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10 Best Garden Storage Benches of 2021 (UK) – Reviews & Buyer Guides

A place to store tools and equipment is essential in any garden. A storage bench can be a brilliant solution, whether you’re short on space or just looking for extra room.

Choose a smart design, and it will look great as well as providing handy seating. So why not take a look at what’s on offer?

We’re going to review ten of the best garden storage benches out there. And we’ll examine the factors to consider before you make your selection.

Quick Glance: The Best Garden Storage Bench In UK Market

 

The Best Garden Storage Bench In UK Market

1. ILESTO Outside Storage Box Benjamin – Waterproof Bench for Garden

ILESTO Outside Storage Box Benjamin - Waterproof Bench for Garden, Garage, Balcony, Patios, Deck, Parcel Drop Box, Heavy Duty Outdoor - Extra Large, 165x85x69 cm, Charcoal Grey

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The Ben garden storage chest from ILESTO is the priciest option on our list. So pricey, in fact, that it costs five times as much as the next most expensive model. So why might you want to consider it?

Well, the key difference between this and other benches out there is what it’s made of. Most are constructed from heavy duty plastic. This, however, is made from solid steel.

That means it’s exceptionally strong. And if you’re worried about how it will cope with the elements, don’t be. It has four layers of coating to keep it waterproof and weatherproof.

It comes in a choice of two finishes – charcoal grey or metallic silver. Both look very smart. And there’s a choice of three different sizes too. The Ben model measures 165 by 85 by 69 centimetres. If that’s too big for you, check out the Benni-boy, or if you need more room, there’s the Benjamin.

There are adjustable feet, so it will sit nice and steady on uneven surfaces.

You will need to do some assembly with this one – and it’s not always straightforward. We’ve heard of some issues with misaligned screw holes. And because it’s so heavy, it’s much easier if there are two of you to put it together.

Note too that there’s no way to lock this. The sleek finish means there’s nowhere to hang a padlock. And the steel construction means installing a lock isn’t a job for the faint-hearted.

But if that doesn’t put you off, and you’re prepared to spend the money, this is a great quality storage chest. And the flat surface makes it a comfortable place to take a seat too.

Pros:

  • Strong steel construction
  • Sleek design, will look great in contemporary gardens
  • Adjustable feet, so it will sit steady on any surface

Cons:

  • Assembly takes considerable time and effort
  • There’s no way to lock it.

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2. Keter Eden Bench Outdoor Plastic Storage Box for Garden (Our Top Pick)

Keter Eden Bench Outdoor Plastic Storage Box Garden Furniture, Beige and Brown, 140 x 60 x 84 cm

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If you want something that looks more like a traditional bench, this design from Keter fits the bill.

It’s a very good-looking piece of garden furniture, with a choice of grey, brown or beige finishes. Each one comes with a contrasting seat. Note that the seat is firm and there’s no cushion. You may want to buy or make one to give you a softer perch.

Lift it up, and there’s a generous storage capacity of 265 litres. It’s made of plastic, finished to look like painted wood, so you won’t have to worry about rust.

The storage compartment will keep contents dry and ventilated, so you won’t find your outdoor cushions covered in mould. And it’s lockable too. Just buy a padlock, and you’ll have the reassurance of knowing everything is secure.

It measures 140 centimetres long, 84 centimetres wide and 60 centimetres deep. That’s enough space for two adults to sit, with room to spare.

It comes as a flat pack, so you will need to put it together. But at under 15 kilograms fully assembled, this isn’t so heavy that it’s awkward to do.

One thing to note is that the bottom of the storage compartment isn’t particularly robust. It will be fine for cushions and lighter items, but won’t be suitable if you want to store anything heavy.

Pros:

  • Looks like a traditional garden bench
  • Keeps contents dry and well ventilated
  • Lockable – though you’ll need to buy your own padlock

Cons:

  • You may want to buy or make a cushion for greater comfort
  • The bottom of the storage compartment isn’t particularly strong, so this is best for lighter items.

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3. Keter Hudson Plastic Storage Bench Deck Box

Keter Hudson 60 Gallon Plastic Resin Weather Resistant Outdoor Backyard Patio Storage Bench Deck Box, Grey

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The Hudson from Keter is another storage solution that looks like a bench rather than a chest. It comes complete with arm rests and is large enough for two people. The maximum weight for the seat is 600 pounds.

