Best garden storage benches [UK]: top Keter garden benches – Rattan/Waterproof
Your Guide To the best garden storage benches
It’s summer! (Almost) And everyone needs a garden bench (as well as a nice patio set and pop up gazebo for the upcoming Covid outdoor rules likely to be in force in the UK). The best garden storage bench for you personal garden environment will keep things neat and tidy when the garden plays host to family and friends.
Summer’s approaching. And everyone’s being moved outside if they want to see family and friends. Now is the time to spruce up that neglected (in my case) garden space ready to host those people you haven’t seen in months.
Enter the garden storage bench. For decorating. For storage. Or just for sitting. The garden storage bench is a staple to host your guests whilst storing away those those bits and bobs you want to get out the way. Whether it’s plastic, wooden, or even for the stylish amongst us, rattan, there’s something for everyone. If you want to get the low down on which materials would work best, what benches will work for your garden, and about bench maintenance, keep reading.
Also, tune in for the buyer’s guide to garden storage benches later on, or skip the reviews to the garden storage bench buyer’s guide at the bottom. So take a seat and get ready for our best garden bench storage bench reviews. If you want a spoiler – I love the Keter Eden Bench Outdoor Storage Box Garden Furniture because it cleans down superbly – see the pics 🙂
Happy reading. Happy sitting!
Table of Contents
1. Keter Eden Bench Outdoor Storage Box Garden Furniture
I’ve heard a lot of buzz from my customers about the Keter Eden Bench, so I was excited to try it out with our tests.
First thing’s first. Take it out of the packaging, toss aside the instructions because who needs instructions. See the pile of parts and nails. Pick up the instructions because who do I think I am 😀
So, the instructions were very easy to follow with a comprehensive leaflet. I might suggest making it a two-person job, just maybe not with a partner if you want to avoid the rows. I came across a slight hurdle when it came to putting the base together and clicking in the sections. Overall though, it was a relatively easy and mostly swear-free assemble. And definitely worth it.
Now up, we have a decent-sized bench that comfortably fits two adults. With dimensions 132.5L x 75W x 18.5H, there’s plenty of room. Time to find my garden tools, tar pool, and everything and anything I can find to put inside. According to the instructions, it has a 265 Litre capacity, which does show.
Sit down, do a little wiggle. Everything holds. Not surprising from the feedback from our customers – they all agree it does hold a decent amount weight.
Finally, weather-resistance. It’s waterproof which is great for those who can’t remember to cover their furniture with plastic every time it rains. Totally understandable. It’s the UK. Need I say more. It cleans up lovely too. I left it to get really dirty:
After a quick clean up with some antibacterial scrubs it was back to clean in no time. A complete thumbs up 🙂
Keter Eden Bench, I’m impressed. A great bench and, equally important, it looks really attractive and not cheap, especially considering the price is – the cheapest backrest bench out of the lot.
2. GSD Waterproof Plastic Garden Storage Bench Box
If you’re looking for a cheap option, this garden bench offers a lot for the money priced at £45. Giving this one the edge for assembly because there wasn’t much. Easy to assemble and all clicks together. No tools are needed.
Here we’ve got your practical option. With a litre capacity of 300 Litres, the GSD Waterproof Plastic Garden Storage Bench Box has received lots of compliments from our customer base. Good for your garden bits and bobs, although I would say it’s not huge if you’re wanting to store furniture/large cushions.
Onto the durability. It’s definitely waterproof and very sturdy – holds up to 300kg so can easily be sat on. It’s been outside in the downpour and everything inside is still dry. Passed the test for storage.
3. Rowlinson Rattan Storage Bench, Grey
It’s Rattan! The big material of the moment. Unsurprisingly, the Rawlinson Rattan Storage Bench is on the pricer side of storage benches. This bench is the most expensive out of this selection and I’m putting that simply down to the rattan look. Nice colour too.
Down to the practicalities… Putting it together? Maybe not as easy as some of the other benches to put together but still pretty good all things considering. It’s worth mentioning, as with the other storage benches, you can pay an extra £55 to get the bench assembled if you don’t feel up to the task. But this bench is completely manageable to assemble yourself. I would suggest an extra person though.
The downside? Amazon describes the bench as weatherproof. But it’s rattan, so it’s not entirely water resistant when it comes to heavy rain. I did notice that the contents got a bit damp when stored without protection so I’d say it definitely needs a little extra coverage to protect the bench. As a storage bench that could be a deal-breaker if you’re looking for more ease. Personally, this doesn’t phase me as tar pool is easy enough to source.
For me, it’s worth it as it looks good and doesn’t look cheap. At 120 x 60 x 90 centimetres, it’s a decent size and comfortably fits two adults sat down. Also, it’s very comfy which is a big bonus.
