The 7 Best Garden Storage Bench Reviews For UK Homes (2022)

7 Best Garden Storage Bench Reviews

Last Updated on January 11, 2022

A garden bench gives your property a homely touch. Some even offer you a discreet hiding place for tools and pool toys. If you want to add a stylish piece of furniture to your garden, get ready to meet the top crop of 2022!

Our Top 3 Garden Bench Picks
1. The Best Garden Storage Bench By VidaXL
2. The Best Outdoor Storage Bench By Lifetime
3. The Best Wooden Garden Bench By Deuba

Product Testing & Comparing

With so many pieces of garden furniture available, our in-house review team relied on quality tests and guidelines to separate the gems from the chaff. At the end of the day, we are happy to present our readers with the best 10 garden benches of the year, capable of storing items and seating several people for a cosy time.

We also ranked the benches according to the following important criteria.

  1. The size of the bench.
  2. The materials.
  3. The difficulty level of assembly.

While it’s important to always get the right size bench for your family, it’s also necessary to consider the materials. Components made of wood will have different needs, strengths and appearance of a bench made of plastic. Since most garden benches are shipped, they are designed to be assembled on your end. For this reason, we also ranked them according to how easy or hard the bench is to put together.

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The Best Garden Storage Bench Reviews Of 2022


1. VidaLX Garden Storage Box B082XW8CX8

The Best Garden Storage Bench

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Product Specifications

  • Dimensions: 200 x 50 x 60 cm.
  • Materials: Polly rattan, powder-coated steel frame, water resistant PE liner.
  • Assembly required: Yes (Level: Easy/beginner).

This gorgeous box won the top spot for several reasons. At first glance, our review team almost immediately notice two things. This piece of garden furniture is classy-looking and tough enough to weather the outdoors.

The outside is indeed very stylish, thanks to a poly rattan pattern, the dark colour of the box and neat feet. This bench is eye candy for the garden, that’s for sure, but how useful is this thing?

Measuring 200 x 50 x 60 cm (W x D x H), this box offers a ton of space to store tools or toys. The design also includes a gas lift mechanism which makes the lid easier to open. When closed, the box can be used as a bench and the seat is both comfy and waterproof!

Pros

  • A dark and stylish appearance.
  • Large storage space.
  • Easy to open and close.
  • The seat is waterproof.

Cons

  • It cannot stand in the rain for prolonged periods of time (it’s prone to leaking).

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2. Lifetime 60186 Heavy-Duty Outdoor Storage Deck Box

The Best Outdoor Storage Bench

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Product Specifications

  • Dimensions: 127.9 x 64 x 67.2 cm.
  • Materials: High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE).
  • Assembly required: Yes (Level: Intermediate/needs 2 people).

One of the main reasons why we chose this as the best outdoor bench is the fact that you can choose between different sizes. Other benches tend to offer a single size but having the opportunity to pick your perfect proportions is definitely better. In this case, you can choose between 10 sizes!

The neutral look of the bench makes it suitable for any garden’s decor. However, don’t be fooled by the woody look! The box is actually made from tough high-density polyethene (the walls are made with dual panels for extra durability as well).

Using and moving the bench is also easy. The handles are moulded and deep to give you a good grip. The lid’s spring also prevents it from slamming shut on your head while you are rummaging inside for your kid’s favourite pool ball!

Speaking of storage, the bench is very useful to protect other stuff from the weather. Waterproof seals ensure that everything inside the storage area remains dry.

Pros

  • A very durable garden bench.
  • Waterproof seals.
  • Available in different sizes.
  • Portable.

Cons

  • Some assembly is required.

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3. Deuba Wooden Garden Bench ‎B008CMR6SW

The Best Wooden Garden Bench

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Product Specifications

  • Dimensions: 120 x 59 x 90 cm.
  • Materials: Hardwood acacia.
  • Assembly required: Yes (Level: Easy/beginner).

Here’s a lovely choice if you love woody garden furniture. Made from hardwood acacia, our reviewers had fun moving the bench and finding it beautiful in any setting. Whether it stands on the patio or under your favourite tree, you can look forward to a comfortable time. The backrest, arms and padded seat are ergonomic and the sitting area is spacious enough for two people to share.

The storage box is under the seat. To open it, you simply pull the front panel downwards. After stowing away those extra cushions, simply push the panel back up and secure it back into place. The bench measures 120 x 59 x 90 cm, which gives you plenty of space for both relaxation and storage.

Pros

  • A very natural look.
  • The cushion is water-repellent.
  • The bench can seat 2 or 3 adults.

Cons

  • Some assembly is required.
  • The instructions for assembly is unclear.

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4. Festnight Wooden Bench B08D98J8JT

The Best Vintage Garden Bench

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Product Specifications

  • Dimensions: 86 x 40 x 60 cm.
  • Materials: Reclaimed wood.
  • Assembly required: Yes (Level: Easy/beginner).

Is the theme of your garden “old and beautiful”? Then this bench could add a warm touch to your vintage collection. Made from reclaimed wood, it measures 96 x 45 x 41 cm (including a large seat, backrest and a toy-box type chest).

