We’d all agree that it’s quite convenient when you don’t have to make trips to the garden shed or garage to get the tools you need (or the toys your kids want), which is where deck boxes come in. Having a deck box in your backyard provides not only a handy storage facility, but some can also double up as attractive coffee tables and bench seats (if they’re made of sturdy enough stuff!).
A prime example of an attractive and practical deck storage box for your backyard is the Keter Westwood Plastic Deck Storage Container. The roomy 150-gallon space makes it ideal for keeping all your garden tools and other equipment in one spot (with a lock for extra protection and child safety). It’s stylish natural wood texture also means this storage box ain’t bad to look at either, and will always come in handy as a cute and durable backyard bench.
In this guide, we’ll be weighing up the pros and cons of a wide selection of backyard deck boxes that are currently on the market before picking our overall winner. Whatever your outdoor storage needs or your unique garden layout/aesthetic, we bet one of the following products will tick all the right boxes for you:
- Keter Westwood Plastic Deck Storage Container Box Outdoor Patio Garden Furniture 150 Gal, Brown
- Keter Eden 70 Gallon Storage Bench Deck Box for Patio Decor and Outdoor Seating, Brown/Brown
- Keter Brightwood 120 Gallon Outdoor Garden Patio Storage Furniture Deck Box, Anthracite
- Keter XXL 230 Gallon Plastic Deck Storage Container Box Outdoor Patio Garden Furniture 870 Liters
- Suncast 99-Gallon Large Deck Box – Lightweight Resin Indoor/Outdoor Storage Container and Seat for Patio Cushions, Gardening Tools and Toys – Store Items on Patio, Garage, Yard – Mocha
- Suncast 73-Gallon Medium Deck Box – Lightweight Resin Indoor/Outdoor Storage Container and Seat for Patio Cushions, Gardening Tools and Toys – Store Items on Patio, Garage, Yard – Taupe
- Suncast BMDB134004 Wicker Resin Deck Box, 134 gallon
- Suncast Elements 30-Gallon End Table with Storage – Lightweight Resin Outdoor Storage Patio and Coffee Table for Cushions, Gardening Tools and Toys – Store Items on Patio – White
- Suncast 50-Gallon Medium Deck Box – Lightweight Resin Indoor/Outdoor Storage Container and Seat for Patio Cushions, Gardening Tools and Toys – Store Items on Patio, Garage, Yard – Brown
- Suncast 127-Gallon Large Deck Box – Lightweight Resin Indoor/Outdoor Storage Container and Seat for Patio Cushions, Gardening Tools and Toys – Store Items on Patio, Garage, Yard – Taupe
- Lifetime 60298 Heavy Duty Outdoor Storage Deck Box, 130 Gallon, Gray
- Rubbermaid 2047052 Deck Box Extra Large Sandstone
- Rubbermaid Outdoor Patio Storage Bench, 4 cu. ft., Olive/Sandstone (FG376401OLVSS)
- Crosley Furniture Palm Harbor Outdoor Wicker Storage Bin – Brown
14 Best Backyard Deck Box Reviews
The Keter Westwood deck storage is made of tough, sturdy plastic, but the super stylish faux wood grain texture will make it feel right at home with your other outdoor furniture. Proof positive that storage containers needn’t be ugly to be practical, this generous 150 gallon capacity deck box has the look of an expensive wooden chest, and what’s more – it also doubles up as a comfortable 2 seater bench. It also has an automatic opening mechanism, which makes life so much easier when you’re juggling a handful of garden tools to store away again (or a handful of barbecue and pool accessories as the case may be!).A minor negative about the Keter Westwood is that it won’t hold up well when filled to the brim with heavy tools and other heavy-duty equipment. But the Westwood was built to be your friend where storage capacity is concerned, so for light and medium weight storage items like light toys, cushions and patio accessories, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better value large-scale deck box (that also doubles up as super stylish seating for your guests!).
- 150 gallon capacity
- Attractive wood grain-like finish
- Slow-closing hinges for easy use
- Great value large-scale storage
- Comfortable seating for 2 adults
- Not built for heavy-duty storage
A handful of deck boxes on this list can also function as benches, but this attractive trickster actually looks like a genuine wooden bench! The Keter Eden storage bench will blend in with your dark wooden or wicker patio furniture and keep your items dry and secure, thanks to a sturdy resin construction and lockable lid. While the storage capacity isn’t the best compared to its rivals, 70 gallons will always come in handy for tidying away the odd amount of clutter, and the fact this doubles up as some attractive spare seating at garden parties definitely helps to justify the limited space on offer.A word of caution about the bottom panel – since the whole box is constructed with a plastic resin, the material can be quite flexible, so if you’re planning to primarily use this as regular seating, you might want to consider making the base panel more secure. Some customers have recommended placing metal bars at the bottom of the box frame to prevent the plastic panel from ‘bowing’ under pressure.
