5 Ways Your Garden Room Can Improve Your Health and Wellbeing in 2022

Improved health and wellbeing are at the top of most people’s New Years resolution list every year. In difficult times, it has never been more important to dedicate time, space and effort to your health and wellbeing. Having a garden room provides you with the ideal space for this, which can be used in many different ways. Here are 5 of the best ways your garden room can help improve your health and wellbeing in 2022.

A home gym

One of the most popular uses for a garden room is a home gym. If you have health and fitness goals for 2022, creating a home gym is the perfect way to support these. Having a private gym literally on your doorstep removes some of the barriers to working out, such as feeling uncomfortable in front of others and having to travel to use the equipment. With a home gym, you can set it up exactly how you want it, investing in only the equipment you will actually use. If you’re looking to turn your new healthy habits into a lifestyle, creating a home gym will also help you save money on gym memberships over the long term.

A home spa retreat

Turning your garden room into a beautiful haven of peace and tranquillity can help you escape the stresses of modern life. What better way to support your wellbeing than by creating a space dedicated to peace and relaxation? You can set the space up exactly as you want it with the perfect lighting, music, furniture and décor. If you have the space, you can even add a hot tub for ultimate luxury and relaxation.

Connecting with nature

Few of us make time to get out in nature these days, even though the benefits of doing so are well documented. Installing a garden room can help you reap all of these benefits without even leaving your property. A garden room with good views of the outdoors from a patio or bi-fold glass panelled doors, for example, can help you enjoy the great outdoors even in the cold winter months. This can help you reduce stress, feel grounded and improve your mental wellbeing in these difficult times.

Improving your work-life balance

With many of us working from home at least some of the time these days, garden offices are becoming an increasingly popular addition. Setting up an office in a garden room allows you to reap all the benefits of working from home while being able to separate work from home life. While many home workers struggle to shut off after 5 pm, leaving your work in the garden office helps to create the divide between work and home. This helps to restore the work-life balance for reduced stress and improved wellbeing.

Pursuing your passions

A garden room provides you with an additional space in your home, which you can use for virtually any purpose. If you haven’t found a dedicated purpose for your garden room yet, perhaps consider using it as a hobby room in which you can pursue your passions. Whatever your personal interests are, having a dedicated space will motivate you to spend more time doing the things you love. When we spend more time doing the things we love, our happiness and overall wellbeing increases. Some examples of a hobby room include a music studio, arts and crafts studio, gaming room, home cinema, memorabilia room and yoga studio, but the possibilities are almost endless!

 

If you have a garden room, why not give some of these ideas a try? If not, perhaps 2022 is the year for investing in a garden building. We wish you a happy and healthy new year!

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Tips for Entertaining in Your Garden Room This Party Season

It’s the party season again, and what better way to enjoy it than in your beautiful garden room? Of course, the festivities might be low key again this year, but that doesn’t have to stop you having fun. Even if it’s just for your immediate household, you can still hold a fantastic party in your garden room. Here are our top tips and ideas for entertaining in your garden room this party season.

Install a bar

To create an authentic party atmosphere, consider installing a bar in your garden room. Bars are an extremely popular addition to a garden and give the wow factor to guests. If you have the space, you could install a fully equipped bar in your garden building. If you have a smaller garden room, you could create a small makeshift bar with a small side table, a couple of barstools and a mini-fridge. Add some snazzy lights to create a party atmosphere.

Invest in a hot tub

Hot tubs are an excellent option for small, intimate parties with a few close friends or simply for enjoying date night with your spouse. They’re great for relaxing and keeping warm in the colder months. Garden rooms with external decking are ideal for hot tubs. Crack open a bottle of bubbly and unwind at the end of a busy year – absolute bliss.

Decorate your garden room

If you’re thinking of hosting a party in your garden room this season, decorating is a must. You could go all out and fully adorn the room with Christmas decorations such as lights, tinsel, wreaths, ornaments etc. Or, if you just want to create a party atmosphere, then perhaps put up some string or tube lights and add a disco ball, disco lights, smoke or bubble machine for a fun vibe the whole family will enjoy.

