How to Add a Shelf under a Patio Table

How to Add a Shelf Under a Patio Table

If you’re anything like me, you’ll have a ton of junk your patio table, leaving little to no space for you to eat.  It’s always a hassle to even use it! This is what my table looks like on a good day!  Read below for a quick way on how to add a shelf under your patio table!


messy patio table
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What You Need:

  1. Metal Frame Patio table
  2. large scrap piece of wood (or you and buy one specifically for this)
  3. saw for cutting wood – either table, circular or old school hand saw.

Let's Begin!

Measure the Patio Table Frame

  1.  First you need to measure the metal frame underneath the table.  Each table has slightly different sizes, so you need to measure yourself.  

It’s a bit hard to see as I used yellow to mark up the drawing, but my frame dimensions are 20.5″x47″.

patio table frame dims

This second pictures, with the dimension of 17 3/4″ is going to be the size of the end of the table after I make some notches in it to sit nicely.  

patio table gap size

And this here is what I’m going to use for the shelf.  It’s leftovers from a previous project I had.  It’s just basic 3/4″ melamine board.

shelf starting material

Cut the Shelf!

Now it’s time to cut the board!  But before you do this, make sure you do one final measure!  The object is to measure twice, cut once.

As I mentioned above, I have to add notches to each of the corners so that the board sits nicely.  The notches are about 2″ triangles off the ends.

For the main cuts, I used a table saw and the notches I used a circular saw.

final shelf

Install the Shelf

This is the easy step!  Install the board under the table.  You may need to have it on an angle to get it through the gap but otherwise it should fit smoothly!

And That's It! You're Done!

final patio table shelf
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If you don’t cut notches in, the board will sit wrong.  See my picture to the right.  You could avoid cutting notches and just cut the board small.  However, this will give you less support on the frame.

shelf bad fit

I haven’t done this yet, but you an get a melamine finishing tape to finish off the edges of the shelf so that they are not exposed to the elements.

What do you think?

What do you think? Was this tutorial on how to add a shelf to your patio table helpful?  Did you try it? Did it work out?

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This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Jen

    This is super insightful and helpful for someone who’s not so great at this kind of thing. Thanks so much for sharing the deets!

  2. Amanda

    Great idea! I will have to try this!

  3. Kiara Williams

    This is a superb idea! Especially with everyone wanting to get outside right now.

  4. Summer

    This is a really cool idea! I love that there are people like you who can put these ideas out there for people like me with no imagination. 🙂

  5. Jennifer Record

    Very clever idea! And great way to store items that won’t fit on top! thanks for the inspiration

  6. Cynthia

    This patio decor looks so amazing

  7. Debbie

    That is such an amazing idea. I love it.

  8. Linda

    Clever idea to create more space and storage! I love using scraps from other projects…but if you had to purchase something new, pressure-treated plywood would be great for outdoor use. You could even stain it to match your deck or fence, etc.

  9. Fabiana

    What a smart and brilliant idea !!!
    Great tutorial to have a step by step guide, Thanks for sharing this :))

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