Garden Room Design: Tips For Maximising Space and Comfort

A Shomera Garden Room is a fantastic addition to your home, providing a versatile and comfortable space that can be enjoyed throughout the year.

Whether you are looking for more living space, an at-home office space (also known as a garden office), or a yoga studio, designing your dream Shomera Garden Room requires careful consideration of space and comfort. 

Designing a Garden Room isn’t just about adding space; it’s about creating a personalised haven that reflects your needs and style. We’ll help you start on the right foot, considering how you’ll use the space, the layout that best suits your garden, and how to capture the perfect amount of natural light. In this blog, we will share some valuable tips to help you maximise space and create a comfortable environment in your Shomera.

Defining the Use of Your Garden Room

Before beginning, it’s important to clearly define the purpose of your Shomera Garden Room. What activities will you be conducting in this space? Will it serve as a work area, an entertainment zone, or a place for relaxation? Understanding the intended use of your Garden Room will guide your choice and help you maximise the available space effectively. 

With this in mind, you may wonder how to choose the right style of Garden Room for your space. At Shomera, we offer a couple of different design styles. Choose between our Shomera Classic Garden Rooms, which are spacious, multifunctional and will last a lifetime, or the Shomera Contemporary Garden Room range, which focuses on a minimalist approach when it comes to shape and form.

Assess The Available Garden Space

To maximise the functionality of your Garden Room, it’s necessary to assess the available space. Measure the dimensions of your garden and consider how much of the area you’d like the Garden Room to occupy. 

A reputable Garden Room supplier like Shomera can guide you through this. Taking a look at the available space in your garden and considering the layout, existing features (such as trees or patios), and boundaries of your garden may all have an impact on your choice. It’s also important that you consider the orientation of your Shomera Garden Room to maximise natural light and optimise energy efficiency.

Optimise Natural Light

Maximising natural light is crucial for both aesthetics and functionality. Not only does natural light enhance the beauty of the interior, but it also provides numerous health benefits.

A Shomera’s large windows can flood your Garden Room with sunlight, creating an open and airy feel. Light glare is always a consideration for those working with computer screens, ensuring a desk is placed in the optimal location to benefit from the light. 

Insulation and Ventilation

Creating a space that’s comfortable throughout the year is crucial. The benefit of Garden Rooms versus log cabins is that multiple layers of insulation and quality fittings mean your Garden Room will have a comfortable temperature year-round. Ventilation is just as important, ensuring that air can circulate into the structure when needed.

Each Shomera has a combination of insulating materials to achieve optimal performance. On the ceilings, we use a combination of quilt insulation within the joists and then rigid insulated plasterboard on the inner layer. For floors, rigid EPS is used to avoid adverse effects of weather during installation. Rigid insulations have a higher U value (U value measures heat transfer and loss), but the critical issue is how well this insulation is fitted. 

At Shomera, we fit the insulation in a controlled environment within our factory to ensure the best possible outcomes. On the walls, we use a combination of high-quality flexi slab material (non-slumping) and a continuous layer of rigid insulation on the inside skin. The quilt material is protected by a layer of visqueen plastic (which ensures the insulation does not get wet) with cloth tape, and the combination of these materials means the studio will heat quickly and hold.

Functional Layout

The layout of your Garden Room plays a vital role in maximising the available space. Consider the flow of movement within the room, and ensure that the furniture and fixtures are arranged in a way that promotes functionality and ease of use. For example, if you plan to use your Shomera Garden Room as a home office, position your desk near a window for natural light and place storage units within arm’s reach.

Clever Storage Solutions

A clutter-free environment promotes a sense of tranquillity and makes the most of the available space. Incorporate clever storage solutions such as built-in shelves, cabinets, or storage benches to keep your Garden Room organised. Utilise vertical space and consider multi-functional furniture pieces that double as storage.

Comfortable Seating and Furnishings

Opt for pieces that reflect the room’s intended use and fit comfortably within the space without crowding. Invest in comfortable seating and furnishings that allow you to fully enjoy your Shomera. Consider stylish yet cosy chairs, sofas, or even hammocks for a touch of relaxation. Adding cushions, throws, and rugs will create a warm and inviting atmosphere, ideal for spending long hours in your garden retreat.

Select furniture that serves multiple purposes to optimise space. A wall bed or fold-out sofa can transform from a daytime seating area to a bedroom as needed.

Personalise with Décor

Infuse your own personal style and taste into your Shomera Garden Room through décor. Choose artwork, plants, and accessories that reflect your personality and create a welcoming ambience. Incorporating natural elements like plants, stones, and wood can bring a sense of tranquillity and further connect your Garden Room with the outdoor environment.

Connecting Indoor and Outdoor

When designing your Shomera Garden Room, the seamless transition between the indoor space and the surrounding landscape is essential for maximising the overall effect and enjoyment of the area. Your outdoor space should serve as an extension of your Garden Room. 


To truly incorporate your Garden Room into your outdoor space, consider adding paving or a patio area. This can really make it feel part of your garden and will allow the space to seamlessly transition from indoor to outdoor. If your Garden Room has wooden floors, you might opt for timber decking outside to maintain the aesthetic flow.

Outdoor Furnishings

Select outdoor furniture that complements your interior pieces’ style and colour palette.

This attention to detail will create a sense of continuity and expand your living space visually and functionally.

Plants & flowerbeds 

Flowerbeds, or even a small outdoor area adjacent to your Shomera Garden Room, further blur the boundary between indoor and outdoor living.


Proper lighting is essential for creating the right ambience and enhancing the functionality of your Shomera Garden Room. Incorporate a combination of task lighting, ambient lighting, and accent lighting. Task lighting is important for specific activities such as reading or working, while ambient lighting sets the overall mood. Accent lighting can be used to highlight certain features or create a focal point, adding a touch of elegance to your space.

Garden Room Design: The Bottom Line

In conclusion, designing your dream Shomera Garden Room requires careful planning and consideration of space and comfort. By defining the purpose of your Shomera, optimising natural light, reaping the benefits of proper insulation and ventilation, and incorporating a functional layout, you will maximise the available space while creating a comfortable and inviting environment. 

Remember to personalise your Shomera with décor that reflects your style and connect it with the outdoors to fully embrace the beauty of nature. With these tips in mind, your dream Shomera Garden Room will become a haven of relaxation and enjoyment, allowing you to make the most of your outdoor space all year round.

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