Transforming a garden house into an oasis of well-being – 6 tips for a cosy ambience

A garden house must not only serve as a storeroom for garden tools and bicycles. In no time at all you can conjure up a living room in the green.

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A garden house can take over many functions: It can accommodate garden tools and bicycles, provide space for toys or be storage space for garden furniture. If you want to use the garden house as a cosy retreat, you need a little more than four walls with a roof and a door. An own garden house can offer space for a sociable coffee table or provide the necessary protection in the evening at the grill party. The following 6 tips will show you how to turn a dreary garden shed into a wonderful retreat.

Tips for a cosy ambience in the garden house

Tip 1 – Upgrade a kit house:

Actually, it’s quite simple. They go to a hardware store, pick out the garden house and assemble it at home. Who is clever, thinks already with the purchase of the garden house of the possibilities of upgrading a simple kit house by a little own contribution. Do you want to turn a Spartan summer cottage into winter quarters? Then you can additionally insulate and clad the house from the inside. It is also important to think about the floor covering. Kit houses sometimes have no floors, so you have to take care of it yourself anyway. Why not plan on a great pavement right away? This makes your garden house a very special place.

Tip 2 – Plan larger windows:

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Some garden houses have a suitable floor area and are also reasonably suitable for use in winter, but the lighting leaves much to be desired. Small windows may look cute from the outside, but those who spend many hours a day in the garden house are grateful for generous glass surfaces. If you decide to provide one side of the garden house with a large window, this increases the utility value considerably. Alternatively, it is also possible to upgrade the entrance area with a large glass patio door. Depending on the model, you can equip them with insect screens, lockable handles and roller shutters.

Tip 3 – Furnish like a living room:

The more comfortably you furnish a garden house, the more cosy it is – from the floor covering to the wall hangings to the lighting and furniture. Those who regularly use the garden house should pay special attention to the selection of furniture. Of course, the choice also depends on the temperature and humidity conditions in the garden house. If the garden house is little insulated and only intended for summer use, easy-care garden furniture with comfortable cushions should be the first choice. Furniture made of robust polyurethane with correspondingly hard-wearing seat cushions in beautiful patterns look inviting. Equip the seating furniture with comfortable cushions. Then it looks even more homely.

Tip 4 – Select lamps:

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Garden lovers are close to nature and treat the environment with care. If you want to equip your garden house with electricity and install light sources, choose energy-saving light sources with foresight. The Federal Environment Agency provides tips and shopping aids on the subject of lighting technology with low environmental impact. When selecting the light color, you should make sure that the white component is not too high. Because a high proportion of white means a sterile atmosphere. It depends on the light colour and it should have a friendly, warm tone in the sense of the cosiness factor.

Indirect lighting works best in the relatively narrow garden houses. A simple trick with great effect is to use typical sauna lights. There are beautiful models with hand carved motifs, which provide for cosiness and soft light emission. Our article “5 lighting ideas for your garden” provides even more tips for garden lighting.

Tip 5 – The wall design:

A simple garden shed has raw planks as wall cladding and that is truly uninviting. But those who try hard can turn an unspectacular garden shed into a small garden paradise. The DIY store supplies large-format drywall elements for cladding. These are applied to the substructure and then serve as a surface for further processing. Always remember that the wooden hut “works” because it is exposed to the weather. Therefore, it is not advisable to plaster the surfaces completely, as the formation of cracks is then pre-programmed. In a garden shed it therefore makes sense to install the dry construction elements with great care in order to keep the joints as even as possible. Paint directly on the elements, wipe them or choose a different, non-uniform texture.

If this is too expensive for you, you can use fabric and tackers, because you can cover the walls generously with fabric. Depending on which pattern you can warm up for, you can give the garden house an oriental radiance, create a more rustic or a filigree impression. Light-coloured fabrics with woven-in gold threads appear noble, fabrics with strong colour patterns rather Mediterranean.

Tip 6 – Create an inviting ambience in front of the door:

A garden house integrates harmoniously into the garden when it has grown into it. It is therefore a good idea to set up a few potted plants directly next to the garden house and create a bed in which pretty shrubs provide the necessary framework. Flowering plants in the entrance area are also inviting. A door wreath or decorative elements on the exterior walls also make for an attractive appearance. But be careful: less is more! If you reach too deep into the decoration trick box, you will overload the little house and it will look kitschy. It is better to decide on a few things and use them in a targeted way.


You can see how easy it is to turn a simple garden house into a feel-good place. Even if you only implement one of the tips mentioned, you will already make a noticeable improvement. With the aim of soon sitting in a garden room flooded with light and air, with a feel-good atmosphere, the next spring can come quickly.

Don Burke

I am Don Burke, one of the authors at My Garden Guide.  I am a horticulturist that cultivates, grows, and cares for plants, ranging from shrubs and fruits to flowers. I do it in my own garden and in my nursery. I show you how to take care of your garden and how to perform garden landscaping in an easy way, step by step.I am originally from Sydney and I wrote in local magazines. Later on, I have decided, more than two decades ago, to create my own blog. My area of specialization is related to orchid care, succulent care, and the study of the substrate and the soil. Therefore, you will see many articles dedicated to these disciplines. I also provide advice about how to improve the landscape design of your garden.

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