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Best Deck Box for Outdoor Deck and Patio Storage

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Finding outdoor storage space to store pool toys, garden tools, seat cushions and other items is not always easy. Deck boxes help you keep your porch, patio, or deck clutter-free. In addition, having a deck box ensures that you have easy access to the things therein for when you need them.

The best deck boxes come in various styles, sizes and colors to match your outdoor decor. However, outdoor storage deck boxes are not made the same. Some have watertight seals and locks, while others don't. Ideally, the goal is to have a deck box that will fit garden tools, pool toys and other necessities and be weatherproof and lockable without compromising durability.

We understand that narrowing down your options may be challenging. Therefore, below is a curated list of the best deck boxes and a buying guide, so you know exactly what to look for when making a purchase.

What is A Deck Box?

Imagine having an outdoor storage box where you could store grilling tools, pool toys, gardening supplies and only have to retrieve them when you want to grill, garden or have your kids playing by the pool. Enter a deck box.

The best deck boxes help to keep clutter away by providing a storage solution. They come in different designs and sizes to suit your needs and blend seamlessly with your outdoor decor. In addition, some are made of weather-resistant materials to ensure that your valuables are protected from water leaks.

A lockable deck box ensures safety, so you are guaranteed that your kids will not be tampering with dangerous gardening equipment without your supervision, or worse, they are not stolen. In addition, deck boxes double up as seating benches or coffee tables, depending on the design.

What is a Deck Box Used for?

Below are our top picks.

1. Lifetime 60103 Deck Storage Box

Lifetime 60012 Extra Large Deck Box, 130 Gallon, Desert...
  • Rigid Dual-Wall High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Construction |...
  • Product dimensions | External – 60” L x 24” W x 26.3” H |...
  • Lockable Lid (Lock Not Included) | Easy Straight-Forward Assembly
  • Weather-resistant Build to Withstand the Elements | Can sit over...
  • Controlled Spring-Hinge Lid Opens Greater than 90° – Won’t...

If you have a large deck or many small and big items that you need to stow, this Lifetime outdoor storage box is an excellent choice. It is made of high-density polyethylene(HDPE), which withstands hot and cold temperatures. In addition, this deck box has a double-wall construction to ensure that your items remain dry.

This 130-gallon large deck box has enough internal storage to put big gardening supplies or several small items on your patio. It has a watertight seal that ensures that water and moisture don't seep through. The soft close hinges on the lid ensure that it doesn't slam shut. In addition, there's room to put a padlock if you wish.


  • It can be used as a bench for extra seating
  • Has handles on both sides for portability
  • Features soft-close hinges
  • Has a heavy-duty design
  • Water-resistant seal
  • Large capacity
  • Does not fade10-year warranty


  • It requires full assembly

2. Suncast 22 Gallon Small Deck Box

Suncast 22-Gallon Small Deck Box - Lightweight Resin...
  • DECK STORAGE BOX: Beautiful plastic outdoor box has a 22-gallon...
  • DURABLE: Water-resistant poly resin construction resists fading...
  • VERSATILE: For use indoors or outdoors to store pool toys, grill...
  • FUNCTIONAL DESIGN: Lid flips open on hinges for easy access to...
  • SMALL SIZED: Storage box measures 15"L x 15"W x 20"H, the perfect...

This Suncast deck box is perfect if you are looking for a compact outdoor storage box. This resin deck box is water-resistant to keep pool toys, yard gloves and more items dry. In addition, it does not fade, peel or chip over time.

This small-sized deck box is versatile and can work as an indoor and outdoor storage alternative. The lid of the box flips open on the hinges to enhance easy access to your items. In addition, this wicker finish resin deck box holds up to 150 pounds, making it an excellent option for a one-person seat.


