6 Garden Storage Hacks You Wish You’d Known Before

No matter what kind of backyard you have, you’re probably not using the space in full. [...]

No matter what kind of backyard you have, you’re probably not using the space in full. While homes have some storage built in, gardens are usually wide-open spaces that you can make use of. If you don’t have enough storage space in the house, then even a small yard can be a bonus. 

It’s not simply about the aesthetic either. While it’s nice to have some garden furniture, you need space to store objects such as gardening tools and toys. 

It’s all about using your imagination or letting us do that for you. We look at six garden storage hacks that you wish you’d known earlier.

Garden Furniture with Storage

If you’ve decided to invest in some garden furniture, look for some that has storage space. Alternatively, you can repurpose old household items and give them a new lease of life.

  • A writing desk

An old writing desk is perfect for storing gloves, small trowels or spades. You can add some plants on top for a small, but pretty tabletop garden.

  • Seating bench

Rather than chairs, you can use small wooden seating benches that have space within. Pop toys out of sight or use for items that need shielding from the elements.

  • Bookcase

Give a tired bookcase a lick of outdoor paint, turn it on its side and pop it outside. Now you have a garden bench with lots of storage below.

Garden Shed/Outhouse

Most people think they need a lot of space for a shed, but there are so many options available now. You can even build one in less than a day if you put your mind to it.

Take some inspiration from these guys and you can make the most of even a small wooden shed. Buy a narrow garden shed and paint it a bright shade and it will jazz up even the smallest space.  

Container Covers

If you live somewhere with inclement weather, you can make more of your outdoor space with a container cover. This works best if you already have a shed. It’s an inexpensive way to add extra storage to your home and garden.

It can also give you the protection to create a little office or quiet space underneath it.

Shelving

You might just have a narrow side yard, but it doesn’t mean it has to be neglected. Here’s some ideas for using spaces you may not have thought of.

  • Mount ladder shelving

You can prop or mount ladder shelving to a wall and add plants or store nails, screws or buckets. 

  • Log storage

Purchase a log shelving unit to be affixed to the wall to add a rustic feel to your garden. Now the wood looks good and it’s not just lying on the ground.

The Multi-Purpose Crate

Wooden crates are cheap or free and you can find them everywhere. What’s more is that they can be used for so many things.

  • Prop against a wall and add small plants for a wonderful aesthetic.
  • Stick together to make a hiding place for your garden hose
  • Make an outdoor coffee table using some left-over crates, some glue and plywood

Utilise All Space

Don’t forget any wall space, no matter how small.

  • Add hanging baskets

Hanging baskets can be fixed to a wall or fence, or even inside your shed. These are great for toys, plants and even cleaning supplies.

  • A hanging organizer

You use them inside your home, but they are also great in the garden. Store shoes, winter gear and small gardening tools in one.

Once you start looking at your garden with these in mind, you’ll probably come up with other ideas. There’s so much space that you can make use of in a sustainable and inexpensive way. Now you can find a place for everything, from the outdoor cushions to the garden hose.

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