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10 garden storage ideas you'll wish you'd known about before

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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We all know what a shed is, but let's be honest; they aren't for everybody! If you prefer a more contemporary garden aesthetic, or want to keep your storage a little more subtle, for example, the last thing you'll want is a ruddy great wooden shed taking up lots of room! On the other hand, if you've sought to make the garden more of an extension of the main house, perhaps with an outdoor room that frees up a wealth of interior space, you can add extra storage that is specifically useful for your garden maintenance. 

Just ask a professional gardener and they'll tell you that there are plenty of pretty, clever and useful storage ideas to be tapped into, if you only knew about them. Well, you're about to, as we have brought together some of our absolute favourites, right here! Let's take a look!

1. Concealed bicycle storage.

We all know what an unsightly pain bikes can be, en masse, but no longer, with a swish wooden bike cabinet that slides out to safety stash your steeds! The green roof has helped to bed it into the surroundings.

2. A summerhouse with more.

A lovely summerhouse is a great addition to any garden, but add an extra room, hidden behind doors, and you'll have a secretive stash zone for all those cumbersome gardening tools and smelly wellies that you don't want indoors.

3. A bench with more below.

On the face of it, this is a charming wooden bench, but the seat lifts up and offers a huge amount of brilliant toy storage, which is worth it's weight in gold, in a family garden! No more tripping over footballs and some extra seating, all in one!

4. A barely-there cabinet.

Nothing offers easy and chic storage like a pretty wooden cabinet! We would be tempted to build one around an outdoor tap, so as to hide the hose away. You could paint the finished cupboard, if you want to blend it in a little more. 

5. A wheelie bin wonder!

We have long wondered what we can do to hide away our unsightly wheelie bins and here's the solution! A pretty wooden housing, complete with living roof, makes such light work of disguising the utilitarian necessities!

6. High-level hiding spots.

How about this for a fantastic storage solution? Even a little courtyard garden, with no hiding spots, can conceal a wealth of useful space, with a drop-down wooden crate! Simply let the front down and wheel out the BBQ and anything else you need! 

7. The CRATE outdoors.

If you're looking for an unusual, stylish and creative storage idea for your garden, how about keeping your eyes peeled for a small shipping crate? Paint it up, add a living roof and et voila! That's a real focal point!

8. Small but special.

Garden storage is needed for a variety of different things and even something as seemingly small as a hose can get annoying, if not property accounted for! We love the idea of wall-mounted antlers, as a neat solution!

9. Perfectly practical in every way.

We have suggested making your own pallet patio furniture before, but if you haven't tried it yet, add in a little storage, for good measure, when you do! A simple shelf is all you really need, but it could prove SO handy, for things like coasters!

10. An office and more.

Garden offices are becoming something of a norm now, but why not add a little cloakroom, to get a bit more storage bang for your buck? It will be an invaluable spot for stashing all things horticultural, that need to be under cover, don't belong in the house and definitely shouldn't be in an office!

If you love the idea of a garden outbuilding, take a look at this Ideabook: Modern garden sheds.

What do you need to store in your garden?
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