  • Weather-resistant
  • Robust construction
  • Keeps items dry
  • Doubles up as an extra seat
  • Has a wicker finish


  • Has a small internal storage capacity

3. Keter Circa 37 Gallon Resin Round Deck Box

Keter Circa 37 Gallon Round Deck Box, Patio Table for...
  • DIMENSIONS: Exterior: 26. 7 in. Diameter x 16. 5 H in. /...
  • IDEAL STORAGE: 37 gallon internal storage capacity
  • RESIN CONSTRUCTION: It's made out of all weather-resistant resin...
  • DURABLE AND STRONG: Weather-resistant polypropylene construction...
  • EXTRA SEATING: Provides comfortable bench seating with a weight...

Rather than buying a coffee table for your deck or patio, you can opt for this 37-gallon deck box. It is small and rounded, perfect for throwing in some pillows and a few garden tools. In addition, this outdoor storage box is made of resin which is weather-resistant, UV and rust-resistant.

The Circa round deck box from Keter has an elegant finish thanks to the faux wood look. It features ventilated sides that keep your items dry and prevent mildew or mold from building up. In addition, this small but roomy deck box ensures that items stay dry even during the winter season.

Holding a little over 300-pounds, you can use this rounded Circa deck box for a lower extra seating without damaging it. Featuring a polypropylene construction, you are guaranteed that it won't rust, peel, or get dented. In addition, this resin deck box lasts longer than a wood one and does not require any tools to set up.


  • Has a dark faux-wood look
  • Doesn't crack or peel
  • Weather-resistant
  • Has a unique rounded design
  • Has ventilated sides
  • Easy to set up


  • Snaps to assemble which risks the parts from breaking

4. Keter Kentwood 90 Gallon Resin Deck Box

Keter Kentwood 90 Gallon Resin Deck Box-Organization...
  • DIMENSIONS: Exterior: 50.4 in. W x 21.2 in. D x 23.2 in. H /...
  • IDEAL STORAGE: Storage capacity of 90 gallons is perfect for...
  • RESIN CONSTRUCTION: Made from polypropylene resin plastic to...
  • DURABLE AND STRONG: Weather-resistant polypropylene construction...
  • EXTRA SEATING: Provides comfortable bench seating with a weight...

Available in graphite, brown and brown plastic colors, this 90-gallon deck box is the perfect addition to your patio. It has a large storage capacity to hold your patio cushions, blankets and garden supplies. In addition, it provides comfortable bench seating with a weight capacity of 573 pounds.

Like other resin deck boxes, this Keter Kentwood piece is water-resistant, fade-free, rust-free and doesn't dent. The resin and polypropylene construction enhances durability and ensures that your cushions remain dry, mildew-free regardless of the season. In addition, it has a lockable lid to ensure the safety of your pool accessories, towels and cushions.


  • Made of durable resin
  • Has a large weight capacity
  • Has lockable lid for safety
  • Water-resistant
  • Fade free
  • Easy to set up with no tools


  • Doesn't hold well during a storm or heavy rain

5. Rubbermaid Medium Resin Storage Deck Box

Rubbermaid Medium Resin Weather Resistant Outdoor...
  • Outdoor storage and seating in one durable combination
  • Comfortable seating for 2 adults, with easy assembly
  • Great for storing patio accessories, grilling, and small lawn...
  • Weather resistant material that will not rot or rust like metal...
  • 42 inches long by 24 inches wide by 24 inches high; 75 gallons

Our last pick is this 75-gallon deck box from Rubbermaid. This medium deck box and outdoor storage container can hold grilling accessories, lawn supplies and patio accessories for easy access. It is made of resin rust-free, durable and is weather resistant.

The Rubbermaid outdoor storage box is the perfect addition to your outdoor space and blends seamlessly with your aesthetics. It is compact and easy to carry around when empty. In addition, this storage bench has a weight allowance that can accommodate seating for two adults.


  • Has a medium storage capacity
  • Weather-resistant
  • Durable
  • Has a padlock allowance on the lid for safety
  • Easy to put together


  • Not the most comfortable

Why Do You Need to Have the Best Deck Box for Outdoor Storage?

