Storing items outdoors: check out these 16 great ideas

by Mark Bennett

May 22, 2024

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If you have an outdoor leisure area, you might be wondering how to store away all the items you need kept to hand - and without ruining the aesthetics of your garden or balcony.

There are many solutions for storing your objects in the outdoors, whether you have a large garden or just a small balcony. Below, we provide 16 interesting ideas for your consideration:

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1. Wall-mounted tool hooks

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A simple wooden plank with hooks in the bottom can be a perfect tool holder when mounted to an external wall of your home or tool shed. This will be perfect for keeping your gardening tools readily to hand.

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2. From wheel rim to garden hose holder

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How many times have you tripped over your garden hose? To keep your hose tidy and ready for use, use a car's wheel rim: mounted on a wall, it will be the perfect holder for your garden hose.

3. Hidden meters

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Often, the beauty of our outdoor areas is ruined by the presence of meters, external air conditioner units and other utility boxes. But you can use this as an opportunity to construct handy storage cabinets over them that will have a dual function. Not only will you be able to hide away "ugly" utility boxes, but you will also gains some extra storage space.

4. Recycled shed

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Have you just replaced the doors in your house and don't know what to do with the old ones? Keep them to build a cute little shed to store your gardening tools or barbecue accessories in: a cheap, easy and useful project to try out!

5. Tool-holding rake

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Even an old, rusty rake can be given a new life in your garden by being turned into a wall-mounted, tool-holder.

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6. Handy barbecue station

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Storing way barbecue cooking/cleaning utensils can be a real hassle if you don't have a dedicated space for these in the garden. Set up a barbecue station where you can store everything you need in a practical, small, wall-mounted cupboard.

7. Make use of any doors

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The shed door, for example, can take on the second function if you equip it with hooks or pegs to hang up your gardening tools.

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8. Multi-function birdhouse

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Are you looking for a "crafty" spot to hide a spare key? Why don't you use a birdhouse? No one will think of looking for your keys hidden in there.

9. Neat, tidy boots and shoes

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A simple pipe secured to the wall will allow keep your garden boots and shoes neatly outdoors and not force you to bring them inside.

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10. Storage pallet

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A pallet positioned vertically against a wall will be perfect for storing brooms, rakes and shovels. If you add some hooks and small shelves, it can also accommodate smaller gardening tools and other useful, outdoor items.

11. Galvanized storage containers

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An old galvanized/tin container (but also a plastic or metal bucket/tub), can be turned into a storage container which you can mount on the wall next to the garden tap: this will give you a storage area for your smaller gardening tools and a support to wrap your garden hose around.

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12. Outdoor wet bar

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Do you love entertaining your friends in the garden on beautiful, sunny days? Create a foldable bar cabinet from a pallet to store all your drinking glasses and bottled beverages in.

13. DIY greenhouse or shed

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Old windows, doors and shutters can easily be recycled to build a DIY greenhouse or garden shed.

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14. Vases and pots as decorative accessories

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Do you have any old, large, copper pots or vases that you are thinking of getting rid of? Well, why not reuse these as decorative storage containers for your garden or balcony? One of these could be perfect for hiding away the garden hose, for example.

15. Wooden. wall-mounted tool holder

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Simple pieces of wood secured to a wall will help you store away your gardening tools neatly.

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16. Like being at the seaside

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Here's an example of an outdoor storage cabinet for gardening tools and accessories that looks just like a changing cabin at the beach. Not only useful, this cabinet-cabin looks beautiful too.

How do you store away your outdoors gear?

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