3 Expert Tips To Choose Deck Boxes & Patio Storage

Deck boxes and patio storage provide you with a handy way to store outdoor items such as toys, cushions, and tools. They can help you to get the most from your garden or patio area.

There is a large variety of styles and sizes available. Here we will cover some of the key information to help you make the right purchase.

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1. What type of deck or patio storage should I get?

  • Short on space?

If you have a small garden or patio space, you might consider a multi-purpose storage solution. Deck box benches combine a space for storage with extra seating.

These are available in various different lengths, meaning that you will easily find something to suit your particular needs. Many benches come with back and armrests for extra comfort.

  • Want something simple?

Designed to lay horizontally with a flip-up top, chests, or standard deck boxes are both versatile and nicely compact. For regular storage, they are a great choice and can be moved around as needed.

There are multiple styles and colors, so you should be able to find one that matches your space with ease.

  • Need more storage space?

Cabinets or vertical deck boxes stand upright with outward opening doors. These are excellent if you need more space.

You may also consider one of these for ease of organizing your items and accessing them - some people have difficulty getting to the lower storage or don't like rummaging around to find things.  

  • Want something by the pool?

If you are looking for something to house just a few pieces, you may consider a towel stand or valet. The storage space is limited, but so is the amount of room taken up in your yard.  

2. Which capacity storage container do I need?

This is arguably the most important question to ask yourself when purchasing storage. You need to consider the space you have available, this will help you to initially start narrowing down the size. Then you are going to want to think about what you want to store and how much of it there is likely to be.

For simple items like towels or outdoor pillows, a small 50 gallons box will suffice. Medium deck boxes hold up to 100 gallons and are great for garden tools and supplies. If you need to store pool maintenance equipment, the large ones go up to 150, and the extra-large 150+ gallon boxes are able to house everything you keep outside.

Small Plastic Resin Storage Bench in Taupe
Small Plastic Deck Box in Brown
Medium Wicker Outdoor Resin Deck Box
Medium Plastic Horizontal Patio Storage
Large 110 Gallon Resin Deck Box
Large 120 Gallon Teak Deck Box

3. What is the best material for deck boxes?

When selecting the best materials, you will need to consider where the box will be placed, i.e., what kind of elemental stresses it will be subjected to, what you are looking to store, and how secure you need the items to be.

Another thing you might be concerned with is blending it with the surroundings. You may even want to match it with your patio furniture. There are a few choices available, each with their own distinct pros and cons.

  • Looking for something durable and cost-effective?

Plastic is an increasingly popular choice because of its low maintenance requirements and weather-resistant properties. This is also a very affordable option.

The reason that some people may choose not to go for this material is because of its lightweight, flimsier construction or its possibly slightly less attractive appearance.

Resin Deck Box in Brown
Resin Wicker Deck Box in Dark Brown
Medium Plastic Deck Box in Black
Extra Large Resin Deck Box
Round Brown Resin Deck Box
Small Square Plastic Deck Box
  • Looking for something sturdy, attractive, and long-lasting?

Wood boxes are both classic and beautiful, as well as being much more robust than plastic ones. There are multiple wood options to suit your preferences.

The difficulty with wood is that it can be damaged when exposed to the elements. You need to ensure that you select the right kind of wood and that it is properly sealed and maintained.

Solid Wood Storage Patio Bench
Large Cedar Deck Box
Acacia Wood Patio Deck Box
Large Teak Wood Deck Box
Light Teak Wood Deck Box
Large Teak Patio Deck Storage Box
  • Looking for something to blend with your other furniture?

Resin boxes are a good middle-ground choice. They offer all the weather resistance of plastic, but with a slightly sturdier and more attractive design.

These boxes are great for regular use, but if you are looking to house heavier or more valuable items, then you may consider the final option on this list instead.

Small Square Rattan Deck Box
Medium Rattan Deck Box in Grey
Wicker and Rattan Patio Deck Box
Rattan and Wicker Patio Storage Bench
Wicker and Wood Deck Box
  • Looking for something heavy-duty and secure?

Metal is undoubtedly the sturdiest of all the materials here. These boxes are great for tools, and sports equipment that you want to ensure are kept safe and securely locked away.

The only thing you will need to be wary about with metal is issues with rusting, but with proper care, this shouldn't be a big problem.

Jessica started out as an interior photographer, but her love of pretty settings took her to the field of interior design, where she can combine two of her greatest passions, creating and then capturing the beauty of homes.