Outdoor Storage Ideas: 12 Ways to Stash Pool Toys, Garden Tools and More

Even the great outdoors can stand a little containment. Try these clever ideas for storing tools, toys, swimming pool equipment, sports gear, garden supplies, recyclables and all things under the sun and outside of the house.
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Hide and Go Teak

This teak outdoor storage shed has enough room for bicycles and lawn and garden tools. It blends in nicely with wooden fences. Available through Overstock.com, this shed has double doors that make it easy to conceal large items.

The Ultimate Garden Shed

This stunningly crafted tool shed serves as a pump house for a water feature that trickles into a Koi-filled moat that surrounds the garden patio. Designed by Art Harrison Interiors in Franklin, Mich., this ultimate garden shed complements the architectural details of the home.

Smart Use of Space

Shelving and hooks provide plenty of storage space for gardening supplies.

Stylish Storage

Thanks to its elegant design, the garden shed doubles as a gorgeous architectural feature for this garden.

Ornate Obelisk

When closed, this ornate obelisk looks like a wooden topiary. But this monumental garden structure works double duty. The bottom conceals the air conditioning unit, while the top serves as storage for garden tools.

Hidden Storage

You'd never know this attractive obelisk was hiding storage space. The structure was designed to complement the architecture of the home.

Front Porch Put Away

One Washington, D.C., area family enjoys morning coffee on the front porch. What they dislike is clutter. They keep hidden the chaos that goes with raising kids with cleverly concealed storage.

Porch Storage

What looks like architectural details on the porch conceals bats, balls and other baseball gear.

Coiled in Copper

Reel in an unruly garden hose in this Patina Copper Hose Pot from Frontgate.com. The hand-applied patina finish gives this copper pot an aged look. Its weather worn appearance blends with any outdoor decor.

Treasured Trash

What looks like an ornamental stone accessory is actually a waste bin. Made from a blend of crushed stone, resin, styrene and fiberglass, this lightweight, weather resistant trash holder from Horchow can be placed anywhere.

Hang Time

Install a rod inside wall-mounted boxes and hang simple hooks to store outdoor cleaning tools such as brooms and dustpans. Keep a supply of hooks on hand and add as needed.

Firewood Storage

Keep extra firewood dry and clutter free in this cute English Garden Firewood Storage Shed from Overstock.com. Made from pressure-treated timber, the unit features a top shelf for sticks or wood chips.

Moby Deck

Whale hooks from Frontgate.com provide perfect poolside storage for bathing suits, towels and water toys. Larger hooks mounted vertically can hold pool maintenance tools.

Custom-Built Recycling Station

A DIY project made from basic building materials, this outdoor recycling center can be customized for the environmentally savvy. Measure recycling bins before creating cubbies.

Tucked Away Trash

Made from weather-resistant cypress wood, this Horizontal Refuse Storage Shed from Overstock.com opens from the front and top. Trash cans and recycling bins are as easily made invisible as they are accessible.

Propane in Its Place

There’s nothing worse than running out of gas when you’re grilling. Store an unsightly additional propane tank in this stone-like steel cover with hinged lid.