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The 13 Best Outdoor Storage Essentials for Your Backyard

Organize your backyard with these durable, stylish outdoor storage picks.
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Your outdoor area is an important part of your home with its own decor, accessories, and tools. Whether you have a spacious yard or a compact balcony, you'll need a form of outdoor storage to keep everything organized and protected from outdoor elements. Plus, a stylish touch never hurts either. 

"Any furniture or decor that's going to be on display outdoors demands more durable materials that can hold up to the elements, but there are so many more sophisticated and stylish options for outdoor storage pieces than simply plastic," says Heather Goerzen, design editor for Havenly. 

With so many different storage styles, sizes, and materials out there, it can be difficult to decide on the best outdoor storage solution for your space. To help, we researched the best outdoor storage on the market, keeping in mind each pick's size, material, placement, and storage capacity. We also consulted Heather Goerzen, the design editor for Havenly, an interior design service. 

Overall, we recommend the Rubbermaid Big Max Storage Shed because it's made with durable, weather-resistant material and can store both large tools and small accessories.

To help narrow down your choices, here is the best outdoor storage. 

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Rubbermaid Big Max Storage Shed
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Best Overall: Rubbermaid Big Max Storage Shed

View at The Home Depot ($419)

Why You Should Get It: The spacious shed can hold long-handled gardening tools, but you can also add shelving units if you need more space for smaller items.

Keep in Mind: Since it's a larger shed, it's ideal for those with a spacious backyard.

The Rubbermaid Big Max Storage Shed is a spacious option that's ideal for storing large gardening equipment as well as small accessories, cushions, and pool floats, making it our overall choice for the best outdoor storage solution. The shed is made with durable resin that's weather-resistant, so anything you choose to store will be protected. 

Although sheds are ideal for those with a backyard, one of the benefits of this design is that it's still fairly compact, so it won't take up too much yard space if your area is on the smaller side. It's also offered in a neutral color, meaning it won't be too much of an eyesore either. 

The shed's interior is bare to start, so you'll be able to store a small push mower, shovels, and other larger garden accessories with ease. If you want to customize it more to your needs, however, there are adapters so you can install shelves, pegboards, and other hanging accessories. The shed is lockable as well, so you'll be able to safely secure your items—just keep in mind that you'll have to purchase the lock separately. 

Product Details: 

  • Size: 4.25 x 2.5 x 6.75 feet 
  • Material: Resin
  • Weight: 120 pounds 
  • Storage Capacity: 53 cubic feet
  • Weight Capacity: Not listed

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Keter City Resin Deck Box
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Best Budget: Keter City Resin Deck Box

View at Amazon ($50)

Why You Should Get It: This deck box is low maintenance, easy to assemble, and can even double as extra seating for guests. 

Keep in Mind: The box is more suitable for pillows, throws, and other smaller accessories, so it's not ideal if you have large tools or pool floats to store. 

Keter City's Resin Deck Box is a more budget-friendly outdoor storage solution that'll be useful for any size of space. The design has a 30-gallon storage capacity, so you'll be able to store outdoor blankets, pillows, towels, and toys.

The box looks like it's made of wood yet it's constructed of resin, a sturdy material that'll be able to withstand inclement weather conditions. It features two wide, cutout handles that make the lightweight design easy to transport as well. 

Unlike some other options out there, this deck box is easy to assemble—all you have to do is snap the pieces together, no tools required. It's offered in both gray and brown, so you'll be able to choose which color matches your outdoor aesthetic best. From there, you can purchase a cushion to use the box as additional seating thanks to the design's 220-pound weight capacity. 

Product Details: 

  • Size: 22.75 x 17.3.65 x 21.7 inches 
  • Material: Resin 
  • Weight: 7.9 pounds 
  • Storage Capacity: 30 gallons
  • Weight Capacity: 220 pounds
Frontgate Frances Tall Storage Cabinet
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Best Splurge: Frontgate Frances Tall Storage Cabinet

View at Frontgate (From $2,699)

Why You Should Get It: The unit is offered in two configurations to fit your space, and it has a more decorative look than other options out there. 