1. Keep Items Safe and Dry

Water-resistant deck boxes keep your items dry. This could be patio furniture cushions, toys, grilling accessories and other things you wouldn't want to be in contact with water. Having a lockable lid guarantees safety.

2. Storage Space

Every home has extra stuff that needs to be stashed away every so often, especially if you have kids. A shed or a garage tends to be limiting for the things you use daily, but you don't want to see them lying on your garden, deck, or patio. Deck boxes come in handy here to provide an outdoor storage solution and keep your space clutter-free.

3. Multiple Sizes

Deck boxes come in various sizes to get several small-sized ones or one large deck box. This will depend on how much stuff you need to stash away and your general outdoor aesthetic.

4. Versatile

Aside from acting as an outdoor storage box, a deck box also serves as outdoor seating. A multi-functional tool is always better, especially if you are also a minimalist. Since they also match your decor, you don't need to buy extra seating or table, depending on the style you get, whenever you have guests.

5. Portable

Deck boxes are portable and easy to set up. Some come with wheels or canisters that make it easy to move them whenever you want to change the setup and configuration of your patio. A deck box is designed to be practical and functional without taking up much room space.

How Do You Choose the Best Deck Box?

Sheds and garages come in handy for storing things outside your house, but sometimes you need to quickly stash furniture cushions in a clean space within the patio. The best outdoor storage bins provide an outdoor storage solution that is aesthetic and functional. Here's what you need to look at when buying a deck box.

1. Size

A deck box comes in various sizes and shapes, such as rectangular, square, or circular. When considering the size of the deck box, it is advisable first to measure your outdoor space and determine how much space you have to fit a deck box.

Another determiner of size is the items you intend on storing. For example, you will need a small deck box to keep away toys and throw blankets. However, for items that require more room, like gardening equipment, you will need a large deck box.

2. Weight Capacity

If you intend to use your deck box for extra seating, check for the weight capacity recommended by the manufacturer. Most deck boxes will hold about 200 pounds or more. However, the weight capacity could be lower for outdoor storage boxes that double up as tables.

3. Storage Capacity

The internal storage capacity determines what can be accommodated in the deck box. Whether it is patio cushions, blankets, or pool accessories, you have the option to choose from a large to a medium deck box that will fit your items.

4. Build Material

Deck boxes are made for outdoor storage. This means that the material has to be durable enough to withstand continuous exposure to elements. In addition, you want a water-resistant material that will keep your items dry at all times. Wood, plastic and resin are the common deck box build materials.

  • Wood- These outdoor storage boxes are made using moisture-resistant wood like teak, pine, cedar and waterproof cypress wood. They require frequent maintenance to ensure that they last long. However, these boxes are more costly compared t other alternatives.
  • Plastic- A plastic outdoor storage container is an excellent build material. This deck box is durable, waterproof and requires little to no resistance. Unlike wood, plastic does not rot, dent, peel, or rust. However, it fades over time.
  • Resin- Resin wood boxes resemble traditional wood, although you will find some that have a metallic or wicker look. In addition, they are lightweight, durable and water and UV-resistant. Over time, resin storage boxes do not fade, splinter, or break.

5. Locks

Having a deck box with a lock ensures that you don't have to replace expensive items like gardening tools every now and then. Although you will need to buy a padlock separately, it helps to add security and make it challenging to steal. In addition, if you have children, locks help keep sharp tools out of reach where they could cause accidents.

6. Wheels or Canisters

Wheels help you move the deck box from one point to the other, on the patio and in the garden. It is a helpful feature, especially after you have filled the outdoor storage box. However, you can settle for a deck box without this feature if you don't plan on moving it.

7. Weather Resistance

Most outdoor storage boxes will have a water-resistant label. While this helps to repel water, you need to ensure that the seals are watertight. This helps to ensure that no water is getting in that may cause your gardening tools to rust.


A deck box is an excellent way to keep your patio organized and clutter-free. Depending on your aesthetic and storage needs, an outdoor storage box could act as extra seating to accommodate family and guests. In addition, your items will remain dry, safe and within easy access.

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Ian Mutuli

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Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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