Having a conservatory not only provides you with extra living space, but it also gives you the chance to get closer to the beauty of nature, whatever the weather. At least, it should do, but many people find that their conservatory is only useable for a few months of the year, and for the rest of the time, it becomes a dumping ground. This is often because conservatories are poorly insulated, so they are too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer. If you want to make your conservatory a more comfortable living space all year round, here are five ways to upgrade your conservatory.
Invest in a new roof and/or double glazing
If your conservatory is cold in the winter, hot in the summer, and/or leaking when it rains, it is time to consider making improvements to its structure. This could mean upgrading the glass panes from single to double (or triple) glazing or making structural improvements such as replacing the roof. A new roof for your conservatory that includes insulation will keep the heat of the sun out on hot days and will keep your heating inside during the winter. When choosing a warm conservatory roof, remember to ask questions about its weight, durability, and any warranty that’s included.
Install new blinds
Being primarily made of glass, conservatories will become warmer when the sunlight hits them, but you can reduce this by installing blinds. There are plenty of blind designers and fitters who will work with you to create a bespoke solution for your conservatory’s structure and your chosen color scheme.
Add adjustable lighting
Another factor that can prevent you from making use of your conservatory is the lighting. During the winter and on overcast days, the conservatory may need brighter lighting if you want to use it for work or as a play space for children. However, you might also want to use it as a space to relax and would therefore prefer dimmer, more soothing lighting. This is why many people choose to opt for lighting that will brighten or dim as required so you can always use the room, no matter the time of day.
Update the furniture
Updating your conservatory furniture will make the room seem like a brand-new living space. The conservatory should represent a transition between your home and garden, so it is often best to choose furniture that combines nature and comfort, such as rattan or wicker. Glass and wood are also great choices. If you choose furniture (and wall paint) which is darker in color, it will make the room feel cozier, while lighter furniture (and wall paint) would make it an airier space.
Bring in some plants
It may seem a small change, but bringing in plants can make a huge difference to the look and feel of a conservatory. Splashes of bright green and colorful flowers will make the room appear fresher and livelier, but plants can also be beneficial to your health. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen which will improve the quality of the air in the space. Click here for the best plants to place in a conservatory.