The Best Space-Saving Lawn Mower Storage Ideas

Keep your lawn mower from blocking foot traffic while still accessible with these simple storage ideas.

Whether you own the kind you push, the type you ride on, or both, it’s essential to have an organized space for your lawn mower. Protecting your lawn mower from the elements can help extend its life and keep it running in good condition. The space you have available and the frequency with which you use your mower can help inform where you should store it. These lawn mower storage ideas include options for small spaces, outdoor sheds, and DIY shelving. Keeping your mower safely stored and easily accessible will help make tackling your lawn care a little easier.

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Adam Albright

Lawn Mower Storage Safety

There are a few things you can do to help preserve the life of your lawn mower over time. In a perfect world, the mower should always be stored in a cool, dry place to avoid any corrosion. The garage makes an ideal location. However, if you don’t have access to a garage or space is limited, make sure to keep it stored out of the sun. Never park the lawn mower directly on grass as the moisture from the ground can cause rust on the blades.

If you don’t use your lawn mower year round, take steps to prepare it for long term storage. Always drain the oil and remove the battery and spark plugs before putting it away for the season. Clean the mower and remove any debris caught in the underside. Sharpen or replace dull blades so it’s in top condition when you’re ready to mow again. Consider keeping the lawn mower in a storage unit or the basement if garage space is tight, and you know you won’t need it for a considerable amount of time.

Lawn Mower Storage Ideas

These lawn mower storage ideas will help address your current clutter issues or help plan for your future investment.

The Garage

A garage is the optimal place to store a lawn mower because it’s generally kept at a consistent, moderate temperature, stays dry, and is often cleaner than outdoor options. If you’re using the lawn mower frequently, carve out a designated corner or space. Be sure you can clear any parked cars along its path. It can even be helpful to box off the spot using tape.

If you have a foldable mower, consider collapsing and sliding it underneath garage shelving to save floor space.

Storage Shed

The next best area to store a lawn mower—especially if you’re working with a small or non-existent garage—is a storage or garden shed. The degree of heat or cold may fluctuate more than in the garage but it’ll be sheltered from the outside. If your yard doesn’t have one already, consider building a shed that will be large enough to fit not only the lawn mower but the rest of your landscaping tools.

The shed should have a wide opening and be flush to the ground or, at the very least, have a ramp so you can easily maneuver the mower in and out.

Mower Shed

For a smaller scale solution and one that doesn't necessarily require a permit, opt for a lawn mower shed. Essentially, these are wider than an average outdoor storage cabinet but shorter than a shed. They are designed to fit the lawn mower and not a whole lot else. Make sure to have the correct mower dimensions on hand when shed shopping.

In addition, pay attention to the material. Resin is a preferred choice for outdoor organizers because it’s weather resistant, long lasting, and low maintenance. A small storage shed can sit right up against the side of the house. It will be out of the way of backyard activities but still handy when it’s time to trim the grass.

Waterproof Tent

Otherwise known as a lawn mower shelter, this is a temporary fixture that is also fairly inexpensive with some modest sized tents running just under $100. They’re generally made of a steel frame and fabric cover that is designed to deflect UV rays and precipitation. They have to be properly anchored into the ground so the area around it must be flat, not just so it can be secured but also so you can push or ride the mower in and out with ease. One benefit of a tent is that it’s portable, meaning you can relocate it if need be, and it can serve as a short-term solution.

Shelf Storage

If you're short on space in your garage or garden shed, try adding shelving to store your mower. For the safest storage, build a low lying, heavy duty shelf made from plywood. The measurements of your push lawn mower are critical for this DIY project so it can fit comfortably and be reached and returned without an issue. The top of the shelf allows you to store other bulky items, lawn mower attachments, or oil cans (as long as they are out of the way of small children, of course).

Wall Storage

Consider this option only if your lawn mower is designed to be stored vertically. Otherwise, the fuel can easily drip onto the floor or into the engine. Not only that, most mowers are too heavy to safely hang on the wall. But if you do own one that is cleared for vertical storage by the manufacturer, such as an electric model lawn mower, this will save you the most amount of space. Choose an organizing system that is designed to support the weight and size of a lawn mower.

Waterproof Tarp

This is the last method you should consider but can be a short-term storage solution. If you don’t have any other space to store the lawn mower, cover it with a tarp and slide it into a shady spot such as under the deck. This will help protect it from sun and dust exposure. You’ll simply have to remove the tarp and rewrap it for each use.

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