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Clever ways to hide garbage cans and improve curb appeal

Tastefully invisible: This outdoor screen is available for

Tastefully invisible: This outdoor screen is available for $71.34 at Photo Credit: Suncast

It’s a fact of life that we all produce garbage. Whether it’s trash or items for recycling, we can’t live without garbage pickup — or garbage cans. But garbage cans can be unsightly, not to mention that garbage cans in front of the house can really put a dent in your home’s curb appeal. With some clever products or a little DIY, you can cover those unsightly cans quickly and easily.


The fastest way to cover those cans is to create a screen. If you need something quick, say, because you’re putting your home up for sale or you’re hosting a party, then there are lots of choices available that will cover those cans in a jiff.

Try a garbage-can shed from retailers in your neighborhood or online, like Made of wood or vinyl, these can be placed against the side of the house to hide cans. Because they’re covered on all sides and on the top, cans stay nice and dry. The sheds can range in price from around $100 up to $400, depending on construction and quality.

For an even quicker way to camouflage, try a simple enclosure. Enclosures work like a corral around your garbage cans and are usually held in the ground with stakes. The Suncast wicker outdoor screen comes with four panels that can hide garbage cans. The premium vinyl privacy screen is L-shaped and made of two solid vinyl fencing panels. They set up in minutes and can completely hide garbage cans.

Whether you opt for a garbage can shed or enclosure, be sure to measure the height of the garbage cans, including the covers. This way they won’t be peeking over the top of the enclosure and they’ll fit inside the shed’s dimensions.


For something more permanent, consider a small weekend project to build a storage area for garbage cans. Start by adding some hardscaping to give your cans a solid spot to stay. Pavers, brick, stone, pea gravel or, if you’re up to it, a small concrete slab will make a neat storage spot. The cans will stay tidy and out of the mud. Next, create an L-shaped fenced area to keep those cans out of sight.

To create a screen, sink three 4-by-4 posts into the ground at least 18 to 24 inches deep and anchor them with concrete. Cut the posts to the required height. Then choose the material for screening. The material can be 1-by-4 pieces of wood nailed horizontally and stained or painted, creating a solid cover for your cans. Another option is to apply plywood and cover with lattice for something traditional-looking, and that can be painted or stained a color that goes with your house. For an extra touch, top the fence posts with a decorative finial and you have a great-looking garbage can enclosure that makes them accessible and hides those unsightly cans once and for all.

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