The 9 Best Deck Boxes of 2023

The Keter Brightwood 120-Gallon Deck Box is our top pick

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Best Deck Boxes

The Spruce / Chloe Jeong

A good deck box helps keep your outdoor living space looking its best by hiding away objects that otherwise might create clutter. Deck storage boxes are perfect for stashing outdoor cushions during the off-season, gardening supplies, pool maintenance items or toys, grilling equipment, and many other items that need a dry, protected spot outdoors.

Design enthusiasts, old-home renovators, and owners of decorating blog Thisyunkyhouse, Zack and Hugh note, “Two important things to keep in mind when choosing a deck box are space and function. We suggest thinking about the ‘where does this need to go' first. For example, if you have a surplus of gardening equipment that needs to be organized, the deck box will be more functional when placed near the garden. And second, what are you wanting to use your deck box for? Is it more for storage, or will it double as additional seating?"

With this advice in mind, we evaluated deck boxes based on their sturdiness, storage capacity, ease of assembly, ability to withstand harsh weather, appearance, and overall value.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall

Keter Brightwood 120-Gallon Resin Deck Box

Keter Brightwood 120-Gallon Resin Deck Box


What We Like
  • Soft-close hinges

  • Weather and UV resistant

  • Attractive wood-like appearance

  • Can be locked

What We Don't Like
  • Some complaints of missing or cracked pieces

If you need a large outdoor storage box to store outdoor pillows, pool supplies, gardening tools, or even dog toys, then our top choice is the Keter Brightwood. With a 120-gallon capacity and outer dimensions of 23.7 inches high, 57 inches wide, and 27.5 inches deep, this large deck box is just right for a reasonably big deck or patio in need of storage options. It's also sturdy enough for use as a casual bench, with a weight capacity of 484 pounds on the lid.

The Brightwood is made of resin that looks like rugged wood panels, but it won't rot, splinter, or mildew like wood, nor will it require periodic applications of wood sealer or paint to maintain its good looks. The box is weather-resistant, so it holds up well even in climates with very hot summers, severe winters, or long rainy seasons. Plus it is UV-resistant, so it won't fade or warp over time. While the box is close to waterproof, it is possible in some instances for water to seep in through the bottom, or through the lid or sides if there are any cracks or separations.

The lid opens and closes with an easy-lift mechanism that prevents the lid from crashing down, meaning you won't risk a smashed finger. There's a lock if you need extra security, or want to prevent young children from getting into stored pool chemicals or other potentially unsafe items. Note that you do need to assemble the box yourself, which most buyers found fairly easy, but there were a few complaints of receiving cracked or missing pieces. The Brightwood is available in two colors: dark brown or graphite gray.

Price at time of publish: $166

Dimensions: 57 x 27.5 x 23.7 inches︱Material: Resin︱Interior Capacity: 120 gallons ︱Wheels: No

Best Budget

Lifetime 80-Gallon Deck Storage Box

Lifetime Outdoor Storage Box


What We Like
  • Can be locked

  • Doubles as a bench

  • Soft-close lid

  • Molded handles

What We Don't Like
  • Complicated assembly

  • Utilitarian appearance

While its appearance is utilitarian, not stylish, this reasonably priced deck box from Lifetime holds up to 80 gallons, making it a good size for receiving packages on your front porch as well as for backyard storage. Made from resin, the box won't fade, crack, or warp even with exposure to extreme weather. It is not completely waterproof, though. Although the box does not have wheels, it does have molded handles, which make it easier to lift and move the box if needed. You can add a lock for security, if you desire. And its spring-hinged lid won't slam shut, so you have less chance of catching your fingers.

The box's exterior dimensions are 39 inches long by 24 inches deep by 26 inches high. The lid has a 250-pound weight capacity and can be used as a bench. Note that this deck box is more difficult to assemble than some of our other top choices, but once put together, it is a very sturdy box at a reasonable price. It is available in a light sandy brown, or light brown with a dark brown lid.

