10 Great Ideas for Secure Garbage Can Storage That’s Also Neat & Tidy
ARE YOU SICK AND TIRED or looking at your smelly trash cans sitting beside or behind your house?
Do they seem to constantly attract all kinds of birds, bugs, rodents, and other pests?
Are you looking for some type of secure garbage can storage, but not really up to building what you need from scratch?
I know the feeling as I needed something for my trash cans and being pushed for time, did a little looking around to see what's out there. The good news is that there are a number of great models on the market at reasonable prices for you to choose from.
Things You Should be Looking for in Secure Garbage Can Storage Units
There are of course several things you need to consider before you start shopping for your garbage can storage shed. I recommend you keep all of these in mind while doing your homework to make sure you have the highest possible chance of getting the right one the first time.
- Cost – Start out by deciding how much you can afford to spend. Personally, I set two different amounts, the first is the amount I really want to spend, if I can find what I am looking for at this amount, then I consider it a win. Secondly, I set a maximum amount or how much more I am willing to spend if I find exactly what I am looking for and the price is more than I originally wanted to spend. (This gives me just a little bit of flexibility)
- Size – Like so many things in life, when it comes to secure garbage can storage, size does count. You need a storage unit that is big enough to fit all of your outdoor garbage cans and recycling bins. Anything smaller will still leave you with a smelly mess you and your neighbors will be able to see and smell.
- Materials – Today, the most common materials used in the construction of garbage can storage sheds are either plastic or wood. Plastic typically costs significantly less (depending on brand), but wood may be better suited to climates where there is a lot of snow.
- Appearance – While you might not think about the appearance of the structure you are buying to hide your garbage cans, your neighbors certainly will. Your best option is to buy a storage shed that blends into your yard rather than one that stands out like a sore thumb or for that matter an overflowing stinky garbage can.
- Number of Doors – This varies based on size and design, from those with a single front door to two doors and/or an openable roof. Make your choice based on the number of bins you plan to put in it and whether or not you want easy through the roof access. Bear in mind that the more doors your garbage can storage unit has, the more it is likely to cost.
One more thing to consider when shopping for a garbage can storage unit is whether you plan to use it for any other type of storage. For example, do you plan to store the family's bikes in there or a few garden tools? If so, you need to make sure that the final storage unit you buy is big enough to fit everything comfortably.
10 Great Secure Garbage Can Storage Units Worth Taking a Look At
1. Leisure Season Large Horizontal Refuse Storage Shed
Three doors down or up as needed with this shed built to hold two full-size wheelie bins
This large 3-door secure garbage can storage unit is made from tongue and groove planks and outdoor quality hardware for extra durability. The lid is curved to help eliminate snow, ice, and water build up and there is plenty of room for two large wheelie bins. With the doors open, rolling the bins in and out is a breeze. This shed is easy to assemble and comes with hydraulic lifts for the lid so you can open it easily with one hand.
|Solid wood construction||Materials seem a bit flimsy|
|Easy to assemble||Needs to be clear coated for better protection|
|Acrylic protective coating for longevity||Lid can be hard to close for taller people|
2. Suncast BMS4700 The Stow-Away Horizontal Storage Shed
Reinforced floor with ramp makes rolling your trash cans in and out easier
Made from blow-molded plastic, this garbage can storage shed is big enough to hold two 96-gallon wheelie bins. The sloping lid is mounted on a pair of pneumatic lifts to make opening it easier. The poly material used is UV and weather resistance and will hold up to the hottest days of summer and the coldest days of winter without rusting, corroding, or rotting. The two-tone gray finish fits in with most exterior decors and keeps the entire shed quite low-key.
|Blow Molded Plastic is strong and durable||Must be placed on level ground or a foundation|
|Lots of interior space||Takes a while to assemble|
|Moderately priced||Poor quality manufacturing|
3. Keter Store-It-Out MAX Outdoor Resin Storage Shed
Wood grain good looks, polypropylene resin and steel construction for durability
This stylish garbage can storage shed offers a lovely wood grain texture in neutral colors that will blend nicely into your yard. Made from polypropylene resin with steel reinforcement this shed will provide your trash bins with many years of protection. Like most good outdoor storage units, this one features two doors and an easy open roof. The roof features a “linking system” that lifts the tops of your trash bins when you raise the roof, making it easier than ever to throw your trash in the bin.
