In this guide we’ll take a look at the best wheelie bin storage solutions for the UK.
I’ve compared capacity, looks, animal proofing and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What Is The Best Wheelie Bin Storage Solution?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
Best way to store your wheelie bins!
The Keter Store It Out Max Plastic Outdoor Garden Storage offers a neat, understated solution to storing your bulky wheelie bins. It can easily store 2 x 240 L bins, keeping them out of sight and away from pests.
Things to Know Before Buying a Wheelie Bin Storage Unit
We spend so much time making our homes and gardens look nice, it’s a real shame when there’s one major eyesore sitting there in the corner, one blemish in an otherwise perfect garden…
Wheelie Bins – the bane of my life!
Sure, some people are lucky enough to have a garage to hide them in, but what can be done if we don’t have that luxury?
Well! As it happens there are some pretty attractive wheelie bin storage solutions out there. Who knew that storing your wheelie bin away in a nice unit could make such a difference!
So then, you might be keen on the idea of hiding your bin away (an appealing thought for all us gardeners everywhere, I think!), but how do you choose the best wheelie bin storage unit for your garden?
Take a look at the tips below to help you make an informed purchase.
Where to begin! As mentioned, a wheelie bin storage unit will hide away your unsightly bin, housing it in an attractive shed which will look great in your garden.
Not only are they great for storing bins, but they often have a little bit of space leftover for storing other items too. This means you can also use them to store tools, pet supplies, BBQ equipment, or toys. If you want to store these kinds of items, make sure to buy a weathertight unit – some are slatted or have open backs.
In addition to storing your bin and miscellaneous other items, some storage units have sections designed for recycling boxes. To be honest, recycling boxes aren’t much better on the attractiveness scale than wheelie bins, so it’s great to have somewhere to hide them away too.
Finally, storing your wheelie bin away keeps it safe and secure. The fully enclosed units, or those which are positioned on concrete with their backs against a wall, will stop animals from being able to investigate your bins. This is especially useful if you sometimes end up with ransacked bin bags from pests paying a visit.
As demonstrated in these reviews, there is a huge range of sizes on offer when it comes to wheelie bin storage.
You’ll want to choose a storage option which is big enough for the number of bins/items that you want to store (but that also stores them correctly for your needs).
For example, the Double Wheelie Bin Screen is great for storing up to two small wheelie bins. However, it will only hide them from sight and will not protect them from the elements or pests.
Consider the size of your wheelie bins and what else you may wish to store in the unit. Most models state what capacity of bin they are able to house, plus how many.
If you have two large bins, the Keter Store-It-Out Max is a great choice. However, if you only need to store smaller bins, you can downsize to the Keter Store-It-Out Midi Resin Outdoor Garden Storage unit.
It may be tempting to go for the biggest model possible. But you also want to consider the size of your garden and whether the unit will look overbearing. Additionally, some units are better suited to more commercial use, like the Quad wheelie bin storage chest from Qubox which would likely be unsuitable for a single garden (it’s huge!).
Of course, there are always pros and cons when it comes to choosing the right material for your wheelie bin storage unit. Let’s take a look at them here:
- Weathertight – particularly when these models come as a self-contained unit (back and floor included), they are extremely effective at protecting the contents from the elements.
- No maintenance – unlike wood, plastic/resin doesn’t need to be treated in order for it to maintain its weatherproof qualities.
- Lightweight – these models are generally lighter than wooden ones.
- Not as environmentally friendly
- Artificial appearance when compared with wood
- Generally don’t have lids which attach to bin lids with chain
- Extremely attractive, natural appearance
- Choice of designs – wood offers versatility; slatted designs, enclosed box options, or woven willow screens.
- Needs to be treated for the weather – it’s good practise to re-apply sealant every year to make sure the wood doesn’t rot.
- Often heavier than plastic units making them harder to reposition.
- May not be weathertight – a lot of wooden designs are slatted, or come without a base or back wall, which can mean they’re not as watertight as plastic ones.
The style that you choose for your wheelie bin storage unit will depend on your desired function for it.
