This DIY built-in patio bench has storage space for pillows, propane tanks and other outdoor items. It even includes flower planters at both ends. Add an awning over it and it is a perfect outdoor social area.
Make Storage Multitask (pool area?) Solve two outdoor problems -- a lack of seating and of storage -- at once. Transform wooden chests with paint and custom cushions made of waterproof foam and fabric. (For backyard toys, gardening stuff, and pool chems)