This one has more of a mid-century vibe than the Eden, but it has lots of other features in common. The Hudson is also lockable, so you won’t have to worry about your items staying safe. And it has a similar storage capacity of 273 litres.

One thing to watch out for here, though, is that the compartment isn’t completely watertight. The water sneaks in through a gap where the hinges sit. If you want to store cushions, or anything with electrical components, it won’t be the best choice.

It comes as a flatpack, but with this one you can have someone put it up for you for an extra charge. It’s fairly expensive – it will add almost 50 per cent to the purchase price. But if you hate assembling furniture, it will be money well spent.

If you’re going to assemble it yourself, make sure you have all the parts before you get started. We’ve heard of a few instances where packages have arrived without all the necessary screws.

Pros:

  • Back rest and armrests provide a more comfortable seat
  • 273 litres of storage space
  • You can pay extra for someone to put it together for you

Cons:

  • Not completely watertight
  • Watch out for missing screws if you plan to assemble it yourself.

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4. GSD Waterproof Plastic Garden Storage Bench

GSD Waterproof Plastic Garden Storage Bench Box Simple Assembly No Tools Required

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If you’re looking for a more compact storage solution, this model from GSD could be it. It’s styled as a simple bench, without a back or armrests.

It measures 115 centimetres long, 55 centimetres wide, and 60 centimetres high. That’s enough for two average adults. It will be a bit more of a squeeze than larger benches. But there aren’t any armrests to get in the way if bottoms need to overlap the edges a bit.

The storage area is under the seat, and it’s accessed via two lids that open out from the middle like butterfly wings. The beauty of this design is that the bench can be positioned tight up against a wall without getting in the way of the lids. And that means you can use a wall as a backrest.

It’s waterproof in light rain. But we have heard of instances where people have found the contents of their bench got wet after a downpour. The issue seems to be the small gap between the two lids.

If you can keep it in a semi-sheltered area, that won’t be a problem. Alternatively, you could run some waterproof tape over the join.

This is another bench that needs assembly, but the simple design means it’s very easy. The whole thing can be fitted together in under five minutes.

It’s pretty sturdy, but if you want to store heavier objects – coal sacks, for example – we’d recommend reinforcing the base.

Pros:

  • Good design to fit into smaller spaces
  • The lids open sideways, so you can place it flush against a wall
  • Very easy to assemble

Cons:

  • Not completely waterproof in heavy rain
  • You’ll need to reinforce the base if you want to store heavier objects.

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5. AIRWAVE Outdoor Plastic Garden Storage Box

AIRWAVE Outdoor Plastic Garden Storage Box 270L - Plastic Storage Bench (109 x 52 x 55cm)

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This bench from Airwave is the least expensive option on our list, but you wouldn’t guess to look at it. It’s made of polypropylene finished to look like painted wood. And it’s very smart.

This is another simple design, without a back or armrests. The base and sides are cream, and formed with the appearance of shiplap timber. The lid is a contrasting grey. There are handholds at the top of each side to make it easier to move.

At 105 centimetres long, this is a good option for gardens where space is at a premium. It’s 51 centimetres from front to back, and 55 centimetres tall. Inside, you’ll get 270 litres of storage space.

Two adults will be able to perch on it, although they won’t have much room to spare. It will hold up to 200 kilos – that’s about 31 stone 7 pounds.

It’s not the sturdiest bench out there – hardly surprising at such a low price. It’s definitely not a good idea to collapse on to it! And if you want to store heavy items, you’ll need to reinforce the base.

There’s a loop between the base and lid, so you can add a padlock to keep the contents secure. Note though, that it’s made of plastic – so it won’t be a bar to a determined thief.

The polypropylene construction means you won’t have to worry about rust. And it’s been treated to avoid it discolouring in strong sunshine.

This is another bench that comes as a flatpack. It’s not particularly tricky to put together – expect the job to take about half an hour.

Pros:

  • Attractive finish, designed to give the appearance of painted ship-lap timber
  • Compact design
  • Easy to attach a padlock

Cons:

  • The seat isn’t as sturdy as some
  • The base will need to be reinforced if you want to store anything heavy.

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6. Lifetime 60186 Heavy-Duty Outdoor Storage Deck

Lifetime 60186 Heavy-Duty Outdoor Storage Deck Box 439.11 L Outdoor Storage Box, Desert Sand Wood Look, 127.9 x 64 x 67.2 cm

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Lifetime’s storage bench looks very similar to the AIRWAVE. But it costs about three times as much. So what do you get for that price?

