Unique storage solutions for your patio

clearing pots and objects from the decking area

No matter how you enjoy your deck, it should be a calm and functional space to relax and unwind. There are few things you can do to improve the functionality and usability like adding some unique storage solutions.

For example, you might consider adding a cupholder for a glass of wine while you read a good book on your deck. Or you might want to make an enclosed drink cooler to keep beer or cider cool while you and your mates enjoy a football match.

Many people need more storage – especially if you entertain outdoors and need space for plates, bowls, blankets, firewood, or even plants which may not be suitable for being stored in a garden shed.

From storage boxes, raised planters, to mobile bars – we’ll take a look at some of these amazing deck storage solutions! Maybe one of these solutions will inspire your next DIY project!

Seating with built-in storage

Of course anyone can buy garden furniture with built-in storage – however, find the right solution for your patio might be expensive or difficult to find. Many buyers find patio sets to be too big, too small, or the wrong colour which is why making your own storage solution could help solve a lot of those issues!

For example, you could add an armrest with cupholders on the top of a DIY storage box or add it to an existing piece of patio furniture. This will help ensure that guests, friends, and family all have a place to keep a water glass or other refreshments. Always handy if you have children or pets around and want to keep liquids off of your decking to prevent rot or mildew from forming.

Many of our customers have recently been incorporating coolers or drink storage into specific sections of the patio seating. This will mean you can sit outside longer and enjoy everyone’s company without having to go in and out of the house all evening.

Storage boxes

When it comes to outdoor storage boxes, remember that many are sold or built without any type of weatherproofing on the interior. This means it’s very likely, particularly here in the North, damp can get in and ruin whatever’s inside.

However, a clever solution to this is to secure a pool or pond liner to the interior of a storage box and seal around it. Now, it’s waterproof! After your seal has cured we recommend testing it before you use it for storage.

Another way people got around the damp issue, is to build a custom storage container around one of those unsightly plastic outdoor storage boxes. You could complete this project using leftover decking timbers and colour it to match your decking!

Raised planters

As we touched on above, you could use-up decking boards by creating a planter. Another way to stretch them if you have too many leftover timbers from other summer projects is to create a raised planter.

Additionally, if you wanted to increase storage and have a new planter a great idea is to combine the two! This way you get the best of both worlds — pretty and functional.

planting tables

Drinks station

Another way to improve your outdoor storage could be to create an outdoor bar or drinks station. There are many creative solutions for creating a drink station for your patio including a wall-mounted bar, a free-standing table with or without wheels, or by repurposing an old bookshelf.

Many outdoor wall mounted bars are created from leftover wood or converted pallets. Typically, these can be made fairly quickly and can be fixed directly to siding or brickwork but, if you don’t want to do that you could always attach it to a fence panel!

Free-standing drinks stations can come in all types of sizes from side tables to footrests — let your imagination run wild. You may want to consider a drink cart with wheels if the station needs to be stored elsewhere like a shed or inside the house when not in use.

Last but not least, a cool idea to create storage for drinks, glasses, or outdoor items is to repurpose an old bookshelf. You can add fixings to store wine or stemmed glasses, cups, or mugs and racks to hold wine bottles.

Summer is a great time to get started or finish-up DIY outdoor projects. Be sure to come by our store if you need any garden decking materials – we even have a range of DIY garden decking kits to save you time and money. If you need help or advice on your outdoor project, feel free to drop by our DIY stores in Preston, Blackpool, and Wigan. We’re here to help!