Outdoor Storage Options
You can put outdoor storage options for containers to good use for a whole variety of reasons. For example, you could use them to sort out your garden furniture, find a useful home for all of your children’s toys or simply generate more space inside your house by moving things out.
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The world of storage containers is wide and varied and you will be surprised at how many options are available for your storage needs. To help you make your choice, you should consider the following points:
- Size – The amount of stuff that you are trying to tidy up will affect your options. Many small items like toys or flowerpots will take up the same amount of space as a few larger power tools or bikes. You need to consider how much yard space you have, so that your storage container does not dominate the rest of your yard or remove any usable space. The larger your container the more you will have to pay.
- Security – One of the big drawbacks of outdoor storage containers is that they are a visible advertisement that you have outdoor things that have value. The security of your container will be related to whether it is made out of plastic, wood or metal and whether you can lock it. As a rule of thumb, the more secure your container the more it will cost.
- Access – It is possible to find two storage containers for your yard that have a similar internal volume with two different ways of accessing the space. Some containers come with a door that opens to the front while others will open from the top. What you are planning to put in the container will dictate your choices. For example, if you’re storing large heavy objects, you probably want the door option so you don’t have to worry about heavy lifting, while if you want something for the kids to use, you could go for the open top so they can just throw things into it.
Outdoor Storage Options
Once you have made your considerations, you are ready to pick out your storage container. The most common installation options of outdoor storage options include:
- Screw-down – A screw down storage container screws or bolts into the ground. This makes it ideal for your driveway or deck and can be bolted into sunken concrete in the same way as a fence post. This is a good option if you have something expensive that you need to keep outside but want to keep safe.
- Free standing – A free standing storage container is much cheaper than the screw down version and tends to be better for lighter or cheaper items. It is a good option if you want flexibility where you put your outdoor storage containers, as you will be able to move it. This means that if you are putting it on the lawn, you can rotate its location to look after your lawn.
- Attached to the house – A good compromise is a lightweight model that attaches through hooks to the side of your house. You only need to screw a baton into the external wall and the container then slots onto the baton. It is then possible to move the baton around if you need your storage elsewhere.
Unless you choose a freestanding container, you may feel comfortable getting a professional to help you install your chosen option. Most of the major home improvement stores will offer installation services for their outdoor storage options and often will offer it in for free if you buy one that is big or expensive enough. They will also be reasonably easy to install by yourself as long as you have the right tools and a bit of home improvement knowledge.
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