Outdoor tools, cushions for chairs, and your garden supplies can turn into a drastically disorganized mountain of stuff that’s ready to spill over into your yard at any time.
But there is a solution to your woes:
The deck box.
We’ve compiled the best deck boxes available on the market today, plus our expert advice to help you choose the best one for your needs. Continue reading to learn all about them!
- Suncast 99-Gallon Resin Wicker Deck Box
- Keter Westwood 150-Gallon Plastic Deck Storage Container
- Manhattan Teak Deck Box by Chic Teak
- Lifetime Extra Large (130-Gallons)
- Keter Eden 70-Gallon Patio Storage Garden Bench
- Anderson Teak Del-Amo Storage Bench
- The Lawson by Birch Lane
- Lancaster Eucalyptus Storage Box
- Suncast 195 Gallon Resin Cabinet
- Lancaster Eucalyptus Wood Rolling Carts
Our 10 Top-Picks for Deck Boxes
1. Suncast 99-Gallon Resin Wicker Deck Box: Best for Most People
Available in two colors – java (a mocha brown) or white – the resin wicker deck box from Suncast has a classic look. It is an attractive resin-constructed vessel that stays dry in inclement weather, and can fit a padlock to keep your belongings secure.
It requires assembly, but this is a simple process that can be completed in just a few minutes, with no tools required. As an added bonus, when you’re finished assembling it, you can take a seat right on top of the box. Although it’s not designed to be a seat, it’s strong enough to act as a bench!
Full dimensions are 50 x 25.5 x 25.5 inches, and it weighs 40 pounds. Convenient handles on either side help to facilitate carrying with a buddy, if necessary. And a five-year limited warranty against manufacturer or material defects is included with purchase.
The wicker design is appealing, but keep in mind that this can be a headache to clean. We recommend using a power washer on a low setting to clean out all those nooks and crannies – or a toothbrush, if you’ve got the time and patience.
2. Keter Westwood 150-Gallon Plastic Deck Storage Container: the Biggest Chest Style
When you need to store a LOT of stuff, this 150-gallon plastic storage container from Keter is the winner. Combine a spacious design, resin-based construction, and a convenient mechanism to aid opening and closing, and you’ve got yourself one great deck box.
The brown wood-grain UV-protected plastic resin will blend into natural surroundings or mesh nicely with your outdoor decor, and it’s easy to assemble.
It’s pretty large, just over 5 feet long, and it’s the best option for large-scale storage on our list if you’ve got the room for it. Full dimensions are 61 x 28.5 x 25.4 inches and it weighs 48.5 pounds.
It does double duty as a bench as well, which further justifies its size, and can hold up to two adults or a max weight of 660 pounds. This product has a limited 2-year warranty.
The construction of this deck box is durable but ideally used for light-duty storage. Pack up your pool toys, cushions, and other lighter objects to the brim, but think twice before filling the Keter with tools and heavier objects, and do not plan to move it while it’s full.
3. Manhattan Teak Deck Box by Chic Teak: A Beautiful Wooden Option
Our first all-wood entry on the list, this container is perfect for those with exacting standards. Constructed of 100% teak wood, the open-slatted design of the wood base allows water to easily run through it.
The grade-A Indonesian teak is water, rot, and mildew resistant, so you’ve got minimal need to fear any discoloration, though it is not naturally protected from UV like other materials. Simply wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Top weight capacity is only 50 pounds, so it’s best to avoid using this solid wood box to take a seat after swimming around the pool – though this may look like an inviting option to your guests, it isn’t recommended. The hardware is solid brass, so it is durable and promises to hold its handsome shine.
Overall dimensions are 22 x 76 x 26 inches and it weighs 116 pounds. A 1-year warranty is included with purchase.
The slatted wood design is great for airflow. The only drawback to this purchase is its hefty price tag, but it’s worth every dollar.
4. Lifetime Extra Large (130-Gallons): A Heavy Duty Contender
A marriage of simple design, sturdy and durable construction, and ample space for storage, the Lifetime is available in three different storage sizes and three finished colors – 80, 130, or 150 gallons, in desert sand, gray, or a combination of desert sand and brown. It has a lockable lid and a spring hinge to ensure that it closes softly.
Made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic with powder-coated steel hinges, this model is strong enough to hold gardening supplies like potting soil, fertilizers, and small tools. And its large size makes it perfect for bulky items like pool hoses as well.
