11 creative garden office ideas
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With everyone working from home these days, it’s no surprise if your rooms are bulging at the seams with make-shift desk areas and laptops. The answer is to make the most of your outdoor area and add a smart garden office where at least one family member can escape the clutter and chaos.
Restore calm and order by expanding into the outdoors and separate work from home life with these clever garden office ideas that don’t have to cost the earth.
Problem-solving garden office ideas
1. A timber home office
Do you daydream of a peaceful working space away from the noise and chaos of the house? Then a practical garden office could be your answer. A beautiful timber design will blend in seamlessly with your garden, while also offering a calming place to work.
What’s more, a timber garden office can be insulated for warmth and comfort, guaranteeing a healthy and happy working environment all year round.
2. A shipping container conversion
Looking for cheap garden office ideas? For a low-cost alternative to a wooden garden cabin, consider converting a shipping container. Seriously. It’s a thing!
Engineered to resist corrosion and endure harsh environments, a shipping container will last for years with little maintenance needed, plus its blank canvas makes it easy to adapt to the exact space you need.
Ok, so you’ll most likely need to crane it in, and you’ll have to fit it out with insulation, windows, and doors, however, a shipping container makes a flexible and affordable option for a unique garden office solution.
3. Convert a garden shed
Converting your shed into a home office is a simple project as long as you have light, ventilation, and a means of providing heat in the cooler months. Give it a good clean out and fresh it up into a budget garden office.
Consider adding a roof window in the pitched ceiling to provide natural light, while a cheap electric heater (on an extension lead if you don’t have outdoor power) will throw off enough warmth to keep the compact space toasty. Add a desk and a comfy chair and you can escape the hustle of the house into your very own calming space.
4. A contemporary garden office
Got a little more money to spend? How about investing in a bespoke structure to create a wonderful sanctuary at the end of your garden?
Not only will a modern garden room offer the essential extra space your family needs for working, entertaining or just enjoying some downtime, but it will also add value to your home.
Opt for a contemporary design with stunning timber cladding and you’ll create an architectural centrepiece in your garden. Wondering if you need planning permission? Read our guide here.
5. A painted garden room
Upgrade an existing summerhouse, or add interest to a new one, with a cheerful exterior colour. Be inspired by your garden and choose a shade that will allow the garden room to blend seamlessly with its surroundings for a charming feel.
If you have the space, add a small patio at the front and you’ll expand the entertaining area, as well as create an even prettier focal point.
6. A modern panelled garden room
A bespoke building isn’t cheap and is an investment that needs to be carefully considered. If you want a garden office that’s going to stand the test of time and look great for many years to come, choose a wood-panelled design with black accents.
Add a patio on to your garden office design to act as a lovely place to sit on those sunnier days.
Choose a garden office design that features a set of patio or French doors. This is a great way of letting in lots of natural light into your office that will without a doubt make you more productive.
8. A garden office with bespoke furniture
Hire a local carpenter to help you kit out your garden office. Having a bespoke desk and furniture built will help you make the most out of the space.
Be inspired by the garden office pictured above and incorporate a desk and a seating area with built-in storage.
9. Add plants to your garden office
Inject some colour and life into your garden office with the addition of plants. We recommend opting for real plants as they have lots of great health benefits and will hopefully have light available to them.
If you’re not the best plant parent, artificial plants might be a wiser choice.
10. An industrial design garden office
A fan of industrial-style design? Choose a structure for your garden office that has been inspired by industrial interiors.
An all black structure looks effortlessly chic and will add visual interest to your garden. Incorporate lots of big windows into your design to make sure it stays light and bright.
11. A versatile garden office
Choose a garden office that can be used for lots of different things. You may want to use your outdoor building as an office during the week but then perhaps in the evening, you could use it as a home gym.
Make sure the structure you choose can be used for multiple different things so you get the most for your money.
For more information, read our comprehensive garden room planning guide. Like what you see? There’s more where this came from. Check out Checkatrade’s blog for more tips, ideas, how-tos, and inspiration.