5 furniture essentials for your log cabin

The log cabin you’ve always dreamed of is being built. Summers under the stars and cosy winters tucked away await you. But before you can start making the most out of your new garden room, you need to plan your interiors.

Whilst some might have Pinterest boards at the ready and a million ideas of how to decorate inside our log cabin, others would prefer to leave the furnishings to someone else. If you’re struggling to design inside your log cabin, this post is for you. We’re sharing the five furniture essentials that can upgrade your cabin.

A Practical Table for the Log Cabin

Whether it’s for dinner with friends or games night with the kids, having a sturdy table in your cabin is essential. If you want to make the most out of your garden cabin, you need furniture that’s going to help you do that. A practical table is versatile and long-lasting. No matter the occasion, we guarantee you’ll find a use for the table tucked inside your log cabin.

Minimum of Two Comfy Chairs

Although we know our log cabin is our personal sanctuary away from the rest of the world, we still need to be accommodating our potential guests. Once word gets out that you’re having a luxury log cabin installed, friends and family will be queuing up to experience your new interior endeavour. Two comfy chairs are ideal for those morning coffee dates or evening catch-ups over a glass of wine.

Useful Shelving

One of the benefits of building a log cabin in your garden is the extra storage it provides. If you’ve got an overflowing bookcase or a mantlepiece full of miscellaneous items, why not put some of these on display in your cabin? Not only will this declutter inside your house, but it will help make your cabin feel more like home. You can use your shelving as a decorative feature or a practical place to store items.

A Desk – Log Cabin & Home Office

Tired of staring at the same four walls of your spare room as you pretend it’s the same as a home office? Who are we kidding? A cabin is an ideal environment for a home office. Away from the distractions of the house, you can create a productive home office. Add a desk and your other work essentials to make it truly feel like you’re spending a day at the office. And best of all, it’ll be the shortest commute you’ve ever had to do!

Furniture Suitable for Indoors and Outdoors

When the temperamental British weather allows, it’s nice to open the doors of your log cabin and sit out front with a drink. For times like these, you’ll want furniture that’s suitable for inside and out. You don’t want to be moving tables and chairs around as your guests wait patiently. Simply put your cabin furniture outside and start socialising. If the weather decides to take a turn, you don’t have to worry; head back inside your cabin or bask in the beauty of the temperamental British weather.  

Furniture helps you make the most out of your log cabin. No matter your interior preferences, these five items are essential for enjoying your new outdoor space, no matter the occasion or the weather!

How to use your summerhouse during the cold months

Despite the misleading title, summerhouses are ideal for outdoor activities all year round. Having a summerhouse or log cabin in your garden means you can enjoy the outdoors, even when the sun isn’t shining. In this post, we’re sharing five ways you can use your summerhouse during the cold months, so you know you’re getting the most out of your investment.

Invite friends round for dinner

If you’re bored with staring at the same four walls and well-worn table cloth, why not create an impromptu restaurant outside? Transition your summerhouse into a private restaurant. Invite your close friends to your house for a meal under the stars. Adding heating to your log cabin or summerhouse will encourage you to utilise it for activities like this during the colder months. If you’re still concerned about it being a little chilly for your guests, furnish your restaurant with tartan blankets and add candles to enhance the atmosphere.

Create a winter get-away

Winter is the season we hibernate in our homes. But what about when that sudden urge for a holiday arises? If you get restless during the short days and dark nights, treat yourself to a night away. Turn your summerhouse into a winter wonderland for the ideal glamping experience. Add soft textures and calming lights to create your winter sanctuary. Sometimes a few nights in new surroundings is what we need to refresh the senses. 

Set up a cinema

Create the ultimate at-home cinema experience by adding a projector to your summerhouse. Everyone dreams of a private cinema, showing their favourite films and accompanied by their closest friends. With a summerhouse, you can live the film lover’s dream. Throw cushions and bean bags on the floor and hang fairy lights around the room to create the ultimate aesthetic, cinematic experience. 

Storage

It might be the most boring option on the list, but it’s by far the most practical! If you’ve got a full nest this Christmas, you’re going to need space for storage. Whether it’s relatives visiting from out of town or children returning from university with piles of laundry, having extra space is always helpful. This Christmas, you can keep your home clutter-free and dedicated to the festivities. Store any luggage or not needed items in your summer house.

