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Space-Saving Patio Storage Bench Seats

Updated on May 8, 2014

Lovely and Practical, Storage Box and Bench Seat in One Piece of Patio Furniture

Space is often limited in a modern back yard or patio area, so it's great to find furniture like an outdoor storage bench, which combines a bench style of patio furniture with a deck storage box.

Stash your extra barbecue gear, swimming pool toys, garden tools, garden hose - or whatever other essential gear you like to keep close at hand for outdoor use - in a patio storage bench seat, with the bonus of extra seating when friends drop by.

Natural wood or all-weather resin, traditional bench style or sleek deck boxes with seating on top - take a look at the selection of seats! There's sure to be a storage bench to suit your patio.

Photo: Achla Designs Storage Bench

Elegant Stained Acacia Wood Bench with 3 Storage Drawers - For a Covered Patio, Porch or Sunroom

Acacia is a wood that stands up to weather quite well naturally, and this garden bench has been treated with oil to help preserve the color of the stained wood, but you'll want to use it in a covered patio or porch (not out in full force of the sun and rain) to keep it looking its best.

International Caravan VF-4124-IC Furniture Piece 3-Drawer Acacia Bench w/Arms
International Caravan VF-4124-IC Furniture Piece 3-Drawer Acacia Bench w/Arms

Oiled acacia wood in a beautiful traditional park bench design (36"H x 39.5"W x 19.5"D) has three drawers under the seat for storage. I'd stash a few magazines, my gardening gloves, secateurs and trowel, and a few toys for my little helpers.


Natural Wood Patio Storage Bench Seats

Hardwood storage bench boxes are traditional and beautiful - my first choice, for sure - but they do require some maintenance and may not be suitable for all climates or lifestyles.

150 Gallon Deck Box for Storage and Sitting
150 Gallon Deck Box for Storage and Sitting

Low-Maintenance All-Weather Patio Storage Bench Seats

Much as we love the look of wood, there's a lot to be said for a tough stay-dry storage box that doubles as extra patio seating, that you can just leave outside on the patio or deck in all weathers.

If easy-care is your summertime mode, check out the sleek modern patio storage bench seats now available in low-care materials, from wood-look composites to the trendy wicker-look resin garden furniture. Hose 'em off or wipe 'em down every once in a while, using an all-purpose household cleaner or soapy water, if necessary, and your patio storage bench should look good and serve you well for years of enjoyable outdoor living.

The large 150-gallon deck box featured here is as useful for sitting as it is for storage, and it has one rather nice feature you'll want to look for in a long bench style of storage box - the lid has a hydraulic hinge to prevent it from slamming shut on your fingers. This model is lockable, too.

Easy-Care Outdoor Loveseats for Seating and Storage - All-Weather Patio Storage Benches to Seat Two or More

Large and extra-large deck boxes can be very convenient, but even more so when they are beautifully disguised as a piece of garden furniture. Put an all-weather loveseat under a shady tree where you do the most gardening work, for taking a break, or near the kids' play area so you can keep watch in comfort.

Top Pick for Small Spaces - Indoor/Outdoor Resin Wicker Storage Bench - 22 gallons of storage space in a stylish single seat

The inside measurements of the storage area are 15" x 15" x 20" on this popular wicker-look patio storage bench. It's a comfortable single bench, large enough to seat an adult comfortably but compact enough to tuck away in a corner of a small deck or patio when you don't need the extra seating. Great for use indoors or outdoors, I like the versatility of a contemporary design carried out in popular resin wicker.

Suncast SSW1200 Mocha Resin Wicker 22- Gallon Storage Seat
Suncast SSW1200 Mocha Resin Wicker 22- Gallon Storage Seat

Stay-dry design in wicker-look resin, practical and attractive in mocha color. Matching pieces of other lawn and patio furniture are also available from Suncast, including a trash caddy, long storage box, various hose and hose reel boxes, and even a resin wicker beverage cooler!! So you could pull together a really nice patio look with just a few choice pieces.


What style of Storage Bench would look best on your deck or patio?

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      Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I really like that 150 gallon deck box. Outdoor storage is a must.

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      Laura45 LM 5 years ago

      This is a great idea since there never seems to be enough storage and nice to protect things from the elements!

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      DIY Mary 5 years ago

      With space being so limited, I love furniture that can double as storage containers. These patio seats are not only functional but also beautiful.

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Nice examples

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I love having storage on the patio for cushions and other things. These look great.

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      ComfortsOfHome 5 years ago

      @ecogranny: Nice! A new deck is very exciting... and so is picking out the furniture for it. :)

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      If I had a deck or patio, I would want the eco-friendly wood bench. My brother just added a new deck to his home, so I wanted to check out this page, since they need to furnish it now. Good options!

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      Cheryl Paton 5 years ago from West Virginia

      I like the look of the wood, however, since it would get a lot of sun, probably a composite would be best. I did check out some different composite benches at a store, and they had various weight recommendations on how much it would support.

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      This would be great in our conservatory!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice lens - helpful information

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I would go for the wood ones.

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      ComfortsOfHome 5 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks!

      Resin/plastic is low-maintenance, of course, but wood furniture is just so friendly and welcoming. Both have their place, I guess. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a great idea. I've been looking for something for my balcony - this could work well!

    • ComfortsOfHome profile image

      ComfortsOfHome 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes, some of small bench seats are sized just right for a balcony - good idea!

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I like the looks of the wood bench seats, too. Nice selection!

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      ComfortsOfHome 5 years ago

      @Camden1: It does, doesn't it? I have a weakness for wooden patio furniture, for sure.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      I love the first one you've pictured - it just looks like a beautiful piece of furniture!