Patio Side Tables: A grill stand and table made from two skateboard decks

In our popular Patio Style Challenge series, bloggers from all around the country share their impressive DIY skills and outdoor decorating ideas. One outdoor trend we’re seeing in the series is the use of unique patio side tables. Using unexpected materials, colors and tools, these DIY patio side tables are as functional as they are attractive. Above, Chicago makers, Emily & Ryan, solved a small balcony dilemma with a unique skateboard cocktail table that doubles as a grill and a conversation piece.

Outdoor Decorating Ideas: A DIY rolling ottoman with a cooler inside

DIY blogger, Mandy, of Fabric Paper Glue really wowed us with this bright and geometric cooler project. You’d never know there’s a simple Styrofoam cooler hidden inside. It’s an easy solution for seating and a convenient spot to grab a cold drink!

Patio Side Tables: Triangular table made from reclaimed wood

Joni, of the inspirational lifestyle blog Lay Baby Lay, helped her dad create this stylish and sentimental triangle side table. The wood pieces are reclaimed from the floor of her great-great-grandmother’s home. Pairing the wood look with trendy brass legs, this piece is a DIY masterpiece!

Outdoor Decorating Ideas: A brightly painted tree stump becomes an outdoor side table

Justina Blakeney is well-known for her eclectic style and colorful palettes, but this bright orange stump table takes her color-loving taste to a whole new level! The abundance of color and unusual items create a one-of-a-kind lush, bohemian patio.

Patio Side Tables: A tree stump with succulents planted directly into the wood

Shavonda, of the lifestyle and DIY blog A Home Full of Color, set up a fabulous renter-friendly patio with a colorful dining table and a seating area around this giant stump table centerpiece. It’s not just a cocktail table though. The most creative part? It’s a cocktail table and mini succulent garden in one! Shavonda planted succulents in the top of the stump!

We have many more outdoor decorating ideas and inspiration articles in our Patio Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog and on our Patio Style Challenge pinboard on Pinterest.

Browse our online Outdoor Living Department for everything you need for your patio, backyard or garden, including patio side tables.  


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  1. Sean says:

    These are all super creative ideas for patio tables, and all of them could be done on a budget! I particularly like the skateboard patio table/grill. I do not skateboard myself, but it is just so unique and personal to Emily and Ryan.

  2. Heidi says:

    BBQ on a high-rise apartment patio, would be breaking fire codes in many locals.

  3. Cal Flame Parts says:

    Out of all the outdoor patio tables shown, you have to love the creativity of the skateboard cocktail table that has a built-in grill incorporated into it.

    It is a multifunctional centerpiece!

    Nice article.

  4. Andrea says:

    I have to say, I didn’t see the skateboards at first when I was looking at the patio. After I read it, I had to take a second look and now it’s beyond obvious. But I liked the look and setup so much I missed what was right in front of me. Great idea and since I don’t have a backyard I really want this setup. Nicely done.

  5. Marti Johnson says:

    The first one is great. I love the barbecue table it is very flexible and you can feel what you are going to eat :)

  6. Liz says:

    Where is the rug from??