Keep in Mind: The cabinet is ideal for outdoor dining accessories, gardening tools, and other smaller pieces, so you won't be able to store larger yard equipment. 

Frontgate's Frances Tall Storage Cabinet is more expensive than some other outdoor storage options out there, but the piece's decorative design, durable material, and configuration options make it worth it. The unit offers a few different types of storage, and its decorative doors are sure to make a statement in any outdoor space. 

The storage cabinet is made of teak, a durable wood that's favored for outdoor furniture as it's repellent to insects and resistant to moisture, fungal decay, rotting, warping, shrinking, and swelling. Plus, if left untreated, it patinas over time, leaving behind a silver-gray hue. 

With this design, you'll be able to choose between two configurations—a base cabinet or a base cabinet with a top cabinet. The base cabinet offers a shelved storage spot and pull-down table, while the top cabinet adds two extra shelves. Whichever configuration you choose, you'll get an Art Deco-inspired design that's more decorative than other storage options out there. 

It's worth noting that the shelving space is ideal for glassware, plates, and small gardening tools, so keep that in mind if you have large lawn equipment to store. However, if you entertain often or just tend to a small garden, you're sure to get tons of use out of this outdoor cabinet. 

Product Details: 

  • Size: From 38 x 20.75 x 53 inches 
  • Material: Teak
  • Weight: From 135 pounds 
  • Storage Capacity: Not listed
  • Weight Capacity: Not listed
Ikea Kolbjorn Cabinet
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Best for Small Spaces: Ikea Kolbjorn Cabinet

View at Ikea ($129)

Why You Should Get It: The unit is compatible with a matching shelving unit that can go on top, so you'll be able to add more storage space without taking up more of your outdoor area. 

Keep in Mind: The additional shelving unit has open shelves, so you won't be able to leave anything fragile or valuable on it. 

Ikea's Kolbjorn Cabinet is an indoor-outdoor storage option that's ideal for small spaces. The two-door unit provides spacious shelving and is compatible with the Kolbjorn collection's shelving top, so you can add more storage without taking up too much floor space. 

The unit is offered in both beige and green, so you can choose which shade works best for your outdoor space. It's made of galvanized steel and is powder-coated, a durable duo that'll be able to withstand exposure to outdoor elements without rusting. 

The unit features two spacious shelves that are hidden behind closed doors, so you won't have to worry about keeping your items neatly organized when hosting guests. If you need a bit of extra storage, you can purchase the Kolbjorn collection's shelving top, a compatible piece that'll add a few extra levels of open shelving to the unit. Since it stacks on top, you won't lose any additional floor space on your patio. 

Whether you want to store outdoor tableware, extra throw pillows, or gardening accessories, your items will be secure thanks to the doors' magnetic lock. If you want an extra level of protection, however, the doors are compatible with a traditional lock as well. 

Product Details: 

  • Size: 31.5 x 13.75 x 31.875 inches 
  • Material: Steel
  • Weight: Not listed
  • Storage Capacity: Not listed
  • Weight Capacity: Not listed
Canopia Rubicon Storage Shed
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Best Shed: Canopia Rubicon Storage Shed

View at The Home Depot (From $981)

Why You Should Get It: The shed is offered in four sizes and includes flooring, unlike some other options out there. 

Keep in Mind: The unit's dark color could lead to higher interior temperatures in warm climates, which may be uncomfortable for those planning to work inside their shed. 

Whether you have a collection of power tools, gardening accessories, or large lawn equipment, the Canopia Rubicon Storage Shed has a spacious design that eliminates the need for multiple storage units in your outdoor space. The shed also features roof panels that allow natural light to come through during the day, offering better visibility while you work in the shed or look for tools. 

