As we are now in the midst of summer, many of us are spending ample amounts of time in the outdoor and backyard areas of our homes. While these lazy summer days are perfect for outdoor play and gathering, they can also lend to several outdoor storage dilemmas. But no fear! I’m here with 5 great summer storage ideas to solve this dilemma for many of you!

There can be a variety of outdoor storage needs in the summer. Some of you may need help to create better storage and organization for yard equipment and accessories. Others may need additional storage for summer barbecues and other gatherings. Others still may just need simple, low-cost solutions for pool-side, deck, or outdoor play equipment like bicycles.

Whatever your need, I’ve likely got a solution that might work for you below. So keep reading and see which solutions might solve your outdoor storage needs this summer!

Storage Sheds by Rubbermaid

Price: Starting at $320 USD plus tax with Free Shipping for Amazon Prime members for the 5 by 2 size.

Where to Buy: To be updated with purchasing link soon.

Material: Made of durable, waterproof, weatherproof poly-resin.

Sizes: Several sizes available from 5 x 2 through 7 x 10.5 (see photos for dimensions and suggested capacity by item for each size). Shed sizes

Colors Available: Available in Sandalwood exterior color with Onyx color roof OR Faint Maple exterior color with Brown color roof. Note: cosmetic design of door does change with color selection as shown in the photos above.

Reviews: These sheds have an average rating of 3.8 out of 5 stars with a total of 143 reviews. Of those reviews, the sheds are rated 4.0 out of 5 stars for ease of assembly, 3.9 out of 5 stars for sturdiness, 3.7 out of 5 stars for value for the money, and 3.4 out of 5 stars for durability. 52% of reviewers (that is approximately 74 or 75 out of 143 reviewers) gave this item a 5 out of 5 star rating. 20 % of reviewers (or 28 or 29 out of 143 people) gave it a 4.0 out of 5 star rating.

Review Pros: Fraction of the cost of wood / stick built while also durable and weather resistant. Several sizes to choose from should accommodate most storage needs. Easy assembly and very sturdy according to majority of reviewers. Several Rubbermaid shed accessories such as the shed hooks and corner tool rack (shown) available to help maximize storage.

Review Cons: Dimensions listed do not include the approximately 1 inch overhang of the roof. I would suggest allowing an extra 3 inches minimum on each side to ensure the item will fit where intended to account for this. Doors do not stay secured on their own, so you will want to have a pad lock to address this. Some have had issues contacting seller for customer service issues. I recommend carefully reviewing which 3rd party seller you go through or choose the Prime seller as I’ve always had less issues with customer service doing that.

Suggested Uses: Great, lower-cost option to store everything from lawn tools and accessories to a riding lawn mower depending on the size you choose. Choose the shorter slide-lid version to keep unsightly waste bins out of sight. Add available shelf hooks, tool racks, and other Rubbermaid brand shed accessories to maximize storage and organization of all your yard and garden tools!

Reasons to Love It: Easy to assemble, sturdy, and weather resistant. Variety of sizes to accommodate wide range of backyard storage needs.

Patio Seats with Storage by Suncast

Price: Starting under $68 USD plus tax plus Free Shipping.

Where to Buy: To be updated with purchasing link soon.

Material: Made of high quality durable resin.

Sizes: Available in both 31 gallon (approximate) and 50 gallon capacity sizes. Both sizes also have coordinating deck boxes available also for under $40 and under $70 with free shipping.

Colors Available: Available in Taupe (light brown/beige) or Java (dark brown). All reviews and other information is based on the Taupe color listing.

Reviews: Average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars with a total of 258 reviews. 68% of reviewers (that is approximately 175-176 reviewers) gave this item a 5 out of 5 star rating. Another 22% or 56-57 reviewers gave the product 4 out of 5 stars.

Reviewer Pros: Roomy seats in both sizes. Small side holds two children or one adult. Easy, snap-together assembly. Durable, sturdy, and easy-clean design. Whether resistant design, although some have questioned the weather-resistance of the interior itself, so I would recommend storing only items which can get wet. Overall most are pleased with the overall quality, price and design.

Reviewer Cons: Some reviewers said it wasn’t the most comfortable seat, but came in handy for additional seating at an outdoor barbecue or similar gathering. Some have experienced water leaking inside during rain events, but others have not. Each mentioning the problem allude to a particular part missing or flapped up that may be the problem.

Suggested Uses: The smaller 31 gallon seat size is perfect for additional storage and seating on a small porch or other small outdoor space. The larger 50 gallon size is great for additional storage and seating in any outdoor space such as a patio or pool side.

Reasons to Love It: Available in two sizes to meet all your outdoor storage needs. Durable and weather-resistant material. Nice size storage space for a variety of outdoor accessories.

Deck Box Storage Bench with Seat and Cushion by Victoria Young

Price: Starting at $199.99 USD plus tax with Free Shipping for Amazon Prime members.

Where to Buy: To be updated with purchasing link soon.

Material: Box is made of Resin Wicker Rattan (weave type) container atop a powder coated sturdy aluminum frame. The material used for the Indoor / Outdoor cushion is unspecified but appears to be an all-weather fabric over approximately 1 inch thick foam.

