you. 

Let the cosy embrace of these furnishings cradle you, making your garden room the ultimate retreat where relaxation meets the gentle whispers of the outdoors.

5. Incorporate Water Features

Why not bring the zen vibes of nature right into your garden room? Picture this: the gentle murmur of flowing water, instantly transforming your space into a tranquil sanctuary. How? Think about adding a charming fountain, a quaint pond, or perhaps a chic wall-mounted waterfall. 

These water features don't just look stunning; they work their magic, infusing your garden room with the soothing effects of nature. Close your eyes, listen to the peaceful trickle, and let the stress melt away. With the calming melody of water, your garden room becomes a haven of serenity where relaxation takes centre stage.

6. Bring in the Aromas of Nature

Indulge your senses by infusing your garden room with the delightful fragrances of nature. Imagine the sweet scent of lavender, the intoxicating aroma of jasmine, or the earthy freshness of basil enveloping the air around you. By planting these fragrant flowers and herbs, you're not just adding beauty; you're inviting an olfactory journey. 

These natural aromas don't just perfume the air; they elevate your sensory experience, transforming your garden room into a haven of delightful relaxation. Close your eyes, breathe in deeply, and let the enchanting scents transport you to a place where nature's essence dances on the breeze.

Create a Vertical Garden

7. Create a Vertical Garden

Think vertical and transform your garden room into a lush paradise by adorning your walls with a vertical garden. These vibrant green walls don't just add a touch of nature; they redefine your space, creating a living, breathing masterpiece. Plus, they do double duty as natural air purifiers, enhancing both aesthetics and air quality. Picture cascades of ferns, delicate flowers, and cascading vines, not just beautifying your walls but also cleansing the very air you breathe. 

It's more than just decoration; it's a living artwork that brings the outdoors inside, making your garden room a sanctuary where nature thrives, and you thrive with it.

8. Incorporate Sustainable Materials

Make a conscious choice for the planet by embracing eco-friendly materials in your garden room design. Opt for sustainable wood, repurposed metal, and energy-efficient glass that not only minimise your ecological footprint but also infuse your space with modern elegance. 

These environmentally conscious materials not only contribute to a greener Earth but also create a harmonious blend of nature and contemporary design. With every eco-friendly choice, your garden room becomes a testament to responsible living and stylish sustainability.

9. Design a Herb Garden Window

Combine practicality with charm by installing a petite herb garden beneath your window. This clever addition not only enhances your view but also provides a constant supply of fresh, fragrant herbs at your fingertips. Imagine reaching out and snipping basil, rosemary, or mint directly from your garden while cooking, infusing your culinary creations with the essence of nature. 

It's a delightful fusion of aesthetics and functionality, transforming your kitchen window into a living, breathing pantry where every meal is seasoned with the freshness of homegrown herbs.

10. Install Statement Lighting

Let your garden room shine with personality by choosing statement lighting fixtures inspired by the wonders of nature. Picture elegant pendant lights shaped like delicate leaves gently swaying in the breeze, or chandeliers that capture the graceful allure of blooming flowers. 

These carefully crafted lighting elements don't just illuminate your space; they add a touch of sophistication and artistic flair. Imagine the enchanting play of light and shadows, casting a mesmerising ambiance that transforms your garden room into a haven of elegance and natural beauty.

Craft a Reading Nook

11. Craft a Reading Nook

Indulge your love for literature in a cosy reading nook designed just for you. Picture plush seating adorned with soft throws, inviting you to sink in and get lost in the world of words. A petite bookshelf, filled with nature-inspired literature, stands nearby, offering a delightful selection to explore. Surrounded by the beauty of the outdoors, this inviting space encourages you to immerse yourself in books, where every page turn is accompanied by the soothing whispers of nature, creating a reading haven that's as enchanting as the stories within.

12. Use Earthy Tones

Go for that down-to-earth vibe in your garden room by splashing earthy tones like lush greens, warm browns, and soft muted yellows across your decor. These natural hues aren't just colours; they're mood-setters. Picture it: the calming shade of leaves, the cosiness of rich soil, and the gentle glow of sunlight filtering through. 

Together, they create a tranquil atmosphere that turns your garden room into a peaceful sanctuary, inspired by the great outdoors. It's all about embracing nature's palette, making your space as relaxed and inviting as a lazy afternoon in the garden.

