It is very pleasant to sit in your garden, drink coffee or iced tea and read a book. Wait a minute! Do you have a garden table to put your cup and saucer on?

Bunch of Logs

This is probably the simplest side table ever. Just tie together a bunch of logs: job done! If you put a cushion on the top of the logs, the table will turn into a stool. What’s more, you can easily assemble and disassemble this piece of furniture: it takes as much room as you want.

Bunch of Logs

Half Barrel

Cut an unused barrel in half and place the bottom portion upside down. Congratulations on your new rustic coffee table! A brilliantly simple idea!

Half Barrel

Metal Bucket Table

A low metal bucket (some 3 feet at the widest part) makes an excellent base for a coffee table. You will also need some 1/4 inch plywood and several 2×6 boards. In this blog you will find detailed instructions on how to make the table top and attach it to the bucket. Good job!

Shipping Crate Table

This stylish storage table made out of a shipping crate is yet another example of creative thinking. All you need to do is attach four caster wheels and equip the crate with a large plywood top. By the way, you can use this table to keep your kid’s outside toys so that your backyard is always neat and tidy.

Shipping Crate Table

Cable Spool

Give an old cable spool a makeover and get yourself an elegant coffee table. Just paint the spool and adorn it with manila and sisal ropes so that it resembles a gigantic spool of thread. Use a large round glass top to make your table look even more impressive.

Cable Spool

Simple Outdoor Dining Table

If you prefer traditional dining tables to anything else, visit this blog to get free plans for a simple yet beautiful outdoor table. The basic version of the table is designed to seat up to six; it is sturdy and strong. Materials for this project will hardly cost more than $100, and if you have some experience, you will be able to make the table in a day’s time.

Simple Outdoor Dining Table

Pallet Table With a Hammock

This blogger has two boys who find it almost impossible to sit still for as long as five minutes. Pieces of furniture that are expensive and delicate are no go for her backyard: the table she needs should be as tough and durable as possible. Here is her creation: a heavy-duty pallet outdoor table with a hammock underneath the table top. Not only do the table and hammock serve as a hiding place; they are roomy enough to accommodate two kids. An excellent idea!

Pallet Table With a Hammock

Multifunction Coffee Table

There is more to this table than meets the eye. First, inside it there is a huge compartment for things you might need in your backyard. Second, one side of the table slides out, while the other is supported by two gas springs and can be lifted up. If someone in your family has a way with wooden boards, they might try their hand at creating such a work of art.

Multifunction Coffee Table