Great log store ideas have to straddle the line between being a functional feature and also a characterful design choice.
Big or small, built-in or freestanding, wood storage needs to be dry, sheltered and neat where seasoned are easily accessed for a log burning stove.
Below we have collected some inspiring ideas for storing logs.
(MORE: Best Log Baskets)
1. Get Creative with Outdoor Log Store Ideas
Although a practicality, log store design ideas can be innovative and a feature in their own right. From interesting shapes, colours and materials to built-in solutions, getting creative with this simple element will make any home feel more considered.
A statement chimney provides a convenient place to store lots for use in this oak-frame self-build by Oakwrights.
2. Wrought and Cast Iron Log Baskets are a Timeless Choice
Let's not get away from the fact that where a log store is required, a wood burning stove is sure to be somewhere close. Complete a characterful and welcoming atmosphere with a robust log basket — such as this model from Garden Trading.
A style that will never go out of fashion or clash with interior tastes, keeping log holders close to hand and in a classic form is a winner in our eye.
3. Incorporate Log Store Design Ideas in an Interior Scheme
Where a larger amount of wood is required, it is smart to include log storage into how the overall room will look.
Warm wood furniture and exposed rafters blends the log store nook (to the left of the kitchen) in this open-plan living, dining and kitchen space, adding character to the new self-build.
4. Choose a Stove with a Built-in Log Store
As homes become more and more efficient log burning stoves might only be used in the winter months, in which case having a bunch of wood in the house might be an inconvenience.
Here the Charnwood Island 1 features a store stand for easy access in winter, but can kept neat and tidy for the rest of the year.
5. Make a Characterful Feature of Indoor Log Storage
This purpose-built log store alcove is a practical addition and acts as a visual divide between the kitchen and living area in this self build.
This idea could be incorporated into a renovated home (such as the recesses beside chimney breasts) and extension projects (adding a touch of wow-factor into a new room).
6. Think Ahead when Planning Log Store Ideas for Outside
Logs of course need to be stored where it is dry and out of the way so if you're looking for log store ideas in a self-build or extension project, perhaps consider including a sheltered spot outside.
A generous roof overhang not only adds architectural interest to this self-build, but also offers a dry place to season wood. What's more, logs are easily accessible in winter months with getting a coat on!
7. Make an Indoor Log Store into a Talking Point
This contemporary log store and sleek stove (Dik Geurts Odin) is an eye-catching focal point in this broken plan living space.
8. Keep Log Storage Organised in the Garden
Freestanding outdoor log stores – this model is from Garden Trading – can come in all sorts of designs, but look out for those with divided sections for different sized logs and wood for kindling.
9. Log Store Designs can be Multi-purpose
When creating new rooms and spaces in a project, designing multi-functional built-in storage ideas to suit your lifestyle makes all the difference.
A partial room divide in this contemporary cottage extension works overtime as not just a bookcase, but also a spot for the TV, an inset woodburner and an internal wood store.
10. Think About Materials for Outdoor Log Stores
Treated timber, aluminium and even Cor-ten – as in this Parker and Coop triangular log store – are great materials to protect a wood supply. Plus, by matching a material to a specific style makes the garden feel more included in any home design.
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