15 Best Outdoor Storage Solutions for Your Backyard

Curb the clutter around your patio, deck or pool with these clever outdoor organization ideas.

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April 18, 2022

Your outdoor space is an extension of your home, which means that it's prone to a little clutter now and again. (Think kids' toys, garden tools, pool floats, those grilling accessories your partner just had to have, etc.) The good news? You can enjoy your patio or deck and keep it tidy with these thoughtful storage solutions. Scroll on to see 15 ideas for every corner of your backyard.

For The Patio


This all-weather bench is so cute that few people would ever guess that it doubles as a deck box. Up top, a traditional back and gently-sloped arms provide comfortable seating for guests, while down below, a hollow base makes room for outdoor cushions, throw blankets, lawn games and more. You can also shop the bench in a rich espresso or charcoal finish.


If you need extra seating and something to hold your summer reading, try this charming Tete-a-Tete Bench. The two-seater frame is crafted from steel but comes wrapped in wicker for a laid-back, coastal aesthetic. The best part, though, is the integrated table, which gives you a covered spot for books and magazines.

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Clutter? We don't know her thanks to this gorgeous drum-style coffee table. The exterior is crafted from aluminum with a warm metallic finish, and features hammered dots for a bit of texture. And when you remove the lid, you'll find a spacious interior compartment for pillows, toys and other items.


How's this for sneaky storage? Encourage your guests to sit, sip and stay awhile with this coffee table that doubles as a drink cooler. The unit itself is built from solid teak wood, with a sturdy top that can hold snack trays and citronella candles. In the center, though, a large panel opens up and reveals a removable beverage tub.


Side tables are nice, but side tables with storage are even better. Keep your drinks, snacks, sunnies and 'zines all in one place with this modern accent table. The piece is made from high-quality teak (so it's naturally resistant to mildew, rain and humidity), and it includes a shady storage compartment for your tech, too.

For The Outdoor Kitchen

West Elm

Hosting's a breeze when you have this outdoor kitchenette. The structure is crafted from sturdy aluminum in an antique bronze finish and boasts a generous top, open shelves and a roomy cabinet. If it were up to us, we'd store melamine glasses, pitchers and plates to the left, and tuck delicate table linens and flatware to the right.


Need somewhere to stash your grilling tools, marinades and seasonings? Or to prep dinner altogether? Try this portable grilling station. The three-tiered rolling cart is an entertainer's dream, with an expansive flat top for cutting boards and knives; a middle shelf for plates and bowls; and deep cabinets for charcoal, lighter fluid and skewers.

Ballard Designs

Don't let garbage cramp your space's style. Instead, station this tall waste bin by the door, and collect all of the paper plates, crumpled napkins and solo cups without lifting a finger. The trash can is crafted from moisture- and rust-resistant aluminum, and it can hold a gallon-sized garbage bag.

For The Pool

Pottery Barn

Keep extra towels, sunblock, swim goggles and more in one convenient location with this pool tower. The piece is crafted from solid teak wood and features two large shelves plus an integrated bin for floats, noodles and beach balls. Bonus: Cleanup will be a total breeze later.

Pottery Barn

For larger floats and rafts, try this clever pool caddy. The metal stand is designed to lie flush with the wall and essentially keeps floats out of the way while they air-dry. (Notice the wide slats, too, and how they help air circulate.) The pool caddy is also divided into two sections, so you can organize tubes on one side and rafts on the other.


Now, this is what we call poolside service. Free up the space around your lounge chairs by opting for this two-in-one side table. The sturdy cube is made from all-weather resin and has a flat top for sunglasses and books plus a hidden cooler for drinks.

For The Garden


This teak potting shed will straighten up your gardening tools in no time. We love this narrow structure because it can fit virtually anywhere in the backyard, and it offers multiple shelves for watering cans, planters, bags of fertilizer, etc. The shed also boasts a vertical slot for shovels and a built-in work table.

Ballard Designs

Tired of tripping over the hose? Give it a permanent (and pretty stylish) home in this faux planter. Thanks to the powder-stone finish and clipped corner panels, this pot looks like the real thing, but it can actually hold a 100-foot-hose with room to spare. The base includes a barely noticeable port for easy access and use, as well.


If you're lucky enough to have a fire pit, then keep logs neat and at the ready with this copper holder. This piece is crafted from genuine metal and comes hand-hammered by skilled artisans. Meanwhile, a thin black handle makes it easy to transport and refill the bucket as needed.

For The Side Yard


We know, we know — we hate the look of trash cans and recycling bins, too. The good news? You can tuck them out of sight (and out of reach of neighborhood varmints) with help from this plastic shed. The durable multi-resin unit can hold two 32-gallon containers, and it's designed to sit right against your house. The shed is also suitable for generators, lawnmowers and snow blowers, and can be locked for added security.

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