Well, it’s made of polypropylene, so you won’t have to worry about it degrading in the rain or sun. The colour of the sides is “desert sand” – an attractive shade of cream. The seat is grey.

It’s much larger than the AIRWAVE at 128 centimetres long, 67 centimetres high and 64 centimetres deep. It offers an impressive 527 litres of storage. So while it will take up more space, you’ll be able to store lots of stuff.

Note that the higher seat means this won’t be as comfortable for shorter users.

The lid opens with controlled-spring hinges. It will go back beyond 90 degrees, to give you plenty of room to rummage. And it won’t slam shut by accident.

As ever, you will need to put this together yourself. Most of it is easy enough to do, but the lid is trickier. Persevere, though, because it will be worth it in the end. You’ll have an exceptionally sturdy bench when you’re done. And it’s completely waterproof too.

Pros:

  • Very generous 527 litres of storage space
  • Completely waterproof
  • Lid has spring-hinges for controlled opening and closing

Cons:

  • The higher seat may be uncomfortable for shorter people
  • Assembly takes a bit of time.

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7. Deuba Garden Box 310L Storage Container Deck

Deuba Garden Box 310L Storage Container Deck Plastic Outdoor Patio Chest Rato Grey 119 x 48 x 60 cm

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If you’ve got rattan garden furniture, you’ll want to take a look at this garden box from Deuba. The polypropylene top and sides look like woven rattan and it’s available in a choice of brown or dark grey.

The simple design doesn’t have a back or armrests. The sides have a gentle curve, and it’s smart enough to mingle comfortably with high-end garden furniture.

The seat opens up like a standard chest, revealing an interior with 310 litres of storage space. The exterior is 119 centimetres long, 48 centimetres wide and 60 centimetres high.

There are moulded handholds at either side and castors so you can move it easily from place to place. Another handhold sits at the front for maximum manoeuvrability.

The polypropylene is robust and won’t fade or crack in the sun. And the design is nicely waterproof.

The assembly process, though, isn’t particularly easy. Expect it to take a while, especially getting the lid lined up properly.

And while this is fine as a storage chest, it’s not great as a bench. Remember those castors? You don’t want to find yourself taking a seat, only for it to start rolling around!

And it’s not as sturdy as other options too. So while this is an attractive storage box, it’s not the best option as a garden bench.

Pros:

  • Attractive rattan-effect finish
  • Three handholds plus castors make it easy to move from place to place
  • Weatherproof polypropylene construction

Cons:

  • Not very sturdy
  • The assembly process is a bit of a pain.

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8. Keter Marvel+ 270L Garden Storage Box

Keter Marvel+ 270L Garden Storage Box - Grey

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Keter’s Marvel+ is another storage bench that’s a simple chest without armrests or back. And it’s the second cheapest option on our list.

It’s 117 centimetres long, 48 centimetres wide and 57 centimetres tall. It has a storage capacity of 270 litres. The lid is big enough to seat two adults. And it will support a weight of up to 34 stones and 6 pounds.

There are carry handles on either side, and built-in castors at the bottom so it’s easy to move. And when it’s full, you’ll be able to lock it with a padlock – though you’ll need to buy that separately.

You’ll also need to tackle the flatpack assembly. Take your time to make sure all the parts are in the right place. If they are, they should click into position without too much difficulty. If you find you need to force them, you may have them in the wrong place.

Once put together, it’s nicely sturdy, and it will keep out the rain. If you want to store heavier items, though, you may find you need to reinforce the base.

Pros:

  • Carry handles and castors make it easy to move around
  • Lockable – though you’ll need to buy your own padlock
  • Very good value for money

Cons:

  • Assembly takes a bit of time – make sure you’re clicking the right pieces together
  • The base isn’t strong enough to safely hold heavy items.

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9. Keter Borneo Outdoor Plastic Storage Box for Garden

Keter Borneo Outdoor Plastic Storage Box Garden Furniture, 129.5 x 70 x 62.5 cm - Anthracite

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The Borneo design from Keter is another one that is styled to give the appearance of woven rattan. It’s available in brown or anthracite, a smart shade of dark grey.

