How to Turn Your Conservatory into the Perfect Family Space

How to Turn Your Conservatory into the Perfect Family Space
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    If you've got a conservatory or even just a conservatory-style extension or sun room to your house, you shouldn't let such a beautiful addition to your home go unused for long periods of time outside of the summer months!


There are many benefits to having a conservatory, so don’t let it go to waste.

Of course, if you’ve got very young children, you may want to hold off for a while – unless you don’t mind spending a substantial amount of time each week cleaning fingerprint smudges off the glass! But if your children are old enough to be responsible, you should definitely take advantage of the space and atmosphere of a conservatory to turn it into a lovely family room.

Here’s how to do it…

If this is a room your family are going to be spending a lot of time in, a good storage system is crucial. It doesn’t have to be extensive, but there should be enough room for the kids to put their toys away, for books and DVDs and the like to be neatly shelved, and for the space to generally remain free of clutter and mess. If you don’t want to put in too many high shelves, there are ways around that – get a coffee table with drawers to keep stuff in, or a daybed (to serve as a sofa) with storage space beneath it.


Obviously, breakables are an issue everywhere in the house if you’ve got younger children around, but in a conservatory space you should be especially careful. Arrange your layout in such a way so there aren’t carpets close to the glass panels – that way, you won’t have to worry about your kids tripping on a loose bit of carpet and smacking into the glass.

It may be worth imposing a ban on any kind of toys that could break the glass – like footballs or any sort of games that require throwing things. If you’re going to keep potted plants around, get weighted pots so they can’t be tipped over, or opt for smaller potted plants that can be placed on higher surfaces. 


As a general rule, people tend to opt for wicker furniture in conservatories, to harmonize with the surrounding glass panels and the greenhouse function that conservatories typically serve. That’s fine, but if you want the space to have a cozier, more family feel, I’d recommend getting more cushions for sofas and chairs, and perhaps some beanbags that your kids might enjoy lounging on. Of course, beanbags and the like can be easily stored away when not in use, so you don’t have to compromise entirely on a more sophisticated look for your conservatory.


Obviously, glass panels are a little more vulnerable than ordinary house walls, so if you’ve got a TV or any other kinds of electronic devices in your conservatory, ensure that your security’s enhanced to protect them. Install additional locks on your windows and doors, as well as an alarm system that will alert you immediately as to any break-ins.

More than that, though, your peace of mind may lie in obscuring your valuables from prying eyes. Specifically, installing conservatory blinds that you can draw down overnight, or for extended periods when you’re not at home, prevents potential burglars from being able to look in easily and take their pick. Window dressing is an important feature in any room, but none more so than in a conservatory.

Have you got a conservatory-style family area? Got any style tips? Share them in the comments!

Estelle Page is the Home and Living editor at GKBC. She dreams of one day adding a conservatory onto her Victorian home, and until then spends her time blogging about how to decorate one instead.

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