The 10 Best Backyard Storage Solutions

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This wiki has been updated 17 times since it was first published in March of 2018. One of the worst things about lawn and garden equipment is finding a safe place to keep it. Many items need to stay dry to prevent rusting, and taking them into the house can drag along dirt and debris. These backyard storage solutions will give you a convenient spot to stash everything from shovels and potting soil to wheelbarrows and lawnmowers, and they'll look good while doing it. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Lifetime 6406 Outdoor Shed

2. Suncast Mocha

3. Suncast Cascade

Editor's Notes

May 18, 2020:

There's a pretty big dividing line in this category between smaller storage options that occasionally double as benches or side tables, and much larger shed-style models. For their capacity, durability, and versatility, there's not much that can top a good shed like the Lifetime 6406 Outdoor Shed with its combination steel/plastic construction. But we also understand that there might not be enough room on your property for one, and that you might not have enough stuff to store to justify what is likely to be a much pricier purchase than a simple storage bench like the Lifetime Extra Large.

It's also important to keep in mind what kind of protection you need for your belongings and what kind of environment the unit will live in. For example, pool toys can certainly get wet, and desert climates aren't known for their heavy rainfall, so you can get away with something like the Rubbermaid Horizontal for those places and purposes, even if it doesn't do a great job keeping out water. Users in wetter climates should look to something like the Suncast Vertical with its high degree of water-resistance or the Patioroma Deck Box, which comes with a waterproof liner.

Special Honors

Tuff Shed Build-A-Quote This website allows you to pick from among more than two dozen base designs, then go in and customize just about everything you'd like, so the unit you install on your property can match your house nicely, and provide you with exactly the space, shelving, and protection you need for storage or an active workshop. Just be prepared to spend a bit, as this level of customization doesn't come cheap.

4. Suncast Vertical

5. Lifetime Extra Large

6. Rubbermaid Horizontal

7. Rubbermaid Vertical

8. Keter Circa

9. Rubbermaid Patio Bench

10. Patioroma Deck Box

Daniel Imperiale
Last updated by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).

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