What To Look For in a Garden Storage Bench
A storage capacity of 150 L is ideal for holding smaller items like blankets, cushions and toys. If you want to store more substantial objects, you’ll need a larger model. For storing bigger items like long-handled gardening tools, choose a bench capacity of at least 250 L. Look out for storage benches that are over 140 cm wide to accommodate long-handled equipment.
Plastic-resin and wood are the two main construction materials used for storage benches. The benefit of both of these materials is that they are sympathetic to their surroundings. The best garden storage bench will have an inconspicuous design, providing a subtle storage solution that doubles up as seating.
I recommend choosing an enclosed resin bench if you want something fully waterproof. These are low maintenance, offer value for money, and are often designed to resemble real wood. Look for resin benches with UV protection, as these will be fade-resistant too.
Finally, don’t forget about seat size! Particularly if you want to make the most out of having such a versatile piece of garden furniture. A bench with a width of around 140 cm will comfortably seat two people, but a 115 cm width will also work if you have a small garden. A 150 cm bench is better for three people, and an extra-large bench of 170 cm can easily seat four.
After researching different products, I’ve chosen the Keter Eden Garden Storage Bench as my top recommendation. It’s a weatherproof and waterproof plastic resin bench that is very low maintenance. It has a 265 L capacity and will seat two adults. Also, not only can it store longer items, but it’s also lockable, which is a useful bonus. There are three colours available, so you can choose a style to suit your garden.
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