Outdoor Cabinets: What to Know
Your outdoor living space needs to be functional as well as beautiful, which is why adding outdoor cabinets can be a great way to improve the look and efficiency of your patio or outdoor living area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Storage space is generally at a premium in outdoor living spaces, so a cabinet system can make a lot of sense, especially if you plan to do a fair bit of entertaining and cooking on your patio or deck.
Your first task in planning an outdoor cabinet system is to determine the scale. Work within the size of your outdoor space, and remember that guests will need to be able to move through the space comfortably, accounting for tables, chairs and other furniture as well.
Once you've plotted out the size of your cabinet fixtures, you'll need to decide on style. There are endless options, but a good place to start is to determine if you want your cabinets to reflect the overall style of your home and the rest of your outdoor living space, or if you want them to be a unique design that adds visual flair. Either way, a range of finishes and styles are available at many home improvement stores, from wood to plastic to stone, and you should have no trouble finding a style that suits your design aesthetic.
Lastly, you'll just need to decide who's installing your cabinets. You can do it yourself and save money (but you'll need some expertise) or you can hire a contractor to install your outdoor cabinets—this will cost more but you'll likely end up with a sturdier and longer-lasting end product.
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