Outdoor Storage: 10 Smart Solutions for Your Deck, Porch, or Patio

Use stylish outdoor storage solutions to keep your gardening tools, outdoor hats, and backyard bash supplies from running amok.

  1. Coffee Table Cooler

    Coffee Table Cooler

    Every outdoor living area is different: Whether you have a wood deck, a brick patio, or a wrap-around porch, there's a solution out there for your individual storage needs. Here, a family fond of entertaining has carved limestone in such a way as to create a roughhewn coffee table that doubles as a handy drinks cooler.


  2. Outdoor Cubbies

    Outdoor Cubbies

    They're not just for playrooms anymore! Cubbies provide convenient storage and much-needed organization for every busy gardener's gear. Label each compartment so that your seeds, pots, and soil are clearly separated and easily accessible when you need them next.


  3. Serving Cart

    Serving Cart

    If the good weather usually finds you barbecuing out back, a cart like this one might change your life for the better. It's a work area, a serving stand, and a storage cabinet all in one. When it's time for clean-up or if extra room is needed, the stainless steel-accented cart simply rolls away on its casters. 


  4. Ottoman

    Storage Ottoman

    It's hard to think of any piece of furniture that's more useful than the beloved multifunctional storage ottoman? It's three things in one portable package—seating, storage, and with the cushion flipped over, an end table.


  5. Bench

    Patio Bench

    Tuck garden hoses, pruning scissors, or the kids' baseballs gloves into a storage bench that, while keeping its contents out of plain sight, lets your family and guests catch a breath on the generous depth of the bench seat.


  6. Potting Bench

    Potting Bench

    Are you overwhelmed by a growing number and expanding variety of gardening tools and supplies? One way to create an organized center for everything you need is to buy or build a potting bench with an integrated shelf. Fill the shelf with coordinating baskets, one for each kind of equipment you need to store, then grab your trowel and go!


  7. Mini Shed

    Mini Shed

    If you have the space for a shed... then you probably have one already! If your backyard is modestly sized and you're still looking for a long-term outdoor storage solution, consider a mini shed like this one. Its footprint occupies limited square footage, whether tucked against the garage or placed on your house's rear wall.


  8. Shelving

    Outdoor Shelves

    This all weather shelving unit is as at home outside as it is inside. Inspired by the pavement design at Pompeii, you can stash towels, firewood, or even plants in it. It comes in four colors: black, grey, orange, and white.


  9. Double Duty

    Deck Box

    For a small patio or balcony, choose a deck box of appropriate proportions. This one cleverly pops open, converting into a serving station or a dining table for two.


  10. Deck Box

    Storage Trunk

    When they're not in use, protect your patio cushions and pillows from the sun and weather by storing them in a deck box. Polyethylene wicker, seen here, is an outdoor-ready material that not only lasts, but also—and importantly!—requires no taxing care or maintenance.


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