The shed is made with a rust-resistant aluminum frame and panels made of UV-protected polycarbonate, a durable combination that'll be able to withstand the outdoor elements. Unlike some other options out there, the structure comes with an anti-slip floor, so you won't have to worry about purchasing flooring separately—or falling during wet weather. 

The shed is offered in four different sizes, each of which is 6 feet wide. Regardless of which size you choose, keep in mind that the shed doesn't include any shelving, so you'll have to purchase shelves separately if you want to store smaller items. 

Product Details: 

  • Size: From 72.8 x 60.6 x 85.4 inches
  • Material: Polycarbonate and aluminum
  • Weight: From 88.2 pounds 
  • Storage Capacity: From 171.2 cubic feet
  • Weight Capacity: Not listed

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Loon Peak Ianis Lockable Deck Box
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Best Deck Box: Loon Peak Ianis Lockable Deck Box

View at Wayfair ($200)

Why You Should Get It: The box is lockable, so you can safely secure your items when you're away. 

Keep in Mind: The box doesn't have wheels, so it may be tough to move once it's filled. 

Whether you need to store cushions, pillows, pool tools, or gardening items, deck boxes like the Loon Peak Ianis are a great outdoor storage option. The spacious bin has a 150-gallon storage capacity, so you'll be able to store a bunch of items and keep your outdoor space organized. 

The box is made of plastic and polypropylene resin, a low-maintenance combination that can withstand the elements. It's water-resistant, UV-resistant, and rust-resistant, meaning you won't have to worry about leaving it outside. Just keep in mind that the unit doesn't have wheels, so once you place it somewhere and fill it up, it may not be easy to move it elsewhere. 

Unlike some other styles on the market, this deck box is lockable, offering a secure place to store your items in your outdoor space. Since the unit doesn't include a lock you'll have to purchase it separately. And while it's not intended to be used as a bench, the top of the unit has a 600-pound weight capacity, so you can add a cushion on top of it for extra seating. 

Product Details: 

  • Size: 61 x 28.5 x 25.4 inches 
  • Material: Plastic and polypropylene resin 
  • Weight: 48.5 pounds
  • Storage Capacity: 150 gallons
  • Weight Capacity: 600 pounds
Pottery Barn Indio Eucalyptus Storage Bench
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Best Storage Bench: Pottery Barn Indio Eucalyptus Storage Bench

View at Pottery Barn ($799)

Why You Should Get It: The wood is kiln-dried, which ensures it won't split, warp, crack, or mildew.

Keep in Mind: The bench doesn't come with any cushions, so you'll have to purchase those separately if you want to add extra comfort. 

Pottery Barn's Indio Storage Bench is a multipurpose option that'll add both seating and storage to your outdoor space. The design is made of eucalyptus wood and has enough storage for cushions, pillows, and other outdoor accessories. 

"The long and low format offers extra storage while doubling as additional seating, and [it] can easily fit into a number of layouts," Georzen says. "With a softly weathered finish and timeless construction, this is a designer go-to for a more natural and organic aesthetic."

The bench is made with FSC-certified eucalyptus wood, which means it comes from a forest that's certified to be using environmentally-responsible practices. The design is kiln-dried to ensure it won't split, warp, crack, or mildew, and it has a weathered gray finish that will fit seamlessly with most outdoor furniture and decor. If you want to change up the look, however, you can always add your own seating cushion. 

Product Details: 

  • Size: 48 x 22 x 18 inches 
  • Material: Eucalyptus wood 
  • Weight: 66 pounds   
  • Storage Capacity: Not listed
  • Weight Capacity: 311 pounds

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Leisure Season Storage Shed Cabinet
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Best for DIYers: Leisure Season Storage Shed Cabinet

View at The Home Depot ($674)

Why You Should Get It: The cabinet features a variety of storage as well as a drop-down table to give you a workspace.

Keep in Mind: The shelving and cubbies are short, so you won't be able to store larger yard tools. 