Price at time of publish: $156

Dimensions: 39 x 24 x 26 inches︱Material: Resin︱Interior Capacity: 80 gallons︱Wheels: No

Best with Wheels

Keter Capri 80-Gallon Wheeled Deck Box

Keter Capri 80 Gallon Lockable Deck Box with Wheels


What We Like
  • Lockable

  • Easy to move

  • Doubles as extra seating

What We Don't Like
  • Limited to one color

  • Not heavy-duty construction

Most deck boxes are intended for use as stationary storage, but the Keter Capri has two small wheels at one end, along with a handle, so you can easily maneuver it right where you need it. That's a definite plus if you are using it to hold garden tools, pool chemicals, or grilling supplies. Made of resin, the box is weather-resistant and won't fade, warp, crack, or peel even when it rains, snows, or gets hot. It is not entirely waterproof, however. This 80-gallon box has exterior dimensions of 48.4 inches wide by 21 inches deep by 22.4 inches high.

The box's exterior has the look of dark brown wicker, although a closer look makes it clear that this is resin, not wood. The lid's weight capacity is 550 pounds, so you can use it as a bench when you need extra seating. There's also a spot where you can attach a lock to keep items secure. The box is easy to assemble, but a few buyers felt it was not as sturdy as they had hoped. Still, we think that this is a stylish, portable option, for keeping outdoor supplies handy.

Price at time of publish: $98

Dimensions: 48.4 x 21 x 22.4 inches︱Material: Resin︱Interior Capacity: 80 gallons︱Wheels: Yes

Best Small

Suncast 22 Gallon Water Resistant Storage Bench

Suncast 22 Gallon Water Resistant Storage Bench


What We Like
  • Weather-resistant

  • Easy to assemble

  • Can be used as a seat

  • Affordably-priced

What We Don't Like
  • Looks somewhat cheap

  • May blow over in high winds

If you only have the need (or space) for a smaller storage solution, this resin storage box from Suncast will last for many years of service. The box is styled to resemble planked wood, although it's very clear that it's not really a natural material. Its storage capacity is 22 gallons, which is enough to contain a garden hose, a small collection of gardening tools, chemicals for your pool, or other items that need an outdoor home.

The box is weather-resistant, but not waterproof, and it will hold up to even extreme weather without fading, cracking, or warping. The manufacturer does recommend that it be cleaned annually with a mixture of soap and water to prevent staining, however. It has a hinged top that easily opens and closes, but no lock. The lid can support up to 150 pounds for use as a seat. Plus, assembly requires no tools since the pieces snap together. However, a few customers noted that when empty, the box is light enough—9.8 pounds—to blow over in high winds so it may need to be stored indoors in stormy weather.

Price at time of publish: $54

Dimensions: 20.5 x 22 x 17 inches︱Material: Resin︱Interior Capacity: 22 gallons︱Wheels: No

Best Large

Rubbermaid Roughneck Extra Large Resin Deck Box

Rubbermaid Roughneck Extra Large Resin Deck Box


What We Like
  • Can be used as a bench or side table

  • Plenty of space for large pool toys or patio cushions

  • Can add a lock

What We Don't Like
  • Not very stylish

  • Only one color option

When you need a spot to store it all—whether that be a full set of cushions, supplies for the grill, gardening tools, yard toys, pool chemicals, garden hoses, or a mixture of all of the above—then this extra-large box from Rubbermaid is the solution. Made of durable double-walled resin for improved strength and durability, the box requires no maintenance and holds up to weather without fading, cracking, rusting, rotting, or warping. It is not completely waterproof, however, although it does a good job of keeping the contents dry in most situations. If desired, you can add a padlock for security.

This deck box also can double as a seat for up to two adults (up to 300 pounds total) or as a large side table. Its exterior dimensions are 60 inches long by 26 inches deep by 28 inches high, so be sure the spot where you plan on keeping it is large enough for this hefty box. The box is only available in brown, but it’s clear this deck box is designed for function, not style. Still, if you need a strong deck box with maximum storage capabilities, this is an excellent option. It requires easy assembly.

