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Tips on Building Your Own Umbrella Table

by Marsha Wolber 11/01/2020


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An umbrella table provides you with more than just a comfortable place to sit; it adds color and texture to your space, too. You'll need to have an idea of where the table will go, what size umbrella it needs to support and how many people it will need to seat comfortably. You have several options when it comes to making an umbrella table for your deck: 

A table is an intermediate project, so if you've already built a few simple projects and have some tools on hand, you should be able to create your own table in a weekend. You have a few options for creating a table - you can work from scratch, refurbish or refinish another table or work from a kit. Each approach has its own benefits -- here's what you need to know about creating an umbrella table: 

Start with the umbrella. Choose an umbrella you like; you'll need to pick a style, fabric and color that works for your home. Starting with the umbrella ensures your finished table suits it perfectly. 

Choose a Table Option: 

Full DIY: Use free plans and construction lumber to make a table to match your umbrella. If you are using wood from the lumber yard,  you'll need to finish it in some way, since it will be outdoors. Exterior paints and finishes work equally well and offer a wide range of choices when it comes to color and style. 

Build from a kit: DIY stores offer kits that allow you to create a table without having to have a lot of tools. Most require a drill, hammer and nails to complete. In some cases, a hole for the umbrella will be pre-drilled, otherwise you'll need to add one. 

Convert another table: A table you've used indoors can be converted to an umbrella table; you'll need to cover it with a more exterior friendly finish. IN most cases, painting is your best option, though you can add a clear exterior finish to a stained table as needed. 

Cut a hole: Use a hole saw attachment (sold in DIY stores) to drill a hole in the center of the table for your umbrella pole. A 2" hole will accommodate most umbrella poles. 

Position your table in place, add the umbrella, then enjoy your new space. 

Making your own table allows you to create a custom look for your yard and to highlight the best features of your patio or porch, too. Allow at least a weekend to create your table, then enjoy for seasons to come. 

About the Author
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Marsha Wolber

Marsha Wolber - A Little Background Marsha Wolber was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University. After college, Marsha moved to Boston, MA where she worked in the information technology field as an applications programmer and software manager. She and her family moved to Fairfax County in 1987 and have lived here since then, except for a brief 4 year stint in the San Francisco Bay Area. Marsha’s family returned to Fairfax County from California primarily because of the quality of life and top notch education provided by our public schools. She and her husband Noel have two daughters, both graduates of Robinson Secondary School, the eldest a graduate of George Mason University and the youngest a graduate of Auburn University. 

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