Between 39 and 60 inches in length, all models are roughly 25 inches wide and high, give or take an inch. Depending on which size you choose, these storage boxes range from 41 to just under 63 pounds, Plus, a 10-year limited manufacturer warranty is included to cover manufacturer defects.
The only complaint among users is that the bottom can allow water to seep in. Solve that dilemma by placing yours on a raised platform or base to prevent leakage.
Reviewers also advise people interested in this option to make double-sure that they are assembling the correct panels in place. If they are attached to the wrong location, removal can cause irreparable damage.
5. Keter Eden 70-Gallon Patio Storage Garden Bench: Seating Plus Storage Combo
My personal favorite on our buying guide, the Eden from Keter doesn’t just function as a bench, it LOOKS like one too! It can seat two adults and looks appealing while it does so. The resin build is waterproof and resistant to both sun and physical damage.
It doesn’t have the largest storage capacity, but 70 gallons is plenty for most purposes. The bottom panel is a bit flexible, so many users place metal bars as a base frame at the bottom of the storage area to prevent the plastic from “dipping.”
Available in brown or in beige with a brown seat, total product dimensions for this model are 55.1 x 23.6 x 33.07 inches, with a total weight of just 34 pounds.
The open-back design of the bench portion makes this deck box great for choosing your own cushions to customize the comfort. And the seat can hold up to 771 pounds, so this thing is sturdy!
Like all resin-based containers, make sure you’ve assembled this one fully and securely! This model has a limited 2-year warranty.
6. Anderson Teak Del-Amo Storage Bench: High-end Wooden Seating Plus Storage
Like the bench described above, this Del-Amo box from Anderson Teak camouflages your storage device with a functional and attractive bench design. The difference here is the beautiful teak wood construction that will weather with age and build unique character.
It also functions just as well indoors as out and can be a great addition to just about any room of the house. The optional cushions are waterproof and sunproof, though, so they get their best use when kept outdoors.
It takes about half an hour or so to assemble and is easiest when you’ve got a partner to help you out. The manufacturer includes a 2-year limited warrant on the Del-Amo. It has a weight capacity of about 500 pounds for seating.
7. The Lawson by Birch Lane: the Best Looking (and Waterproof) Storage Solution
Love that wicker look! The Lawson is made out of resin and is pretty darn waterproof for safe storage of your outdoor supplies.
Its frame is made of heavy-duty steel for durability and strength.
Many reviewers have plenty of love for the Lawson, but most recommend reading the assembly directions very carefully. It isn’t complicated assembly but it does require a specific order to avoid headaches later on in the project.
The flat top could serve as a bench but it isn’t recommended to do so. That’s alright; this deck box is handsome enough that it stands on its own.
8. Lancaster Eucalyptus Storage Box: the Best Affordable Wooden Option
Attractive and affordably priced, the Lancaster Eucalyptus is a dandy of a deck box. It wouldn’t be out of place indoors in the lounge, your bedroom, or foyer thanks to the handsome construction and wood. It’s not intended for sitting on, but it makes up for that with great durability.
The dimensions on this cap out at about 49” long so it limits some of your storage options, but it’s still great for just about whatever you need that’ll fit. It weighs a good amount by itself (almost 50 pounds) so it might be tough for some people to move it on their own.
The only issue reviewers have with this deck box is that it isn’t very waterproof. The bottom portion has space for insects or mice to make their way in, but sealing the box and making it waterproof is an easy job! You won’t find a better priced wooden deck box out, it’s worth this minor inconvenience!
9. Suncast 195 Gallon Resin Cabinet: the Best Large and In Charge Cabinet Style
What a nice, unique set-up with tons of space! Seriously, you could fit your entire patio cushion set in here and still have room for a hippopotamus.
Alright, that was an exaggeration, but you get the point! With three individual doors you can easily wrap the Suncast Cabinet into whatever package you need for your home.
If in a sturdy location this deck box could serve as an outdoor bar. The multiple methods of entry make it a lot easier to get inside to what you need to reach, rather than sifting through piles of stuff. It’s also pretty darn waterproof, too, so you don’t need to worry about anything getting moldy or damp.
Quite a few reviewers found it to be a headache to assemble, but that’s because of its relatively large and complicated design. With a bit of patience and some help, you should have no problem putting together your Suncast Cabinet.
