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9 Of The Best Lawn Mower Storage Ideas For Your Regular Or Riding Mower

Are you looking for the best lawn mower storage idea? You’ve landed yourself in the right place, then! I’ve been struggling with my lawnmower since I got it until I finally realized I already have about seven or eight places I can keep it!

I bet you have these places in your backyard, too. You’re just waiting for someone to point them out, and I don’t blame you. That’s what I’m here for! Keep reading. I’ll even tell you how to store a lawn mower in the garage.

Build A Mini Shed

People usually use mini sheds to store things that can’t be inside their houses, such as chemicals and pesticides, or gardening tools. Well, while you’re at it, why don’t you try to store your lawn mower there, too?

Although it’ll limit the space you have for the rest of the items, you’ll have saved yourself a great deal of hassle. The lawn mower storage shed will protect your mower from wintery conditions and it’ll stay dry and warm, which will raise its life expectancy by a few years.

Besides, mini sheds are pretty easy to build, as you can see in this guide from Shed Plans, a professional shed plan company. If you don’t already have one, I’m sure that you can get started right now and have it ready by the end of the week.

Or Even Better, A Mid-Size Shed!

The larger, the better – a mid-size shed won’t only protect your lawn mower and keep it from freezing during winter, according to Gardening Know How, a well-known blog by gardeners that’s all about – you guessed it – gardening, but it’ll also give you enough space to store all your gardening and landscaping items. If you have room for it, I recommend going straight ahead and building one.

I included mid-size sheds on my list because they offer full security for the items inside. Besides, I’ve found that wooden sheds can last a lifetime if taken care of, so you’ll be ensuring a storage place for as long as you need it.

Do You Have A Garage?

If you have unused space in your garage, I see no reason to keep your push lawn mower outdoors. Most people store lawn mowers in the garage, alongside any other lawn equipment. Besides the full protection from the weather conditions, your machine will be safe from any thieves. 

A garage typically offers more security than a lawn mower shed. Plus, you can customize it to fit all of your items by utilizing these ideas from Best Life Online, a lifestyle magazine and blog. You can also use the garage to store your lawn or garden tractor. If you don’t already own one, here’s a review that’ll help you pick the best garden tractor for you.

If You Don’t, Go For A Fabric Tent

Fabric Tent for Lawn Mower
Image Credit: walmart.com, wayfair.com

If you’re on a tight budget, I highly recommend going for a fabric tent. It’s easy to set up and put away, it doesn’t take up much space, and it can offer some protection from the winter. On top of this, it doesn’t take up much storage space, seeing as it folds down to a compact size.

The only downside to fabric tents is that they may get blown away in particularly harsh winds, according to Eureka!, a camping equipment seller that’s been around for over a century. Although this is unlikely if you live somewhere with moderate weather, it’s bad news for people in wintery states. 

Or Maybe Store It Under A Tarp

Many people don’t have enough space in their yards to build a shed or put up a tent for their lawn tractors. If that’s the case for you, I suggest you store your lawn mower directly under a tarp. It won’t cost you much, and it folds up to a compact dimension for ease of storage.

Though a tarp won’t protect your lawn mower much from heavy rainwater, it’ll keep it warm and prevent it from freezing. It’s a viable option for people in very cold states.

You Can Also Use Some Space Against The Wall

Lawn Mower Storage from the Wall
Image Credit: walmart.com, matchness.com

I bet that against your outside wall doesn’t come to mind when you think about where to store your lawn mower, right? It’s a pretty convenient idea, though, when you think about it. You won’t have to build a full shed or install a tent – all you’ll have to do is create a space against your wall and build or buy a storage unit.

All of us certainly have some empty wall space outside our house. I think that this is a brilliant solution to your issue, as you can see in the photo. You can even paint the box the same color as the wall to help it blend in.

Or From The Ceiling

Now we’re thinking out of the box! Unless you’re three meters tall, there’s probably a pretty large chunk of ceiling in your garage that you don’t need. Why not use this garage space to store your lawn mower?