Price at time of publish: $266

Dimensions: 60 x 26 x 28 inches︱Material: Resin︱Interior Capacity: 120 gallons︱Wheels: No

Best Splurge

West Elm Portside Outdoor Storage Trunk

West Elm Portside Outdoor Storage Trunk

West Elm

What We Like
  • Made with sustainably sourced wood

  • Available in two sizes

  • Very attractive appearance

What We Don't Like
  • Should be stored during the winter in harsh climates

  • Water can potentially seep inside

It's undeniably pricey, but if you prefer to bring your good taste in interior design right out to your home's exterior, then you'll find the West Elm Portside Outdoor Storage Trunk to be worth the cost. Made of sustainably-sourced mahogany and eucalyptus that have been wire-brushed for a weathered appearance that suits any style of decor, this deck box brings high style to function. The wood has natural oils that help resist weather and damage from moisture, plus the box has been treated with a polyurethane topcoat. However, you'll still want to protect it from harsh winter weather by covering it with an outdoor furniture cover or stashing it in the garage or garden shed for the season. Like most all-wood deck boxes, this one is not waterproof.

The box is available in two colors: weathered gray or driftwood. It also comes in two different sizes. The smaller box has exterior measurements of 47 inches wide by 23.5 deep by 18.25 tall. The larger box measures 67 inches wide by 29 inches deep by 24.6 inches high on the outside. West Elm does not indicate storage capacity in gallons for the boxes, but the measurements correspond to the typical large to extra-large deck boxes, so you'll be able to store outdoor cushions, gardening supplies, and other yard items with ease. The box requires assembly, and because it is heavy, you'll need an assistant to get the job done.

Price at time of publish: $899 for 47-inch box, $1,499 for 67-inch box

Dimensions: 47 x 23.5 x 18.25 inches, 67 x 29 x 24.6 inches︱Material: Wood︱Interior Capacity: Not listed ︱Wheels: No

Best with Bench Seating

Keter Solana 70-Gallon Outdoor Storage Bench

Keter Solana 70 Gallon Outdoor Storage Bench


What We Like
  • Comfortable bench seating

  • Can add a lock

  • Attractive appearance

What We Don't Like
  • Some claims that the box isn't sturdy enough

With a back, armrests, and a 70-gallon storage capacity, we think the Keter Solana is a versatile and functional addition to any patio or front porch. Made of resin, the deck box holds up to all types of weather without fading, peeling, or warping, and does well at keeping the contents of the box dry, although it is not entirely waterproof. The bench is comfortable to sit on, but you can add even more comfort by adding a cushion.

The Solana's exterior measurements are 55.1 inches wide by 23.6 inches deep by 33 inches high. The lid can support up to 550 pounds and can be used with a padlock for security. Choose from dark brown or gray; both are very attractive and look like real wood if not examined too closely. While a few customers said the box wasn't as sturdy as they had hoped, most felt that it is a good deck box that isn't too difficult to assemble, looks great, and holds a lot of backyard gear.

Price at time of publish: $200

Dimensions: 55.1 x 23.6 x 33 inches︱Material: Resin︱Interior Capacity: 70 gallons︱Wheels: No

Best Wood

Tangkula 47-Gallon Acacia Wood Deck Box

Tangkula 47 Gallon Acacia Wood Deck Box


What We Like
  • Attractive design

  • Made of acacia wood

  • Reasonably priced for a wood deck box

What We Don't Like
  • Only for use in a covered area

Although wood isn't the most durable outdoor storage solution, we love this beautiful acacia wood deck box, which has a protective coating of teak oil to help keep it looking great. The manufacturer warns not to let it get soaking wet, so it is best kept on a covered front porch or patio, or in another outdoor area that's not fully exposed to rain and snow. In addition to its stylish design, we appreciate the 47-gallon storage capacity, as well as the 355-weight capacity if you choose to use the box as a bench.

This deck box's exterior dimensions are 47.5 inches long by 17.5 inches deep by 17.5 inches high. It has heavy-duty hinges and a small pull-up handle, which make it easy to open and close the box. While not a large deck box, it's a good size for holding gardening tools, pool toys, delivered packages, or other not-too-large items. You'll need to assemble the box yourself, but it's not too difficult, and the result is an attractive piece of outdoor furniture. (Although this would also be a nice box for use indoors to hold linens or out-of-season clothing.)

