Outdoor storage solutions

During summer months, especially in Los Angeles, outdoor spaces become home to everything from afternoons by the pool to dinner parties with friends and family. Finding the perfect storage solutions for all your necessities — from beach towels and rafts to serveware and beverages — brings organization to outdoor activities and keeps summer entertaining simple and fun. When choosing your outdoor storage, look for adaptable pieces that can serve a variety of functions.

Clever and versatile open storage options make perfect catchalls for your must–haves. Prized for its durability as well as its industrial style, galvanized metal is an ideal choice for the outdoors. Naturally resistant to water and all types of weather, containers crafted from this sturdy material make great homes to everything from towels and pool accessories to refreshments. Expertly woven storage baskets are also a great choice for stowing magazines, linens and more. Their relaxed look perfectly complements an open–air setting, and sturdy handles let you easily tote them along to the beach or on a picnic.

Sharing meals or drinks with loved ones outdoors is one of summer's greatest luxuries. Save yourself multiple trips to the fridge by storing refreshments in an ice chest on the deck or patio. For tucking away extra pillows, blankets or patio cushions, consider a storage chest that can also act as extra seating or a side table. A naturally weather–friendly buffet can be a great option for stowing outdoor dinnerware, accessories and more — and it doubles as a spacious surface for serving.

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