Make the most out of your home office

It’s January. The rain is lashing down outside, and all you want to do is snuggle up under your duvet. But it’s the new year, and you know you want to make the most out of new opportunities! Instead of hiding yourself away, you decide to head out to your summerhouse office and get started on that project you’ve always wanted to do. The atmosphere is ideal for concentrating. Everyone is keeping themselves tucked up inside and there’s nowhere to go in such bad weather— you’re distraction-free and ready to make the most out of the new year. Having a home office in your summerhouse is ideal for fostering productivity. A summer house or log cabin isn’t just for the summer. You can make the most out of having extra space all year round. Whether you’re using this space for fun or practicality is up to you!

Glamping versus camping: what’s the difference?

The staycation is rapidly becoming this season’s must-have to getaway. If you’re considering a trip away in the next few months, you’re likely prioritising finding somewhere relaxing on the British Isles rather than jetting off someplace exotic. And if we’re honest, we don’t blame you! A holiday not too far from home is sometimes exactly what you need. The question is, will you be glamping or camping?

In this post, we’re sharing everything you need to know about glamping and camping so you can have the perfect trip away. 

What is camping?

Camping has been around for centuries. The popular outdoor activity involves spending the night in a tent or shelter out in nature. Traditionally, campers enjoy reconnecting with the natural world, taking a break from technology and finding entertainment in the land that surrounds them. Dedicated campers might go as far as to limit their modern-day supplies and equipment and test their survival in the wilderness. In contrast, holiday campers are likely to equip themselves with necessary modern camping gear and enjoy a night under the stars, listening to the sounds of nature. 

It usually involves the purchasing of all the necessary kit, transporting it to the site. Then erecting and dismantling the tent.

What is glamping?

Glamping is an upgraded version of camping. Whilst glamping also takes place outside, in reclusive areas, glampers appreciate a more luxurious experience.

Glampers enjoy better amenities, such as private bathrooms, air conditioning, high-quality foods and modern entertainment. A glamping trip ties together the treats of luxury accommodation with the outdoors element of camping. Rather than staying in a pop-up tent or make-do shelter, glampers enjoy well-built log cabins, retreats and bunkhouses. These, sometimes rustic, timber buildings allow you to escape the real world, without having to sacrifice your day-to-day necessities.

Where can I go camping?

In the UK, you can go camping on designated campsites. Although it might be tempting to head out into the wilderness, this is extremely dangerous for novices and can be illegal. Lots of open land around the country is privately owned, so camping here without permission is considered trespassing. In addition to this, camping in unknown areas puts you at risk. When going camping, you should always inform family and friends of where you’re heading. 

Also consider what type of insects or wild animals would live where you are camping, midges in Scotland can make your skin itch…while a Bear in Canada can be a little more dangerous.

Where can I go glamping?

Similar to camping, there are designated glamping sites around the country. A quick look at a Glamping Site Map or a Google search can help you find the ideal glamping experience for you. If you’re a regular glamper, you might be considering building your own glamping property. Building a log cabinretreat or bunkhouse cabin on your land means you can get out of the house and go glamping whenever you fancy.

What’s better, glamping or camping?

Whether you prefer glamping or camping is up to the individual. Some might enjoy a night out in the wild, snuggled into a sleeping bag. Others might value easy-access amenities and a taste of luxury. Lot’s of regular campers transition between glamping and camping throughout the year. Their summer holidays might be out in the wilderness, whilst their winter get-away involves a cosy log cabin.Camping and glamping are both incredible ways to enjoy being in nature and take a break from everyday life.

How a log cabin can upgrade your summer garden

When the warm weather rolls around, heading out into the garden is our first instinct. There’s nothing like getting to enjoy those much-anticipated sun rays from the comfort of your own home. However, equally, there’s nothing quite as disheartening as feeling like you’re not making the most out of your garden. Blowing open those conservatory doors to see an uninspiring expanse of green grass and brown shingle doesn’t conjure up images of fun-loving summers filled with adventure. It feels like something is missing. And that something is a summer house.