- Screen vs. storage unit – a screen will simply hide ugly bins, stopping them from being an eyesore. It won’t offer any protection from the elements, nor any ingenious ways to access the bin. A storage unit is more stable and will generally do a better job at protecting the contents from the weather.
- Backless – some units come without a back, or floor. This means they weigh less, but need to be positioned against a wall. If positioned against a wall and on hard ground, they will stop pests from accessing your bins. But otherwise they will not. They’re not particularly weathertight either.
- Chain Hinged lid – a hinged lid is extremely practical. Normally these lids come with a chain that can be attached to the bin lid. This is ideal because when you open the lid of the unit, the lid of the bin will open simultaneously.
- Wooden – wooden designs can come in many styles. If you want a wooden design which will protect the contents better from the elements, choose a unit which does not have slats.
- Bolted front doors – a bolted front, as seen on the Keter Store-It-Out Max, is secure and normally means the unit is suitable for other storage as well as bins. These units generally open up into open spaces, as opposed to being divided into compartments just for bins.
- Recycling box compartment – this is a nice touch if you’re also looking for somewhere to store your recycling boxes. Some units have compartments specifically designed to keep the boxes separate and orderly.
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More Detailed Wheelie Bin Storage Solutions
Keter Store It Out Max Plastic Outdoor Garden Storage Review
The Keter Store-It-Out Max is a plastic garden storage unit, perfect for keeping your garden bins in. It’s the ‘big brother’ to Keter’s other ‘Midi‘ model, and in my opinion the best wheelie bin storage option.
Although both models are capable of storing two wheelie bins, this one can handle up to 240 L per bin, whereas the midi can only hold up to 120 L.
Not only does this mean you’ll have no problem keeping even big bins neatly out of sight, it also protects such a large amount of waste coming under fire from animal attacks.
There is a piston-assisted lid which makes it easy to access to your bins, removing one of the most frustrating issues when it comes to disposing of rubbish – not having enough hands to hold up the bin lid!
The door is double bolted to enable it to be closed securely. There’s one main bolt and one secondary bolt.
The floor of this bin storage is heavy duty and quite durable. It’s more than able to support your weight if you need to step in to grab something from the back.
Overall, this wheelie bin storage unit is an excellent option if you’re looking for a neat and understated way to securely store your bins out of sight.
Keter Store It Out Midi Outdoor Garden Storage Review
The Store-It-Out Midi Resin Outdoor Garden Storage from Keter is a great way to store your wheelie bins in a tidy unit.
What’s nice about these storage sheds is that they’re perfect for many uses; they’re great for bin storage, but can also be used as provisional tool sheds, a shaded place to keep pet food, or as general storage for anything else!
This unit can fit 2 x 120 L bins, but has a 845 L capacity overall. What this means is you can store two bins and still have space to keep other items too!
As its name suggests, it is made out of resin, which makes it more than capable of withstanding the good old British weather.
This wheelie bin storage unit requires some assembly, although nothing overly taxing. Once you’ve put it together, you’ll find it’s not very heavy so it’s easy to manoeuvre into position. Even if you’re a bit indecisive like me, you’ll find it’s light enough to move several times until you’re happy with its positioning.
Overall, it’s a very natural looking bin storage unit – the resin has a finish that emulates natural wood – and it’s durable and secure too.
Rowlinson Double Wooden Wheelie Bin Store Review
The Wooden Wheelie Bin Store from Rowlinson has been handsomely designed in pressure-treated timber. It offers a more natural option than that of the Keter storage units, with its wooden slats and curved top.
The sturdy, pressure-treated wood protects the contents from the elements and won’t rot. That said, due to its slatted design this unit it not weather tight like the Keter model (read: not the ‘cool, dry place’ that your dog’s food calls to be stored in!).
A feature that I really like is that that chains can attach from the lid of the unit to the lid of your wheelie bin. This means that when you open the unit, the wheelie bin will open. This makes it easy to dispose of rubbish without grappling with bin lids.
The fully assembled unit measures in at 156 x 82 cm, and weighs about 45 kg – make sure you have it in place before you assemble it!
It’s worth noting that there is no back to the unit, so it’s meant to be positioned against a wall or fence.
