Backyard Storage Space: Making A Spot For Backyard Storage

Storage Shed Full Of Gardening Tools In The Backyard
(Image credit: Björn Forenius)

If you have a backyard with a garden, you definitely need garden storage space. Outdoor storage is different from indoor storage. Inside a home you have closets, cabinets, and drawers to stash possessions, but it’s unlikely you have built-in backyard storage. If you are considering DIY garden storage, it’s undeniably a good idea. Read on for lots of great garden storage ideas.

Storage Zone in Backyard

If you’ve got a backyard, you may have gardening equipment, landscaping tools, kids’ backyard toys, and even pool cleaning equipment that needs to be stored somewhere. Yes, you could rent a storage unit, but that’s so inconvenient when you need something NOW.

Don’t worry, no matter how small your balcony or how large your lawn, there are lots of ways to create DIY garden storage. The idea of creating a storage zone in backyard corners is to provide storage space built in to another useful piece of outdoor furniture.

Here’s a first idea for backyard storage that’s also a good example of what we are talking about. Get a sturdy, narrow bookshelf and place it outdoors on its side. You will pad the top to use as a garden bench, while using the spaces created by the vertical shelving for storing tools and garden supplies.

More Garden Storage Ideas

Another way to create some garden storage space is to build a simple coffee table for your patio with room for storage. Create the piece by recycling wooden crates that you get at the farmer’s market. Get a piece of plywood the size of the length of a crate plus the width of a crate, then glue the crates onto it with the open side out. One crate should open on each side. Attach caster wheels and paint the project, then stash garden essentials in the base.

You can also make smaller storage units for specific items. There are lots of ways to hide the garden hose, for example. Use a wooden planter to store the hose when you aren’t using it, or pound a stake into the ground with a peg on the top and one toward the bottom to wrap the hose around.

Buying Backyard Storage

Not everyone is a DIY type. You can also make a storage zone in the backyard with items you buy at the garden or hardware store. For example, you can buy a slim storage shed just perfect for storing your shovel and rake. All you have to do is decide where to place it.

Or buy an interesting shelving unit to stack some of your backyard items. Shelving that looks like a ladder is cool and currently trending. Metal outdoor shelving is also attractive and is likely to hold more stuff.

Rustic outdoor garden storage chests are available as well and work well for tools, extra gardening soil, and fertilizers. 

Teo Spengler

Teo Spengler has been gardening for 30 years. She is a docent at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Her passion is trees, 250 of which she has planted on her land in France.