While it may not be convenient for extra-large lawn mowers that you can’t lift, I’ve found that it fits moderately-sized ones just fine. On top of this, it won’t cost you as much as building a shed will. You’ll only need to pay for some woodwork or do it yourself.

Or Maybe On A Shelf?

 I know; this idea sounds absurd at first. Storing a gardening machine on a shelf seems impossible. But when you see the image above, you’ll realize it’s actually doable, and it’s a really great idea!

If you want to keep your lawn mower inside and away from mother nature, storing it on a shelf in your basement or garage is an excellent end to your dilemma, according to HGTV, a TV channel and blog all about home improvement and landscaping. 

However, bear in mind that the rack should be strong and stable enough to hold your lawn mower. If you need to, I suggest you hire a handyman to install some shelves for you.

How About On A Table?

Lawn Mower on a Table
Image Credit: wayfair.com

Most of us have an old wooden table lying around in the basement with nothing to do. Well, if you don’t have a shed or a tent for your lawn mower, it’s time to put your old table to good use. As you see in the photos here, large tables are perfectly capable of accommodating lawn mowers.

The good thing is, you won’t need a waterproof cover. Your lawn mower will already be inside and away from the harsh conditions. Besides, the table won’t need any maintenance, other than the regular cleaning every once in a while.

Meanwhile, I’ve found that a shed or a tent typically needs some maintenance effort on your part.

Where To Store A Lawn Mower Indoors?

A lawn mower stored in an indoor storage place

In my experience, it is always better to keep your garden equipment inside, and lawnmowers are no exception. Jonny Martin from the UK’s Which magazine agrees and states that it is best to store your lawn more indoors – in a shed or a garage. Why? Well, that allows you to protect it from the elements while keeping your home clean too. He has a few pieces of advice:

  • Store your mower in a place where there is no moisture build-up.
  • Make sure your mower is away from appliances or devices that heat up. (It is a great safety risk!) 

Professionals from Briggs & Stratton, the world’s largest producer of engines for outdoor power equipment, confirm that storing your lawn mower in your garage or a garden shed is the best solution. They also stress you should never place your mower next to a water heater, furnace, gas cans, and any appliances with a pilot light to avoid the risk of fire

Here is what they recommend you should do before you put away your lawn mower for the winter:

  • Remove the battery and clean its terminal with a metal brush or a special battery cleaner product.
  • Clean the mower with a brush to remove grass, leaves, and soil. Also, use a stick to remove any debris stuck on the blade tip. Do not use your hands!
  • Add fuel stabilizer and then fill the tank to avoid your engine’s fuel system clogging. In this way, the fuel will stay fresh for up to 24 months. (Alternatively, drain all the fuel before storing the mower).

Where To Store A Lawn Mower Outdoors?

A lawn mower stored in a small outdoor storage place
Image Credit: flickr.com

For people that own large push mowers or lawn tractors and have limited indoor space, outdoor storage is the only option. I had that problem before I built my shed, so I had to manage it for a while too. 

According to the experts from the Flow Wall storage solution company,  if you do not have space in a shed or a garage, the best place to store a lawn mower outdoors is either under a durable tarp, or a covered gazebo or awning. They advise you to:

  • Keep the mower elevated above the ground
  • Allow for proper airflow and ventilation to prevent rust, mold, and mildew. 

I had some free space under the deck, so I used to park my mower there. Even though it was covered, I used to wrap it in a weather resistant tarp during the winter to keep it off the ground and provide it with extra protection. I am sure you can find a creative solution too!

If you can spare a corner of your yard, I have found a great DIY storage shed you can build rather quickly and use for your lawn mower:

FAQs

Can you store a lawn mower in a shed or garage?

You can store your lawn mower in a shed or a garage. Those are the best options if you decide to store your mower indoors, as it will be well-protected while your home stays clean.

Is it OK to store a lawn mower outside?

