How to build a garden office

How to build a garden office: 5 important things to think about

Knowing how to build a garden office can bring a multitude of benefits concerning productivity and gives you a great excuse to enjoy your garden the way it should be. Working from home has become a normality for many people post-lockdown, but staying productive and maintaining a healthy work-life balance can come with limitations and challenges. One solution to this is designing your garden and its furniture into an office space where you combine the nature of your garden with a functional and productivity-focused workspace.

With this in mind, being in the garden not only gives you a more aesthetic environment to work in but also allows you to reap the benefits of natural sunlight which is scientifically proven to boost productivity all around. Sunlight helps regulate the body’s production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep and wake cycles so when exposed to this sunlight, the body produces less melatonin allowing you to feel more awake and alert which leads to a boost of productivity.

Here at The Orange Company, we pride ourselves in having a selection of furniture that can be used to create the perfect garden office that links style and functionality and which allows you to soak up all the benefits of being outdoors. Read below to find out the practical and creative steps on how to build a garden office that promotes creativity and productivity and how our furniture can help in achieving this.

How to build a garden office: What to think about

1.) Assessing your environment

Turn your garden into an office: 5 important things to think about

Prior to incorporating elements into your garden office, it is crucial to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the overall layout of your garden. This evaluation allows you to gain a thorough understanding of how to optimize the space and seamlessly integrate various elements while preserving the cosy and relaxing ambience that your garden embodies. Consideration should be given to factors that can significantly influence the creative process, such as the size of the space, the quality of lighting, ease of accessibility, and the level of privacy provided. 

By carefully selecting the ideal location for your garden office, you can establish an environment that facilitates the utmost productivity and creativity. Take the time to identify a focal point within your garden, a natural scene that captivates and inspires. Positioning your furniture around this focal point not only enhances the aesthetic appeal but also cultivates a harmonious connection between your workspace and the enchanting scenery. 

By aligning the elements strategically, you create an environment where productivity is effortlessly amplified, allowing the beauty of your garden to fuel your inspiration and propel your work to new heights. So, take a step back, evaluate the potential of your garden, and craft a garden office that not only maximizes the available space but also capitalizes on the innate allure of nature, ensuring an optimal setting for your creative endeavours.

 

2.) Establish internet connectivity

While working from home the internet is your most important tool and a stable connection should be up there with the most important of priorities. Due to the internet being a staple in basically every home, this has paved the way for remote working to become possible as information is easily accessed as well as allowing you to collaborate and communicate as efficiently as you would if based in an office.

To enjoy your garden office to its full extent, a reliable and uninterrupted internet connection must be used through WIFI boosters, outdoor routers or ethernet cables to pump a strong connection straight from your router to your laptop/PC. You can also get in touch with your internet provider to get recommendations tailored towards the design of your garden office.

3.) Incorporate natural and green features

One of the primary draws of working in a garden office lies in the opportunity to immerse oneself in nature. As we previously mentioned, when designing your garden office layout, it is advantageous to arrange your tables and chairs in a way that offers a captivating view of the most visually appealing aspects of your garden. 

You can strategically position them to face the trees or plants, allowing you to revel in the beauty of your natural surroundings while engaging in your work. However, if you seek the ultimate tranquil vibe, consider incorporating water features into your garden office. The gentle trickling of a fountain can serve as mesmerizing focal points that inspire creativity and maintain a sense of tranquillity. There is no denying the calming effect of nature, which has been scientifically proven to alleviate stress and enhance productivity. 

By embracing the abundance of natural elements in your garden, you can harness these benefits and fully immerse yourself in the invigorating freshness of the open air. As you breathe in the clean oxygen-rich atmosphere, you’ll find yourself reaping the rewards of a peaceful environment that fosters a clear mind, creative thinking, and a heightened sense of well-being. 

 

4.) Ensure privacy and boundaries

Much like in an indoor workspace, where individuals seek solace and a sense of seclusion, privacy takes on a similar importance when working in a garden office. It provides a serene and tranquil atmosphere, enabling one to concentrate and be more productive. In the realm of garden offices, you have the unique opportunity to harmonize your work environment with the surrounding nature.

This deliberate separation not only ensures privacy but also establishes a clear distinction between the realms of work and leisure, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in your professional tasks while the captivating allure of your garden serves as an inspirational backdrop.

Ensuring that your garden office is separate from the more lively aspects of your garden is vital in gaining those boosts of productivity so you can work while the nature of your garden does the rest.

 

5.) Manage your temperature carefully

If you are considering working in a garden office, it’s important to acknowledge the significant role that weather plays in both your productivity and relaxation. The ambient temperature within your garden can greatly influence your ability to work efficiently throughout the year, regardless of whether the weather is cold or hot. By taking proactive measures to address temperature concerns, you can create an optimal work environment that supports your productivity and comfort.

During colder months, investing in heaters or other heating solutions can help to maintain a cozy atmosphere, enabling you to focus on your work without the discomfort of chilly temperatures. On the other hand, when the weather turns scorching, incorporating fans, air conditioning units, or even refreshing water features into your garden office can not only create a tranquil ambiance but also provide a cooling effect to keep you refreshed and focused.

By ensuring that your body remains properly heated or cooled, you can establish the ideal conditions to help you stay in your office for extended periods without being distracted by the elements. This thoughtful consideration of weather-related factors allows you to fully harness the potential of your garden office and optimize your work experience throughout the seasons.

How our furniture can help:

4 Seat Modular Garden Sofa with Lounger- The Orange Company Garden Furniture

With our St. Tropez collection, one of the main perks is the customisability when arranging the furniture in any way you prefer and how any arrangement can fit effortlessly to turn your garden into an office. For example, to fully capitalise from the relaxing, luxurious vibe our furniture gives off, our five-seat garden sofa balances productivity and tranquillity perfectly. Our tables placed at your left or right have room for any stationary or drinks needed to get you through work and is partnered with our luxury sofa material which ensures comfort so you can keep working for hours.

Due to its customisable properties, you could have a sofa with two tables on either side to maximise office space or a more relaxed sun lounger meaning you can lie down with one table at your side for drinks and snacks while your laptop remains rested on your legs.

If you prefer to be sat up with a more traditional office vibe, our breakfast bars have the space and utility to hold all of your primary office needs whether that be mugs, stationary, plants and plenty of access under the seats so you can feed your cables effortlessly from your home to your garden office.

Contact us to find out how we can turn your garden into an office.