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?
Hide It Up
Ever since the invention of municipal garbage pickup in 1875 (when the filth in London’s streets got to be too much for Parliament to the stomach), there have been trash bins. Or “moveable receptacles,” as the English put it in those days.
Whether you call your garbage cans, dust boxes, or wheelie bins, chances are that your moveable receptacles are not adding to the curb appeal of your home. The solution? Conceal the cans.
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite ideas to discreetly disguise the trash cans, including tiny storage sheds, roof garden camouflage, sidewalk boxes, and woven willow panels.
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.
Hopefully by now you will have a good idea as to what garage can storage shed is best for you, and how you can hide your cans out of sight.