Garden Storage


These garden sheds, or outdoor wardrobes, are based on the design of Melbourne's beach bathing boxes. These are particularly designed as a solution to storage problems where space is limited, like a small backyard. It will look great beside the pool, spa or BBQ area. It provides practical storage combining shelving and tall spaces for shovels and brooms. The BayBox is built to be strong and sturdy and because it is weatherproof it can go outside, to free up extra space inside. Made from exterior 5-ply, which won't warp or split, it is also finished in exterior acrylic paint and can accommodate a padlock.

Bench Box Seat

This multi-purpose box is perfect for even smaller spaces than the small backyard. Courtyards, balconies and terraces could all do with extra seating especially when it doubles up as extra storage! This is essentially a sturdy durable box, with a hinged lid, where everything from a hose to fertiliser can be stored out of sight. Close the lid, throw a couple of cushions on, and you'd never know it was there. These are quite easy to make, and if you do make your own, then you have the flexibility of determining its size. A carpenter will charge you about $600 to build a bench measuring 1.5 x 1 x .45m. Go for hardwood - they don't rot - such as jarrah or brush box, and lather with 3 coats of decking oil (around $30/1 litre) to preserve the rich colour. Otherwise, blanket boxes can be converted for the outdoors and used in this way.

Wall Box

A wall box is something like a medicine cabinet or kitchen cupboard that is attached to the wall outside. It is really only big enough to accommodate the essentials for a small balcony garden, like a trowel, spray water bottle, and a tub of fertiliser. Open the doors and find hooks for hanging your gardening gloves and a few small tools. It's the type of thing you find in junkyards and second hand shops. They are cheap and very practical, as they don't take up any valuable floor space. Jazz them up by painting them, or sanding them back and oiling them.

Things to consider

  • Lockable doors are handy, and sometimes essential for keeping poisonous chemicals away from children. These days they also deter would be thieves from grabbing your hammer or other tools which could assist them in breaking into your home.
  • The most common shed is the galvanised steel or pre-painted steel variety, which you can buy over the counter at hardware stores from about $199. Mitre 10's biggest seller is the standard 3m x 3m, sold in panel form that people can erect themselves. Metal sheds are popular because they last forever and they're easy to put together. Timber sheds are often significantly dearer.
  • Wall pegs and hooks are very useful in any size garden shed.

Equipment and Suppliers

The BayBox Gallery
370 Burnley Street
Richmond Vic 3121
Ph: 1300 797 555

Major and Tom
45 Barwon Park Road
St Peters NSW 2044
Ph: (02) 9557 8380

Spirit Level
194 Devonshire Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Ph: (02) 8399 0660

  Ici Et La
588 Bourke Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Ph: (02) 9699 4266

Cash For Your Old Wares
211 Johnston Street
Annandale NSW 2038
Ph: (02) 9518 8383

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