Garden storage: 15 space saving ideas that aren't sheds

Check out these garden storage ideas to keep your outdoor space clutter free and looking its best

Garden storage: 15 space saving ideas that aren't sheds
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Looking for great garden storage ideas to get your outdoor space in order? There is no denying that a shed can be an ideal place to store all your garden paraphernalia. And sheds are great. We all love a shed. But if you are tired of risking life and limb clambering into the depths of said shed just to find your secateurs or if you don’t want to use up precious outdoor space with an outbuilding, there are plenty of alternative storage solutions to enhance space in your garden and keep it clutter free.

If you are after more advice to get your garden looking gorgeous for summer, head over to our garden ideas hub page. 

1. Discover the power of storage boxes

garden storage ideas: Aldsworth storage box

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Whether you have a small balcony or an entire garden, a garden storage box or garden storage bench is perfect for keeping all of your gardening tools handy. 

If you are looking for storage that will blend in among the flora and fauna, the rustic feel and the light wash of the Aldsworth storage box would fit seamlessly into a corner or against a wall. 

2. Introduce stylish garden shelving 

Garden Storage Ideas - Shelving

Not everything in your garden needs to be hidden away. Maybe the bulky lawnmower or the tangled hose pipe is best stowed out of sight, but small items such as trowels, twine and watering cans can be used to create visual interest in a sheltered side return or by the back door. 

Shelves or ladder style shelving, such as The Aldsworth Shelf Ladder from Garden Trading (above) or Ikea's take (below), can be both beautiful and practical garden storage.

Ikea garden furniture on small balcony

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3. Pick a slimline garden storage shed

garden storage ideas: Scots of Stow storage shed

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So it might not be the boho-chic, fairy-light filled, shepherd’s hut of your Pinterest dreams but a small, narrow garden storage shed is perfect for storing larger gardening tools. You could still make your shed more of a feature by painting it or soften the look with climbing plants. 

Have a look at our pick of the best small garden sheds

This tool shed has plenty of shelves and hooks to maximise storage potential. The Sentry Shed also comes with log storage. 

4. Save space with a garden storage bench 

garden storage ideas: Ikea storage bench

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For gardens lacking in space, multifunctional items are the way forward. Invest in garden furniture that can also be used as storage for outdoor cushions, blankets and BBQ accessories. 

This bench from Ikea is not only great for storing soft furnishings when it (inevitably) starts to rain but it can also double up as a coffee table. 

5. Utilise wall space with wall mounted garden storage

Waitrose iron multi-hook

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Even the smallest wall area can be put to good use. Get a ready-made wall storage solution, or add some hooks to a wooden trellis for a makeshift garden tool hanger. 

Wall hooks and shelves are ideal for neatly storing your tools and still keeping them accessible. You can find similar garden storage at Garden Trading

6. Pile up storage crates and baskets

Wooden storage crates

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Crates, baskets and even old pallets can be great for storing smaller, everyday gardening items. They are sustainable, too, and will make a great feature in an eco-friendly garden. 

Get lots more tips on creating an eco-friendly garden in our guide.

Stack up these wooden crates from A Place for Everything, and no one need know that they are actually filled with deflated footballs, muddy boots, and neglected garden tools…

7. Upcycle old furniture

Upcycle indoor furniture

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You know that old piece of furniture you have been promising to take to the skip for months? See if it could be put to use outdoors as garden storage. A chest of drawers or an old writing desk could be perfect for storing a whole host of items, and provides an extra surface for growing a container garden. Just make sure you use solid wood furniture and protect it well with an appropriate exterior paint, or keep it inside.

Find out how to paint furniture in our guide. 

8. Make your log storage a focal point

The Vintage Industrial log store

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Unless you have copious amounts of room indoors, keeping your supply of logs outdoors is essential. But log storage needn’t be purely practical; if you invest in something decorative it can turn a big pile of wood into a beautiful focal point. 

The Log Store from The Vintage Industrial has different sections so you can easily organise your firewood and its striking design would make a centrepiece in any garden. 

9. Conceal your rubbish bins with bin storage

garden storage ideas: Heritage Bin Store

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Useful as they may be, wheelie bins don’t provide much aesthetic appeal, and the last thing you want while dining alfresco is for your view to be spoilt by a rainbow of different-coloured plastic bins. Fortunately, there are plenty of storage solutions designed specifically to disguise your bins. 

The Heritage Bin Store from B&Q can fit two wheelie bins and has lifting lids that attach to the lid of your bin so it is still easily accessible. 

10. Find an arbour with under seat storage 

garden storage ideas: Winchester outdoor arbour

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An arbour is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the sunshine – or seek refuge from a downpour – but many do also feature handy under-seat garden storage. The seating inside the Winchester Outdoor Arbour from Rowlinson has a removable lid – perfect for storing cushions and  throws.

11. Get an outdoor kitchen work station

garden storage ideas: Barbecue accessories trolley

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Say goodbye to awkwardly trying to balance plates and glasses on the nearest wall, seat or ceramic toadstool. Barbeque workstations provide extra surface space for outdoor entertaining and usually come with plenty of storage for your barbeque accessories. 

This outdoor prep table from Keter not only has copious amounts of lockable storage, but it also has an added spice rack, paper towel holder and bottle opener. The stainless steel worktop is also ideal for prepping, meaning you no longer have to spend the whole of your barbeque party alone in the kitchen!

Find out how to design an outdoor kitchen in our guide.

12. Store compost in plastic storage tubs

Garden storage tubs

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Flexible plastic tubs are ideal for controlling open bags of compost that have a tendency to litter the garden with unwanted trails of soil. 

Flexi Tubs from Stewart Garden come in three different sizes, are lightweight and durable, and have comfort grip handles to make it easier to lug around your garden essentials. 

13. Make your garden storage portable 

Rowlinson garden tool truk

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Tired of dragging all your gardening tools around with you as you work? Get yourself some portable storage. And no, we are not talking about a rusty old wheelbarrow. There are plenty of garden storage options that conveniently come on wheels. 

The Tool Truk by Rowlinson is big enough for larger tools and has a removable plastic basket for stashing smaller implements. And when you are done gardening for the day you can just roll it into your shed or outhouse. 

Why not invest into the best gardening tools for maintaining your plot, too?

14. Use a pegboard as garden storage 

Pegboard used as garden storage

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You've heard us rave about pegboards many a time, and we can't believe we only just thought what great garden storage it would make. You can use it to store tools, gardening gloves, and even smaller plants. With this Garden Trading pegboard, you get a mix of pegs and shelves, so you can create a set up that suits you. 

15. Add some outdoor drawers to your garden 

Garden Trading outdoor drawer storage

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A really stylish way to get all your gardening bits and bobs, this unit from Garden Trading can be kept in a shed, greenhouse or even on a patio (it is weatherproof). Each drawer can be removed completely from the unit so you can carry each section around your garden. The top would also be a perfect surface for potting up your plants.

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