5 practical and stylish garden storage ideas

We’re not all blessed with large garages and big sheds, so check out these handy garden storage ideas to help keep your outside space tidy and clutter free

metal shelving unit with plant pots on a patio beneath a window
(Image credit: Ikea)

Whatever the size of your outdoor space, garden storage is key. Tools, pots and all manner of garden paraphernalia can take up valuable space, so we’ve found some fabulously stylish yet practical storage ideas to keep your garden organised this season. 

From handy storage caddies to mini tool sheds and even industrial-style shelving to show off your best herbs, check out our top five storage essentials for top notch gardening organisation that even Marie Kondo would be proud of. 

Don't forget to take a look at the best garden design ideas for inspiration. And if you're looking for more ways to transform a compact space, don't miss our big ideas for small spaces

1. Store small tools together in one place

green storage caddy filled with garden tools

(Image credit: Annabel James)

Carry your essentials to the garden in this gooseberry green garden caddy from Annabel James. It will hold your gloves, twine, pencils, labels and secateurs perfectly and the metal caddy will be light to carry even when full! The smooth beech handle is a nice stylish touch and makes it easy to grip during a shower. 

2. House your gardening essentials in a small shed

wooden storage unit on a patio filled with tools

(Image credit: Cuckooland)

If you don’t have the space for a shed, then consider a ‘garden store’. Cuckooland’s Forest Garden Pent garden store will keep your garden tools and equipment neat, tidy and safe. It will fit brooms, spades and your strimmer and the hidden hinges and lockable plate hasp will keep it secure. This timber design is easy to personalise too with a simple coat of paint. 

3. Create a space for storing and potting

black and white storage unit with three drawers on a modern patio with white painted walls

(Image credit: Garden Trading)

If your shed is feeling a bit disorganised then consider this beauty. It’s called the Moreton shed unit from Garden Trading and is crafted from spruce with a smart black waterproof stain. It has three tiers of removable crates and a worktop that you can either use for potting or for extra storage. 

4. Put your pots on display

plant pots stored on metal shelves beneath a window

(Image credit: Ikea)

If you’re tight on outside space or you're a balcony gardener, then these bargain Hyllis units from Ikea will hit the spot. At only £7 each you can buy a few to place against your walls – keep your unused pots below and your planted ones on the top. Plus, you can buy a cover to keep them dry in the winter and turn them into a mini greenhouse – how fabulous! 

5. Tuck your furniture neatly away 

black textured storage box on a modern patio with a planter

(Image credit: Next)

At the end of summer you can tuck your garden accessories and small items of furniture away in this Monaco storage box from Next. It’s made from all-weather rattan so it can withstand the cold and damp winter weather, and there’s room for folding tables and chairs. Or, if your garden furniture can be left outside all winter, you can use this storage for garden tools instead.  

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Sophie Warren-Smith

Sophie has been an interior stylist and journalist for over 20 years. She recently trained to be a florist and launched The Prettiest Posy where she curates beautiful flowers for weddings and events.