Create Storage Under the Deck

It’s a big, empty space — put it to good use with these smart under-the-deck storage ideas.

HGTV Urban Oasis 2015 Deck

HGTV Urban Oasis 2015 Deck

With such a smooth indoor to outdoor transition, the deck easily functions as an extension of the home and allows the outdoors to be enjoyed while still maintaining a sense of privacy.

Photo by: Sarah Dorio

Sarah Dorio

By: John Riha

A deck that’s 30 inches or more off the ground is a candidate for storage underneath. To use that space, you’ll need to decide if the storage will be wet or dry.

Wet storage doesn’t have to be protected from the elements, which means you’ll be storing weatherproof items such as PVC pipe, plastic snow toys, garden hoses and kayaks. So all those gaps between your decking boards won’t be a problem — let it rain!

You can store other items in your wet-storage space, too — firewood or lumber are also good candidates — but it should be elevated off the ground and loosely covered with a waterproof tarp. Smaller items that need to be protected can go in plastic bins with tight-fitting lids.

35 Deck Design Ideas

See All Photos

Shop This Look

Creating dry storage means ensuring a waterproof barrier between the decking boards and the space below. Under-the-deck drainage systems are plastic channels you attach under or between the deck joists. The channels tilt toward the front or side of your deck where water drains either at the edge of your deck or into a gutter.

You can make your own system using corrugated plastic or fiberglass roofing panels that you attach under the joists. You’ll need to slope the panels slightly, so first install spacers — thin strips of wood nailed or screwed at right angles to the bottom of the joists. Increase the thickness of the spacers to create a slope. Fasten the panels to the spacers with roofing screws. If you want to send runoff away from your deck, install a gutter.

Dry under-the-deck storage adds a lot of useful space, but you’ll still want to keep stuff elevated to prevent direct contact with the ground. Covering the interior floor of your new storage area with plastic sheathing helps protect your belongings from dampness and mold.

Building a Deck 02:48

In this series, Chip Wade shows you how to build a deck from the ground up.

Most home improvement centers carry a wealth of hooks, pulleys, storage racks and overhead bins to help you create solutions for your under-the-deck storage needs. Check out hardware aisles and the garage section for unique storage ideas.

Traditional Screened Porch and Deck with Stairs

Traditional Screened Porch and Deck with Stairs

This metro Atlanta deck is designed and constructed by Innovative Construction, based in Roswell, Ga. Stairs made of pressure-treated pine railings and black steel pickets lead from a screened porch to the backyard.

Photo by: Innovative Construction

Innovative Construction

For either aesthetic or security reasons — or both — you might want to screen off your storage space. The classic screening material is wood or plastic deck lattice. It comes in 4x8 sheets and is easy to cut. Pressure-treated lattice stands up to close contact with the ground and can be stained or painted to complement your deck or home's color scheme.

If you want a sturdier screen than deck lattice, siding boards are a good option. You can choose siding that matches or complements your house siding and creates a solid barrier. You’ll probably have to add some framing material between deck posts to anchor the siding. Don’t forget to frame up a door opening and add a padlock for security. Actually, add a couple of doors so that you can easily access your stored items from either end of your deck.

Under-Deck Lattice

Under-Deck Lattice

The finished product: closed storage underneath the deck created by a beautiful lattice wall with a gate.

Next Up

Adding Lattice to the Bottom of a Deck

Turn the open space underneath your deck into closed storage by creating a lattice wall with a gate.

Read This Before You Build a Ground-Level Deck

Ground-level decks that are floating (not attached to a structure) are easier to build and cost less than standard deck construction. Here’s what you need to know before you begin.

How to Replace Wood On a Deck

Repair a damaged section of your deck with these step-by-step instructions.

How to Replace Composite Playhouse Decking

Eliminate the safety hazard presented by rotting wood with this repair project.

How to Build an Attached Deck

Plan and construct an attached deck with these step-by-step instructions.

Clever Kitchen Ideas: Dish Organizer

Create more room in your cabinets with this custom dish drawer.

Clever Kitchen Ideas: Industrial Pot Rack

Dress up your kitchen with this this hanging pot rack using pipe and simple hooks.

Mobile Wooden Crate Toy Storage

Put old crates to new use as personalized, easy-to-push children's room toy storage.

How to Seal a Deck

Keep your wood deck looking beautiful by applying a fresh coat of deck sealer every year or two.

How to Paint a Deck

When it comes to painting your deck, thorough prep is key to good-looking results that will last for years.

Go Shopping

Spruce up your outdoor space with products handpicked by HGTV editors.

On TV

House Hunters

7:30am | 6:30c

House Hunters

8:30am | 7:30c

House Hunters

9:30am | 8:30c

No Demo Reno

10am | 9c

No Demo Reno

11am | 10c

No Demo Reno

12pm | 11c

Home Town

1pm | 12c

Home Town

2pm | 1c

Home Town

3pm | 2c

Home Town

4pm | 3c

Home Town

5pm | 4c

Home Town

6pm | 5c

Home Town

7pm | 6c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Home Town

8pm | 7c

Home Town

9pm | 8c

Home Town

10pm | 9c

Home Town

11pm | 10c

Home Town

12am | 11c

Home Town

1am | 12c

Home Town

2am | 1c

Home Town

3am | 2c

Home Town

4am | 3c

Home Town

5am | 4c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.

Related Pages