A summer house can upgrade your garden, so you can have the summer of fun you’ve been dreaming of all year.

Enjoy your garden in bad weather

Those of us in the UK are cursed with infamously unpredictable weather. One minute it’s blistering heat and sunglasses, and the next it’s rainstorms and thunder and lightning. The majority of Brits don’t get to enjoy their gardens more than a few times each year.

Having a log cabin means you can sit in your garden and take in the surroundings, rain or shine. Install heating in your log cabin and decorate it the same way you would your home. You’ll be able to appreciate your beautiful garden from the warmth and comfort of your summer house.

Use the space as guest accommodation

Summer is the season for late evenings with close friends and fun-packed days with the family. Making your guests sleep on the worn-out futon isn’t the luxury overnight experience you want to give them. Instead, transform your log cabin into a tranquil overnight guest room. Decorate your summer house to look like an extension of your home (without having to pay the price for an actual extension). Your guests will thank you for the privacy, and you get to say goodbye to that ugly futon that’s taking up space.

Upgrade your annual BBQ

Something always goes wrong at the annual BBQ. Either it’s pouring down with rain, and the sausages get soaked, or it’s too hot, and the flies won’t leave the punch bowl alone. Instead of exposing your freshly cooked food to the elements, keep everything fresh and concealed inside your log cabin or use a BBQ Hut. Not only is your log cabin the ideal location to sit in if the weather takes a turn, but it’s the perfect place to store your food and drinks during the summer BBQ. Set up a buffet table full of luscious food and let your guests help themselves. Just make sure they shut the door on the way out to stop the dog from getting his paws on those delicious burgers!

Adding a summer house to your garden can transform your summer. Instead of planning around the weather, you can enjoy a carefree summer the way you want to. Don’t be like millions of other Brits who are losing out on the joys of a summer spent outside. Upgrade your garden and summer experience with a summer house.

How a garden office is guaranteed to make you more productive

It’s been over a year since many of us traded in our corporate offices to work from home. Despite this being an unprecedented change that none of us could have planned for, we somehow managed to adapt to this new way of life.

After over a year of working from home, many businesses are announcing offices are a thing of the past.  What was once a temporary solution is now a permanent fixture in our lives and careers. We might have fared well working from the sofa when we knew it wouldn’t be forever, but now it’s looking like we should probably invest in a permanent home office.

Have you ever thought of taking your office outside? We’re sharing how a garden office can give you that work-life balance you crave and increase your productivity.

The daily commute

You never thought you’d see the day when you’d be pinning for the daily commute, did you? I know I didn’t. But I’ll admit it. There’s something about leaving your house and journeying to work that sets you up for the day.

As someone who works from home, I decided to implement a daily commute to help get me in the working mindset. Rather than dragging my half-asleep body from my bed to my desk, I travel out to the garden. At the back of the garden is a log cabin I’ve converted into a home office. Now, I walk from my house, out into the garden and know I’m stepping into a productive, work-orientated space.

Away from distractions

Even as I’m typing this now, I can feel my hand reaching for the mobile phone to my right. And it’s not just the phone I’m constantly battling with. The television, bookcase, record player are all bargaining for my attention when I work inside the house. When creating my log cabin office, I made sure there were minimal distractions. All the items inside my garden office are tailored towards work and remind me what I’m there to do. And yes, the mobile phone stays inside the house at all times!

Discovering solitude

As much as I love having the extra time to spend with my family, all of us working from home doesn’t contribute to a productive working environment. Having an office in the garden means we don’t have to work on top of each other. After my morning coffee with my mum, I head out to the log cabin to start my day whilst she works from the kitchen table. We meet up for lunch for a break and some much-needed social interaction and carry on working separately during the afternoon. Working alone means I don’t waste hours chatting, so I can get my work done quicker and end the day sooner.

There’s nothing better for the body and mind than fresh air. After over a year stuck inside, I’m desperate to get outside at any opportunity. By working from home in my garden log cabin, I can enjoy the outside whilst still completing my work. I’ve found setting physical boundaries has facilitated the mental distinctions I’ve been trying to implement whilst working from home. If you’re struggling to keep your productivity levels up, try changing your surroundings. Head outside and discover how a garden office can make you more productive.