I love this time of year when it is time to spend time outdoors. Outdoor time often involves fun toys, patio furniture with cushions, and eating out on the patio. Today I am sharing some functional storage pieces that will keep your patio space organized for all the outdoor fun of the Summer months.
I don’t know about you, but when it starts to get nice, I would rather be outside enjoying it, especially after a busy day at work. But sometimes that involves a lot of things like food prep & serving tools, cushions, and outdoor toys. It is certainly a lot to keep track of, so this is how I stay organized.
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Try A Patio Bar With A Cooler
For a unique piece that serves double duty, this patio bar has a cooler that can hold all of your drinks and keep them cold and refreshing for those warm summer days out on your patio.
The nice things about these pieces are that they are easy to clean should you spill something, and they come in a variety of sizes and colors that can fit any deck or patio space. The bonus as well is that you can store your food serving utensils and other items right in the bar!
A Serving Cart Makes Great Functional Storage Pieces
Similar to the patio bars, these serving carts are perfect for when you’re barbecuing outside. They double as a work area, serving stand, and a storage cabinet for all of your barbecuing needs.
The serving carts with stainless steel accents are also very easy to clean off, which will make it easier on you after the barbecue. I found this to be a very useful item during one of our home tailgate parties. When we were finished with our food, we just wiped it down and moved it to the corner of the patio.
A Potting Bench Is A Great Way To Store Items & Bring Some Pretty To Your Outdoor Space
If you’re overwhelmed by all the gardening tools and supplies you have, a potting bench is a perfect option for you. A potting bench can keep all of your gardening tools and supplies well organized and safe from the elements when not in use.
The other great thing about using a potting bench is you can store some outdoor plants on it to make it pretty. Here are some great ideas for plants to decorate your outdoor spaces. Again, beauty and function at its best.
Purchase Some Outdoor Storage Cubbies
These outdoor storage cubbies can provide convenient storage and keep all of your things very organized. Labeling each compartment adds to the style and to the organization, as you will clearly be able to see where everything goes.
You can minimize them by adding artificial plants or using a “fake fence”. You can put them on the ground next to your patio area so they are easily accessible when you need them, but aren’t obtrusive.
A Patio Ottoman Provides Beauty As Well As A Functional Storage Piece
The all-classic ottoman offers you three things in one. You get comfortable seating, storage, and when the cushion is removed, you get a functional end table.
Having functional storage pieces that serve for multiple uses are a win-win situation. You will save space without sacrificing room in your outdoor spaces.
Consider Benches That Have Storage Underneath
Benches can double as storage and a stylish piece of furniture to sit on. Tucking your garden hoses, children’s toys, and cushions used for outdoors is a great way to use this storage bench.
A stylish bench can also add to the design of your patio. Again, there are many colors and varieties out there that can be matched to any outdoor design theme.
A Mini-Shed Is An Overlooked Functional Storage Piece
If you’re looking for a long-term storage situation, then a mini shed may be the thing for you. It doesn’t take up very much space and is perfectly sized for any of the things you have that might need a place to be.
There are plenty of options out there that can be assembled by you with minimal effort. They can also be used if you need space in your garage to keep things organized.
Use Open Waterproof Shelving To Store Things In Your Outdoor Space
These are a fun & stylish way to store things like kids’ toys, sports equipment, and gardening tools. Outdoor open shelves come in sizes to fit any patio space, so you can find the one that fits your needs perfectly.
Of course, the obvious use for something like these open shelves is for plants. You can use real or fake plants to add color and beauty. You can even use them to hide the sports equipment you are storing on the shelves. There is so much you can do to keep your outdoor space organized.
Use A Deck Box As A Way To Keep Things Organized
These are very small storage units that can be used as multiple things. They can be used for dining, a serving station, and storage for pillows and blankets. A lot of these deck boxes are made from wicker so they will last you many years, as they are sturdy pieces of furniture.
Again, deck boxes don’t take up a lot of room, and can easily be moved inside a main shed area when the Summer season is over.
These options offer a wide range of styles and storage. Most of these things listed double as having more than one use; not just storage. So I hope you enjoyed these suggestions for functional storage ideas to keep your outdoor space neat & tidy.
And here are a few more things you need to know about these items.
Do These Functional Storage Pieces Cost A Lot Of Money?
Believe it or not, many of these pieces are very affordable to the average home owner. In fact, many of these can be found at your local multi-purpose grocery stores. Can you believe that? So you can easily find what you need without breaking your budget.
Will I Have To Store Deck Furniture Over The Winter Months?
If you have a covered patio space, then it is easy enough to push these items as far as you can underneath your patio covering.
If you don’t have a covered area, you will probably need to bring these items inside for the Winter months. While it isn’t an ideal situation, it will prolong the life of these items for many years to come.
A solution to that would be to buy some patio furniture covers. For instance, you can use a grill cover to protect your patio bar. Chair covers will often be suitable to protect the ottoman or storage bench.
If you have a sturdy & large outdoor shed, then storing these items is a great alternative. When we are done preparing our deck for the Winter months, our table and chairs go in the shed.
It is very easy to stack the smaller items on top of the table to keep them safe during the fun of PA winter snows. We accomplish it during our Winter home preparation, and we know everything will be ready for the next season.
Where Are The Best Places To Purchase These Functional Storage Pieces?
As I said earlier, some of these pieces can be found at your local grocery store. There are also some available at your local home improvement stores, local gardening shops, online gardening centers, and on Amazon. Like I said, there are items out there for all budgets, so you need to do your research.
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