There’s no doubt about it, autumn is moving on fast and soon we’ll be into winter. It’s time for winter-proofing your conservatory so you can enjoy and make use of it all year round!

Here are our top tips to make your conservatory ready for winter, from beating draughts to planting up bright winter containers. Keep the cold and damp outside and keep the warmth and cosiness inside!

The Orangery, Christmas 2009. Add value

The Orangery, Christmas 2009
© Herry Lawford and re-used under CC BY 2.0 licence

Draughts

Cold wind has a way of finding any small gaps and getting in. If you’ve got draughts in your conservatory fit some draught proofing from your local DIY shop. It’s not too difficult and will make all the difference. You probably don’t have a letterbox in the conservatory but if you do, fit a cover which is very effective in keeping draughts out. And so is a draught excluder which come in all colours and varieties.

Winter-proofing with curtains and blinds

Almost a third of a typical home’s heating is lost through windows and doors, and that’s likely to be even higher in the conservatory where there’s so much glass, even if it is double glazing. Thermal curtains or blinds add an extra layer to trap warm air inside. And bespoke blinds can be made to fit large or unusually shaped windows and doors.

Blankets and extra layers

If it’s just a bit cool then put on a few extra layers of clothing and cover yourself with a warm blanket. You’ll be feeling cosy in no time.

Heater?

A portable electric heater might do the trick if you need to take the chill off. There’s a range of space heaters available.

Ventilation

Make sure you keep the conservatory ventilated so moisture-laden air can escape. That’s especially important if you use it for drying laundry. Damp air and condensation have a nasty habit of attracting mould.

Mats

Put a barrier mat inside the door to the garden to stop wet and mud from your shoes being tracked inside.

Clear the gutters and downpipes

Clear out any sticks, moss and leaves so water can run freely into the drains and away. Check the gullies at the bottom of the downpipes too. You don’t want any flooding or waterfalls which can damage your conservatory and cause damp and mould. Safety first! If you’re not confident on a ladder, ask someone else to do this job.

Waverley Station roof, Edinburgh (2010). Winter-proofing

Waverley Station roof, Edinburgh (2010). © kim traynor and reused under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ Thanks to the Geograph project.

Winter-proofing the paths and decking

Of course, you will be venturing out into the garden from the conservatory from time to time through the winter. Clear away leaves and debris, and clean paths and decking to stop slips and trips. Move pots and containers into sheltered spots so they aren’t hit by frost and high winds.

Give yourself a bright and cheerful view

What about planting up a special winter container to give you a bright and cheerful view from inside the conservatory?

Frosty winter container in Canada. Winter-proofing

Frosty winter container in Canada. © daryl_mitchell and reused under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

All done? Now it’s time to relax on your comfortable conservatory corner sofa.