13. Install Sliding Glass Doors

Upgrade your garden room experience with sleek sliding glass doors that effortlessly blend your indoor haven with the outdoor beauty. These doors are more than just entrances; they're portals to your garden, blurring the boundaries between inside and outside. Imagine the rain tapping gently on the glass while you stay snug inside, or the fresh breeze wafting in during sunny days. 

These doors create a seamless connection, ensuring you can revel in the beauty of your garden, no matter the weather. It's like bringing the outdoors in, making your space a constant celebration of nature's wonders.

14. Design a Relaxation Corner

Picture this: a cosy nook adorned with hammocks, plush floor cushions, and soft rugs, beckoning you to unwind. This laid-back setup isn't just furniture; it's an invitation to relax, indulge in afternoon naps, or find your zen through meditation. Imagine sinking into the cushions, feeling the gentle breeze, and letting the natural surroundings lull you into serenity. 

It's more than a corner; it's your personal retreat, where the hectic world fades away, and tranquillity takes over. A perfect spot to unwind, recharge, and simply be.

15. Add Outdoor Artworks

Elevate your garden room's charm by incorporating outdoor artworks and sculptures into your decor. These artistic pieces aren't just eye-catching; they're conversation starters, infusing your space with creativity and intrigue. Imagine a stunning sculpture standing proudly amidst the greenery or a vibrant painting capturing the essence of nature. 

These artworks don't just add visual interest; they harmonise with the natural surroundings, creating an enchanting atmosphere. It's more than decoration; it's a touch of artistic magic that transforms your garden room into a captivating sanctuary, where every corner tells a story and every glance sparks inspiration.

16. Install a Green Roof

Ever thought about having a rooftop that's not just green but alive? Picture this: a green roof decked out with lush grass, charming succulents, or adorable shrubs. It's not just visually stunning; it's a powerhouse of benefits too. Green roofs act like nature's blanket, keeping your space insulated and cosy. 

Plus, they purify the air, making every breath fresher. But that's not all—imagine the visual impact! It's like your garden room wears a crown of nature, making it a true homage to the great outdoors, right above your head!

17. Create a Botanical Theme

Why not bring the charm of blooming gardens indoors? Dive into a botanical theme by infusing your garden room with floral patterns on upholstery, curtains, or cushions. Imagine vibrant petals and lush leaves weaving their way into your decor, creating a delightful and inviting ambiance. 

It's more than just a theme; it's a celebration of nature's beauty, transforming your space into a blooming sanctuary. With every floral accent, your garden room becomes a vibrant canvas, where the allure of blossoms is captured, and the joy of a garden in full bloom is brought to life.

18. Integrate Outdoor Cooking

Level up your culinary adventures by incorporating an outdoor kitchenette or a BBQ station, if your space permits. Imagine the sizzle of steaks and the aroma of grilled vegetables wafting through the air as you cook amidst nature's beauty. It's more than just a meal; it's an experience. 

Embracing the great outdoors elevates your culinary escapades, allowing you to savour each bite while basking in the serenity of your garden room. With the joy of cooking mingled with the tranquillity of nature, every dish becomes a delicious memory in the making.

Integrate Outdoor Cooking

19. Build a Garden Room Studio

Unleash your creativity in your garden room turned studio paradise! Whether it's painting, crafting, or making music, transform your space into an inspiring sanctuary. Let the whispers of the natural world fuel your artistic pursuits, enhancing both creativity and productivity. 

With the great outdoors as your muse, your garden room studio becomes a haven where imagination knows no bounds, and every masterpiece is crafted amidst the beauty of nature.

20. Embrace Seasonal Changes

Why not let your garden room vibe with the seasons? Embrace the magic of change by swapping out cushions, rugs, and accessories to match the time of year. Picture it: lively spring florals ushering in the freshness, summer brights adding a splash of sunshine, autumnal hues bringing warmth, and winter cosiness with soft throws and warm hues. 

By integrating these seasonal elements, your garden room becomes a dynamic space, evolving in tune with nature's ever-shifting palette. It's like a perpetual dance with the seasons, making your space as vibrant and alive as the world outside your window.


With these 20 inspiring garden room ideas, you can transform your space into a harmonious blend of indoor comfort and outdoor beauty. Embrace the outdoors, and let your garden room become a sanctuary where you can relax, unwind, and connect with the natural world.

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