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Top things to consider when choosing a garden office

With more and more people now working from home, you may be thinking about getting yourself a garden office space to work from. However, with so many to choose from it can be a little bit daunting to know which is right for you. So, we have created a list of the top things to consider when choosing a garden office to help you.


What size office do you require? Do you just need a simple small space for just you and a computer? Or do you require space for others too? Perhaps you’re creative and need the space to make your work.

We recommend going with what ever size feels right for you and what you need. But remember, bigger doesn’t always mean better. In fact, in order to not require planning permission, the office space must be no bigger than 30 square metres and must not take up more than 50% of the total space within your garden. If you require a garden office larger than this then you will likely need to gain planning permission.

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The type of material your garden office is to be made out of is something you should strongly consider. The most commonly used material is timber, but you can get garden offices made from composite wood, plastic or metal. Generally speaking, timber is usually the most expensive option, but this is not always the case.

When shopping around be sure to learn if the office will come finished or not as this is something you will want to factor in to your costs.

Have you found a great price on a garden office but the wood is unfinished and you’re unsure of how to treat it? Take a look at our Seasonite new wood protector to learn how best to protect it with Owatrol.

Features – windows, roof style etc.

These are all things to factor in when choosing a garden office. Not least because you will likely be spending a lot of time in there, but because this decision can help with other factors such as:

  • How much it will cost
  • Adding value to your property
  • How much light you require – do you do creative work that requires a lot of natural light?

Build time

Whilst there are many garden offices available that are ready to go, some more bespoke options will take a lot more time not only to make but to deliver and install. Some might also be shipped in from outside the UK, so date of purchase to installation could be months.


Another thing to consider when looking around is the maintenance of your garden office. No matter what material you go for, you will likely require to carry out some form of maintenance.

We supply a wide range of wood finishing oils and opaque wood finishes to help keep your office looking better for longer.

For instance, one such product called Solid Colour Stain (S.C.S) is an opaque wood finish designed for use new and weathered exterior wood surfaces. It contains Owatrol’s Emulsa-Bond, which gives it excellent adherence without the need for priming, so you can just get on with the job at hand.

S.C.S offers a 15 year guarantee against peeling and flaking when applied to prepared horizontal surfaces. This means just the occasional wash down with a product such as Net-Trol wood cleaner and brightener should be enough to keep your garden office looking newer for longer.

Smart Garden Offices use Owatrol S.C.S to finish some of their ranges of garden spaces.

Smart Garden Offices with SCS
Photos courtesy of Simply C Photography

Head on over to our wood care section to learn more about our other products and see which is right for you.


The last thing to consider is usually the most important but is also dependant of all the other points. Depending on what size you require, the style in which you wish it to be and the materials it is made of will effect the overall costs.

While you might find a small garden office for a few hundred pounds, you can also find others that are several thousand. We highly recommend shopping around and if possible, perhaps waiting on Spring and Summer sales.

We hope you found this post helpful and learnt some things to consider when choosing a garden office. If you have any other tips, tricks or advice, please feel free to leave them in the comments below. We love hearing from you!

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