Sizes: 60 Gallon capacity

Colors Available: Espresso Brown container with Cream color cushion

Reviews: Average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars with a total of 15 reviews. 67% of reviewers (that is approximately 10 out of 15 reviewers) gave this item a 5 out of 5 star rating.

Review Pros: Most were pleased with the product and stated it was true to photo and specifications. A few mentioned a strong odor and suggested outside assembly for airing out. Some said assembly was easy, but needed two people.

Review Cons: Others found the assembly cumbersome since all screws needed Allen wrench adjustment. One reviewer questioned the quality, but many others were pleased with the quality.

Suggested Uses:
Provides extra storage and seating both indoors and outdoors. Perfect for the patio or pool side. Could also be a wonderful addition to an all-season or screened-in porch area. Set beside a wall and add large throw pillows and an afghan for a cozy reading nook.

Reasons to Love It: 400 pound load capacity. Handle for easy transport. Weather-resistant indoor / outdoor cushion can withstand the elements. Modern and durable design will not “warp, dent, stain, or peel.” According to purchaser history, seller tends to very quickly, efficiently, and satisfactorily address and correct any issues found upon contact.

BBQ Prep/Storage Carts by Keter

Price: Starting under $115 USD plus tax with Free Shipping for Amazon Prime members.

Where to Buy: To be updated with purchasing link soon.

Material: Has a 430 grade Stainless Steel top and bottom is made of a polypropylene resin plastic that is weather-resistant and made with a texture to mimic natural wood grain. Unit also has a towel bar with 4 hook hangers, a spice rack and a bottle opener for additional storage and organization. It also has wheels for mobility.

Sizes: Available in two sizes – Unity (40 gallon capacity) or Unity XL (78 gallon capacity)..

Colors: Only available with stainless steel color top and Espresso Brown or Graphite color bottoms.

Reviews: Average rating of 3.9 out of 5 stars with a total of 1,409 reviews. 55% of reviewers (that is approximately 774-775 reviewers) gave this item a 5 out of 5 star rating. Another 16% (or 225-226 reviewers gave it a 4 out of 5 stars.

Reviewer Pros: Rated well overall for value, sturdiness, durability, ease of assembly, ease of cleaning and maneuverability. One reviewer went so far as to say to “ignore the negative reviews” as they found, though the box was opened on delivery, no parts were missing and everything was very easy to assemble (or modify with some planning ahead) and worked perfectly. Others positive reviews were a long those same lines.

Reviewer Cons: Of the negative reviews, most seem to question the packaging and ease of assembly sighting things like torn delivery boxes, disorderly or missing instructions, and the like. Those with such problems who contacted customer service did mention that the product is backed by a wonderful and helpful customer service team. So it sounds like the product may not have the best warehouse and logistics team, but has a great customer service team to make up for that.

Suggested Uses: Use for extra storage space while grilling and for storing all of your grilling accessories right within easy reach. Combine with the many coordinating Keter-brand outdoor kitchen accessories to create the ultimate outdoor kitchen.

Reasons to Love It: Two sizes to choose from to give you just the right amount of extra prep and storage space when you are barbecuing. Store everything you need for the grill in one place with secure lockable storage. Even those with delivery issues seemed pleased with the product and the ability of the customer service team to make things right. As mentioned, these pieces are part of an entire line of coordinating outdoor kitchen accessories which can be combined to create the ultimate outdoor kitchen.

Space-Saving Outdoor Bike Storage Unit by Yard Stash III

Price: Starting at $129.99 USD plus applicable tax with Free Shipping for Amazon Prime members.

Where to Buy: To be updated with purchasing link soon.

Material: Made of “tough, heavy duty, weatherproof and UV protected materials”. Looks to be a material similar to that used to make tarps or tents.

Sizes: Capacity for two adult size bicycles

Colors Available: Green (similar to a camouflage or olive green)

Reviews: Average rating of 3.9 out of 5 stars with a total of 537 reviews. 62% of reviewers (that is approximately 332-333 total) gave this item a 5 out of 5 star rating. An additional 16% or 85-86 total reviewers gave the product a 4 out of 5 star rating.

Reviewer Pros: Good value for the price, easy assembly, good amount of storage. Fair durability and weather-resistance. May be a good, but temporary solution for those in homeowners associations awaiting design approval for more permanent storage spaces to be built.

Reviewer Cons: Doesn’t offer the most secure storage due to material used. May not last many seasons so may need to replace periodically, but good, lower priced option to start with. Not really a permanent storage solution.

Suggested Uses: Use this item to protect up to two adult bikes from the elements in lieu of a garage or shed space. Great for apartment owners or those with limited yard space.

Reasons to Love It: According to the sales page, item fits “two adult bikes with room to spare”. Low cost option for those without a garage to cover bicycles and other similar items needing to be protected from the elements. A good lower price, but mostly temporary, storage solution.

Your Summer Storage Dilemmas Solved

Well these are just a few of the vast options available for solving your summer storage needs. I sincerely hope I’ve helped you find or inspired you toward finding the perfect solutions for you. Before you go, remember I love hearing your comments, questions, or feedback!

So don’t forget to tell me in the comments below just which storage solutions will work best for solving your outdoor storage dilemmas this summer. Beyond that I hope each of you continues to have a happy, healthy, and dare I say more relaxing and organized summer season this year!

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