Invest in patio heaters

We don’t need to tell you it’s cold in Britain at this time of year. Depending on the size of your garden room, it’s likely the party will spill out into the garden too. To keep your guests warm, consider investing in some patio heaters. These will allow people to enjoy the outdoors even on the coldest of winter nights. An alternative option is a fire pit which brings a totally different vibe. If you want to create a chilled campfire atmosphere, this is the option to go for.

Create a games room

If you’re not into conventional parties, perhaps consider hosting a games night. You could opt for old fashioned games like cards and board games, for which you would just need some comfy seating and a table. Alternatively, you could bring your garden room into the technological age and set up games consoles, a TV, sound system and computers. This is a great option for teenagers who want to invite their friends over during the festive period.

Take covid safe precautions

If you’re thinking of hosting a party this festive season, be sure to stay safe and take all necessary precautions. Always follow the latest government guidelines and rules relating to socialising during the Covid-19 pandemic. As per government advice, it’s a good idea to make sure everyone who will be attending the gathering takes a lateral flow test before they come. Try to keep the mix of households to a minimum and ensure good sanitation.

 

We hope you have a fantastic holiday and enjoy entertaining in your garden room this party season. No matter the time of year, you can always make the most of your garden room. We hope you have a wonderful holidays and 2022 brings us all joy.

 

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These 10 home office accessories will help you work smarter in 2022

Since the pandemic took hold in nearly 2020, working from home has become a way of life for money. As the new Omicron variant rips through society, we are once again being asked to work from home where possible. There are many positives to working from home, such as spending more time with family. However, a lack of space means that you have no physical separation between your work and personal life.

This can lead to a lot of distractions and interruptions if you don’t take measures to keep yourself productive throughout the day. With these ten home office accessories, we hope that you will be able to stay focused on your job while still enjoying all the benefits of working from home!

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Noice-cancelling headphones

Whether music helps to keep you focused or it’s necessary to drown out the family, a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones are a necessity. While many of us have some earbuds these days, the battery can die on them. Instead, opt for a good pair of wired headphones with a microphone, perfect for video meetings.

standing desk attachment

Standing desk attachment

Working from home could mean you move less. You can switch between seated work and standing with a standing desk attachment. This helps to get the blood moving and switch up your positions during the day to avoid back pain. This one is from Amazon and has a keyboard and mouse tray as well making it even more innovative and useful. If you want to spend a bit less, you can get one without the keyboard tray.

notepad

Notepad

Interruptions during the working day can help you lose your train of thought. Having a notepad on hand is vital. You can make notes, to-do lists and keep yourself on track. You can even help save the planet by opting for a virtual notepad, although you may find the connection between physically writing and remembering greater.

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Desk organiser

A place for everything and everything in its place. If you live by this ethos, you’ll find it easier to locate what you need, which in turn will speed up your workflow. If your desk is a mess and you can never locate what you need, you’ll waste minutes each time. Those minutes add up. Invest in a desk organiser, pen pot, and filling system if necessary to keep everything on hand and easy to find.

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A good keyboard

You may think that all keyboards are created equal, but you would be wrong. You can increase productivity with a good keyboard as your typing speed can increase. Good keyboards are also much more comfortable to type on, helping you avoid RSI issues that can lead to long-term damage. While there are many fashion keyboards on the market, they are often not comfortable to type on. A good, old-fashioned keyboard is the way to go.

cable organsier

Cable organsier

Cables can get messy around a desk. Headphones, phone chargers, USB cables etc., can all get tangled and cluttered, making it difficult to get the wire you need. A simple cable organiser can keep everything within reach and easy to spot. These are inexpensive and will keep things neat and organised. These are home office accessories that can be used around the home where devices are often charged.

broadband booster

Broadband Booster

If you’re working in a garden office or somewhere far from the router, a broadband booster is a must. Slow internet speeds can hinder your progress; no one wants a buffer face. These devices can be picked up relatively cheaply from Argos or Amazon.