10. Lancaster Eucalyptus Wood Rolling Carts: Designer Looks with Prep Space on Top
This pair of rolling carts is sold separately, but you’ll make out just fine with one of them if it’s all you need. They’re made out of eucalyptus and have a gorgeous finish; reviewers swear that the Lancaster carts look better in person than they do in pictures.
Their purpose is much more focused than the other deck boxes we’ve looked at, but that’s not a bad thing!
Designed as a vessel for holding items like outdoor eating plates or your entertainment devices (speakers, radio, etc) the Lancaster carts are mobile and look great with a pitcher of lemonade (or margaritas) on top.
Although the carts can survive outdoor exposure they are not weather or waterproof and should be kept out of the worst of the elements. The carts can also hold up to 50 pounds of weight (wow!), but no more than 25 pounds per shelf. That’s a fair trade-off!
How to Choose Your Deck Storage Boxes
Choosing the right deck box isn’t a complicated decision making process, but each element we’ve outlined below is important to consider. Take your time when making the purchase and don’t feel rushed into buying something you aren’t ready for!
Size of Box
Arguably the most important aspect of purchasing your outdoor storage unit. A huge compartment is great but quickly becomes cumbersome and out of place if you’re keeping it in a small area, and a compact unit is worthless if you need to store plenty of material.
I would recommend measuring the area you intend to put the deck box first and use those numbers to narrow down your purchase options. Consider also the intended objects you want to store in the unit before purchasing Afterall, some of these we’ve looked at are great for cushions and pool equipment while others are geared towards garden supplies and heavier objects.
What are you using your new deck box for? That’s just about as important as the question of size, and while you might be able to eke out a bit of extra room in a smaller vessel you can’t make thin plastic stand up to heavy-duty uses.
If you’ve got piles of outdoor furniture cushions you can get away with a less durable structure. Start piling in pool equipment and you’ll need something a bit more sturdy, and when you start adding in garden tools, fertilizers, and heavy objects you want to find a heavy-duty container.
Keeping the contents dry is another concern that’s more important for some (towels, cushions) than others (garden tools, pool equipment). If you’re purchasing a model that isn’t waterproof but might want that feature in the future, you could always experiment with your own waterproofing modifications!
Material – Wood Vs Plastic and Resins
Resin and plastic deck boxes tend to be more affordable, are durable and resistant to weathering, and are far more cost effective than wooden options. However, they tend to be more difficult to repair as well. Their lighter weight and resistant to climate effects makes resin boxes a good choice if you don’t need the deck box to stand up to lots of abuse.
Wooden deck boxes are sturdier and by default tend to be more attractive than other options and fit in with outdoor furniture. They’re also far more expensive and require more upkeep. If you have a wooden box it’ll be sure to stand the test of time admirably, but you’ll need to maintain it more diligently in return.
Types of Wood: Teak vs Eucalyptus vs All Others
Although teak and eucalyptus have similar properties, they differ in some important ways.
Teak possesses a high mineral content content and that means the wood ages better and warps less. Teak also lasts longer than most other woods used for outdoor furniture and at times, can be even be an heirloom that is passed down.
Teak is highly prized for these characteristics and is a bit scarce due to wide scale use in the 18th and 19th centuries so it’s fairly pricey.
Eucalyptus is great alternative though it has less mineral oil in its wood and doesn’t last as long as teak; you’ll get about 20 years or so out of furniture constructed from eucalyptus.
Eucalyptus requires a little more TLC than teak does (a once-a-year rubbing of mineral oil and a light sanding does the trick).
While they both take on a similar silvery color when they age, the teak is a more durable, and expensive, option than eucalyptus.
Acacia, oak, and cedar are also often used for constructing outdoor furniture but require even more care than teak and eucalyptus. Not a bad thing! But we wanted to focus on getting you deck boxes that require minimal care for maximum value.
Packing It Up
There you have it, our 2019 Gardener’s Path deck box buying guide! We hope it was helpful and informative in your shopping and would love to hear any additional questions or comments. Thanks for reading, come back soon!
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About Matt Suwak
Matt Suwak was reared by the bear and the bobcat and the coyote of rural Pennsylvania. This upbringing keeps him permanently affixed to the outdoors where most of his personal time is invested in gardening, bird watching, and hiking. He presently resides in Philadelphia and works under the sun as a landscaper and gardener, and by moonlight as a writer. An incessant questioning of “Why?” affords him countless opportunities to ponder the (in)significance of the great and the small. He considers folksy adages priceless treasures and is fueled almost entirely by beer and hot sauce.