Price at time of publish: $150

Dimensions: 47.5 x 17.5 x 17.5 inches︱Material: Wood︱Interior Capacity: 47 gallons︱Wheels: No

Best Waterproof

East Oak 100-Gallon Large Deck Box

EAST OAK 100 Gallon Large Deck


What We Like
  • Waterproof

  • Can be used as a bench

  • Attractive wicker design

What We Don't Like
  • Assembly instructions are not very clear

If you want to be sure that your stored items are safe from rain, then you need a deck box like this one from East Oak. Made of strong resin that's waterproof, weather-proof, and resistant to damage from UV rays, this box won't fade, crack, peel, or otherwise show signs of age, even when the weather turns nasty. It has a 100-gallon capacity, so you can store all manner of outdoor gear, including cushions, pool toys and maintenance items, grill supplies, gardening tools, and other backyard clutter that needs a home. With a 660-pound weight capacity, the box can also be used as a sturdy outdoor bench.

This East Oak deck box has soft-opening and closing hinges, so you won't accidentally smash your fingers if the lid drops. It even comes with a padlock for additional security if desired. The outer dimensions are 48 inches long by 21.5 inches deep by 25.7 inches high. The box only comes in gray, but has a fairly realistic wicker design that looks nice on a porch, deck, or balcony. The assembly instructions are not the best, so be sure to read them through before getting started. Once assembled, however, this is a sturdy box that adds a nice touch to your outdoor decor.

Price at time of publish: $180

Dimensions: 48 x 21.5 x 25.7 inches︱Material: Resin︱Interior Capacity: 100 gallons︱Wheels: No

Final Verdict

If you need a large, durable deck box, then our top pick is the Keter Brightwood, which has a 120-gallon capacity, sturdy construction, weather and UV resistance, soft-close hinges, and an attractive appearance. But if you are looking for something smaller, then we recommend the 22-gallon deck box from Suncast, which is a good size for receiving delivered packages at the front porch, or for holding a garden hose or a few outdoor cushions.

What to Look For In a Deck Box

Size and Storage Capacity

Don’t automatically assume that you need the largest deck box available. Noah James, professional landscaper and owner of Liberty Lawn Maintenance, observes, "When choosing a deck box for your garden, the most important thing to consider is size. Deck boxes come in various sizes, and it's important to choose one that fits all of the items you plan on storing. If you intend to store garden tools such as shovels, wheelbarrows, and other large items, you should opt for a larger deck box with enough space to accommodate them. Make sure that the deck box you choose has sufficient clearance so that the lid can be easily opened and closed when needed."

The storage capacity of a deck box is normally measured in gallons. Before buying a deck box, it’s a good idea to mark out its dimensions on your patio in chalk so you can clearly see how much room the box will occupy.

  • Small deck boxes hold up to 50 gallons, which is enough room to store a garden hose and a few small gardening tools, or to stash a few outdoor cushions, or to hold some pool toys. We recommend the Suncast 22-gallon deck box if you need something small.
  • Medium deck boxes, such as the 80-gallon box from Lifetime, have storage capacities between 51 and 100 gallons. Choose this size box if you want to store a set of outdoor cushions, you have a lot of gardening tools that need a home, you want somewhere to hold a collection of pool toys, or you plan on using the box to hold a garden hose plus other gardening supplies.
  • Large deck boxes hold between 101 and 149 gallons, which is roomy enough to hold a full set of outdoor cushions, stash a large collection of pool toys including noodles and floats, contain boxes and bags of fertilizer and garden hand tools, or hide away yard games and sporting equipment. Our top pick, the Keter Brightwood, holds 120 gallons.
  • Extra-large deck boxes hold over 150 gallons. These oversize storage boxes are ideal for large collections of gardening tools and supplies, patio umbrellas, big sets of outdoor cushions, pool equipment and chemicals, or even firewood. They take up considerable space, however, and not every yard has the room for these king-sized boxes.


Noah James says, "In addition to size, the material is another factor that should be taken into consideration when choosing a deck box. The deck box should be made from sturdy materials such as wood or resin that are able to withstand outdoor weather conditions without any damage or fading. Wood deck boxes are typically more expensive than plastic or resin options, but often look better. However, plastic deck boxes can be easier to maintain and provide better protection against the elements." 

The most common materials for deck boxes are plastic, resin, and wood. Each has its own pros and cons.

