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You may imagine that there’s less need for storage in a garden than a house, but since many of us treat our outside space as an outdoor room, it often requires as much storage as those inside. Cushions, blankets, rugs, tools and toys are just some of the items that need to be put away outside. These clever spaces show how it can be done in style.

1. Dig a cellar

It may be out of reach for most of us, but a wine cellar submerged below the patio is deliciously James Bond all the same. Suddenly, popping out for a bottle of wine takes on a whole new meaning.

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2. Build in a bench

Built-in bench seating makes good use of available space in a garden.

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3. Stand tall

Check out this smart and simple solution for storing garden tools. Metal pipes are submerged into concrete, now hidden by pebbles, to hold rakes, forks and brooms neatly upright.

4. Label buckets

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Toys for the garden need storage space too, and this simple shelf unit with clearly labeled buckets is a tidy solution. The buckets can be grabbed at playtime and toys easily tidied back into them at the end of the day.

If the containers are likely to collect splashes of rain, it may be worth drilling holes in the bottoms to ensure that they don’t fill with water.

5. Conceal trash bins

This cedar-clad storage unit slots in against the street wall of this front garden and conceals bulky garbage bins. It’s as practical as it is good-looking.

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