Garages, basements, and attics can only hold so much stuff. And when it comes to storing outdoor essentials such as garden gear, patio furniture, and recreation equipment, who really wants to waste time digging around the basement? That’s where outdoor storage options come into play—they corral your stuff where you need it most. Try these storage ideas:
Storage shed. These tried-and-true units are the most common form of outdoor storage—and they come in many shapes and sizes to fit even the smallest of yards. They’re made from a variety of materials, such as wood, vinyl, and metal, and you have several installation options: you can purchase DIY kits, you can build one from scratch using mail-order plans, or you can hire someone to build it for you. Regardless of which route you choose, This Old House provides all the info you need to be storage-shed savvy.
Storage sheds—especially prefab ones—often get a bad rap for their not-so-attractive appearance. But today’s sheds blend function with flair. Want to build a cottage-like shed that’ll serve as the focal point of your yard (and wow your neighbors)? Check out the plans from Popular Mechanic. Or if you want to dress up an existing prefab shed, Southern Living shows how.
Under the deck. Have a multilevel deck? Don’t let the space underneath go to waste. With the right prep, you can transform that under-deck area into a storage unit. The key is to keep everything protected from the elements—there’s no point tossing a bunch of stuff under the deck if it’s going to get soggy. Install a vinyl covering or a waterproof membrane below the deck and deck lattice along the sides.
Garden bench. If you and your family spend a large chunk of time outdoors, or if you entertain frequently, chances are you can always use more seating. Benches with built-in storage allow you to get the best of both worlds. Storage benches come in a variety of finishes, so you can find one that matches your outdoor decor—just make sure it’s water resistant. I especially like this teak bench/trunk from Frontgate. Not only does it have an attractive finish, its slatted bottom lets fresh air circulate inside to deter icky mold or mildew growth.
Home exterior. Seeking a small-space storage solution? If you don’t want a storage shed, try transforming an unused exterior wall into a place for tools using just a few basic materials. HGTV Garden Expert Marianne Binetti explains how.
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