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 stomach), there have been trash bins. Or “moveable receptacles,” as the English put it in those days.
Whether you call yours 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. Here are 10 ways to hide the garbage:
Roof Garden CamouflageWith a top layer of greenery, nobody notices if your curbside cabinets are hiding a rubbish bin or two or five.
Willow 3-Panel ScreensIf you have multiple trash bins, you can connect the panels to create a larger enclosure.
DIY Willow Screens
Make your own fence extension with a Horizontal Slatwall Panel ($59.95 for a 4-by-8-foot panel at Store Supply Warehouse). Paint or stain it to match the color of your existing fence.
Tamper-proof (take means you, raccoons) and weather-resistant, a metal storage container is a good choice for an exposed spot on the side of the house.
Designed to fit in a small city front yard, multiple CitiBin kits can be connected to create storage for a multi-unit apartment building.
Reclaimed Pallet BinsPut the recycling can into a bin made from recycled wood for a double win.
City Sidewalk Boxes
Weather-resistant and sized to sit against the side of a townhouse stoop, a MetroBox has both lids and doors for easy access.
Mini Garden ShedsSmall storage sheds can play dual roles. Measure your trash bins and buy a shed in which they’ll fit snugly.
Ventilated Lean-tosA pitched roof directs rain and snow away from the trash bins.
N.B.: See more utility storage:
- Storage Solution: A Customizable Storage Shed from Germany.
- 10 Easy Pieces: Garage Storage Units.
- The Organized Life: Garden Shed Storage System from Pottery Barn.