In this guide we’ll take a look at the best garden storage benches for the UK market.
I’ve compared design, features, build quality and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What is The Best Garden Storage Bench?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
Things to Know Before Buying a Garden Storage Bench
Garden storage benches are the best way to make sure that you are optimising garden space efficiently.
This can be particularly relevant for those with small gardens, but really applies across the board.
If you’re going to have a bench, why not take advantage of the ground area already being used and get one with a built-in storage compartment.
Here are a few things to consider, to make sure you’re making an informed purchase and getting the best garden storage bench for your needs:
The initial choice you have to make when deciding on which garden storage bench is best for you is the material. There are just two main materials to choose from: plastic resin or wood.
Plastic resin is a more modern choice:
- It often comes in a style that is made to resemble wood.
- It’s much more durable than wood.
- It’s weatherproof, waterproof, difficult to damage and very easy to maintain(a wash with soap and water once a year will usually suffice) .
- Some, more expensive, plastic benches will have UV protection – they won’t fade if exposed to continuous sunlight.
- The storage compartments on plastic benches will generally be more protected from the elements compared to wooden benches.
Wood is a more traditional choice:
- It offers a timeless and classic aesthetic addition to the garden.
- It needs to be treated yearly to make sure that the wood doesn’t rot.
- The storage compartment may not be watertight as wooden benches are often slatted.
- It will start to show weather damage over the years.
There are two main reasons to be concerned with seat size.
Firstly, you need to consider where you’re going to put the bench. Storage benches are great for smaller gardens, but of course it won’t be ideal if it takes up too much space.
Secondly, how many people are going to want to sit on it? As we’ve seen in the reviews above, most benches measuring 140 cm across are suitable for two adults. However, the Monks Garden Storage Bench is a little smaller, with a width of 115 cm. It might be a bit more of a squeeze for two adults, but it will fit into a small garden easily and could be great for kids.
Consider how much space you have in the garden and how many people are realistically going to want to use the bench at one time. You may have to reach a bit of a compromise when it comes to choosing the best storage bench for your garden vs. the space you have available.
And so, lastly, we arrive at the question of storage. Of course, if you’re buying a storage bench, you want the storage compartment to be genuinely useful to you. Otherwise, it may as well just be any old bench.
You will need to look at the specifications for the bench you want to buy, and check the storage compartment size carefully – it often differs from the outer dimensions of the bench.
Finally, bear in mind that not all storage compartments are made equal. If you want to store cushions and toys, in a bench outside, you’re going to want something watertight. As we’ve seen in the reviews above, the resin benches normally offer more protection from the elements than the wooden ones.
Don’t forget, these may “officially” be garden benches, but they also offer extremely practical indoor storage solutions; for playrooms, bedrooms, and conservatories!
Everything We Recommend
More Detailed Garden Storage Bench Reviews
Keter Eden Garden Storage Bench Review
This Keter Eden Garden Storage Bench is very stylish and has an enormous storage capacity. It would be a great bench for the garden even if it didn’t have a practical storage compartment – but it’s pretty excellent that it does!
The bench itself is a good, standard size – it has room for two adults to sit comfortably side by side. The storage capacity is 265 L which is a lot of room. This makes it ideal for storing cushions, toys, BBQ tools, or any other garden/patio accessory that you see fit.
It’s weatherproof and waterproof meaning it is safe to store items that need to be kept dry yet ventilated.
The sturdy plastic is finished with a decorative wood-look which is quite convincing and aesthetically pleasing. What’s more, the storage compartment is fully lockable, giving you added security for your valuables.
This outdoor storage bench is well-made, stylish and practical. As a result, it wins first place as the best garden storage bench!
Keter Eden Plastic Garden Storage Bench Review
This Keter Eden Plastic Garden Storage Bench comes in a stunning dark brown finish. It’s a colour that really allows this bench to blend in with the garden, complemented well by the surrounding greens and browns of the plants.
The capacity is 265 L and it can comfortably fit two adults sitting on it side by side, or three children (if you get all three of them to sit still at the same time, that is!).
It really is an ideally sized outdoor storage bench; perfect for storing small tools, small gardening instruments like trowels and pruners, or soft garden furnishings.
The bonus of buying a bench storage box made out of durable resin, as opposed to wood, is that it is virtually maintenance free. The only thing it might require is just the occasional wash down. It is even UV resistant to ensure the sun doesn’t fade its colour.
Wooden Bench With Under Seat Storage Review
This Wooden Bench With Under Seat Storage has a beautiful and incredibly stylish wooden finish. It’s not just great for the garden, it would also look fantastic inside your home, especially in your conservatory.
This storage bench is very comfortable. The large, hard-wearing polyester cushion is both attractive and practical, and its cover can be easily washed allowing you to keep your bench in pristine condition.
The bench itself is made of a sturdy acacia hardwood and is 120 cm long. In ‘people’ measurements, this is easily wide enough to sit two to three people side by side comfortably.
The storage box underneath is accessed by opening a hinged panel at the front. It is easily big enough to store any garden utensils or outdoor toys.
Do be aware that the design of the storage box, with its breathable slats, means that it is not watertight.
Norfolk Leisure Iceni Garden Storage Bench Review
This stylish and versatile garden storage bench is made from a hard-wearing plastic so it won’t rot or decay. Therefore, this Norfolk Leisure Iceni Garden Storage Bench is extremely easy to maintain in the long term.
The 265 L storage compartment is accessed by open-and-close piston hinges, ensuring safety at all times. The lid to the storage section is the part of the bench that you sit on, meaning the storage is accessed from above, like a chest. There is also a space to fit a padlock so more valuable tools can be stored with peace of mind.
The width is a generous 140 cm, meaning two adults can sit side by side comfortably, without digging their elbows into eachother. The arms of the bench are reinforced and set into the frame itself, a long-lasting design that will provide comfort as well as structural stability.
This storage bench is versatile and hard wearing, requiring very little maintenance. It’s a great choice if you’re looking for a garden bench which doubles up as excellent storage.
Monks Garden Storage Bench Review
This Monks Garden Storage Bench is a stylishly-designed wooden bench with generous under-seat storage.
At 115 cm wide, it is one of the smaller benches on the list, making it ideal for smaller gardens; it can fit easily into tighter nooks and crannies. In my opinion, storage benches are a great way to go for smaller gardens, because there isn’t often the space to put a shed or a larger outdoor storage container.
The beautiful wood design, with lattice-back detail make this bench a really aesthetically pleasing addition to the garden.
This garden storage bench not only provides ample storage space, it also doubles up as a comfy place to sit for two people.
The smaller size of this storage bench also makes it a viable option for a children’s room. It would offer a great chair-and-toy-box in one.
Garden Storage Bench FAQ
Wooden benches which are situated outside generally need to be treated every 6 – 12 months to protect them from the weather.
You should also make sure to frequently gently clean your bench so that it won’t be affected by mildew or moss.
Be careful keeping textiles in storage benches. If your bench is inside, you can keep cushions in it no problem. However, if your bench is outside, you’ll need to make sure it’s really watertight before storing textiles in it. Even if you think it’s watertight, don’t leave textile items in for long periods of time as they may get damp.
You need to consider the size of your garden (or indoor space if putting it inside) and what you wish to store in it. If you have a smaller garden, or wish to tuck your bench away in a corner, there are compact options available. Ultimately, you should make sure it’s still suitable for storing everything you need.