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A mouse mat

This small, simple object helps keep your mouse working optimally. Dust, crumbs and hairs can get into the bottom of your mouse and make it inaccurate or slow. A mouse mat not only helps your mouse glide effortlessly but can also be easier to keep clean with a quick shake.

ergonomic office chair

Ergonomic chair

Good posture is vital. When we slump, we can increase discomfort and pain. In fact, a 2009 study found that sitting up straight, sticking your chest out improved confidence, whereas slouching increases negative thoughts. Investing in a good ergonomic chair will make a real difference to your productivity.

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Desk plants

Plants are amazing, there are many benefits of keeping a little plant or two on your desk. Not only will it help to reduce stress and increase productivity and creativity but they also clean the air. As far as home office accessories go, they may not be the first thing that springs to mind, but a little plant can actually make a huge difference. Succulents are a great choice because they’re easier to maintain.

 

So, there we have it, ten simple things you can install in your home office to improve productivity. How many do you already have?

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Great Gifts for Garden Room Owners

We’re getting in the Christmas spirit here at Rooms2u. We’ve already posted a guide to decorating your garden room for the holidays. Are you still looking for some holiday gift ideas? We’ve compiled a list of great gifts for garden room owners to help you find something unique and interesting this year. There’s something to suit all kinds of garden rooms from offices to bars, gyms and relaxation rooms.

So, without further ado, let’s begin.

Gifts for Garden Bars

For those that work from home, the below gift ideas are great gifts for garden office owners.

Personalised home bar lampHow about this Personalised Home Bar Mini Desk Lamp? This lamp has seven light colour options and can be personalised, making it a truly unique gift. Coming in at under £20, it won’t break the bank either.
handmade bar opticsNext up, we have some handmade bar optics. Finished on timber, these bar optics will really complete any home or garden bar, making them a great garden room gift this Christmas. The recipient can line up four of their favourite spirits and serve them in bar measures.
personalised bar window decalsThese personalised frosted window decals will really add a professional touch to any garden bar. There’s a vast range of sizes, and you can opt for either portrait or landscape orientation. Choose your text and even icons to make it perfect for the recipient.

Gifts for Garden Offices

For those that work from home, the below gift ideas are great gifts for garden office owners.

Desk organiserFirst up, we have this personalised docking station/desk organiser. With space for keys, a watch, pen, wallet and glasses, everything has been considered with this docking station. There’s a choice of 4 wood finishes to complement the garden room.
pencil/phone holderNext, we have an incredibly cute Mokani elephant pencil holder with a phone holder. This makes a great stocking filler costing only £6.99 and comes in a choice of 4 colours. We have shown white, but there’s also blue, pink and green.
sticky notesThis sticky memo notes holder with index tab flags in a leather-like case is a bargain coming in. under a fiver. Give the gift of organisation with this beautifully presented sticky note set. There are multicoloured tabs for organising documents as well as the standard sticky note cubes.

Gifts for Gaming Rooms

If you know a gamer, then these gift suggestions could be right up their street.

millennium falcon BT speaker 

First up, we have this incredibly cool star wars millennium falcon Bluetooth speaker. This is the most extraordinary way to play your favourite tunes while having a gaming session. It even lights up when in use, has a range of 30ft and has a built-in Star Wars theme score.

If they’re into streaming their gaming sessions then this personalised Twitch username neon sign could be just the ticket. Get their gamer tag in lights for perfect streaming sessions and gram-worthy photos of their gaming rig.
gamer stress relieverIf gaming gets them all stressed and worked up then this stress reliever shaped like a PS4 controller could be the perfect way to help them work their stress out. This is under £10 and part of a 3 gifts for £20 offer too!

Gifts for Garden retreats

If you know someone that likes to retreat to their garden room for a bit of peace and quiet, then the below garden room gift ideas could be for them.

mr bookish lampFirst up, we have this Mr Bookish Table lamp, which is ideal for those that always have their nose in a good book.  This multi-functional piece is not only a lamp but an excellent place to rest your book when you are finished reading for the day.
backflow incense burnerThis backflow incense burner is ideal for those who like to relax and meditate. It helps set the right mood with a beautiful waterfall effect alongside the olfactory experience of the burning incense.
selenite lampSelenite lamps, like this one, are perfect for boosting mental wellness. This one will infuse the recipient’s space with a soothing light that will bring clarity and clear energy blocks. They are great during meditation, helping to achieve a deep sense of peace.

