What’s the difference between a conservatory and an orangery?

Orangery from Trade WindowsOrangeries and conservatories are similar in that they can both introduce an extra light-filled space to your home, but they have some key differences.


Conservatories were designed to create extra space in the home which would allow for the garden to be enjoyed all year round. They have a minimum of two thirds glass walls and a fully glazed roof which lets in lots of natural light and provides undisrupted views outside. Most don’t need planning permission and offer a quick and easy way to introduce a light and airy space into your home.


Orangeries have a long history and first came about way back in the 18th century when they were used like green houses, for growing citrus fruits. They started as separate structures in the garden but as time went on, they were used as more of an extension of the home. Modern orangeries have all of the benefits and privacy of a brick extension but are designed to let in lots of light through roof lanterns.

What’s best for you?
Today, both are used to create extra space in the home and depending on what you and your family need from your glass extension will influence your choice.

We’re often asked about the differences between orangeries and conservatories. If you pop into our showroom on London Road in Derby, our full sized conservatories and orangeries on Trade Street can help you to choose what will suit your needs best.

Call us on 01332 755551.