The Leisure Season Storage Shed Cabinet has a compact design that offers outdoor storage space and a work table all in one, eliminating the need for additional storage solutions in your yard. The unit features multiple cubbies as well as a drop-down table that creates a workspace for tackling DIY projects. Plus, it's made of cypress, a type of wood that resists decay and insects.  

The cabinet features six smaller compartments that are great for small tools and gardening accessories. At the base, there are four larger cubbies where you can keep watering cans, drills, and other larger items. The storage compartments are hidden behind doors with built-in locks, so everything will stay safely secured. 

One notable feature is the unit's upper door, which doubles as a drop-down work table. Whether you need a spot to pot a plant or drill holes into something you're building, it'll serve as a great spot to finish projects. Plus, this cabinet will save you space and money since you won't have to purchase a separate work table. 

Product Details: 

  • Size: 50 x 29 x 63 inches 
  • Material: Cypress wood 
  • Weight: 109 pounds
  • Storage Capacity: 48 cubic feet
  • Weight Capacity: 30 pounds per shelf
Crosley Palm Harbor Wicker Float Caddy
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Best for Pool Accessories: Crosley Palm Harbor Wicker Float Caddy

View at: Bed Bath and Beyond ($460)

Why You Should Get It: The caddy stores pool floats out in the open to allow them to dry in the sun, so you won't have to worry about storing wet items that can grow mold and mildew.

Keep in Mind: The unit doesn't have any drainage holes, so you'll have to rely on the woven wicker design to remove wetness. There also isn't a covered, locked compartment, meaning you won't be able to safely secure items inside. 

Pool floats and toys are large and can be difficult to store, but units like the Crosley Palm Harbor Float Caddy make it easy. The caddy features racks and a bin designed specifically to store pool accessories, so you can lounge poolside while keeping the surrounding area tidy. 

The caddy is offered in either brown or gray and is made with a steel frame and resin wicker weave for a stylish touch. The unit, which has wheels for easy mobility, features two racks where you can lay pool floats horizontally, allowing them to air dry. Depending on the size and thickness of each float, you could probably fit about two per compartment. 

The caddy also features a rectangular bin that's great for pool toys or even extra sunblock and towels. Just keep in mind that it's an open bin, so you'll have to put the caddy in a covered area to protect anything you don't want to get wet or damaged during a storm. 

Product Details: 

  • Size: 44 x 37.5 x 29.5 inches 
  • Material: Steel and resin wicker 
  • Weight: 43 pounds 
  • Storage Capacity: Not listed
  • Weight Capacity: 250 pounds
Suncast Outdoor Vanilla Vertical Tool Shed
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Best for Gardening Tools: Suncast Outdoor Vanilla Vertical Tool Shed

View at Wayfair (From $228)

Why You Should Get It: The vertical shed is narrower than other options out there, so it won't take up too much of your outdoor space.

Keep in Mind: It's padlock compatible but doesn't include a lock, so you'll have to purchase one separately. It can also support shelving, but shelves aren't included with the unit. 

The Suncast Outdoor Vertical Tool Shed is a narrow storage unit that'll fit shovels, ladders, watering cans, and other yard accessories, making it an ideal outdoor storage option for gardeners. The unit is offered in two colors, cream and dark gray, and is made of plastic that's both durable and low maintenance, ensuring it'll stay in good shape through the seasons. 

One benefit of the tool shed is that you can customize it to work for your collection of tools and accessories. Although it doesn't come with any shelving, the shed is designed to support up to four wooden shelves, so you could always add them separately if needed.

The shed's double doors are padlock compatible, so you'll be able to secure your items safely in your outdoor space. Just keep in mind that the lock isn't included, so you'll have to purchase one at an additional cost.

