Best garden storage – the top boxes, benches and more for your garden, however big or small the space

Our gardens and outdoor spaces provide great additional living space, and investing in garden storage helps to keep them looking neat and tidy.

Garden storage gives you the ideal hideaway to stow away all those tools, the lawnmower, bikes and unused garden furniture.

You may want a storage box if you have a small garden and no space for a shed, or perhaps you need something in addition to your shed for extra storage, or closer to your house on the patio. There may be a few garden tools that you want to keep handy without having to search in the depths of the shed, such as a kneeling mat or a trowel and fork set.

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Consider a larger, more secure unit if you’re a keen gardener who needs to house tools and a lawnmower or a cycling enthusiast with an expensive bike that needs a safe home.

If you have a young family with lots of outdoor fun and games, a more slimline shed might best suit your needs. Perhaps you’re simply looking to store the cushions from the garden furniture set, in which case a stylish rattan-effect storage box would be perfect.

However you choose to use your outdoor space, our shopping editor Tamara has used her 15 years of experience to pick out a clever garden storage solution for you.

Best garden storage

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Outside grey storage box next to stone wall and rubber boots

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1. Moreton Outdoor Storage Box, Garden Trading

Best garden storage box


Dimensions: H50 x W80 x D45cm
Material: Rustic wood mixed with on-trend industrial metal

We love how sleek this new design looks. It’s highly functional with a stylish element, mixing rustic wood with on-trend industrial metal. The Moreton is an urban update on the best-selling Aldsworth design. This weatherproof version is a great compact storage box, made from spruce wood with a robust galvanised metal hinged lid.

Use this stylish box for everything from keeping wellies and shoes dry by the front door, to storing games and gardening tools. 

Buy now: Moreton Outdoor Storage Box, £180, Garden Trading

Hardwood bench with storage capacity under seat and two pillows, books and an outdoor lamp on top of it

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2. Arianna Outdoor Hardwood Garden Bench, Wayfair

Best garden storage bench


Dimensions: H93 x W121 x D64cm
Material: Hardwood

This classic hardwood bench doubles up as great garden storage, too. The clever multi-functional design is an ideal space-saving buy – use the chest element below to store cushions, or the garden tools you always like to hand.

Buy now: Arianna Outdoor Hardwood Garden Bench, £149, George Oliver at Wayfair

Grey storage unit with lid suitable for plants with a green plant in lid and a hose inside

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3. Fallen Fruits Hose Hiding Planter, Dobbies

Best small garden storage


Dimensions: H33.7 x W38.3cm

If all you're looking for is a clever storage solution to hide the unsightly length of twisted hose from being on show, this clever planter is the one.

This ingenuous multi-purpose pot has a lid to fill with beautiful blooms, while the base conceals whatever you hide inside. It's designed with a garden hose in mind, but that's not to say all manner of garden tools can't be stowed away neatly inside.

Buy now: Hose Hiding Planter, £49.99, Fallen Fruits at Dobbies

Mobile wooden storage bench with stainless steel handle and 2 wheels with outdoor cushions inside

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4. Applaro Storage Bench, IKEA

Best storage bench with wheels


Dimensions: H55 x W128 x D57cm
Material: Wood

More than just a storage bench, this clever design from IKEA has wheels. Along with a sturdy metal handle these wheels make this design highly practical for moving around the garden or patio. It's not water tight so it would need to be stowed somewhere sheltered, especially given the unpredictable English weather.

The compact size and mobility make this bench the ideal storage solution for outdoor cushions. Alternatively, it's great to keep beside the BBQ area, filled with cooking utensils, tableware and table textiles.

Buy now: Applaro Storage Bench, £95, IKEA

Double door storage unit with hooks and small garden spade and fork hanging on it

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5. Forest Garden Wooden Pent Garden Store, Homebase

Best garden store


Dimensions: H132 x W108 x D55cm
Material: Wood

A great feature of this storage unit is that it includes double doors for easy access and plinths to attach handy hooks. Choose this storage for a small unused space outdoors and keep everything from step ladders to garden tools neat and tidy.

Buy now: Forest Garden Wooden Pent Garden Store, £139, Homebase

Grey storage unit with charcoal lid and 2 doors standing on green grass next to wheelbarrow with garden soil inside

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6. Store it Out Arc Plastic Garden Storage Box, B&Q

Best plastic garden storage


Dimensions: H132 x W108 x D55cm
Material: Plastic

If you're looking for a simple, sturdy plastic storage solution you can't go far wrong with this design from B&Q. The smart wood grain-effect finish helps to give it character without it standing out like a sore thumb.

The easy-open piston-operated lid and double doors make it the ideal solution for housing wheelie bins. The store comes complete with a padlock-ready door bolt. Reviews indicate it's easy to assemble and with generous space allowance, and that it's perfect to accommodate all manner of garden accessories.

Buy now: Store it Out Arc Plastic Garden Storage Box, £116, B&Q

Galvanished steel storage unit with 2 sliding doors containing blue lawn mover, a white ladder and green watering can

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7. Yardmaster Pent Metal garden storage unit, Argos

Best metal garden storage


Dimensions: H134 x W198 x D119cm
Material: Dipped galvanished steel

This durable storage unit is constructed using superior grade hot dipped galvanished steel, with a silver resin finish for a stylish look that will last. With a high-grade 'anti-rot protection' finish no maintenance should ever be required – it's rust, rot and rodent proof.

Double sliding doors make it easy to access. Buy lockable handles with anti-temper bolts make it totally secure when you don't want anyone to access it. It's worth noting no flooring is supplied, so you'd need to have a concrete base ready.

Buy now: Yardmaster Pent Metal garden storage unit, £120, Argos

Brown plastic storage cabinet with 2 shelves standing on paving next to red brick wall

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8. Rowlinson Plastic Utility Cabinet, Robert Dyas

Best garden storage with shelves


Dimensions: H91.5 x W75 x D50cm
Material: Plastic

While open storage units are great for bigger items, what about all the small things you need for your outdoor space? Recreate the order of the kitchen cabinets in any outdoor space with a storage unit that provides shelves to house all your garden products and tools. From plant food to garden trowels, fill these handy shelves to your heart's content.

Buy now: Rowlinson Plastic Utility Cabinet, £89.99, Robert Dyas

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With garden storage this smart and affordable, it's never been easier to keep gardens looking tidy.


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.