It’s 130 centimetres long, 70 centimetres wide and 63 centimetres high. Inside, there’s 416 litres of storage space, plenty for garden cushions and other bits and bobs. And the seating area is large enough to fit two adults comfortably.

This bench is made of resin, so it won’t fade in the sun, and you won’t have to worry about rust. There’s a soft-close lid, so you won’t have to worry about it slamming either.

There are holes under the lip of the lid, so that the air can circulate. That means you end up with mould on your garden cushions. But there’s no way for any water to get inside. You can leave this out in the pouring rain and be confident your belongings will stay dry.

Again, some assembly is required. The instructions are simple and clear, and the whole process will take around half an hour. Just make sure you check that you’ve got all the parts before you get started. We’ve heard of some cases where screws or other components have been missing.

One minor niggle is that the bench does need to be placed on an even surface. If it isn’t, you’re likely to find that the lid doesn’t sit quite right.

Pros:

  • Choice of two different colours
  • Holes beneath the lip of the lid allow the air to circulate
  • Soft-close lid

Cons:

  • Check that all the parts are there before you begin assembly – we’ve heard of cases where some have been missing
  • Needs to be placed on a level surface for the lid to sit correctly.

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10. CHRISTOW Waterproof Garden Storage Box

CHRISTOW Waterproof Garden Storage Box With Lockable Lid, Plastic Wood Effect Outdoor Storage Box, Aluminium Hinges, 190L

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Christow’s garden storage box is another that uses a simple chest design. It’s black with a dark grey trim, and the polypropylene is styled to look like strips of wood.

This is one of the most compact models we’ve found. It’s just 96 centimetres long, 46 centimetres wide and 49 centimetres tall. Open it up and it will hold up to 190 litres inside.

The lid has a lip to allow the air to circulate and prevent the contents getting fusty or mouldy. But it won’t let in any rain. It’s supported by a pair of aluminium hinges, so there’s no danger of it slamming shut.

There’s a plastic hasp you can thread a padlock through if you wish. It’s not the toughest though, so we wouldn’t recommend storing anything very valuable inside.

And note that, while the lid is temptingly flat, this isn’t designed to take the weight of a person! It’s more of a storage chest than it is a bench. If you want somewhere to sit a small child for a minute or two, it will be fine. But if you’re looking for something adult-sized, look elsewhere.

Pros:

  • The compact dimensions mean this will fit in places others won’t
  • The lid is supported by aluminium hinges, so it won’t slam shut
  • The lip to the lid allows air to circulate inside and prevents the growth of mould

Cons:

  • The lid isn’t designed to take the weight of an adult
  • The plastic hasp isn’t particularly strong.

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Buying Guide

If you’re not sure which is the garden storage bench for you, never fear! Just check out our buying guide to see what questions to consider before you make your choice.

How Big is Big Enough?

Start by considering what you want to put inside your bench. If there are any larger items – fold-up chairs, for example – measure their dimensions and check they’ll fit. And if you’re planning to store heavy items, check the base of the storage compartment will be sturdy enough to hold them.

Consider where you’re going to position your bench too. If space is constrained, use string to mark out the dimensions on the ground. That will allow you to see how much room it will take up.

Remember that you’ll need space to raise and lower the lid (or lids). And anyone sitting on the bench will need room to get in and out too.

What About Assembly?

All the storage benches on our list require some degree of assembly – but some are simpler than others. If you’re confident at DIY, that won’t affect your choice. But if you don’t know one end of a screwdriver from the other, choose something that will be easy to put together!

Some models come with the option to get someone else to do the assembly for you. That can be expensive – but if you don’t want to struggle with flatpack instructions, it could be money well spent.

What about the finish?

Finally, check the finish. If your bench is going to be near other garden furniture, think about how it will look. Most of the options on our list are polypropylene, but the appearance of this versatile material can vary significantly.

if you’ve got other rattan furniture an option with a rattan look will look great. Ditto painted timber. And for a sharp contemporary look, you can’t beat the steel bench from ILESTO.

Ready to Choose?

We hope you’ve enjoyed our reviews of ten of the best garden storage benches and boxes out there. Whether you need something spacious or compact, there are some great options to choose from.

Our favourite is the Eden from Keter. We love its classic design, and the back and armrests make it a comfortable place to recline. Any items you store inside will stay dry and secure too.

Whichever garden storage bench you choose, we’re sure it will be a great addition to your outside space!

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