Product Details: 

  • Size: 2 feet 8.25 inches x 2 feet 1.5 inches x 6 feet
  • Material: Plastic 
  • Weight: 68 pounds 
  • Storage Capacity: 22 cubic feet
  • Weight Capacity: Not listed
Noble House Iliana Wicker Outdoor Ottoman Table
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Best Storage Table: Noble House Iliana Wicker Outdoor Ottoman Table

View at The Home Depot ($256)

Why You Should Get It: The table's storage compartment is hidden, so you won't have to worry about guests seeing any unorganized items. 

Keep in Mind: You'll have to remove everything off the table to access the storage apartment, so you won't want to store anything inside that you use often. 

Whether you want to save space on your patio or you just need more storage, the Noble House Iliana Wicker Outdoor Ottoman Table doubles as a storage unit, so you'll be able to neatly tuck pillows, blankets, and other outdoor accessories away. 

The weather-resistant coffee table is made with an iron frame and a dark brown polyethylene rattan wicker that'll add a touch of textured, coastal style to your space.

Unlike some other outdoor storage options, the table arrives fully assembled so you'll be able to use it once you get it. As you fill the storage unit, just keep in mind that you'll have to clear the table to access it, so you won't want to store anything you'll need often. 

Product Details: 

  • Size: 33.46 x 30.7 x 13.39 inches 
  • Material: Iron and polyethylene rattan wicker
  • Weight: 26.46 pounds 
  • Storage Capacity: Not listed
  • Weight Capacity: 250 pounds
Best Choice Products Wicker Ottomans, Set of 2
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Best Storage Ottoman: Best Choice Products Wicker Ottomans, Set of 2

View at Target ($130)

Why You Should Get It: The set includes two matching ottomans with cushions that can be securely attached to the seating. 

Keep in Mind: It's only offered in two color combinations, which may not suit every backyard style. There's also no lock on the chair, so you can't secure your items. 

If you have a small outdoor area, multipurpose furniture makes it easy to take advantage of your space. Take Best Choice Product's Wicker Ottomans set, for example. It includes two ottomans that work as both extra seating and storage. 

The ottomans are made with a sturdy steel frame and a woven wicker design that adds visual interest. Underneath each seat, you'll find a storage area that can store extra throw pillows, a throw blanket, and other outdoor accessories you want to protect from the elements between uses. 

The set is offered in brown/beige and gray/navy color combinations, so you can choose the option that suits your space best. Plus, each ottoman includes cushions that are designed with straps that securely fit around the seat top, so you won't have to worry about them falling off—a design feature that's sure to come in handy, especially when you want to access the design's storage area. 

Product Details: 

  • Size: 16 x 16 x 18 inches 
  • Material: Wicker and steel 
  • Weight: 20 pounds per ottoman  
  • Storage Capacity: Not listed 
  • Weight Capacity: 200 pounds per ottoman
West Elm Sunbrella Basket
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Best Basket: West Elm Sunbrella Basket

View at West Elm (From $95)

Why You Should Get It: The basket is offered in multiple sizes and colors, so it'll match most outdoor spaces. It's also made with Sunbrella fabric, a weather-resistant material that can stand up to mildew, stains, and fading. 

Keep in Mind: Since the baskets are open you'll want to make sure you put them in a covered area in the event of inclement weather. 

West Elm's Sunbrella Basket is a simple outdoor storage solution that can work in any size space. The baskets are offered in multiple sizes and colors and are made with a durable fabric that'll stay in good shape over time. 

The baskets are offered in five sizes and 10 colors, so you're bound to find a combination that works for your needs. Whether you need the large size for beach towel storage or the extra-small option for sunscreen and other necessities, the baskets have a stylish woven look you won't mind having in your outdoor area. 

The design is made of Sunbrella fabric, a weather-friendly material that resists mildew, fading, and stains. Its two-handled design makes it easy to transport items from your patio to the car to the beach, if needed. The inside and outside of the basket is the same color, but you can reverse them if they need a refresh. Although the baskets are suitable for outdoor use, keep in mind that they do not come with a lid, so you'll want to move them indoors to protect the basket's contents in the event of inclement weather. 

