5 Top Tips For Your Conservatory Office
Have you found yourself working from home for the foreseeable future? Or do you own your own business and need somewhere more permanent to work from than the living room? Whatever the reason you need more office space, your conservatory could be the answer.
There are plenty of benefits to giving a conservatory home office a go. Not only do these spaces tend to be quieter than other parts of the house – thanks to less footfall – but you’ve got the added benefit of being able to step straight into your garden on your coffee break and enjoy those calming, peaceful outdoor views all day long.
Interested? Read on to find out how you can turn your conservatory into a much-needed home office you can be proud of.
1. Get the basics sorted
First things first – make sure your conservatory has the right set-up for your needs. Depending on the type of work you do, the two most important factors will probably be electricity sockets and WiFi. Start by taking stock of how many available sockets you have and where they’re located, then compare this with how many you need to run your computer – including laptop chargers and screens – plus any other electrical equipment you use. Once you’ve done that, you can start to think about where you need to place your furniture to reach them.
It’s also worth testing your WiFi coverage early on to make sure it’s strong enough for your needs. Struggling to stay connected? Consider buying a WiFi extender to ensure you can get online – and stay there!
Once your electrical and WiFi access are sorted, you’ll also want to consider how you’ll keep your equipment safe. Assess your space and take any necessary security precautions that you need to – from robust locks to storage that’ll hide your belongings and help deter would-be thieves.
2. Work with the natural lighting
The abundance of natural light your conservatory gets is probably one of the reasons you fell in love with it in the first place, and those peaceful garden views are the perfect way to melt away the daily stresses of work. However, when it comes to a home office set-up, you’re likely going to want to reduce sun glare from your screen and stop your space from overheating – particularly on hot days.
The solution? A solar control glass roof that’ll reduce how much light gets through and help regulate your conservatory’s temperature all year round. It’s also an easy way to avoid the sun’s glare from damaging or discolouring your equipment and furniture over time. The best bit? It won’t compromise your garden views. Think about adding spotlights or desk lamps to increase the lighting as and when you need it in specific areas of your conservatory – particularly during the evenings or winter months.
3. Choose the right furnishings
Great home offices start with the right desk and chair. If you’re going to be spending a substantial amount of time working out of your conservatory, it’s all the more important to invest in high-quality furniture that’ll help protect you against back or posture problems from sitting for long periods, for example. A spacious desk with some drawers for you to stash your belongings in will help you keep your office space feeling tidy and organised. When it comes to shelving, shorter bookcases are less likely to compromise your lovely views and natural light than taller ones. They can also double up as additional surface space for your equipment or a second screen, for example.
A well-positioned armchair in a spot that catches the last of the day’s rays is also a lovely addition to your conservatory office and will provide you with somewhere to escape to when you’ve been sitting at your desk for too long.
4. Don’t forget the details
Just because your conservatory is now your office doesn’t mean you should forget about adding all those little extras that make it feel like a space you want to spend your time in. Plants, ornaments, cushions and throws will all help remind you why you love your conservatory – which you might need after spending your working hours in it! Don’t be afraid to embrace upcycling or some DIY craft projects to create unique accessories and pieces that will work with your space and decor style.
Finally, remember to consider all those practical additions you want from an office, too – from enough pens and coasters to protect your furniture, to a footrest and lumbar support to help keep you comfortable.
5. Keep a multi-purpose mindset
You might be working at home full time right now, but who knows what will happen in a few weeks or months. If you want to future-proof your conservatory and make the most of it outside of your 9-5, it’s sensible to try and keep it as multi-purpose as possible. This can be particularly important if space in your home is tight.
The goods news is that you don’t need to compromise on your dream office set-up to keep your conservatory’s options open. Get smart with storage and you’ll find you can clear away a lot of your equipment at the end of your working week and be ready to enjoy your conservatory for the relaxing, tranquil haven it is come the weekend. Another option to consider is using a dining table as a desk, so you’ve got heaps of space to work with, but can quickly change things up again for dinner in the evening, without taking up extra space.
Want some more style and decor inspiration? Check out our conservatory interior guide for more ideas.