Ideas for Small Garden Rooms

Even the smallest garden rooms can become focal points of outdoor spaces. Achieving this potential requires no hidden secrets. You just have to find ways to maximise every nook and cranny. Start by focusing on the intended use and let your design flow from there. Check out our top ideas below to spark your creativity!

1. Humble home office

BillyOh Mia Log Cabin
BillyOh Mia Log Cabin

It’s rewarding to have your makeshift WFH set up in proximity to nature, such as your garden. The relaxing outdoor setting can reduce stress, and you get to have a private workspace. So take this opportunity to personalise your garden room to this concept.

A small log cabin, for instance, will suffice if you’re looking for a quiet corner to work in peace. Fill the room with the essentials, including a desk, comfortable seating, and storage. Make the most of the natural light by positioning your workspace in front of the window. Install lighting fixtures and consider adding a dedicated task light for options.

Tip: Reading our ‘Ultimate Garden Office Interior Guide’ can provide more.

2. Personal gym space

BillyOh Outpost Insulated Building
BillyOh Outpost Insulated Building

This concept presents a different approach to ‘working’ in your private workout space. Use the wall to save more floor space. Hang shelving or racks and place a storage cabinet for your exercise equipment. Install a huge mirror to create an illusion of space and amplify lighting.

Remember, a spacious gym isn’t always a requirement for a productive leg or back day. Check out our garden room gym ideas for more inspiration.

3. Cheers to the backyard pub

BillyOh Nightjar Garden Bar
BillyOh Nightjar Garden Bar

You don’t need to invest in a new garden room for this; even your old garden shed will work just fine. But considering its small size, you may need it to suit your number of guests to maximise the space. This classic L-shaped design, BillyOh Nightjar, could be your lifesaver. It can seat 3 to 4 people and provides the perfect place to enjoy drinks with friends.

We created a dedicated shed bar ideas guide that you can use anytime.

4. Man cave for the gents

BillyOh Cove Multiroom Log Cabin
BillyOh Cove Multiroom Log Cabin

A man cave provides a uniquely designated space for masculine energy and interests. It can be furnished with leather seating or sports team memorabilia. Or stylised to double as a great entertaining space for small gatherings.

Add decorative elements or personal touches to create a specific look or ambience. Opt for space-saving furniture like a loveseat instead of a large sofa. For versatility, consider wall-mount fold-down furniture. Don’t forget to adorn the walls with shelving and neon signs!

Tip: Utilise the width of the garden room rather than its length to maximise space.

5. She shed for the ladies

BillyOh Winchester Log Cabin
BillyOh Winchester Log Cabin

With man caves, it’s only fair for women to have their version of garden escape. Take a quick trip to the backyard and have that much-needed “me” time in a she shed. Use the light-filled space to get creative and turn the garden room into an art studio. Perhaps a private hangout space with those large windows for an immersed-in-nature experience.

Make sure you decorate it exactly how you’d want it. If you want to share that special space with the rest of the family or friends, go forth and do so!

6. Gaming room escape

Neon signages inside a computer gaming shop

(Image Credit: Pexels)

Play games, relax, and host with your friends all under one roof. You can choose what gaming room essentials to feature. It could be a table tennis table, a darts board, a Pac-Man machine, or the usual modern gaming PC set. Create a space to blow off steam and have some fun!

Tip: Place a permanent shelving on the walls for storage and organisation.

7. Mini pool house

Half view of a backyard pool with wooden pool house

(Image Credit: Rawpixel)

Whether a place to unwind or for storage, use your garden room as a practical above-ground pool house. It could be a changing room with a shower area or an entertainment lounge. This can take your backyard pool experience to the next level. Get it ready before the warm weather sets in!

Whether for entertaining, work or play, these ideas for small garden rooms will take you a step closer. Explore our range of insulated garden rooms for year-round use.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 01909 768840. Discover more on this topic: How to Build a Garden Room