It is OK to store your lawn mower outside if you do not have adequate indoor space. Jonny Martin from the UK’s Which magazine recommends covering your lawn mower with a waterproof tarp to keep it safe from the elements.

Is it OK to keep lawn mower in garage?

It is OK to keep lawn mower in garage. It is one of the best places for a mower. However, professionals from Safeguard self-storage company warn that lawnmowers can be tripping hazards or lead to spilling combustible liquid on the garage floor, making your garage unsafe.

Should I run my lawn mower out of gas before storing it for winter?

Even though some manufacturers recommend running your lawn mower out of gas before storing it for winter, experts from GoldEagle company which manufactures and distributes automotive aftermarket fluids and additives, suggest using gas stabilizers.

Is it OK for a lawn mower to get rained on?

It’s OK for the mower to get rained on as long as it doesn’t get soaked and the water doesn’t contaminate the fuel. The article from the LawnEQ Blog recommends spraying starter fluid into the carburetor and running the wet mower to speed up the drying process and prevent rust.

Where should I store my riding lawn mower?

You should store your riding lawn mower inside, whenever possible, as advised by experts from American Steel Carports Inc. That will keep it in the best shape. They also recommend moving it occasionally to avoid flat spots on your tires.

Is it OK to leave riding lawn mower outside?

It is OK to leave the riding lawn mower outside as long as you protect it from the elements to prevent rust and damage. In my opinion, you should at least use a weather-proof tarp or park the mower under some type of cover.

Can you store a push mower vertically?

You can store a push mower vertically if your machine is made for that type of storage. I recommend reading the manual or contacting the manufacturer before you do it. Experts from the Flow Wall storage solution company warn vertical storage can cause fuel/oil to drip into the engine.

Can you store a push mower outside?

You can store a push mower outside, but you should protect it from the elements. My advice is to use a weather-proof cover or park your mower under the porch or a gazebo.

Did You Like Our Lawn Mower Storage Ideas?

Since I got my lawn mower, I’ve been struggling with the issue of storing it somewhere safe. That’s why creating a list of lawn mower storage ideas was a priority for me. What did you think about the listed options? After trying out quite a few of these, I can tell you they worked excellently!

Let me know what you think in the comments, and don’t forget to share the article if you liked it!

About The Author

  • Nadya Jones

    Nadya's the creative mind behind this blog, sharing her passion for landscaping, gardening and making spaces that nourish the soul. An entrepreneur and writer based in Raleigh, NC, Nadya turns imaginative ideas into inspiration, fueling home and garden dreams. Though Nadya crafts gorgeous posts and photos showcasing lush yards or blooming gardens, the real magic happens behind the scenes where Nadya's partner Brett provides endless support, implementing each vision with care and dedication. Brett's the one ensuring her creative concepts come to life. At heart, Nadya remains an imaginative soul, forever dreaming of whimsical details, vibrant hues and lush landscapes. Each manicured edge or blossoming bloom fuels inspiration, expanding her vision of what's possible in design and life. She shares her love for landscaping, gardening, and outdoor design in her blog, the one you are visiting right now. If you are interested in the same things, be sure to check it out! Also, follow Nadya on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Flickr!

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About The Author

Nadya Jones

Nadya's the creative mind behind this blog, sharing her passion for landscaping, gardening and making spaces that nourish the soul. An entrepreneur and writer based in Raleigh, NC, Nadya turns imaginative ideas into inspiration, fueling home and garden dreams. Though Nadya crafts gorgeous posts and photos showcasing lush yards or blooming gardens, the real magic happens behind the scenes where Nadya's partner Brett provides endless support, implementing each vision with care and dedication. Brett's the one ensuring her creative concepts come to life. At heart, Nadya remains an imaginative soul, forever dreaming of whimsical details, vibrant hues and lush landscapes. Each manicured edge or blossoming bloom fuels inspiration, expanding her vision of what's possible in design and life. She shares her love for landscaping, gardening, and outdoor design in her blog, the one you are visiting right now. If you are interested in the same things, be sure to check it out! Also, follow Nadya on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Flickr!

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