Not too many years ago everybody wanted a conservatory. And didn’t the conservatory companies do well! Hundreds of those little PVC and glass rooms went up on houses all over my town. And it’s not just the seaside towns that went mad for them. They don’t need planning permission, and apparently you can put them up yourself in kits. But here, in the gloom of the UK weather, what on earth do you do with them?
I love the idea of having an entire room dedicated to being a playroom for the kids. I can’t think of anything more fun than having all their toys in one place. They can play and paint and craft. They can do anything they like really. Shading is essential when the sun does come out, though. Most conservatories have windows you can open to catch a breeze without leaving the door wide open.
Being able just to step out into the garden and play sounds ideal, though. A patio is a perfect surface for little scooters and other ride-on toys. In the winter, the conservatory is also that extra space between the muddy garden and the expensive carpeting in the living room. They can certainly be handy as boot rooms. But I have more fun ideas for a conservatory than that.
With some attractive conservatory furniture, I can create a gorgeous reading room. Somewhere with great light for curling up on a sofa with a book. Great views of a wonderful garden and a little coffee table to pop my cup of tea on. Plenty of cute cushions to squish into. It sounds lovely. Can I really get away with having all that space just for me to have a chill-out zone? I’m not sure. But if we can use the room all year round, then it might be a perfect little living room.
So with all these great ideas about using the space a conservatory affords, why are so many conservatories out there unused and unloved? Dumping grounds for old exercise equipment. Old freezer chests sit along one wall with the laundry drying along the other. What happened to all those good intentions?
If your sweet little conservatory hasn’t seen a visitor in a long time, it could be time to strip it bare and start again. Pull out all those old boxes and sweep away the cobwebs. It’s time to repurpose that space that cost you your garden. Conservatories are great places for growing beautiful plants like orchids and calla lilies. They can even be a great place for your kids to play. What about a dining room? Who wouldn’t want a view of a pretty garden to aid digestion.
There are plenty of uses for an old unloved conservatory. If yours has fallen foul to the weather, see about getting it repaired. Perhaps it can be replaced with something more hardy and efficient? It’s never too late to create that little gym space, Yoga studio or reading room. And haven’t you always wanted a home office? Give your conservatory the love it deserves.