There's no denying gardening can get messy as tools, soil bags and garden hoses take up a lot of precious garden space. Investing in an outdoor cupboard is a simple solution which helps to keep your garden equipment in one, well-organised place. Outdoor storage cabinets are perfect for smaller gardens as they act as mini sheds, so they're also a space saving solution.
We've selected nine of our favourites - from sturdy wooden cupboards, to more decorative, charming cabinets - so you can find an outdoor cupboard that keeps your equipment secure, and your garden clutter-free.
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Best outdoor cupboards for 2022
Grey Resin Storage Cabinet
This weather resistant resin storage cabinet is a durable, solid option which offers a healthy amount of space. There's a convenient locking system, so you can store your sharp secateurs and gardening knives out of reach, which is handy if you have children and pets running around. Thanks to the built-in support, there's the option of adding your own shelf for even more storage options.
On a dry, sunny day, you can keep the doors and lid wide open, and easily access everything you need. In terms of size, it's big enough to store two 120L wheelie bins. So if you have guests coming over for an alfresco dinner, and you'd like to keep your rubbish out of sight, you can easily pop your bins in this handy cupboard.
Fir Wood Tools Cabinet
Made of fir wood, this garden cupboard has a gorgeous, rich coffee colour, so it's one to consider if you fancy a stylish pick. It's one for the DIY lovers, as the kit comes with all of the necessary hardware and instructions so you can put it together yourself. There's a water-based paint coating on the exterior which helps to protect the cabinet from the elements. The glossy metal handles give it a sleek look, making this a lovely garden accessory for any patio or terrace.
It measures 77 x 56 x 72cm, so you can keep your hose reels and tool boxes in one neat place, leaving your garden free of mess.
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Garden Table with Underneath Cupboard
This is a multi-functional garden accessory which acts as a 2-in-1 table and cupboard. The galvanised working surface is ideal for repotting and it's also an extra bit of table space if you're hosting a BBQ and need a food prep area, so it's bound to come in handy. There's a shelf in the cupboard so you can decide how you want to divide your tools. It measures 98 x 48 x 95cm, so it's a neat size which would work well in smaller gardens.
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White Resin Garden Storage Cabinet
Made of weather resistant resin, this outdoor storage cabinet can be used to store your outdoor cushions, firewood or even a kid's bike. This is a great choice for outdoor use as it shouldn't rust and it's UV resistant, making it a low-maintenance item. If you're after extra security, you can make use of the latch by adding your own padlock. It's 127 x 73.7 x 104.1cm, so it's an ideal solution if you're in need of storage, but lack the outdoor space for a large traditional shed.
Small Wooden Garden Shed
Another fairly compact pick, this garden cupboard is made from fir wood and features adjustable rubber feet and metal handles. If you're worried about your kit getting wet from the soggy ground, this storage cabinet has a raised floor for extra protection. This convenient outdoor storage solution could be used for paint pots and brushes, children's toys, as well as any gardening equipment in need of a home.
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Slatted Storage Unit
This slatted storage unit is a particularly stylish pick. It features a galvanised metal top which you can use as a personal worktop, and it has two shelves, so it's an ideal place to store your plant pots. You could even place plants on top to make it more of a decorative garden feature. The slatted design ensures the outdoor cupboard is well ventilated, so you can store your garden essentials in an airy environment to keep them in good nick.
Black Garden Storage Cabinet
In need of a big garden clear up? This large black cabinet is sure to do the trick. It has four adjustable and ventilated shelves so you can tailor it to your tidying needs. This helpful feature allows you to store anything from longer utensils such as buckets and mops, to smaller belongings such as garden shoes and seed packets.
Its simple, understated design means it slots into any garden style with ease, and the sturdy, polypropylene material makes it a durable item. You can also add your own padlock to the cabinet for peace of mind. It's roughly 170 x 97 x 38cm, and you can place it against a wall so it's not overly obtrusive.
Wolter Solid Wood Tool Shed
If you're looking for a long-term addition to your outdoor area, this garden cupboard is a worthwhile investment. It has plenty of desirable features including a sloped design to prevent water or any other liquids from building up and affecting the wood, and it's water and UV resistant, so it should be able to withstand the elements.
The light colour gives it a unique and summery look, so it's both functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. It measures 110 x 55 x 117cm, so there's ample room for all sorts of garden gear from bulb planters to wellington boots.
3-Tier Wooden Garden Cabinet
This striking purple garden storage unit is ideal if you'd like to add a splash of colour to your garden. Measuring 175 x 77 x 58cm, this resembles a wardrobe, so it's a good space saving option as it's narrow, but still roomy. Its shape also lends itself well to longer tools such as rakes, brooms and shovels as the left side of the design is entirely open, and there are shelves on the right hand side for smaller items such as flower pots and watering cans. There's even a hook so you can hang up your messy apron after a hard day's work.
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