- Appealing bench seat design
- Seat holds up to 771 pounds
- Lockable lid
- 70 gallon capacity in bench hollow
- Plastic base panel could be sturdier
If your backyard is always a blur of activity from kids playing about to constant yard work being carried out by the green-fingered member of your family (perhaps that’s you!), then this Keter Brightwood deck box won’t let you down. This storage unit was built to be transported around the outside of your home, thanks to easy grip side handles and a lightweight design. The auto open and close mechanism also makes life a little easier when you need to retrieve multiple items, so whether you need your car wash accessories or garden tools on standby, you’ll always have quick access.Like many storage containers in the Keter family, this deck box is built with strong weather-resistant polypropylene, so the exterior won’t be phased by extremes of rain and sun. However, one thing to note is the double-edged sword of the ventilated interior feature. On the one hand, storing barbecue grills and tools shortly after use will have safe ventilation, but on the other, the ventilation will mean this deck box isn’t precisely watertight or bug proof!, but this is nothing that can’t be diminished with a can of bug repellent (and an occasional tarp cover in heavy rainstorms).
- Side handles for easy transportation
- Attractive wood panel appearance
- Automatic open/close mechanism
- Comes in different color options
- Tricky to assemble
- Ventilated interior may be vulnerable to water leaks/pests
When you need your backyard deck box to store more than average sized clutter, then this super-sized 230 gallon storage container from Keter is the way to go. This XXL storage capacity will allow you to safely store heavy duty yard tools in winter as well as any folding patio furniture that needs a sanctuary from the harsher weather elements. Despite its gargantuan size, this Keter XXL container will only take 2 adults as little as 15 minutes to assemble fully, so you can get on with decluttering your yard or garage space.Despite the claim of a fully watertight design, a few customers have remarked upon a small gap between the lid and the box interior. This may only run the risk of water leak-through after long exposure to a particularly heavy rainstorm, so to be on the safe side, it may be wise to throw a tarp over the container in harsh weather conditions to protect your contents. Overall though, this is a sturdy great value deck box with more than ample storage space for all your decluttering purposes.
- Super 230 gallon capacity
- Waterproof and ultra durable
- Easy to assemble
- Large side handle grooves for easy transportation
- 1 inch gap between lid and box
This 99 gallon wicker-look deck box from Suncast is an ideal choice if you’re on a tight budget. Despite costing almost half the price of other storage chests on the market, this delivers as equally on style and sturdiness as it does on a generous storage capacity for your items. The stunning wicker weave like appearance makes this look far more expensive than the plastic resin material would have you believe. Plus, it’s even sturdy enough to act as a spare bench seat so you can accommodate more of your guests at backyard parties and barbecues.As beautiful as the faux wicker weave design is to look at, the intricate texture might make cleaning the exterior of your deck box a little tedious -especially if dirt and grime gets stuck in the nooks and crannies of the weaves. But if you’re prepared to overlook this for an attractive and great budget price storage solution, then the odd clean down (perhaps with a toothbrush) shouldn’t be too much of an issue!
- Stylish curved wicker design
- Hard-wearing resin construction
- Simple assembly
- Budget price option
- Sturdy enough to act as seating
- Lid may warp over time
- Intricate design can make it hard to clean
Another great budget option if you’re after a no-frills medium sized storage box for your backyard. At 73 gallons, this Suncast deck box delivers plenty of storage space to hold kid’s toys and pool accessories, but can also handle a few light tools and small barbecue accessories. With wheels built into the bottom and extended handles on both sides, this also makes it easy to take your stored items with you around the backyard.Guests and neighbors may not be fooled up close, but from afar, the stone color of this deck box appears more expensive than a run-of-the-mill plastic container (and may even blend in nicely with your patio color scheme too!). Just be careful when assembling this as the instruction manual can be a little vague. We’d advise putting this together with another person just to ensure the pieces click carefully into place, as some customers have mentioned that the fairly cheap design of the deck box favors a more delicate approach than necessary.
