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DIY Umbrella Stand Side Table

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!

DIY umbrella stand side table

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

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How to Make an Umbrella Stand Table

Download the Woodworking Plans

Before you start cutting, download the 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!

umbrella stand side table plans download box

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 woodworking plans library!

Cut 2x4 pieces and drill pocket holes

This end table may look complicated, but it's really just a 2x4 frame with slats nailed on it. Cut the 2x4 lumber according to the cut list in the plans, and drill pocket holes in both ends of the shorter pieces. Sand down any rough edges.

drilling pocket holes for frame of umbrella stand table

Assemble the 2x4 frame

Use the shorter boards to connect two legs together with 2 ½" exterior pocket hole screws. Repeat for the other two legs.

assembling legs for umbrella stand side table

Then connect the two sets of legs together with the remaining pocket hole boards.

assembling umbrella stand side table with pocket hole screws

Cut the 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.

western red cedar fence pickets at Home Depot

I've used this pattern of alternating widths before on my potting bench, under deck storage area and vertical garden planter. Might as well stick to the same theme for this side table too!

DIY potting bench with sink in grass

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.

umbrella stand side table plans download box

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 ½" strips. The wider 5" pieces just need ¼" trimmed from both sides.

cutting cedar fence pickets on table saw

Attach the slats to the 2x4 frame

Lay the 2x4 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 ¼" brad nails.

adding top slat to umbrella stand table frame

Here's my trick for perfect spacing without a tape measure: a ¾" 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!

attaching slats to sides of umbrella stand table base with brad nails

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.

umbrella stand side table plans download box

Drill pocket holes in both ends of all the longer pieces. Attach four of them to a shorter board with 1 ¼" exterior pocket hole screws, leaving ⅜" spacing in between. Repeat for the other side.

screwing slats together for top of umbrella stand table

Drill Hole for Umbrella Pole

Line up the two halves of the table top with ⅜" 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.

drilling hole for umbrella in top of umbrella stand table with a hole saw

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.

using a foam brush to stain between the slats of an umbrella stand table

Attach the top to the 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.

spray painting hinges for umbrella stand table top

Put the two halves of the table top together with ⅜" 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.

attaching hinges to underside of umbrella stand table top

Now you can open and close the top around the umbrella pole!

umbrella stand table with lid open

Insert the stand and umbrella

Drop the weighted umbrella stand base into the center of the open table. Then screw the umbrella pole in place. It may take a bit of positioning to get it lined up with the hole in the table.

opening top of umbrella stand table

I love being able to spend more time out on the deck in the shade! And now that empty corner has a purpose other than collecting clutter!

umbrella stand table in corner of deck between two outdoor sofas

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!

outdoor pillows stored inside umbrella stand side table

Now we have a complete set of outdoor furniture!

umbrella stand table in corner between two outdoor sofas

Grab the plans to make your own by clicking the button below!

umbrella stand side table plans download box
DIY outdoor end table with hidden storage


Wednesday 11th of September 2019

What a fantastic idea. I love this umbrella stand table, especially with the hinged storage!


Friday 6th of September 2019

Your work seems to be great. Continue the great effort!!

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