Brilliant DIY Cooler Tables for the Patio (with built-in coolers, sinks, and ice boxes)

Stay cool this summer with these DIY cooler tables, featuring built-in coolers, sinks, and ice boxes to keep your drinks (and your party) COOL!

Smart Built-In Cooler Tables for Your Next Patio Party

Entertaining can be stressful, so make it easier on yourself by knowing that your guests’ drinks will be nice and cold with one of these awesome DIY built-in cooler tables!

For an extra large party, just put together a quick wood box and add cinder blocks! via Michaela Rae

a shallow wood box on top of some cinder blocks makes an easy beverage cooler for a party, by MichaelaRaeJ

This hexagon bench by Addicted2DIY makes a great seat — and Katie suggested building a round cooler into the middle, instead of building it around a tree. Brilliant!

build this hexagon bench with a round cooler in the middle for drinks instead, by Addicted 2 DIY

I haven’t tried it, but several readers have suggested that this bucket coffee table we featured could be modified to have a removable top, with storage for drinks or other things in the bottom…

easy diy outdoor coffee table from a bucket

Personally, I think you could keep it simple, too! Any bucket can be added to any table you can build — we spotted this one on Instagram by @rustic_customs.

simple outdoor coffee table with drink cooler, by @rustic_customs

Or why not add it to a large wooden spool? (original image source unknown) This is just a 5 gallon bucket, easy to switch out or dump melted ice.

wood spool table with bucket in the center for drink cooler, original source unknown, via @Remodelaholic

I’m not sure how DIY-able it is to carve limestone like this cooler table via Better Homes and Gardens — but I bet you could get a similar feel with concrete and some creativity!

limestone drink cooler coffee table for the patio, via BHG

Speaking of concrete… It’s a planter… or a drink cooler! This concrete number by Homemade Modern is versatile and so cool! I bet you could add a wood lid to make it a storage bench, too.

DIY modern concrete trough planter or rolling drink cooler table by Homemade Modern

Perfect for a small party, this old chair upcycled into a drink stand by Oh My Creative is just too cute. Imagine a set of mismatched old chairs turned into drink coolers, lined up at a party!

vintage chair turned drink stand with a galvanized bucket, Oh My Creative

Liz Marie’s husband build this oversized drink TROUGH to go with her awesome popcorn stand at Liz Marie Blog. So perfect for a neighborhood block party!

flower bed drink cooler trough via Liz Marie Blog

If you’re short on old chairs, you can also build an easy beverage station, like this one at Fox Hollow Cottage — room for drinks, plus napkins or other paper goods.

how to build an ice bucket beverage station for serving at a party, Fox Hollow Cottage

No tutorial, but this wood built-in cooler table via Upcycle Art is amazing! Just look at all the storage in the dresser-style table!

wood cooler table with storage drawers and cabinets via UpcycleArt

Or, if you just need plenty of drinks without any particular, uh, finesse to the presentation — this stacked kiddie pool cooler is kinda cool! (original image source unknown) It could be a fun addition to a beach themed party or a child’s birthday party as well. Maybe I’ll fill one full of Diet Coke for my next blogger get-together, haha!

stacked kiddie pools for a drink cooler at a party via @Remodelaholic


Couldn’t pass up that beat-up table marked “free”? Turn it into something beautiful like Anita from Unique Creations by Anita.

Patio Table With Built In Ice Boxes By Unique Creations By Anita, @Remodelaholic

In this post:
page 1: 11 cooler tables to build or upcycle
page 2: 12 more built-in cooler tables you can DIY

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Lorene has been behind the scenes here at Remodelaholic for more than a decade! She believes that planning projects and actually completing them are two different hobbies, but that doesn't stop her from planning at least a dozen projects at any given time. She spends her free time creating memories with her husband and 5 kids, traveling as far as she can afford, and partaking of books in any form available.

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