Conservatories fall into styles based on their roofs.

For example, we call a conservatory ‘Edwardian’ if it has an Edwardian roof and ‘bespoke’ if it marries different roof elements.

Choosing a conservatory style is as simple as understanding how different roof types play with floor space. Your decision will be partly based on aesthetics and functionality, with some styles better suited to small or large spaces.

In this article, we’ll explain the most common conservatory styles.

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A gable conservatory has a rectangular floor plan, a triangular front and a gable roof (two sides sloping downward toward the walls).

Gable conservatories give the illusion of more space because the roof pitches towards the middle, yet the floor is relatively compact. Gable conservatories are great for small spaces, and they can also cover up an ugly property facing.


A lean-to conservatory has a rectangular front, and a roof that leans into the main building, with a single slope roof joined to the building.

Lean-to conservatories blend into the main building and appear to be an extension, even though the structure is separated. They have a rectangular floor plan that maximises space, making them ideal for gardens with modest space.


A Georgian conservatory has a rectangular floor and front with a Georgian roof (pitches on four sides at around 40 degrees) and window bars known as Georgian bars.

Georgian conservatories are a traditional choice, best-suited to square floorplans and small spaces. Due to the height of the roof, these conservatories do not suit bungalows but are a good choice for buildings with two storeys.


A Victorian conservatory has faceted sides (5 to 7) with clear glass and a Victorian roof (pitched at 25 to 45 degrees).

Victorian conservatories are distinguishable from Edwardian conservatories simply by the faceted structure and clear glazing. Although the awkward shape can reduce usable floor space, the Victorian style is popular for looks.


Bespoke conservatories have unconventional layouts (e.g., L shapes) and roofs that combine different designs. For example, the conservatory might transition from a gable roof to a flat roof towards the main building.

The idea with bespoke conservatories is to build a unique space and not available from a brochure. At K Glazing, we specialise in building bespoke conservatories, handling the whole process from design to build.

Block and frame

Another style distinction can be made between block and frame conservatories. Block conservatories are built with stone with window cut-outs, while frame conservatories have a stone base and a panoramic UPVC frame build.

Both types of build are common, although most people prefer a UPVC wraparound frame to maximise light. However, block conservatories look more like extensions, so go for a block build if this is what you want to achieve.

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