20+ Free Picnic Table Plans in all Shapes and Sizes!

Picnic tables are a staple for any backyard gathering, whether you're hosting a backyard barbecue or a quaint garden tea party, having the right table can make all the difference. So, grab your tools and join me as we share the top DIY picnic table designs with free plans. With a variety of styles and endless customization options, you'll be crafting your dream outdoor dining spot in no time! Let's dive in and get those creative juices flowing.


 

 


1. Best Convertible: Picnic Table Converts to Benches

convertible picnic table to bench plan

Image Credit: STEPH99 via Ana White

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Skill Level: Intermediate 
Tools Needed: Tape Measure, Saw, Drill, Sander, Safety Glasses
Materials: 2x material, bolts and washers

he tabletops rotate to form bench backs. Detailed plans give you step by step instruction to build this multi-use outdoor staple for your deck or patio.

 

 


 


 

 


2. Best Open Seat Octagon: Octagon Picnic Table with Open Seats

octagon picnic table with open seats

Image Credit: Ana White

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Skill Level: Advanced
Tools Needed: Tape Measure, Saw, Drill, Sander, Kreg Jig, Safety Glasses
Materials: 2x material

This is a more complicated plan, that does use more materials, but it is worth the investment for the comfort and coziness it provides.

 

 


 


 

 


3. Best Square: Square Picnic Table

square picnic table plan

Image Credit: Ana White

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Skill Level: Intermediate 
Tools Needed: Tape Measure, Saw, Drill, Sander, Safety Glasses
Materials: 2x material

Everything you love about the classic picnic table, but in a cozier, updated design! 

 

 


 


 

 


4. Best for Big Gatherings: Long Picnic Table

long picnic table plan

Image Credit: MILLEALL via Ana White

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Skill Level: Intermediate
Tools Needed: Tape Measure, Saw, Drill, Sander, Safety Glasses
Materials: 2x material

Easy to build 8 foot long picnic table - seats more people, and more substantial (so won't blow away in the wind)!

 

 


 


 

 


5. Best Big Kids: Big Kids Picnic Table

big kids picnic table plan

Image Credit: Ana White

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Skill Level: Beginner 
Tools Needed: Tape Measure, Saw, Drill, Sander, Safety Glasses
Materials: 2x material

Our favorite kids picnic table! Designed to fit bigger kids, this super sturdy picnic table is big enough to sit a small adult too! Super easy to build design has been built hundreds of times already!

 

 


 


 

 


6. Best Little Kids: Little Kids Picnic Table

little kids picnic table

Image Credit: Ana White

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Skill Level: Intermediate 
Tools Needed: Tape Measure, Saw, Drill, Sander, Safety Glasses
Materials: 1x material

Build your own mini sized picnic table with our free plans.  This toddler or preschool sized picnic table is one of the most popular plans. Due to the simple design, easy building instructions, and perfect sizing for littles, thousands of these tables have been built! We love this table as a gift too!

 

 


 


 

 


7. The Classic: Standard Size Easy Build Picnic Table

standard size picnic table plan free

Image Credit: Ana White

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Skill Level: Beginner 
Tools Needed: Tape Measure, Saw, Drill, Sander, Safety Glasses
Materials: 2x material

Build your own picnic table in a standard size for easy outdoor dining, for much less and buying.  

 

 


 


 

 


8. Best Simple Octagon: Octagon Picnic Table

octagon picnic table closed seating

Image Credit: Reader Build via Ana White

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Skill Level: Advanced
Tools Needed: Tape Measure, Saw, Drill, Sander, Kreg Jig, Safety Glasses
Materials: 2x material

Our octagon picnic table plans are free and easy to follow.  Extending to eight feed wide, perfect for a large backyard BBQ. Tabletop is 64" wide.  It's a big one!

 

 


 


 

 


9. Best Modern Kids: Modern Kids Picnic Table

modern kids picnic table

Image Credit: ALEXE via Ana White

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Skill Level: Intermediate 
Tools Needed: Tape Measure, Saw, Drill, Sander, Safety Glasses
Materials: 1x and 2x material

A modern take on the classic picnic table, in a mini size.

 

 


 


 

 


10. Best Themed: Nautical Picnic Table

nautical picnic tabl

Image Credit: Houseful of Handmade

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Skill Level: Beginner 
Tools Needed: Tape Measure, Saw, Drill, Sander, Kreg Jig, Safety Glasses
Materials: 1x and 2x material

A picnic table that looks like a pirate ship!  Add an umbrella and every day dining is literally a breeze.

