Relax in the shade with this DIY umbrella stand side table! The umbrella base is hidden inside this outdoor side table, with easy access to extra storage through the hinged top!
A few years ago, I built an outdoor loveseat and sofa set for our deck. A year later, I added the end table with built-in ice bucket. Last week, I made this outdoor coffee table, and today I’m sharing an umbrella stand side table to add shade to this sunny corner! Now I have a complete set!
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It’s been getting hotter over the last few summers, and the deck gets bright sun until about 2:00 in the afternoon. An umbrella would make relaxing outside a lot more enjoyable on those warm days!
Since the stores are already putting out fall stuff in the beginning of August (why???), I snagged this simple outdoor umbrella from Pier 1 on clearance. Now I just need to build an umbrella stand table to put it in!
Materials Needed for Umbrella Stand Table
- Three cedar 2×4’s
- Three cedar 1×4’s
- Ten cedar fence pickets (6″ wide and 6 feet long)
- Exterior wood glue
- Brad nail gun and 1 1/4″ brad nails
- Pocket hole jig
- 1 1/4″ exterior pocket hole screws
- 2 1/2″ exterior pocket hole screws
- 2″ exterior grade hinges
- Hole saw slightly larger than your umbrella pole diameter
- Miter saw or circular saw
- Table saw
- If you don’t have a table saw, you can use cedar lattice for the sides instead!
- Umbrella with weighted base
How to Make an Umbrella Stand Table
Download the Free Woodworking Plans
Before you start cutting, download the free woodworking plans for this umbrella stand side table by clicking the button below. It includes a complete cut list and detailed 3D drawings to make building easier for you!
I based my dimensions on the outdoor loveseat and sofa height and width. You can build an entire outdoor furniture set with these two sets of plans! Check out the loveseat plans in the free woodworking plans library!
Cut 2×4 pieces and drill pocket holes
This end table may look complicated, but it’s really just a 2×4 frame with slats nailed on it. Cut the 2×4 boards according to the cut list in the plans, and drill pocket holes in both ends of the shorter pieces. Sand down any rough edges.
Assemble the 2×4 frame
Use the shorter boards to connect two legs together with 2 1/2″ exterior pocket hole screws. Repeat for the other two legs.
Then connect the two sets of legs together with the remaining pocket hole boards.
Cut cedar fence picket pieces
I love using cedar fence pickets for outdoor projects. They’re cheap, they’re wide and they don’t rot in our wet winters! They’re pretty rough, though, so I prefer to cut them down into thinner strips to clean them up.
If you don’t have a table saw, don’t worry! You can buy thin slats of cedar lattice instead, and alternate them with full width fence pickets.
I prefer to rip shorter pieces on the table saw, so I cut them to length first on the miter saw. Then, to make the thinner strips, cut the rough edge off one side of the fence picket first, then rip three 1 1/2″ strips. The wider 5″ pieces just need 1/4″ trimmed from both sides.
Attach slats to 2×4 frame
Lay the 2×4 frame on its side on the floor. Apply wood glue to the back of the shorter 5″ wide board where it will come in contact with the frame. Align the edge with the top and sides of the frame and nail it into place with 1 1/4″ brad nails.
Here’s my trick for perfect spacing without a tape measure: a 3/4″ wide scrap board! Place it next to the top slat, then butt a thin slat next to it. Glue up both ends, then nail it in place. Remove the spacer and move it down to the next slat. Easy peasy!
Cut and assemble top pieces
The top of the side table is made of two halves on hinges that meet in the middle. This allows you to store extra pillows or other things inside the base, and makes it easy to remove the umbrella when the seasons change.
Drill pocket holes in both ends of all the longer pieces. Attach four of them to a shorter board with 1 1/4″ exterior pocket hole screws, leaving 3/8″ spacing in between. Repeat for the other side.
Drill Hole for Umbrella Pole
Line up the two halves of the table top with 3/8″ between them. Clamp them down to hold them in place, then use a hole saw to drill a hole wide enough for your umbrella pole to fit through.
Paint or stain
I really liked the stain color I used on my balcony railing table and deck railing planter box, so I stained this project to match. A foam brush helps to get into all those crevices and between the slats without dripping.
Attach top to base with hinges
I salvaged the 2″ hinges from the outdoor storage bench I took apart this spring, and they were perfect for this umbrella stand table. A quick coat of oil rubbed bronze spray paint helped them blend in with the dark wood stain.
Put the two halves of the table top together with 3/8″ spacing between them and even spacing all around the base. The hinges attach to the underside of the top and the outside of the base.
Now you can open and close the top around the umbrella pole!
Insert stand and umbrella
Enjoy the shade with your new umbrella stand table!
I love being able to spend more time out on the deck under the shade of our new umbrella! And now that empty corner has a purpose other than collecting clutter!
The hinged top gives us easy access to the umbrella stand base when it’s time to take it down for the summer. And there’s hidden storage for extra pillows too!
Now we have a complete set of outdoor furniture!
Grab the plans to make your own by clicking the button below!
I’d love to see how your umbrella stand side table turns out! Feel free to tag me on Instagram with your photos!
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