In recent years, the move towards remote working has caused many of us to seek appropriate solutions at home. In this post-pandemic world where collaborative working has been off the cards for some time, we want a closed-off workspace that still allows us to switch off once the day is done and emerge ourselves in the relaxation of family life. Home offices have now become commonplace, with people finding nooks and corners of their home to transform into productive working corners. And, one spot that seems perfect for this transformation is the conservatory. In this guide, we’ll give you advice and guidance on how to transform your conservatory into the perfect, functional office. 

Why the Conservatory?

Many households here in the UK are designed to fit the family’s needs. Every occupant has their own room, the dining table takes pride of place in the communal spot and there’s a corner for cosying on the sofa. Rarely are we afforded a completely free space that was previously offering no function to our lives. While some are lucky enough to have a spare bedroom or previously converted loft space, others are left using kitchen tables and their laps while sending emails and engaging in video conferences. 

Conservatories make logical sense when it comes to finding a spot in your home for an office. They are normally separated from the family, tucked away at the back of the house. The expanse of glass ensures they receive ample light during the day and doors on either side allow you to shut yourself away and focus. Plus, there’s nothing worse than working on a hard or menial task in a dark and dingy corner. Being able to see into the garden and having the sunshine on your skin while you type can help to improve productivity considerably. 

The Challenges With Conservatory Home Office

Of course, unless you’re constructing a conservatory specifically for this purpose, you’re bound to come across a number of hurdles.

Temperature

Conservatories, especially older ones, are notoriously hard to keep at a consistent temperature. The abundance of glass is brilliant in relation to natural light. But, if left uncovered, it can also lead to heat build-up in this space and for some households, this occurs to an extremely uncomfortable level. Not only is this an inconvenience (and health risk) for you, it also puts the workings of your computer and other devices at risk too. 

Glare

Again, light is brilliant when it comes to keeping yourself productive and focused on the job at hand. But, if you don’t have a functional way of controlling it, you’ll likely find yourself fighting a losing battle against glare – especially on fixed computer screens or display screens. 

Access to Outlets

Many conservatories are designed as a chill-out and relaxation zone. For many, televisions and music systems are banned, allowing them to sit with their thoughts, surrounded by nature. This can add practical issues to your home office needs – where will you plug in your computer, telephone and other relevant devices? 

Transforming Your Conservatory Into a Home Office

Even with these challenges, we still believe that a home office in your conservatory can offer a multitude of practical benefits. This is why we’re here to help you come up with solutions to challenge the above issues. 

Issue: Temperature – Solution: Create Shade

There are a number of ways to help control the temperature in a conservatory. Did you know that window blinds, as well as adding colour and privacy to a space, can also be used to control the heat? Solar reflective models feature a specialist fabric that reflects sun rays away from the window. This prevents residual heat from sitting inside a room and helps you to maintain a comfortable temperature. Many of these can be manufactured bespoke to fit your conservatory windows, no matter how big. And, if you’re concerned about restricting light, there are sheer options available that mute the direct sunlight while still allowing you to work comfortably. 

Keep the blinds closed/down during the hottest parts of the day and open them back up as it starts to cool down. This will help you to effectively manage the conditions in a conservatory. There are also a number of glass coating options that offer the same thing. With slight tints in brown or grey, these Energy Efficient Glass options use their specialist metallic coating to manage heat at all times. 

Issue: Glare – Solution: Tinted Glass

Again, the issue of glare is one of direct sunlight. And, the solutions for this are also ideal for making sure you can work comfortably with your devices. Reflective window film reduces solar heat gain by up to 60% and minimises the intensity of direct sun rays. This makes it easier for you to work (or sneak in a quick few episodes from your favourite series) without constantly battling against glare.

These additions will also benefit your soft furnishings. Over time, direct light in conservatories can cause cushions, rugs and sofas to fade. Having a tinted finish on your windows will reduce the impact the UV rays can have. 

Issue: Outlets – Solution: Installation

If you’ve decided that your conservatory will likely be your main working spot for a while, it may be time to invest in additional power outlets. An experienced electrician will be able to run relevant wires into your desk space, making it practical for you to work uninterrupted. The beauty of this is that it doesn’t only benefit you now. If going back to the main building office is on your agenda too, additional outlets in your conservatory can help you expand the activities you can enjoy here. Imagine watching a film underneath the night stars with the whole family, or listening to the most romantic music during an anniversary dinner with your love. 

Here at Castle Home Improvements, we specialise in the design and construction of conservatories to fit your needs. Whether you’re looking to build one from scratch or have building work undertaken to turn it into your dream office, get in contact with us here and we’ll be happy to help.