More people are building decks or patios as extensions of their homes, outdoor living areas are becoming more popular.
Whether big or small, there are a variety of different living spaces you can create with your deck to make it more enjoyable for time spent outdoors. Outdoor kitchens are a big fad among homeowners who like to cook and entertain outside. They can be simple with a small stove and countertop built in, to more elaborate with a full kitchen constructed on the deck.
No matter what you choose to do with your patio, chances are that you will need some storage space. There are many outdoor patio storage options that will allow you to clean up your deck or patio and hideaway unwanted items. Decks and patios can even become outdoor living rooms complete with a sofa and outdoor fireplace.
There are a variety of different options for outdoor storage, ranging from something as large as shed to as small as a box. An outdoor storage shed is the perfect option for any homeowner that does not have a basement or large enough garage to store their patio furniture, gardening tools, or any other large object. Patio storage sheds come in many different sizes, big and small, and can be placed in your yard or on your deck.
Large storage sheds are often placed in the yard or on the pool patio because of their magnitude. They are often built or bought to hold large items or store a lot of things so they have to be quite big. Sheds are great options for storage for furniture in the winter or colder months when you are not using your deck as often. In addition to storing outside furniture, sheds can be used as a safe place for your larger gardening tools such as your lawn mower, rakes, and shovels to keep them all in one easy to access spot.
If you don’t want to have to lug your patio and swimming pool furniture from a shed over in the corner of your yard then there are smaller shed options that can fit nicely on your deck.
Horizontal storage sheds are essentially large chests that are low to the ground and open from a top lid. Vertical sheds are very similar however, they are taller and stand vertically. These can be squeezed into small spaces and be used as outdoor closets. Storage sheds can either be bought from any of your local home improvement stores, or they can easily be built by and homeowner.
If you choose to buy an outdoor garden shed, make sure to pick one that is sturdy, durable, and the right size for your storage needs. A suncast storage shed is a great example of a large, well built storage unit that can be designed to look like a mini garage or simply a large bin. Other brands such as Rubbermaid storage sheds are also popular because they are sturdy and long lasting, but smaller than the suncast brand.
For those of you who don’t want to clutter your yard or deck with a shed, under deck storage is also an option. If your deck is raised a few feet above the ground this offers a vast amount of storage for you to put large and small objects. Heavy, hard to move wooden patio furniture can be stored under your deck during harsh weather condition in the winter so that it is not destroyed.
The plus side of storing things under your deck is that you do not have to carry heavy things a far distance. In addition, retrieving things from under your deck is usually very easy. If you don’t like seeing furniture and tools stored under your deck, you can always put up a barrier. Solid wood panels can be built along the edge of your deck, blocking it from your view.
In addition, you can use lattice wood work to allow ventilation but still keep what’s underneath out of sight. Another option for creating more room on your deck or patio is an outside storage bench. This idea not only adds extra storage space, but also works as a seating unit too.
A deck designed bench with storage allows you to store outdoor furniture cushions, pool toys, tiki torches, and other smaller objects while still providing extra seating for your guests.
These benches can be made of either plastic or wood and can be store bought or built on your own. If you are going to use wood in your bench, however, make sure to pick a type of wood that is durable against inclement weather so that you can protect what is stored inside them. Teak benches are an excellent option for outdoor storage because the wood is very tough and durable and able to withstand rain and other harsh weather conditions.
You can also use patio storage boxes as coffee tables or end tables next to benches or couches to incorporate even more storage areas into your deck or patio. No matter what you choose as your patio storage device, make sure the material it is made out of is durable and weather proof so you can enjoy your storage unit for a long time.