- Easy grip side handles
- Budget option
- Comes with wheels for simple transportation
- Sturdy to act as a spare seat
- Hinged lid for easy access
- Assembly instructions are unclear
The contemporary wicker texture and stylish appearance makes this Suncast deck box a nice addition to your existing patio table and chairs. The attractive curved box design makes this deck box have more in common with an ornate bedroom chest than your average storage container, and it offers plenty of space for your stuff too. Its 134 gallon capacity plants this Suncast deck box firmly in the extra large category of deck boxes (and at a fair price compared with some of its other XXL competitors).Practical always as pretty to look at, this Suncast deck box was also built to be low maintenance and easy to clean. The slightly raised roof on the lid design also means rainwater will glide right off the deck box, leaving your items protected and dry inside A slight downer is the difficult assembly, which claims to be easy and require ‘little to no tools’, but this isn’t quite accurate according to some customers. If you’re eyeing up this deck box for your needs, we’d recommend getting some assistance.
- 5 year warranty
- Stylish wicker texture
- Slightly raised roof to divert rainwater
- Good value for XL storage capacity
- Assembly is a little tricky
At a modest 30 gallons, this brings the Suncast Elements deck box to the smallest end of the garden storage capacities on this list. However, buyers are sure to seek this stylish little unit out for its visual appeal and side function as a cute outdoor coffee table than they are for adequate backyard storage. Not that it even disappoints on that front! This Suncast All-weather storage table can easily fit a set of standard sized patio cushions or party accessories for your next family barbecue, and how often do you see a hollow coffee table looking this attractive?What it clearly lacks in storage space, it certainly makes up for in furniture matching potential, so if this matters to you, then this a versatile little backyard accessory to have. It’s not without some helpful features for when you need to store and retrieve your items either – though small and delicate, the box lid opens on hinges so you won’t need to prop it against something to leave it open. And perhaps unsurprisingly for its budget price, the lid doesn’t close in a precise watertight fashion, but again, this is more of an outdoor coffee table with storage as an afterthought.
- Versatile stylish coffee table design
- Decorative wicker pattern
- Opens on hinges for easier access
- Lid doesn’t shut precisely
- Assembly can be a hassle
Like other deck boxes in the Suncast range, this is designed with practicality and style in mind. The smooth and subtly raised roof design to the lid means water will glide off easily and leave your contents dry after a night of heavy rainfall (or after an afternoon of washing the car!). And although its made from the usual plastic resin construction, it’s clear that quality craftsmanship has gone into the making of it. The flat panel structure makes this easy to clean, even when girt and grime has accumulated and the bottom detail on the paneling sets this apart from yet another dull plastic storage container.The sturdy resin structure means this deck box will hold 50 gallons worth of your heavy duty weights and garden tools with no problems. Its watertight enclosure also means that light storage such as patio cushions and other soft outdoor furnishings will be kept dry. Just be warned, however, that strong winds may lift the lid up from time to time as it is quite lightweight.
- Ultra durable resin construction
- Curved roof design so rainwater runs off
- Flat panel surface makes cleaning easy
- Inexpensive for medium capacity box
- Lid may warp over time
- Very lightweight lid (can fly open in high winds)
If you need to store a variety of items but don’t want your garden tools piled up in a tangle beneath several patio cushions, then this multi-compartment deck box could be for you. This generously sized Suncast storage box is built with a special storage compartment so that you can keep your tools separate from other storage. This is a versatile little feature and one rarely seen in deck box containers at this price – and I think many of us would appreciate a way to store sharp tools and equipment alongside soft furnishings and toys without causing damage to them!As well as the plus of a double compartment feature, this Suncast unit offers a whopping 127 gallons worth of storage space, at a very reasonable price compared to some other super XXL deck boxes on the market. A word of warning about the lid design though – customers have commented on the flimsy nature of it and its tendency to slam shut.
- Multiple storage compartments
- Provides comfortable seating for 2 adults
- Durable resin composite construction
- Affordable price tag for an XXL container
- Water-resistant poly material resists fading and signs of wear
- Lid is poorly designed (slams shut, flimsy etc)
- Only ships to the US
This humongous storage container may have the appearance of an overgrown drinks cooler, but this thing was built to withstand all the clutter you can throw into it. Heavy duty by name and by nature, this XXL 130 gallon deck box from Lifetime can hold anything that’s decluttering your garage and outdoor space from pool accessories and kids bikes and toys to large bags of soil and bird seed. The high-density polyethylene construction means this extra large deck box will make a sturdy bench too, and there’s no fear of cracking or fading over time thanks to the strong UV and weather -resistant seal.The Lifetime deck box is also built with molded side handles to allow for transportation, but they are unfortunately a little shallow, so moving the box may be uncomfortable over long distances, but not impossible. So just take care when lugging this thing around when it’s filled to the brim with heavy tools and equipment, as you won’t have the most secure purchase on the handles!
