A deck box is an outdoor-rated storage trunk or bench that helps contain clutter on your porch, deck, or patio. Having a convenient and attractive place on your deck or patio where you can safely store your outdoor toys, cushions, tools, and other supplies helps to streamline the function of your outdoor space. We’ll help you discover the right size, style, and material so you can expertly organize your space.
When shopping for a deck box, the first decision you need to make is determining what you plan to store in it. You’ll want to refrain from storing anything electrical or tools that may rust in a deck box, but it’s a perfect place for other items. Store pool toys and floats, pool towels, outdoor games, or seat cushions and pillows to keep them clean and protected from the elements. A deck box also can do double duty by serving as extra seating or a tabletop so keep in mind that the longer your deck box is, the more people it can seat comfortably.
Deck Box Materials
Most deck boxes are constructed of durable, weather-resistant materials like plastic or resin wicker. Read on to learn about some of the most common deck box materials.
Resin deck boxes offer the beauty of wood with the durability and light weight of plastic. Most of our resin deck boxes feature a woven, wicker-like construction that, if properly cared for, won’t fade, splinter, warp, or crack.
Wood deck boxes are a classic and beautiful choice. Wood veneer deck boxes are typically made out of moisture-resistant woods like teak, cedar, and pine and come in a range of finishes from lighter to darker wood stains. Check the manufacturer’s’ instructions for you specific deck box to determine what maintenance it may need.
Plastic deck boxes are lightweight, durable, and low maintenance. Perhaps the most maintenance-free of all deck box materials, plastic won’t dent, rust, or peel. Outside of some potential fading, these deck boxes will look new for years to come.
Deck Box Sizing
Deck box sizing is correlated to how much it stores and is measured in gallons. Deck boxes were originally used on fishing boats and sized to determine how many gallons of fish could be stored and transported and those sizing measures have carried through to today. The larger the gallon size, the more the box holds. Be sure to also pay attention to deck box dimensions when shopping to make sure it fits in the space you need it to. Here’s a rundown on deck box sizes by gallons to be aware of:
- Small deck boxes store up to 50 gallons, which holds a hose, towels, or outdoor pillows.
- Medium deck boxes hold between 51 to 99 gallons to hold a hose, some gardening supplies, or a full set of cushions.
- Large deck boxes hold between 100 to 149 gallons and hold all of your pool maintenance tools and some toys or a larger number of cushions.
- Extra large deck boxes hold 150 gallons or more and can store practically anything you might use outside.
Styles of Deck Boxes
Deck boxes come in all kinds of configurations. We’ve prepared this helpful overview that makes it easy to discover the style that’s right for you.
Standard deck boxes are designed to lay horizontally and feature the traditional flip-up top. They come in a range of sizes and are constructed of durable, all-weather materials.
Storage bench seats come in all lengths, from a single seat measuring 24 inches wide to longer benches that run six feet. Some designs include a back and armrests for added comfort and support. Not all deck boxes have tops that support weight, so it’s best to check product descriptions.
Smaller deck boxes work great for smaller spaces and are ideal for storing frequently accessed outdoor gear and garden supplies.
Vertical deck boxes are more cabinet-style than bench-like in configuration and shape. These outdoor storage cabinets consist of multiple shelves and doors to make storing and organizing your items simple and painless.
Ideal for use as an extra coffee table or ottoman, this piece of furniture provides a modern twist on the look of a traditional deck box. Removable tops typically come hinge-free.
Deck Box Features
Look for a few of these handy features while shopping for a deck box:
- Locks: Keep your valuable outdoor equipment and toys secure with a locking deck box.
- Suspension baskets and storage nets: These accessories make it easier to make use of every square inch of the box.
- Handles: These make moving the deck box easier and also add style to the exterior.
- Gas hinges: This type of hinge’s smooth movement keeps the lid up and has a soft-close feature to limit damage.
- Wheels and casters: A set of lockable wheels and casters makes it easier to roll a deck box around on decking, patio stones, or grass.
Most deck boxes are easy to assemble — often without tools. Just snap together the pieces and you’ll enjoy years of durable, safe, and weather-resistant storage to keep your outdoor spaces organized.
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