Different Styles Of Conservatories – An Ultimate Guide

Here at G&L Windows, we liaise with our customers to plan, measure, manufacture and install bespoke conservatories. We offer a wealth of different conservatory styles and designs, catering for the specific requirements of each individual customer. Unfortunately, many of our customers are unfamiliar with the various types of conservatory styles available to them. This can make it tricky to make a confident decision. In this article, we’re going to explain all you need to know about some of the most popular conservatory styles we offer.


The Edwardian conservatory design takes influence from the Edwardian era of the early 20th Century. These conservatories are characterised by their use of crisp, straight lines and consequently feature a square or rectangular shape. The Edwardian conservatory aims to offer a clear view of the outside, and thus possess minimal detail and a flat front.

The roofing is pitched and typically comprised of three or four sections sloping upwards from the outer edge to the centre. Though three sides are more common, many people prefer the four-sided roof for its lantern-like shape. This will require an advance guttering system, however, to ensure that rainwater is drained effectively.

Edwardian conservatories can be complemented with various door styles. We suggest either a set of French doors or Bifold door to minimise any obstruction to the view outside.



The Victorian conservatory is another style characterised by its era. It is a traditional design and will likely fit the layperson’s idea of how a conservatory looks.

The Victorian conservatory features a bay front, pitched roof and ornate roof ridge. It is comprised of either three or five sides, depending on personal preference and available space. The windows and doors are typically designed in a gothic style, and the roof is steeply pitched and often features complicated shapes, all of which fits the style of the Victorian era.



The lean-to is the simplest type of conservatory and should be a serious consideration if on a tighter budget. It features a simple, rectangular shape with flat sides and a single sloping roof section. The lean-to is a popular choice for those with limited outdoor space; the rectangular shape allows it to be installed in narrower areas while still providing ample room inside.


P Shaped

Aptly named, the P shaped conservatory combines lean-to and Victorian or Edwardian styles to create a multi-sectioned conservatory that forms into a P shape. The longer section features a simple, rectangular design which then merges into the chunkier, protruding section of Victorian or Edwardian style.

The benefit of the P-shaped conservatory is that it manages to provide a lot of space without taking up much of the garden. Plus, by separating into two distinct sections, you can choose to use each area for different purposes. One area could be designated for the kids, for example, whereas the other can be used primarily by the parents.

Gable End

The Gable End conservatory features a distinctive roof; rather than sloping back to the centre like most alternative conservatory styles, the gable end stays upright, providing a taller and more spacious feel.

The Gable End conservatory is either square or rectangular in style with ample height and interior space. An added benefit of its height and shape is that it allows maximum light to enter the room. The front of the conservatory has even been described as ‘the rising sun’, due to its sunburst effect.


Here at G&L Windows, we design, measure, manufacture and install conservatories to your property. Our team have a wealth of experience in the industry and will liaise with you closely to ensure the finished result is to your liking. If you’d like to enquire about our conservatory services, or any of the extensive products and services we offer, give our team a call today.