Product Details: 

  • Size: From 12 x 10 inches
  • Material: Sunbrella fiber
  • Weight: Not listed
  • Storage Capacity: Not listed

The Bottom Line

Overall, we recommend the Rubbermaid Big Max Storage Shed as the best outdoor storage solution because you'll be able to store both large tools and smaller accessories. For a budget-friendly option, consider the Keter City Resin Deck Box. The lightweight box is offered in two colors and has a 30-gallon storage capacity, so you'll be able to store pillows, blankets, towels, and more. 

What to Know About Outdoor Storage Before Shopping

Material

Since the storage unit will be left outdoors, the material it's made of is one of the most important details to keep in mind when choosing the best outdoor storage unit for your space. Luckily, there are many options out there, each of which has its own benefits to consider. 

"I tend to prefer more textural and timeless options like kiln-dried woods (specifically treated to prevent warping, splitting, cracking, and mildew), metals (think iron and galvanized steel), classic wickers, and even more modern concrete applications," Goerzen says. "All can take the wind, rain, sleet, and more while lending a more polished look to your outdoor set-up than hard plastics." 

If you go with another material option Goerzen says to make sure you avoid any materials that will easily fade under the sun or tarnish due to moisture. 

"I wouldn't recommend untreated woods or anything too precious like marble," she says. "That said, if you have a covered patio, the options are much more forgiving."

Size

Outdoor storage sizes vary based on the piece's style. First, consider the size of your space as well as what you intend to store inside the unit. 

"If you are looking for a lot of extra outdoor storage space but you have an apartment balcony or a patio with one wall and a window, then you're going to have to opt for a long and low storage bench," Georzen says. "If you have an expansive yard, your options are endless."

Storage Capacity 

When it comes to storage capacity, you'll first want to consider what you're looking to store outdoors. Sheds and some outdoor cabinets are ideal for lawn equipment and long-handled gardening tools. If you need to store pool floats, toys, chaise lounge cushions, or throw pillows, a deck box or storage bench will be the best outdoor storage choice for you. Before you purchase an outdoor storage unit, measure the items you want to store and confirm they'll fit within the measurements of the unit. 

Placement

Make sure to consider where your outdoor storage unit will be placed when deciding on a material, size, and style. For instance, most manufacturers recommend placing sheds on a flat, even surface, so you'll want to ensure your yard is prepped and ready before constructing a shed. If you go with baskets or units with open shelving, you'll want to place them in a covered area. Otherwise, the contents are vulnerable to damage from inclement weather. 

Your Questions, Answered

What should you store outdoors?

Since outdoor storage units are designed to withstand the elements and protect your items, there's really no limit to what you can store in them. However, be sure to keep in mind that uncovered styles, like baskets and some shelving, may require more protection in inclement weather. 

"Outdoor storage tends to be a catch-all for the pieces that get relegated to the garage," Goerzen says. "Think outdoor games and gear, gardening tools, workout equipment, entertaining goods, and extra cushions and blankets. As long as it won't get damaged by extreme temperatures, be it hot or cold, you make the rules on what gets stored outside."

What style of storage unit is best for your space?

As with any other piece of furniture, the style of your outdoor storage is dependent on your personal aesthetic as well as its intended use. 

"Kiln-dried wood leans more naturalist, while iron feels classic, and fluted concrete is a modern and artful choice," Georzen says. "As for function, note how much you are looking to store. If it's lots of little things, you might benefit from a closed-door shelving unit that can even hold distinct baskets to organize." 

Who We Are

Jamie Weissman is a commerce editor for Better Homes & Gardens. For two years, she's written about a variety of home products. To make this list, she spent hours researching outdoor storage, keeping in mind each style's material, size, weight, function, and storage capacity. She also consulted Heather Goerzen, a design editor for Havenly.