- UV and water-resistant seal
- Extra large capacity
- Sturdy powder-coated steel hinges
- Stylish duo-tone color
- 10 year warranty
- Shallow handles, difficult to transport
This sturdy and reliable deck box by Rubbermaid features an attractive two tone color scheme and comes in both a light and dark main color which will help it blend in well with most backyard styles and layouts. The Sandstone Rubbermaid is made from a rigid double-wall construction that will prevent leaks, moisture damage, cracks and dents. It also means this deck box can comfortably bear the weight of 3 adults without becoming compromised too (not to mention as a spare food platter when you run out of space at your next family barbecue!).Most Rubbermaid storage units and products boast a simple assembly process, but this unfortunately isn’t the case with this unit. So be wary that the poor instructions may cause some headaches at first. Once put together, though, this is a pretty decent deck box with a generous 120 gallon capacity for all your patio tools and accessories. This particular Rubbermaid deck box also comes in two other sizes (Mini and Medium capacity) if you ever want to match this with other storage units in future.
- Comes in 3 different sizes
- Comfortable seating for 2 adults
- Weather-resistant double wall construction
- Lid isn’t airtight
- Poor assembly instructions
This Rubbermaid storage bench comes in an attractive two tone color design to match with any patio surroundings and unlike many of its rival deck boxes, this is a storage bench with solid arm rests and back support, so it can comfortably accommodate 2 adults. With a storage capacity of 4 cubic feet (or around 30 gallons), this wasn’t made to hold a great deal of garden supplies, but for keeping your yard tidy of clutter after a garden party or for stowing away small patio cushions and throws, then this can be the perfect addition to your outdoor space.There’s a chance that rainwater will collect on the lid surface after a stormy night, but rest assured, this Rubbermaid’s durable double-wall construction will resist leaks, dents, cracks and any other damage that the outdoor elements can throw at it. Unfortunately, there is no lock mechanism on the lid, so it isn’t the most secure of storage units on the list. But for a small-scale, stylish space-saving accessory to have in your backyard, this storage bench is well worth the price.
- Attractive bench seat design
- Durable weather-resistant construction
- Low maintenance material
- Not anti-theft
- Limited storage capacity
The elegant woven style of this genuine wicker deck box immediately sets it apart from the rest of the backyard storage units out there. This Crosley Furniture Palm Harbor chest has the appearance of a luxury bedroom hamper than an outdoor storage bin (and would look particularly beautiful on a summer’s day beside the pool if this applies to your home!). The Crosley storage unit also comes in a variety of colors, allowing you to complement your patio and surrounding features or match things up with your dark furniture for a stylish coordinated look.Whilst the side handles and lid opening holes mean this isn’t the most watertight design of deck box, the feet at the base lift this storage unit just above ground level, so you can at least rest easy that your contents won’t be damaged by mold and mildew after sitting in a rainwater (It also means small bugs and pests won’t have easy access either). The sturdy steel frame structure of the Crosley assures this is more than a pretty sight, as does the slow closing hinge mechanism and UV-resistant resin construction. All in all, this is an impressive storage bin for the price and large capacity.
- Attractive natural wicker appearance
- Smooth closing hinge design
- UV-resistant resin material
- Sturdy steel frame
- Not completely waterproof
Things to Consider Before Buying
Deck boxes come in all shapes and sizes to keep your backyard clutter stored neatly away, so don’t rush into buying one until you’re certain it fulfills your needs. You might decide you want to coordinate your rattan patio furniture with a rattan or wicker-like deck box, or perhaps you’re simply after a practical storage solution to keep your kid’s bulky bike and scooter equipment from taking up garage space, in which case you’ll need a deck box of suitable size and capacity.
To ensure you get the best possible choice of deck box for your backyard, don’t forget to first think about some of the following factors:
Size – The size of your chosen deck box will come down to your individual use and capacity needs (see below). Some deck boxes are built to cater for the kind of large gardening tools and equipment that you might otherwise store in a traditional shed. Whilst others are built to smaller size, sometimes serving the dual purpose of a coffee table or attractive bench seat in addition to a storage solution.