Gifts for Garden Gyms

Do you know someone with a garden gym or home gym? Check out some gift suggestions below.

dumbell storage rackThis storage for dumbbells and kettlebells is the perfect gift to keep their space organised and tidy. It has a space-saving slimline design with multiple trays to adapt to different weights and sizes. It’s made of commercial-grade steel, so it’s durable and can withstand heavy loads while resisting damage over time.
gym doormatHow about a personalised doormat for the gym? You can add the recipient’s name and choose from five different colour options to suit their décor and taste. It is perfect for wet days to ensure they don’t slip on the floor while adding a fun touch.
resistance band hangerThis tidy hanger for resistance bands is ideal for storing and organising bands after use. We like the wording on this one, but you can personalise it or leave the hanger plain; it’s up to you.

We hope these gifts for garden room owners have helped to inspire you this holiday season. There are loads of fantastic gifts, the world wide web is your oyster. Remember if you’re ordering personalised to get it quickly, as these take time to create and despatch.

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Top Winter Upgrades for Your Garden Room

With many people viewing them as a summer addition, garden buildings can sometimes get forgotten in the winter months. However, to get the most out of your garden room, you should be looking to use it year-round. Thankfully, there are many ways you can enjoy such a space no matter the time of year. With a little creativity, you can turn your garden room into the perfect cosy space to relax and entertain this winter. Here are our top winter upgrades for your garden room…

A Wood Burning Stove

If you have a beautiful cabin or wooden garden room, a wood-burning stove will complement this perfectly in winter. If you are looking for a classy addition to your garden room that will not only fit in perfectly with the traditional look and feel of the space but also provide additional warmth in the colder months, a wood-burning stove is the ideal winter upgrade.

Wood burners warm a room quickly and easily and keep it warm for a good length of time. You can choose from different types of fuel, and there are even carbon-neutral options if you’re conscious about sustainable living.

If you fancy getting a wood burner installed in your garden room this winter, please make sure you get a professional installation for safety reasons.

Christmas decorations

What better way to make your garden building look cosy this winter than by decorating it for the festive season. There are many ways you can do this, depending on the size of your garden room and what you typically use it for. If it’s used as an office space, for example, you might want to keep it relatively toned down with a bit of tinsel here and there and a mini tree. If, however, your garden room is an extension of your family home, then why not go all out and bring in a Christmas tree and decorations galore! If you use your garden room as a playroom, you could even consider a full-on Santa’s grotto theme which would delight children of all ages.

Home cinema

Winter is all about cosying up indoors with your nearest and dearest. What better way to do this than with a home cinema? Install a large TV or mini projector and stock up on popcorn and snacks. Get some comfy sofas or chairs in there, with plenty of cosy blankets, beanbags and cushions, and you’ll have the perfect room for date nights or family nights in. It certainly beats sitting on the living room sofa!

Install a bar

It’s simply too cold now to be venturing out for a night out on the town! Although summer cocktails in the garden are also off the agenda until next year, there’s no reason why you can’t make the most of your garden room by installing a bar. You can create your very own pub experience, but with drinks costing a fraction of the price. The great thing about a home bar is that you can tailor it to suit your own preferences, right down to the drinks, style, lighting and music! You’ll be the envy of all your friends when you invite them over for drinks. With the party season on the way, what better way to make the most of your garden room?

Soft furnishings

Investing in soft furnishings for your garden room will help give it a much cosier, comfier feel and also help to make it feel warmer. If you have large patio doors on your garden room, consider investing in some decent lined curtains to keep in the warmth and create a luxurious feel. Perhaps consider scattering cushions, blankets and beanbags to make the place look really cosy and comfy. Rugs are a nice touch that provides a homely feel. Consider opting for warm cosy colours, suited to the time of year, such as reds and greens. This will help to give a festive feel when combined with your Christmas decorations yet remain appropriate after the festive period.

 

Hopefully, these winter upgrades for your garden room have given you some inspiration for how to upgrade your garden building this winter and make the most of it during the colder months. Find out how to decorate your garden building for Christmas here.

 

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