 

 


 


 

 


11. Best Beach/Lawn or Transportable: Low Boho Style Picnic Table

low picnic table boho style

Image Credit: Scotshill House

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Skill Level: Beginner 
Tools Needed: Tape Measure, Saw, Drill, Sander, Safety Glasses
Materials: 1x and 4x material, bolts and washers

Lounge in style with some large pillows and blankets, cozy up to this inviting setting!

 

 


 


 

 


12. Picnic Table with Seating on All Sides

picnic table with seating on all 4 sides

Image Credit: Kreg Tool

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Skill Level: Intermediate
Tools Needed: Tape Measure, Saw, Drill, Sander, Kreg Jig, Safety Glasses
Materials: 1x, 2x and 4x material

Build a picnic table with seating on all 4 sides to make room for the whole family!

 

 


 


 

 


13. Best New Modern Shape: Modern Picnic Table

modern kids picnic table

Image Credit: Modern Builds

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Skill Level: Beginner
Tools Needed: Tape Measure, Saw, Drill, Sander, Safety Glasses
Materials: 2x material

An beautiful and easy to build picnic table for kids, built using standard tools and materials. This modern design gives the table a unique look!

 

 


 


 

 


14. Best Timber/Modern Design: Timber Design Picnic Table

timber picnic table

Image Credit: Strong Tie

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Skill Level: Advanced
Tools Needed: Tape Measure, Saw, Drill, Sander, Safety Glasses
Materials: 2x and 6x material, strong drive timber screws

Looking to make a statement? Here is a timeless timber frame design built with high quality materials. This table will last many years and won't blow away!

 

 


 


 

 


15. Picnic Table with Sandbox and Covered

covered picnic table with sandbox

Image Credit: Chantelle Lourens

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Skill Level: Advanced
Tools Needed: Tape Measure, Saw, Drill, Sander, Safety Glasses
Materials: 1x and 2x material

Love this elevated sandbox picnic table with cover, your little ones will love it too!

 

 


 


 

 


16. Best for Hanging Lighting: Picnic Table with Trellis

boho picnic table

Image Credit: East Coast Creative Blog

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Skill Level: Beginner 
Tools Needed: Tape Measure, Saw, Drill, Sander, Kreg Jig, Safety Glasses
Materials: 2x material

Elevate your outdoor dining experience! Whether you are building a new picnic table or have an existing one, here is a great addition to give it that boho flair for the backyard.

 

 


 


 

 


17. Best for Beverages: Cooler Picnic Table

cooler picnic table

Image Credit: Do it Yourself

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Skill Level: Intermediate 
Tools Needed: Tape Measure, Saw, Drill, Sander, Safety Glasses
Materials: 1x and 2x material, angle iron

Upgrade the standard picnic table and add a place to keep drinks cold or display plants! 

 

 


 


 

 


18. Best for Wheelchair: Accessible Picnic Table

wheelchair accessible picnic table

Image Credit: Rogue Engineer

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Skill Level: Beginner  
Tools Needed: Tape Measure, Saw, Drill, Sander, Safety Glasses
Materials: 2x material

Check out the story behind this build at Rogue Engineer. We love that they were able to help an outdoor camp that caters to our disabled friends, making this picnic table wheelchair accessible!

 

 


 


 

 


19. Best for Small Modern Spaces: Geo Modern Picnic Table for Kids

modern kids picnic table

Image Credit: Lovely Indeed

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Skill Level: Intermediate 
Tools Needed: Tape Measure, Saw, Drill, Sander, Safety Glasses
Materials: 1x and 2x material, nut, bolts and washers

Such a fun modern twist on this kids picnic table, they will love it!

 

 


 


 

 


20. Best Two Seater

 

2 person picnic table plans

Image Credit: Ana White

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Skill Level:  Intermediate Advanced
Tools Needed: Tape Measure, Miter Saw, Drill, Sander, Safety Glasses, Clamps
Materials: 2x4 and 2x6 lumber, 2-1/2" self tapping wood screws

For small spaces, narrow decks or if you are looking for a picnic table that is easy to sit down at (no stepping over anything) this plan delivers!  Plans are step by step with detailed diagrams, shopping list, cut list, and reader submitted photos.