Orangeries and Conservatories: Which Should You Choose?


Both Conservatories and Orangeries are examples of external installations that can be added to the home. While they might appear to be similar, both of them offer numerous advantages and disadvantages when it comes to what they can bring to your home. In this article, we’ll be going through a few of these advantages and disadvantages; our goal will be to give you an idea of which one would be most suitable for you and your home.


Made almost totally from glass, conservatories are a great addition to almost any home. They offer a fantastic space for communal meals, lounging, or potentially even an additional ground level bedroom.

As we’ve written before, conservatories come in five types: Georgian Style, Victorian Style, Gable Style, Lean To Style, and P or T Shaped.

Georgian Style

Also known as Edwardian Style, Georgian Style Conservatories offer a right-angle heavy front face, and they are mostly cuboid-shaped in order to maximise internal space. This makes them ideal for use as family rooms and living rooms.

Victorian Style

From the outside, Victorian Style conservatories resemble an extended bay window which has been extended. Their glass shells are angled or slightly curved. This means that they are ideal for dining areas – where intimacy is preferred – or as a small patio.

Gable Style

Gabe Style could be considered a close relation to Georgian Style Conservatories. Like Georgian Style Conservatories, they feature a mostly-right angled design that maximises the space available. At the same time, they feature slanted roofs which helps to dissipate rain away from the roof. This makes Gable Style Conservatories excellent extra bedrooms and large family rooms.

Lean To Style

Smaller than even Victorian Style Conservatories, Lean To Style Conservatories are ideal for smaller homes whose owners are conscious of space. This makes them ideal for smaller homes, or use cases where the homeowners don’t require much space within

P or T Style

P or T Shape Conservatories are simply a combination of styles, fitted together to form a new and unique style. This type of conservatory is normally much larger than other examples, as a result they are perfect for homeowners looking to make the most of their large gardens.

Summary of conservatories

Any of these conservatories would be an excellent addition to your home, depending on the size of your home and what you want to do in the conservatory.

Georgian, Gable and P or T Style Conservatories are ideal for homeowners looking for larger installations where intimacy isn’t really important, but a  living space the entire family can use a lot is. Meanwhile Victorian and Lean To Style Conservatories are ideal for people looking for just a little bit more extra space and intimacy.


In contrast to conservatories, which are primarily made of glass, orangeries are built similarly to traditional structures: primarily using bricks and wood, with glass windows added to increase the light level and amount of air within. In terms of use, orangeries are similar to Georgian style conservatories in the sense that they are often used as family rooms or extra bedrooms. However, the extra light also makes them ideal for use as dining rooms.

Furthermore, because orangeries are primarily made of glass they are extremely energy efficient, and it is much easier to keep orangeries warm throughout the winter. This makes them ideal for homes in cooler climates or for homeowners who are conscious of the cold.

Contact Salop Glass Today

Ultimately, the installation that best suits your home depends on your needs and the size of your house. To help work out what’s best for you, contact Salop Glass today.

As well as high quality orangeries and conservatories in Shropshire, Telford, and local areas, Salop Glass offers double glazing and double glazing repairs in Telford, Shropshire, as well as the surrounding areas.