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5 Ways To Maximize Your Outdoor Storage Space

StaxUP Storage | July 10, 2023 @ 12:00 AM

During the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous individuals opted to stay indoors as much as they could to reduce their contact with other people. With the prolonged period of being in lockdown, it is unsurprising that several individuals used the time to enhance the appearance of their homes, and their outdoor spaces were not an exception. For those who were fortunate enough to have their private yards and outdoor patios, the backyard transformed into a sanctuary where they could get some fresh air and escape the monotony of remote work from the comfort of their own homes.

Compared to indoor spaces with four walls, it can be challenging to discover outdoor locations that can accommodate shelving, nooks, and drawers for convenient storage of items. However, there are still simple ways to expand functional storage space without the need for expensive renovations. Whether you have a small balcony, a medium-sized front porch, or a vast lawn, backyard enthusiasts can tap into their imagination to find innovative ways to store tools, furniture, and other items.

StaxUP Storage has selected five DIY methods (or methods with DIY components) that can be used to enhance storage in your backyard, regardless of the size of your outdoor space. These techniques are easy to implement.

Outdoor Furniture with Storage

Imagine having hidden storage under your coffee table or additional concealed side tables to store all the items you need for your morning coffee break, such as napkins or spoons, or even a cozy blanket or laptop charger, all while expanding your storage capacity without taking up any additional floor space. This approach can be particularly helpful in smaller outdoor spaces where every inch counts. Furthermore, using a multifunctional space to enhance your productivity can be rewarding, especially when you construct it yourself.

Storage Buckets

Inexpensive and easy to find, storage buckets can serve as both functional and decorative elements in your backyard. With various sizes, materials, and shapes available, they can be used to store and protect items from the elements, insects, and sun when equipped with a lid. Line up multiple buckets against a wall, artfully arrange them in empty or awkward corners, or attach them to a fence with hooks filled with flowers. Different colored buckets can also help keep children's outdoor toys organized.

In a similar vein, planters made of materials such as terracotta, ceramic, or plastic can also be repurposed for storage purposes. With a wider range of sizes available, such as rectangular window boxes or shallow hanging containers, planters can provide a unique touch to your backyard storage solution.

Storage Bench

Outdoor storage benches are the perfect solution for hiding away outdoor essentials like cushions, toys, or beach towels from the elements while providing comfortable seating that complements your other patio furniture. Even long benches can provide surprisingly spacious storage areas without taking up extra space in your outdoor area.

You can store outdoor pillows in the bench so they're ready when you want to create a cozy reading nook outdoors, organize bottles and transform it into a drink station, or even use it as an outdoor workspace if your Wi-Fi reaches outside. If you need additional height, consider adding some durable boxes on top.

Planter with Storage Room

An outdoor hose is a backyard staple, but what happens when you're not using it to water plants, fill up the kiddie pool, or wash the car? Save space and prevent the hassle of untangling hose kinks by creating a modern planter that can also serve as a discreet storage area for your garden hose. Not only will it keep the hose properly stowed and out of the sun, but it will also help prevent tripping hazards and accidental punctures.

Unlike a typical hose stand, a planter is a more unexpected solution, and your guests might not even realize it has a dual purpose. If you are feeling handy, constructing your own planter box requires tools such as a miter saw, drill, heat torch, thick bristle brush, and decking screws. Get creative and have fun with this DIY project!

Grill Station

During the summer, you can often find aspiring grill masters stationed in front of their backyard barbecues. Whether cooking burgers or slow-cooking a rack of ribs, having oven mitts, tongs, meat thermometers, and other cooking tools within reach can save countless trips back and forth between the backyard and house.

A master grill station can be the perfect solution for keeping everything organized and easily accessible. These stations typically have shelves for storage, built-in counter surfaces, and hooks to hang spatulas and basting brushes. They are usually equipped with wheels, making them easy to move around. Additionally, it's important to consider storage for plates and serving dishes. Whether it's a casual outdoor gathering or a weekday evening dinner, having a designated spot for platters and serving trays can make it effortless to share freshly grilled food.

It's important to use high-quality, weather-resistant materials for outdoor structures to ensure they can withstand harsh weather conditions. There are also many eco-friendly and sustainable options available for those who want to minimize their environmental impact. Online stores are a great resource for finding these materials if they are not readily available at local stores. Check out for other storage options that could help make room in your space!

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