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9 outdoor storage ideas

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Outdoor storage solutions can make your backyard or garden look neat and tidy while protecting items from the weather.


Below are some creative ways Bunnings Workshop community members have added valuable storage to their homes.


1. Build a bench seat with storage


A bench seat can double as a handy place to store items. Woodworking expert Rylie (@LePallet) built a large outdoor bench seat with storage underneath using recycled materials. 


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The Bunnings guide How to make a D.I.Y. outdoor storage bench has step-by-step advice for building your own.


2. Create a bike shelter


Install bike racks, wall mounts or shelters to store bikes and keep them protected from the elements. Brett (@weekenddiyer) added a bike shelter for easier access when revamping his side yard.


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Bike owners may also like to check out Rylie's bike and scooter rack with helmet storage and @Tara86's D.I.Y. portable bike stand.


3. Add outdoor cabinets


Maximise storage and keep your barbecue area clutter-free by adding cabinets. In this outdoor kitchen project, member @RayaJane added Kaboodle cabinets with a built-in sink and tap next to an undercover barbecue.




Check out our Top 10 most popular outdoor kitchen projects as well as more outdoor kitchen ideas for your home from our clever community members.


4. Make a potting bench

A potting bench provides a dedicated work and storage for gardening projects. Community member @Catldoo's potting bench includes hooks and a shelf for gardening tools and plants. 


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Follow step-by-step instructions to build a D.I.Y. potting bench.


5. Construct a bin storage unit


Bin storage units are great for hiding unsightly bins. Annette (@annettespanski) built a bin storage shed using timber and Colorbond painted in Monument.


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The Bunnings team has shared step-by-step instructions for building a D.I.Y. bin storage unit.


6. Make an outdoor storage box


Use storage boxes to remove clutter and keep your backyard tidy. This outdoor storage box by @nparrella95 also includes a built-in drinks cooler.


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For more inspiration, check out @Stuardo's retro ice box made with timber offcuts and insulated with polystyrene foam.


7. Build a shed


Sheds are a popular way to add valuable and versatile storage. @Nham's garden shed is a perfect size for storing tools and garden supplies without taking up too much backyard.


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There's also plenty of great inspiration in our Top 10 most popular garage and shed projects and our collection of Tool storage solutions.


8. Design custom storage 


You can design custom storage solutions based on your specific needs and space constraints. Get inspired by Workshop member @CourtyardMaker who used Merbau screening panels to create hidden storage in their courtyard for garden tools, pots and a clothes hanger.


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Resident Bunnings D.I.Y. expert Mitchell has also shared How to build a garden tool storage rackHow to build a cube storage cabinet and How to build a tool organiser cabinet

9. Broom rack


A broom holder is handy for storing and organising brooms, mops and other cleaning tools. Resident Bunnings D.I.Y. expert Eric shares a simple step-by-step guide on building a broom rack and mounting it on a wall.


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For more clever storage ideas, check out our Top 10 most popular storage projects.


More inspiring storage ideas from the Bunnings Workshop community


For more inspiration, don't miss these 10 kids storage ideas5 clever ways to maximise storage in your home and 5 ways to add more storage to your wardrobe


We also recommend checking out our collection of storage solutions for kitchens, hallways and tools

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