4. Hudson Keter Iceni Eden Plastic Garden Storage Bench Box
This is your strong bench. What you see is what you get. The first thing people rate when talking about the Hudson Keter Iceni Eden Garden Storage Bench is its sturdiness. And, to be fair, you can already tell that from the images. The instructions say they hold a weight of up to 272kg/600 lb so it’s a pretty decent hold – and doesn’t have any give because of the metal rods so you do feel secure when you sit down.
The picture style instructions make for a pretty easy assemble. Stumbled across a bit of a roadblock when it came to slotting in a couple of the parts but we got there in the end. A pretty smooth putting together.
Onto the bench. Fits up to 227 litres, so offers plenty of space. You can fit a lot of tools etc in there. And it’s surprisingly very comfy! Definitely had my eye on it for practical storage reasons so it was a good surprise when I sat down.
Great for storage, great for sitting. A solid garden storage bench.
5. Rockwood Garden Storage Bench Box Large Keter Resin Furniture
If you’ve got a lot to store, the Rockwood is the storage bench for you. Boxy in shape, it holds up to 570 litres. This is your typical storage box – more of a box than a bench but still sturdy so you could definitely still sit on it. Even spruce it up with a cushion or two.
Solid brown wooden design – looks very attractive for a storage box. Size-wise, it could fit up to two people comfortably. Although it is quite high with a height of 62 centimetres, so maybe not for the short-legged among us. Does double-up as a useful garden table though.
Now, there’s talk among some of my customers that sometimes water can run along the lid when it’s lifted. The thing with storage boxes is that even if they’re waterproof, with this design there is going to be some water collection on the lid which is going to drip down. This isn’t a deal breaker though – it’s a simple case of wiping the lid. Apart from that, no damp garden tools!
The lid props open as well which useful for when you’re packing/unpacking the box because you don’t have to keep lifting the lid. Just remember to close the lid if you want your box to be waterproof!
The bottom line. This is your typical storage box and it does hold a lot. I’ve managed two deckchairs, my tools and a whole load of big cushions.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, maybe get another person to help with assembling though, especially when it comes to the lid. Tried it on my own and makes for a slightly awkward assemble trying to screw it into position.
6. Christow Waterproof Garden Storage Box With Lockable Lid, Plastic Wood Effect Outdoor Storage Box
Here’s another cheaper option if you’re trying to save your money for other things this summer. Priced at £49.99, this is one to consider if you’re not feeling spending too much. Puts this bench as one of the cheapest of the selection.
It holds 190 litres, which does explain the price. Although it’s worth comparing this to the 300 litres of the GSD storage box (also £50).
The main difference between the two is based on looks. First impressions: this box is very attractive, especially as you can choose colour. The options are black & grey or mocha & dark brown. I went for the second one and it is very nice.
In terms of the material, it’s a plastic/aluminium combination with a wood effect. Both benches at this price are plastic, but this might take the looks edge because of the attractive wood effect.
In terms of assembling, you do need to have a bit of strength on you (or the helping hand of someone strong) to join some of the pieces together. But, apart from that, the assembly wasn’t too bad.
Good for storage, although you can’t fit as much as some of the other storage benches. Again, this is understandable for the price.
Keeps things dry so a good plus for weather proofing abilities. However, I have heard from some of our customers that the bottom is a bit flimsy and I can see how it would be difficult to move once it’s full. But that’s not a problem if you’re happy to keep it in one place – especially as it looks good.
As to be expected with products of this price, perhaps this wouldn’t be the bench for a particularly windy/unsheltered space as it seems to rattle.
A big plus though; it comes with a lockable lid (assuming you can get yourself a padlock), which has flagged up as an issue on some of the other benches. So, couple this with the fact that you can’t really move it once it’s full… no one’s going to be stealing your box!
Garden Storage Bench Buyer’s Guide
When buying your next garden storage bench, it’s useful to know what to look out for to make sure you get the best products.
Benefits of wood vs plastic:
Deciding between the two materials can be tricky but, to be honest, the main difference goes with looks and the level of maintenance you’re willing to put up with a.k.a. whether you want to get a cover or not.
Plastic tends to offer better protection weather-wise, as some wooden benches allow leaking depending on the design. Although, if the bench is well built this shouldn’t be an issue. Another upside with plastic is it generally requires less maintenance. Just clean with a bit of soap and water.
Wood might be more attractive depending on your tastes, or if you’re feeling the rattan hype. But it can be higher maintenance so you may want to think about added modes of protection. (See the next section for more information!)
Wooden benches tend to be on the pricier side and plastic does offer some cheaper options, especially with boxes. So, it really depends what you’re willing to pay for.
To varnish or not to vanish (or oil):
Or I would suggest getting yourself a good waterproof covering if you’re nervous about leaving benches uncovered. It’s cheap and easy to throw on your wooden bench to protect it and its contents against our charming UK weather.