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Outdoor Storage Buying Guide

Outdoor Storage Buying Guide

What do you need to consider?

The right outdoor storage solution for your needs will depend on a few different factors:

Available space

The first thing you need to consider is the size of your garden. Think where you’re going to put your storage and measure out the area, so you know exactly how much space you have available. Large storage sheds have the potential to dominate smaller spaces and can block the natural light into your garden if you aren’t careful. If you’ve got a smaller garden, consider garden storage boxes.

Capacity required

Make sure you’ve thought about everything you want to put inside your storage unit, as you don’t want to assemble your storage only to find you can’t fit everything in. It’s a good idea to choose a storage solution with a bit of spare capacity, allowing for any future purchases you might make.

Building regulations

If you’re unsure about needing planning permission before building a shed or outdoor storage system, you should check with your local council. Ordinarily, if the shed is for domestic purposes within the boundary of your property and is not more than half the total area of your home, you can build without permission.

Before you build anything of large scale, it’s recommended that you check with your local council for specific rules and regulations in your area.

What types of outdoor storage are available?

Garden sheds

Sheds are ideal for storing a range of tools, garden equipment and machinery. From 4x5ft lean sheds to lockable purpose-built metal garages, sheds from Homebase come in a wide range of sizes. Within the extensive collection there are wooden, steel, aluminium and plastic sheds, in a range of sizes to tailor to your requirements and garden space.

Most sheds are waterproof and are suitable for all weather conditions keeping your garden equipment safe and dry. As well as sheds, you can also buy shed bases to help build on uneven ground in your back garden. Choose from recycled plastic cut-to-size options or pre-cut timber and metal variations to support your shed. For more help on buying a shed, read this useful guide.

Painting your shed can be a great way to brighten up your outdoor space or bring more colour to your garden. Take a look at the video below for tips on choosing a colour scheme for your shed:

Bike sheds

One of the best ways to store your bike outside in all seasons and weather conditions is to use a tailor-made bike shed. Produced from either steel or wood cladding, the specialist storage units are designed to keep your bikes secure and out of sight. Available in a range of sizes, bike sheds are a great alternative for smaller gardens if you don’t have room for larger storage. Most of the sheds can store at least three adult bikes in one unit.

Garden storage boxes

Garden storage boxes and units are a space-efficient, weatherproof alternative to a shed. Designs are available in a range of sizes and can be used to store anything from outdoor toys to garden tools.

From the collection at Homebase you can choose from natural timber boxes with anti-rot properties and lightweight steel storage boxes. There are also multi-purpose storage chests made from a durable polypropylene material. Most of the storage solutions in the collection can be locked to ensure your belongings are safe and secure.

Wheelie bin stores

To keep your garden looking clean and tidy, tuck away unsightly rubbish bins in organised wheelie bin stores. There are plenty of units to choose from, including variations made from timber or metal with secure locks to prevent theft. You’ll be able to choose a model suitable for your space with stores fitting one or two standard size bins inside. Most of the bin stores even have a lid for easy access when filling up your bin.

Log store

Log stores are specialist units designed to provide shelter for your logs and firewood outside. You’ll find variations with slatted floors and backs to maximise the airflow to help dry the wood out. Place logs lengthwise to help preserve their condition and to maximise the space. Log stores typically come in all shapes and sizes and some stores have space to cover firewood and to hide tools.

Garage shelving

When organising your garage, heavy duty garage shelving and cabinets are a secure way to keep your tools and equipment safe. The wide range of industrial-strength shelving comes in different sizes and capacities, so even the heaviest of items can be stored appropriately. You can secure your shelving or cabinet to your garage wall with a couple of brackets.

How to look after your outdoor storage

  • Plastic storage boxes are low-maintenance, but you may need to oil the hinges from time to time to prevent them from rusting.
  • Most metal sheds are coated in a preserver treatment to help prevent rusting and corrosion. You can also oil the hinges. Make sure you fix your metal shed frame to a solid base to help reduce condensation.
  • If you choose a wooden shed, log store or wheelie bin store, you’ll need to treat the wood every couple of years. This will help prevent the wood from rotting and splitting, extending its lifespan. Use an external wood preserver, and follow the instructions on the packaging.

Top tips

  • Avoid placing your garden storage under large trees where branches can fall and cause damage, plus tree roots can change how level the ground is.
  • Placing your garden storage near a path means you won’t get muddy feet when you walk back and forth.



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