The wood is ethically sourced and because each bench is handmade, you are assured of a unique piece of furniture! The rustic gem can seat two people while the storage box is big enough to store a number of tools, cushions and other items. Overall, this bench is a must for vintage fans who also need a solid bench with plenty of hiding space.

Pros

  • Each bench is unique.
  • The wood is sourced from naturally fallen trees and demolished boats/homes.
  • A decent-sized storage compartment.
  • A warm vintage look.

Cons

  • The cushion is not included.
  • Some assembly is required.

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5. Fantasty Fields Magic Garden Bench 11644A

The Best Garden Storage Bench for Kids

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Product Specifications

  • Dimensions: 59.4 x 40 x 59.7 cm.
  • Materials: MDF and solid wood.
  • Assembly required: Yes (Level: Easy/beginner).

Since some of our reviewers are parents, we couldn’t resist squeezing in this cute bug! Hand-painted and available in different fantasy themes, the furniture piece doubles as a toy box and bench that can be used in the garden or the nursery.

Our reviewers found that the bench is strong and can indeed withstand the weight of a child – which is very important. You can easily move this bench thanks to the openings carved into the sides of the toy box.

Pros

  • Sturdy and durable.
  • Beautiful designs.
  • Handpainted and carved images.
  • Easy assembly.
  • Suitable for both indoors and the garden.

Cons

  • The volume of the toy box is small.

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6. VidaXL Garden Bench B08P6W2GFN

The Best Long Garden Bench

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Product Specifications

  • Dimensions: 164 x 47 5 x 6 cm.
  • Materials: Solid acacia wood.
  • Assembly required: Yes (Level: Intermediate/needs 2 people).

Are you hunting for a garden bench that can seat the whole family (and the poodle)? Well, this long seat might just be the answer. Measuring 170 cm long, everyone can settle in to watch the sunset or a TV program together.

While this bench can be used indoors, it has several features that make it great for the outdoors. The wood is solid acacia (which is very strong). The wood is also treated with special oils to infuse the bench with durability and to make it easy to clean after a drizzle or dusty day.

Other perks include comfortable cushions, two doors that lead to a large storage compartment, and user-friendly locks to safely secure everything inside the box.

Pros

  • Enough space for the entire family.
  • A neat and attractive appearance.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Large storage compartment.
  • Two locks.

Cons

  • The storage box is slatted at the bottom. Small items might fall out.

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7. Vida XL Solid Pinewood Garden Bench B089SN2S3M

The Best Arbour Storage Bench

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Product Specifications

  • Dimensions: 170 x 80 x 169 cm.
  • Materials: Solid pinewood.
  • Assembly required: Yes (Level: Intermediate/needs 2 people).

This garden bench is a snug bug’s dream. With its spacious interior, you are shielded against the weather by 3 pinewood walls and a canopy. But getting more protection from the wind and sun is just the beginning.

The storage space is different to those of the other benches on our list. Instead of a single compartment, you get 3 drawers. Each has an opening that serves as a user-friendly handle. The 3 drawers are perfect if you want to store your garden tools, kids’ toys, and other things separately.

The arbour bench is weather and rot resistant and can also be said to be environmentally friendly. Why? It does not contain any plastic or other materials that are harmful to nature.

Pros

  • Offers you extra protection against wind and sunshine.
  • A novel piece of garden furniture.
  • 3 Separate storage drawers.
  • Large seat for several adults.
  • Weatherproof.

Cons

  • The cushion is not included.
  • Requires some assembly.

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Your Buyer’s Guide To Garden Storage Benches


Buying a storage bench for your garden is exciting and should never be an unpleasant experience. Our guide shows you how to buy a quality bench without regrets!

How Much Space Is Available?

Before you buy a garden bench, decide where you want to put it. Then look at this area – whether it’s the patio, next to the pool or in a corner of the garden – and then make sure that you know how much space is available there. Once you have the numbers, you know what size bench will fit the area.

Quality of the Materials

Garden storage benches are made with different materials. The most popular is plastic, wood, and metal. Some also have cushions.

The best materials are weatherproof. However, you must make sure that your chosen bench is a good performer. Read reviews to see what other people experienced.

Maintenance (If Any)

Some benches require regular maintenance while others do not. Any regular care will lengthen the lifespan of the bench. However, some benches are pre-treated.

A pre-treated bench is better if you want to spend less time cleaning and caring for garden furniture.

What are the Different Features?

When buying a garden storage bench, make sure that it has all the features you want. Look for things like comfort, storage, locks, design, and size.


FAQs



Q: Is A Plastic Garden Bench Better Than A Wooden Bench?

A: Unfortunately, the answer is not as simple as plastic versus wood. There are bad benches made with both materials. A quality bench, instead, should have a sturdy design that is also functional and durable.

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About the Author Harry Thompson

Involved in home renovations throughout his life, Harry is an expert in everything to do with home and garden DIY. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and tending to his garden.