Every garden could do with one or two outdoor storage boxes to keep all of the inevitable clutter out of sight. From gardening tools and outdoor cushions, to an avalanche of welly boots and kids' toys, cleverly implemented garden storage ideas, like introducing a handy bike store or a bench with hidden storage can get your garden back in order, as well as keeping the contents safe from the elements.
Obviously, you could opt for one of the best sheds on the market, but what if you don't have the space? Or – worse still – you already have a shed that's packed to the rafters? Outdoor storage boxes are a great solution – not only are they less bulky than a standard shed, they're also less visually distracting, too – perfect if you need storage but don't want a shed dominating your outdoor space.
As they're available in all shapes and sizes, outdoor storage boxes are a really practical choice, with the option to invest in several to spread out your storage needs. Try placing a smart box by your front porch, add another hidden away at the end of your back yard, and so on. If your needs change, you can easily move them from one spot to another, unlike a shed.
We've chosen our a selection of our favourites, in all shapes and sizes and materials, so scroll down for instant shopping inspiration – just think, you're only a few clicks away from a neater, tidier garden...
7 outdoor storage boxes – must-haves for organising your outdoor space
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These outdoor storage boxes will keep your garden, patio or plot clear of clutter so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the sunshine.
1. The neat 'stash everything' box
Aldsworth Outdoor Storage Box | £250 at Garden Trading (opens in new tab)
Also available in a more compact size for £180, this elegant storage box looks just as good beside your front porch as by the back door. Made from spruce, with a galvanised sheet metal lid, it's the perfect spot to store kids' toys, wellies and garden tools.
2. The roomy box for bikes and more
Rowlinson Shiplap Wallstore | £259.99 at Garden Street (opens in new tab)
This large, lockable storage box is big enough to store an adult sized bike, with plenty more space for a variety of outdoor clutter. Alternatively, you could use it to store your best lawn mower (opens in new tab) and other bulky garden machinery. The double door opening makes it easy to get at the contents, too.
3. The super smart outdoor cabinet
Kolbjörn indoor/outdoor cabinet | £65 at Ikea (opens in new tab)
More cabinet than box, this stylish unit is part of a wider range of outdoor storage from Ikea. Also available in a rich forest green shade, the powder-coated galvanised steel frame will keep the contents dry, whatever the weather.
4. The multi-purpose movable storage box
Chesnut Outside Storage Chest | £210 at La Redoute (opens in new tab)
The lid on this handy two-tone acacia wooden chest lifts up to reveal a wealth of handy storage space inside. Use it as a stool or a side table to compliment your best wooden garden furniture (opens in new tab). What's more, it's on casters, so you can move it around your patio quickly and easily.
5. The compact tool shed
Forest Garden Shiplap Pent Garden Store | £180.95 at Cuckooland.com (opens in new tab)
Need somewhere to store your garden tools but don't want a full sized shed? This mini tool shed is just the spot for stashing your best strimmer (opens in new tab), favourite gardening tools, wellies, even the kids' scooters, leaving your garden clear of unnecessary clutter.
6. The comfy bench with hidden storage
Keter Iceni 265L Storage Bench | £169.99 at Robert Dyas (opens in new tab)
Hide your garden clutter well out of sight, yet close enough for when you need it with this handy multi-purpose bench. Water resistant, so you can store outdoor cushions in it too, it's a great option if you're short on space.
7. The elegant super-sized storage box
Cannes storage box | £425 at Cox & Cox (opens in new tab)
Measuring H71.5xW143xD81cm (H28.1"xW56.2"xD31.8"), this roomy storage box is made from woven-treated rattan with a waterproof inner so anything you store inside will be safe and dry. It's the ideal choice if you're looking for something with less of a contemporary look for your outdoor space.
Ginevra is the Deputy Editor of Ideal Home magazine but also writes for Gardeningetc whenever possible, as she loves everything about the outdoors. Over the years, she's worked for the majority of Britain’s monthly interiors magazines and their websites, including Homes & Gardens, Livingetc and Country Homes & Interiors. She's written about every area of the home, indoors and out, from shopping and decorating, appliances and home tech, wallpaper and fabric, kitchens and bathrooms, even extensions and conversions.