Conservatory Sofas

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Looking to make your conservatory that little bit cosier? Here are our favourite conservatory sofas, along with a few decorating tips to transform an greenhouse into a sun-drenched paradise.

conservatoryImage by Matthew D. Wilson 

When the sun finally gets round to getting his hat on and spring finally, well, springs, it’s understandable that many of us Brits flock to our conservatories so that we can take advantage of the sunshine. But if your conservatory has been neglected during the cooler winter months, you might want to update it before you relax in the spring sun.

Decorating Your Conservatory

Redecorating can be a bit of a bore, but if you’re stuck twiddling your thumbs during a rainy weekend (classic British spring/summer!) you can easily update your conservatory within just a few days.

First things first, you need to decide exactly how you want to use the space. Do you want to use it for early morning contemplation with a nice cup of tea? Or do you plan to use it as a relaxing snug for you and the family? You might even prefer to use it as a more formal dining space, or as a children’s playroom.

Whatever the function of the room, you need to buy furniture to fit. There’s no use relegating the conservatory to use as a dining room if it’ll end up untouched and unloved. So have a really good think about what you want to use the room for before you get started.

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 Hobbs 2 Seater Sofa from SofaSofa

Furnishing the Conservatory

A conservatory sized sofa will tend to be a smaller 2-seater sofa - small enough to fit into the space, yet functional enough to be used every day. For a cosy seating area, choose a sofa you can sink into and that’s big enough to put your feet up on (if you have the space!). That way if the sunshine or lull of rain on the conservatory roof sends you to sleep, at least you can stretch out!

It’s also important to think about how many people will be using the space. If you’re keeping it an adults-only space, then you’ll get away with one small sofa and an armchair. However, if the whole household is going to cram into the room, you might want to add a few footstools and squishy bean bags for younger members of the family.

Conservatories shouldn’t feel crowded, as you’ll lose the bright, light feeling of the room, so don’t buy unnecessary pieces of furniture.

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Madison 2 Seater Sofa from SofaSofa

Colours in Your Conservatory

There are a huge range of colour choices for conservatories. Bring the outside in with plenty of pale pastels, wooden or slate floors and lush green plants, or go wild with bright, bold hues on the walls. You can get away with brighter or darker colours in a conservatory due to all of the windows.

Steer clear of shiny or metallic wallpapers or accessories as the sun will reflect off of them and could blind you if you’re sitting in the wrong spot!

Dampening Your Spirits

Finally, before you buy your sofa and the rest of your furniture, check the moisture levels in the conservatory. If it gets too damp, or if too much moisture gets into the space, it could ruin the furniture, so it’s incredibly important to double check before you buy to avoid costly mistakes in the future!

Posted in Armchairs, Colour & Hue, Interior Design, Sofas on 21st Jul 2014

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