Whether you enjoy hosting get-togethers or simply want a relaxing outdoor space where you can unwind after a busy day; a garden room is a perfect way to finish your backyard - and it doesn’t have to cost the earth. Whether you plan to purpose-build a wooden frame shell or simply furnish a patio or terrace area, you can make your garden a place of calm and joy without breaking the bank.
Read on for our 7 top tips on how to build a charming and practical garden room on a budget.
1. Design Your Space
How often do you want to use it? Must it be cosy or weatherproof?
There are so many factors to consider, so if you’re on a tight budget, having a clear plan can help you narrow down which are the most important products to buy.
Rooms to be used all year round will benefit from soft furnishings (and a space to store them!) while combination spaces used for multiple purposes will require adaptable furniture. If you’re planning on entertaining then units on which to prepare food or drinks might come in handy.
2. Invest in the Staples
Browse our range of garden tables and choose a piece you love, then create a charming, quirky style by finishing it with mismatched chairs or benches that you can collect from all sorts of different places; local charity shops, family donations and Facebook marketplace are all fantastic places to source pre-loved items.
Or, for something less formal, our range of garden sofas includes cosy, comfortable seating options. The Honolulu rope and acacia corner sofa is the perfect mixture between contemporary and archaic due to the contrast of materials used to create the design.
3. Create an Ambiance
We love classic fairy lights to add a magical touch - or why not adapt yours by adding faux leaves or flowers for a garden twist? Another way you can add to the ambience of a garden room is through texture and colour. Stick to natural materials, such as the acacia dessert trolley when it comes to furniture for a calm, relaxing and sophisticated space. Just add a rich colour pop using vibrant shades and shapes, such as this traditional South American flavour, for a room that’s wonderfully charming and original.
4. Prepare for All Weathers
Plus, if your room is for year-round use you’ll never find yourself shivering. While it happens less often than most of us would like, the weather in the summer can get extremely hot, so investing in adjustable parasols with LED lighting or sun shades is an easy and affordable way to create a ‘room’ feeling if your garden space is roofless.
5. Add Plenty of Greenery
Similarly, patio areas will always benefit from potted plants, flowers, herbs and even raised vegetable beds to add focal touches. If you aren’t green-fingered, or you want your garden room to look green all year round, choosing artificial plants and decadent dried florals is an excellent and affordable alternative.
6. Enjoy the Finishing Touches
Why not add a few shelves for your favourite books - you can also decorate them with photo frames or keepsakes. The scent is also a big part of a garden room, in the summer planting flowers with beautiful perfume near the entrance is a great way to have your space fragranced. Use scented candles or outdoor diffusers to either reminisce about the smells of summer or indulge in a rich, wintery perfume to embrace the long nights.
7. Celebrate in Style
Finding a place for a BBQ grill is a great way to collect everyone together, and investing in a drinks trolley or mobile cart helps create a party atmosphere while offering a practical way to serve your guests (or let them serve themselves!) Kick back, relax and enjoy the fruits of your hard work.