Summer is the perfect season for spending time outdoors but what if your garden is filled with tools, toys or odds and ends? If being organised doesn’t come naturally, you’re probably wondering how your carefully designed garden has turned into a chaotic outdoor depot, but help is at hand!
With these 10 beautifully organised garden storage ideas, you can make the most of your outdoor space this season and restore your garden to a tranquil idyll for summer fun…
1. Add Keter Storage Boxes
A lack of storage can turn any room into a cluttered mess and the same goes for your garden. Whether it’s an accumulation of gardening tools, cushions for garden furniture or your kids’ outdoor toys that are detracting from your garden design, Keter storage boxes are the ideal solution.
With capacities from 113 litres – 1200 litres, you can create as much outdoor storage space as you need and enhance the appearance of your garden at the same time. Keter storage boxes come in a range of designs and colours, so it’s easy to blend storage into your existing garden design.
Made from weatherproof resin, you won’t have to worry about Keter storage boxes fading over time or succumbing to mould or rot when the weather changes. If you’re like me and you want to keep your garden as maintenance-free as possible, Keter boxes are the ultimate outdoor storage solution and a must-have garden accessory.
2. Use Fences and Walls as Hanging Storage
You’ll find that many garden tools and even outdoor kitchen equipment feature hooks or holes that can be used to hang these implements for easy storage. By creating an area for hanging things on your garden fence or wall, you can maximise outdoor storage space and enhance the appearance of your garden in the process.
Combine utilitarian equipment, like garden trowels and forks, with decorative pieces, such as signs or fairy lights, and you’ll have an ambient outdoor storage space in no time. One of the best things about this garden storage idea is that it doesn’t take up any floor space so it won’t impact the functionality of your garden. Instead, you’ll create the illusion of a larger garden by using existing features as storage and removing clutter from lawns, paths and patios.
3. Combine Furniture with Storage
If you love sitting out in the garden as the sun shines (or the rain drizzles!), then you’ll certainly want to add garden furniture to your lawn or patio. Similarly, you’ll need outdoor seating for entertaining in the summer but why not combine your furniture with garden storage ideas for maximum functionality?
Choose outdoor furniture with hidden storage to keep your garden organised this season.
Many Keter garden storage boxes provide space-saving outdoor seating, so you can rely on these to do dual service. The Keter Darwin 380 litre storage box provides comfortable seating for up to two people, for example, and offers a large amount of weatherproof storage too.
Alternatively, opt for garden furniture with in-built storage solutions, like Keter storage benches or seating seats with storage tables. These act as a decorative feature and enhance your garden design while playing an important functional role and keeping your garden free from clutter.
4. Install a Mini-Greenhouse
If you love to garden but you don’t want to take up too much space with a full-size greenhouse, why not install a mini-version instead? With a much smaller footprint than a conventional greenhouse, a mini greenhouse can be situated against the wall of your property or adjoining a fence in a discreet part of your garden.
As well as giving you somewhere to work and a warm location for seeds and young plants to flourish, a mini greenhouse will provide you with additional storage space that’s protected from the wind and rain. Ideal for storing small gardening equipment and accessories, like bags of compost, pots and trays, a mini greenhouse can be customised to blend into your garden or to make a statement with vibrant shades and custom hues.
5. Create a Fold-Down Worktop
Creating extra workspace makes it easier to keep your garden in tip-top condition. When you’re planting seeds or preparing a hanging basket, for example, a fold-down worktop will provide the extra space you need. What’s more – a fold-down worktop can act as an extra table or drinks station, so it will certainly come in handy at summer BBQs and garden parties!
You can purchase ready-made fold-down worktops that are simply affixed to fencing or a garden wall or create your own from old pallets for a rustic feel. When you’re finished using it, simply clear the surface and fold it up for space-saving functionality.
6. Hide Bins with a Dedicated Store
For most people, gardens have more than just an aesthetic purpose. While you might need to use your garden for practical purposes, such as bin storage, this can negatively impact your enjoyment of the space when you want to relax or when youngsters want to play outside.
Fortunately, this is easy to remedy with garden storage ideas. A dedicated bin store will keep wheelie bins hidden, for example, and ensure they don’t detract from manicured lawns, blooming plants or pristine patios. In addition to this, a designated bin store can help to reduce the risks of pests and wildlife infiltrating your outdoor space.
Keep gardens organised with dedicated outdoor storage solutions, such as bin stores for a clean and tidy appearance.
7. Make Use of Shed Space
When you want to create extra outdoor storage space, a shed seems like the obvious solution. While a shed can be a great addition to any garden, be sure to make the best use of the space available and choose a shed that will stand the test of time.
Wooden sheds are popular, for example, but they do require ongoing maintenance and may warp or rot over time. In contrast, resin-based or composite sheds don’t typically require any additional maintenance and are better suited to a range of weather of conditions.
Whatever type of shed you go for, remember to add extra storage space to the interior. Shelving ensures you can keep potentially dangerous items, like fertiliser or paint pots, outside the reach of pets and young children, for example.
Additionally, heavyweight brackets will provide you with somewhere to hang bulky items and leave floor space free for more storage. I was amazed at how much we could actually store in our shed once we got it properly organised!
8. Try Outdoor Shelving
Shelves are an easy way to create instant storage, which is why they are one of the most popular garden storage ideas. For permanent storage solutions, you can add shelving to garden fences or walls, but opt for an outdoor shelving unit for portable storage.
These come in a wide range of sizes and styles, so you can create as much storage as you need and complement your current garden design too. While enthusiastic gardeners may choose to use outdoor shelving units for small garden equipment, you can customise your unit to suit your needs and rely on it to store anything you have lying around your garden!
9. Reclaim Wasted Space
It’s easy to assume that you’re using every inch of your outdoor space but, in reality, there is probably a considerable amount of space that’s being wasted. Reassess your garden with an objective eye and identify any space that’s not currently being used.
Remember – think vertically as well as horizontally when you’re identifying space that’s been overlooked.
Once you’ve found space that’s not being used, you can decide which garden storage ideas are best suited to the area. A slim potting table with shelves can be situated on a pathway, for example, or an outdoor storage box can be conveniently situated behind shrubbery.
10. Use Crates for Decorative Storage
Reclaimed crates can be a great decorative accessory but they’re also handy for storage. A single crate provides portable storage that can be used anywhere in your garden, but you can create more permanent storage solutions too.
By stacking crates vertically, for example, you can make your own open-facing storage area for handheld garden tools, decorative accessories or plants. When you combine great garden storage ideas with styles that match your outdoor space, it’s easy to maximise the functionality of your garden while boosting its appeal.
Get Your Garden Organised Now
Transforming a cluttered garden into an organised outdoor space may seem overwhelming at first but I’ve found it easiest to undertake this type of project in stages. Firstly, take an inventory of everything in your garden and decide what you no longer need or use. Then, you can arrange for these items to be sold, recycled or given away.
Once you know what you’re keeping, you’ll have a better idea of how much storage space you need, and which areas are available for added storage solutions. From here, it’s easy to integrate the best garden storage ideas into your own property and create a hassle-free organised outdoor space that the whole family can enjoy.
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