So Real Homes: how to make a conservatory cosier

If your conservatory isn't serving its purpose as a sunroom, why not turn it into a snug that can be used year-round? This is exactly what Sarah Parmenter of @RelovedMCR has done – see her explain how

a conservatory that has been transformed into a cosy snug or living room
(Image credit: Matt gibbs)

Adding a conservatory is a popular way to create more space, as it can usually be done without planning permission. However many of us are living in homes with these glazed add-ons that aren't quite up to the job – becoming far too hot in summer, but freezing cold in winter.

A conservatory will always create a better connection between home and garden, but if you have bought a home where this room does not fulfil its role you may want to replace it. Or, you could do what Sarah Parmenter of @RelovedMCR did and transform your conservatory from an overheating or cold space into a cosy snug.

She explains to Sian Astley why she did this, and how she has used bespoke furniture, textured pieces and lighting to make the space feel inviting.

Keen to do the same in your home? Read our guide to modernising an old conservatory to tackle heat loss, replace uPVC or change the exterior so that it is in keeping with the rest of your home.

Or if you think your conservatory is not salvageable you could consider a glass extension instead.

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