The Unstoreables: 7 creative summer garden storage ideas

At blue self storage, we’re all about helping you store your treasured possessions at a great price. But what about the stuff that you can’t or just don’t want to put in storage?

With most of us destined to stay at home this summer, it’s more important than ever to make our homes and outdoor spaces a comfortable space to relax – that means getting creative with your garden storage.

An old washing machine… That dusty old cupboard… Don’t just take them to the dump or let them clutter up your home. Instead: up-cycle!

So, ready to make the most of your makeshift holiday home? Here are 7 creative ways to repurpose or cleverly hide your ‘unstoreables’ over the summer months…

1. Furniture planter

Got some old furniture you’re not quite ready to let go of? Pop old cupboards or drawers in the garden and fill them with flowers to brighten up the space. You can even use the extra space to store pots and other gardening bits and bobs! Handy.

Transform Old #Furniture Into Cute, Creative Flower Beds #upcycled #gardening

— D Furniture Store (@Dfurniturestore) May 17, 2016

2. Multi-use mini sheds

Not just for fire pit logs – although they’re great for that too – a modular shed or container helps tidy away visual clutter like bins, tools, BBQs, hoses and all the other things you don’t want to see when you’re sipping margaritas.

Log Storage Shed Made To Measure For A Customer in Lynton #logstores #carpentry #thewoodenworkshop

— Wooden Workshop (@bamptonworkshop) December 8, 2016

3. Washing machine fire pit

Broken washing machine? Take out the stainless-steel drum to create a nifty fire pit! Perfect for summer campfires with friends and family, especially on chilly evenings. Dust off the guitar and bust out your best amateur guitar skills! Did someone say Wonderwall?

Bonus tip: Use old bricks as a border for a rustic look!

I did the thing where you make a firepit from an old washing machine drum and a plant stand, & well…it turned out pretty damn stylish and makes its own light show. Acquired for free at a used appliance store, then painted with high heat spray paint. 🤟🏻🔥🥩

— Marcus Gray LaPorte (@MarcusGrayDoor) February 17, 2020

4. Easy storage bench

One simple purchase can make a helluva difference – one storage box like the above can double as a seat (don’t forget the cushions…) and as a garden storage container.

Even if you’re renovating or redecorating, you could fit your tools, bricks, paint tins and bits ‘n’ bobs inside, with no one any the wiser.

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— Norfolk Leisure Ltd (@NorfolkLeisure) January 17, 2019

5. Log displays

Have some old logs left over from winter? Don’t leave them lying around. Storing them in an old box can make a stylish display to go with your summer garden’s aesthetic. Oh, and you’ll need the kindling for your washing machine drum fire pit!

Now that it is starting to get cooler, it’s the perfect time to get those log burners ready! We have a beautiful Kadai log storage unit available! It’s designed for both indoor & outdoor use, providing the perfect shelter to store your logs in a practical & aesthetic way.

— Rosebourne (@LoveRosebourne) September 21, 2020

6. Wooden pallet DIY seating

Got an old wooden pallet going spare? Toolbox at the ready! You’d be amazed at what you can make with them. Turn pallets into coffee tables, benches, or even an outdoor sofa for an ultra-relaxed space.

Bonus tip: Incorporate piano hinges within the seats and your seating swiftly becomes storage for everything else!

A little bit more #PatioInspiration for you! Love the pallet seating!

— Upcycle That (@upcyclethat) May 31, 2018

7. Old tyre creations

No one likes getting a burst tyre, but when they look this good, it’s not such a bother. Turn old tyres into quirky tables and chairs! Or, if the pallet tables and chairs are more your thing, plant flowers in the tyres to add some colour to casa del you.

DIY Seats Made From Old #Tires #OldTires

— diy.viralcreek (@vcreekdiy) February 8, 2019

We hope some of these garden storage ideas inspire you to use your unstoreables to transform your space into an exotic paradise – if you do, share a pic with us on Instagram or Facebook, we’d love to see it!

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