4. RubbishWrap Outdoor Garbage Enclosure – Trash Bin Shed Storage Double Unit
Snap-together assembly lets you put this storage unit together in 5 minutes
This garbage can storage unit may not have a roof, but what it lacks in a roof, it more than makes up for this lack in style. Made from a material that is wind, UV, and weather resistant, you can paint it to suit your exterior décor. The doors lift up out of the way for loading and unloading trash bins up to 96 gallons in size, the largest bins currently in use in the U.S. The best part is that the whole thing can be snapped together in five minutes without tools.
|Material is capable of being painted||High cost|
|Very aesthetically pleasing appearance||Not strong enough to keep larger animals out|
|Rapid Assemble||Material easily damaged by weedeater string|
5. Suncast BMS3400 34 cu. ft. Horizontal Shed
Reinforced floor holds more weight than many sheds
One of the best things about this storage shed from Suncast, is that it has a heavy-duty floor. While most of us really don't need this for our trash cans, it can come in handy if you ever plan to use it for something else. The wood grain texture and neutral finish let this garbage can storage shed blend smoothly into your yard. Doors even have a built-in hasp so you can secure your bins with a padlock.
|Reasonably priced||Only fits up to 43-gallon trash cans|
|Easy to assemble||Hinges break off|
|Heavy-duty floor||Needs to be placed on a solid foundation|
6. Rubbermaid Outdoor Horizontal Storage Shed, Large
Features double walls for added strength and durabilityRUBBER
This is not just meant to be a garbage can storage unit, it can be used for a wide range of storage needs. Coming from Rubbermaid, it is (as you might expect) made from heavy-duty plastic that is dent, leak, and weather resistant. Comes with notches for shelving molded into the sides to add more storage options. Total storage capacity is 32 cubic feet, giving it room for up to three standard size trash cans.
|Double wall construction for added strength||Instructions are not correct or easy to follow|
|Room for 2 to 3 trash cans||Doors do not stay in place wind blows open|
|Needs to be on a flat solid base||Animals can get into your trash cans|
7. Suncast FS4423 Outdoor Screen Enclosure
Elegant enclosure with no roof for your bins
Not everyone needs or wants a garbage can storage enclosure that has a roof on it. This one can be used to screen your bins from the public eye and thanks to the lack of a roof, is very easy to get in and out of. The set comes with four panels and five posts that you can use to form an “L”, a “U”, or even a zigzag as needed. The resin material used to manufacture this screen is very durable and will resist the sun's UV rays as well as freezing temperatures. Each panel measures 23 inches wide.
|Very easy to assemble||No roof to keep out weather and pests|
|No roof makes getting in and out easy||Steel posts may eventually rust|
|Can be used for more than hiding your trash cans||Blows over easily in the wind|
8. Outdoor Living Today – Oscar Waste Management Shed
Room for your garbage, compost, and recyclables
The garbage can storage shed has room for a pair of 58-gallon trash cans or three smaller ones. Made from Western Red Cedar, this shed should provide you with many years of reliable service in virtually any type of weather. The arched lid makes it much easier for you to access the tops of your bins easily and has a pair of gas-charged cylinders to hold it up. The double front doors and lid fit together snugly to help keep critters on the outside.
|Western Red Cedar offers excellent durability||Some of the pre-drilled holes don't line up|
|Excellent quality materials used throughout||Gas shocks can be challenging to install|
|Easily to follow assembly instructions||Online instructions better than those that come with it|
9. Bosmere Rowlinson A042 Garbage Bin Storage Shed,
Why settle for three doors when you can have four?
When you are looking for an attractive garbage can storage shed, then this all wood beauty might be just what you are looking for. Instead of a single heavy lid, this model has the lid split into two halves that can be attached to the lids of your trash cans, lifting them up so you can easily throw your trash bags away. This shipboard style cladding is 12 millimeters thick for added durability.
|12 mm thick cladding for added durability||No hydraulic cylinder to lift lids|
|Four doors for ease of access||Wood lid props can fall out dropping lids|
|Chains lift trash can lids for convenience||Thin roof may not hold heavy snow loads|
10. Suncast BMS2500 Horizontal Storage Shed
Double wall resin construction with reinforced floor
The curved roof and double resin wall construction make this a very strong choice for your garbage can storage shed. The three-door locking system ensures the doors stay firmly locked in place and help to keep animals out. The bolt-together assembly makes putting this shed together relatively easy. Curved lid features a prop rod to keep it up and the double doors make getting your wheelie bins in and out simple and stress-free.
|Durable double-wall construction||Top may rip off in high winds|
|Easy bolt-together assembly||Top warps in the hot summer sun|
|Holds up to two 96-gallon trash cans||Made from flimsy materials|
Time to Take Out the Trash
While only some of these are listed as being made specifically for garbage can storage, they can all be used for just about anything you want to put in them. It is very hard to decide which is the best, but for my money, I prefer the Leisure Season Large Horizontal Refuse Storage Shed. It might be a bit more expensive than some of the plastic/resin models but looks good beside my garage and keeps my garbage out of sight. I hope this information helps you find the right outdoor garbage can storage for you home.
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