Material – Your deck box won’t last long if it’s made from inferior material, so make sure you pay close attention to this when shopping around. The best deck box should be made to withstand all elements all year round (with a little TLC from you of course!). Be on the look out for boxes made from natural wood, high-density polyethylene plastic or wicker resin, as these will offer the best protection. Just be aware that natural wood finishes will hike the price up considerably compared with plastic alternatives.
Capacity – Take a careful inventory of how much stuff you intend to store in your backyard deck box. If it’s a case of simply tidying away patio clutter such as kid’s toys, lightweight tools or patio cushions then a low to medium storage capacity deck box (30 – 80 gallons) will be perfectly suitable. Larger items such as yard equipment and small kid’s bikes etc may require 100 gallons and higher.
Features – Deck box designs can range from simple storage chests with a heavy, cumbersome lid to ones with features like pneumatic hinges for safe soft-closing lids and locks to prevent kids from getting access to dangerous tools and equipment. Depending on your storage needs, you may benefit from deck boxes with helpful features such as front doors so that heavy machinery or garden equipment can be accessed more easily than through the main lid opening.
Other features to look out for are the different roof types on deck boxes – many will be straight, but others have either a pent or apex roof design. A pent roof will have one side lower than the other and an apex roof is raised in the middle to drain water away from both sides. Most deck box structures are made from a waterproof material, but if your storage contents is of significant value, having a slanted roof style will add to the protection against rainwater, not to mention this will add to the longevity of your deck box.
Durability – Quality made plastic and resin deck boxes are usually made with a waterproof finish that ensures they will withstand years of outdoor use. Some resin and plastic units are also finished with a UV-resistant coat to prevent fading from sunlight over time. Natural wood deck boxes will require re-finishing and regular care to get the most out of them.
Portability – If you’ll need to transport your deck box around the yard for gardening work, some styles come with built in handles and wheels for your convenience. Many deck box styles are manufactured as simple rectangular storage boxes, though, so make sure you check this before buying.
Purpose – Will you need your deck box to accommodate heavy gardening equipment or barbecue accessories? Or perhaps you just need a small storage chest for patio throw cushions and toys? Deck boxes can either be hard-wearing or more simply made depending on your needs. Multi-purpose storage chests will have lockable roofs and doors for extra security and to allow easier access to items, but there are also more simple garden storage options for storing more lightweight clutter like patio furnishings and children’s toys.
What Type of Wood is Most Durable for a Deck box?
The most durable wooden deck boxes are usually made from highly moisture-resistant wood types such as Teak, Pine and Cedar. Natural wooden deck boxes can remain durable for as long as you’re willing to regularly maintain them over time with the appropriate care and oil treatments.
Can You Leave a Deck Box Outside All Year Long?
With proper care, metal and natural wooden deck boxes can be suitable for use outdoors all year round. Generally though, plastic constructed deck boxes are the best choice for all-season use since they won’t warp, peel or dent when exposed to the elements.
As mentioned above in the ‘Things to Consider’ section, if you shop around for a deck box with either a pent or apex roof, this will add to the longevity.
Will This Storage Box Keep Things Inside Dry?
Many deck boxes on the market are built to be waterproof, but you should also consider where you’ll be placing your deck box. If it will be sitting on grass or on your patio at ground level, the contents could be affected in times of heavy rainfall and snow. Thankfully, some deck box styles sit a few inches off the ground, so the contents should be well protected.
Does a Box Come Assembled?
Unless you are ordering a bespoke design of deck box from a certain retailer or manufacturer, the vast majority of deck boxes will require some assembly, but in some cases, very few tools are needed to slot the box panels and roof together.
Is There a Way for Bugs and Rodents to Get in a Deck Box?
Leftover food from a backyard barbecue or party will naturally attract pests, so always try to make sure the area near your deck box is clean. Wooden deck boxes in particular should be properly treated and sealed with wood varnish from time to time to create a barrier against beetles and other pests that attempt to bore into the wood.
The combo of a generous 150 gallon capacity with an attractive faux wood appearance (that has the strength and durability of resin) makes the Keter Westwood Plastic Deck Storage Container a winning storage solution for your backyard. Its sleek eye-catching appearance makes it perfect as sophisticated seating for any garden party guests, but its also tough enough to hold up in harsh weather year after year.
The Keter Westwood’s lockable lid also keeps your items protected, so whether filled with expensive garden tools or irreplaceable children’s toys, your contents will remain safe from thieves (and harsh weather events, thanks to its sturdy resin walls). This is a deck box that delivers on space, security and style in equal measure.
Mike Zhang. Founder of FamilyLifeShare