If you are looking for a small garden office that is big enough for one person to work at a desk and is not going to dominate the garden, then you are in the right place! We have found five super mini garden office buildings to share with you today.
At 1.8 meters/6ft deep or less, they are the smallest garden office pods on the market. They may be small, but they are well designed to be functional workspaces, and share many design features with their bigger counterparts.
Designed to maximise the space in your garden
Each of the five small garden office pods we have found is 2.5 meters high. This makes them Permitted Development friendly, meaning they can, in most cases, be installed without the need for planning permission.
The footprint of these pods, combined with their 2.5m maximum height, means that they can be sited close to the boundaries of your garden under the Permitted Development rules. This will maximise the space available in your garden.
Some of the options have no maintenance external finishes which allows them to be positioned tight to a wall; one company say they can install 50mm/2inches away from a wall, fence or hedge - that's space-saving!
Safe and sound garden office pods
Each of the five, 6ft deep garden office pods we have to share is designed for year-round use. They feature double glazing, insulation and specialist membranes which create a warm, damp-proof office - meaning that paperwork and computers are stored well, just like in your house.
The doors and windows on these micro office pods are house quality, and feature insurance approved multi-point locking systems. This, coupled with multi-layer wall build-ups, ensures a secure workplace in the garden.
Installed in a day
These micro office pods are an excellent solution if you are in a hurry. They tend to have much shorter lead times than their bigger counterparts. They can also be installed much quicker, typically within one day on-site.
Typically, you will then need to engage a local electrician to perform the electrical hook-up to the supply in your house. Some micro pod companies include this connection in the price they quote, but most don't.
Take a look at these great mini garden offices:
2.4m x 1.2m (8ft x 4ft) QCB2 by Booths Garden Studios
At 1.2m/4ft deep, this is the narrowest garden office pod we have to share. It is the smallest example of Booths Garden Studios hugely popular QCB2 range. The wall of floor to ceiling glazing makes the pod feel bigger than it actually is. As you will see if you watch the video, there is also window positioned over the desk. There is room for a comfy chair to sit and ponder, or you could fit bookshelves, whatever works for you.
The QCB2 comes with a low maintenance exterior cladding, this coupled with the clever Booths build system, means that the QCB2 office pod can be installed within 2 inches of a wall or fence.
4m x 1.8m (13ft 1in by 6ft) Mini office with secret storage shed by Ark Design Build
This 6ft deep garden building combines a small office with a discreet storage shed under the one roof. It is a bespoke design by Ark Design Build, and one of the smallest garden offices with storage shed we have ever seen. Ark garden offices are well specified with a plastered and decorated interior, and an internet connection and electrical hook-up included in the price.
Ark Design Build focus their work in Kent, Sussex and London.
2.4m x 1.8m (8ft x 6ft) QuadPod Micro by Sanctum Garden Studios
The QuadPod by Sanctum Garden Studios comes in three sizes with the 6ft deep (1.8m) Micro being the smallest option. It is the only small office pod in this group that features Cedar cladding. It has it on two walls and a low maintenance weatherboard on the other walls.
1.53m x 1.79m (5ft x 5ft 9ins) Bespoke mini office by Timber Rooms
In terms of square meter footprint, this is the tiniest garden office in our selection. As bespoke designers, the Timber Rooms team design a building that works for your needs and garden, even if that is a very specific size like this. Because you are working with a bespoke designer, you can have lots of input into the design features and materials used.
Timber Rooms focus their work in the South East of England.
2.4m x 1.8m (8ft x 6ft) Log cabin mini office by Garden Affairs
Garden Affairs offer a 44mm log cabin mini office as a self-build kit or on a full installation basis. With the other mini office examples in this group, you have insulation in the floor, walls and roof of the buildings. With a log cabin like this, you only have insulation in the floor and roof. So, you need to consider if that's enough for you.