You are not alone if you have bought a summer house and become annoyed at yourself for not using it properly or enough. Summer houses are an incredible addition to any home, but they must be fitted and kitted with care and, if necessary, you should plan when you’re using it to force yourself into spending more time there.

Clearly, the ideal scenario is you saunter out to your summer house on a whim, but in reality, sometimes lazing in your living room is just easier and more comfortable. That’s why proper furnishings, planning events, and winter-proofing is essential.

Furnish it appropriately

To enjoy amazing wooden summer rooms to their full, appropriate furnishings will entice you and welcome you into using it more. Soft cushions and comfy sofas should offset the hardwood exterior of the summerhouse, and colours should reflect your garden’s environment. For instance, if your garden is reasonably bare, bright coloured furnishings will help your summer house stand out and be a bright, exciting space. In contrast, if your garden is already full of colour then perhaps a toned down, pastel approach to your summer room would be less offensive.

Invite your guests

Ely has plenty of attractions, from the stained glass museum to Oliver Cromwell’s house, so inviting guests over to see your local area is a must. Once your friends or family are over, you are more likely to want to use your summer house, if it is a sunny day. When you give them the tour of your home, suggest having a drink in it later, to plant the seed in both parties’ minds.

Prepare food and drink

Once you have decided to use the summer house on a fine summer’s evening, preparing the food and drink is the next step. You do not want to be constantly walking between the summer room and your kitchen, so think about what beverages and snacks only require one trip. A bowl of punch or jug of sangria is perfect for this, as well as nachos, buffet sandwiches, and cake.

Installing a drinks fridge in your summer house could be revolutionary for enjoying soft drinks, beers, or wine outdoors.

Use it frequently

The best way to use your summer house is to use it frequently. This wears the space in, getting it used to you, and you used to it. Cushions might not be so plump, and the floorboards might not be so pristine after such usage, but it will look and feel lived in, and that is essential. Your summer house should feel like an extension of your main home: an exterior limb every bit as important as your living room or bedroom.

Winter-proof it

While your summer house will get the majority of its use through the warmer months, you should also make sure it is just as welcoming when the weather turns. If it hasn’t been done in the assembly, add insulation to the walls and roof, so that you are kept warm; electric heaters or wood-burning stoves could also be added. Stain the wood, so it is protected against the rain, and ensure it has well-sized, clean gutters to keep it dry.


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