Plastic deck boxes are generally the least expensive and the lightest. They hold up well to weather, including extreme weather, but may eventually fade or become brittle after years of exposure. Plastic deck boxes do a good job of keeping out moisture, as well. However, generally these boxes are the most utilitarian and the least attractive options.

Resin, which is a type of plastic that has a plant-based origin, also holds up well to weather extremes, and generally won't fade or become brittle. Like plastic, resin does a good job of keeping out moisture. The biggest difference is that resin can be molded into more intricate shapes than plastic, so these boxes often mimic the appearance of wood or wicker, making them much more attractive than plastic options. The East Oak 100-Gallon Large Deck Box has an especially realistic wicker appearance.

Wood deck boxes like the Tangkula 47-Gallon Acacia Wood Deck Box are generally the heaviest and the most expensive choices, but it’s hard to beat the natural beauty of real wood. On the downside, wooden storage boxes can rot or splinter if they aren’t periodically resealed to protect them from weather extremes and moisture, and they generally don’t do nearly as good a job as plastic or resin boxes at keeping out rain, snow, and humidity. It’s best to keep a wooden deck box in a location with some protection from the elements. 


You can use your deck box to store just about anything that’s typically kept in the yard. Gardening tools and supplies, such as bags of fertilizer or seeds, stay close at hand when they are in a deck box rather than hidden away in the garage. Likewise, keeping your swimming pool toys, test kits, chemicals, and maintenance items in a deck box means you’ll have them nearby when you need them. 

You can also use your deck box to hold outdoor cushions or bird feeders when out of season, hide away bags of charcoal or fuel for your grill, stash children’s yard toys and games, or conceal unattractive items like doggy-waste collectors. 

If you want extra seating, look for a deck box that has a bench-style top, such as the Keter Eden 70-Gallon Storage Bench. These versatile boxes are especially useful in small yards where you wouldn’t otherwise be able to fit both a bench and a storage box.

Zack and Hugh add, "Storage is always important, and it somehow seems that we never have enough of it! For us, a deck box would certainly be filled with plenty of dog toys and smaller gardening equipment (think: a hose, hand tools, and potting supplies). Deck boxes can also act as an unexpected outdoor furniture accessory."  

  • Do deck boxes keep things dry?

    While most plastic or resin deck boxes are reasonably weather-resistant, not all will keep stored items completely dry. If the lid doesn’t fit tightly, water can seep inside the box. Likewise, some deck boxes have thin bottoms that won’t keep out water should it pool beneath the box. If it’s important that your box’s interior remain as dry as possible, look for a storage box that’s waterproof, not just weather-resistant. And avoid wooden boxes, which typically are not as watertight as plastic or resin options.

  • Can I leave deck boxes outside during the winter?

    In most cases, you can leave your deck box, whether resin, plastic, or wood, outdoors through the winter. However, if you live in an area with very wet or cold winters, it’s a good idea to purchase a deck box cover the appropriate size for your box to add a layer of protection against the elements. Be sure to remove any contents from the box that are temperature-sensitive before winter extremes set in, however, such as pool chemicals, birdseed, or other delicate or perishable items.

  • How long do deck boxes usually last?

    A good deck box can last for decades as long as it isn’t abused by rough treatment, such as children jumping on and off the lid. But you can extend the life of your deck box by periodically coating it with a protective sealer if it’s wood, keeping it out of standing water and away from extreme heat such as a firepit or barbecue, closing the lid when not accessing the contents of the box, and not dragging the box across the patio; choose a model with wheels if you expect to need to reposition the box frequently.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This article was researched and written by Michelle Ullman, who is a writer specializing in home and garden products. She has been writing for The Spruce since 2020, covering a wide range of home improvement products including power and hand tools, painting supplies, landscaping tools, and tool organizers. To choose the best deck boxes for this article, she consulted dozens of customer and third-party reviews and outdoor-living websites, and considered each product's sturdiness, ease of assembly, weather resistance, size, and price point. Zack and Hugh, design enthusiasts, old-home renovators, and owners of decorating blog Thisyunkyhouse, and Noah James, professional landscaper and  owner of Liberty Lawn Maintenance, offered further input and advice.

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