Overall, this is perhaps the most aesthetically pleasing wheelie bin storage unit on my list. It’s priced very competitively and won’t be an eyesore in the garden.
Woodside Double Wheelie Bin Screen Review
This Double Wheelie Bin Screen is hand-woven from willow, giving it a very natural look. If you don’t like the idea of a plastic wheelie bin storage unit for environmental reasons, you may be more keen on this much more natural unit.
Whilst the screen is made from woven willow, the framework is made of metal, with hinges connecting the side panels. This gives the screen some integrity, helping it stand strong.
There’s some minimal assembly, which should take you 5 minutes at most.
Once you set it up, it will measure 115cm (height) x 80 cm (front panel) x 121 cm (side panels). It weighs about 11 kg, meaning it’s hassle-free to move around.
Overall, it’s an attractive looking screen that’s relatively inexpensive; perfect if you just need to hide a couple of smaller bins.
MonsterShop 3 Wheelie Bin Store Review
The 3 Wheelie Bin Store from MonsterShop has a modern wooden design which still looks natural and understated with its light timber slats.
It fits three standard wheelie bins, each of which gets its own compartments and separately hinging lid. Against all odds, dare I say it, it actually makes your wheelie bins look nice!
Much like the Rowlinson unit, you can attach a chain from the unit lid to the bin lid for easy opening. Each individual compartment opens separately which keeps things light.
The wood of this storage unit is pressure treated against rot and is perfectly capable of handling the elements.
It’s important to note that the storage unit features an open-floor design. As a result, it’s best placed on a secure surface, such as gravel or concrete, to prevent foraging animals digging underneath.
Combi 1 Wheelie Bin & 2 Recycling Box Wooden Store Storage Chest Review
The Combi Wooden Chest from Qubox is perhaps the most unique bin storage unit on the list.
Not only can you store one wheelie bin in it, but it has a separate compartment for your recycling boxes. Each recycling box even has its own shelf, to avoid having to stack them. We all know there’s nothing worse than having to sort out the a disarray of recycling when bin day comes round, but this unit will help you keep everything in order between collections!
As with most wooden units, it is quite heavy when assembled. Make sure to put it together close to where you ultimately want it to be.
It’s worth noting that it’s not the cheapest wheelie bin storage unit on my list, but you’re paying for convenience and clever design. It’s a unit which will transform unsightly wheelie bins and recycling boxes into a neat and tidy part of the garden.
If you’ve only got one wheelie bin, plus recycling boxes that you’d like to keep in order, it’s a really smart option.
Quad 240L Wheelie Bin Wooden Store Storage Chest Review
The Quad wheelie bin storage chest from Qubox is a large, extremely robust storage unit. It’s most appropriate for blocks of flats, small hotels, or businesses that have a consistent need for rubbish storage.
I think it’s fair to say that storing 4 x 240 L bins in an attractive manner is generally pretty difficult. Well, not anymore! This attractive wooden unit, with quality bolt closures, will easily hide away four bins securely and tidily.
Because of its large size, it is perhaps closer to a ‘bin shed’ than small storage unit, but it’s a fantastic option to hide multiple wheelies!
Wheelie Bin Storage Unit FAQ
Wheelie bin storage units are a great way to stop other people from putting things in your bin. You might find that your bin is somehow filling up even though you’re barely using it. This is especially common if you keep your bin on the front drive.
Many wheelie bin storage units can be locked with a padlock, so look out for this when buying one and it’ll be a sure-fire way to stop other people using your wheelie bin.
Lock it away in a wheelie bin storage unit.
It’s a sad sign that we have to worry about people stealing our wheelie bins. Normally it won’t even be used for anything useful, just abandoned somewhere as a joke.
Unfortunately, it’s not funny and it can be expensive for the owner.
To keep your wheelie bins safe, lock them away in a storage unit closed with a padlock.
You may live in an area where larger animals have become familiar with getting food out of wheelie bins. This can sometimes result in torn bin bags, mess on the floor, and tipped wheelie bins.
To stop animals getting to your bins, house the bins in a sealed bin storage unit. Make sure that there are no gaps big enough for animals to get through into the unit, and you should find that your problem is solved.