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Deck Box Buying Guide

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A deck box helps maintain a clutter-free porch, deck, or patio. It will store and protect your outdoor essentials: seat cushions, garden tools, pool toys, yard games, grilling tools, and moret. Keep in mind the size of your outdoor living area, then pick a functional piece that will fit comfortably. For small space living, consider a compact size like this petite deck box with a seat (above left), which takes up little to no space. 

From styles to storage types to materials, keep our checklist in mind while shopping for that perfect deck box.
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Types of Deck Boxes

  • Traditional Deck Boxes: A traditional deck box does double-duty, adding extra seating and storage to your outdoor living space.
  • Cushion Bins: Typically longer in size, this type of deck box is designed to store and safely protect fabric pieces, like lounge and chair cushions and pillows.
  • Storage Benches: Shaped like a bench, often with arms or padded cushions, this type of deck box adds a decorative touch to a garden, backyard patio, and front porch (left).

A deck box's capacity, or inside dimensions, is based on its size. Before purchasing, measure the inside of the box (or read the description label) to confirm it will meet your storage needs. 

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Popular Materials

  • Resin: A more affordable option, resin comes in various natural hues so it can blend effortlessly into your landscape. Browns and whites are most popular.
  • Wood: A more expensive option, wood deck boxes are commonly made out of teak, cedar, eucalyptus, and other moisture-resistant woods. Finishes range from light to dark and include oak, cherry, mahogany, espresso, and java. 
  • Plastic: If properly taken care of this lightweight material won't rust, dent, or peel, so it will look brand new for a longer period of time. 
  • Wicker/Rattan: A stylish pick, opt for this material to add a sophisticated look to your outdoor living area. Depending on the color, this option can bring a dash of coastal or traditional style to your patio set. 

An outdoor deck box is not the safest place to store electronics. As a safety precaution, keep electronics (like drills) indoors. 

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Common Features

  • ​​Weather-resistant: If your deck box is exposed to the elements 24/7, choose a style that can withstand any type of weather.
  • LockableFor must-have security, consider this option that comes with a lock to protect your valuable outdoor accessories.
  • WheelsWhether you're moving a deck box indoors or to another part of your patio, opt for a style with wheels for easy transporting. 
  • Coolers​: A unique feature, this deck box design doubles as storage and a cooler to keep beverages nice and cold while entertaining!

​For easy lifting, opt for a deck box with convenient side handles.

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