How To Choose the Right Greenhouse Design for Your Garden

Choosing a greenhouse isn’t easy. You need to take into account the structure of it, whether or not it is suitable for the size of garden that you have and even what you plan to grow in there as well.

Light Exposure

When placing your greenhouse, try and find somewhere that has plenty of light but also somewhere that is protected from strong winds. You will also want to make sure that you don’t put it close to any tall trees, as leaves will make the glass look dirty and block out any light. When you have decided on the positioning for your greenhouse, you can then go on to find out how big your greenhouse can be and what shape you need.

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When choosing your glazing, remember that glass lets in the most light and it also lasts much longer when compared to polycarbonates. It can be replaced if it gets broken and you can even add a transparent film onto the glass. This will help to stop the glass from shattering and it is a brilliant way for you to protect your family should there be an accident. Toughened glass is also another option, and even though it can still break, it doesn’t pose as much of a hazard if you do have children.

Dimensions and Framework

The structure for a good greenhouse should be at least 6ft wide. You should have it around 8ft wide if you plan to have some staging at either side. You can choose from timber greenhouses and even aluminium greenhouses as well. Of course, timber greenhouses are much more aesthetically pleasing and you can even choose from a huge range of colours as well. This will really help it to fit in with the rest of your garden.


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You need to make sure that the glazing you choose has various vents as this will help you to ensure that you have the best growing conditions. If you combine the area of the vents when open, this should equate to a fifth of the total floor area. Vents you can choose from include side vents and even louvre vents as well. Automatic vent openers are ideal for larger greenhouses and they consist cylinders that are made out of wax. This opens the vent when it is too hot, and then closes it when the temperature drops.

Roof Shape

A traditional roof that slopes is quite possibly the easiest for you to fit if you plan on having guttering. You should also consider having curved or even angled sides on the greenhouse as this lets in much more light when compared. The roof shape will somewhat depend on the size of greenhouse you have and the positioning, and the roof you choose will vary the amount of light that is let into the greenhouse at any one time.


There should be 1ft of space above your head while standing in the greenhouse. If you plan to grow taller plants, such as tomatoes then you need to have at least 5ft of space from the base of the greenhouse to the eaves. This will help you to ensure that you get the best result out of your growing potential and the time that you spend in the greenhouse itself.

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