Whether it’s your front or back garden (or both), the summer can often highlight how you need to think about the best options for storage for your garden. From tools to toys and barbeques to swimming pools, keeping things in an orderly fashion will help you get the best from your garden this summer.
Here are some garden storage ideas and tips to help you out:
1. Think of the storage before you buy
It’s very easy to end up with too many items for the garden with not enough space to store it. Always try and think of how easily an item can be stored away when not in use. Ensure this is a consideration when buying an item, whether it impacts on the size you choose, the layout, if it can be folded away, or even if you buy it at all.
2. Covers are your friend
Most larger items for the garden will have a cover option. Whilst it is usually an additional cost, it could potentially save you money in the long-term, as it protects the item throughout the winter and makes your garden look tidier in the process. Items such as outdoor sofas, chairs, tables and barbeques will last a lot longer if protected with a cover throughout the winter than if left to the elements. You’ll end up spending a lot more money on replacements than you would on a quality cover.
People often get all their garden items out at the first hint of sun in the spring. Whilst this can be fine in the short-term, it’s very likely there will be some patches of bad weather throughout the coming months until summer ends. Ensure that throughout the summer you keep the items free from prolonged rain, and clean them as you go. When it does come time to pack everything away, give every item a proper clean so that when it comes to next year, everything is already in pristine condition.
When considering how to store everything, don’t be afraid to adopt the tried and tested method of outdoor storage boxes. They are very sturdy and great value. Depending on the space you have, see if you can purchase one for the front and back gardens with items stored in them relevant to each area. Whilst you can buy locks, storage boxes are not impenetrable, so only store items in there that aren’t valuable and/or likely to be stolen. Use indoor storage, too – such as garages and lofts – for those items you will only use for a portion of the year.