Garden rooms are the perfect versatile outdoor space for your every need.

One of the reasons garden rooms are so appealing is that they are basically a small log cabin, which means they retain heat and can keep you plenty warm during those cold winter nights.

On the other hand, without making the necessary preparations, the interior space of Garden Rooms can become relatively hot in the summer.

However, there are different options and measures that you can take to prevent your garden room from overheating. 

The different approaches you can take to cool down a garden room or prevent it from ever getting hot in the first place can be used independently or combined for varying degrees of effectiveness based on the amount of time, effort, and money you are willing to put in as well as the way you utilise your garden room.

Whether you are using your garden room as an outdoor office, an emotional escape room, or a personal gym, you want to be able to use it freely throughout different seasons and weather conditions. 

So, in this post you are going to learn more about the different ways you can stop your garden room from overheating and make it a comfortable space any day of the year.


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Use Blackout Blinds


The first way to prevent your garden room from overheating is rather simple, just use blackout blinds on your windows.

One of the biggest reasons garden rooms can overheat in the summer is through the radiation from the sun which permeates into the room through the windows. 

So, the heat from the sun has no trouble coming into the room but has a hard time escaping since garden rooms are excellent at retaining heat. 

Therefore, installing blackout blinds is one of the simplest and cheapest methods to stop any sunlight from entering the room that can cause the garden room to overheat. 

One of the appeals of installing blackout blinds is that you don’t have to always shut the blinds when you are in your garden room, the effects of installing the blinds will be noticeable if you simply close them whenever you are not using the room. 

Additionally, you will find this method to be quite effective especially if your garden house has a lot of windows or lets in a lot of natural light.


Adding Insulation


Another great way of keeping your garden room cool in the summer is by adding insulation or improving the current insulation of your log cabin. 

A garden room already has a high level of natural heat insulation, but any insulation can always be improved and added to using different materials and methods. 

Adding insulation doesn’t simply just keep your garden room warm during the winter but it also has the reverse effect of keeping it cool in the summer as it stops the heat outdoors from affecting the temperature within the room.

Insulation can be added all around a garden room, but for the best cooling effect it’s better to add insulation to the walls, roof, and windows since they are more exposed to heat from the sun. 

There are countless ways of adding insulation which you can explore whether it is by adding an extra layer of breathable material to the insides of your walls and ceiling or by simply having a thicker outer layer. 

However, it is important to make sure that the insulation method you use is safe. Also keep in mind, making small adjustments to your garden room such as adding insulation may sometimes require a Planning Permission based on how extensive the change to the structure is going to be.


Small garden room


Paint the Exterior a Lighter Colour


Now some people might find this method of preventing your garden room from overheating a bit odd.

However, painting the exterior of your garden house with a lighter colour is an economical and effective way of keeping the heat out of your garden room.

When it comes to those hot summer days, it is all about how much heat is absorbed into your garden room through natural elements such as sunlight. 

Furthermore, the darker the colour, the more light it absorbs, thereby absorbing more heat in the process when compared to lighter colours. 

So, for example, a garden room wall painted black would become the hottest in the summer while a garden room wall painted white would be the coolest since it deflects the sunlight rays and the heat it accompanies. 

Therefore, by simply painting the exterior of your walls using a lighter colour (the lighter the better), much less heat will be absorbed by your exterior walls and into your indoor space.


Use a Fan & Air Conditioning


Using a fan or air conditioning was probably one of the first ideas that came to your head when you were thinking of ways to prevent your garden room from overheating.

The last method of keeping your garden room cool we have for you might be the most conventional, yet it remains to be one of the most effective. 

Whether you would need to simply use a fan only or need something stronger like air conditioning depends on the size and structure of your garden house. 

However, for most small garden rooms a fan does the job, providing plenty of fresh air into the room.

On the other hand, if your garden house is more on the bigger side or you are utilising it as an outdoor gym where you need plenty of air circulation, then air conditioning will definitely help you regulate the temperature indoors no matter how hot it is outside.

In case your garden room is already built but doesn’t feature the ductwork required to install an air conditioning system and you don’t want to have to go through the hassle or pay the cost of installing all the necessary air ducts; then there are plenty of air conditioning options with the same effect that don’t require such extreme measures such as a swamp cooler.


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These are some of the options that you can use to prevent your garden house from overheating. Choose the ones that meet your needs and also fit in your budget.

Your garden house should be a place where you enjoy spending time.