Fortunately, there are a lot of options on the market for hiding your outdoor trash bin. The one you choose will depend on several factors, not the least of which is the expense.
Alternatively, instead of plunking down cash for a completed trash storage shed, a quick search of the ‘net will find countless DIY options. These options run the gamut from easy to complicated, so it’s important to consider exactly what your needs are before dumping lots of time and expense into such a project.
Types of garbage can storage
Garbage can sheds
One of the most secure options, garbage can sheds will protect your trash from becoming “Ricky Racoon’s” all-you-can-eat buffet.
Another benefit; they can also be used to store outdoor cushions, garden tools, etc..
If animals or the wind don’t present a problem, a simple screen might do the trick.
People driving or walking by your house won’t see a thing, and with the wide availability of different colors and designs, you’re sure to find something that will seamlessly blend with your home’s design.
Take note, that you might need to secure the screen to a foundation as many of them are lightweight enough to be tossed about by the wind.
Trash can hideaway
More compact than a trash shed, a trash can hideaway is another option if you need to prevent animals (or the wind) playing havoc with your garbage.
Look for one with a lid that latches and you’ll have a stylish and streamlined, way to keep your trash stowed and secure.
What to consider when looking at different options
Appearance and design
If possible, choose a storage option that blends well with the design of your home. Note that in some cases, you can find trash storage bins that are paintable, allowing you to match them to your home’s color scheme.
A very important consideration is how big your trash bins are. If you have trash cans that are inordinately big, your choices might be fewer than if you have standard size trash cans.
Another consideration is where you stow your bins. Adding a shed will require more room, so keep this in mind when deciding on a trash bin.
Price vs need
While you want to get the most for your money, don’t think that you have to buy the most expensive trash shed.
Just match what you need with what’s available (or make it yourself) and don’t automatically assume that spending a lot will equate to a long-lasting option.
Wood can be painted if necessary, and if your home is wood it may be just what you need.
Keep in mind, however, that there are some drawbacks to trash bins made from wood.
There will be more upkeep than with other materials, so if you don’t have the time or energy to deal with maintenance, you might want to consider other materials.
Low (or no) maintenance, plastic is one of the most popular material choices for trash bin storage. You won’t have to worry about repainting and/or repairing wood that’s been damaged from rot or insects.
A couple of downsides; plastics can sometimes fade in the sun, and some of them will leak. However, if a plastic garbage bin shed will do the job, you might not mind these potential issues.
Does your trash have to be completely dry? If so, look for units that are guaranteed to be waterproof. Some plastic units can leak at the joints, so keep this in mind when looking at your options.
As you’re no doubt aware, plastic is very durable. A plastic garbage bin shed will stand the test of time; avoiding destruction by either pests or rot.
However, wood bins will hold up better in high winds, so if this is a concern you might want to opt for a wood unit (or make an effort to bolt your plastic unit to a foundation).
Raccoons…rats…even dogs can find trash irresistible. If this is a problem for you, you’ll want to find a unit with a latch. Preferably one that can be secured with a lock as some critters can be pretty effective trash thieves.
While you can keep bigger animals out of your trash, mice and rats can slip into much smaller spaces. If these pests are a problem where you live, look for a unit that’s very tightly sealed.
Finally, as noted earlier, in some instances you’ll want to secure your unit to a foundation to prevent high winds from tossing it about.
You’ll also want to have a nice, level foundation for your unit if you don’t already have a driveway or walkway where it can be stowed.